2016 Festival Schedule



10:00 AM — 11:00 AM Saturday

10 AM Saturday


Emma J. Virján

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Emma Virján

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Austin author Emma J. Virjan reads What This Story Needs is a Munch and a Crunch, the third book in her popular Pig in a Wig series!

Introduced by: Tracie Johnson's 1st Grade Students, Old Town Elementary


Bilingual Storytime with Rene Colato Lainez

Location: Ahora Si Tent (11th Street b/t Congress and Brazos)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
René Colato Laínez

Bilingual

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us for a special bilingual storytime with award-winning illustrator René Colato Laínez as he reads Mamá the Alien!

Introduced by: 3rd Grade Becker Elementary Bobcats with Minda Anderson, Librarian


Our Great Big Backyard

Location: First United Methodist Church
Booksigning: First United Methodist Church
Authors:
Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager

Nature/Environment

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Join us as we celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of our National Parks Service with First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter, Jenna Bush Hager! They’ll share their new picture book, Our Great Big Backyard, and inspire us all to head outside and enjoy our great outdoors. Join them afterwards for a book signing at the church; books will be available for sale in the foyer.

Moderator: Dorothy Guerrero

Friends Pass Session! 


Meet the Kirkus Prize Finalists

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Booksigning: Central Presbyterian Church
Authors:
Traci Chee
Susan Faludi
Joe McGinniss Jr.
Meg Medina
Michael Eric Dyson

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Kirkus Reviews, the nation's leading prepublication journal of book reviews, is proud to sponsor the annual Kirkus Prize, which bestows $150,000 divided by three winning writers, making the Prize one of the world's richest literary prizes. The winners of the 2016 Kirkus Prize were announced on November 3; at this panel, you'll hear the finalists of this year's Prize—some of this year’s most intriguing and insightful writers—talk about their most recent books.

Moderator: Clay Smith


Nathan Hale and his Alamo All Stars!

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Nathan Hale

Texas Regional History Comics/Graphic Novels

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Stupendous, hilarious, Big Red-lovin’, bestsellin’, Bluebonnet Award-winnin’, graphic novelist Nathan Hale is here today to illustrate for us everything we didn’t know about the Alamo. He’ll draw scenes from his latest Hazardous Tale, Alamo All-Stars, live! Bring your big belly laughs, we’re going to have a ball!

Introduced by: Ne'Leigh Hamilton's Battle of the Books Team, Popham Elementary


Inside the White House with Alberto Gonzales

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Alberto Gonzales

Politics Memoir History

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Alberto Gonzales, former Attorney General of the United States and former Counsel to President George W. Bush, was an ultimate insider to some of the most tumultuous years in recent American history. He is also the only Hispanic to hold both of these positions. Today he shares his unique perspective and remarkable story as he discusses True Faith and Allegiance: A Story of Service and Sacrifice in War and Peace.

Moderator: Clay Johnson


The United Tastes of Texas

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Booksigning: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Jessica Dupuy

Texas Food/Cooking

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Smoked brisket, chicken fried steak, skillet cornbread, tortilla soup - hungry yet? Don’t miss fourth-generation Texan and award-winning writer Jessica DuPuy as she makes mouths water from the panhandle to the Gulf Coast, the Chisos to the piney woods demonstrating a recipe from The United Tastes of Texas.

Moderator: Patricia Sharpe


Loving Where You Live

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Melody Warnick
Trent Gillaspie

Texas Science/Social Science Regional

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

In a state experiencing phenomenal urban growth, we have to ask: What draws people to a new city and makes them stay? How do we come to feel at home in our new communities? Melody Warnick and Trent Gillaspie talk about how we claim a place as home.

Moderator: Tiffany Yates Martin


I <3 Austin Button-making with Do512 Family

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Do512Family.com loves Austin and loves sharing knowledge about the best local events for kids. Join them to express what YOU love about Austin, and create a button to wear that shows off your Austin pride.


Curtis McMurtry

Location: Music Tent

Music/Film

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

25-year-old Curtis McMurtry writes and sings Americana with a depth beyond his years. Having studied both music theory and ethnomusicology at Sarah Lawrence College, Curtis places a premium on acute sonic elements. His compositions, laden with an array of strings and horns, can’t be, nor should they be, easily pigeonholed.


2016 Prize Winners: Texas Institute of Letters

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.036
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Sarah Bird
Mary Helen Specht
Jan Jarboe Russell
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
W. K. Stratton
Brian Yansky

Biography/Autobiography History Short Stories Texas

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Enjoy seeing some of the top writers in Texas at this lively panel discussion featuring winners of the Texas Institute of Letters’ 2016 Literary Awards. The TIL was founded in 1936 and has been a leading force in Texas literature for more than 80 years.

Moderator: Steve Davis


Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre

Location: Childrens Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


How the West Was Won - and Lost

Location: Omni Longhorn Room
Booksigning: Omni Longhorn Room
Authors:
Peter Cozzens
Paul Andrew Hutton

History

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Peter Cozzens (The Earth is Weeping) and Paul Andrew Hutton (The Apache Wars) for a wide-ranging examination of the Indian Wars - from Custer, Sherman and Grant to Geronimo, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, moderated by S. C. Gwynne, whose bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon redefined the way the stories of this period of American history are told.

Moderator: S. C. Gwynne


The Scene of the Smoking Gun

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Bill Loehfelm
David Lida

Crime/Mystery/Thriller

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

New Orleans and Mexico City - in the new novels by Bill Loehfelm (Let the Devil Out) and David Lida (One Life), there’s crime in every corner of the globe. Find out what it takes to fight - and write - crime in unforgettable atmospheres.

Moderator: Hopeton Hay


Yuyi Morales

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Yuyi Morales

Bilingual

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Caldecott Honor author and illustrator Yuyi Morales reads Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas. Find out what happens when Niño's little sisters get in on a wild, exciting wrestling adventure!

Introduced by: Delco Primary's Wild Readers


Writing the Distance

Location: Ahora Si Tent (11th Street b/t Congress and Brazos)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
René Colato Laínez
Reyna Grande

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Bring your young readers to the Ahora Sí tent to meet Reyna Grande (The Distance Between Us) and René Colato Laínez (Mamá the Alien), two wonderful authors whose families’ journeys from Mexico and El Salvador have inspired important, engaging new books for kids.

Moderator: Jesse Gainer


Catch the YA Buzz!

Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
M-E Girard
Joe Jiménez
Dawn Kurtagich
Mindy McGinnis

Romance Sports

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Don’t miss the first ever TBF YA HQ Buzz Panel! From queer life to creepy hauntings to coming of age and dangerous unrequited love, M-E Girard, Dawn Kurtagich, Joe Jimenez and Mindy McGinnis will give us a quick glimpse of their buzz-worthy new novels poised to be the Next Big Thing. Get to know these authors now and then catch them on panels throughout the day!

Moderator: Sean Petrie


The Devil's Sinkhole

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Bill Wittliff

Texas Crime/Mystery/Thriller

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

When last we saw the boy Papa in The Devil’s Backbone, he had finally learned the fate of his missing Momma and his vicious daddy. Now, master storyteller Bill Wittliff takes us on another enthralling journey through wild and woolly Central Texas in the 1880s with The Devil’s Sinkhole.

Moderator: Jane Sumner


Places of Pen and Ink

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Ben Katchor
Greg Ruth

History Design/Art/Photography

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Place and time come to vivid life in the graphic novels of legendary artist Ben Katchor (Cheap Novelties) and bestselling author Greg Ruth (Indeh). Each artist commits history to paper in his own unforgettable way. Join them for a discussion about how they conjured the changing streets of New York City and the western plains of the Apache, led by TBF’s own Claire Burrows, Dr. of Comparative Literature.

Moderator: Claire Burrows


Titans of Texas

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.030
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Leila Meacham

Texas History

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Texas is on the cusp of an oil boom when a privileged heiress meets a charming farm boy. What comes next? Bestselling author Leila Meacham takes us back in time to the early 1900s in another sweeping, heartfelt tale of unforgettable characters intertwined against a Lone Star sky.

Moderator: Michelle Newby


Spirited Schemers

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Crystal Allen
Monica Brown
Sara Pennypacker

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

School - even when you love it, complications can arise with friends, teachers and classmates that turn Spirit Week sour. How do you scheme your way out of the madness? Join Monica Brown, Crystal Allen and Sara Pennypacker as they discuss their spirited schemers’ strategies for success!

Moderator: Demi Marshall


Artist's Process: My Style

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
Lauren Castillo
Carson Ellis
Michael Hall
Brendan Wenzel

Design/Art/Photography

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

We love picture books for their poetic union of literary and visual art. Illustrators Brendan Wenzel, Michael Hall, Lauren Castillo and Carson Ellis will discuss how their styles and processes transport a story from a simple page to a soaring imaginary world. Artists and educators, this session is for you!

Moderator: Austin Kleon

11:00 AM — 12:00 PM Saturday

11 AM Saturday


Mike Curato

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Mike Curato

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Mike Curato reads from Little Elliot, Big Fun. When amusement park rides become too fast, dizzy and scary for Little Elliot, his friend Mouse helps him overcome his fears.

Introduced by: Jessica Frankenberg's 2nd Grade Students, Pleasant Hill Elementary

Kids Passport Session! Kids, pick up a TBF passport at the Activity Tent. We'll give you a sticker for every passport session you attend. Three or more stickers earns you a prize!


Signs & Wonders

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Booksigning: Central Presbyterian Church
Authors:
Jacqueline Woodson
Kaitlyn Greenidge

History

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

In two of the most acclaimed literary works of 2016, National Book Award-winner Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn) and debut novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman) have each crafted unforgettable narratives about transplanted families and African American identity. From the bonds of female friendship to the nightmare of institutionalized racism, these two authors present a prismatic look at cultural unity and bias using the signs and wonders of history and memory.

Moderator: Maya Payne Smart


Hats Off to Jon Klassen

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Jon Klassen

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

The man with the hats is back! Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen (I Want My Hat Back; Extra Yarn) is here with his sweet, beautiful new picture book, We Found A Hat, about what happens when two turtles find a hat - but only one hat - in the desert. Come tip a cap to one of our most beloved writers and illustrators!

Moderator: Sharon O'Neal

Introcued by: Stephanie Kaynes' 1st Grade Students, Brushy Creek Elementary


The Attention Merchants

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Tim Wu

Science/Social Science

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored social media, commercials and other efforts to harvest our attention. Tim Wu, the writer and professor who coined the term "net neutrality", sits down with Dave Shaw of branding and PR firm Arrow at Work to discuss how today's "attention merchants" are the result of more than a century's growth and expansion in the industries that feed on human attention.

Moderator: Dave Shaw


Modern Motherhood

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Pamela Erens
Gayle Forman

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

What do we picture when we picture motherhood in 2016? A doting, softly frazzled woman with a full time job and dinner on the table every night? A loving spouse pitching in beside her? Or is the vision something darker? The truth of modern mothering is at the heart of the new novels by Pamela Erens (Eleven Hours) and Gayle Forman (Leave Me). Join them as they take a literary approach to what it really means to be a mother - loneliness, longing, warts and all.

Moderator: Rose Smith


Le Big Manual Workshop

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Make a colored paper ornament, carve a head from an apple that will age over time, learn a fun brain teaser game using only a mirror, pencil, and paper; these are just a few of the DIY activities from French author/designer Sophie Glasser’s beautiful new family craft book. Join Sophie today as she selects a special activity for us to do! 


Jon Dee Graham and William Harries Graham

Location: Music Tent

Music/Film

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Recognized in his native Austin as the Real Deal — a dedicated artist and member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame – Jon Dee Graham is a singer-songwriter-guitarist whose every word, every lyric, every guitar riff is meaningful and extraordinary. William Harries Graham, Austin singer-songwriter-guitarist, is Jon Dee’s much heralded son. As music critic Tim Stegall has noted, “It’s as if sound poet Brion Gysin had diced up a My Bloody Valentine record and one by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, then almost randomly reassembled the pieces.” A musical legacy in the making.


Joe McDermott, Bouncing Ball Music

Location: Childrens Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Storytime with Duncan Tonatiuh

Location: Ahora Si Tent (11th Street b/t Congress and Brazos)
Authors:
Duncan Tonatiuh

Bilingual

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for a special bilingual storytime with award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh as he reads The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes.

Introduced by: Librarian Randi Sather's Super Readers of Perez Elementary


Ruth Chan

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Ruth Chan

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Ruth Chan reads from Where’s the Party? An adorable cat races through town to invite his friends to the best party ever in this sweet and delightful debut picture book.

Introduced by: Nicole Wakefield's 1st Grade Students, Brushy Creek Elementary

Kids Passport Session! Kids, pick up a TBF passport at the Activity Tent. We'll give you a sticker for every passport session you attend. Three or more stickers earns you a prize!


