2019 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup

We are thrilled to reveal the 2019 Texas Book Festival author lineup! Our 2019 Festival lineup features a diverse array of topics, genres, and writers, including acclaimed poets, illustrators, and bestselling authors of both fiction and nonfiction.

As one of the largest literary festivals in the country, we are proud to showcase both national and Texas authors, including debut and bestselling writers, renowned chefs, beloved children’s illustrators and authors, and more.

Join us for the 24th annual Texas Book Festival on October 26-27, and help us inspire all Texans to love reading!

See all 300+ authors here! 


Among the acclaimed authors scheduled to appear at TBF this October is New Orleans native Sarah M. Broom, who will present her critically acclaimed debut memoir, The Yellow House. Having grown up in New Orleans East, Broom takes us through the history of New Orleans as seen through her family’s past and her iconic childhood home.

TV personality, James Beard Award-winning chef, and cookbook author Aarón Sánchez will present his memoir, Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef, which offers an intimate look into the chaotic and unorthodox life of a professional chef and television personality. Sánchez is known for judge appearances on FOX’s hit culinary competition series MasterChef and has co-starred on Food Network’s Chopped and Chopped Junior.


New York Times bestselling author, historian, and leading antiracist voice Ibram X. Kendi, whose nonfiction book Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, will present his most recent work, How to Be an Antiracist. Kendi leads readers through a widening circle of ideas, weaving a combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story, asking readers to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, London Review, and Time.


Jami Attenberg will present her new novel, All This Could Be Yours, a timely, piercing exploration of family secrets and the web of a toxic patriarch. Attenberg is the author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins, which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and was published in ten countries.


Award-winning author of The Things They Carried and former reporter for the Washington Post, Tim O’Brien will present his most recent work, Dad’s Maybe Book, in which he shares wisdom from a life of letters, lessons learned in wartime, and the challenges, humor, and rewards of raising two sons. O’Brien was awarded the 1979 National Book Award for his bestseller Going After Cacciato and won the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing.


Former US Ambassador to the United Nations and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power will present her most recent work, The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir, which traces Power’s distinct American journey from her childhood in Dublin to the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the White House Situation Room. Powers is a leading global voice on human rights and international affairs, as she served four years as President Barack Obama’s human rights advisor and eventually served in his Cabinet.

Chris Ware, award-winning cartoonist, novelist, and contributor to The New Yorker, will present Rusty Brown, a graphic novel that features a young Nebraska boy and his obsession with superheroes. The story depicts the melancholic, yearning thoughts of Midwestern characters moving through realities shared and cloistered. Ware also created  Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and Building Stories, which won the Guardian First Book Award and was listed as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by the Times (London) in 2009.


James Beard Award-winning chef of Houston’s Underbelly Hospitality and cookbook author Chris Shepherd will present Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World, where he shares the names of the cooks who have inspired him and teaches readers how to respectively and creatively work with flavors and cultures of Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, and others. Shepherd will present in the Central Market Cooking Tent.


National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson will present Shout, a searing and soul-searching poetic memoir inspired by her groundbreaking novel Speak that advocated for survivors of sexual assault. Shout shares Anderson’s personal reflections and calls to action denouncing our society’s failures, and it is also a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup.


Hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “one of the most anticipated books of fall 2019,” Jaquira Díaz will present her debut, Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, which will be published this October. Ordinary Girls recounts Díaz’s childhood in Puerto Rico and Miami, along with her bumpy transition from girlhood to womanhood. Diaz is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and two MacDowell Colony Fellowships, among other honors. Her work appears in The Best American Essays 2016, Rolling Stone, Tin House, New York Times Style Magazine, and elsewhere.

See all 300+ authors presenting at the 2019 Texas Book Festival


SOLD OUT – Malcolm Gladwell in Austin – October 26, 1 PM

Book tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.

We’re proud to announce we’re hosting multiple New York Times #1 bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell as he presents his new book, Talking to Strangers. Gladwell will present this “classically Gladwellian adventure” through troubles and scandals from history through today at the Texas Book Festival on Saturday, October 26 at 1:00 PM.

Book tickets to see this beloved author present are now available! Each book ticket includes one pre-signed copy of Talking to Strangers and admits one person. Proceeds from book ticket sales support the annual Festival, as well as our year-round literacy programs.

Thanks to Texas Capital Bank for supporting this event.


WHO: Malcolm Gladwell
WHAT: Speaking about Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know
WHERE: Texas Book Festival, First Baptist Church
WHEN: Saturday, October 26 at 1:00 PM
BOOK TICKET: $35  | Includes one pre-signed copy of Talking to Strangers and admits one attendee to the session. 
SEATING: Seating for book ticket holders will open at 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 26. 
SIGNING: All books will be pre-signed. You may also purchase additional signed copies of Talking to Strangers at the event.

Book tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.


About Malcolm Gladwell:

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers—The Tipping Point, Blink,Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy‘s Top Global Thinkers.

About Talking to Strangers:

How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true?

Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

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Kids On Congress: Our 2019 Kids and Young Adult Author Lineup!

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Our children’s and YA programming at the Festival has grown so much over the years that we’ve had to turn Congress Avenue into Kids On Congress, an energetic thoroughfare of book talks, author signings, and activities for kids and children’s literature lovers of all ages.

Of course, we have so many amazing authors, we can’t keep it all contained to Congress Avenue. This year, you’ll find children’s and YA authors in the Kirkus Reviews tent on Eleventh Street and at First United Methodist Church on Colorado Street. You’ll also find bilingual storytimes and panels in our Latinx Lit tent at the Congress Ave/8th Street intersection.

