My 2015 Festival Schedule

10:00 AM — 11:00 AM Saturday

10 AM Saturday


Monica Brown

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

Bilingual Children Young Readers

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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Monica Brown reads from Maya’s Blanket/La manta de Maya.

Introduced by Judi Thompson’s 5th grade students of Zilker Elementary

 


You Can't Bury a Crime

Location: The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca, enter from Lavaca St.)
Authors:
Lou Berney
Jennifer McMahon

Crime/Mystery/Thriller Fiction

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

When clues and anecdotes don’t answer the burning questions, survivors grapple with the haunting past and the dangerous quest for truth and closure. Explore the survivor’s perspective following mysterious crimes in a discussion with novelists Lou Berney and Jennifer McMahon.

Moderated by Stephen Harrigan


Things I'll Never Say

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Varian Johnson

Young Readers Young Adult Fiction

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Who is your secret self? Ann Angel, Varian Johnson, and Cynthia Leitich Smith explore the nature of secrets in the anthology Things I’ll Never Say. Join them as they discuss the effect of secrets, not only on the people who keep them but those left unknowing, and how discovering someone else’s secrets might be the key to accepting your own.

 


Vintage/Anchor Books Presents: Writers on Reading

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Authors:
Ben Marcus
Katherine Heiny

Short Stories Nonfiction Fiction Essays

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

An intimate seminar for readers interested in the behind the scenes of being a writer. Katherine Heiny and Ben Marcus will talk about their respective reading and writing habits. Special tote bags with complimentary advanced readers copies will be handed out.

Moderated by Kate Runde  


Reagan: The Life

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
H. W. Brands

Biography History Nonfiction Politics

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

In his newest biography, historian H. W. Brands presents Ronald Reagan as one of the most influential presidents of the twentieth century. Brands traces Reagan’s life from humble beginnings to Hollywood actor to his rise as a politician and president.

Moderated by Daniel Oppenheimer


Difficult Conversations

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Authors:
Carmiel Banasky
Elisa Albert

Humor/Satire Fiction Novels Parenting

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

If you’re looking for a book to escape reality, look elsewhere-- these women swallow the truth of the world and spit it back out at you. While Elisa Albert’s After Birth hilariously follows the frustrations of newfound motherhood, Carmiel Banasky twists a story of timeless death in The Suicide of Claire Bishop, these women both talk about what no one else will in a way no one else could.

Moderated by Adeena Reitberger


Margaret Atwood Goes First on The Heart Goes Last

Location: House Chamber
Authors:
Margaret Atwood

Fiction Novels

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Join acclaimed author Margaret Atwood as she discusses her dark new novel, The Heart Goes Last. Atwood’s latest addition to the Positron series is as spellbinding and dystopic as its predecessors.

Moderated by Kelly Luce


Youth Fiction Contest Awards

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Hosted by the Texas Book Festival and UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the annual Youth Fiction Contest session features winners discussing their stories and strategies for this year’s theme, “I never told you, but . . . “


In Search of Shakespeare's Archives

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Authors:
Andrea Mays

Nonfiction Journalism History

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Andrea Mays’ The Millionaire and the Bard is the literary detective story that crosses the Atlantic. From Gilded Age New York to Jacobean London, follow American industrialist Henry Folger’s epic search for the most valuable book in the world: William Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Moderated by Brook Wilensky-Lanford

 


Magician Kent Cummins

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

Children

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Two Centuries of African-American Cookbooks

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Toni Tipton-Martin

Food/Cooking

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come see Toni Tipton-Martin discusses recipes and stories from her book, The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks, a comprehensive treasure.

Moderated by Addie Broyles


The History of Franklin's Barbecue

Location: Texas Tent
Authors:
Aaron Franklin

Food/Cooking

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Get hungry for some barbeque with Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay as they talk about their new book, Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto.


Austin Dog Alliance: Meet the Bow Wow Reading Dogs!

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

Children

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Xavier Garza

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

Children Young Readers

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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Xavier Garza reads from The Great and Mighty Nikko.

Introduced by Monica Champion’s 3rd Grade Students of Becker Elementary


A Conversation with Luis Alberto Urrea

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Authors:
Luis Alberto Urrea

Fiction Regional Short Stories Southern Culture/History

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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Master storyteller Luis Alberto Urrea discusses his latest collection of sometimes gloomy, sometimes hopeful, and always bracingly honest short stories in The Water Museum. Borders and boundaries, water and the West, music and cultural identity are all themes Urrea takes up in stories with surprising twists and deep humanity.

Moderated by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho


A Cultural Potpourri

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Authors:
Charles D'Ambrosio
Eduardo Espina

Essays Nonfiction

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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Essayists and cultural commentators Charles D’Ambrosio and Eduardo Espina engage in a dialogue about their new collections that cover everything from the nuclear family to German pop duo Milli Vanilli to a Pentecostal “hell house. ”

Moderated by Julie Buntin


The Bee's Knees

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
Dave Goulson

Home & Garden Nature/Environment Nonfiction

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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

From the biologist and conservationist who brought us A Sting in The Tale, Dave Goulson, comes the story of how, over a decade, he revitalized a farm in rural France. On his thirty-three acres he not only found a place for bumblebees to thrive, but also so many other creatures.

Moderated by Juli Berwald


Meet the Kirkus Prize Finalists

Location: Kirkus Reviews Tent

Young Readers Nonfiction Memoir Fiction

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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

With a $50,000 award, the Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, bestowed annually to three authors in each of three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and young readers' literature. Meet the finalists today!

