William T Harper

Award-winning Non-Fiction Author


About William T Harper

William T. (Bill) Harper started his career as a writer/editor with The Philadelphia Inquirer. He went on to serve as Eastern Editor of “GAS Magazine” and then more than 25 years as President of the Midwest Gas Association, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota before taking early retirement.

He then came to Texas in a rather unique manner via a 2,400-mile odyssey through the Inland Waterways from Lake Superior to Freeport, Texas aboard his 47-foot sailboat, “Harper’s Ferry II.”

In “retirement,” Bill returned to his “roots” as a writer, this time as an author of non-fiction books. He moved to the Bryan/College Station area of Texas where he became a part of the literary community. There, he served twice as President of the Brazos Writers. He has also had free-lance writing published nationally in “American Heri­tage” and “Focus” magazines and in Texas regional magazines.

Harper is the creator, writer and co-host of “The Classics and Their Times,” heard on public radio station KAMU-FM at 11 on Thursday mornings throughout southeast Texas and via national streaming on the Internet. He is a co-author of a history of Bryan, Texas.

One of his six published books, Eleven Days in Hell, is an award-winning comprehensive account of the infamous Carrasco tragedy – the 11-day hostage-taking siege at the Huntsville, Texas prison in 1974. Bill also taught classes in Memoir Writing in College Station.

Another of Bill’s books, Second Thoughts, is a B.R.A.G. Honors award-winner. And a third book, The Rivers of Life – and Death, was adopted by the National Mariners Association as required reading for tow-boat skippers.




Books by William T Harper