On the Razor's Edge with Carl Hiaasen

Location: First United Methodist Church
Booksigning: First United Methodist Church
Authors:
Carl Hiaasen

Crime/Mystery/Thriller

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Carl Hiaasen, bestselling author of wildly popular Florida-based mysteries such as Skinny Dip and Bad Monkey, delivers another unstoppably hilarious novel with Razor Girl. Expect the unexpected as Carl sits down with the moderator, Clay Smith. After the talk, Hiaasen will sign books at the church. Copies of the book are available for sale in the foyer. 

Moderator: Clay Smith

Friends Pass Session! 


All Hail the Queen of Tex-Mex!

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Booksigning: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Sylvia Casares

Food/Cooking

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Learn the best from the Queen of Tex-Mex! Houston’s own famed restaurateur Sylvia Casares is here to wow us with her wonderful ways of snapping our favorite Tex-Mex dishes into fresh, fabulous, flavor-popping new must-have meals by demonstrating a recipe from The Enchilada Queen Cookbook. All hail the queen!

Moderator: Patricia Sharpe


Power Lines

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Jennifer Haigh
Virginia Reeves

Nature/Environment

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Power assumes many forms: money, love, history, hate, family, greed. When power lies in electric and oil energy, the characters in Virginia Reeves and Jennifer Haigh’s new novels face moral ambiguities that complicate their relationships and their futures.

Moderator: Amanda Eyre Ward


It's the End of the World as I Know It

Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
A.S. King
Aaron Starmer
Siobhan Vivian
Rachel Cohn

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

We all have moments in life when it feels like The End - we fail the huge test, lose the big love, confront a seismic shift in family dynamic. Some ends are bigger than others, but all feel the same: irrevocable, irreparable; and all share the same truth: we survive them. Today, A.S. King, Aaron Starmer, Rachel Cohn, and Siobhan Vivian get together to discuss how they each survived their own personal apocalypse and how the characters in their new novels navigate catastrophic cataclysms large and small.

Moderator: Sarah Pitre


Catching Curveballs

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
John David Anderson
Paul Griffin
Raina Telgemeier

Comics/Graphic Novels Romance

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Life, loss, friendship and everything in between - how do we navigate the big stuff? In their new middle grade novels, award-winning authors Paul Griffin (When Friendship Followed Me Home), John David Anderson (Mrs. Bixby’s Last Day), and Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts) show us characters who do their best, even when life throws more than a few curveballs.

Moderator: Nikki Loftin


The Changing Texas Landscape

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
David Todd
Jonathan Ogren

Science/Social Science Nature/Environment Texas

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

As the population and the economy of Texas boom, the unique natural environment of our home state faces a host of familiar and not so familiar new challenges. David Todd, executive director of the Conservation History Association of Texas, and cartographer Jonathan Ogren discuss their atlas' description of efforts to understand and protect the state's land, water, air, wildlife, energy, and public health.

Moderator: Andy Sansom


2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner: Custer's Trials

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.030
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
T. J. Stiles

Politics History Biography/Autobiography

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

In his 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Custer’s Trials, T.J. Stiles paints a portrait of Lt. George Armstrong Custer that is both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, casting surprising new light on a near-mythic American figure. Join him as he shares the key to understanding Custer.

Moderator: Ray Brimble


Texas Writer Award

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.036
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Benjamin Sáenz

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

The Texas Writer Award is given annually to a Texas writer in recognition of outstanding contributions to Texas literature. This year, we’re honored to present the award to novelist, poet, and writer of children's books, Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Join us as we sit down with Sáenz to discuss his influential work and incredible career.


History Repeated

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
John Pipkin
Dominic Smith

Science/Social Science History Design/Art/Photography

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Astronomy and art lured novelists John Pipkin and Dominic Smith deep into the past to uncover rich, untold stories in their new novels, The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter and The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. What does it take to recreate the scientific, artistic and human landscapes of a world centuries before us? Where does a writer draw the line between fact and invention? Join them for a discussion of how they recall the past on the page.

Moderator: Erik Ankerberg


O. Henry Prize Celebration!

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Peter Cameron
Ottessa Moshfegh
Shruti Swamy

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

The O. Henry Prize is one of the most prestigious, coveted awards in the world of short fiction. Meet and celebrate three of this year's winning writers: Ottessa Moshfegh, Peter Cameron and Shruti Swamy.

Moderator: Laura Furman

12:00 PM — 1:00 PM Saturday

12 PM Saturday


Bilingual Storytime with Yuyi Morales

Location: Ahora Si Tent (11th Street b/t Congress and Brazos)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Yuyi Morales

Bilingual

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a special bilingual storytime with award-winning illustrator Yuyi Morales as she reads Rudas: Ninos Horrendous Hermanitas!

Introduced By: Ms. Pineda's Kindergarten Badgers, Jaime Padron Elementary

 


Tom Sullivan

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Tom Sullivan

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Tom Sullivan reads from I Used to Be a Fish. Inspired by a pet fish, a boy tells a whimsical version of his own life story in this light introduction to evolution and tribute to every child’s power to transform their lives and to dream big.

Introduced by: Mr. Koeffler's 3rd Grade Students, UT Elementary


In The Country We Love

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Diane Guerrero

Biography/Autobiography Bilingual Politics

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

When she was fourteen, Diane Guerrero came home from school to discover that her parents and brother had been deported. Now, the actress and Orange is the New Black star shares her personal story about the plight of undocumented immigrants in America and the fears that haunt the daily existence of families like hers.

Both the Spanish and English edition of the book are available in the Book Sales Tent.

Moderator: Olga Campos Benz

 


On Bowie

Location: Omni Longhorn Room
Booksigning: Omni Longhorn Room
Authors:
Thomas Dolby
Rob Sheffield

Music/Film Biography/Autobiography

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

In honor of David Bowie, TBF presents this loving tribute to the artist’s work, influence and legacy with Rob Sheffield, author of On Bowie; Bowie's friend and contemporary, Thomas Dolby (The Speed of Sound); and music writer and critic Evie Nagy (Devo’s Freedom of Choice).

Moderator: Joe Gross


Fall Leaf Printing with Markers

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Who doesn't love collecting leaves in the fall? Create your own colorful tree and have a Wonderfall (just like Michael Hall's new book) by turning them into a beautiful and unique masterpiece of your own!


Amy Cook

Location: Music Tent

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Amy Cook is an Austin-based singer-songwriter whose most recent album, ”Summer Skin,” was greeted with critical acclaim. She has been a working musician for 20 years, from coffee shops and busking to traveling the country opening for Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin, Alejandro Escovedo, Todd Snider and Richard Thompson, among many others. Amy is also the artist behind the iconic “I love you so much” wall on South Congress Avenue.


