2015 Festival Schedule



11:00 AM — 12:00 PM Sunday

11 AM Sunday


Patricia Vermillion

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Patricia Vermillion

Children Young Readers

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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Patricia Vermillion reads from Hound Dawg.

Introduced by Tracie Johnson’s 1st Grade Students of Old Town Elementary


TBF and AJBF Present Joseph Skibell and Bob Morris

Location: House Chamber
Authors:
Joseph Skibell
Bob Morris

Memoir

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

The Texas Book Festival partners with the Austin Jewish Book Festival to present a personal discussion on family. Joseph Skibell and Bob Morris join us as two humorous, sentimental, and conflicted but loving sons who navigate family politics in their respective memoirs.

Moderated by Zoë Miller


Freeman's Party

Location: Kirkus Reviews Tent
Authors:
Téa Obreht
Laura van den Berg

Nonfiction Journalism Fiction Essays Short Stories Travel

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Join former Granta editor, and anthologist extraordinaire, John Freeman, as he talks about his latest anthologies, Freeman's: The Best New Writing on Arrival and Tales of Two Cities: The Best of Times and Worst of Times in Today's New York with contributors Tea Obreht and Laura van den Berg.

Moderated by John Freeman


Too Rad for Mom and Dad

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Authors:
Harrison Scott Key
Jamie Brickhouse

Memoir

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Memoirists Jamie Brickhouse and Harrison Scott Key talk about the heartfelt, humbling, and honest ways in which their relationships with their parents have shaped them. Parents, you can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em.

Moderated by Donna Johnson


Invisible in Austin

Location: Texas Tent
Authors:
Javier Auyero
Katherine Jensen

Journalism Regional Texas

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Join editor Javier Auyero and some of his collaborating graduate students, Katherine Jensen and Caitlyn Collins, in discussion about Invisible in Austin, an essential study of the growing gap between wealth and poverty in a dynamic and overall thriving city.

Moderated by Alfredo Estrada


Paranormal Activity

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Daniel José Older
Nova Ren Suma
Paige McKenzie

Young Adult

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Whether you are seeking thrills, chills, or a little magic, this paranormal panel is for you. Unravel the mystery of a mystic murder in Nova Ren Suma’s The Walls Around Us, discover the art of magic in Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper, and prepare to be uncover the sinister schemes of spirits in Paige McKenzie’s The Haunting of Sunshine Girl.

Moderated by Diane Hernandez

 


Getting Real

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Authors:
James Hannaham
Saeed Jones

Poetry Fiction Politics

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Saeed Jones and James Hannaham bring the crucial Black Lives Matter conversation to the forefront. Join Texas-native Jones and Bronx-born Hannaham in a cross-genre panel as they discuss how race and racism has influenced their respective texts and their poignantly unique perspectives.

Moderated by Ryan Sharp


50 Years of One Hundred Years of Solitude

Location: Ahora Si Tent (12th & Colorado)
Authors:
Ilan Stavans

Bilingual Nonfiction

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Join Ilan Stavans as he talks about the enduring appeal of Gabriel García Márquez's masterpiece. (Spanish) Ilan Stavans explora el impacto e influencia del clásico de Gabriel García Márquez (en español)


Where I'm From

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Authors:
Randy Fritz
David L. Ulin

Nature/Environment Regional Texas

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Join author Randy Fritz and Los Angeles Times books critic and authors David L. Ulin and as they talk about the ways in which the evolving landscape, for better or worse, of the places they live (Bastrop and Los Angeles, respectively) shape who they are and who they continue to become.

Moderated by Jill Christman


ISIS: Dissecting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
Michael Weiss

Politics History

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

ISIS has catapulted itself from a group of weak Iraqi insurgents to one of the most ruthless jihadist armies. Journalist Michael Weiss discusses the violent beginnings of ISIS and the uncertain future of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Moderated by Nancy Nusser


Austin Dog Alliance: Meet the Bow Wow Reading Dogs!

Location: Children's Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St.)

Children

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Cathy Barrow

Food/Cooking

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come see food preservation expert Cathy Barrow demonstrate recipes and essential preserving techniques from her book, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry.


Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre

Location: Children's Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St.)

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Jared Chapman

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Jared Chapman

Children Young Readers

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11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Jared Chapman reads from Vegetables in Underwear.

Introduced by Elexa Antweil’s 2nd Grade Students of Casis Elementary


Old Wolf

Location: Stateside Theatre
Authors:
Brian Floca
Avi

Fiction Middle Grade Young Readers

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11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

From Newbery Medalist author Avi with illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca, comes a story about hunting and survival. In Colorado, raven Merla and wolf Nashoba's ordinary routines are rocked when thirteen-year-old bow hunter Casey enters the scene.

Moderated by Rose Smith


If At First We Don't Succeed . . .

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Authors:
Matt Sumell
Neal Pollack

Fiction Novels

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11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Neal Pollack and Matt Sumell's characters try and try again. Join the novelists as they chat about two characters constantly hitting the reset button, albeit for different reasons. Here are two absurdly addictive tales of graceless men gracefully surviving through dire lives.

Moderated by Wendi Aarons

12:00 PM — 1:00 PM Sunday

12 PM Sunday


Decorate your own Trick or Treat bag with Do512 Family

Location: Children's Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St.)

Children Middle Grade Parenting Young Readers

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12:00 PM - 1:00 AM


Phil Bildner

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Phil Bildner

Children Young Readers

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12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Phil Bildner reads from Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans.

Introduced by Librarian Christina Nelson and Students of Odom Elementary


Negroland

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
Margo Jefferson

History Memoir Politics

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and memoirist Margo Jefferson recounts growing up in a small region of African-American upper class families in Chicago during the civil rights movement and the genesis of feminism. With this point of view, Jefferson discusses race, identity, and American culture, through her own lens.

Moderated by Shirley Thompson


Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed

Location: Kirkus Reviews Tent
Authors:
Courtney Hodell
Geoff Dyer
Meghan Daum

Essays Nonfiction

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

From the popular anthology Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, contributors Meghan Daum, Geoff Dyer, and Courtney Hodell talk about the pressure to have kids, the balance of successful careers with the standard 2.3 children, and the provocative conviction that having children is not the only path to living a fulfilling life.

Moderated by Courtney Hodell


Jogging Memories

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Authors:
Jill Alexander Essbaum
Keija Parssinen

Crime/Mystery/Thriller Fiction Novels Psychology

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

If you've read either Madame Bovary or The Crucible, these stories are likely seared into your mind (if you haven't: do!). In the deft hands of Jill Alexander Essbaum's Hausfrau and Keija Parssinen's The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, you'll see glimmers, respectively, of these classics, but you'll also see something wholly original.

Moderated by Nichale Noll


Strange Pilgrims

Location: The Contemporary Austin--Jones Center (700 Congress)

Art/Photography/Design

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

What does it take to make art that is more than a painting on a wall? Art that is immersive, larger than life, and completely captures the complexities of the imagination? Journey into the minds of the artists behind The Contemporary Austin exhibition and accompanying catalog Strange Pilgrims-- an exhibition that reflects the complicated human journey through strange and unfamiliar spaces.

Attending Authors: Jessica Mallios, Susan Scafati, and Adam Schreiber

Lakes Were Rivers:
Since the group’s formation in 2008, Lakes Were Rivers artists have exhibited together several times, including with Fotofest, Houston (2010) and at Vanderbilt University (2012) and most recently the Contemporary Austin which commissioned Swan Cycle, a video and exhibition of photographs, exhibited at Laguna Gloria as a part of the multi-site group show, Strange Pilgrims. In 2011, they initiated the first of two exhibitions undertaken in collaboration with the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas. For the first time, the artists culled the Ransom Center’s photography collections and paired historical images with their own original works in the exhibition (Re)Collection (2011-12), organized for the East Austin Studio Tour. The Harry Ransom Center then invited the collective to expand the project through a second exhibition in the center’s galleries. The result, Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive (2013), displayed approximately fifty new works together with a variety of images and objects from the Ransom Center archives. Lakes Were Rivers won an Idea Fund Grant from the Warhol Foundation and the Austin Chronicle’s Best Photographers award in 2011. Lakes Were Rivers is Leigh Brodie, Elizabeth Chiles, Anna Krachey, Jessica Mallios, Sarah Murphy, Mike Osborne, Jason Reed, Ben Ruggiero, Adam Schreiber, Susan Scafati Shahan and Barry Stone.


