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

Announcing the 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.

Join us in presenting Attica Locke with the Texas Writer Award at 2:30 PM on Saturday, October 26th in the House Chamber. 

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!


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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! 

Latinx Lit Tent Schedule

Established in 2015, the Texas Book Festival’s Latinx Lit Tent returns for its fifth year at the Texas Book Festival, with sessions about writing and publishing in Spanish, inventive new fiction, bilingual storytimes, a celebration of the winners of the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Book Award, and more. Sessions in our Latinx Lit Tent were curated by the Texas Book Festival’s Latinx Author Selection and Programming Committee. Take a look at the full schedule and join us on Congress Avenue the weekend of October 26-27!

Saturday, October 26

10:00AM – 10:45AM Bilingual Storytime with Tania de Regil
Author-Illustrator Tania de Regil reads from Un nuevo hogar, a story about the fears of moving to a new place as a little girl moves from Mexico City to New York City, while a little boy faces the reverse. Tania de Regil offers a heartwarming story that reminds us that home may be found wherever life leads.

10:30AM – 11:00AM Bilingual Storytime with Duncan Tonatiuh
Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reads from Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War, the true story of a Mexican-American war hero. Despite his intellect and hard work was not given credit for his contributions in WWI. He joined other Mexican-Americans whom he had met in the army to fight for equality. His contribution, along with others, ultimately led to the creation of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), which is the oldest Latino civil rights organization.

11:30AM – 12:15PM Not Your Traditional Latinx Narrative
In boundary-pushing, inventive new works of fiction, Fernando Flores (Tears of the Trufflepig) and Rodrigo Márquez Tizano (Jakarta) use surreal, absurdist techniques to craft stories in modern settings, outside of the realm of traditional narratives. Join these two break-out writers as they discuss their irreverent and energetic approaches to the page.
Author(s): Fernando Flores, Rodrigo Márquez Tizano

1:30PM – 2:15PM What Can We Do? Actions to Help the Crisis at the Border
Children in detention centers, ICE raids in cities across the country, a constant rhetoric of racism from the highest office of government with fatal consequences; what can we do in the face of these enormous issues? Immigration lawyer J. J. Mulligan Sepúlveda (No Human is Illegal) and professor William Lopez (Separated) share specific actions we can all take.
Author(s): J. J. Mulligan Sepúlveda, William Lopez

2:45PM – 3:30PM New Latina Writers to Read Right Now
In new collections of short fiction and essays, Jennine Capó Crucet (My Time Among the Whites), Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Sabrina & Corina), and Ivelisse Rodriguez (Love War Stories) write about fitting in, family, and the intersection of love and community. Sharp, searing, funny and unforgettable, their work is at the forefront of today’s most indelible writing. Join them as they discuss their work.
Author(s): Ivelisse Rodriguez, Jennine Capó Crucet, Kali Farjado-Anstine

4:00PM – 4:45PM  So Much More: Life, Love and Fighting Adversity with Medium Zulema Arroyo Farley
Latina medium Zulema Arroyo Farley was living a fairy tale life with her husband when things suddenly took a drastic turn: she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, along with a number of other complex medical conditions. Today she shares her inspiring story of resilience and her commitment to living life to its fullest, as well as her experiences channeling her gifts as a medium to help others.
Author(s): Zulema Arroyo Farley

 Sunday, October 27

11:00AM – 11:30AM Bilingual Storytime with Megan and Jorge Lacera
Husband-and-wife duo Jorge and Megan Lacera read from Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies!, a story about a zombie with a dark secret…He loves veggies! Tomatoes? Tantalizing. Peppers? Pure perfection! The problem? Mo’s parents insist that their niño eat only zombie cuisine. As he questions his own zombie identity, Mo tries his best to convince his parents to give peas a chance.