Magic with Peter the Adequate

Location: Childrens Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


All Hail the Hales!

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Shannon and Dean Hale

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

All hail the Hales and their dynamic hero, the Princess in Black! What happens when the busy, monster-battling Princess takes a vacation? What else? SEA MONSTER! Meet Festival favorites and bestselling authors Shannon and Dean Hale in the Capitol Auditorium as they embark upon another action-packed adventure.

Moderator: Rita Painter


Be The Change

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Arun Gandhi
Bethany Hegedus

Nature/Environment

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

How can throwing away a worn-down pencil hurt anyone? How can wastefulness lead to violence? This is the question poised in the touching, personal new picture book, Be the Change. A follow-up to Grandfather Gandhi, Arun Gandhi and Texas author Bethany Hegedus once again carry an important message to children through the philosophy and memory of Mahatma Gandhi.

Moderator: Rebekah Manley


Texas Bluebonnet Awards

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Steven Weinberg
Jon Scieszka

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Jon Scieszka and a top notch team of Bluebonnet super readers will announce the master list of the 2016 Texas Bluebonnet Awards! Afterwards, the books will be available to browse and buy in the Children's Book Sales Tent. Thanks to the Texas Library Association for once again bringing this exciting announcement to the Texas Book Festival!


Woodworking with Nick Offerman

Location: First Baptist Church
Booksigning: First Baptist Church
Authors:
Nick Offerman

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

There’s only one man who has the good gumption to paddle his own canoe all the way to Texas to talk about woodworking: Nick Offerman. Pull up a pew and learn a thing or two as the Parks and Recreation star shares stories from Good Clean Fun about his ragtag group of wood elves who hew furniture, kazoos, mustache combs and more at the real-life Offerman Workshop.

Moderator: Lois Kim

Book Ticket Holders: Your book will be waiting for you at First Baptist Church! Present your receipt to receive your book and priority seat.

Didn't Buy a Book Ticket? We've reserved some open free seating at this session. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis!

The Book Signing: After he speaks, Offerman will sign at First Baptist Church. All Book Ticket holders and anyone who purchases a copy of Good Clean Fun on site at the Texas Book Festival will be admitted to the signing line. Copies of the book will be available to purchase at First Baptist Church.


Show Me, Show Me, Show Me

Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Dawn Kurtagich
Mindy McGinnis

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

What’s your deepest, darkest secret? Come on, we won’t tell anyone, we promise. Well, we may tell Dawn Kurtagich and Mindy McGinnis but it’s only fair -- today they’re going to reveal their deepest secrets and talk about the hidden truths of the characters in their mysterious new novels.

Moderator: Kate Sowa


New Literature from Latin America

Location: Ahora Si Tent (11th Street b/t Congress and Brazos)
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Mauro Javier Cardenas
Andrés Neuman
Eduardo Rabasa
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

Bilingual Short Stories

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Latin America is a powerhouse of dynamic new literature. Catch up with the latest work from some of the region’s most acclaimed, awarded and up-and-coming authors.

Moderator: Liliana Valenzuela


Outside Looking In

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.030
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Jennifer Close
Teddy Wayne

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

We’ve all felt like outsiders at some point in our lives, cupping our hands to the glass to see how the other half lives. In their new novels, bestselling authors Jennifer Close (The Hopefuls) and Teddy Wayne (Loner) give us a taste of what it’s like to be the outsider in Washington D. C. during the Obama campaign, and at Harvard University during freshman year.

Moderator: Laurie Muchnick


Supernatural Storytellers

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Robert Beatty
Janet Fox
D.J. MacHale

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

A magical library, a haunted castle, and a mysterious forest. Otherworldly forces are at work this hour. Don’t miss supernatural storytellers D.J. MacHale, Janet Fox and Robert Beatty as they take us on journeys beyond this realm!

Moderator: Cynthia Leitich Smith


Where the West Meets Murder

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Jon Land
Reavis Wortham

Crime/Mystery/Thriller

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Mystery, murder and international stakes meet the mythic west in new thrillers by Jon Land (Strong Cold Dead) and Reavis Wortham (Dark Places). Outlaws, terrorists, and rural feuds convene in this discussion of the darkest sides of the wild, wild west.

Moderator: Richard Holland


What it Means to be Texan

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.036
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Sarah Bird
Andrea Valdez

Texas

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Lone Star pride runs strong, there’s no denying it. But what exactly does it mean to be a Texan? Is it all boots, chaps and cowboy hats, Lone Stars and barbecue and stories of Ann Richards? Sarah Bird (A Love Letter to Texas Women) and Andrea Valdez (How To Be A Texan) sit down to discuss what life as a Texan means to them, and how it inspired their new books.

Moderator: Kathy Blackwell

1:00 PM — 2:00 PM Saturday

1 PM Saturday


Carson Ellis

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Carson Ellis

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Carson Ellis reads from Du Iz Tak? What is that? With exquisitely detailed illustrations and tragicomic flair, bestselling author and illustrator Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in even the humblest backyard.

Introduced by: Shannon Heinzen's 1st Grade Students, Thomas Arnold Elementary


The Taste of World Travel with Padma Lakshmi

Location: First United Methodist Church
Booksigning: The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca, enter from Lavaca St.)
Authors:
Padma Lakshmi

Food/Cooking

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Padma Lakshmi, Emmy-nominated host of Top Chef and award-winning cookbook author, has traveled the globe experiencing unique cuisine. Now, she presents a thorough compendium the world's spices and herbs in a vibrant, comprehensive guide, The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs. Join her as she shares stories of her world travels and tasting adventures. After the talk, Lakshmi will sign books at the church. Copies of the book are available for sale in the foyer. 

Moderator: Shefaly Ravula

Friends Pass Session! 


Conversation with T.C. Boyle

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Booksigning: Central Presbyterian Church
Authors:
T.C. Boyle

Science/Social Science History

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Prolific storyteller T.C. Boyle takes the stage this afternoon with The Terranauts, a brand new novel that delves into big picture issues of climate change, community, survival and social dynamics. When eight test subjects are sealed into a glass dome to test a possible off-earth colony, the pressure of their humanity builds to unforeseen breaking points.

Moderator: Jim Magnuson

Book Ticket Holders: Your book will be waiting for you at Central Presbyterian Church! Present your receipt to receive your book and priority seat. 

Didn't Buy a Book Ticket? We've reserved open free seating at this session. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis! 

The Book Signing: After he speaks, Boyle will sign at Central Presbyterian Church. All Book Ticket holders and anyone who purchases a copy of The Terranauts on site at the Texas Book Festival will be admitted to the signing line. Copies of the book will be available to purchase at Central Presbyterian Church.


