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.

Texas Book Fest Q&A with Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the middle grade novel The Dactyl Hill Squad: Freedom Fire

TBF: Why did you write your new book? What was your inspiration? 

Daniel José Older: I was studying Civil War era New York for a rock opera project about old Brooklyn and I ended up with so much info my head that I didn’t know what to do with. When I came across a group of Cuban girls who had been left at the Colored Orphan Asylum, I wondered if they would’ve been good at riding pterodactyls and the Dactyl Hill Squad series was born.

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

DJO: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi is one of the most brilliant, fun, sad, engaging, downright thrilling books I’ve read in ages. It’s so so so great. Read it.

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

Yikes, I’m not sure, but one of my earliest memories of being completely swept up in a book was reading a scene in The Fellowship of the Ring where it was pouring rain and then looking up shocked because it was actually a sunny day outside.

Daniel José Older 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.

Texas Book Fest Q&A with Eric Silverstein

Eric Silverstein is the author of The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas.

TBF: Why did you write your new book? What was your inspiration?

Eric Silverstein: Originally, my agent and I were trying to circulate a pitch for a memoir. The food truck business is rough and we wanted to tell the story of trying to go from food truck to restaurant. When that pitch never got picked up, we pivoted to a cookbook/memoir.

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

ES: The E-Myth. It’s a book about being an entrepreneur, and the pitfalls most entrepreneurs and small business owners make. At the surface, the book can read kind of basic and simplistic. You read it and you think “I could run a business better than this.” “These are basic mistakes.” But the reality is I made those same mistakes once I started a company of my own. I look back on that book and shake my head. I guess I should have read it twice.

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

ES: When I was really young I used to read the Berenstain Bears. I vividly remember reading The Witch by Roald Dahl. I used to read all of his books as a kid (Matilda, The Twits). I think I picked it up at the bookstore with my mom.


Eric Silverstein 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.

Texas Book Fest Q&A with Emiliana Puyana

Emiliana Puyana is the editor of We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream.

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

Emiliana Puyana: To tell the stories of the women who make up our program. To create a platform to celebrate the kinds of people who make up the sort of communities that we at La Cocina believe can and should exist in every corner of the globe. And, to celebrate the communities that thrive today despite a system of oppression and marginalization.

TBF: What’s the last book you read, loved, and can’t stop recommending? 

EP: High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey From Africa to America by Jessica B. Harris

TBF: What’s the first book you remember reading? 

EP: Green Eggs & Ham


Emiliana Puyana 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.

Texas Book Fest Q&A with Cassy Joy Garcia

Cassy Joy Garcia is the author of Cook Once Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity.

TBF: Why did you write your new book? What was your inspiration?

Cassy Joy Garcia: The inspiration really came from the Fed and Fit readers! So many of them wanted to live a healthier lifestyle, but found it difficult to actually cook healthy meals each night. Many had tried meal prepping before, but found it overwhelming to spend a full day cooking and found that they were tired of leftovers halfway through the week. I knew there HAD to be a better way. A way to save time, money, mental energy, and not have to eat leftovers all week. So, I got to work on different meal prep methods, and Cook Once, Eat All Week was born!

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

CJG: Dissolve by Sherwin Bitsui. Profound and masterful poetics of the Southwest and Diné ideology. Also, Your Duck Is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg. The short story is my favorite form/genre and Eisenberg is certainly the best.

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

Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang by Ian Fleming. Somewhere between 4th and 5th grade we were let loose in a library and encouraged to find books to read for a BookIt program. The cover had a flying car, so why not?


Cassy Joy Garcia 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.

2019 Central Market Cooking Tent

We love teaming up with Central Market each year to present a diverse array of cuisines and cookbooks in the Central Market Cooking Tent! This year, we’ll once again welcome a stellar lineup of chefs who will demonstrate recipes from their brand new cookbooks and discuss their experiences with food. Thanks to Central Market for providing the ingredients and doing the professional prep work!

This year, you’ll hear Aaron Franklin’s take on steak, discover the global recipes of La Cocina’s cooking entrepreneurs, get a head start celebrating the holiday with Hannah Hart, dive into Texas seafood with the Stoops, and more!

And, of course, don’t miss our very special conversations with Sean Brock at First United Methodist Church and with chef Aarón Sánchez at First Baptist Church.

Here are the chefs presenting at this year’s Texas Book Fest! The full schedule of their appearances, and of the Central Market Cooking Tent, will be announced in early October.


Featured Conversations

Sean Brock
South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations

Saturday, Oct. 26 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM, First United Methodist Church

Texas Book Festival and Central Market are pleased to present James Beard Award-winning author, chef, and restaurateur Sean Brock with his newest cookbook South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations, an expert take on Southern cooking that teaches all the essential elements of this beloved cuisine. 

Please note: This is a Book Ticket session. Doors for Book Ticket holders open at 2:00pm. Book Ticket holders will receive a pre-signed copy of South when they arrive at First United Methodist Church. Seats for the general public will open at 2:20pm and are first come, first served. 