Moderated by Clay Smith

11:00 AM — 12:00 PM Saturday

11 AM Saturday


Katheryn Russell-Brown

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Katheryn Russell-Brown

Children Young Readers

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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Katheryn Russell-Brown reads from Little Melba and Her Big Trombone.

Introduced by Ne’Leigh Hamilton’s Battle of the Books Team of Popham Elementary


The Sweet Life: Cook, Eat, and Entertain the Latina Way

Location: Ahora Si Tent (12th & Colorado)
Authors:
Vianney Rodriguez

Food/Cooking

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Meet SweetLife cook and blogger Vianney Rodriguez as she chats about Tejana food, culture and entertaining. (in English)

 

Moderated by Jackie Letelier.


More Than Meets the Eye

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Rachel Hawkins
Jessica Day George
Kathleen Baldwin

Young Adult

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover and don’t judge a character until the end, they may surprise you. Experience authors Jessica Day George, Rachel Hawkins, and Kathleen Baldwin as they discuss developing characters and plots that surpass expectations, from Pageant girls turned paladin, a society girl scientist, to a not-so-vampirish Dracula family.


Afrofreque

Location: Music Tent

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


Jacksonland

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
Steve Inskeep

History Nonfiction Southern Culture/History

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

In his latest work, Jacksonland,  NPR host and author Steve Inskeep dives deep into an era of change that spanned the country and shaped the future. The Trail of Tears, the Five Civilized Tribes and the acquisition of Jacksonland are important pieces of American history, all of which have two things in common: Andrew Jackson and John Ross.

 


Now That We Are Here

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Authors:
Kirstin Valdez Quade
Jennine Capó Crucet
Matthew Salesses

Fiction Novels

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Join authors Matthew Salesses, Kirstin Valdez Quade and Jennine Capó Crucet as they consider the nature of being an outcast, the struggle between cultural, familial, and personal identity, and the struggle to find oneself and make a home for oneself among so many strangers.

Moderated by Manuel Martinez


Storybook Character Fashion Show

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

Children

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Come dressed as your favorite storybook character and walk the runway!


On the Edge of Your Seat

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Authors:
Polly Holyoke
Brandon Mull

Young Readers Middle Grade Fiction

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

From a realm under the sea to a magical world, get ready to fasten your seatbelt as authors Polly Holyoke and Brandon Mull take readers on an action packed adventure.

Moderated by Greg Leitich Smith


That Day

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

American West Art/Photography/Design

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Join renowned photographer and Texan Laura Wilson as she discusses what it takes to capture the many facets of the unyielding, ever-changing West in her new book That Day: Pictures in the American West.

Moderated by Dennis Darling


Chickies Activity Hour with Janee Trasler

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

Children

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


This is a Very Fortunate Panel

Location: Paramount Theatre
Authors:
Lemony Snicket

Middle Grade Young Readers

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lemony Snicket?! In the flesh?! Without a curtain or a veil or a mask?! Join the mysterious author as he talks about the conclusion of the series, why the number 13 is so important, and whether or not Daniel Handler is a real person.

 


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

In this digitally-obsessed age, literary aficionados are pairing their love of reading with the Internet. Tumblr, a blog known for its quirky picture feeds and refreshing anecdotes, is the parent of three new books penned by such authors: join Maris Kreizman, Ryan Chapman, Mary Laura Philpott, and Rachel Fershleiser as they share how Tumblr helped launched their books.

Moderated by Rachel Fershleiser


Talk of the Town

Location: The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca, enter from Lavaca St.)
Authors:
Jonathan Lethem
Adrian Tomine

Short Stories Fiction Comics/Graphic Novels

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11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Fans! Join two writers who are fans of each other. Jonathan Lethem and Adrian Tomine as they talk about their new respective collections, Lucky Alan and Killing and Dying, which explore humor, identity, and emotional vulnerability in both realistic and absurd landscapes.

Moderated by Matt Bucher


Bob Shea

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

Children

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11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Bob Shea reads from Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret.

Introduced by Stacey Ross’ 2nd Grade Students of Casis Elementary


Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
Matthew Diffee

Comics/Graphic Novels Humor/Satire

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11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Finally, a book that’s not for everyone! If you're beautiful and intelligent, come and listen to New Yorker cartoonist Matthew Diffee talk about his new book, Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People. He'll talk about his career, sense of humor, and experience as a cartoonist. But most importantly, he'll have you laughing your pants off the entire time.

Moderated by Rebecca Beegle


The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction

Location: House Chamber
Authors:
Linda Gray

Film Memoir Nonfiction

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11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Linda Gray, former star of television’s Dallas, offers a look into her life beyond the camera in her memoir, The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction. Gray exposes her life before, during, and after Hollywood, sharing how she got through it all and managed to find her own happiness.

Moderated by Kathy Blackwell


Trouble in Texas

Location: Texas Tent
Authors:
Harry Hunsicker
Attica Locke

Crime/Mystery/Thriller Fiction Regional Texas

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Delve into new crime thrillers that travel into the dark heart of Texas’s urban centers. In Pleasantville, Attica Locke (also writer/producer of Empire) brings back Jay Porter from her celebrated first novel, Black Water Rising; in Shadow Boys, Harry Hunsicker continues the story of DEA contractor John Cantrell. Missing kids, race, politics, power, and murder abound.

Moderated by Scott Montogomery


Lighten Up, Y'all

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Virginia Willis

Food/Cooking

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Have your sheet cake and eat it too. Virginia Willis demonstrates how to make your food healthier while still enjoying the Southern favorites you love with help from recipes from her book, Lighten Up, Y'all.