Protecting the Presidents

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Clint Hill

Politics Memoir History Biography/Autobiography

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Secret Service agent CLINT HILL spent seventeen years protecting American Presidents, during a tumultuous era that included the Cold War, the assassination of JFK, Vietnam, and Watergate. Now, he shares never-before-revealed stories alongside Lisa McCubbin, award-winning journalist and co-author of Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.

Moderator: Lisa McCubbin


Marfa Modern

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Casey Dunn
Helen Thompson

Texas Regional Nature/Environment Design/Art/Photography

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Let’s all move to Marfa - for this hour, at least! In their new book, Marfa Modern, writer Helen Thompson and photographer Casey Dunn celebrate the houses that represent unique responses to Marfa’s austerely beautiful high-desert setting—the sky, its lights and sense of isolation.

Moderator: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin


From My Mad Hungry Family to Yours

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Booksigning: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Lucinda Scala Quinn

Food/Cooking

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Are you at the helm of a mad hungry family? Lucinda Scala Quinn is here to help with Mad Hungry Family: 120 Essential Recipes to Feed the Whole Crew. From PBS to Martha Stewart Living to her own Mad Hungry headquarters for home cooks, Quinn is an expert at satisfying any appetite. Learn from the best!

Moderator: Elizabeth Winslow


Well Versed in Grief

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Paul Lisicky
Max Porter

Memoir

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Paul Lisicky (The Narrow Door) and Max Porter (Grief is the Thing With Feathers) have each penned aching, exquisite narratives about the grieving process. What does it mean to write through the experience of loss? And what happens when an author goes out on the road to talk about it over and over again?

Moderator: Callie Collins


Austin Dog Alliance: Meet the Bow Wow Reading Dogs

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Enjoy storytime with the Bow Wow Reading Dogs!


Warren Hood and Marshall Hood

Location: Music Tent

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

“The cream always rises to the top, and there are young performers out there who will find their audience [such as] Warren Hood, a terrific songwriter and singer.” – Lyle Lovett One obvious influence for Warren Hood is Uncle Walt’s Band, which featured his late father, Champ and Walter Hyatt whose tunes the younger Hood takes to sweetly with a twist of his own finely tuned musicianship.


Great Expectations

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Belle Boggs
Sady Doyle
Phoebe Robinson

Science/Social Science Politics Memoir

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Even now, as we’re seeing the first woman to be nominated by a major party as their presidential candidate, we’re also hearing an extraordinary number of people comment on what a woman should be, how she should act, and what’s expected of her public and private performance. Belle Boggs (The Art of Waiting), Sady Doyle (Trainwreck) and Phoebe Robinson (You Can’t Touch My Hair) discuss what those expectations mean - and what they don’t - both in and out of the spotlight.

Moderator: Maya Perez


Austin Children's Choir

Location: Childrens Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


A Conversation with Kwame Alexander

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Kwame Alexander

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Newbery Award-winner, National Book Award nominee and acclaimed poet Kwame Alexander is an unforgettable storyteller. Today, he sits down to discuss his new children's book, Surf's Up, and Booked, the follow-up to his award-winning, crazy bestselling, must-read middle grade novel-in-verse, The Crossover. Soccer, love, family, friendship - Kwame covers it all. Don't miss it!

Moderator: Sharyn Vane


Darkness on the Edge of Town

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Kelly Luce
Jung Yun

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Writers Kelly Luce (Pull Me Under) and Jung Yun (Shelter) aren’t afraid of the dark. In their new novels, a twelve year old fatally stabs a bully and a suburban family confronts a violent act inside a comfortable life. What does it take for a writer to work on the dark side of literary life - and what are the effects?

Moderator: Stephanie Noll


Michael Hall

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Michael Hall

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Michael Hall reads from Wonderfall. This beautiful and informative picture book follows a single tree through the fall season. A great read-aloud for home and the classroom!

Introduced by: Natacha Jones's 1st Grade Students, UT Elementary


Vintage Writers on Reading

Location: Omni Longhorn Room
Booksigning: Omni Longhorn Room
Authors:
Chris Bohjalian
Helen Ellis

Short Stories

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

An intimate seminar for readers interested in the behind the scenes of being a writer. Helen Ellis (American Housewife) and Chris Bohjalian (The Guest Room) will talk about their respective reading and writing habits. Special tote bags with complimentary advanced readers copies will be handed out.

Moderator: Jennifer Marshall


Well...How Did I Get Here?

Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Melissa de la Cruz
M-E Girard
Joe Jiménez

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Identity is always in flux. Who we are now is not who we were ten years ago, or who we’ll be ten years from now. Looking back at life, it can seem like a crazy mystery how we got from Point A to Point B. Today, Melissa de la Cruz, M-E Girard and Joe Jimenez talk about who they were growing up, how they got to now, and how those journeys influenced the characters and stories in their new books.

Moderator: Kandis Seaver


The Making of Tacos of Texas

Location: Ahora Si Tent (11th Street b/t Congress and Brazos)
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Jarod Neece
Mando Rayo

Food/Cooking Journalism Regional Texas

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece drove hundreds of miles across Texas to discover and document the traditions, recipes, stories, and personalities behind the state’s favorite food - tacos. Today, they take us behind the scenes of their muy sabroso taco tour to share the making of The Tacos of Texas.

Moderator: Casey Kittrell


Here They Come to Save the Day!

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Gitty Daneshvari
David Liss

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Are you average? A normal kid at school? A mere earthling in a system of interstellar wonders? Join the club - of spies and superheroes! With their new middle grade adventures, David Liss (Rebels) and Gitty Daneshvari (The League of Unexceptionable Children) prove that saving the day isn’t a job for jocks and AI, it’s often for the most unexpected of heroes.

Moderator: Greg Leitich Smith

2:00 PM — 3:00 PM Saturday

2 PM Saturday


Andrea Beaty

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Andrea Beaty

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Andrea Beaty reads from Ada Twist, Scientist. Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada’s story of curiosity champions girl power and women scientists!

 Introduced by: Amanda Douglass's second Grade Students, Cedar Creek Elementary


The Second Life of Eileen Myles

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Booksigning: Central Presbyterian Church
Authors:
Eileen Myles

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

With the reissue of their autobiographical novel Chelsea Girls in 2015, poet Eileen Myles landed center stage in a literary culture primed to meet their unvarnished tale of life as a lesbian artist with tremendous acclaim. Today, they read from and discuss their latest book of poems, I Must Be Living Twice, a collection of new and favorite work from the span of their career.