Telling It Like it Was

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Authors:
Alex Sheshunoff
Debra Monroe

Memoir Nonfiction

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Debra Monroe and Alex Sheshunoff took the road less traveled in their funny, renegade, memoirs, My Unsentimental Education and A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise: 9 Steps to Giving up Everything, respectively.

Moderated by Suzy Spencer


Throwing Shade

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
I. W. Gregorio
Meg Medina
Jessie Ann Foley

Young Adult

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

What to do when who you think you are twists and turns your whole world upside down? Join authors Meg Medina, Jessie Ann Foley and I.W. Gregorio as they tackle the difficult topic of staying true to yourself and sticking up for yourself.

Moderated by Holly Green


Billingual Storytelling (Spanish-English, ages 4-7)

Location: Ahora Si Tent (12th & Colorado)

Bilingual Children

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Bring your little ones to hear Why? Why the elephant has a long nose and other funny explanations with storyteller Carolina Quiroga-Stultz. (Bilingual)


Who Do

Location: Music Tent

Music/Film

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


Survival of the Fittest

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
Rebecca Stead
Nick Courage
Nikki Loftin

Young Adult

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The protagonists in Nikki Loftin, Nick Courage, and Rebecca Stead's novels were never supposed to live. Whether battling cancer, a heart transplant, or surviving a horrific car crash, they've defeated impossible odds and are now left to discover themselves, their friends, and find out the reason that they live.

Moderated by Carmen Oliver


Let's do the Genre Warp Again

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Authors:
Colin Winnette
Carola Dibbell

American West Crime/Mystery/Thriller Fiction Novels Regional Texas

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Punk-rock, sci-fi, and acid western?! Walk with Carola Dibbell and Colin Winnette down the trippy paths of their uniquely genre-bending novels, The Only Ones and Haints Stay in what's bound to be an iconoclastic discussion as these authors explore the ways in which they twist genre to create something fresh.

Moderated by Ryan Chapman


The Telephone Company

Location: Children's Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St.)

Music/Film

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Standing Out, Blending In

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Allyson Hobbs
James McGrath Morris

Biography/Autobiography History Nonfiction

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12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Join Allyson Hobbs and James McGrath Morris as they share their investigations into the tumultuous history of racial identity in the U.S. in their respective works, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life and Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press.

Moderated by Hopeton Hay


Wild Wild West

Location: Texas Tent
Authors:
Jeff Guinn

American West Fiction Novels Regional Texas

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12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Ride out into the Wild West with New York Times-bestselling author Jeff Guinn's new novel, Buffalo Trail: A Novel of the American West, a follow-up to his beloved work Glorious. From Dodge City to the Texas Panhandle, this trek into forbidden lands to hunt buffalo proves to be fierce.

Moderated by Michelle Newby


Raúl Colón

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Raúl Colón

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12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Raúl Colón reads from Draw!.

Introduced by Andrea McIllwain's PreK Students of Blanton Elementary


The Beauty of Books

Location: House Chamber
Authors:
Ilan Stavans
Azar Nafisi

Fiction

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12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) and Ilan Stavans consider the pivotal importance of reading and the role of fiction in today’s age of entertainment. Nafisi’s The Republic of Imagination is an energetic response to the claim that fiction has no purpose in today’s America and Stavans’ Quixote: The Novel and the World explores the profound impact of a centuries-old masterpiece Don Quixote.

Moderated by John Trischitti


Behaving Badly

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Authors:
Ottessa Moshfegh
Karolina Waclawiak

Crime/Mystery/Thriller Fiction Novels

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12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Join authors Karolina Waclawiak and Ottessa Moshfegh for a discussion of their haunting new novels. From a Stepford-like suburbia to the halls of a New England juvenile prison, these two writers explore characters who, whether they like it or not, are not playing nice.