The Arctic(s)

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Authors:
Rebecca Dinerstein
Jynne Dilling Martin

Fiction Novels Poetry Travel

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

For this cross-genre panel, join two writers who have gone to to the opposite ends of the world, literally, and the work that came out of their experiences. Debut novelist Rebecca Dinerstein and poet Jynne Dilling Martin will have a chilly talk about their work.

Moderated by Karan Mahajan


Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Authors:
Sarah Hepola

Journalism Memoir Nonfiction

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11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Discover one woman’s adventures to sobriety with Sarah Hepola as she talks about her New York Times bestseller Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget. After realizing that the very thing she thought was fueling her creativity and happiness was actually hindering her ability to live life, Hepola makes a change.

Moderated by Angela Ledgerwood


The Poets

Location: Kirkus Reviews Tent
Authors:
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Gregory Pardlo
Nick Flynn

Poetry

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11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

What could be more monumental than a panel with a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (Gregory Pardlo), a lyric video pioneer and poetess (Rachel Eliza Griffiths), and a renowned memoirist-poet (Nick Flynn)? Not much! Join these three celebrated poets as they discuss what it means to be an American in a country that's become more intricate than simply "the land of the free."

Moderated by Sasha West


The Dystopian Mirror Reflects the Past

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
Zachary Thomas Dodson
Benjamin Percy

Texas Novels Fiction Comics/Graphic Novels

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11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Whether the starting place is a reimagining of the Lewis and Clark voyage or a historic Texas War, the future is bleak. Join Benjamin Percy and Zachary Thomas Dodson, two futuristic masterminds, as they unravel the mysteries of the past and the ways in which it predicts our future.

Moderated by Paul Morris

12:00 PM — 1:00 PM Saturday

12 PM Saturday


Meg Medina

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

Bilingual Children Young Readers

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12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Meg Medina reads from Mango, Abuela, Me.

Introduced by Martha LeBlanc’s 4th Grade Students of Blazier Elementary


Truth and Fun in Fiction

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Alan Zweibel
Adam Mansbach
Margi Preus
Nathan Hale

Young Readers Middle Grade Historical Fiction

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Ready for some fun? Drop in on Margi Preus, Nathan Hale, Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel for a blast to the past as they discuss writing historical fiction. Fight with samurais, travel down the Underground Railroad, and send letters to one of America's most well known founding fathers as you dive into these history-rich books

Moderated by Donna Janell Bowman


The Many Faces of Texas Poetry

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Authors:
James Hoggard
Gwendolyn Zepeda
Noel Crook

Poetry Texas

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

A sense of place and home have been inspirations to many artists for centuries. Don't miss James Hoggard, Gwendolyn Zepeda, and Noel Crook as they celebrate and speculate the ways in which Texas influenced their writing.

Moderated by Gregg Barrios


Not Another Teen Fling

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Authors:
Cammie McGovern
Emery Lord
Becky Albertalli

Fiction Middle Grade Young Readers

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The choice between what is right, what is right for you, and what is wrong have never been more confusing and intertwined than in today’s world. Authors Emery Lord, Becky Albertalli, and Cammie McGovern are redefining the meaning of coming of age.

Moderated by Margo Rabb


Reading Between the Lines

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Authors:
Lily Tuck
Heidi Julavits

Fiction Memoir Nonfiction Novels

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Whether writing a memoir or a novel, the line between truth and fiction can be blurry. Often novels are called highly autobiographical and memoirs are scrutinized for accuracy. Don't miss Heidi Julavits and Lily Tuck in a discussion on their individual decisions of how much of oneself should go on the page.

Moderated by S. Kirk Walsh


Infectious Madness

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
Harriet A. Washington

Nonfiction Science

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Is it possible to catch autism or OCD the same way we catch the common cold? Detailing the new germ theory, Harriet A. Washington proposes that bacteria, viruses, and prions do cause mental illness and can therefore be prevented by certain antibiotics and vaccinations.

Moderated by Moira Muldoon

 


Ready, Set, Draw

Location: Ahora Si Tent (12th & Colorado)
Authors:
Xavier Garza
Joe Cepeda

Bilingual Children

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Your kids will love seeing bilingual childrens’ illustrators Joe Cepeda and Xavier Garza duke it out in this Pictionary-like rapid fire drawing contest. (Bilingual)


Manuel

Location: Music Tent

Music

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


Joe McDermott

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

Music

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


El Paso 120

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

Art/Photography/Design Border Journalism Nature/Environment Nonfiction Regional Southern Culture/History Travel

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12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Join long-time resident of El Paso and award-winning photographer Mark Paulda in a discussion about the unexpected beauties-from gorgeous aerial shots-of a place many write off as a barren space.


Bluebonnet Award

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

Children Texas Young Readers

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12:30 PM - 1:00 PM


The Best I Recall

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
Gary Cartwright

Memoir Texas

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12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Esteemed writer Gary Cartwright traces his career across Texas in his memoir, The Best I Recall. After working in publishing and journalism for over 60 years, Cartwright has acquired countless by-lines and numerous awards. Join the lively and talented author as he shares his stories.

Moderated by John Spong


The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Authors:
Eric Litwin

Children Young Readers

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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

From Eric Litwin, the author who brought us Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes! comes another amazing story about singing and dancing. With the book’s call-and-response rhymes you won’t be able to stay in your seat. And you won’t have to: this is a full musical performance.