Moderator: Jenn Shapland


Baylor and Beyond

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Jessica Luther

Sports Journalism

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Journalists Jessica Luther (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) and Dan Solomon broke the story of the Baylor football player on trial for sexual assault. Today they’re joined by Rick Gipprich and Rose Luna of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault to discuss how different institutions—the NCAA, athletic departments, universities, the media—respond to these stories and why nothing ever changes.

Moderator: Rose Luna


The Ultimate Unreliable Narrator Is... You

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Amy Gentry
Lydia Millet

Science/Social Science Crime/Mystery/Thriller

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Do you trust yourself? How can you be sure you’re telling yourself the truth? The power of psychological self-manipulation is the dynamic core of taut new thrillers by Lydia Millet (Sweet Lamb of Heaven) and Amy Gentry (Good As Gone). Join them as they discuss the art of writing suspense and the dangerous power of telling ourselves the lies we want to hear.

Moderator: Molly Odintz


Stalin's Last Spy

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.030
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Kati Marton

History Biography/Autobiography Journalism

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

How does an Ivy League-educated, US State Department employee, deeply rooted in American culture and history, become a hardcore Stalinist? Award-winning journalist and bestselling author KATI MARTON discusses the career of Noel Field, a Russian spy in the U.S. State Department and the subject of her latest book, True Believer.

Moderator: Stephanie Barko


Get Creative with Dyslexia with Decoding Dyslexia in partnership with IDA

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

One in five people have indicators for dyslexia. Join Decoding Dyslexia in the Children's Activity Tent and get a little messy as we make hand print art recognizing the 1 in 5 people that struggle with this common reading disability. Learn 5 warning signs for dyslexia and 5 ways you can help!


Hunter Sharpe with Marlon Sexton

Location: Music Tent

Music/Film

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Hunter Sharpe had a dazzling New York debut with an impressive offering of clearly distinct rock songs. With a experienced trio backing him (including Marlon Sexton), Hunter Sharpe may be young, but light years ahead in talent, skills and stage presence.


Boitumelo: Song and Stories of South Africa

Location: Childrens Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


When the Political is Personal

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.036
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Carlos Fonseca Suárez
Ha Jin
Christopher Kelly

Politics

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

In a year when the force of politics is inescapable, authors Ha Jin (The Boat Rocker), Chris Kelly (The Pink Bus) and Carlos Fonseca (Colonel Lágrimas) zero in on how politics carves a path through the fates of a lone journalist, a gay Senator, and an enigmatic mathematician.

Moderator: Will Evans


Border Report

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Dan Slater
Kimball Taylor
Laura Tillman

Regional Journalism History

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

What does it take to tell a border story? As the issue of immigration has grown hotter in the national spotlight, how has on-the-ground research and reporting changed? Three experienced journalists, Kimball Taylor (The Coyote’s Bicycle), Dan Slater (Wolf Boys) and Laura Tillman (The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts) discuss the experience researching, reporting on, and writing riveting new books about the U.S.-Mexico border.

Moderator: Ricardo Ainslie


David Soman

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
David Soman

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

David Soman reads from The Monster Next Door. From the creator of Ladybug Girl and Three Bears in a Boat comes a funny and endearing tale of friendship found and tested with a monster who has a talent for silly dances and funny faces.

Introduced by: Elexa Antweil's second Grade Students, Casis Elementary

Kids Passport Session! Kids, pick up a TBF passport at the Activity Tent. We'll give you a sticker for every passport session you attend. Three or more stickers earns you a prize!


Science is spelled S.C.I.E.S.Z.K.A

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Jon Scieszka

Science/Social Science

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Clever science experiments, funny jokes, and robot hijinks await as TBF MVP Jon Scieszka returns with Frank Einstein and the Evoblaster Belt! Kid-genius Frank Einstein has come up with his most incredible invention yet, the Evoblaster Belt, which zaps creatures from one species into another. We can't promise you won't leave this session as a rabbit, cat, beluga or chimpanzee; we can, however, promise that you'll have an absolute blast!

Introduced by: Ross-Cruser 2nd Graders, Casis Elementary


Twice Upon a Time

Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Jonah Lisa and Stephen Dyer
Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Danielle Paige

Romance Sci-Fi/Fantasy

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

They say there are no new stories under the sun; even if that’s true, there’s still no limit to the number of permutations one classic story can take. From the Snow Queen to Romeo and Juliet to the world of Jane Eyre, Danielle Paige, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Jonah Lisa, and Stephen Dyer are here today to talk about taking our favorite classic stories and giving them a brand new shape.

Moderator: Jennifer Ziegler


Remembering Unruh

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
Bill Wittliff

Texas History Design/Art/Photography Biography/Autobiography

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

The 2016 Texas Book Festival poster showcases the iconic work of Jack Unruh, one of the most famous illustrators to come out of Texas. Unruh passed away this year, after a long career that included illustrating books by Bill Wittliff and The Texanist column in Texas Monthly. Join Unruh’s colleagues and friends D.J. Stout, Bill Wittliff and David Courtney as they remember Unruh and his influence.

Moderator: David Courtney


Wild Stories

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Robin MacArthur
Jesús Treviño
Sam Allingham

Short Stories

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Short fiction’s power lies in its ability to transport us to wild terrains in just a few pages. Snap out of the normal and into unexpected new places as Sam Allingham, Robin MacArthur and Jesús Salvador Trevi...„o discuss their latest story collections.

Moderator: Adeena Reitberger


Young Americans

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Molly Prentiss
Tony Tulathimutte

History

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

How much does the youth of America change? Do Millennials want the same thing as twenty-somethings who found adulthood in the 1980s? Tony Tulathimutte, author of Private Citizens, a novel hailed as a modern classic for the Millennial generation; and Molly Prentiss, author of the vibrant new novel Tuesday Nights in 1980, discuss portraying youth in their time, two decades apart.

Moderator: Sofia Sokolove


The Making of Pax

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Jon Klassen
Sara Pennypacker

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Long-listed for a 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, Pax is a poignant middle grade novel whose story of loyalty, friendship and love during wartime has had a lasting impact on readers of all ages. How did the story and its affecting illustrations come together? Join award-winning author and illustrator duo Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen as they discuss the process of making Pax.

Moderator: Meghan Goel


Classic German Baking

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Booksigning: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Luisa Weiss

Food/Cooking

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Stollen, lebkuchen, strudel - let's get baking! Blogger and author Luisa Weiss—who was born in Berlin to an Italian mother and American father, and married into a family of bakers with roots in Saxony—shares her mastery with a scrumptious recipe from Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes from Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen.