Here is a look at some of the highlights. We’ll announce our full schedule of sessions and book signings in October. Stay tuned! And remember, everything here is FREE and open to the public to attend.


Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks about and signs her new picture book, Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You.
Justice Sotomayor is one of the most inspiring speakers you will ever hear. We are honored to welcome her to the Festival with this wonderful new picture book, available in both Spanish and English, that encourages young readers (and all of us) to embrace our differences and love who we are. Special instructions for the signing will be announced in October. We’re excited to share this opportunity to meet her!

R.J. Palacio speaks about and signs White Bird: A Wonder Story.
We are over the moon to welcome the bestselling author of Wonder, R.J. Palacio, to the Festival with her debut graphic novel, which once again centers kindness and courage alongside Palacio’s beautiful illustrations.


Graphix Con Panel featuring Raina Telgemeier, Gale Galligan, and Molly Knox Ostertag.

We’re kicking off the Festival Weekend with an epic Graphix Con panel featuring acclaimed middle grade graphic novelists at First United Methodist Church, featuring Raina Telgemeier, Gale Galligan, and Molly Knox Ostertag. They’ll talk about their new books and the art of creating captivating graphic novels young readers can’t put down!

Kwame Alexander presents The Undefeated.
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 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 in our Kirkus Reviews Tent that includes a musical performance!

When I Was a Kid: Writing Books Inspired by Our Childhoods.
Newbery Award-winner Meg Medina, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi, and Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad will take the stage in the Kirkus Reviews tent 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.


Writing the Civil Rights Movement for Kids.
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 learn from the past?

Also grab a seat in the Kirkus Reviews tent this year to go Astro-nuts with Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg as they share the first book in their brand new series, AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet. And stick around to climb up into the 117-Story Treehouse with the one and only Andy Griffiths. For even more middle grade authors, including Maulik Pancholy, Gordon Korman, Daniel José Older, Stu Gibbs, Juana Medina, Lisa McMann, and more, stop by our Next Chapter tent, where we’ll have panels for chapter book readers all weekend long.

For our youngest readers, we have so many wonderful picture book authors and illustrators in our Read Me A Story tent! Judy Schachner, Duncan Tonatiuh, Raúl the Third and many more will share their new stories.

In our Latinx Lit tent, be sure to catch our bilingual storytimes and a special conversation between Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award-winners Yuyi Morales and David Bowles.

Our YA programming is on FIRE this year! We’re thrilled to host a very special conversation with Rainbow Rowell about her latest, Wayward Son, the highly anticipated sequel to Carry On. Rowell will be in a special spotlight conversation in our Kirkus Reviews tent.

Also not-to-miss in our Kirkus Reviews tent is a special conversation with author Ruta Sepetys about her engrossing, page-turning new historical novel set in late-Fifties Spain, The Fountains of Silence.

The YA HQ tent is packed with amazing panels and authors all weekend long, including sessions with Maureen Johnson, L. L. McKinney, Mariko Tamaki, Hafsah Faizal, Tiffany Jackson, Lilliam Rivera, and so many more!

Phew! That doesn’t even cover everything. Check out all of the children’s and YA authors and illustrators over on our author page. We’re thrilled to welcome so many amazing storytellers to this year’s Festival! We can’t wait to see you there!


See all Kids On Congress authors, along with previously announced authors, here.

Sean Brock presents South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations

WHO: Sean Brock
WHAT: Speaking about South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations
WHERE: Texas Book Festival, First United Methodist Church  |  1201 Lavaca Street
WHEN: Saturday, October 26 at 2:30 PM
Presented in partnership with Central Market

BOOK TICKET: $40  |  Each book ticket includes one pre-signed copy of South and priority seating at the session. Proceeds from book ticket sales support the annual Festival, as well as our year-round programs.

PRIORITY SEATING: Priority seating for book ticket holders will open at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 26.

GENERAL SEATING: A limited amount of general open seating will be available to the public on a first come, first serve basis, no purchase necessary. General seating will open at 2:20 PM and is available until the venue is full.

SIGNING: All books will be pre-signed. Brock will also sign books in person after he speaks. You can have your book personalized and, if you wish, pick up additional copies of the book to be signed. Additional books will be available for sale at the venue.

Get your book tickets to see Brock here.


TBF is thrilled to announce we’re partnering with Central Market to host 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. Brock’s session will take place Saturday, October 26 at 2:30 PM in the First United Methodist Church sanctuary.

Book tickets to see this celebrated chef and restauranteur are available now, and each book ticket includes one pre-signed copy of South and grants access to priority seating. Proceeds from book ticket sales support the annual Festival, as well as our year-round programs.

Reserve your seat and signed copy of South here.



Southern food is one of the most beloved and delicious cuisines in America. And who better to give us the key elements of Southern cuisine than Sean Brock, bestselling author of Heritage and the award-winning chef and Southern-food crusader. In South, Brock shares his recipes for key components of the cuisine, from grits and fried chicken to collard greens and corn bread. Recipes can be mixed and matched to make a meal or eaten on their own. Taken together, they make up the essential elements of Southern cuisine, from fried green tomatoes to smoked baby back ribs and from tomato okra stew to biscuits. Regional differences are highlighted in recipes for shrimp and grits, corn bread, fried chicken, and more. Includes key Southern knowledge too: how to fry, how to care for cast iron, how to cook over a hearth, and more. This is the book fans of Sean Brock have been waiting for, and it’s the book Southern-food lovers the world over will use as the definitive text on this iconic cuisine.