12:00-12:45 Interpreting Our Stories: The Art and Work of Translation
Moving a story between languages is a unique art. Join Cristina Rivera Garza, Gabriela Courterier, and Liliana Valenzuela as they discuss the nuances of translation and their experience translating their own work and others’ writing into English and Spanish.
Author(s): Cristina Rivera Garza, Gabriela Couturier, Liliana Valenzuela

1:00 – 1:45 Cómo Lo Hice: Escribir y Publicar en Español (How I Made It: Writing and Publishing in Spanish)
What does it take for a new author to break out and publish a book in Spanish in the United States? Alba Letycia (El Mundo de Zaphirah) shares her experience writing a new novel of fantasy and magic for young readers in Spanish and publishing it for distribution in the U. S.
Author(s): Alba Letycia

2:15 – 3:00 Compressing and Condensing: Big Stories in Short Form
Short fiction and poetry can pack as much power and meaning into its pages as a 1,000 page novel. What does it mean to condense big topics into a brief form? Poets and short fiction writers ire’ne lara silva, Gabino Iglesias, and Edward Vidaurre share their processes for fitting big ideas and emotions into short works with lasting impact.
Author(s): ire’ ne lara silva, Gabino Iglesias, Edward Vidaurre

3:30 – 4:15 Voices From the Ancestors
Voices from the Ancestors brings together the reflective writings and spiritual practices of Xicanx, Latinx, and Afro-Latinx womxn and male allies who seek to heal from the historical traumas of colonization by returning to ancestral traditions and knowledge. The wisdom offered here appears in reflective essays, poetry, prayers, specific guidelines for healing practices, communal rituals, and visual art. Join the editors and contributors as they discuss how to live holistically and with a spiritual consciousness for the challenges of the twenty-first century.
Author(s): Lara Medina, Martha Cotera, Brenda Sendejo

How to See Sonia Sotomayor at the Texas Book Festival

U.S. Supreme Court 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.

Please read all of the below information if you would like to attend the event or book signing.

The Speaking Portion of the Event

Seating for the speaking portion of the event in the House Chamber is free and is first come, first served. Seating is limited.

Admission to the House Chamber does NOT guarantee a spot in the signing line. 

Doors to the Capitol building will open at 9:00AM on Sunday 10/27. Doors to the House Chamber will open at 11:00AM.

We do expect this event to fill up. Staff and volunteers will monitor the line for the speaking portion of the event and will cut it off when we reach capacity.

The Book Signing

Following the Conversation, Sotomayor will sign copies of her new book, Just Ask!/¡Solo pregunta!, inside the Capitol. Additionally, she will also sign copies of her other authored books. Spots in the signing line are limited.

Wristbands are required to join the signing line. Wristbands will only be distributed to attendees who have a copy of Just Ask!/¡Solo pregunta!

We will begin to distribute wristbands in the Adult and Children’s Book Sales Tents when the Festival opens on Saturday 10/26 at 10:00AM. Wristbands will be available until they run out. 

Books will only be available for purchase in BookPeople Sales Tents. They will NOT be available inside the Capitol. If you would like to buy a book and receive a wristband, you must do so in advance in the BookPeople Sales Tents. Both the Spanish and English editions of the book will be available.

Wristbands are first come, first served. We will make an announcement on our website and social media when we run out of wristbands. In order to join the signing line on Sunday 10/27, you must be wearing a wristband and have a copy in hand of Just Ask!/¡Solo pregunta!

Additional Information

If it’s important to you to have a book signed, we strongly recommend coming to the Festival on Saturday 10/26 to pick up a wristband. Again, only people who have a copy of Just Ask!/¡Solo pregunta! will be given a wristband and permitted in the signing line. 

There are four entrances to the Capitol: North, East, West, and South. The South entrance facing 11th Street is the busiest, so try another entrance if you see long lines.

Photography and video recording will NOT be permitted during the speaking or signing.

The Texas Book Festival’s presence in the Capitol is a privilege. Please respect all Capitol rules. No food or drink. Please keep all food and water/drink bottles tucked away in your purse or backpack.