Aarón Sánchez
Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef

Sunday, Oct. 27 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM , First Baptist Church

America’s most prominent Latino chef shares the story behind his food, his family, and his professional journey. Before Chef Aarón Sánchez rose to fame on shows like MasterChef and Chopped, he was a restless Mexican-American son, raised by a fiercely determined and talented woman who was a successful chef and restaurateur in her own right. Join Sánchez today as he discusses his formative years and the invaluable lessons he learned. 

Please note: This is a Festival Friends Pass session. Friends Pass holders will receive priority seating access to the signing line. 


Appearing in the
Central Market Cooking Tent

Aaron Franklin
Franklin Steak

Saturday, Oct. 26 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Aaron Franklin (Franklin Steak) may be the reigning king of brisket and the founder of the hottest barbecue joint in Austin, but in his off-time, what he really loves to cook and eat at home is steak. Join us today as the pitmaster extraordinaire teaches us how to cook his favorite food to absolute perfection, demystifying cattle breeds, exploring the technique of dry-aging, and even explaining how to build custom, backyard grill setups.


Einat Admony
Shuk: From Market to Table,
The Heart of Israeli Home Cooking

Saturday, Oct. 26 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Inhale the fragrances and flavors of the vivacious culinary mash-up of modern Israel! Chef, author and restaurateur Einat Admony takes us inside the heart of Israeli cuisine as she demonstrates a recipe from her new cookbook, Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking. Long-simmered stews, herb-dominant rice pilafs, toasted-nut-studded grain salads, and of course loads of vegetable dishes bring forth the warmth and culture of the region.


Emiliana Puyana
We Are La Cocina:
Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream

Saturday, Oct. 26 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Powerful stories, evocative visuals, and recipes that span the globe from the United States, Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Senegal, Vietnam, and many more fill the pages of the first cookbook from La Cocina, an incubator kitchen that provides affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance, and access to market opportunities to women of color and immigrant communities. Join Emiliana Puyana as she demonstrates one of the recipes from a La Cocina entrepreneur and talks about this unique collective of culturally diverse cooks.

Hannah Hart
My Drunk Kitchen Holidays

Saturday, Oct. 26 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

After publishing two New York Times bestsellers, social media and Food Network star Hannah Hart is back with her biggest book ever: a humorous cookbook celebrating year-round holidays with food, drink, and friends. In a world where everyone is looking for some good news and something to celebrate, Hannah is here to demonstrate one of her brand new recipes and bring us all together with her signature humor and upbeat style of connecting.

Cassy Joy Garcia
Cook Once Eat All Week

Sunday, Oct. 27 11:00 AM-11:45 AM

Delicious, healthy, affordable, and FAST dinners are on the table with this new cookbook from San Antonio’s own Cassy Joy Garcia. She’ll demonstrate a recipe from Cook Once, Eat All Week, helping us all crack the code of assembling fresh, tasty meals in minimal time. Honey Mustard Pork Sheet Pan Dinner, Enchiladas Verde Casserole, Sloppy Joe Stuffed Potatoes – have it all! 


Chris Shepherd
Cook Like a Local

Sunday, Oct. 27 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd is a champion of Houston’s incredibly diverse immigrant cuisines, incorporating elements of Korean, Vietnamese, Indian and Chinese cuisine into his cooking to tell the story of the city, and country, in which he lives. Today, he demonstrates a recipe from his new cookbook, Cook Like a Local, which includes signatures from his restaurant and shares tips for incorporating the pantries of different cuisines in your own cooking.

Eric Silverstein
The Peached Tortilla

Sunday, Oct. 27 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM 

One of Austin’s most popular and successful food trucks, The Peached Tortilla serves up a distinct blend of Asian and Southwestern cuisine with must-have dishes such as Banh Mi Taco, JapaJam Burger, and Bacon Jam Fries. Join founder and owner Eric Silverstein as he demonstrates a recipe from his brand new cookbook, packed with 100 recipes that include many of the food truck’s most-beloved dishes.


Benchalak Srimart and PJ Stoops
Texas Seafood

Sunday, Oct. 27 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

The Texas Gulf is home to more than two hundred species of fish and seafood. Join the Stoops as they celebrate this regional bounty and showcase their experience as longtime fishmongers. Their new book, Texas Seafood, is a cookbook and comprehensive guide to wild-caught delicacies, including recipes for such delectable dishes as Steamed Curried Crab, Chicken-Fried Ribbonfish, Crispy White Shrimp, and more.

David Norman
Bread On the Table

Sunday, Oct. 27 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

David Norman, head “doughpuncher” and baker of Austin’s Easy Tiger, is one of the most respected bread bakers in the country. In his debut cookbook, Norman explores dozens of recipes from the breadmaking traditions that inspire him most—from the rye breads of France to the saltless ciabattas of Italy to the traditional Christmas loaves of Scandinavia. Join him today as he shares his expertise.