Thank You For An Amazing Fest!

Thank YOU for Making the 2019 Texas Book Festival a Huge Success!

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect weekend full of sunshine, happiness, and book lovers from all over! Thank you to all the authors, moderators, volunteers, sponsors, donors, exhibitors, food vendors, and, of course, the readers who made this fantastic Festival Weekend possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Cómo Asistir a la Feria del Libro de Texas

Fin de semana de la Feria del Libro de Texas 2019

Sábado, 26 de octubre de 10:00 AM a 5:00 PM
Sábado en la tarde, 26 de octubre: Lit Crawl Austin, Distrito Red River
Domingo, 27 de octubre de 11:00 AM a 5:00 PM

Ubicaciones para la Feria

La Feria del Libro de Texas se celebrará en la ciudad de Austin en el Edificio del Capitolio y en sus alrededores. Lit Crawl Austin se llevará a cabo en el distrito de Red River.

Lo básico

La Feria del Libro de Texas es un evento GRATUITO para todo el público en general. Es una de las ferias literarias más grandes y prestigiosas de todo el país, se presentarán a más de 300 autores reconocidos a nivel nacional de literatura para todas las edades; habrá más de 100 expositores, food trucks locales, actividades familiares e innumerables oportunidades para conocer a los autores y a otros colegas amantes de la lectura. Somos una organización sin fines de lucro. La venta de libros en la Feria ayuda a financiar el evento de dos días y además nuestros programas escolares y de apoyo a las bibliotecas en todo el estado. ¡Gracias por apoyarnos! 

Mapas y Estacionamientos del 2019 

Mapa de la Feria del Libro 2019, (Incluyendo la lista de expositores)

Mapa de estacionamientos de la Feria del Libro de Texas 2019 (los estacionamientos estatales serán gratuitos para los asistentes)

Puntos de entrada a pie al sitio de la Feria

    • 8th Street y Congress
    • 11th Street y Congress
    • 11th Street y San Jacinto
    • 11th Street y Brazos
    • 12th Street y Colorado
    • 13th Street y Colorado

 

  • El aviso de cierres de calles será compartido próximamente

 

Lugares y reglas del Capitolio

  • La presencia de la Feria del Libro de Texas en el Capitolio es un privilegio. Por favor, respeta todas las reglas del Capitolio. No introduzcas alimentos y bebidas. Mantén toda la comida y las botellas de bebidas o agua guardadas en tu bolsa o en tu mochila.
  • Hay entradas al norte, este, oeste y sur al Capitolio. La entrada más concurrida es la sur frente a la 11th St., así que si ves largas filas, intenta tomar otra entrada.
  • Extensión del Capitolio 2019 – Mapa E1 y E2

Otros lugares en la Feria

  • First Baptist Church (901 Trinity St.)
  • First United Methodist Church Sanctuary (1201 Lavaca Street – entrada desde la calle Lavaca)
  • The Contemporary Austin (700 Congress Avenue)

Asistencia a las sesiones

Todos los asientos en las locaciones son por orden de llegada. Los titulares del Pase de Amigos de la Feria tienen acceso prioritario a los asientos y a las firmas sólo para las sesiones designadas para el Pase de Amigos de la Feria.

Autobuses y pases de un día para el Capital Metro 

¿Estás planeando unirte a nosotros en el centro para asistir a la Feria del Libro de Texas? Encontrar estacionamiento en el centro de Austin puede ser difícil, pero encontrar una línea de transporte que te lleve ahí es mucho más fácil. ADEMÁS, para el “Súper Sábado”, el 26 de octubre, Capital Metro ofrecerá a los asistentes de la Feria del Libro de Texas un Pase de un Día GRATIS. Simplemente regístrate en https://supersaturdayatx2019.eventbrite.com y así podrás evitar recorrer la ciudad en busca de estacionamiento. Cerca, las paradas de transportes incluyen 8th/Congreso, 8th/Trinity, 8th/Lavaca, 8th/Guadalupe, Republic Square o en Austin History Center.

Rutas de tránsito: ¡Te llevarán hasta ahí las rutas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 19, 20, 30, 801, 803 y 985!

Planea tu viaje (en línea): http://www.capmetro.org/planner

Planea tu viaje (en tu celular): http://www.capmetro.org/app

Bike

Austin B-Cycle tiene cuatro ubicaciones dentro de la Feria. Visita su sitio web para conocer más sobre este programa de bicicletas compartidas. 

¡Pasea por la ciudad con RideAustin y apoya a la Feria del Libro de Texas!

RideAustin, es un servicio de viajes compartidos sin fines de lucro con sede en Austin, ayuda a recaudar dinero para organizaciones sin fines de lucro como nosotros – simplemente descarga la aplicación, elige Feria del Libro de Texas como tu destino redondo, y así mientras viajas con RideAustin, ¡estarás apoyando a la Feria!

Hoteles 

¿Necesitas un lugar para hospedarte mientras estás en Austin? Nos hemos asociado con Hotels for Hope para ofrecer tarifas en habitaciones exclusivas para los asistentes de la Feria en algunos de los mejores hoteles de Austin. ¡Cada reservación apoya a la Feria del Libro de Texas! Para obtener más información y tips útiles para viajar, visita el sitio web Visit Austin.

Venta de libros y firmas

Visita el Programa de Firma de Libros y más información. Las ventas de libros en la Feria, ayudan a financiar el Fin de Semana de la Feria, nuestro programa Reading Rock Stars y a nuestra iniciativa Library Grants. Apoya a la Feria – ¡compra libros!

Todos los libros de los autores de la Feria estarán disponibles para comprar en una de las carpas de ventas de BookPeople. Para poder formarse en cualquier firma de libros en la Feria del Libro de Texas, deberás realizar una compra en una de las carpas de venta de libros de BookPeople y deberás presentar el recibo de una de las carpas de venta de libros de BookPeople.

