(Re)Watch Texas Book Festival Panels

At the Texas Book Festival, we are committed to providing free and accessible programming to book lovers near and far during the annual Festival and throughout the year. You can hear from your favorite authors while relaxing over the holidays or when you’re on the go.

Want to relive the 2022 Texas Book Festival or watch a session that you missed? TBF has uploaded videos of several recent sessions to our YouTube page that are now available for you to enjoy.

There is something for everyone among the latest additions to our growing digital archive. Recorded sessions include:

Check back on our YouTube page to find more sessions as they are added.

MAKING A SCENE: Constance Wu in Conversation

We’re excited to announce that we’ve scheduled a new date for a live, virtual conversation with Golden Globe Award-nominated actress Constance Wu about her new memoir Making a Scene. Join the virtual conversation on Friday, December 2 at 12 p.m. CT. The session is free and open to the public. You can register here.

“Illuminating… enthralling… her willingness to not just address her faults but grapple with them makes Wu’s memoir all the richer. Throw in her talent for vivid scene setting, plus an understanding that reflections are nothing without introspection, and the ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star delivers a page-turner that amounts to much more than its headline-grabbing revelations.” The Washington Post“A portrait of a young woman’s life and of a young artist, struggling to find her way… poignant… frank and intimate.” —The New York Times

Author:
Constance Wu is the Golden Globe Award-nominated star of Crazy Rich Asians and Hustlers. Her breakthrough role was starring as Jessica Huang in the television comedy Fresh Off the Boat (2015–2020). She has been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild award, two Television Critics Association awards, and four Critics Choice awards. Time has honored her as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the Year. She lives on the east side of Los Angeles with her partner, Ryan Kattner, their daughter, and their pet bunny rabbit, Lida-Rose.

Moderator:
Kara Watson, executive editor at Scribner / Simon & Schuster

Thank you to the sponsor of this session, Amplify Credit Union!

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2022 Festival Schedule

Check out the full online schedule for the 2022 Texas Book Festival!

Printable Saturday GRID Schedule

Printable Sunday GRID Schedule

Use the Schedule to start planning your Festival Weekend November 5-6!

Please note: Sunday Stateside Theater sessions will be moving. Check the schedule on Thursday for updated locations and times for these sessions.

More helpful links:

We can’t wait to see you back in downtown Austin the weekend of November 5-6!

2022 Festival Friends Pass Sessions

We’re excited to announce this year’s Festival Friends Pass session! Friends Pass holders will enjoy priority seating and signing access for these sessions.

The Texas Book Festival brings culture, art, and literature to Texas for free thanks to generous donors. Become a 2022 Festival Friend by donating $100 or more and we’ll say thank you with a Festival Friends Pass. You’ll also know that you made a crucial difference in our communities by helping us keep arts and culture accessible for readers in Austin and across Texas.

Become a Festival Friend Today


The 2022 Festival Friends Pass Sessions are:

Sandra Brown in Conversation about Overkill
with Sandra Brown
Saturday, November 5, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
House Chamber State Capitol

Art, Memory, and Larger-Than-Life Parents
with Ada Calhoun, Elizabeth McCracken
Saturday, November 5, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
House Chamber State Capitol

The Kennedys: New Biographies of JFK and Ted Kennedy
with John A. Farrell, Mark Updegrove
Saturday, November 5, 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
House Chamber State Capitol

The Last Campaign: Sherman, Geronimo, and the War for America
with H.W. Brands
Saturday, November 5, 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
House Chamber State Capitol

Omar Epps in Conversation: Nubia: The Awakening
with Omar Epps
Saturday, November 5, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
First United Methodist Church

The Second Half: New Starts at Middle Age
with Angie Cruz, James Hannaham
Saturday, November 5, 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Capital Auditorium E1.004

Matthew Quick in Conversation about We Are the Light
with Matthew Quick
Saturday, November 5, 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Capital Auditorium E1.004

Woman Without Shame
with Sandra Cisneros
Sunday, November 6, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
House Chamber State Capitol

On Family and Food
with Rabia Chaudry, Madhushree Ghosh
Sunday, November 6, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Capital Auditorium

Practicing Joy, Gaining Wisdom
with Ross Gay, Simran Jeet Singh
Sunday, November 6, 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Capital Auditorium

 

MAKING A SCENE: A Conversation with Constance Wu & Gen Padalecki

We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with fellow Texan Gen Padalecki and her Now & Gen book club for a conversation with Golden Globe Award-nominated actor Constance Wu about her new memoir Making a Scene. Pre-order your copy today! Join the conversation on Monday, October 17 at 12 p.m. CT on Crowdcast. Mark your calendars and register here! The session is free and open to the public.