Introduced by Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott

 


A Matter of Preception

Location: The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca, enter from Lavaca St.)
Authors:
Chip Kidd
Nick Sousanis

Coffee Table Books Comics/Graphic Novels Essays Nonfiction Science Technology/Internet

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12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

First impressions make everyone nervous. Authors Chip Kidd and Nick Sousanis discuss the accuracy with which your mind first perceives things, why words and impressions are so important, and how we can train ourselves to see beyond monotonous construct.

Moderated by Evan Garza

1:00 PM — 2:00 PM Saturday

1 PM Saturday


Kevin Henkes

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

Children Young Readers

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1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Kevin Henkes reads from Waiting.

Introduced by Stephanie Kaynes' 1st Grade Students of Brushy Creek Elementary.


Amanda Eyre Ward in conversation with Christina Baker Kline

Location: Texas Tent
Authors:
Amanda Eyre Ward

Border Fiction Novels Texas

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

What does a barbeque dive in Austin and a dangerous trek from Honduras teach us about summoning our own strength? That's the question Amanda Eyre Ward explores in her novel The Same Sky, a tale about the quest for family deep in the heart of Texas with New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline.


The Right Word: Poetry in Two Languages

Location: Ahora Si Tent (12th & Colorado)
Authors:
Carmen Tafolla
Luis Alberto Urrea
Tomás Q. Morín

Bilingual Poetry

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Join Luis Alberto Urrea, Tomás Q. Morin, and Texas poet laureate Carmen Tafolla as they share the lyricism of writing poetry with two cultural consciousnesses. (Bilingual)

Moderated by Celeste Guzman Mendoza


Embrace Your Inner Weird

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Authors:
Jacqueline Kelly
Cory Putman Oakes

Middle Grade Fiction Children Young Readers

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Are you part dinosaur? Do you have a tail? Do you enjoy wrangling armadillos? Maybe not, but Sawyer the dinosaur boy and Calpurnia Tate have a lot of weird qualities that make them special, and so do you! Catch Cory Putman Oakes and Jacqueline Kelly as they discuss their weird but super cool characters and celebrate what makes you unique!

Moderated by Rita Painter


William Harries Graham & The Painted Redstarts

Location: Music Tent

Music

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


In a World

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
Erin Bow
Mari Mancusi
A.G. Howard

Young Readers Young Adult Novels Fiction

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Whether you're hysteric for Hogwarts or enthralled with ents, fantasy writers A.G. Howard's, Mari Mancusi's, and Erin Bow's books will have you dusting off your wooden stakes and trekking across the darkest parts of the forest on a full moon to hear what they have to say about their latest novels.

Moderated by P.J. Hoover


In Search of a New Home(land)

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Authors:
Mia Alvar
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

Short Stories Fiction

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Authors Mia Alvar and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho talk about their diasporic collections, one focusing on Filipino emigratory tales and the other on Mexican violence. In both collections, immigrants from all over the world are trying to find a new place to call home.

Moderated by Laurie Muchnick


It Happened One Summer

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Bill Konigsberg
Adam Silvera
Maggie Thrash

Comics/Graphic Novels Memoir Novels Young Readers

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Join authors Bill Konigsberg, Adam Silvera, and Maggie Thrash as they present adventurous summer tales that include spontaneous road trips, the pursuit of self-acceptance, and female self-discovery while at a girls' camp, and offer a point of view that might feel closer to your own summer than classic tales.

Moderated by Jen Bigheart


Twisting History into Fiction

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Authors:
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Jim Shepard

Fiction Novels

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Take a look in history's rearview mirror with Jim Shepard and Viet Thanh Nguyen as they consider the ways in which they twist war and history into fiction in their novels. The Book of Aron and The Sympathizer.

Moderated by Nathan Rostron


B&N Discover Great New Writers

Location: Kirkus Reviews Tent

Fiction Memoir

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Two memoirists from Barnes & Noble's Great New Writers, Marie Mutsuki Mockett and Damon Tweedy, discuss race, healing, and what it means to overcome the often tragic realities of the past.

Moderated by Miwa Messer


The 2015 Texas Writer Award: Pat Mora

Location: House Chamber
Authors:
Pat Mora

Young Readers Texas Regional Poetry Middle Grade Fiction Children Bilingual

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Award-winning poet, author, and founder of El día de los ninos, el día de los libros, Pat Mora sits down with the Festival's executive director to discuss her literary career and pioneering work as a bilingual literacy advocate.

Moderated by Lois Kim


The Quiet Man

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
John H. Sununu

History Memoir Nonfiction Politics

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

As former Chief of Staff, John H. Sununu was privy to the inner workings of George H.W. Bush’s successes and failures. Join Sununu as he illuminates what it was like being on the inside of history, as he shares the significant accomplishments of President Bush.

Moderated by Tim Herman


Lucas Miller, The Singing Zoologist

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

Children Music

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


The Chili Cookbook

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Robb Walsh

Food/Cooking

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Grab a spoon and dive into this one-pot dish with Robb Walsh and his new book, The Chili Cookbook. Just in time for fall, discover all you need to know about perfecting your own hearty chili recipe.


TLA Presents 2x the Fun

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

Children

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Learn how to expand your child's reading experiences with activities you can both share after reading award-winning 2x2 books!


The Chuck Palahniuk Show

Location: Paramount Theatre
Authors:
Chuck Palahniuk

Comics/Graphic Novels Fiction Film Novels

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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Prizes and Beach Balls and Glow Sticks, oh my! Clear your schedule for a two-hour variety show (a short film, a contest, maybe something about a certain club whose first rule is to not talk about it) featuring Chuck Palahniuk and a special secret guest Lidia Yuknavitch.