Nuestra regla general permite que los asistentes de la Feria traigan un libro de su casa para que se lo firmen, siempre y cuando se compre al menos un libro en una carpa de venta de libros BookPeople. Sin embargo, esta puede variar de un autor a otro y depende de una variedad de factores, que incluyen el largo de la fila para la firma, el tiempo del que dispone cada autor para firmar libros y los lineamientos de firma que nos dé cada editor del autor. No podemos garantizar que te firmen los libros que traes de casa. Los voluntarios en los lugares de firmas te informarán si se permiten o no los libros adicionales. 

Los voluntarios en las carpas de firmas también te informarán cuántos libros te puede firmar el  autor, si las fotos están permitidas, etc. En su mayor parte, sólo se firmarán libros, no se permitirán recuerdos. ¡Gracias por cooperar con todas las normas de las firmas!

La mayoría de las firmas de libros se realizarán en una de las carpas de firmas (adultos, niños) inmediatamente después de la sesión de cada autor. En algunos casos, los autores firmarán en el lugar donde se presentaron. La información de las firmas será proporcionada por los moderadores de cada sesión. ¿No estás seguro en dónde estará firmando algún autor? ¡Pregúntale a un voluntario!

El Pase Festival Friends

Los asientos prioritarios en las sesiones seleccionadas están reservados para los asistentes que cuenten con su Pase Festival Friends. Las sesiones del PFF se encuentran enumeradas en el programa impreso de la Feria. ¡Conoce a nuestros autores de PFF aquí!

Cuando haces una donación de $100 dólares o más a la Feria del Libro de Texas, te agradecemos dándote un Pase Festival Friends. Una fuente crítica de financiamiento que nos ayuda a mantener la Feria gratis para todos, un Pase Festival Friends te permite, además de agregar a un invitado, acceso prioritario en las filas de las sesiones y firmas designadas para el Pase Festival Friends. Los Pases Festival Friends se enviarán por correo hasta una semana antes de la Feria, junto con una carta de agradecimiento. Después de eso, los Pases Festival Friends estarán disponibles para recoger en la Tienda de la Feria del Libro de Texas en 11th St. y Colorado.

Dona ahora para asegurarte un Pase Festival Friends. ¿Tienes preguntas? Llama al 512.477.4055 o envíanos un correo electrónico a bookfest@texasbookfestival.org.

Accesibilidad

Si necesitas atención especial, contáctanos aquí en la Feria del Libro de Texas antes de tu visita enviando un correo electrónico a bookfest@texasbookfestival.org o llámanos al: (512) 477-4055.

Estarán disponibles intérpretes de lenguaje de señas de forma limitada durante el fin de semana de la Feria. Si necesitas un intérprete, visita la carpa de intérpretes ASL ubicada en 11th y Colorado Street al menos treinta minutos antes de la sesión solicitada para verificar que estén disponibles.

Primeros auxilios e información 

Los primeros auxilios, objetos perdidos y encontrados, asistencia direccional e información general durante el fin de semana de la Feria, estarán disponibles en el puesto de información ubicado en las calles 11th y Colorado.

Código de conducta

La Feria del Libro de Texas está comprometida a proporcionar un ambiente seguro en nuestros eventos para todos los asistentes que incluyen, entre otros, autores, profesionales de la industria, moderadores, voluntarios, expositores, personal, medios y miembros del público en general, que incluye espacios libres de acoso, discriminación y comportamiento grosero o irrespetuoso. Puedes leer completo el Código de conducta aquí.

Contáctanos 

¿Todavía tienes preguntas? Envíanos un correo electrónico o llámanos: (512) 477-4055. La información general durante el fin de semana de la Feria estará disponible en el puesto de información ubicado en las calles 11th y Colorado. Los servicios incluyen primeros auxilios, objetos perdidos, asistencia direccional y más.

 

The 2019 Kirkus Reviews Tent

We’re pleased to once again partner with Kirkus Reviewsthe prominent American review magazine and one of the most trusted voices in book discovery, to present a full weekend of literary sessions for readers of all ages in the Kirkus Reviews Tent on Eleventh Street.

Kicking off the weekend is a high-power panel of the 2019 Kirkus Prize Finalists. The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature. Don’t miss this chance to hear them talk about their acclaimed work.

The Kirkus Reviews Tent is in the center of the Festival, close to the Book Sales Tents and the C-Span2/BookTV Tent. Be sure to stop by!


 Saturday


Meet the 2019 Kirkus Prize Finalists!
10:00AM – 11:00AM, Saturday 10/26
Kirkus Reviews, the nation’s leading pre-publication journal of book reviews, is proud to sponsor the annual Kirkus Prize, which bestows $150,000 divided by three winning writers. At this panel, you’ll hear the finalists of this year’s Prize—some of this year’s most intriguing and insightful writers—talk about their most recent books. Featuring Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson (The Undefeated), Jerry Craft (The New Kid), Laila Lalami (The Other Americans), Rosalind Harvey (The Other Side), Alicia D. Williams (Genesis Begins Again). More authors to be announced!
Author(s): Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson, Jerry Craft, Laila Lalami, Rosalind Harvey, Alicia D. Williams


Forget Astronauts, Introducing The AstroNuts!
11:00 am – 11:45 am, Saturday, October 26
Uh-oh! Looks like humans have no place to go after Earth. Worry not! The AstroNuts are here! Hybridized to find other planets, AstroWolf, LaserShark, SmartHawk, and StinkBug are here to find another planet for humans to live. Join us as this major new series by kid lit legend Jon Scieszka and illustrator Steven Weinberg launches us into outer space adventure!
Author(s): Jon Scieszka, Steven Weinberg


