We are thrilled to announce the 2016 First Edition Literary Gala Authors! Join us at the Gala for a night of excellent literary programming, and then find these authors at their panels throughout the Festival weekend. On Friday, November 4, we will celebrate and support literacy in Texas at the Gala with Diane Guerrero, Ethan Hawke, Carl Hiaasen, Marcus Samuelsson, and emcee Jon Scieszka.
Diane Guerrero is an actress on the hit shows Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. She lives in New York City. Guerrero’s is a featured Festival author with her book In The Country We Love: My Family Divided.
Ethan Hawke is an accomplished actor, screenwriter, film and theatre director, and novelist. He has been nominated for Academy Awards for both acting and writing, a Tony award, and a Drama Desk Award for both acting and directing. Greg Ruth is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Lost Boy, and illustrator for Freaks of the Heartland and Conancomics, among others. He lives in Western Massachusetts. Hawke and Ruth are at the 2016 Festival with the graphic novel, Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars.
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of thirteen previous novels, including the best sellers Bad Monkey, Star Island, Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and five best-selling children’s books Hoot, Flush, Scat, Chomp, and Skink. His most recent work of nonfiction is Dance of the Reptiles, a collection of his columns from The Miami Herald. Hiassen is a featured Festival author with his novel Razor Girl.
Award-winning chef and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson was the youngest chef to ever receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times while at Aquavit as Executive Chef. In 2010 Marcus was the winner of Top Chef Masters Season 2 and also served as the guest chef for the first State Dinner of the Obama administration. Samuelsson’s cookbook The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem will be available in October, just in time for the Festival!
And don’t forget our emcee, the long-standing Reading Rock Stars author and Texas Book Festival champion…
Jon Scieszka is the author of the New York Times bestselling Frank Einstein series. His books have sold more than 11 million copies. He is also the author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, the Time Warp Trio series, the Spaceheadz series, and Battle Bunny, coauthored by Mac Barnett. In 2008, Scieszka was named the inaugural National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress. He is also the founder of Guys Read, a web-based literacy program for boys. Scieszka lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Space is limited, so buy your table or tickets today. Proceeds from the First Edition Literary Gala fund our mission of providing grants to Texas libraries, strengthening literacy in Title I schools, and keeping the Festival free for all. The full author lineup will be announced on September 15. See you at the Festival!