When you purchase your copy of Making a Scene using this BookPeople link, you will receive both a bookplate signed by Constance Wu and an autographed note from Gen Padalecki. Available while supplies last.

Register for A Conversation with Constance Wu & Gen Padalecki

Author:
Constance Wu is the Golden Globe Award–nominated star of Crazy Rich Asians and Hustlers. Her breakthrough role was starring as Jessica Huang in the television comedy Fresh Off the Boat (2015–2020). She has been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild award, two Television Critics Association awards, and four Critics Choice awards. Time has honored her as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the Year. She lives on the east side of Los Angeles with her partner, Ryan Kattner, their daughter, and their pet bunny rabbit, Lida-Rose.

Moderator:
Genevieve Padalecki (you can call her Gen) is a daughter, sister, mother, and wife. She’s also a traveler, book nerd, activist, actress, adventure seeker, and aspiring urban homesteader. A California girl from birth and a mountain girl at heart, she now calls Austin, Texas, home and lives with her husband Jared—yes, that guy from Supernatural and Walker—three kids (Tom, Shep, and Odette), 14 chickens, two dogs, and a hive of honeybees.

She blogs about her life, books, parenting, fashion, and more at nowandgen.com and is the co-founder of @towwn – Take Only What We Need, a community that focuses on measurable steps we can take to live a more just and sustainable life for people + planet.

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2022 Festival Friends Pass Authors

We’re excited to announce this year’s Festival Friends Pass authors! Friends Pass holders will enjoy priority seating and access to the signing lines for these sessions. We will announce sessions dates, times, and venues in mid-October.

The Texas Book Festival brings culture, art, and literature to Texas for free thanks to generous donors. Become a 2022 Festival Friend by donating $100 or more and we’ll say thank you with a Festival Friends Pass. You’ll also know that you made a crucial difference in our communities by helping us keep arts and culture accessible for readers in Austin and across Texas.

Want to become a Festival Friend? There’s still time!

 


2022 Festival Friends Pass Sessions 

Omar Epps in Conversation: Nubia: The Awakening

Featured book: Nubia: The Awakening

Sandra Brown in Conversation About Overkill

Featured book: Overkill

Art, Memory, and Larger-Than-Life Parents with Ada Calhoun, Elizabeth McCracken

Featured books: Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me, The Hero of this Book 

The Kennedys: New Biographies of JFK and Ted Kennedy with John A. Farrell, Mark Updegrove

Featured books: Ted Kennedy: A Life, Incomparable Grace: JFK in the Presidency

The Last Campaign: Sherman, Geronimo. and the War for America with H. W. Brands

Featured book: The Last Campaign: Sherman, Geronimo and the War for America

The Second Half: New Starts at Middle Ages with Angie Cruz, James Hannaham

Featured books: How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water, Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta

Matthew Quick in Conversation About We Are the Light

Featured book: We Are the Light

Woman Without Shame with Sandra Cisneros

Featured book: Woman Without Shame: Poems

On Family and Food with Rabia Chaudry, Madhushree Ghosh

Featured books: Fatty Fatty Boom Boom, Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family

Practicing Joy, Gaining Wisdom with Ross Gay, Simran Jeet Singh

Featured books: Inciting Joy: EssaysThe Light We Give

 

Nelson DeMille presents THE MAZE – Saturday, November 5, 10:30 a.m.

WHO: Nelson DeMille, #1 NYT bestselling author
WHAT: Speaking about new novel The Maze
WHERE: Texas Book Festival, Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8TH ST., Austin, TX 78701
WHEN: Saturday, November 5 at 10:30 a.m. (doors at 10:00)

BOOK TICKET: $37  |  Each book ticket includes one copy of The Maze, priority seating at the session, and access to the book-signing/personalization line. 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 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5.

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 10:20 a.m. and is available until the venue is full.

SIGNING/PERSONALIZATION. DeMille will also sign or personalize books for up to an hour in person after he speaks. Additional books will be available for sale at the venue.

ASL INTERPRETATION. ASL interpretation will be provided for this session. Please check the schedule for other sessions with ASL interpretation and contact bookfest@texasbookfestival.org with any questions.

Get your book tickets to see DeMille here.

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The Texas Book Festival is thrilled to announce we’re hosting #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille with his newest book The Maze, a thriller featuring his most popular series character, former NYPD homicide detective John Corey, called out of retirement to investigate a string of grisly murders much too close to home. DeMille’s session will take place Saturday, November 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin.

