Don DeLillo at the Texas Book Festival

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Texas Book Festival and the Harry Ransom Center are honored to present Don DeLillo at this year’s Festival on Saturday, November 5! As any lover of literature knows, Don DeLillo is not a newcomer to the game. The recipient of the National Book Award (White Noise), a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist (Mao II and Underworld), the PEN/Faulkner Award (Mao II), and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, DeLillo knows his way around. Oh yeah, and David Foster Wallace called him one of the greatest living writers of the English language. Are you intimated yet? Don’t be. DeLillo’s writing is mainly influenced by modernism, and his novels center on the lives of Americans (as vague as that may be). DeLillo’s novels can cover anything from Lee Harvey Oswald’s take on the Kennedy assassination to terrorism to the rampant consumerism present in America. With 17 full novels released, we wouldn’t judge you if you went on a DeLillo binge before the festival! You can even check out a thorough inventory of his papers available at the Harry Ransom Center right here in Austin. Pictured below is one of DeLillo’s many notebooks used while writing Underworld:

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We’re thrilled to welcome DeLillo to the Texas Book Festival this November for his latest novel, Zero K. Zero K centers on a father and son, Ross and Jeffrey, who must grapple with the terms of life and death as Ross develops a new technology that allows preserved deceased bodies to be brought back at a later time. Joshua Ferris of The New York Times Book Review said Zero K is:

“One of the most mysterious, emotionally moving and formally rewarding books of DeLillo’s long career…Unexpectedly touching…I finished it stunned and grateful.”

Don DeLillo will appear in conversation with Noah Hawley, author of the new thriller Before the Fall. They’ll be introduced by Stephen Enniss, Director of the Harry Ransom Center. Seating is free and open to the public and is first come, first serve. Afterwards, DeLillo and Hawley will sign books at First Baptist Church. Please take note of important signing guidelines for this session on our website.

Big thanks to the Ransom Center for partnering on this remarkable event!

WHO: Don DeLillo and Noah Hawley
WHAT: Conversation and book signing
WHEN: Saturday, November 5 4:00 PM
WHERE: First Baptist Church