Sean Brock is the founding chef of the award-winning Husk restaurants and the chef/owner of a forthcoming to-be-named restaurant in Nashville. His first book, Heritage, was the winner of the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook and the IACP Julia Child First Book Award in 2015 and was called “the blue-ribbon chef cookbook of the year” by the New York Times. Brock won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast in 2010 and was a finalist for Outstanding Chef in 2013, 2014, and 2015. His TV résumé includes “Chef’s Table” and “The Mind of a Chef,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy. Raised in rural Virginia, Brock is passionate about preserving and restoring heirloom ingredients. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

SOLD OUT – John Grisham presents THE GUARDIANS – Saturday, October 26 10AM

Book tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.

We’re proud to announce we’re hosting New York Times #1 bestselling author John Grisham as he presents his new novel, The Guardians. Grisham will kick off the 2019 Texas Book Festival on Saturday, October 26 at 10 a.m.

Book tickets to see this beloved author present are now available! Each book ticket includes one pre-signed copy of The Guardians and admits one person. Proceeds from book ticket sales support the annual Festival, as well as our year-round literacy programs. Thanks to Frost Bank for supporting this event.

Book tickets are required to attend this event.


WHO: John Grisham
WHAT: Speaking about The Guardians: A Novel
WHERE: Texas Book Festival, First Baptist Church
WHEN: Saturday, October 26 at 10:00AM

Includes one pre-signed copy of The Guardians and admission to the session. Ticket holders’ copies of The Guardians will be distributed at the event.

SEATING: Seating for book ticket holders will open at 9:00AM on Saturday, October 26. Book tickets are required to attend this session.

Book tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.



The suspense never rests in John Grisham’s pulse-pounding new legal thriller. The latest novel from theNew York Times #1 bestselling author moves at breakneck speed, delivering some of his most inventive twists and turns yet.
In the small north Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues behind. There were no witnesses, no real suspects, no one with a motive. The police soon settled on Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s.
Quincy was framed, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison with no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. Then he wrote a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small innocence group founded by a lawyer/minister named Cullen Post.
Guardian handles only a few innocence cases at a time, and Post is its only investigator. He travels the South fighting wrongful convictions and taking cases no one else will touch. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy exonerated.
They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another one without a second thought.


John Grisham is the author of thirty-three novels, including The Pelican Brief, A Time to Kill, and many other #1 bestsellers. He is also the author of one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and six novels for young readers

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Adelanto del programa para la Feria del Libro 2019

Como Directora Literaria de la Feria del Libro en Texas, tengo la maravillosa labor de confirmar a todos los autores para el gran fin de semana de la Feria. Estoy muy emocionada de poder compartirles un pequeño adelanto del cartel de autores para este año. A continuación, les incluyo 15 de los 300 autores que nos acompañarán durante la 24º Feria del Libro de Texas, en el Capitolio del Estado en Austin y sus alrededores, del 26 al 27 de octubre. Estamos muy contentos de que estos escritores hayan podido aceptar participar y no podemos esperar más hasta que llegue el final de agosto para compartirles la cartelera completa.

John Hodgman – Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms

Soy gran fan de la comedia: stand-ups, sketches e incluso de la improvisación; me encanta cuando los comediantes escriben libros y podemos traerlos a Texas. La última vez que vi a John Hodgman, me hizo cuidarle su café mientras él le tocaba el ukelele a cientos de fanáticos. ¿Qué hará esta vez? ¡Quién sabe! Su último libro, Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms, es una meditación humorística de lo que significa ser el centro de atención al nivel al que Hodgman ha estado expuesto: como estrella del The Daily Show, autor de libros mejor vendidos, podcaster popular, un músico de ukelele bastante impresionante, el tipo con la PC en  los viejos comerciales de Apple, y también un tipo ordinario.

Nos alegra poder poner a disposición de sus fans los boletos de libros, conocidos en inglés como Book Tickets, para esta sesión durante la Feria. Estos boletos permitirán que los fans puedan obtener una copia firmada del libro y tener acceso prioritario a los asientos en este evento. Hacemos esto ya que nos ayuda a asegurarnos de no sobre-asignar asientos o prometer más libros de los disponibles, no queremos nadie pierda el tiempo en la fila para al final ser rechazado. ¡Los Book Tickets también apoyan a nuestra organización sin fines de lucro!

Book Tickets aquí


Attica Locke – Heaven, My Home
Attica Locke es una narradora de historias impresionante. Si ya has tenido la suerte de verla en persona, ya sabes lo rápido que atrapa a la audiencia con su pasión, su profundo conocimiento y su humor. También es una de las escritoras de crimen más famosas de Texas, plasmando la vida y sus antecedentes en el este de Texas en sus libros más aclamados y mejor vendidos. Todo esto sin mencionar que además tiene una exitosa carrera como guionista en When They See Us, Empire y otros programas aclamados. Su última novela de crimen, Heaven, My Home, es una secuela de la exitosa y mejor vendida, Bluebird, Bluebird, y nos ubica en las zonas del este de Texas, en el terreno del Ranger de Texas, Darren Matthews.

Jericho Brown – The Tradition
La última colección del poeta Jericho Brown, The Tradition, fue uno de los libros más esperados de todos los géneros en el 2019. Desde que llegó a los aparadores en abril, The Tradition se ha catapultado hasta arriba en las listas de los libros que debes leer y ha colocado a Brown, ganador del Premio Whiting y ganador de una beca Guggenheim, entre muchos otros logros, directamente en el centro de la  atención literaria. Escribiendo sobre su experiencia como un hombre afroamericano y gay, y proveniente del sur en Estados Unidos, el trabajo de Brown ha resonado con muchos lectores. Tendremos una sesión dedicada a él en la Feria, donde nos leerá y platicará sobre su nuevo trabajo.