If you have questions, please contact the Texas Book Festival: 512-477-4055



Cirrus Logic STEM Track at the 2019 Texas Book Fest

For the latest conversations about the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, check out the Cirrus Logic STEM Track at this year’s Texas Book Festival. The Cirrus Logic track is your curated guide to big discussions about climate change, internet culture, space flight, psychology at the voting polls, and more.

Saturday, October 26

Forget Astronauts, Introducing The AstroNuts!
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM, Kirkus Reviews Tent 

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 Steve Weinberg launches us into outer space adventure!
Authors: Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg

In The Hands of Our Hubris: Human Behavior in the Face of Climate Change 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM, C-Span2/BookTV Tent

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, bestselling author and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams (Erosion), Pulitzer Prize-winner Gilbert Gaul (The Geography of Risk), and journalist Nathaniel Rich (Lost Earth) examine human hubris in the face of our environment’s increasingly drastic cries for help–and its threats if our behavior doesn’t change.
Author(s): Gilbert Gaul, Terry Tempest Williams, Nathaniel Rich
Moderator: Juli Berwald

Bring Your Brain to Work: Using Psychology to Make the Most of Your Professional Life

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM, Capitol Extension Room 2.036

If you’re in a job interview, how should you think about the mindset of the interviewer? If you’ve just been promoted, how do you handle the tensions of managing former peers? Join professor, author, and popular radio host Art Markman as he shares the essential elements of a successful career and gets inside our heads, helping us to succeed through a better understanding of ourselves and those around us.
Author: Art Markman
Moderator: Rebecca McInroy

Creative Calculations: At The Intersection of Math and Literature

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM, Capitol Extension Room 2.012

New works of fiction and nonfiction plumb the intersection of analytics and creativity, giving mathematics the spotlight as a fascinating lens on character and history. Catherine Chung (The Tenth Muse) and Karen Olsson (The Weil Conjectures) share their own experiences studying high-level mathematics and how the logic of numbers inspired their new books.
Author: Karen Olsson, Catherine Chung
Moderator: Juli Berwald

The High Drama — and Harrowing Hubris — of Big Tech

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM, C-Span2/BookTV Tent

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 (Superpumped: The Battle to Save 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.
Author(s): Mike Isaac, Ben Mezrich
Moderator: Suzi Sosa


Sunday, October 27

Predisposed to Vote: The Evolutionary Science of Our Political Divide

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM, Capitol Extension Room 2.016

Are we evolutionarily predispositioned for the politics we believe in? Psychologist Hector A. Garcia thinks so. In his new book, he breaks down how the most complex political processes can be influenced by our basic instincts and ancestral histories. A new lens on politics and how we evaluate the self, Garcia offers insight into how we might better understand ourselves and people on the other side of the aisle. 
Author: Hector A. Garcia
Moderator: Jennifer Stayton

Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy

Capitol Extension Room 2.012, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Michael Skelly began working on wind energy in 2000, when many considered the industry a joke. Since then, he has created the second largest wind power company in the country and sold it for $2 billion. Journalist Russell Gold (Superpower) wrote the story of this pioneer of renewable energy and sits down with Skelly today to discuss his incredible story and the future of renewable energy in America. 
Authors: Russell Gold, Michael Skelly
Moderator: Shalini Ramanathan

True Stories That Inspire

Next Chapter Tent, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Do you love fun facts? Is social studies your favorite subject? Do you hope for a history lesson? Or do you just really like learning about awesome people from the past? We’ve got two stories of amazing women from history who took on the challenge of flight and engineering to change the world. Learn how the soared through the clouds and programmed the very first computers! 
Author(s): Steve Sheinken, Tami Lewis Brown, Debbie Loren Dunn
Moderator: Diane Hernandez

Vaccines Did Not Cause My Daughter’s Autism

Capitol Extension Room 2.012, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM 

