We announced our largest lineup EVER—more than 275 authors—at a cocktail party on the rooftop of the Jones Center at The Contemporary Austin on September 10. The Author Lineup Announcement for the 2014 Festival garnered local, statewide, and national media coverage and— to share in the excitement— we have selected some of the best press links for your pre-Festival reading enjoyment. Photos from the Author Lineup Announcement party were taken by Miguel Angel.
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“The biggest reading-related event in Texas is getting bigger. The Texas Book Festival just unveiled a full lineup that includes more than 275 authors, including attention-grabbing names such as Martin Amis, Joyce Carol Oates, Ziggy Marley, and Norman Lear. In her second year running the festival, Opitz says she aimed for a broad cross-section of interesting authors. She is particularly excited about some of the lesser-known writers the festival is bringing in.” -Michael Merschel
“And you thought this year’s Texas Book Festival was already tantalizing, what with a legend likeMartin Amis, rising star Edan Lepucki, and a pair of Pulitzer Prize winners in Lawrence Wright, and Héctor Tobar. Well, hold onto your bifocals, Bud, the full author list is out, and its 275 names will make your eyes pop! Oh, that’s no numerical typo, by the way: The festival is hosting the largest number of authors ever. If you thought it was difficult before deciding who to see at any given hour during the two-day event – Oct. 25-26 this year – the choices promise to be agonizing now.” -Robert Faires
“Take out your library cards. James Ellroy, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Linklater, Norman Lear, Greil Marcus, and Walter Mosley are just a few of the more than 275 authors who will appear at the 19th Texas Book Festival on Oct. 25 and 26 at the Capitol and surrounding grounds. The full list of authors was revealed Wednesday night. It is the largest lineup in the history of the 19-year-old festival, which typically draws about 40,000 over the two days and includes writers in literary fiction, genre fiction, history, politics, Texana, memoir, cooking and children’s literature.” -Joe Gross
“The Texas Book Festival has announced more than 275 authors are heading to the event this fall — the largest lineup in the festival’s 19-year history. Steph Opitz, the festival’s literary director, says they didn’t set out to make it bigger, but had ‘so many fantastic submissions’ that they made more room. The festival hit 250 authors in 2011 and has stayed at about that number up till this year. Headliners include Martin Amis, known for novels including Money, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright. Opitz also says it’s the ‘year of the chef,’ with 12 cookbooks featured from chefs including Lidia Bastianich.” -Jamie Stengle (Associated Press)
“Are you going to the Texas Book Festival? The 275-person list of authors attending the 2014 Texas Book Festival is out this evening. Texas Standard has you covered right now. Check out the interviews we did with several authors who will appear at the 2014 Book Festival.” -Trace Levos
Culturemap Austin, “Texas Book Festival announces largest lineup ever — 275 eclectic authors in 2 days”
“The list includes a number of impressive celebrity authors whose names resonate far beyond the literature world, including reggae legend Ziggy Marley, chef Lidia Bastianich, former White House Counsel John Dean, and filmmaker Richard Linklater. And, as has come to be expected of the festival — which is the largest book festival in Texas and one of the premier literary events in the country — many of the nation’s literary superstars will be in attendance. Headliners include Joyce Carol Oates, Martin Amis, Meg Wolitzer, and bestselling author Edan Lepucki, who made waves when Stephen Colbert picked her debut novel California to make a case for indie bookstores and against Amazon.com. As promised, there are plenty of lesser known, badass emerging authors coming to town, too.” -Sofia Sokolove