Kristen Arnett – Mostly Dead Things
Tal vez la conozcas como una bibliotecaria o una persona de Florida. Dueña de muchas mascotas. Cliente frecuente del 7-11. Creadora de juego de palabras. Filósofa del ravioli. Novelista bestseller del New York Times. Kristen Arnett apareció en mi radar por primera vez con el debut de su colección de historias, Felt in the Jaw, en el 2017. Su novela nueva, Mostly Dead Things, puede haberse apoderado de tu cuenta de Twitter cuando se publicó oficialmente hace unas semanas. Esta historia única de taxidermia y sobre el estado de Florida, es una conmovedora e hilarante historia de duelo, amor y familia.

Susan Choi – Trust Exercise 
El libro Trust Exercise me impresionó totalmente. Choi lleva el concepto de la novela a un nuevo territorio audaz, explorando en esta historia el despertar de unos estudiantes adolescentes que crecen en una escuela preparatoria de artes escénicas. Al centro de esta obra de ficción que te atrapa y te dejará pensando, se encuentran las preguntas sobre lo que es la verdad, quién puede expresarla, quién puede definirla, y quién tiene posesión de ella. Asegúrate de leer este libro junto con un amigo, porque vas a querer poder tener con quién discutirlo.


Saeed Jones – How We Fight for Our Lives
Saeed Jones es bien conocido por su trabajo como el primer editor LGBTQ de BuzzFeed y, hasta hace poco, el co-anfitrión del programa matutino de BuzzFeed, “AM to DM”. También es un poeta aclamado, cuya colección Prelude to a Bruise ganó en 2015 el Premio de poesía PEN/Joyce Osterweil y el Premio Libro de Stonewall/Premio de Literatura Barbara Gittings, y fue finalista para el Premio Nacional del Círculo de Críticos de Libros. Esta nueva memoria, su primera, es un conmovedor análisis de su experiencia al entrar a la adultez como un joven afroamericano, y de la relación con su madre. Cuando terminé este libro, todo lo que pude hacer fue sentarme allí y dejarme atrapar por la belleza de su lenguaje, la ternura y la honestidad de la explicación de Jones sobre su propia vida y la dulce tensión y el amor entre madre e hijo. Este libro es un regalo.

Alexander McCall-Smith – To the Land of Long Lost Friends
Conocido por su calidez, ingenio y estilo característico que destaca la humanidad de sus queridos personajes y sus entornos, Alexander McCall Smith se convirtió en un nombre reconocido con su serie “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”, la cual se lanzó al mundo por primera vez en 1999. Veinte años después, McCall Smith es un autor de gran éxito internacional que se ha expandido para llenar múltiples series, novelas independientes e incluso libros infantiles. Un nuevo episodio en la serie “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” es un evento importante y nos sentimos honrados de que McCall Smith lo comparta con nosotros aquí en Texas.   

Hafsah Faizal – We Hunt the Flame
¡Nos encantan los libros para adultos jóvenes en la Feria del Libro de Texas! Este año, una vez más, volveremos a traer nuestra carpa YA HQ, Young Adult Headquarters, la sede central para para los autores de literatura joven en el Festival. El debut de Hafsah Faizal, We Hunt the Flame, fue un éxito este año, encantando a los lectores con su historia de intriga, romance y la antigua Arabia. Fans de la fantasía, ¡no se lo pierdan!


Kwame Alexander – The Undefeated
Este libro ilustrado de Kwame Alexander, galardonado con el Premio Newbery y autor de libros infantiles, me hizo llorar la primera vez que lo leí. Lleno de orgullo y de poder, The Undefeated celebra el triunfo de los afroamericanos en Estados Unidos, reconociendo a aquellos que han hecho historia al promover el progreso de los derechos civiles y la lucha por la justicia. Sin revelar demasiado, te podemos decir que la aparición de Alexander en la Feria incluirá una actuación musical especial que no deberías perderte.

Cassy Joy Garcia – Cook Once, Eat All Week 
Nativa de San Antonio y graduada en Texas A&M, Cassy Joy, tenía apenas veinte años, sufría de dolor, agotamiento y ansiedad, cuando comenzó a estudiar nutrición. Sus estudios se convirtieron en una pasión que le cambió la vida, presentándole no sólo una nueva forma de vida, sino una nueva carrera, ayudándonos en el proceso a que todos nos hagamos conscientes de la relación entre la comida y nuestra calidad de vida. Su nuevo libro de cocina, Cook Once, Eat All Week, es una guía sencilla para lograr que comer bien sea fácil, accesible y divertido, todos los días y todas las semanas.

William McRaven – Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations
El almirante William McRaven ha participado en algunas de las misiones más importantes de la historia militar, desde la captura de Saddam Hussein hasta el ataque a Osama bin Laden. Su libro anterior fue el #1 entre los libros más vendidos del New York Times. Nos sentimos honrados de que nos comparta su nuevo libro, Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations, contando más historias de su extraordinaria vida y carrera en las operaciones especiales de los Estados Unidos.


Ben Mezrich – Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption
Ponte el cinturón para este viaje tras bambalinas del auge del bitcoin. El libro anterior de Mezrich, Accidental Millionaires, fue un gran éxito en ventas y se convirtió en la base de la película The Social Network. Ahora, Mezrich retoma la historia de los hermanos, Tyler y Cameron Winklevoss mientras desempolvan las consecuencias de la separación que tuvieron con Zuckerberg y apuestan por una nueva pieza en la revolución tecnológica: la cripto-moneda.