Troubled by the decades-long rise of the influential anti-vaccine community and their narrative around childhood vaccines and autism, Houston pediatrician Peter J. Hotez now presents evidence for the genetic basis of autism. He illustrates how the neurodevelopmental pathways of autism are under way before birth, asserting that vaccines definitely do not cause autism—and did not cause his own daughter’s autism. 
Author: Peter Hotez
Moderator: Jennifer Stayton

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

Capitol Auditorium, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Award-winning historian and bestselling author Douglas Brinkley takes us to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind: America’s race to the moon. Bringing together the extraordinary political, cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, this is an homage to scientific ingenuity, human curiosity, and the boundless American spirit.
Author: Douglas Brinkley

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Latinx Lit en la Feria del Libro de Texas

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Este año la Feria del Libro de Texas le da la bienvenida al centro de la ciudad de Austin a más de 70 autores y moderadores latinos e hispanos, quienes durante dos días (Octubre 26 al 27) participarán en conversaciones y páneles sobre la literatura, la vida y cultura. Todos estos eventos serán gratuitos y estarán abiertos al público. 

Establecida en 2015, la carpa de literatura latina e hispana, conocida como LatinX Lit, regresa por su quinto año consecutivo con sesiones sobre escritura y publicación en español, nuevos y originales libros de ficción, horas del cuento bilingues, y la celebración de los ganadores del Premio Literario Mexicano-Americano Tomás Rivera, y muchas actividades más. Las sessiones en la carpa de LatinX Lit han sido escogidas y preparadas por el Comité de Selección y Programación de Autores Latinx, que está formado por miembros de la comunidad de Austin y colaboran como voluntarios con el equipo de la Feria del Libro. El programa entero se anunciará la primera semana de octubre. 

Por primera vez, este año podrás adquirir libros en español en una nueva tienda dedicada exclusivamente a publicaciones en este idioma que se localizará justo junto a la carpa de LatinX Lit. En esta tienda encontrás títulos para niños y adultos que han sido seleccionados por la cadena BookPeople y Vingate Español. Además de poder adquirir los libros de los autores en español que se presentan en la Feria, la tienda tendrá una selección de títulos en español de otros autores diversos. Si buscas libros en español para niños, podrás encontrarlos a unos pasos más de la carpa de LatinX Lit, donde Cuentology, una librería especializada en libros para niños en idioma español tendrá una gran selección a la venta. 

Estamos también contentos de darle la bienvenida a Univisión a la Feria este año. Visita su puesto que está localizado en Congress Ave. y la calle 8th Street.

Te invitamos que te unas al grupo de Facebook en español Nuestros Libros, Nuestra Voz, donde podrás enterarte de noticias sobre lo que puedes esperar en la Feria, compartir lo que estás leyendo, y aprender de otros lectores como tú sobre eventos y oportunidades literarias en Austin y durante la Feria del Libro de Texas 2019.

LatinX Lit, la carpa de literatura latina.

Dedicada a presentar progrmas bilingues sobre la vida y la cultura latina, nuestra carpa presentará autores latinx nuevos y establecidos, que han escrito libros tanto para niños, jóvenes o adultos. Las sessiones incluirán desde horas del cuento bilingues para los lectores más jóvenes hasta conversaciones serias sobre la lucha contra las adversidades que enfrenta nuestra gente, la crisis en la frontera, o temas prácticos como el proceso de publicación en español, o un análisis de la identidad Latinx en Texas y más allá de este estado. 

Los autores que se presentarán incluyen a  Zulema Arroyo Farley, Rodrigo Marquez Tizano, Jennine Capó Crucet, J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda, e ire’ne lara silva.

Autores Latinx en la Feria del Libro

Este año le damos la bienvenida a la Feria a más de sesenta autores latinx, con presentaciones de libros de una gran variedad de géneros y para todas las edades. 