Moderated by Amanda Nowlin-O'Banion


Toast

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Raquel Pelzel

Food/Cooking

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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Come watch as Raquel Pelzel reimagines the “bread and butter” of cuisine and demonstrates recipes from her book, Toast.

1:00 PM — 2:00 PM Sunday

1 PM Sunday


Emma J. Virján

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Emma J. Virján

Young Readers Children

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1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Emma J. Virján reads from What This Story Needs Is A Pig in a Wig (A Pig in a Wig Book).

Introduced by Angela Holcek's 2nd Grade Students of England Elementary


Boxing, Cuba, Hemingway

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
Brin-Jonathan Butler

Memoir Nonfiction Travel

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Brin-Jonathan Butler discusses how a search to understand the place that produces some of the world's greatest boxers turned into a journey of self-discovery and an appreciation for a culture more beautiful than he ever imagined.

Moderated by Lucas Schaefer


Behind the Barrel

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Authors:
Brandon Caro
Elliot Ackerman

Fiction Historical Fiction Novels

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Veterans Elliot Ackerman and Brandon Caro discuss their war fiction novels. Both novels explore the implications of war on all who are involved, from someone serving behind the front lines to young people forced to confront the war head-on, and question the nature of war and its purpose.

Moderated by Stephanie Noll


Eliza Gilkyson

Location: Music Tent

Music/Film

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


Bilingual Storytelling (Spanish-English, ages 8-12)

Location: Ahora Si Tent (12th & Colorado)

Bilingual Children

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Kids in Search of the Magic Lake - Storytelling Performance for young heros with storyteller Carolina Quiroga-Stultz. (Bilingual)


Thrills, Chills, and the Genre Defiance

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
Gwendolyn Womack
Vu Tran

Novels Fiction Crime/Mystery/Thriller

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Discover the compelling works of Gwendolyn Womack and Vu Tran (The Memory Painter, and Dragonfish, respectively), crime thrillers that move you with their lyricism, complex characters, and deep engagement with history.

Moderated by Geoff Rips


Big City Binds

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Authors:
Benjamin Markovits
Karen Olsson

Fiction Novels

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Join authors Benjamin Markovits and Karen Olsson as they discuss their urban-set novels, both centering on migrations to American cities as escape and opportunity. From D.C. to Detroit, characters attempt to resolve their personal issues, while facing the issues that come with their surroundings.

Moderated by John Pipkin


Poetry and Place

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Authors:
Major Jackson
Tomás Q. Morín

Poetry

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Poets Tomas Q. Morin and Major Jackson come together to discuss the process of painting images with poetry.


A.I. - Fact or Fiction?

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
John Markoff
Louisa Hall

Fiction Nonfiction Science/Social Science Technology/Internet

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Fiction writer Louisa Hall and Pulitzer-Prize winning science writer John Markoff talk about the complicated relationship between humans and computers as they seek to find where speculative fiction meets factual reality. Join these authors as they seek to discover the reality and truth behind the development of Artificial Intelligence.

Moderated by Dalia Azim


Mac Barnett Pranksters Workshop

Location: Stateside Theatre
Authors:
Mac Barnett

Middle Grade

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Want to pull off the best prank, one your friends couldn't dream of? Attend this one-of-a-kind event hosted by bestselling author Mac Barnett as he inducts you The Secret Order of Disorder as featured in the bestselling book series The Terrible Two, which he wrote with his buddy and pal Jory John.

Introduced by Sara Ortiz


Bernadette Nason

Location: Children's Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St.)

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


You're Invited: An African Safari Invitation for Fun, Adventurous Children

Location: Children's Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St.)

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Based on the award winning book, Tame Your Manners.


1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Unravel the interwoven intricacies of Texas history with Stephen L. Moore, Ron Jackson, and Lee Spencer White. From remembering the Alamo to legendary Texas Rangers who patrolled the western frontier, this session is sure to satisfy Texas history buffs.


