Texas Book Festival Staff

lois_staff Lois Kim, Executive Director

Lois serves as the Festival’s chief executive, responsible for managing staff, programs, operations, external relations, and resource development. An immigrant from Seoul, Korea, Lois grew up in Williamsville, New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, where her research focused on Shakespeare and early modern culture. In her early career, she taught high school English at a boarding school and pursued graduate coursework from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Prior to joining the Texas Book Festival, Lois served as the associate director of University Extension at UT Austin, where she managed student and academic affairs for college credit students. She also served on the board of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation for six years, four of those as Vice President. Her husband, Phillip Reed, is a principal of Cotera + Reed Architects and they have two children: Sylvia (14) and Nate (11). She has been a member of her book club for almost 20 years and her favorite book genres are contemporary literary fiction and the 19th-century novel.



 Julie Julie Wernersbach, Literary Director

Julie serves as the Festival’s literary director, responsible for developing and implementing year-round literary programming in Austin and other Texas cities, including the annual two-day Festival in Austin. She has ten years of experience as an independent bookseller, most recently serving as marketing director for BookPeople, the largest independent bookstore in Texas and one of the most high profile independent bookstores in the country. Before moving to Austin in 2011, Julie served as publicist and events coordinator for Book Revue, a large independent bookstore on Long Island. She has a B. A. in English from Boston University. In addition to acting as TBF’s literary director, Julie is the author of the books Vegan Survival Guide to Austin and Swimming Holes of Texas (due out from University of Texas Press in 2017). Her short fiction is forthcoming in Arcadia magazine. Julie loves books of all stripes and is particularly drawn to short and literary fiction.




Janet Hutchison, Development Director

Janet serves as the Texas Book Festival’s primary development officer responsible for fundraising and ensuring that fundraising efforts support the Festival’s mission, programs and strategic vision. A native Texan, Janet has a B.A. in Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and her Certificate in Fundraising Management (CFRM) from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, University of Indiana. Earlier in her career she was the Executive Director of Literacy Austin and with a dedicated board of directors developed an annual book sale called Bookfest. Prior to joining the Festival, she was the Development Director at the LBJ Foundation and the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Janet has been a member of her book club known as Bookgals for over 16 years. Her favorite genres include Southern fiction and short stories. She has a first edition copy of every Shelby Hearon novel written.




Kendall Miller, Outreach Manager

Kendall manages the Festival’s year-round outreach programs including Reading Rock Stars, Library Grants, and the Youth Fiction Contest. Kendall attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received a bachelor’s degree with honors in Anthropology and a certificate in Indigenous Studies. She is currently pursuing her MA in Education and ESL at Texas State University. Prior to working at the Texas Book Festival, Kendall worked at the Blanton Museum of Art. In her free time Kendall loves to travel, volunteer, and read. Her favorite book genres are travel memoirs, non-fiction, and historical fiction.



ClaireClaire Burrows, Operations Coordinator

Claire coordinates the Texas Book Festival’s daily operations as well as assisting with the yearly Festival. She has master’s degrees in Comparative Literature from Stony Brook University and Aesthetic Studies from UT Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in Literary Studies from UT Dallas. Before joining the Festival, Claire was an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University teaching film, literature, and cultural studies. She is currently completing her PhD in Comparative Literature. Her literary interests include comics and graphic novels, literary fiction, and memoirs.




HannahHanna Oswald, Literary Coordinator

Hanna supports Texas Book Festival’s literary programs, including the two-day festival, the Texas Teen Book Festival, Reading Rock Stars, and other programs in Austin and around Texas. She has a master’s degree in Publishing from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Literature from Texas A&M. Prior to joining the festival, she worked in subsidiary rights at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her literary tastes are all over the place, but primarily include literary fiction and nonfiction.