Joe Cepeda

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

Biography Children Young Readers

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1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Joe Cepeda reads from Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

Introduced by Librarian Randi Sather’s Super Readers of Perez Elementary


A Muse and a Maze

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

Art/Photography/Design Comics/Graphic Novels Nonfiction Psychology

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1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Appreciate the wordplay behind Peter Turchi's new book, A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic, in this discussion involving the relationship between writing and puzzle-making.

Moderated by Austin Kleon


On Motivation

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Authors:
Jami Attenberg
Sung J. Woo
Sloane Crosley

Fiction Humor/Satire Novels

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1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Moving characters from introduction through climax to resolution is a complicated process, especially when the protagonist is resisting transformation. Jami Attenberg, Sloane Crosley, and Sung J. Woo discuss how they imbue their characters with the motivation to transcend poverty, heartbreak, and other obstacles.

Moderated by Adrian Todd Zuniga

2:00 PM — 3:00 PM Saturday

2 PM Saturday


Laurie Ann Thompson and Sean Qualls

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Laurie Ann Thompson
Sean Qualls

Biography Children Young Readers

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2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Laurie Ann Thompson and Sean Qualls read from Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah.

Introduced by Andrea Tanner’s Kindergarten Students of NYOS Charter School


The Art of Politics

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
Mark Neely
Juliana Spahr

Poetry Politics

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Join poets Mark Neely and Juliana Spahr as they discuss their latest collections and address tackling current events through poetry. From terrorism to environmental issues, two poets converse about their eloquent, witty works.

Moderated by Heather Houser


Place and Race

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
Wendy S. Walters
Jason Sokol

Essays History Journalism Nonfiction Politics

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Authors Wendy S. Walters and Jason Sokol discuss the dynamic and complicated course of civil rights over the past several decades in America. Racism emerges in unexpected locations, and the ways in which people resist, cope, and consent are not predictable.

Moderated by Leonard Moore


Breaking the Peace

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Authors:
Paul Otremba
Robin Beth Schaer

Poetry

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Join Robin Beth Schaer and Paul Otremba as they illuminate their new poetry collections, Shipbreaking and Pax Americana, respectively, and the ways in which poetry can stitch or unstitch convention.

Moderated by Laurie Saurborn


Star-Crossed

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Authors:
Chinelo Okparanta
Chaitali Sen

Fiction Novels

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Follow the romance of star-crossed lovers who see if love can trump time, space, and vexing political climates in Chaitali Sen’s The Pathless Sky and Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees.

Moderated by Natalia Sylvester


Los Aztex

Location: Music Tent

Music

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM


Are We the Dystopia?

Location: Texas Tent
Authors:
Mary Jo Bang
Laura van den Berg

Fiction Novels Poetry

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Accompany novelist Laura van den Berg and poet Mary Jo Bang on a cross-genre journey through the 21st-century human psyche as they ask the question, "Are we living the dystopia we write about? "

Moderated by Emily Bell


The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

Location: Kirkus Reviews Tent
Authors:
Jessica Hopper

Nonfiction Music Essays

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

The tables have turned: rocker, musician/composer/producer, writer and former Go-Go, Kathy Valentine, interviews rock critic Jessica Hopper. Join these two rock stars as they talk about everything from the eve of Michael Jackson's death to Miley Cyrus's Bangers tour to the importance of fangirls.

Moderated by Kathy Valentine


The Success of Timmy Failure

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Authors:
Stephan Pastis

Young Readers Middle Grade Fiction

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

He’s the best detective around! Well, sort of. His polar bear assistant is very adept . . . at eating bon bons. Together the dynamic duo are Total Failure and they are here to save the day! Although saving the day comes about in ways no one would expect, one can’t help but admire Timmy for his determination and drive. Disclaimer: this was not typed by Timmy Failure or any of his associates. Join Stephan Pastis as he discusses the highs and lows of Timmy’s detective career.

Introduced by Michael F. Scully


Latinas in Media and Publishing

Location: Ahora Si Tent (12th & Colorado)
Authors:
Meg Medina
Lydia Gil

Journalism

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Latina stories are expanding through the growth of media and publishing platforms. Join Festival authors Lydia Gil and Meg Medina, with Ahora Si editor Josefina Casati as they discuss how they create, shape, and influence how Latinas are represented in both fiction and nonfiction realms. (English)

Moderated by Ahora Si editor Josefina Casati


ZACH Theatre Performing Songs From Their Production of Winnie the Pooh.

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

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM


Joaquin Hancock, Family and Friends

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

Music

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015

Location: The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca, enter from Lavaca St.)
Authors:
Elizabeth McCracken
Elizabeth Strout

Short Stories Fiction

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2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Every year, The O. Henry Prize Stories publishes the 20 best short stories published in U.S. and Canadian literary magazines. Join Elizabeth McCracken, Pulitzer Prize-winning Elizabeth Strout, and O. Henry Prize Stories editor Laura Furman for a discussion about the featured stories and the art of storytelling.

Moderated by Laura Furman


Salina Yoon

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

Children Young Readers

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2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Salina Yoon reads from Penguin's Big Adventure.

Introduced by Shannon Henzen's 1st Grade Students of Forest Creek Elementary.


