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Q&A with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

On Barefoot Dogs by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho Our literary director Steph Opitz talks with Austin-based author Antonio Ruiz-Camacho about his debut collection of short stories Barefoot Dogs (Scribner, March 2015). In interlocking stories told from different points of view, the Arteaga family suffers a tragedy in their home-country of Mexico and attempts to reconcile what comes after. Where […]

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Festival Afterglow: C-SPAN 2/BookTV

The C-SPAN 2/BookTV tent featured authors discussing timely and compelling topics, of both local and national interest. We’re so glad that these sessions are available to watch either again or for the first time on BookTV. To see the BookTV sessions from the 2014 Festival, go to the C-SPAN 2/BookTV website.   Here are a few of our favorites: […]

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Elizabeth Crook on Writing, Research, and the Infamous UT Tower Shooting

Elizabeth Crook, Austin novelist, sat down with our literary director Steph Opitz to discuss her latest novel.  Monday Monday is the story of the impact  that a tragic event can have on a person, how it can bond and severe, heal and scar. SO: Where did this book start? You’ve mentioned that it wasn’t until you read Pamela Colloff’s […]

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Q&A with debut author Mary Helen Specht

Austin’s own Mary Helen Specht talks with our literary director Steph Opitz about research, being a tortoise (not a hare), and the dangers of having an agenda with her debut novel Migratory Animals. Specht’s gorgeous work about college friends who’ve found themselves 10 or so years later at various points of adulthood is equal parts heartwarming and […]

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Q&A with Amanda Eyre Ward

Our literary director Steph Opitz sits down with novelist Amanda Eyre Ward to talk about her latest novel The Same Sky (on sale January 20th). The Same Sky follows two women, Carla and Alice, on opposite sides of the Texas border. Carla, a young Honduran girl, is desperate to get to her family in the United States, […]

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Festival Afterglow: Kirkus Interview with Tavis Smiley

The 2014 Festival has ended, but there’s still so much for to hear, see and read! Kirkus Editor Clay Smith interviews Festival author Tavis Smiley about his book Death of a King. Smiley recounts the last year of Martin Luther King, Jr’s life, including the tribulations and the triumphs.

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Festival Authors on Demand

Want more Festival authors on demand? We’ve got you covered! Check out the videos below and get to know some of our featured authors before the Fest! Experience Shannon Galpin’s inspirational work in Afghanistan in this video. Galpin works to empower women through her non-profit organization, Mountain2Mountain. You go girl!   Watch Mira Jacobs, author […]

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Your Favorite Authors Suggest Summer Reading Titles

J. Courtney Sullivan Love, Nina: Last summer, while on book tour, I took along an early copy of Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe. It’s a collection of letters that the author wrote to her sister while working as a nanny in London in the eighties. I was interested mainly because I myself was a nanny in London […]

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James Magnuson talks: dirt, death, and the MFA.

James Magnuson, the director of the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, sat down with our literary director Steph Opitz to discuss his new novel Famous Writers I Have Known (W. W. Norton & Company, January 2014). Frankie Abandonato, while dodging a run in with the mob, attempts to pull off his biggest […]

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