Moderator: Cyndi Hughes


Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award

Location: Ahora Si Tent (11th Street b/t Congress and Brazos)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Duncan Tonatiuh
Ashley Hope Pérez

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Celebrate the winners of this year’s Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, Duncan Tonatiuh and Ashley Hope Pérez, with members of the Award’s national committee, Oralia Garza de Cortés, Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez and Pat Enciso. They’ll discuss the meaning and history of the award and why it’s vital to honor, share and support Latino literature for young readers.

3:00 PM — 4:00 PM Saturday

3 PM Saturday


Brendan Wenzel

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Brendan Wenzel

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Brendan Wenzel reads from They All Saw a Cat. In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see.

Introduced by: Andrea McIllwain's PreK Students, Blanton Elementary

Kids Passport Session! Kids, pick up a TBF passport at the Activity Tent. We'll give you a sticker for every passport session you attend. Three or more stickers earns you a prize!


On Indeh: Ethan Hawke and artist Greg Ruth

Location: First United Methodist Church
Booksigning: First United Methodist Church
Authors:
Ethan Hawke
Greg Ruth

Comics/Graphic Novels History

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Oscar-nominated actor Ethan Hawke and illustrator Greg Ruth discuss the ten year collaborative process of making Indeh, their new graphic novel that captures the Native American experience of war through the eyes of the Apache nations. After the talk, Hawke and Ruth will sign books at the church. Copies of the book are available for sale in the foyer. 

Moderator: Claire Burrows

Friends Pass Session! 


Girls on Fire

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Booksigning: Central Presbyterian Church
Authors:
Emma Cline
Robin Wasserman

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Dark psychologies and adolescent angst are taken to twisted new heights in two of the year’s most thrilling reads. Join Emma Cline (The Girls) and Robin Wasserman (Girls On Fire) as they dive into writing female friendship, coming of age -- and shocking violence.

Moderator: Jill Meyers

Friends Pass Session! 


The Art of the Campaign

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Josh King
Mary Beth Rogers

Politics Biography/Autobiography

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Just a few days before one of the most remarkable Presidential elections in American history, Josh King (Off Script), former presidential events production director at the White House, and Mary Beth Rogers (Turning Texas Blue), the last person to run a successful campaign to put a Democrat, Ann Richards, in the Texas governor's office, talk about the unprecedented style of the 2016 campaign: what we’ve seen, what it means, and what’s been going on behind the scenes of this or any other election.

Moderator: Paul Stekler


Oh the Places You'll Go

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.030
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Geoff Dyer
Andrés Neuman

Nature/Environment Essays Regional

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

The work of a travel writer is hardly straightforward. There are whirlwind trips and there are deliberate pilgrimages; culture and current events sit right alongside the writer’s personal past. Two of the world’s preeminent writers on place, Andrés Neuman (How to Travel Without Seeing) and Geoff Dyer (White Sands) discuss what a travel writer is truly seeing - and why they choose to look in the first place.

Moderator: Tiffany Yates Martin


What's in your Great Big Backyard?

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hagar's new story Our Big Backyard helps commemorate the 100th anniversary of America's National Park Service. Get in touch with your outdoor side by crafting a scene of all the interesting things that are in your own backyard.


Tommy Shannon Blues Band

Location: Music Tent

Music/Film

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Tommy Shannon is a living blues legend and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble). Tommy Shannon Blues Band also features blues master David Holt on guitar (Storyville, Joe Ely, Mavericks, ARC Angels) and ace drummer Tommy Taylor (Christopher Cross, Eric Johnson, many others!) on drums. TSBB stays true to the blues while celebrating Austin’s rich musical legacy.


Hey Lolly Band

Location: Childrens Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Eyewitnesses to the Revolucion

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.036
Authors:
Mauro Javier Cardenas
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

Short Stories Politics

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

In brilliant, challenging, inventive new fiction, Mauro Javier Cardenas (The Revolutionaries Try Again) and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho (Barefoot Dogs) portray the pull of political revolution on a group of friends in Ecuador and a family in Mexico. Join them as these two groundbreaking debut novelists sit down for a one-on-one conversation.


Lauren Castillo

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Lauren Castillo

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Caldecott Honor author and illustrator Lauren Castillo reads from It is Not Time For Sleeping, a sweet new bedtime book with lyric texts and lush illustrations.

Introduced by: Mrs. Sharp's 4th and 5th Grade Panthers, Zilker Elementary


Tackling the Page

Location: Omni Longhorn Room
Booksigning: Omni Longhorn Room
Authors:
Wade Smith

Sports

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Don’t miss former NFL player Wade Smith (Smitty Hits the (Play) Books), as he shares his new book and talks about what it’s like to go from facing the football field to facing the blank page.

Moderator: Michael Hurd


Who Are You? (I Really Wanna Know)

Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
S.J. Kincaid
Lauren Oliver

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Quick - who are you and what are you doing here? Tough questions? That’s exactly what Lauren Oliver and S.J. Kincaid force their characters to confront in their brand new novels. Think you can identify yourself in these books? You better be here to find out.

Moderator: Mandy Curtis


Gran Exito

Location: Ahora Si Tent (11th Street b/t Congress and Brazos)
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Julissa Arce
Diane Guerrero

Memoir Biography/Autobiography Bilingual

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Both Diane Guerrero, actress on Orange in the New Black, and Julissa Arce, who became a VP at Goldman Sachs while undocumented, know first hand the struggle of living as an immigrant in America. They also both know what it takes and what it’s like to achieve their dreams against all odds. Join them as they share their exceptional stories of facing challenges and finding success.

Moderator: Josefina Casati


Returning Worlds

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Justin Cronin
Ken Liu

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Crafting a compelling, complex other-world out of pure imagination is a feat few successfully pull off. Justin Cronin (City of Mirrors) and Ken Liu (Wall of Storms) have not only done it - they’ve done it again! They’ll discuss the pleasure - and pressure - of writing sequels in worlds entirely of their own creation.


Girls Squad

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Kate Beasley
Angela Cervantes
Jacqueline Kelly

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Girls get things done! In their new books, Kate Beasley (Gertie’s Leap to Greatness), Angela Cervantes (Allie, First at Last), and Jacqueline Kelly (Skunked! Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet) give us strong girls who use their wit, ingenuity and unique characters to confront challenges and take care of business.

Moderator: Lindsey Lane


Iron Man Eoin Colfer

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Eoin Colfer

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

What's this? An all-new story featuring the Invincible Iron Man, told by the internationally best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer?! It's true! Don't miss author and performer extraordinaire Iron Man Eoin Colfer as he unveils this brand new super hero adventure!