Book tickets to see this bestselling author are available now, and each book ticket includes one copy of The Maze and grants access to priority seating and the signing line. Proceeds from book ticket sales support the annual Festival, as well as our year-round programs.

Reserve your seat and copy of The Maze here.

ABOUT THE MAZE

In his dazzling #1 bestseller, Plum Island, Nelson DeMille introduced readers to NYPD Homicide Detective John Corey, who we first meet sitting on the back porch of his uncle’s waterfront estate on Long Island, convalescing from wounds incurred in the line of duty. A visit from the local Chief of Police results in the legendary Detective Corey becoming involved in the investigation of the murders of a married couple who were scientists at the top-secret biological research facility on Plum Island.

Fast forward through six more bestselling John Corey novels and The Maze opens with Corey on the same porch, but now in forced retirement from his last job as a Federal Agent with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Corey is restless and looking for action, so when his former lover, Detective Beth Penrose, appears with a job offer, Corey has to once again make some decisions about his career—and about reuniting with Beth Penrose.

Inspired by, and based on the actual and still unsolved Gilgo Beach murders, The Maze takes the reader on a dangerous hunt for an apparent serial killer who has murdered nine—and maybe more—prostitutes and hidden their bodies in the thick undergrowth on a lonely stretch of beach.

As Corey digs deeper into this case, which has made national news, he comes to suspect that the failure of the local police to solve this sensational case may not be a result of their inexperience and incompetence—it may be something else. Something more sinister.

ABOUT NELSON DEMILLE

Nelson DeMille is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, six of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. His novels include The Deserter (written with Alex DeMille), The Cuban Affair, Word of Honor, Plum Island, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, and The General’s Daughter, which was made into a major motion picture, starring John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe. He has written short stories, book reviews, and articles for magazines and newspapers. Nelson DeMille is a combat-decorated US Army veteran, a member of Mensa, Poets & Writers, and the Authors Guild, and past president of the Mystery Writers of America. He is also a member of the International Thriller Writers, who honored him as 2015 Thriller Master of the Year. He lives on Long Island with his family.

Jacques Pépin presents ART OF THE CHICKEN – Saturday, November 5, 1:00 p.m.

UPDATE: This session is currently sold out!


WHO: Jacques Pépin, culinary legend
WHAT: Speaking about new book Jacques Pépin Art of the Chicken: A Master Chef’s Paintings, Stories, and Recipes of the Humble Bird
WHERE: Texas Book Festival, Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8TH ST., Austin, TX 78701
WHEN: Saturday, November 5 at 1:00 p.m. (doors at 12:30)

BOOK TICKET: $37  |  Each book ticket includes one copy of Art of the Chicken, priority seating at the session, and access to the book-signing/personalization line. 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 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 5.

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 12:50 p.m. and is available until the venue is full.

SIGNING/PERSONALIZATION. Pépin will also sign or personalize books for up to an hour in person after he speaks. Additional books will be available for sale at the venue.

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The Texas Book Festival is thrilled to announce we’re hosting sixteen-time James Beard Award winner Jacques Pépin with his newest book Jacques Pépin Art of the Chicken, a book celebrating his lifelong love of chickens, featuring dozens of his celebrated paintings and more than 50 recipes, along with a treasure trove of poignant and often humorous stories. Pépin’s session will take place Saturday, November 5 at 1:00 p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin.

Book tickets to see this legendary chef are available now, and each book ticket includes one copy of Art of the Chicken and grants access to priority seating and the signing line. Proceeds from book ticket sales support the annual Festival, as well as our year-round programs.

Thank you to Villa Albertine, our partner at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs for their support.

Reserve your seat and copy of Art of the Chicken here.

ABOUT ART OF THE CHICKEN

Chicken may not be a fancy or extravagant ingredient, but for master chef Jacques Pépin, it is the one he turns to regularly. In this beautifully illustrated book, Jacques reminisces on his life through the lens of the humble bird, from his childhood in rural France, where he chased chickens and watched as his maman turned them into her poulet à la crème, to his demanding apprenticeship and long, illustrious career—cooking Chicken Chasseur for Charles de Gaulle and his family, turning down a chance to work as JFK’s White House Chef for a job at Howard Johnson’s, and appearing on television alongside food-world luminaries like Julia Child. Throughout are Jacques’ favorite chicken and egg recipes, conveyed as if he were sharing them over a dinner table. Most significantly, the book displays dozens of Jacques’ stunning paintings of chickens. “If it clucks or scratches, it’s likely that Jacques has painted it.” This unique little book is the next best thing to a visit to Jacques’ home, which would include a tour of his art studio, captivating conversation as he cooks, and a toast with a glass of wine over a simple meal of perfect roast chicken.