Dichos autores incluyen a los escritores de ficción criminal Alex Segura, Gabino Iglesias y Gwendolyn Zepeda; los escritores de historia Monica Muñoz Martinez, Marie Arana, y Cynthia Ontiveros; los novelistas Norma Elia Cantú, Oscar Cásares, Stephanie Jimenez, Melissa Rivero, Carolina De Robertis, y Angie Cruz; los escritores de memorias Jaquira Díaz, Claudia Hernandez, y Aarón Sánchez; los poetas Javier Zamora, Orlando Ricardo Menes, y Vanessa Angélica Villareal; los autores de literatura para niños y jóvenes adultos Sonia Sotomayor, Juana Medina, Duncan Tonatiuh, Meg Medina, y Lilliam Rivera

Para ver a todos los autores Latinx que se presentaran este año en la Feria del Libro de Texas , visita nuestro directorio completo de autores

Libros en español

Además de la tienda de libros de BookPeople en la Feria, la tienda Libros en Español, venderá títulos exclusivamente en español. Aquí encontrarás libros escritos por los autores que se presentarán en la Feria, así como títulos de interés general. La selección de títulos estará a cargo de Vintage Español. Junto a esta tienda encontrarás a Cuentology, una librería dedicada a proveerle literatura de calidad traida de España y Latinoamérica a los niños de Texas.


Durante tu visita a la Feria del Libro, no olvides pasar a visitar el puesto de Univisión. Además de presentar programación televisiva en español, Univisión tendrá eventos y sorpresas con tus conductores favoritos en este local. Nos emociona darles la bienvenida a nuesta Feria. 

Nuestros Libros, Nuestra Voz

Nuestros Libros, Nuestra Voz es un nuevo grupo en español en Facebook para lo miembros de nuestra comunidad TBF. Si quieres mantenerte en contacto con quienes hayan ido antes a la Feria del Libro, compartir tus autores favoritos, resolver cualquier duda que puedas tener sobre cómo funciona o qué esperar durante la Feria del Libro, puedes unirte al grupo y encontrarás una comunidad dispuesta a compartir contigo sus experiencias y recomendaciones. 

*Ten en cuenta que este es un grupo cerrado. Este enlace te permitirá solicitar unirte al grupo. Te pedimos que las conversaciones dentro del grupo mantengan las reglas de respeto y cortesía que se establecen y que estén enfocadas a la literatura y lectura. Se removerán los anuncios publicitarios, así como cualquier otro contenido que se considere sea irrespetuoso por parte de los moderadores. 

Gracias a todos los colaboradores y socios, y en especial a los Comités voluntaros de Selección de Autores LatinX y Programacción de la Feria del Libro de Texas por habernos presentado autores, libros y conversaciones tan importantes para la Feria de este año. 


Texas Book Fest Q&A with Claudia Hernandez

Claudia Hernandez is the author of the narrative essay Knitting the Fog.

TBF: Why did you write your new book? What was your inspiration? Where did the idea start?

Claudia Hernandez: I wrote my new book out of necessity. It was like a howl that needed to be let out. I grew up immersed in so much beauty and at the same time in domestic violence. I needed an outlet and writing became just that. Poetry was my heaven. My family, my town, my country became my inspiration. My pen became my weapon. I began writing in my mid-twenties after I had my daughter. Writing became my therapy and my art.

TBF: What’s the last book you read, loved, and can’t stop recommending? Why is it so good?

CH: The last book I read was Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon. This poetry collection is dark and powerful. It leaves the reader examining one’s chaotic life. It deals with aging, love, death, feminism. It’s a necessary read. Piercing!

TBF: What’s the first book you remember reading? Who gave it to you?

CH: I have a terrible memory. The one book I do remember reading in English from front cover to back cover is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. My sixth-grade teacher gave it to me. I specifically remember this book because I struggled reading it with my broken English. I had been in the US for only one year and a half. But I read it all by myself and I felt proud. In Guatemala, we had no books or libraries in our small town. Our schools were very poor, too. Reading this book by myself was a huge success in my eleven-year-old head. I’ll never forget that.

Claudia Hernandez is one of 300 authors who will appear at the 2019 Texas Book Festival which takes place October 26-27th 2019 in downtown Austin. The Festival is free and open to the public! Check out all of this year’s authors.