Dan Rather at the Texas Book Festival!

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WHO: Dan Rather

WHAT: In Conversation with Evan Smith about What Unites Us

WHERE: Texas Book Festival

WHEN: Saturday, November 4 at 12:00PM

Book Tickets for this session are SOLD OUT.

A limited number of open seating will be available to the public on a first come, first serve basis. General seating will open at 11:50AM. Copies of What Unites Us will be available for purchase, but will not be signed. There will not be a public signing at this event.


We’re thrilled to announce we’re launching Dan Rather’s highly anticipated new book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, at the 2017 Texas Book Festival! Join us as Rather speaks about the book for the first time—days before the book’s national release! 

“I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do.”

At a moment of crisis over our national identity, Dan Rather has been reflecting—and writing passionately almost every day on social media—about the world we live in, what our core ideals have been and should be, and what it means to be an American. Now, in a collection of wholly original essays, the venerated television journalist celebrates our shared values and reminds us about what matters most in our great country. Join us as Rather talks with Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune and host of KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith, about his new book and our American condition.

What are Book Tickets?

A Book Ticket is the same price as one copy of What Unites Us and grants:

  • One pre-signed copy of What Unites Us to be received at the Festival.
  • Priority access to session seating.

Please note: all books will be pre-signed. There will not be a public signing at this event.


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

A limited amount of free and open seating will be available for the general public on a first come, first serve basis. Book Tickets are required to join the meet and greet line.





With a storied career that has spanned more than six decades, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s best-known journalists. He has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and, over that time, personally covered almost every important dateline in the United States and around the world. Rather joined CBS News in 1962. He quickly rose through the ranks, and in 1981 he assumed the position of Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News—a post he held for twenty-four years. His reporting across the network helped turn 60 Minutes into an institution, launched 48 Hours as an innovative news magazine program, and shaped countless specials and documentaries. Upon leaving CBS, Rather returned to the in-depth reporting he always loved, creating the Emmy Award winning Dan Rather Reports on HDNet. Now, building upon that foundation, he is president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company he founded that specializes in high-quality nonfiction content across a range of traditional and digital distribution channels.