ABOUT Jacques Pépin

The winner of sixteen James Beard Awards and author of over 30 cookbooks, including The Apprentice, Essential Pépin, and Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple, Jacques Pépin is a chef, author, television personality, educator, and artist, and has starred in 12 acclaimed PBS cooking series. His dedication to culinary education led to the creation of the Jacques Pépin Foundation in 2016.

ABOUT Villa Albertine

Created by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and supported by the French Ministry of Culture, Villa Albertine offers a novel artists’ residency model in which residents choose the location best suited to their work within the host country. With a permanent presence in 10 major US cities, it aims to foster in-depth exploratory residencies for artists, thinkers, and culture professionals hailing from all creative disciplines. In its inaugural year, Villa Albertine will host 80 residents for one- to three-month customized residencies.

Janet Evanovich presents GOING ROGUE – Sunday, November 6, 2:30 PM

We’re proud to announce we’re hosting author Janet Evanovich, “the most popular mystery writer alive” (NYT) and author of 42 New York Times bestsellers, as she presents her new novel, Going Rogue, on Sunday, November 6 at 2:30 p.m., at the 2022 Texas Book Festival. With Going Rogue, the mega-bestselling author returns with the latest book in her massively popular Stephanie Plum series.

Book tickets to see this beloved author present are now available! Each book ticket includes one copy of Going Rogue, admits one person with priority signing line access. Proceeds from book ticket sales support the annual Festival, as well as our year-round literacy programs.

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WHO: Janet Evanovich
WHAT: Speaking about Going Rogue
WHERE: Texas Book Festival, First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity St., Austin, TX 78701
WHEN: Sunday, November 6 at 2:30 PM (doors at 1:45 p.m.). A book signing session will follow the event, on site at the First Baptist Church. Please plan to arrive by 1:45 p.m.

BOOK TICKET: $37 Includes one copy of Going Rogue and admission to the session. Ticket holders’ copies of Going Rogue will be distributed at the event. A book signing session will immediately follow the event.

SEATING: Seating for book ticket holders will open at 1:45 PM on Sunday, November 6. Book tickets are required to attend this session. Please plan to arrive by 1:45 p.m.

REFUND POLICY: Refunds can be requested through Eventbrite until Friday, October 21, 2022.

Buy tickets today!

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A Q&A with Janet Evanovich

Why did you write your new book, Going Rogue? What was your inspiration? Where did the idea start? 

This is a continuing series, so the start-up process is slightly different from writing a single title. Characters, setting, and author voice are already determined. Inspiration comes from the desire to entertain and communicate with a lot of people in a positive way. I begin by asking myself ‘what would grab the reader’s attention on the first page and keep them reading to the end of the book’? In this case it was to put someone in jeopardy. I also wanted to have some of the sexiness of earlier books show up in this book. Especially with Ranger who is a fan-favorite character 

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

I don’t read a lot of fiction because it interferes with my own writing. I read cookbooks. I’m a cookbook junkie. And I can’t cook. I’m very good at eating, but I’m truly lousy at cooking. Somebody Feed Phil the Book just came out and it’s terrific. It’s taken from one of my very favorite television shows, Somebody Feed Phil.  Phil Rosenthal makes me happy. I don’t know him personally, but he makes me happy all the same. And I love him for that.  The cookbook and the television show are all about family, friends, food, travel and laughs. Yes, Phil is funny! He restores my faith in humanity and the food chain.  

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

I always read comic books, but the first real book I remember was Heidi. My mom read a couple chapters to me every night. It was a dreary, depressing story about a little girl who was forced to walk up a mountain while she was wearing her entire wardrobe. I guess because she didn’t have a backpack or a suitcase or an ATV. Then she was left with a grouchy old man who was a total stranger. And she had to live with him and some goats or sheep on this mountain. At least that was my five-year-old take on it. It’s a wonder I ever read another book. The next book that I remember was The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. I loved it!   My Aunt Jean gave it to me for my birthday. After that she gave me a horse book for every holiday and birthday and they’re among my fondest childhood memories. For years I galloped and whinnied everywhere pretending I was a horse.

Praise for Janet Evanovich

“Janet Evanovich is the crown princess of detective fiction” —BookPage

“Among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction.” —GQ

“A blast of fresh air.” —the Washington Post

“The most popular mystery writer alive.” —Sam Tanenhaus, the New York Times

About Janet Evanovich

Over the last twenty-six years, Janet Evanovich has written a staggering forty-two New York Times bestsellers. In addition to her #1 bestselling Stephanie Plum novels and many other popular books, Janet is the author of The Recovery Agent, the start of a blockbuster new series.