The Undefeated with Kwame Alexander
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm, Saturday, October 26
Bestselling poet and Newbery Award-winning author Kwame Alexander returns to the Texas Book Festival with a powerful, moving new picture book that celebrates black life in America and pays tribute to the struggle of black Americans. The Undefeated is a love letter to black life in the United States and is one of the most remarkable and beautiful new picture books of the year, a must for the shelf of readers young and old. Kwame is planning a special presentation that includes a musical performance!
Author(s): Kwame Alexander


Writing the Civil Rights Movement
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 26
Bestselling author Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball player Jackie Robinson, will be joined by Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney and author Barry Wittenstein to discuss their new books that remember and celebrate the Civil Rights movement. What can young readers–and all of us–learn from the past?
Author(s): Sharon Robinson, Jerry Pinkney, Barry Wittenstein


When I Was a Kid: Writing Books Inspired by Our Childhoods
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm, Saturday, October 26
Newbery Award-winner Meg Medina (Merci Suarez Changes Gears), bestselling author Ibi Zoboi (My Life As An Ice Cream Sandwich), and Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad (Proudest Blue) take the stage to share their latest books, all fictional stories inspired in different ways by their childhoods. This is a panel with major star power, featuring three of the biggest names in children’s literature who inspire kids every day with their words. Don’t miss it!
Author(s): Meg Medina, Ibi Zoboi, Ibtihaj Muhammad


No Treehouse is Complete without 117 Stories!
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm, Saturday, October 26
Get ready for another zainey adventure with Andy and Terry as they upgrade their tree house to 117 stories! We love this hilarious, bestselling series. This absurdly funny ninth book in the series will surely inspire you to have your own 117 story treehouse.
Author: Andy Griffiths


Sunday


Repeating the Past: Historical Fiction About Turbulent Times
11:00 am – 11:45 am, Sunday, October 27
Spain under Franco in 1957 sets the scene for young Americans who find themselves faced with the dark shadow of fascism in Fountains of Silence, the highly anticipated new historical novel. Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history’s darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence—inspired by the true postwar struggles of Spain.
Author: Ruta Sepetys


 Story For Miles: Writing Big Fiction
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm, Sunday, October 27
In an era of 7 second videos and 33 character tweets, two novelists dare to bring us sprawling epic stories that span generations and embrace multiple perspectives. Award winning author Elizabeth McCracken (Bowlaway) and debut author Namwali Serpell (The Old Drift) take on BIG family sagas that hold our attention.
Author(s): Elizabeth McCracken, Namwali Serpell


Everything We Didn’t Know: Riveting Memoirs of Family Secrets
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm, Sunday, October 27
In complex, beautiful memoirs, literary icons Dani Shapiro (Inheritance) and Adrienne Brodeur (Wild Game) explore the corrosive effects of long-held family secrets. With stories that reach far beyond the personal, these memoirs each pose larger questions about the nature of identity and what it means to rebuild in the aftermath of betrayal.
Author(s): Dani Shapiro, Adrienne Brodeur


We’ve Been Through It: Stories of Strength and Survival
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm, Sunday, October 27
True stories of making it through the hardest, darkest human experiences are some of the most powerful and shared literature on our shelves. But what does it take to write the books? Authors Laurie Halse Anderson (Shout), Jaquira Díaz (Ordinary Girls), Cyrus Dunham (A Year Without A Name), and Jeannie Vanasco (Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl) share their stories of strength, survival, and the power of the pen to transform.
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson, Jaquira Díaz, Cyrus Dunham, and Jeannie Vanasco


A Conversation with Rainbow Rowell
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm, Sunday, October 27
Bestselling author Rainbow Rowell sits down at Texas Book Fest to talk about her brand new book, Wayward Son, the sequel to her #1 New York Times bestselling book, Carry On. What happens when the hero’s journey is over? What comes next when your life has only just begun? Don’t miss this amazing conversation!
Author(s): Rainbow Rowell, Mariko Tamaki

 

 

Literary Highlights at Texas Book Fest

Calling all adult literature connoisseurs and enthusiasts! This year’s Festival highlights include the many wonderfully talented fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction writers whose work incorporates themes of place, identity, family, politics, spirituality, and more. Come out October 26-27 to hear from some of the year’s most acclaimed writers, current and future award-winners including Sarah M. Broom, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Oscar Cásares, Andrea Lawlor, Jaquira Díaz, Rion Amiclar Scott, and poets ire’ne lara silva, Javier ZamoraBrenda Shaughnessy, Jericho Brown and more.

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear some of today’s most influential writers. So grab your books, plan your schedule, and get ready to make your way to Congress Avenue in downtown Austin for a weekend of poetry, prose, and good conversation!

Poetry


Saturday


The Poets Tried to Tell You: Warning Signs in Lit
Capitol Extension Room E2.016, Saturday 10/26, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Poets have long been tasked with writing the times as they are and all that wades below the surface. From sexual harassment and misogyny in the #metoo movement, to race and the social & political impact of government, poetry has allowed readers to consider the resulting personal wounds and community outrage. Panelists will discuss poetry that compels us to look at our chaotic present and uncertain future.
Authors: Lauren Alleyne, José Olivarez, Katie Bickham
Moderator: Amanda Johnston


Singing To It: Poetry That Moves Through Music 
Capitol Extension Room E2.028, Saturday 10/26, 2:15-3:00
Drawing on the inspiration of song, poets Tyree Daye (River Hymns), Orlando Ricardo Menes (Memoria) and ire’en lara silva (Cuicacalli / House of Song) share new collections of poetry that reverberates with the rhythms of family history, the pop songs of youth, and the melodies that live within the physical and the spiritual.
Authors: Tyree Daye, Orlando Ricardo Menes, ire’ne lara silva
Moderator: Octavio Quintanilla


