Take a Literary Lunch Break with S. Kirk Walsh

ICYMI, here is the full conversation with author S. Kirk Walsh and ABC’s Richard Santos for our Literary Lunch Break. You can also find it on our IGTV on Instagram.

We are kicking off this year’s Literary Lunch Break series with author S. Kirk Walsh to discuss The Elephant of Belfast on Thursday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. CT. Walsh will be in conversation with Austin Bat Cave Executive Director Richard Santos on Instagram Live. Follow us on Instagram to join the conversation.

S. Kirk Walsh
is a writer living in Austin, Texas. Her work has been widely published in The New York Times Book ReviewLongreadsStoryQuarterly, and Electric Literature, among other publications. Over the years, she has been a resident at Ucross, Yaddo, Ragdale, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Walsh is the founder of Austin Bat Cave, a writing and tutoring center that provides free writing workshops for young writers throughout Austin. The Elephant of Belfast is her first novel. 

Arts & Letters Live: Virtual Event with Lily King and Chang-rae Lee

Join Texas Book Festival’s Executive Director Lois Kim in a conversation with authors Lily King and Chang-rae Lee on Monday, March 22 at 7 p.m. CST.

Lily King’s Writers & Lovers follows Casey—a smart and achingly vulnerable protagonist—in the last days of a long youth, a time when every element of her life comes to a crisis. Casey’s fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink. Written with King’s trademark humor, heart, and intelligence, Writers & Lovers is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.

In Chang-rae Lee’s My Year Abroad, Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly creative Chinese-American entrepreneur who sees something intriguing in Tiller beyond his bored exterior and takes him under his wing. When Pong brings him along on a boisterous trip across Asia, Tiller is catapulted from ordinary young man to talented protégé, and he is pulled into a series of ever more extreme and eye-opening experiences that transform his view of the world, of Pong, and of himself.

See full virtual event details and ticket purchasing on the Dallas Museum of Art website.


NEW DATE | Jenna Bush Hager: Everything Beautiful Tour goes virtual



SEPTEMBER 8 | 7:00 P.M.

Due to safety concerns stemming from the continued spread of COVID-19, Jenna Bush Hager’s book event for Everything Beautiful In Its Time will transition into a virtual conversation moderated by actress and entrepreneur Brooklyn Decker. Any previously purchased tickets will still be honored at the virtual event, now happening on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. CT.

If you’ve already purchased tickets, hold onto them — these are all you need to attend the virtual performance on September 8.

If you’ve registered for this event, look for an email from the Long Center with more information about the event and book shipping.