Mixed Me! With Taye Diggs and Shane Evans

Location: House Chamber
Authors:
Taye Diggs
Shane Evans

Children Fiction Parenting Young Readers

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2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

A session for the whole family to learn about the power of diversity, love, and self-confidence in the upbeat children’s book Mixed Me! written by stage and screen star Taye Diggs and illustrator Shane Evans.

Moderated by Steph Opitz


Enchiladas

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Chris Waters Dunn
Cappy Lawton

Food/Cooking

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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn how to prepare this historic Mexican favorite with a demonstration from Cappy Lawton and Chris Waters Dunn.


I.R.L.

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
Phillip Hoose
M.T. Anderson

History Nonfiction Young Adult Young Readers

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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

With characters who fight back in very different ways, Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad and The Boys Who Challenged Hitler spotlight real figures from history who did not take their country’s invasions lightly. M.T. Anderson and Phillip Hoose discuss the work required when writing historical fiction and the amazing strength they found in their protagonists.

Moderated by Sean Petrie


A Long Walk Home

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

Coffee Table Books Art/Photography/Design Nonfiction

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2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home presents the first career retrospective of Reed's work. Consisting of over 250 images that span the full range of his subjects and his evolution as a photographer, the photographs are a visual summation of the human condition.

Moderated by Steven Hoelscher

3:00 PM — 4:00 PM Saturday

3 PM Saturday


John Rocco and Todd Tarpley

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
John Rocco
Todd Tarpley

Children Young Readers

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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

John Rocco and Todd Tarpley read from Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!.

Introduced by Brennan Cruser’s 2nd Grade Students of Casis Elementary


Texas Book Festival Celebrates Sandra Cisneros

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Authors:
Sandra Cisneros

Southern Culture/History Regional Nonfiction Memoir Essays

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

From our first year to our 20th Anniversary, Sandra Cisneros has been a steadfast supporter and fan favorite at the Texas Book Festival. We celebrate her latest, most personal work yet, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life, which sees her implement her trademark lyricism to nonfiction short stories.

Moderated by Nora Comstock


Werewolves (not) of London

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Authors:
Andrew Ervin
Kirk Lynn

Fiction Novels

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Whether you’re a member a wolfpack or hunter of werewolves, wandering squatters roam the half-empty suburbs of America or are self-exiled to the Scottish Isle of Jura. Sink your teeth into the gritty utopias of Kirk Lynn and Andrew Ervin’s darkly comic novels, Rules for Werewolves and Burning Down George Orwell’s House, respectively.

Moderated by Stacey Swann


Same, Same, but Different

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Authors:
Liz Garton Scanlon
Phil Bildner
Chris Barton

Young Readers Middle Grade Fiction

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Being average is boring, but being different can be really tough. In these wonderful books by Phil Bildner, Chris Barton, and Liz Garton Scanlon, characters struggle with adversity, learn how to build support systems, find confidence, and have fun.

Moderated by Sharon O'Neal


Blood's Thicker Than Water

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
Heather Demetrios
Renee Watson
Joy Preble

Fiction Novels Young Adult Young Readers

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Home is where the heart is, but what if your heart is desperate to leave? Authors Renee Watson, Joy Preble, and Heather Demetrios, explore the struggles teenagers face, the influence of one's environment, and if anyone can truly escape the things that tie them to home.

Moderated by Syed Ali Hader


3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

From India's rapidly accruing environmental challenges to tough environmental scenarios at the global level and the scaringly true story of a small town plagued by industrial pollution, three environmentally-aware writers discuss everything from extreme weather, pollution, and the imminent complication of running out of water.

Moderated by Colin McDonald


The News in Verse

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Authors:
Jeffrey Brown

Politics Poetry

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

In his new collection, The News, Jeffrey Brown explores his professional experience as an anchor for PBS NewsHour through a series of introspective and intimate poems. Join him and the Head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress Rob Casper for a discussion of Brown's new book.

Moderated by Rob Casper


All About Food52

Location: Texas Tent
Authors:
Kristen Miglore
Sarah Jampel
Gena Hamshaw

Food/Cooking

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

With incredible resources for all kinds of chefs and home cooks, Food52.com has become the go to source for many. Meet the chefs and writers behind Food52's Vegan, Baking, and Genius recipes. Join us for this delicious conversation!

Moderated by Tom Philpott

 


Austin Lounge Lizards

Location: Music Tent

Music

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM


Invisible y sin fronteras

Location: Ahora Si Tent (12th & Colorado)
Authors:
Javier Auyero
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

Journalism Regional

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Join Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Javier Auyero, and Ricardo Ainslie, writers tackling issues of race and place through different genres, as they engage in a wide-ranging discussion of Latino identity in Austin and beyond. (Spanish)

Desde distintos géneros, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Javier Auyero, y Ricardo Ainslie trabajan temas de raza, etnicidad, e identidad. Los invitamos a sumarse a la conversación sobre varios tópicos relacionados a la identidad Latina en Austin y en el país. (en español)

Moderated by Ricardo Ainslie


Doomed to Succeed

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
Dennis Ross

Nonfiction History Politics

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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Examine Israel’s relationship with Bill Clinton’s former Arab-Israeli peace envoy, Dennis Ross, in Ross’s political history, Doomed to Succeed. From the Eisenhower to Obama administrations, Ross investigates the often turbulent debates between key advisers, the events that formed policy, and the U.S. code that now enforces America’s commitment to Israel’s security.