Oscar Cásares – Where We Come From
Nativo de Brownsville, Óscar Cásares, ha escrito una nueva novela, reflexiva e iluminadora sobre una mujer que sin querer se encuentra atrapada en el contrabando de personas en la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos. Hemos tenido el placer de presentar a Óscar en Midland y en Austin para hablar sobre este libro en el mes de su lanzamiento. Ya lo he escuchado leer partes de esta historia tres veces y, cada vez, me siento cautivada y atrapada por el sutil estilo con el que ofrece un enorme impacto emocional. Ésta no es una novela política; es una historia humana, y estamos agradecidos de que Óscar nos acompañe para hablar sobre ella.

Marie Arana – Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story
En primer lugar, debo reconocer a Marie Arana como colega. Como Directora Literaria de la Feria Nacional del Libro, Arana reúne cada año en Washington DC a una maravillosa lista de escritores, para un festival de libros fundado con la misma visión y con la misma fundadora que nuestra Ferial: Laura Bush. Como historiadora, Arana examina en su nuevo libro a latinoamérica a través de las vidas de tres individuos que representan las fuerzas que han dado forma a la región.

Aarti Namdev Shahani – Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares

Una de las razones principales por las que leo es para comprender nuestra experiencia humana colectiva. Una de las experiencias humanas más discutidas y debatidas en este momento es la de la migración, el trasladarse de un país a otro en este planeta. Abundan las narraciones sobre la manera “correcta” e “incorrecta” de migrar a Estados Unidos, y es gracias a escritores como Aart Namdev Shahani, por los que podemos ver más allá de los estereotipos y conocer la calidad real de lo que significa venir a este país. Shahani, una corresponsal de NPR, escribe sobre la experiencia de su familia al mudarse a Queens desde la India, y sobre las complicadas verdades al centro de su relación con este país y de la relación con su padre.


¡Este es sólo el comienzo! Este año, tenemos tantos autores increíbles para ustedes en las carpas de la Feria del Libro de Texas. Estaremos ocupados en los próximos meses preparando todos los detalles para el gran fin de semana. Permanezcan atentos a los anuncios importantes que se darán durante los próximos meses, incluidos los anuncios de los autores para la Gala de este año, la cartelera de autores de libros infantiles y, por supuesto, ¡el anuncio de la cartelera completa de autores a finales de agosto!

Get to know our 2019 Festival Poster Artist: Dave McClinton

Every year, the TBF selects a piece by a Texas artist to represent the Festival Weekend and to celebrate the arts in Texas. It’s a tradition that began in 1998, and through the years, we’ve been lucky to highlight works of acclaimed artists such as Lance Letscher, Julie Speed, Randal Ford, Keith Carter, Kate Breakey, and Jack Unruh.

Now, we are proud to unveil the official 2019 Festival Poster: “Burgeoning,” a mixed-media digital collage by Austin-based artist and graphic designer Dave McClinton. “Burgeoning” will be featured on this year’s Festival poster and will represent our 2019 Festival Weekend.

photo credit: Arius Holifield

McClinton, who moved to Austin in the 1990s and has lived here since, has worked as a professional graphic designer for twenty-five years. His vibrant, provocative style makes use of photography, portraiture, historical American documents, and textures found in everyday life.

McClinton says that, while he’s been a professional designer for more than two decades, he did not begin making his own art until just a few years ago.

“When I chose to study graphic design over studio art in school, I always thought in the back of my head I’d come back to [my art] eventually. But next thing you know, twenty years had gone by.”

In 2015, McClinton saw a call for submissions to participate in one of the West Austin Studio Tour stops and submitted.

“The next thing you know, I was printing and framing my art, and having it shown. It was a really quick, sudden thing. . . . Ever since then, I’ve been throwing myself into it full force, having found my way back into the art world.”

When asked about his influences and growth as an artist, McClinton says he loves creating and making art first “for the pure beauty of it.”

“I like making things that look nice, I do,” he says, “but what really solidified the impulse for me, what really took off is the essential purpose, the message that might be behind the artwork. Some of that messaging has been creeping into the landscapes, like ‘Burgeoning,’ as well as my more socio-political work.”

The art for this year’s poster, Burgeoning, is a collage made from wrinkled paper, photographed and rendered as a mountain landscape. The idea for McClinton’s crumpled paper series was sparked when he noticed the discarded gift wrapping on his kitchen table looked like a miniature mountain sculpture. He then began collecting different types and weights of paper and sculpting mountainous piles of these crumpled papers, which he then photographed from every angle to edit and create the final works.

“I enjoy the process, I enjoy the making of it,” he says. “Crumpling, twisting the paper— the physicality of it is very cathartic.”

McClinton says the reception of the series has been positive, and in some cases, personal. He recalls many viewers coming up to him and trying to guess which mountain range different works depicted, saying they were sure they’d seen the same peak close to their childhood home or on a memorable vacation.

“I get these people that see them and say, ‘Oh that looks like the Flatirons,’ or ‘That’s Long’s Peak,’ or, ‘Oh that’s Half Dome, right?’ The final art is digital, but the first step is making these sculptures with my hands, and I enjoy this notion of giving someone a view of a place they’ve never been, they couldn’t possibly have been there, but they see something in it, and it recalls these memories for them. People see these paper mountains and remember their own narratives and stories from their lives.”

Many of the works in the series feature crags and peaks of brightly colored paper, but for some, such as with “Burgeoning,” McClinton has begun to integrate words and text into the materials of the mountain sculptures as well. As with many of his other works that include text and documents in the collage, McClinton researches and prints old documents and publications pertaining to the history of slavery and racism in America. He says he knows that for readers, storytelling is an important aspect of books and reading, and with his artwork, he’s taking narratives and making them a visual representation, a record of these voices.

