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.

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.

Get your book tickets to see Jacques Pépin here.

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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 and admits one person. Proceeds from book ticket sales support the annual Festival, as well as our year-round literacy programs.

Book tickets are required to attend this session.

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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.

Read Together: Storytime with Anne Wynter

Texas Book Festival is partnering with Waterloo Greenway and Austin Allies for the Read Together event on Tuesday, May 3 at 10 a.m. CT. Don’t miss the outdoor storytime with Austin author, playwright, and copywriter Anne Wynter and her presentation of Everybody in the Red Brick Building. This event is part of Morning Glories, a weekly early childhood education event series. Learn more about the event on the Waterloo Greenway website.

Continue reading “Read Together: Storytime with Anne Wynter”

FOUR TREASURES OF THE SKY: A Conversation with Jenny Tinghui Zhang & Gen Padalecki

ANNOUNCING – We’re partnering with fellow Texan Gen Padalecki and her Now & Gen book club for a conversation with Austin author Jenny Tinghui Zhang about her debut novel Four Treasures of the Sky. Grab your copy and read along with us! Be sure to join the conversation on Thursday, May 5 at 12 p.m. CT on Gen’s Instagram Live (@genpadalecki). No RSVP necessary, just stop on by!

When you purchase your copy of Four Treasures of the Sky using this BookPeople link, you will receive an autographed note from Gen! Available while supplies last.

Author:
Jenny Tinghui Zhang
is a Chinese-American writer. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Apogee, Ninth Letter, Passages North, The Rumpus, HuffPost, The Cut, Catapult, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming and has received support from Kundiman, Tin House, and VONA/Voices. She was born in Changchun, China and grew up in Austin, Texas, where she currently lives. Four Treasures of the Sky is her debut.

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.

 

An Evening with Selma Blair: MEAN BABY

We’re excited to partner with BookPeople to welcome Selma Blair in conversation with Jamie-Lynn Sigler in celebration of Blair’s new memoir, Mean Baby! The event will take place on Friday, May 20 at First Baptist Church of Austin, located on Trinity Street. Doors will open at 6 PM and the event will begin at 7 PM. The event will run for 45-60 minutes, including an audience Q&A. Tickets are available exclusively through Eventbrite and include a signed copy of Mean Baby.

About Mean Baby
Selma Blair has played many roles: Ingenue in Cruel Intentions. Preppy ice queen in Legally Blonde. Muse to Karl Lagerfeld. Advocate for the multiple sclerosis community. But before all of that, Selma was known best as…a mean baby. In a memoir that is as wildly funny as it is emotionally shattering, Blair tells the captivating story of growing up and finding her truth.

“Blair is a rebel, an artist, and it turns out: a writer.”

—Glennon Doyle, Author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Untamed and Founder of Together Rising

The first story Selma Blair Beitner ever heard about herself is that she was a mean, mean baby. With her mouth pulled in a perpetual snarl and a head so furry it had to be rubbed to make way for her forehead, Selma spent years living up to her terrible reputation: biting her sisters, lying spontaneously, getting drunk from Passover wine at the age of seven, and behaving dramatically so that she would be the center of attention.

Although Selma went on to become a celebrated Hollywood actress and model, she could never quite shake the periods of darkness that overtook her, the certainty that there was a great mystery at the heart of her life. She often felt like her arms might be on fire, a sensation not unlike electric shocks, and she secretly drank to escape.

Over the course of this beautiful and, at times, devasting memoir, Selma lays bare her addiction to alcohol, her devotion to her brilliant and complicated mother, and the moments she flirted with death. There is brutal violence, passionate love, true friendship, the gift of motherhood, and, finally, the surprising salvation of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

In a voice that is powerfully original, fiercely intelligent, and full of hard-won wisdom, Selma Blair’s Mean Baby is a deeply human memoir and a true literary achievement.

About Selma Blair
SELMA BLAIR is an actress best known for her roles in Legally Blonde, Cruel Intentions, The Sweetest Thing, and Hellboy. Blair was named a Time Person of the Year in 2017 as one of their Silence Breakers, and she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for her narration of The Diary of Anne Frank. She is the subject of the documentary Introducing, Selma Blair, which reveals Blair’s intimate and raw journey with multiple sclerosis. Blair lives with her son in Los Angeles.

Book Tips and Sips at Ani’s Day & Night

Join Texas Book Festival and spring 2022–published Austin authors Dalia Azim and Juli Berwald for our first free, public, in-person event of the year!

We’re bringing together Central Texas readers and members of the literary community for a casual conversation about books—classics, new releases, fiction, and nonfiction—we’re eager to add to our to-be-read shelves this spring. Come gather with us at the Ani’s Day & Night patio on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. for book recommendations, community, and delicious cocktails available for sale from the Ani’s bar.

No reservations required, but if you RSVP via the form below, you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive complimentary signed copies of Dalia’s and Juli’s new books plus two drink tickets.

Book swap: Bring a book you loved and want to share, add it to the swap, and take home a new read of your own!

Copies of Dalia’s and Juli’s new books for sale on-site courtesy of BookPeople!


Speakers: 

Dalia Azim, Country of Origin (Deep Vellum / A Strange Object, 3/15/22)

Dalia’s work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Aperture, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Glimmer Train (where she received their Short Story Award for New Writers), Other Voices, Alcalde, and Sightlines, among other publications. She serves on the board of Austin Bat Cave—a literary community and writing workshop center—and is the manager of special projects at the Blanton Museum of Art. She graduated with a dual degree in art and literature from Stanford University and grew up in Canada and Colorado.

Juli Berwald, Life on the Rocks (Riverhead, 4/5/22)

Juli, a Texas Book Festival alum, received her Ph.D. in Ocean Science from the University of Southern California. The author of Spineless and a science textbook writer and editor, she has written for a number of publications including the New York Times, Nature, National Geographic, and Slate.

Moderator: TBF Literary Director Matt Patin

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Ani’s Day & Night is located at 7107 E Riverside Drive in Austin.


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