Pushing Forward: Poetry That Inspires Progress
Capitol Extension Room E2.016, Saturday 10/26, 3:30-4:15
In powerful new collections of poetry, Kayleb Rae Candrilli (What Runs Over), D. E. E. P. (Newsworthy), and Javier Zamora (Unaccompanied) share moving, electrifying work about crossing the border, coming out in rural Pennsylvania, and the state of modern media. Their intimate, incendiary work opens up spaces of empathy and acceptance as it pushes for progress.
Authors: Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Javier Zamora, Deborah Mouton
Moderator: Gerard Robledo


Literary Highlights


Saturday


100 Years of History: Complex Legacies of Family and Geography
Capitol Extension Room E2.012, Saturday 10/26, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
In highly acclaimed new works of nonfiction and fiction, memoirist Sarah Broom (The Yellow House) and novelist Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (The Revisioners) portray the legacies of family, geography and race in the American South. Broom’s memoir shares 100 years of her family’s life in their shotgun home in New Orleans East, a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities, while Sexton’s generation-spanning new novel considers the lives and freedoms of women in 1925 and 100 years later.
Authors: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Sarah M. Broom
Moderator: Keffrelyn Brown


My Story Is More Than The Struggle: Powerful New Memoirs
Capitol Extension Room E2.010, Saturday 10/26, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
In memoirs that deftly manage the intersections of race, class, gender, family, and more, Jaquira Díaz (Ordinary Girls) and Mitchell Jackson (Survival Math) move through childhoods tattooed with struggle and disenfranchisement to write triumphant accounts of who they were, where they’ve been, and who they are now. The result is two powerhouse literary memoirs that shine with honesty, energy, and offer roadmaps out of trauma into grace.
Authors: Jaquira Díaz, Mitchell Jackson
Moderator: Doyin Oyeniyi


Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers
Capitol Extension Room 1.016, Saturday 10/26, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
The new anthology Shapes of Native Nonfiction features a dynamic combination of established and emerging Native writers. Editors Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton have curated an exciting collection of imaginative, world-making lyric essays by twenty-seven contemporary Native writers from tribal nations across Turtle Island into a well-crafted basket. Join them and contributor Bojan Louis as they share this new work.
Authors: Bojan Louis, Theresa Warburton, Elissa Washuta
Moderator: Syed Ali Haider


Born to Tell the Story: Fiction Based on Family History
Capitol Extension Room E2.030, Saturday 10/26, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
In their new novels, award-winning authors Angie Cruz (Dominicana) and Karl Marlantes (Deep River), spin true family stories into riveting fiction, portraying the lives of a Dominican family in New York City in the 1960s and Finnish immigrants in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1900s. Where do the lines between truth and fiction blend? What did they learn about  themselves and their own family as they researched and wrote?
Authors: Karl Marlantes, Angie Cruz
Moderator:  Masie Cochran


Penguin Classics Presents: What Makes a Classic? Writing a New Canon
Capitol Extension Room E2.010, Saturday 10/26, 2:30-3:15
What makes a classic book a “classic”? Join Elda Rotor, Vice President and Publisher of Penguin Classics, as she talks with novelist Andrea Lawlor, YA author LL McKinney, and T Kira Madden about what qualifies certain books for the classics shelf, those books that may have been overlooked as “classics,” and the kind of literature coming out today that has the lasting power of a classic.
Authors: Andrea Lawlor, L.L. McKinney, T Kira Madden
Moderator: Elda Rotor


Sunday


On Second Look: Writing About Home From New Perspectives
Capitol Extension Room E2.030, Sunday 10/27 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
Whether it’s a border town in Texas or an African American neighborhood in small town North Carolina, award winning author Oscar Cásares (Where We Come From) and debut novelist De’Shawn Charles Winslow (In West Mills) write about their hometowns with depth, empathy and insight.  Both novels feature a strong and complicated woman at the center of the story.  How do these authors take on something as familiar as where they come from and infuse it with a new perspective?
Authors: Oscar Cásares, De’Shawn Winslow
Moderator: Anis Shivani


Writing From a Place: At the Crossroads of Geography, Identity, and Art
Capitol Extension Room E1.016, Sunday 10/27, 1:15-2:00
The defining forces and backdrops of geography are at the heart of phenomenal new collections of short fiction by Rion Amilcar Scott (The World Doesn’t Require You), Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Sabrina & Corina) and Bryan Washington (Lot). From the fictional town of Cross River, Maryland, to indigeneous Latinas in Denver, to the neighborhoods and characters of Houston, these collections illuminate the intersection of geography and identity as they catapult their characters into experiences and revelations simultaneously unique to their terrain and universal to readers.
Authors: Rion Amiclar Scott, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Bryan Washington
Moderator: Richard Santos

All the YA Lit at Texas Book Fest!

Teens! A ton of amazing Young Adult authors will be at this year’s Fest. We’re once again bringing back YA HQ Tent on Congress, an entire tent dedicated to young adult authors and panels.

Tons of the year’s most exciting YA authors will be here, including Rainbow Rowell, Mariko Tamaki, Tochi Onyebuchi, and Hafsah Faizal and more. Come out to meet them and hear about their brand new books October 26-27!

Saturday


Taking Care of Business: Kick-Butt Women in Fantastic Worlds
YA HQ Tent, 11:00 AM – 11:45 

The powerful women in these big new fantasy and sci fi novels are taking on the world to do what only they can do: save it from itself. From the Wild West to Wonderland to deep space, these authors talk about riveting new adventures that leave us feeling empowered and energized to take on our own worlds!
Authors: Charlotte Nicole Davis, L.L. McKinney, Nicky Drayden
Moderator: Katrina Ashton


Confronting Injustice: New YA About Major Issues
YA HQ Tent, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

One of the most important things stories can do is encourage us to become more engaged with the world around us. In their new novels, these authors show us characters who stand up for what they believe in and make change in their communities. What are you capable of changing? Come be inspired by these stories!
Authors: Kekla Magoon, Rafi Mittlefehldt, Mitali Perkins
Moderator: Vanessa Lee


Matters of the Heart: Modern Love Stories
YA HQ Tent, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Love is great… until it sucks. Oh, but even then, relationships are so interesting to discuss. Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or have sworn off love forever, grab a seat while we talk about the different kinds of love and heartbreak in these new books, from star-crossed love on the border, to two teenage girls outed in a small Texas town, to a graphic novel about a girlfriend who just will not go away.