“The image is what I’m focusing on, the metaphor. . . In most of these, you can’t see specifically what’s written there, you can see some words but not all. The thing I like about that is the curiosity viewers will have. If you’re going to a book festival, I’m guessing you’re an avid reader, so I’m sure people will be curious to piece together these words and the meaning behind them.”

The historical trauma of slavery and ongoing narrative of racism in America is the subject McClinton engages with often in his art, and many of his works combine text and portraiture, depicting both images of people today and from America’s past. However, he finds the imagery of a striking, craggy mountain range to work just as well in exploring this issue.

“Mountains are naturally created over thousands of years, but when you think about it, a mountain’s birth is an incredibly violent act, two plates of land slamming together and erupting into this jagged scar on the face of the Earth,” he says. “It’s not a huge metaphorical leap to say that our history of slavery and racism in America is this huge, monumental, mountain-range-sized scar on this country’s past. So, on the one hand, I want people to say, ‘oh, look at this beautiful mountain’ but on the other, I want to talk about the monumental, painful scar on our history that slavery was, that racism still is.”

McClinton cites American designer, artist, and architect Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam War Veteran’s Memorial, which also evokes the imagery of a long, deep scar. When asked about his other influences and favorite artists, he laughed and wondered if he could even name a fraction of them.

“There’s too many to mention,” he says. “I like the graphic nature of Jean-Michel Basquiat, I like the graphic nature of Keith Haring, there was a woman named Nancy Spero. She would do things where she would draw the shape of a body or of a face, and use that over and over again, almost like it was a rubber stamp. She’d put them in different settings and give them different colors and different textures, so they weren’t identical, but they were still the same profile of a face, the same profile of a body, and she used it to great effect to tell her story. When I saw her work, I realized I was kind of doing the same thing and I thought, ‘well, if this woman who’s been doing art for seventy-five years and that was good for her, then that was good for me.'”

McClinton also details his long admiration for artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Glenn Ligon, Vincent Valdez, and keeps going—as any reader knows when asked to name their favorite author, there are always too many to name.

See more of Dave’s work on his site

Join us for the 24th annual Texas Book Festival on October 26-27. 

John Hodgman – Saturday, October 26

WHO: John Hodgman
WHAT: Speaking about Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms.
WHERE: Texas Book Festival, First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca Street
WHEN: Saturday, October 26 at 4:30PM
BOOK TICKET: $25  |  Includes one pre-signed copy of Medallion Status, priority seating at the session, and supports the Festival, a nonprofit Texas literacy organization! BOOK TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

PRIORITY SEATING: Priority seating for Book Ticket holders will open at 3:00PM on Saturday, October 26.

GENERAL PUBLIC SEATING: A limited amount of general open seating will be available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis (no purchase necessary). General seating will open at 4:20PM and is available until the venue is full. The only way to guarantee admission to the session is to purchase a Book Ticket in advance. 


  • John Hodgman will take many questions from the audience. Pending local availability, he will also interview one or more famous corgis of Instagram.
  • After the presentation, he will then sign and personalize copies of Medallion Status until there are none left to sign or personalize. Books will be available to purchase on-site, courtesy of BookPeople.
  • You must have a physical copy of Medallion Status to enter the signing line.
  • If you are one person who buys or brings TWO copies of Medallion Status, John Hodgman will personally hand you an exclusive reward.
  • The first person to purchase SEVEN physical copies of Medallion Status at the event from the on-site bookseller will be automatically upgraded to the most comfortable seat available next to John Hodgman at the signing table, and that person (and one companion) may sit and chat with him throughout the signing.
  • Other upgrades and loyalty bonuses will be announced on the night of the event. You will get your money’s worth. That is all.



After spending most of his twenties pursuing a career as a literary agent, John Hodgman decided to try his own hand at writing. Following an appearance to promote one of his books on The Daily Show, he was invited to return as a contributor. This led to an unexpected and, frankly, implausible career in front of the camera that has lasted to this very day, or at least until 2016. In Medallion Status, Hodgman explores the strangeness of his career, speaking plainly of fame, especially at the weird, marginal level he enjoyed it. Through these stories, readers learn many things that only John Hodgman knows, such as how to prepare for a nude scene with an oboe, or what it feels like to go to a Hollywood party and realize that you are not nearly as famous as the Property Brothers, or, for that matter, those two famous corgis from Instagram. And there are stories about how, when your television gig is canceled, you can console yourself with the fact that all of that travel that made your young son so sad at least left you with a prize: platinum medallion status with your airline.


John Hodgman is a writer, comedian, and actor. He is the author of The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, That Is All, and Vacationland. He is the host of the popular “Judge John Hodgman” podcast and also contributes a weekly column under the same name for The New York Times Magazine.

What are Book Tickets?

Book Tickets guarantee ticket holders priority access to seating at an event and a signed copy of the book. They help us make sure we have enough books and seats for fans, and they make it easier for you to secure a signed copy of the featured book!

Each Book Ticket costs $25, the equivalent of one copy of Medallion Status. Each Book Ticket grants:

  • One pre-signed copy of Medallion Status, to be received at First United Methodist Church on October 26.
  • Priority access to seating at the session.
  • Please note: all books will be pre-signed. There will not be a public signing at this event.

Book Ticket sales help fund the Festival Weekend, our Reading Rock Stars school literacy program, and our annual Texas Library Grants. Thank you for supporting the Texas Book Festival and literacy in Texas! 

