Texas Book Festival Book Club

May 2021

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The Souvenir Museum

**This month's book club is in partnership with Now & Gen. If you'd like a signed copy of Elizabeth's book and an autographed note from actor, fellow Texan, and book lover Gen Padalecki, click the "Learn More and Get a Copy" button below, which will lead you to a purchase page on BookPeople.com, our partner bookseller. Signed copies and autographed notes are available only while supplies last (first 50 purchasers through the BookPeople link). Update: signed copies and autographed notes are SOLD OUT. Unsigned copies still available!**

One of the most treasured writers of our day, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken is an undisputed virtuoso of the short story, and this new collection features her most vibrant and heartrending work to date.

In these stories, the mysterious bonds of family are tested, transformed, fractured, and fortified. A recent widower and his adult son ferry to a craggy Scottish island in search of puffins. An actress who plays a children’s game-show villainess ushers in the New Year with her deadbeat half brother. A mother, pining for her children, feasts on loaves of challah to fill the void. A new couple navigates a tightrope walk toward love. And on a trip to a Texas water park with their son, two fathers each confront a personal fear.

With sentences that crackle and spark and showcase her trademark wit, McCracken traces how our closely held desires—for intimacy, atonement, comfort—bloom and wither against the indifferent passing of time. Her characters embark on journeys that leave them indelibly changed—and so do her readers. The Souvenir Museum showcases the talents of one of our finest contemporary writers as she tenderly takes the pulse of our collective and individual lives.The Souvenir Museum

RSVP: A Virtual Conversation

Thursday, May 27, - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
RSVP now to watch a conversation between author Elizabeth McCracken and Gen Padalecki. Registrants will receive by email the Zoom Webinar access information as soon as it's available.
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About the Contributors

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of seven books, including The Souvenir Museum, Bowlaway, Thunderstruck & Other Stories (winner of the 2014 Story Prize and long-listed for the National Book Award), and The Giant’s House (a National Book Award finalist). Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, won three Pushcart Prizes, a National Magazine Award, and an O. Henry Prize. She has served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.

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 Now & Gen 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.