HUMANity

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Amy Tintera
Marie Lu
Michael Buckley

Young Adult

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1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Humans no longer have the upper hand in any of the worlds created by authors Marie Lu, Amy Tintera and Michael Buckley. Join these fantasy writers as they talk about what it takes to maintain your humanity in a world that is no longer dominated by humans.

Moderated by Mandy Curtis


The Luck Archive: Exploring Belief, Superstition, and Tradition

Location: The Contemporary Austin--Jones Center (700 Congress)
Authors:
Mark Menjivar

Art/Photography/Design Nature/Environment Nonfiction

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1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

For the past few years artist Mark Menjivar has been exploring the concept of luck and archiving everything he finds. Menjivar has spent hours and days engaging people in airplanes, tattoo shops, bingo halls, international grocery stores, public parks, baseball stadiums, and voodoo shops—and out on the streets and in their homes. The physical archive now contains over 500 objects, stories and photographs. Join him as he talks about the project and shares much of what he has learned!

Moderated by Lauren Cerand


Young Writers Award

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)

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1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The Central Texas Writing Project is happy to present selected writers from our summer writing camps held in both San Marcos and Round Rock on our beautiful Texas State University campuses. Come to the session to hear gifted young writers of both music and the written word and to gather more information about our writing project and camps.


On Bodies

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Authors:
Sarah Gerard
Alexandra Kleeman

Fiction

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1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

In their unique and unsettling novels, authors Sarah Gerard and Alexandra Kleeman criticize American society, examine cult-like obsessions with bodies and food, and explore what it means in this age to be a woman.

Moderated by Vincent Scarpa


Russophiles with Rhythm

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Authors:
Anthony Marra
Rebecca Makkai

Short Stories

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1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Jam out while acclaimed authors Anthony Marra and Rebecca Makkai discuss their collections of short stories about Russia (and much, much more). Covering an extraordinary range of characters and circumstance, this conversation is not to miss.

Moderated by Jennifer duBois

2:00 PM — 3:00 PM Sunday

2 PM Sunday


Raúl Gonzalez III

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Raúl Gonzalez III

Children Young Readers

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2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Raúl Gonzalez III reads from Lowriders in Space (Book 1). Introduced by Laura Adams’ 4th Grade Students of Galindo Elementary


ZACH

Location: Children's Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St.)

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2:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Friendship, an Awfully Big Adventure

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
Lisa Papademetriou
Liz Garton Scanlon
Nicholas Gannon

Fiction Middle Grade Novels Travel Young Adult Young Readers

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

When best friends embark on adventures together in books by Lisa Papademetriou, Liz Garton Scanlon, and Nicholas Gannon, it's evident a good adventure needs a good squad. Find out what strange and unusual circumstances bring these characters together.

Moderated by Suzanne Wofford


Austin Opera

Location: Music Tent

Music/Film

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM


Give Us the Ballot

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
Ari Berman

History Nonfiction Politics

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

From the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to present, author and journalist Ari Berman explores the transformation of America under the VRA and the counterrevolution that emerged in attempt to retract these rights. Join the conversation as Berman discusses race, representation, and the struggles of minorities to secure their place in the voting booth.

Moderated by Alberta Phillips


Grant Park

Location: House Chamber
Authors:
Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Fiction Historical Fiction Novels

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Leonard Pitts’ latest novel alternates between 1968, the year of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, and Chicago during the election of 2008. Grant Park showcases his talent for addressing racial tensions that are just as relevant today as they were during the Civil Rights era.

Moderated by Ricardo Ainslie


Exercises in Restraint

Location: Kirkus Reviews Tent
Authors:
Lincoln Michel
Jessica Lee Richardson
Padgett Powell

Short Stories

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

When every word counts, and the text is short on pages but long on skill, you have encountered the meticulously honed short story. This and more will be discussed as authors Lincoln Michel, Padgett Powell, and Jessica Lee Richardson team up to provide this insightful look into the genre.

Moderated by Deb Olin Unferth


What's Your Disguise?