Authors:Rubén Degollado, Brynne Rebele-Henry, Mariko Tamaki
Moderator: Anna Lyon


Dramatic Destinies: Death-Defying Stories of Daring and Courage
YA HQ Tent, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Death-defying feats of deception, daring, cunning and courage fill these page-turning adventures. It’s going to be a wild ride as the authors dive in and tell us how they create these imaginative, carefully-plotted stories that keep us reading way past our bedtime.
Authors: Hafsah Faizal, Maureen Johnson, Mary Pearson
Moderator: Princess Jones Curtis

Sunday


On Our Own Terms: Creating the Lives We Want
YA HQ Tent, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

The world can be a lot to bear sometimes. Like, way too much. When that happens, the worlds we create for ourselves with music, friends, and our own imaginations can literally save us. But what happens when that salvation stops working? These authors share new stories where personal survival takes unique forms–and faces its own unforeseen consequences.

Authors: Audrey Coulthurst, Paula Garner, Morgan Parker
Moderator: Leticia Urieta


Wise Warriors and Epic Adventures
YA HQ Tent, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Acts of daring and drama tear across these new novels, where wit and bravery save worlds, battle injustice, and take on enemies across the ages. Dive deep into these tales of vengeance and justice and find out how these authors fuel the fire of these stories.

Authors: Tochi Onyebuchi, Lilliam Rivera, Sherry Thomas
Moderator: Natalia Sylvester


What I Never Told You: Spinning Secrets and Uncovering Truths
YA HQ Tent, 2:00-2:45

Secrets spin at the heart of all of these new novels. From the truth behind a rap song that’s gone viral, to the unspoken traumas of family history, to a character’s deepest desires to make more of his life, to uncovering the truth behind a murder, each author explores the implications and consequences of what we do and don’t reveal, to ourselves and the people we care about most.

Authors: Tiffany D. Jackson, Jennifer D. Mathieu, Matthew Mendez, Randy Ribay
Moderator: Kendra Fortmeyer


A Conversation with Rainbow Rowell
Kirkus Reviews Tent, Sunday October 27, 3:15-4:00

Bestselling author Rainbow Rowell sits down at Texas Book Fest to talk about her brand new book, Wayward Son, the sequel to her #1 New York Times bestselling book, Carry On. What happens when the hero’s journey is over? What comes next when your life has only just begun? Don’t miss this amazing conversation!

Authors: Rainbow Rowell
Moderator: Mariko Tamaki

 

C-Span2/BookTV Tent Schedule

The Texas Book Festival is pleased to once again partner with C-Span2/Book TV to host and livestream engaging and relevant cultural conversations about a wide variety of big topics, from climate change to big tech to international relations, health care, and more. See below for the weekend’s schedule of conversations.


Saturday, October 26th


Understanding Immigration: What It Means to Come America 10:00 am – 10:45 am
NPR’s Aarti Shahani (Here We Are) and Pulitzer Prize finalist Suketu Mehta (This Land Is Our Land) push beyond the headlines to discuss the real experience of immigrants living in America. Sharing their perspectives as natives of India who relocated to the United States, Shahani and Mehta scrutinize generational differences, bureaucratic hoops, unforeseen obstacles, the argument of who “really” belongs in America, and the complicated truths of the American Dream. Moderated by Rakhee Jain Desai.

In The Hands of Our Hubris: Human Behavior in the Face of Climate Change 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Building mansions up to the edges of coastlines, disrupting the deserts for oil; short-term human goals consistently come up against the obvious and ongoing effects of climate change. In their new books, journalist Nathaniel Rich (Losing Earth) and Pulitzer Prize-winner Gilbert Gaul (The Geography of Risk) examine human hubris in the face of our environment’s increasingly drastic cries for help–and its threats if our behavior doesn’t change. Moderated by Juli Berwald.

Border Wars: The President’s Assault on Immigration12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
New York Times Washington correspondents Michael Davis and Julie Hirschfeld Shear provide an inside account with never-before-told stories of Trump’s opposition to immigration to the United States. They discuss how the President and his allies blocked asylum-seekers and refugees, separated families, threatened deportation and sought to erode the longstanding bipartisan consensus on immigration, all with decision-making driven by gut instinct and marked by disorganization, paranoia, and a constantly feuding staff. Moderated by Carlos Sanchez. 

Inside the Radical Right: Mike Pence, The Council for National Policy, and Our Nation’s Shadows Networks 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Political analyst Tom Lobianco (Piety and Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House) and journalist Anne Nelson (Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right) take us deep inside America’s Radical Right, revealing the people and groups masterminding media tactics, bankrolling politicians, and coordinating its strategic nerve center, with a focus on the rise of Vice President Pence and the Council for National Policy. Moderated by Daniel Oppenheimer. 

The Education of an Idealist: Samantha Power in Conversation2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Heralded by President Obama as one of America’s “foremost thinkers on foreign policy,” Pulitzer Prize-winner Samantha Power, who served as Obama’s human rights adviser and was named US Ambassador to the United Nations, traces her journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. Join her as she shares her unique experience navigating the halls of power while trying to put her ideals into practice. Moderated by Megan Labrise. 

Information Wars: The Battle Against Disinformation 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
During the final years of the Obama administration, Time editor and Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel was the single person tasked with unpacking, disproving, and combating both ISIS’s messaging and Russian disinformation. In 2016, he quickly came to see how ISIS, Putin and Trump all used the same playbook. Join him as he shares his singular insights about the global rise of disinformation and how we must find a way to combat this ever growing threat to democracy. Moderated by Evan Smith. 