Get your Book Tickets to see John Hodgman here

2019 Festival Lineup Sneak Peek

As Literary Director of the Texas Book Festival, I have the wonderful job of confirming all of the authors for the big Festival Weekend. I’m thrilled to share with you a sneak peek of this year’s lineup. Below are fifteen of the 250+ authors who will join us in Austin on October 26-27 for the 24th annual Texas Book Festival. We’re thrilled these writers can join us and cannot wait to share the full lineup with you at the end of August!

John Hodgman – Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms
I’m a big fan of comedy: stand-up, sketch, even improv, and always love when comedians write books and we get to bring them to Texas. The last time I saw John Hodgman, he made me hold his coffee while he played the ukulele for several hundred fans. This time? Who knows! His latest book, Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms, is a humorous meditation on what it means to be in the public spotlight to the degree that Hodgman has been: as a star of The Daily Show, a bestselling author, a popular podcaster, a pretty impressive ukulele player, the PC guy from those old Apple commercials, and also an ordinary guy.

We are happy to make Book Tickets available for this Festival sessions, which means that fans can secure a signed copy of the book and first access to seating to this session in advance. We do this because it helps us ensure that we don’t over-promise seats or books and that no one wastes time the day-of standing in line only to be turned away. Book Tickets also support our nonprofit!

Full details and Book Tickets here


Attica Locke – Heaven, My Home
Attica Locke is a story-telling powerhouse. If you’ve had the good fortune to see her in person, you know how quickly she draws an audience in with her passion, her deep knowledge, and humor. She is also one of our most celebrated Texas crime writers, bringing to life her East Texas background in her acclaimed and bestselling books. All of this is not to mention her career as a screenwriter for When They See Us, Empire, and other acclaimed shows. Her latest crime novel, Heaven, My Home, is a follow-up to bestselling Bluebird, Bluebird and finds us back in the East Texas terrain of Texas Ranger Darren Matthews.

Jericho Brown – The Tradition
Poet Jericho Brown’s latest collection, The Tradition, has been one of the most highly anticipated books across any genre in 2019. Since it landed on shelves in April, The Tradition has catapulted to the top of must-read lists and made Brown, a Whiting Award winner and recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, among many other achievements, a literary household name. Writing about his experience as a black, gay Southern man in America, Brown’s work has resonated with many readers. At the Festival, we look forward to a session dedicated to Brown and this exceptional new work.

Kristen Arnett – Mostly Dead Things
Perhaps you know her as a librarian. A Floridian. Person of many pets. Frequenter of 7-11. Punster. Ravioli philosopher. New York Times bestselling novelist. Kristen Arnett first came across my radar with her debut story collection, Felt in the Jaw, in 2017. Her new novel, Mostly Dead Things, may have taken over your Twitter feed when it was officially published a few weeks back. This story of taxidermy and Florida is a unique, touching, and often hilarious take on grief, love, and family.

Susan Choi – Trust Exercise 
Trust Exercise absolutely knocked my socks off. Choi takes the concept of the novel to daring, exhilarating new territory in this story of teenage students coming of age at a performing arts high school. Questions of truth — who gets to tell it, who gets to define it, who gets to claim it — are at the center of this riveting, mind-bending work of fiction. Make sure you read this one with a friend. You’re going to want to talk about it when you’re done.


Saeed Jones – How We Fight for Our Lives
Saeed Jones is well-known for his work as BuzzFeed’s LGBTQ culture editor and, until recently, the co-host of BuzzFeed’s morning show, “AM to DM.” He is also an acclaimed poet, whose collection Prelude to a Bruise won the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. This new memoir, his first, is a poignant examination of his experience coming of age as a gay black man and of his relationship with his mother. When I finished this book, all I could do was sit there and be held by the beauty of this language, the tenderness and honesty of Jones’s accounting of his own life, and the sweet tension and love between mother and son. This book is a gift.

Alexander McCall-Smith – To the Land of Long Lost Friends
Known for his warmth, wit, and signature style that highlights the humanity of his  beloved characters and settings, Alexander McCall Smith became a household name with his “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency “series, first launched into the world in 1999. Twenty years later, Smith is an internationally bestselling author whose work has expanded to fill multiple bestselling series, stand alone novels, and even children’s books. A new installment in “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency ” series is always a major event and we’re honored Smith will share it with us here in Texas.    

Hafsah Faizal – We Hunt the Flame
We love YA at the Texas Book Festival! This year, we’ll once again bring back our YA HQ Tent, your destination for YA authors at the Fest. Hafsah Faizal’s debut We Hunt the Flame exploded onto the scene this year, enchanting readers with its tale of intrigue, romance and ancient Arabia. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the Fest. Fans of fantasy, don’t miss this one!


Kwame Alexander – The Undefeated
This picture book by Newbery Award honoree and children’s author powerhouse Kwame Alexander had me in tears the first time I read it. Proud and powerful, The Undefeated highlights black triumph in America by celebrating those who have made history by progressing civil rights and fighting for justice. Without giving away too much, we can tell you that Alexander’s Festival appearance will include a special, not-to-be-missed musical performance.

Cassy Joy Garcia – Cook Once, Eat All Week 
San Antonio-native and Texas A&M graduate Cassy Joy Garcia was in her early twenties and suffering from pain, exhaustion and anxiety when she began studying nutrition. Her work became a life-changing passion, launching not only a new way of life, but a brand new career helping all of us learn how to be more mindful of the relationship between food and our quality of life. Her new cookbook, Cook Once, Eat All Week, is a friendly guide to making good eating easy, affordable and fun, every day and every week.