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Authors:
Anakana Schofield
Catherine Lacey

Psychology

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Authors Catherine Lacey and Anakana Schofield delve into the darker layers of the human psyche as they discuss mental deterioration, the masks people put on to hide themselves, and what it means to find one's "true" identity.

Moderated by Callie Collins


Year of the Dunk

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Authors:
Asher Price

Journalism Memoir Nonfiction

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Do you still have the untapped potential to dunk a basketball at age 34? This is the test Asher Price undertakes as he spends a year challenging his body and mind to perform the near-impossible dunk -- a stand-in for the daydreams we all have. Join Asher and Grantland staff writer, Kirk Goldsberry, as they discuss the desire to dunk.

Moderated by Kirk Goldsberry


Make an Ornament for Dyslexia Awareness- Decoding Dyslexia Texas

Location: Children's Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St.)

Children

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Food52 VEGAN Recipes

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Gena Hamshaw

Food/Cooking

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Whether you’re an omnivore or vegan, come watch and learn how to incorporate plant-based recipes in your everyday routine from Food52’s Gena Hamshaw.


Coming of Age, Sooner of Later

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Steven Mintz

Coffee Table Books History Nonfiction Parenting Psychology

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2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Steven Mintz as he discusses how the phrases “coming of age” and “settling down” are being used later and later in adult life in The Prime of Life: A History of Modern Adulthood.

Moderated by Jessica Grogan


I'm Your Biggest Fan

Location: Texas Tent
Authors:
Kelly Link
Edward Carey

Fiction Short Stories Young Adult

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2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Authors Kelly Link and Edward Carey both dabble in the unconventional, quirky, and sometimes dark, but each in their own distinct style. Join the two as they discuss their own writing, and what they totally love about each other's work.

Moderated by Jill Meyers


All American Boys

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
Jason Reynolds
Brendan Kiely

Young Adult

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2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Award-winning authors Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds come together to tell the stories of Rashad and Quinn as an incident at a gas station changes their lives forever. Powerful and honest, All American Boys gives a perspective of recent controversy through the eyes of teenagers.

Moderated by Vanessa Lee


Jennifer Rustgi and Ashley White

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Ashley White
Jennifer Rustgi

Children Young Readers

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2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Author Jennifer Rustgi and illustrator Ashley White read from A Moon of My Own.

Introduced by Mindy Bass’ 1st Grade Students of Gullett Elementary


Unbranded

Location: The Contemporary Austin--Jones Center (700 Congress)
Authors:
Ben Masters

American West Art/Photography/Design Nature/Environment

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2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Four friends on a wild mustang (as in horseback) journey over 3,000 miles, from Mexico to Canada. What resulted was a documentary and a gorgeous collection of photos of the vast landscapes. The man behind the whole plan, Ben Masters, is here to tell the tale.

Moderated by Steven G. Kellman


Break Up or Make Up?

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Authors:
Phoebe Fox
Katherine Taylor
Amy FitzHenry

Fiction Humor/Satire Novels Romance

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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

There’s nothing like a breakup, or the prospect of walking down the aisle, to get a gal thinking. In Cold Feet, Bedside Manners, and Valley Fever, authors Amy FitzHenry, Phoebe Fox, and Katherine Taylor treat the dilemmas of young women at pivotal points in their lives with heart, humor, and compassion.

Moderated by Maya Smart


A New History

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Authors:
Jeffery Renard Allen
Laila Lalami

Novels History Historical Fiction Fiction

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2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Join Jeffery Renard Allen and Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami as they use fiction as a catalyst to explore alternative histories. Though these works may cover unfamiliar grounds to many, these inspiring protagonists tell a different type of slave narrative.

Moderated by Richard Santos

3:00 PM — 4:00 PM Sunday

3 PM Sunday


Joel Nakamura

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Joel Nakamura

Children Young Readers

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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Joel Nakamura reads from Go West!.

Introduced by Lauren Berrong’s 2nd Grade Students of Galindo Elementary


Las Comadres Meetup with Nora Comstock and Amy Tintera

Location: Ahora Si Tent (12th & Colorado)
Authors:
Amy Tintera

Young Adult

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Las Comadres para las Americans connects Latinas around the world through a love of literature. Join founder Nora Comstock, as she speaks with beloved young adult author Amy Tintera.