The High Drama — and Harrowing Hubris — of Big Tech 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Big pay-offs, epic power struggles and spiraling mega-companies make for dramatic stories of major wins and harrowing hubris in Silicon Valley. In new page-turning accounts, Mike Issac (Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber) and Ben Mezrich (Bitcoin Billionaires) dive into the headline-making worlds of Bitcoin and Uber, exploring the characters and companies behind big tech windfalls and executive rock bottoms with all of the dazzle, defeat, and indefatigable spirit of the people innovating our future. Moderated by Suzi Sosa. 


Sunday, October 27th


Unpacking American Health Care: What’s Gone Wrong and What We Can Do11:00 am – 11:45 am
From the generic drug boom to untangling rising medical bills across the country, award-winning reporter Katherine Eban (Bottle of Lies) and surgeon and professor Marty Makary (The Price We Pay) demystify the opaque business of American health care. Fraud, false data, price-gouging and all of the executives who come between Americans and our health are on the table in this discussion of why medicine in this country has become a financial crisis with life-threatening effects. Moderated by Debra Pratt.

Fentanyl, Inc.: The Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Ben Westhoff (Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic) discusses his remarkable four-year investigation into the dangerous world of synthetic drugs—from black market drug factories in China to users and dealers on the streets of the U.S. to harm reduction activists in Europe—which reveals for the first time the next wave of the opioid epidemic and potential long-term solutions to the drug crisis that has affected so many.

Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA1:00 pm – 1:40 pm
Former CIA agent Amaryllis Fox tells the riveting story of her ten years in the most elite clandestine ops unit of the CIA, hunting the world’s most dangerous terrorists in sixteen countries while marrying and giving birth to a daughter. Recruited at twenty-one, Fox was fast-tracked through training and deployed as a spy under non-official cover, sent to infiltrate terrorist networks in remote areas of the Middle East and Asia. Now, she shares her incredible story of astonishing courage and passion. Moderated by Nate Blakeslee. 

Understanding Racism: How We Enact Change2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Scholars and bestselling authors Harriet Washington (A Terrible Thing to Waste) and Ibram X. Kendi (How to Be an Antiracist) discuss new ways to deconstruct racism, examining facets ranging from systemic environmental racism to intersections with gender and sexuality. How can we change our systems of thought, government, and culture to transform the conversation around racism and enact social justice? Moderated by Ashley Farmer. 

Crossfire Hurricane: Inside the President’s War on the FBI3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Josh Campbell, now a CNN analyst, served as special assistant to FBI director James Comey. In his new fly-on-the-wall narrative, he takes us behind the scenes of the earliest days of the Russia investigation–codename: Crossfire Hurricane–up to the present, revealing fresh details about this tumultuous period. Join him as he explains how the FBI goes about its work and its historic independence from partisan forces; and describes the increasing dismay inside the bureau as the president and his allies escalate their attacks on the agency. Moderated by Steve Goode. 

Guns Down: A Frank Conversation About Gun Control4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Igor Volsky, director of Guns Down America and vice president at the Center for American Progress, sits down with a representative from Moms Demand Action to talk about the practical steps that can be taken to significantly and permanently reduce gun deaths in the United States, from working with representatives across the political spectrum on bold new regulations to reduce the number of guns in circulation, to understanding gun enthusiasts, to taking on the NRA. Moderated by Harel Shapira. 

2019 Texas Tent Schedule

Howdy’, y’all! We’re excited to bring another stellar lineup of authors to this year’s Texas Tent, sponsored by Loewy Law Firm. These Lone Star stories and tales of the American West channel what it means to be from our region, with discussions ranging from Latinx narratives to histories of Texas musical giants to writing in and about the state and the dusty trails of West. So grab your boots, your cowboy hat, and make your way to Colorado Street for some Texas literary fun!

That’s right, we have a new location for the Texas Tent this year, at the top of Colorado Street, above the Exhibitor Tents. Mosey on up the street, y’all!


Saturday, October 26th


FlowerSong Books Showcase: Literary, Lyrical, Latinx, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
FlowerSong Books nurtures essential verse from, about, and through the borderlands. Join us today as four FlowerSong authors share their latest work, exploring dynamics of gender, the forces that have shaped the Latinx experience, and the humor and humanity of everyday life. 
Author(s): Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros, Jo Reyes-Boitel, Eduardo R. Vega
Moderator: Edward Vidaurre


True Texas History: Uncovering Hidden Stories of Injustice, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Historians Monica Martinez (The Injustice Never Leaves You), Elaine Hampton and Cynthia Ontiveros (Copper Stain) shed light on little-known stories of the development of Texas. From anti-Mexican violence along the border in the early twentieth century to the horrific effects of environmental injustice on the community surrounding ASARCO in El Paso, they examine why we tell the stories we do about Texas and what we have to learn from the hidden stories that don’t make it into textbooks. 
Author(s): Elaine Hampton, Monica Muñoz Martinez, Cynthia Ontiveros
Moderator: Maribel Rubio


Texas Noir: Crime Fiction Set in the Lone Star State, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Akashic’s acclaimed Noir Series publishes crime fiction short stories by cutting edge writers set in major cities and regions around the world. Their latest edition, Houston Noir, joins Texas editions Lone Star Noir and Dallas Noir in covering the dark territory of the Lone Star State. Join contributors to these Texas anthologies about how they tap into the dark underbelly of Texas. 
Author(s): Sehba Sarwar, Merrit Tierce, Deborah Mouton


