Festival Friends Pass Authors Announced

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We’re happy to announce this year’s featured Festival Friends Pass authors! Friends Pass holders will enjoy priority seating and spots in the signing line at sessions and signings with these great authors.

The Festival Friends Pass is our way of saying thank you to people who support the Texas Book Festival. Friends Pass donations help keep the Festival free and open to the public and help us fund our Library Grants program and Reading Rock Stars early literacy initiative. Want to become a Festival Friends Pass holder? Learn all about it (and pick up your pass) right over here.




Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, Our Great Big Backyard

Session Title: Our Backyard Garden

When: Saturday, November 5 at 10-10:45 AM

Where: First United Methodist Church


Carl Hiaasen, Razor Girl

Session Title: On the Razor’s Edge with Carl Hiaasen

When: Saturday, November 5 at 11:30 – 12:15 PM

Where: First United Methodist Church


Ethan Hawke and Greg Ruth, Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars

Session Title: On Indeh: Ethan Hawke and Artist Greg Ruth

When: Saturday, November 5 at 3-3:45 PM

Where: First United Methodist Church

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Emma Cline, The Girls, and Robin Wasserman, Girls on Fire

Session Title: Girls on Fire

When: Saturday, November 5 at 3-3:45 PM

Where: Central Presbyterian Church

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Session Title: Don DeLillo in Conversation with Noah Hawley

When: Saturday, November 5 at 4-4:45 PM

Where: First Baptist Church

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Padma Lakshmi, The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs

Session Title: The Taste of World Travel with Padma Lakshmi

When: Saturday, November 5 at 1-1:45 PM

Where: First United Methodist Church



Lois Lowry, Looking Back: A Book of Memories

Session Title: Looking Back with Lois Lowry

When: Sunday, November 6 at 11-11:45 AM

Where: Paramount Theatre


Francine Prose, Mister Monkey

Session Title: This isn’t Monkey Business

When: Sunday, November 6 at 1:30-2:25 PM

Where: Omni Longhorn Room


R. L. Stine, Young Scrooge

Session Title: A Very Scary Christmas with R.L. Stine

When: Sunday, November 6 at 2-2:45 PM

Where: Paramount Theatre

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Session Title: The Tight Quarters of Time and Space

When: Sunday, November 6 at 1-1:45 PM

Where: First United Methodist Church

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S. C. Gwynne, The Perfect Pass, and Chad Conine, The Republic of Football

Session Title: Are you Ready for some Football?

When: Sunday, November 6 at 11:30-12:30 PM

Where: Omni Longhorn Room


Kelly Clarkson, River Rose and the Magical Lullaby

Session Title: Kelly Clarkson and the Magical Lullaby

When: Sunday, November 6, at 3:30-4:40

Where: Omni Longhorn Room


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