William McRaven – Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations
Admiral William McRaven has played a part in some of the most significant missions in military history, from the capture of Saddam Hussein to the raid on Osama bin Laden. His previous book was a #1 New York Times bestseller. We are honored that he will join us to discuss his new work, Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations, and share more stories from his remarkable and heroic life and career in United States special operations.


Ben Mezrich – Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption
Strap in for a behind-the-scenes ride into the rise of bitcoin. Mezrich’s previous book, Accidental Millionaires, was a huge bestseller and became the basis for the movie The Social Network. Now, Mezrich picks up the story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss as they dust off the aftermath of their falling out with Zuckerberg and bet on a brand new piece of technological revolution: crypto-currency.


Oscar Cásares – Where We Come From
Brownsville native Oscar Cásares has penned a thoughtful, illuminating new novel about a woman unwittingly caught up in human smuggling on the border between Mexico and the United States. We’ve had the pleasure of hosting Oscar in Midland and Austin to talk about this book in its launch month. I’ve now heard him read from this story three times, and, each time, I’ve been riveted by the understated style with which he delivers such enormous emotional impact. This is not a political novel; it is a human story, and we’re grateful to Oscar for joining us to talk about it.

Marie Arana – Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story
First and foremost, I have to recognize Marie Arana as a colleague. As the Literary Director of the National Book Festival, Arana brings together a wonderful lineup of writers each year in Washington D. C. for a book festival founded with the same vision and with the same founder as our Festival: Laura Bush. As a historian, Arana examines Latin America in her new book through the lives of three individuals who represent the forces that have shaped the region.

Aarti Namdev Shahani – Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares
One of the primary reasons I read is to understand our collective human experience. One of the most discussed and debated human experiences right now is that of migration, moving from one country to another. Narratives about the “right” and “wrong” way to immigrate to America abound, and it is thanks to writers such as Aart Namdev Shahani that we are able to see beyond galvanizing stereotypes to the actual quality of what it means to come to this country. Shahani, an NPR correspondent, writes about her family’s experience moving to Queens from India, and the complicated truths at the center of their relationship to this country and her relationship to her father.

This is just the beginning! We have so many amazing authors in store for you at this year’s Texas Book Festival. We’ll be busy over the next few months bringing together all of the details for the big weekend. Stay tuned for more major announcements over the next couple of months, including announcements of this year’s Gala authors, our children’s lineup, and, of course, the announcement of our full author lineup coming at the end of August!

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2019 Austin African-American Book Festival

Calling all readers in Austin and Central Texas: the Austin African-American Book Festival (AABF) is just a few days away from putting on their thirteenth annual festival! This Saturday, June 22, head over to the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center for a day packed with author talks, book signings, workshops, and activities for all ages. The AABF, which is free and open to the public, runs from 9:30am to 5pm—view their full schedule on the AABF site.

We got the chance to ask AABF founder, Dr. Rosalind Oliphant Jones, a few questions about the AABF and their 2019 Festival. Dr. Oliphant Jones is also the founder of the Folktales Black Women’s Literary Society, which grew out of her fantastic independent bookstore Folktales (which closed its doors in 1999).  Oliphant Jones has brought countless award-winning and best-selling black authors to Austin both through her bookstore and the AABF—including Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Gwendolyn Brooks and YA author sensation Angie Thomas. Through her work as a bookseller and festival organizer, Oliphant Jones has done immeasurable work in and for the Austin community at large and was recently honored with The Links Western Area Conference Services to Youth Award the Links for her contributions to community uplift and education.

Read our Q&A with Oliphant Jones below, and we’ll see y’all this Saturday, June 22!


Texas Book Festival: Could you tell me about some of what we have to look forward to at the 2019 AABF

Dr. Rosalind Oliphant Jones: The Austin African-American Book Festival is a celebration of the Black literary experience! There will be speakers addressing different literary and cultural themes, workshops, discussions, and book signings. This year, festival attendees will also enjoy some special surprise touches we’ve added to turn up the celebration!

TBF: What do you look for in putting together an event and author lineup like this one? 

ROJ: This year’s festival looks at the promise of economic freedom in the Black community through both a historical and contemporary lens. After confirming author A’Lelia Bundles, the goal was to see if we could build the festival around her famous ancestor, Madam C.J. Walker.

There will be healthy snacks and a free book for kids attending story time, which is a round-robin of great read-alouds from eight independent authors showcasing their work. Mikaila Ulmer, the teen CEO of Me & The Bees Lemonade, will join us during the festival to talk about her business, and Start-Up Kids Club is providing a free workshop for youngsters looking to start their own business.

TBF: How can AABF attendees prepare for the day-long festival? What’s the best place for people to find information about the Festival and its events?

ROJ: Attendees can come early and stay late. There is great parking at the Carver Museum. And Smart Trips Austin is offering free bus passes to the event. Emoji’s Grilled Cheese will be serving up good food all day. All in all, it is a great day of learning, discussing, uplift, and reflection. We have many community volunteers to greet and direct you to our various segments. For more information about the festival, we encourage everyone to visit our website and Facebook page.

TBF: How many people are involved in putting together the AABF?

ROJ: We have a small core organizing committee who rely heavily on a larger group of community partnerships and organizations that work with us to produce the festival.

TBF: What are you currently reading?

ROJ: I’ve been reading books by our festival featured authors. Booksellers love selling books they love! For years, I have enjoyed and learned from Dr. Dennis Kimbro’s research. I had Bundles’s On Her Own Ground in my personal collection, but had not read it until now. It’s an insightful and inspiring look into Madam C.J. Walker’s life and business strategies.