Murder and Mystery On the Dusty Trails: Crime Fiction of the West, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Bestselling authors Craig Johnson (Land of Wolves) and Joe Lansdale (The Elephant of Surprise) are masters of western crime fiction. In their latest novels, Johnson brings Sheriff Longmire back to Absaroka County, Wyoming and Lansdale’s odd-couple P.I.s Hap and Leonard chase down a case in East Texas. Join these two friends and writers as they talk about how different regions of the West make for memorable backdrops of page-turning mysteries. 
Author(s): Craig Johnson, Joe Lansdale
Moderator: Scott Montgomery


The Forces That Shaped — and Saved — the American West, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands (Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West) and former senior editor at Newsweek John Taliaferro (Grinnell: America’s Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West) present new histories of the American West and the forces that shaped its development. From indigenous peoples who confronted early white settlers, to the riches of land and cattle and railroad, to the work of people like George Bird Grinnell, who set out to preserve the region’s environment and beauty while advocating for its natural history and indigenous culture, Brands and Taliaferro offer new insights into the complicated history of the West. 
Author(s): H. W. Brands, John Taliaferro
Moderator: Laura Castro


Writers’ League of Texas: Obsessed with Texas, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Writers’ League of Texas Program Director Michael Noll will moderate a conversation with authors Monica Martinez, TBD, and TBD about the enduring appeal of the Lone Star State and why writing about its unique landscape, complex history, and compelling people never gets old.
Author(s): Monica Martinez, Cameron Dezen Hammon, Sergio Troncoso
Moderator(s): Michael Noll, Becka Oliver


Texas Music Legends: Janis Joplin and Stevie Ray Vaughan, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
In two new books about Texas music legends Stevie Ray Vaughan and Janis Joplin, biographers Andy Aledort and Alan Paul (Texas Flood) and Holly George-Warren (Janis) use their unprecedented access to family members and collaborators to deliver surprisingly intimate portraits of these larger-than-life personalities. 
Author(s): Andy Aledort, Holly George-Warren, Alan Paul
Moderator: Ed Ward


Sunday, October 27th


FlowerSong Books Showcase: Literary, Lyrical, Latinx, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
FlowerSong Books nurtures essential verse from, about, and through the borderlands. Join us today as four FlowerSong authors share their latest work, verse that explores indigenous energies, the injustices of poverty, and the miraculous marvels of everyday life. 
Author(s): Reyes Cardenas, Odillia Galvan Rodriguez
Moderator: Edward Vidaurre


Fiction of La Frontera — And What Comes After, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
The lives of immigrants finding themselves in America and those with their eyes set on a new future over the border are at the center of new fiction by Sergio Troncoso (A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son) and Gabino Iglesias (Coyote Songs). Taking different approaches to the experiences of people living at la frontera and beyond, Troncoso and Iglesias employ intimacy and grit in portraying the journeys, hopes, and desires of their characters before and after they cross the border. 
Author: Sergio Troncoso, Gabino Iglesias
Moderator: Jorge Gomez


It Doesn’t End with the Crossing: What Happens at the U. S. and Mexico Border, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Attorney J. J. Mulligan Sepúlveda (No Human is Illegal) and El Paso professor Jeremy Slack (Deported to Death) share on-the-ground perspectives of what happens when people cross into America from Mexico and what happends when they’re sent back. Sepúlveda’s work representing immigrants in court, as well as his identity as the son and husband of Spanish-speaking immigrants, and Slack’s research into the experiences of deportees “returned” often hundreds of miles from their homes, offer personal and important insight into the impact of border enforcement. 
Author(s): J. J. Mulligan Sepúlveda, Jeremy Slack


Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
C. Gwynne, bestselling author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell, presents an epic account of the dramatic conclusion of the Civil War, from the moment Ulysses S. Grant arrives to take command of all Union armies in March 1864 to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox a year later. Gwynne breathes new life into the epic battle between Lee and Grant; the advent of 180,000 black soldiers in the Union army; the dramatic final events of the war, and more.
Author: S. C. Gwynne
Moderator: Dan Goodgame


On the Road with Texas Highways Magazine: Perspectives on Travel Writing, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Contributors to Texas Highways, the official travel magazine of Texas, discuss crafting meaningful travel narratives with nuance, depth, and sense of place. After years of traversing the state and telling its myriad stories, they share memorable trips, tips for the road, and what traveling has taught them about writing and life.
Author(s): Clayton Maxwell, Rachel Monroe, Joe Nick Patoski, José R. Ralat
Moderator: Kimya Kavehkar

2019 Texas Writer Award Winner: Attica Locke!

Every year, the Texas Book Festival awards the Texas Writer Award to one author who has significantly contributed to the state’s literary landscape. These authors put Lone Star narratives on the national radar, connecting people everywhere to the depths and  joys of Texas literature. Previous recipients include Sandra Cisneros, James Magnuson, Dan Rather, and Benjamin Alire Sánez, as well as many, many other talented individuals.

This year, we are so excited to present this award to Attica Locke, author of five notable novels, including Bluebird, Bluebird and the recently-published Heaven, my Home. A native of Houston, Locke often sets her novels along the thoroughfares that connect Houston to its surrounding small East Texas towns, centering Texas narratives in a big way. Her legal fiction highlights the pervasiveness of racism and social inequity, explores the persistence of the past in the present, and showcases how one situation involves many involved, complex layers.

Locke’s writing grandeur extends beyond the novel and into television, having worked as a writer for Empire and recently on the Netflix special When They See Us. She is also working on a forthcoming Netflix adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere.  Attica Locke’s writing is dynamic, illuminative, and downright entertaining, and we are so excited to honor her at this year’s Festival.

Attica Locke was presented with the Texas Writer Award on Saturday, October 26th in the House Chamber at the Texas Book Festival.

Free Family Fun at Texas Book Fest!

Calling all young book lovers! There’s so much to learn, explore, and do at this year’s Texas Book Festival! Kids on Congress, our Congress Avenue thoroughfare highlighting exciting kids authors and activities, is back and better than ever. In fact, it’s so robust, we can’t even fit it all on Congress Avenue! Whether you’re a picture book reader, YA fanatic, or chapter book lover, we’ve got something for you. You don’t want to miss out on these free, all-day events, including author storytimes, live music, hands on activities, and giveaways!