Moderated by Marc Winkleman 


Día Storytime

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

Bilingual Children Young Readers

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come celebrate Día de los niños/ de los libros with a APL Librarian Paola


Boitumelo: Song and Stories of South Africa

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

Children Regional

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


As Others See Us

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Authors:
Michael Hoinski

Fiction Short Stories

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Austin's own O. Henry Museum acquired a previously unpublished O.Henry story, "As Others See Us." Now published as a fine press, limited edition book, hear how it all came together with museum staffer and book producer Michael Hoinski, illustrator Ben Sargent, and Pamalla Anderson of the Book Club of Texas, who co-published the book.

Moderated by Michael Hoinski


Wimmin's Comix

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Authors:
Anne Opotowsky
Aya Morton
Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Comics/Graphic Novels

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3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Cartoonists Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Anne Opotowsky, and illustrator Aya Morton discuss the role of women in comics, and the influences on their current works. From the subversive Wimmin’s Comix to Anna Tenna and the Walled City Trilogy, the graphic novel genre proves to be inclusive and provocative.

Moderated by Claire Burrows


Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

Bilingual Children Young Readers

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3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford reads from My Tata’s Remedies/Los remedies de mi Tata.

Introduced by Natacha Jone’s 1st Grade Students of UT Elementary


Women of Change

Location: The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca, enter from Lavaca St.)
Authors:
Rena Pederson

Biography History Nonfiction Politics

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3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi struggled for her country's freedom and inspired Burma's first steps towards democracy, and yet her story is not widely recognized. Journalist Rena Pederson introduces readers to Suu Kyi's fascinating life, and sheds light on Burma's turbulent history.

Moderated by Heidi Marquez Smith


Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Location: Paramount Theatre
Authors:
Daniel Handler
Amelia Gray

Short Stories Novels Fiction Young Adult Young Readers

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3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Amelia Gray and Daniel Handler join forces and bring you conversations whose topics may include (but are not limited to): how tall a story can be before it is no longer considered short, the proper gear needed for cliffhanging, and the correct architecture for a character arc.

Moderated by Owen Egerton

4:00 PM — 5:00 PM Saturday

4 PM Saturday


Tad Carpenter

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

Children Young Readers

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4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tad Carpenter reads from Arctic Animals (Who’s That?).

Introduced by Melissa Garcia’s PreK Students of UT Elementary


The Mother of Westernized Yoga

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Authors:
Michelle Goldberg

History Nonfiction

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

In 1899, the year Indra Devi was born, yoga was practically unknown to anyone living outside of India. By her death in 2002, yoga was being practiced everywhere, from Los Angeles to Quebec to Berlin. Meditate on the story of the woman who brought yoga to the West in New York Times bestselling author Michelle Goldberg's latest novel.

Moderated by Liz Belile


The Inside Scoop from an Outsider

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Authors:
Amy Odell

Essays Humor/Satire Nonfiction

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Show up in style to hear Amy Odell’s account of the fashion world. In her memoir Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry, Odell chronicles her journey working in fashion, from the nosebleeds to the best seat in the house.

Moderated by Ann Gerhart

 


Groupies

Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026
Authors:
Shanna Mahin
Caroline Zancan

Fiction Novels

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Listen to authors Shanna Mahin and Caroline Zancan in a conversation about our celebrity- obsessed culture. Whether it's a young woman working in Hollywood struggling to balance her dreams with those of her mother, a forgotten actress, or three recent high school grads who encounter a famous young actor the night before he dies, maybe it's not so great keeping up with the Joneses.

Moderated by Sofia Sokolove


Big Cat with Author Mark Proct

Location: Music Tent

Children

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM


The Private Lives of Others

Location: Kirkus Reviews Tent
Authors:
Lauren Groff
Helen Phillips

Fiction Novels

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

They say the first year of marriage is the hardest, but Lauren Groff's and Helen Phillips's characters make it look easy . . . until they don't. Newlyweds in both books struggle to maintain independence, secrecy, and romance. Can they succeed and at what cost?

Moderated by Ira Silverberg


Official Texas Book Festival Poster Artist

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

Art/Photography/Design

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Celebrate the work of Fatima Ronquillo, a self-taught painter whose classical imagery is inspired by literature, theatre, and opera. Moving to San Antonio as a young girl, Ronquillo credits the library for the gift of books that taught her to paint.


4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

NASA has made many giant leaps for mankind in its past 57 years of existence. Join authors Margaret Lazarus Dean and Steven Moss as they celebrate the historic achievements NASA has made in regards to social change, space discovery, and human exploration despite the uncertain future of American spaceflight.

Moderated by Ray Brimble


The Wind in the Reeds with Wendell Pierce

Location: House Chamber
Authors:
Wendell Pierce

Southern Culture/History Regional Nonfiction Nature/Environment Journalism

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

With moving recollections of his family, childhood, and artistic journey, Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Treme) relates the story of his mission to rebuild his beloved New Orleans neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina in The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken.

Moderated by Greg Vincent


Keep Calm and Turn the Lights On

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Authors:
April Genevieve Tucholke
Peter Kujawinski

Young Adult

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Don't count on being able to sleep through the night after listening to Peter Kujawinski and April Genevieve Tucholke as they discuss what it is like to write horror that thrills. A selection of gruesome, psychological, and all-too-possible-for-comfort short stories is certain to strike fear in even the bravest of readers.

Moderated by Richard Santos


A Portrait of a Critic as A Young Man

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Authors:
Robert Christgau

Memoir Music Nonfiction

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join the "Dean of American Rock Critics" Robert Christgau as he dives headfirst into the inspiration behind his new book, a memoir which is equal parts love story and tribute to New York and the metamorphic power of art.

