Brown Books Publishing Group has been a Dallas tradition since 1984, and we're celebrating 20 years of success in the Lone Star State with a bold new imprint - The Texas Press! Created to discover and develop aspiring literary all-stars, The Texas Press honors our history and our hometown by cultivating authors across the state.

Launching on Texas Independence Day, the imprint will officially debut on March 2, 2015, but Big D is already buzzing about the project after a preview party that included some of the city's best-known influencers. Go inside the high-profile event and find out who was on our guest list via the photo gallery below.

Think you have a unique story to share with The Texas Press? We're now accepting manuscripts from local and regional writers whose work channels the spirit of the Lone Star State; email our publishing team now to learn more about Brown Books' powerful platform for editorial development, distribution, and promotion.

_MG_1039Brown Books' founder Milli Brown, non-profit consultant Carmaleta Whiteley, The Texas Press' publisher Pat Holder, and publicist Cindy Birne (l to r) share a smile. _MG_1154 Dan Strimple (l), the pro behind Irving Golf Range, and wife Jan (c), founder of Jan Strimple productions, discuss Texas-themed titles with producer Gary Cogill (r), co-founder of Lascaux Films. _MG_1076Brown Books' editorial director, Derek Royal, and the publisher's VP of public relations, Vicki Morgan, catch up with Keith Nix, founder of The Nix Company. _MG_1053 New York Times estselling author and golf aficionado Curt Sampson helps publicist Cindy Birne improve her swing. _MG_1105Jan Strimple, Milli Brown, Hayley Hamilton Cogill and husband Gary Cogill, and Pat Holder (l to r) get candid after toasting Hayley's non-profit organization, Dallas Uncorked. _MG_1066 Prominent diversity and motivational speaker, Otis Felton, relaxes with his wife, Carmaleta Whiteley, before heading to a Dallas Faces Race event. _MG_1044Public relations leader and non-profit specialist Deborah Brown laughs alongside Cindy Birne. _MG_1072 Milli Brown, public relations veteran Marie Dean, and Pat Holder (l to r) pose for a final picture as the party winds down. _MG_1070Kathy Penny (l), Brown Books' project coordinator, and Sherry Levine (r), director of Brown Books Kids exchange Season's Greetings. _MG_1135Pat Holder and Milli Brown share heartfelt remarks and tears while introducing guests to The Texas Press.