House of Rock and Roll

Location: Music Tent

Music/Film

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM


3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Anne Bustard, Louis Sachar, and Matt London discover just what happens when kids are face-to-face with the powers of their environment. Whether adventure is on a brand new continent, in Hawaii after a tsunami strikes, or in a dark forest, it's always just around the corner.

Moderated by Tim Crow


Are You Ready for Some Football?

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
Thomas J. Cryan
Bower Yousse
R. Gaines Baty

Biography/Autobiography Nonfiction Texas

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose, and neither can these riveting books about football in the Lone Star State. Join Bower Yousse, Thomas J. Cryan, and R. Gaines Baty as they discuss inspiring stories from the most beloved sport in America.

Moderated by Michael Sokolove


Faust was Here

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Authors:
Austin Grossman

Fiction History Novels Politics

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Was Nixon not only not a crook, but America's last defense against a supernatural occult? According to Grossman's amazingly warped alternative retelling, he might have been. Conspiracy theorists rejoice, this convincing tale will have people giving the moon landing and Watergate the side-eye.

Moderated by Joe Gross


Not Safe but Sound

Location: Kirkus Reviews Tent
Authors:
M.O. Walsh
Matt Bell
Skip Horack

Crime/Mystery/Thriller Novels Regional

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

How can we protect the ones we love? If we fail to protect them, what happens next? Join authors Matt Bell, Skip Horack, and M.O. Walsh as they consider how far people will go to believe they are safe and how blurry the line between dangerous and trustworthy can be.

Moderated by Scott Blackwood


3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

In a culture obsessed with new tech, there are notable challenges in being creative, being unique, and the difficult road to new inventions. Join Kevin Ashton as he talks about innovative ideas and people and Ashlee Vance as he talks about the cultural icon behind it all, Elon Musk.

Moderated by Wolfgang Niedert

 


ZACH

Location: Children's Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St.)

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


The Texas Lens

Location: Texas Tent
Authors:
Sarah McCoy
Mat Johnson
Thomas H. McNeely

Texas

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3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

The connotations of being a Texas writer is constantly changing. Join three writers, Mat Johnson, Thomas H. McNeely, and Sarah McCoy, who reside in Texas but write about topics as wide as Lone Star State itself.

Moderated by Becka Oliver


For the Win

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Margaret Stohl
Ryan Graudin
Renée Ahdieh

Fiction Novels Young Adult

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3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Mission impossible? Not for these characters. Margaret Stohl, Ryan Graudin, and Renee Ahdieh give us teenagers on a mission to protect those they love, whether it be saving the world from an evil Russian Madman, marrying a murderer prince with plots of revenge, or masquerading in a race across the world to come face to face with the world's most well-known dictator.

Moderated by Jodi Egerton


The Train to Crystal City

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
Jan Jarboe Russell

History

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3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Join Jan Jarboe Russell in a discussion of The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, her latest book exploring the secret World War II family internment camps housed in the southern tip of Texas.

Moderated by Carol Dawson


Don Tate and Chris Barton

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Don Tate
Chris Barton

Children Historical Fiction History Middle Grade Young Readers

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3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Don Tate and Chris Barton read from The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch.

Introduced by Noelle McBride’s 2nd Grade Students of Brushy Creek Elementary


Food52 GENIUS Recipes

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Kristen Miglore

Food/Cooking

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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Food52’s Genius Recipes will have you rethinking the way you cook. Join Kristen Miglore as she demonstrates why exactly these quirky, innovative recipes are absolutely genius.


Me, Myself and Awesome

Location: House Chamber
Authors:
Tavi Gevinson
Rebecca Serle
Julie Murphy

Young Adult

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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Tavi Gevinson, Rebecca Serle, and Julie Murphy discuss what it is to be a young woman in today’s world—whether you’re a sophomore in high school or a famous Hollywood starlet, being a female can sometimes be unjustly hard. It takes strength to keep your head up and your shoulders back.  