Moderated by Jeff Salamon


Orphans, Troublemakers, and Misfits

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Authors:
M. Quint
Kate Hannigan
H. C. Chester
Lauren Oliver

Fiction Middle Grade Young Readers

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Oddballs and adventure addicts welcome. Join these groups of misfits as they time travel, solve mysteries, sail the seas, and discover their own powerful and unusual talents in the adventure books of M. Quint, Kate Hannigan, Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester.

Moderated by Topher Bradfield


Celebrating 20

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

Art/Photography/Design Children

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Children’s craft celebrating 20 years of the Texas Book Festival!


Latin Twist

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Vianney Rodriguez

Food/Cooking

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Raise your glass to Vianney Rodriguez as she demonstrates traditional and modern recipes for Latin cocktails from her new cookbook, Latin Twist. ¡Salud!


The Thought Catalog

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Authors:
Steven Weinberg
Casey Schwartz

Science Psychology Nonfiction

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4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg and celebrated neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry journalist, Casey Schwartz, come together to talk about the history and mysteries of thought. From the interior workings of the brain to the production of ideas, this conversation will surely get you thinking.

Moderated by Robert Faires


Jonah Winter and Shane Evans

Location: Children's Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Authors:
Jonah Winter
Shane Evans

Children History Young Readers

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4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Jonah Winter reads while illustrator Shane Evans presents drawings from Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Right Act of 1965.

Introduced by Samantha Gladwell’s 3rd Grade Students of NYOS Charter School

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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 


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


Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre

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

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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.


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


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


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


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


Who Do

Location: Music Tent

Music

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


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.


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


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


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

Location: Ahora Si Tent (12th & Colorado)

Bilingual Children

+ My Schedule

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)


Jogging Memories

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

Crime/Mystery/Thriller Fiction Novels Psychology

+ My Schedule

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


The Telephone Company

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

Music

+ My Schedule

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Wild Wild West

Location: Texas Tent
Authors:
Jeff Guinn

American West Fiction Novels Regional Texas

+ My Schedule

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


Standing Out, Blending In

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

Biography 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


Raúl Colón

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

+ My Schedule

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

+ My Schedule

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


Eliza Gilkyson

Location: Music Tent

Music

+ My Schedule

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


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

Location: Ahora Si Tent (12th & Colorado)

Bilingual Children

+ My Schedule

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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


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


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 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


Thrills, Chills, and the Genre Defiance

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

Novels Fiction Crime/Mystery/Thriller

+ My Schedule

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


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

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

+ My Schedule

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Based on the award winning book, Tame Your Manners.


Bernadette Nason

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

+ My Schedule

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Mac Barnett Pranksters Workshop

Location: Stateside Theatre
Authors:
Mac Barnett

Middle Grade

+ My Schedule

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


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

+ My Schedule

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


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


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.


Young Writers Award

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

+ My Schedule

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

+ My Schedule

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


ZACH

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

+ My Schedule

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Raúl Gonzalez III

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

Children Young Readers

+ My Schedule

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


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


Austin Opera

Location: Music Tent

Music

+ My Schedule

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM


Give Us the Ballot

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

History Nonfiction Politics

+ My Schedule

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


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


Year of the Dunk

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

Journalism Memoir Nonfiction

+ My Schedule

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


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

+ My Schedule

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


What's Your Disguise?

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

Psychology

+ My Schedule

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


Make an Ornament for Dyslexia Awareness- Decoding Dyslexia Texas

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

Children

+ My Schedule

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Food52 VEGAN Recipes

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Gena Hamshaw

Food/Cooking

+ My Schedule

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.


All American Boys

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

Young Adult

+ My Schedule

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


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


Coming of Age, Sooner of Later

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

Coffee Table Books History Nonfiction Parenting Psychology

+ My Schedule

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


Jennifer Rustgi and Ashley White

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

Children Young Readers

+ My Schedule

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

+ My Schedule

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/Erotica

+ My Schedule

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

+ My Schedule

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

+ My Schedule

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Joel Nakamura reads from Go West!.

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


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


Not Safe but Sound

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

Crime/Mystery/Thriller Novels Regional

+ My Schedule

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


Are You Ready for Some Football?

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

Biography Nonfiction Texas

+ My Schedule

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

+ My Schedule

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


House of Rock and Roll

Location: Music Tent

Music

+ My Schedule

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM


Las Comadres Meetup with Nora Comstock and Amy Tintera

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

Young Adult

+ My Schedule

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.


Silicon Valley ATX

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Authors:
Kevin Ashton
Ashlee Vance

Technology/Internet Science Nonfiction Biography

+ My Schedule

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.)

+ My Schedule

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


The Texas Lens

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

Texas

+ My Schedule

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


The Train to Crystal City

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

History

+ My Schedule

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


For the Win

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

Fiction Novels Young Adult

+ My Schedule

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


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

+ My Schedule

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


Me, Myself and Awesome

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

Young Adult

+ My Schedule

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


Food52 GENIUS Recipes

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Authors:
Kristen Miglore

Food/Cooking

+ My Schedule

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.

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

+ My Schedule

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


Who is LBJ to You?

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

Politics Nonfiction History Art/Photography/Design

+ My Schedule

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

 

 

 


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


Greezy Wheels

Location: Music Tent

Music

+ My Schedule

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM


Ink Blots

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

Middle Grade

+ My Schedule

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


Old New Tales From the Border

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

Fiction Historical Fiction Regional

+ My Schedule

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

 


Inside Out Steelband

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

Music

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Asleep at the Wheel

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

Music 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


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

 
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