Explore the Festival with a Kid’s Passport


 

Stop by the Children’s Activity Tent and pick up a Kid’s Passport! Return your passport at the end of the day with at least five stamps from specific activities — such as meeting a new friend, reading a new book, and visiting the Kirkus Reviews tent — and get a free small scoop of Amy’s ice cream!


Where’s Waldo? At Texas Book Fest!


 

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Make sure to keep an eye out for everyone’s favorite hidden, red stripe-wearing character, Waldo! Candlewick Press is presenting a Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt, scattering several Waldo cutouts throughout the Festival grounds. You can pick up the scavenger hunt forms at the Children’s Activity Tent, but also be on the lookout for a real-life Waldo running around Congress Avenue!


How to See Sonia Sotomayor at Texas Book Fest


U.S. Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be in conversation about her new picture book, Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You in the House Chamber at the Texas Book Festival on Sunday, October 27 at 11:30AM. Afterwards, she will sign books. Space is limited. Please read the full event guidelines if you’d like to attend.


Must-See Authors at First United Methodist Church!


Saturday, October 26 at 10:00AM
Graphix Con: Great New Graphic Novels for Young Readers
featuring Raina Telgemeier, Gale Galligan, and Molly Ostertag!

Saturday, October 26 at 12:45PM
The Power of Kindness and Wonder: R. J. Palacio in Conversation


Read Me A Story Tent: The Spot for Picture Books


 

We’re so happy to bring some of today’s best picture book authors and illustrators to this year’s Festival, including Judy Schachner, Kat Zhang, Eric Velasquez, Isabel Quintero, Matt Tavares, and many more! With new storytimes beginning every 30 minutes, this tent invites kids to interact authors and illustrators while understanding they may have to get up and get their wiggles out, too! Search “Read Me A Story” on our schedule to see the full list of authors, illustrators, and storytimes!


Children’s Authors in the Latinx Lit Tent!


 

This year’s bilingual storytimes in the Latinx Lit Tent bring Tania de Regil, Duncan Tonatiuh, and Megan and Jorge Lacera to Congress Avenue! Additionally, make sure to catch Saturday’s celebration of the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Book Award winners with David Bowles and Xelena Gonzalez. 


Children’s Authors in the Kirkus Reviews Tent


 

Don’t miss some of our favorite picture book, chapter book, and YA authors in the Kirkus Review Tent! Kwame Alexander brings us The Undefeated; Steven Weinberg and Jon Scieszka are going AstroNuts, and Andy Griffiths invites us to imagine his 117-story treehouse! This is where you’ll also find special conversations with Ibtihaj Muhammad, Ibi Zoboi, Meg Medina, and Sharon Robinson. And don’t miss YA superstar Rainbow Rowell in conversation with Mariko Tamaki!


Next Chapter Tent: The Spot for Middle Grade Readers


 

Magic, animal adventures, and spies, oh my! The Next Chapter Tent will feature a variety of panels for middle grade readers and early chapter book lovers. Plus — we’ll be teaming up with the Texas Library Association to announce this year’s Texas Bluebonnet Award winners! Check out the full schedule in the Next Chapter Tent and come ready to ask questions and learn about the big adventures in these books!


The YA HQ Tent: All Young Adult Authors, All the Time


The Young Adult HQ Tent is back this year, giving YA lovers of all ages a chance to dive into fantastic worlds, epic quests, unique situations, star-crossed love stories, and some with happy endings, too. Join young heroes and heroines as they solve the world’s problems, save the adults and the planet, and find how to love themselves and others. Featuring tons of authors, including Maureen Johnson, Tochi Onyebuchi, L. L. McKinney, Jennifer Mathieu, and so many more! Check out the full YA HQ schedule here.

And don’t miss bestselling YA author Rainbow Rowell in the Kirkus Reviews Tent on Sunday, October 27 at 3:15PM! She’ll be in conversation with Mariko Tamaki about Wayward Son, the highly-anticipated follow up to Carry On!


So Much More Fun To Have!


 

2018 Texas Book Festival

YA publisher FIREreads and children’s book club Literati will be on-site at 10th and Congress with various interactive activities for kids of all ages. You won’t want to miss this fun opportunity for a hands-on Festival experience with these two fantastic, book-centric communities! And while you’re in the area, don’t forget to stop by the Penguin Young Readers outpost in our Next Chapter tent. The wonderful Penguin team will be giving away goodies throughout the day, so get ready middle grade readers!

Many thanks to St. David’s HealthCare for bringing Hook’em, UT’s lovable mascot, to our Festival grounds.

We’re so excited for a great, fun weekend! Check out our author lineup for a complete list of the authors at this year’s Festival.

2019 Festival Schedule

The full schedule for the 2019 Texas Book Festival is now live! 

Take a look and start planning your Festival Weekend October 26-27! Here are quick links to more helpful info:

  • Attending the Fest – maps, parking, and more!
  • Book Sales and Signing Schedules – Find out when your favorite authors are signing books and review sales and signing guidelines.
  • Exhibitors and Food Trucks – Take a look at all of the exhibitors to browse and food to try at this year’s Fest.
  • Lit Crawl Austin – The Lit Crawl Austin schedule is now live! Join us in the Red River Cultural District the evening of Saturday, October 26 for fun events with authors, hosted by literary organizations.
  • Volunteer! There’s still time to sign up and go behind the scenes at the Fest. Check out the available jobs and shifts. Thank you for helping us make the Festival Weekend a huge success!
  • Festival Friends Pass – Secure your Festival Friends Pass and enjoy priority seating and signing line access at select Festival Friends Pass sessions.

We can’t wait to see you in downtown Austin the weekend of October 26-27!