Moderated by Sarah Pitre

4:00 PM — 5:00 PM Sunday

4 PM Sunday


Andy Cotton

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Andy Cotton

Children

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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Andy Cotton reads from A Puppy’s Tale.

Introduced by Sharon Marroquin’s 1st Grade Students of Becker Elementary


Her Texas

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Authors:
Mary Guerrero Milligan
Carmen Tafolla
Sarah Cortez

Poetry Texas

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Multicultural, multiethnic, and multidisciplinary, Her Texas includes stories, essays, memoirs, poetry, song lyrics, paintings, and photographs by 60 Texas women. Some of the contributors are here today to talk about her own Texas.

Moderated by Katherine D. Oldmixon


Old New Tales From the Border

Location: Kirkus Reviews Tent
Authors:
Carlos Nicolas Flores
John Vaillant
Manuel Ramos

Fiction Historical Fiction Regional

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

There is not a one border narrative. Authors Carlos Nicolas Flores, Manuel Ramos, and John Vaillant capture the dynamism of the America-Mexico border in these stories. From the Pancho Villa legend to dangerous border crossings to political escapades, these authors reach far beyond the stories you already know.

Moderated by Maya Perez


Small Victories

Location: The Contemporary Austin--Jones Center (700 Congress)
Authors:
Dave H. Williams

Coffee Table Books Art/Photography/Design

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

With more than 6,000 gorgeous full color prints with bibliography and indices, this unique print reference book tells the story of a couple, Texan Dave H. Williams and his wife Reba White, and their journey to amass the world’s greatest collection of American Fine Art prints.

Moderated by Thomas M. Hatfield

 


Ink Blots

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
K.A. Holt
Lydia Gil

Middle Grade

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

In times of hardship, both of the main characters in Lydia Gil's Letters from Heaven and K.A. Holt's House Arrest find comfort in written words. Through these acts of writing, both characters are able to come to peace with their situations that they might not have found otherwise.

Moderated by Cecily Sailer


Greezy Wheels

Location: Music Tent

Music/Film

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM


Who is LBJ to You?

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
Mark K. Updegrove
Betty Boyd Caroli

Politics Nonfiction History Art/Photography/Design

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Authors Betty Boyd Caroli and Mark K.Updegrove discuss the charisma of Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson. From their White House reign to the legacy of the Civil Rights Act, culminating in the 2014 Civil Rights Summit, the Johnsons were dedicated to publicly defending civil rights and privately upending gender roles.

 Moderated by David Smith

 

 

 


Inside Out Steelband

Location: Children's Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St.)

Music/Film

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


The TBF and Texas Monthly present Writers to Watch

Location: Texas Tent
Authors:
Stephen Graham Jones
Lisa Sandlin
Mary Helen Specht

Crime/Mystery/Thriller Fiction Novels Regional Texas

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4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

The new guard is here. As selected by Texas Monthly, three writers are defining what it means to write about Texas now: Mary Helen Specht, Lisa Sandlin, and Stephen Graham Jones. Join us as we celebrate their work.

Moderated by Ben Fountain


Asleep at the Wheel

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Authors:
Ray Benson
David Menconi

Music/Film Nonfiction

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4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Yeehaw with iconic musician Ray Benson and his co-writer David Menconi as they talk about their new book Comin’ Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel.

Moderated by Doug Freeman


Watch Out For Flying Kids!

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Cynthia Levinson

Young Readers Nonfiction Middle Grade

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4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

In her latest nonfiction book, Cynthia Levinson shows how children change their world through circus arts--one acrobat, tumbler and flyer at a time. Watch as black kids and white, Israeli Arabs and Jews, overcome political, personal and physical obstacles.

Moderated by Nancy Roser


Variations on a Rectangle

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
DJ Stout

Art/Photography/Design Texas

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4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy the enchanting images created by DJ Stout as he discusses his career, his Texas heritage and its influence on his work, and, of course, what graphic design signifies in a maze of words on a page in his new illustrative work, Variations on a Rectangle: Thirty years of Graphic Design from Texas Monthly to Pentagram.

Moderated by Greg Curtis