Moderator: Topher Bradfield


Tracking Terrorism

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
Lawrence Wright

Politics Journalism History

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

This session starts at 3:50pm. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright (The Looming Tower) discusses the track of terrorism in the Middle East, from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent violence persisted by ISIS, based on the in-depth articles collected in his new book, The Terror Years.

Moderator: Brian Sweany


Ecologies/Economies: Four Poets of Borders

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Orlando Ricardo Menes
Safiya Sinclair
Monica Youn

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

In their latest collections, poets Monica Youn (Blackacre), Safiya Sinclair (Cannibal) and Orlando Ricardo Menes (Heresies) straddle borders of geography, identity, culture and verse. Join them as they read from their exciting, exploratory new work.

Moderator: Abe Louise Young


Unsolved in ATX

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Skip Hollandsworth
Beverly Lowry

Journalism History Crime/Mystery/Thriller Texas

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Two different eras, two grisly crimes, one rocked city: Austin, Texas. Skip Hollandsworth (The Midnight Assassin) and Beverly Lowry (Who Killed These Girls) discuss their riveting true accounts of unsolved crimes that shook the Capital City; the servant girl murders in the 1800s and the yogurt shop murders in the 1990s. What drew them to these stories? And who do they think did it?

Moderator: Mike Hall


The Fleet at Flood Tide

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
James Hornfischer

Politics History

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Award-winning historian James D. Hornfischer tells the epic story of the last year of the Pacific war, from the stunning spectacle of the invasion of the Mariana Islands and the air battles of the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot to the decision to use the atomic bombs and the anguish of Japan’s final surrender. From the seas of the Central Pacific to the shores of Japan itself, The Fleet at Flood Tide is a stirring and deeply humane account of World War II’s world-changing finale.

Introduced by: James Haley

4:00 PM — 5:00 PM Saturday

4 PM Saturday


Steven Weinberg

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Booksigning: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Steven Weinberg

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Steven Weinberg reads from You Must Be This Tall. Two friends—one short and one tall—must come up with a plan to overcome a serious height restriction so they can ride a roller coaster together in this delightfully cheeky and bright picture book.

Introduced by: Carolina Martinez's 2nd Grade Students, T.A. Brown Elementary

Kids Passport Session! Kids, pick up a TBF passport at the Activity Tent. We'll give you a sticker for every passport session you attend. Three or more stickers earns you a prize!


Don DeLillo in Conversation with Noah Hawley

Location: First Baptist Church
Booksigning: First Baptist Church
Authors:
Don DeLillo
Noah Hawley

Crime/Mystery/Thriller

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Texas Book Festival and the Harry Ransom Center are honored to present Don DeLillo, bestselling author of fifteen novels, including White Noise and Underworld, and recipient of numerous awards, including the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. DeLillo will appear in conversation with screenwriter and novelist Noah Hawley about their writing lives and latest novels, Zero K and Before the Fall. A book signing will follow at First Baptist Church.

Moderator: Stephen Enniss, Director, Harry Ransom Center

Friends Pass Session! 

PLEASE NOTE: No photography or videography is permitted during this session. Please do not attempt to record the session; you will be asked to leave. 

SIGNING GUIDELINES:

The signing will take place at First Baptist Church immediately after the talk. Books will be available for sale before and after the talk in the lobby. 

Up to 3 copies of Zero K may be signed per person. Books will not be personalized.

One other DeLillo title may be signed with the purchase of at least one copy of Zero K at the Festival. Please be prepared to present your receipt.

No photos or video permitted at the signing table.

Thank you for cooperating with our volunteers as they communicate information about the signing line. 

 


The Tacos of Texas!

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Booksigning: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Jarod Neece
Mando Rayo

Texas Regional Journalism Food/Cooking

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Don’t miss taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece as they demonstrate a recipe from the most anticipated cookbook in Texas history - The Tacos of Texas! Mando and Jarod traveled the state in search of the best tacos and the stories behind them. Think you know how to taco? You’d better be here!

Moderator: Tom Thornton


Ghost Towns, Gas Stations, and a 20-Foot Cowboy

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Jack Knox

Texas Nature/Environment History Design/Art/Photography

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Texas is full of endless skies, wide open spaces, tiny towns, rusting gas stations and cowboys who grow taller than twenty feet. Photographer Jack Knox has captured all of this and more in his vibrant, colorful images of antiquated Texas. Revel in the unique majesty of our state’s smallest, worn-in details.


Youth Fiction Awards

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.030

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Sponsored by AT&T and UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the TBF’s annual Youth Fiction Contest session features winners discussing their stories and stories and strategies for this year’s theme, “Note to Self.”


Create a Calavera!

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos by coloring or crafting your own paper calavera!


McCallum High School's Knights of Steel

Location: Childrens Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


WhoDo

Location: Music Tent

Music/Film

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

WhoDo is an Austin blues consortium specializing in the music of Texas and Louisiana. It is perhaps Austin’s most literary band, with Ricardo Ainslie (author and documentarian) on guitar; John Burnett (the NPR correspondent) on harmonica; and Lawrence Wright (author and New Yorker writer) on keyboards. Rounding out the band are Brian Turner on guitar, Jimmy Umstattd on bass, Christian Umstadtt on drums. Their performances keep the literary spirit of the Texas Book Festival alive and rockin’ year round.


Southern Comfort, Samuelsson Style

Location: First United Methodist Church
Booksigning: First United Methodist Church
Authors:
Marcus Samuelsson

Food/Cooking Regional

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson's iconic Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem has become a hub for community and Southern black and cross-cultural food. Today he talks about the evolution of his restaurant, his cuisine, and the traditions that converge in his latest, The Red Rooster Cookbook.

Moderator: Paula Disbrowe


The Magic of Mariachi

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.036
Booksigning: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Steven Schneider

Regional Music/Film

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Experience la magia del mariachi with Steven Schneider, professor of Creative Writing and Literatures and Cultural Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and author of a new book that celebrates mariachi musicians in poetic verse and original art. He’ll be joined by Dr. Dahlia Guerra, Vice President of Public Art, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, for a lively discussion of the beauty and joy of mariachi music. Four members of the award-winning Mariachi Aztlan will perform at this presentation.

Moderator: Dr. Dahlia Guerra


Storytime with René Colato Laínez

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
René Colato Laínez

Bilingual

4:30 PM - 5:00 AM

Award-winning illustrator René Colato Laínez reads from Mamá the Alien!