2017 Festival Schedule

10:00 AM — 11:00 AM Saturday

10 AM Saturday


Bilingual Storytime with Juana Martinez-Neal

Location: Ahora Si Tent (Congress Ave and 8th Street)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Juana Martinez-Neal

Bilingual

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us for a special bilingual storytime with illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal! She’ll read from La Princesa and the Pea, a retelling of the classic story The Princess and the Pea infused with Spanish vocabulary and vivid new illustrations.

 

Introduced by: Odom Elementary Students with Christina Nelson, Librarian


Sisters First: A Celebration of Sisterhood

Location: House Chamber

Adult

Authors:
Barbara Pierce Bush
Jenna Bush Hager

Memoir

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

We’re kicking off the Festival Weekend with the First Daughters of Texas! Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager will share their new book, Sisters First, a celebration of the unique joys of sisterhood. 

Moderator: Brooklyn Decker

Please Note: Book Ticket holders are guaranteed priority access to seating, access to the Meet & Greet line after the talk, and will receive a signed copy of the book at the session. Book Ticket holders, we will email more details. (Book Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT.) 

General seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis for those who did not purchase Book Tickets. We will open general seating at 9:50AM, after Book Ticket holders have been seated. Only Book Ticket holders may join the Meet & Greet line after the talk. 


The Long Reach of Crime

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.030
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Meg Gardiner
Jan Reid

Crime/Mystery/Thriller

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

A young detective chases the serial murderer her father couldn’t stop. A Texan steps into the long-standing political bombings, assassinations and violence in the Basque region. Meg Gardiner (Unsub) and Jan Reid (Sins of the Younger Sons) discuss the art of plotting generational vendettas and long arms of crime that reach across continents and character arcs.

Moderator: Meike Alana


Texas Bluebonnet Awards

Location: Texas Tent

Middle Grade

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Join Texas Book Festival, the Texas Library Association, and a team of local young readers for the highly anticipated announcement of the 2018-2019 Texas Bluebonnet Master List!

Moderator: John Trischitti

Please Note: The Texas Bluebonnet Awards announcement is in a different tent and at a different time this year. Join us in the Texas Tent at 10:00AM to kick off the Festival Weekend with this wonderful event! 


Barrio Writers Panel

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Young Adult

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Four Barrio Youth Writers read excerpts from the work they’ve written with Barrio Writers, a creative writing program founded by author Sarah Rafael García, which provides free college level writing workshops to teenagers in underserved communities. Support these teens as they share their creativity!

Moderator: Leticia Urieta


Meet the Kirkus Prize Finalists

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Book Signing: Central Presbyterian Church

Adult

Authors:
Patricia Lockwood
Laura Dassow Walls
Jack E. Davis
Karen English

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Kirkus Reviews, the nation’s leading prepublication journal of book reviews, is proud to sponsor the annual Kirkus Prize, which bestows 150,000 divided by three winning writers. At this panel, you will hear some of the finalists of this year’s Prize some of this year’s most intriguing and insightful writers talk about their most recent books, including Karen English, Patricia Lockwood, Laura Dassow Walls, Jack E. Davis, Madeline Stratford. 

Moderator: Clay Smith

Books for this session will be available for sale at Central Presbyterian Church, in addition to the Main Book Sales Tent.


Hidden Histories of WWII

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Meredith Hindley
Liza Mundy

History

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

More than half a century after the WWII’s end, historians continue to uncover incredible stories of heroism and genius. Liza Mundy (Code Girls) and Meredith Hindley (Destination Casablanca) share riveting accounts of the little known women codebreakers and the glamorous, strategically crucial city of Casablanca during WWII.

Moderator: James Hornfischer


I'm Judging You: A Conversation with Luvvie Ajayi

Location: Omni Ballroom
Book Signing: Omni Ballroom

Adult

Authors:
Luvvie Ajayi

Memoir Essays

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Known for her razor sharp wit, award-winning writer and blogger Luvvie Ajayi offers her take on all things pop culture, race, media and technology in her bestselling book, I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual. Join her as she sits down with screenwriter and fiction writer Maya Perez to pass on lessons and side-eyes on life, culture, fame, and addressing bad behavior on social media.

Moderator: Maya Perez

Books for this session will be available for sale outside of the Omni Capital Ballroom, in addition to the Main Book Sales Tent.

 

 


Peruvian Paper Blanket Making with Literacy First

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Travel to Peru with Literacy First as we reintroduce a classic story with a new twist, La Princesa and the Pea. Design and craft your own paper Peruvian blanket to take home!


Magician Kent Cummins

Location: Childrens Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St)

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Join us for magic and mystery with magician Kent Cummins!


Catch the YA Buzz!

Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Young Adult

Authors:
Martin Wilson
Tillie Walden
Nic Stone
Brandy Colbert

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Don't miss the second annual TBF YA HQ Buzz session! Tackling issues of race relations, family and friendships, Nic Stone, Brandy Colbert, Tillie Walden, and Martin Wilson will give us a quick glimpse of their buzz-worthy new novels poised to be the Next Big Thing.

 

Moderator: Rosemarie Brock


Texas Institute of Letters Award Winners

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.036
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Bruce Bond
Amy Gentry
Stephen Harrigan
Paulette Jiles
Skip Hollandsworth
Kathi Appelt

Texas

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Enjoy seeing some of the top writers in Texas at this lively panel discussion featuring winners of the Texas Institute of Letters’ 2017 Literary Awards. The TIL was founded in 1936 and has been a leading force in Texas literature for more than 80 years. 

Moderator: Steven Davis


H–E–Buddy League Superhero Facemasks

Location: H-E-B Childrens Tent

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Design your own H-E-Buddy League Superhero Facemask!


Bilingual Storytime with Monica Brown

Location: Ahora Si Tent (Congress Ave and 8th Street)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Monica Brown

Bilingual

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Award-winning author Monica Brown reads Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, based on the life of one of the world's most influential painters, Frida Kahlo, and the animals that inspired her art and life.

 

Introduced by: Ms. Kutney’s Fourth Grade Class, Popham Elementary


Read Me A Story with Steven Weinberg

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Steven Weinberg

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Author and illustrator Steven Weinberg reads Fred and the Lumberjack, the story of a wood-working beaver looking for companionship and finding friendship in unexpected places, and lots and lots of plaid.

Introduced by: Brennan Cruser's 2nd Grade Students, Casis Elementary

This is a Kids Passport session! Pick up your Kids Passport at the Children's Activity Tent and have it stamped at one of the designated sessions listed on the passport. Show us 4 stamps at the Activity Tent during the Festival Weekend and earn a coupon for a free small scoop of Amy's Ice Cream!

 

 


When All Hell Breaks Loose

Location: Capitol Extension Room 1.012
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Owen Egerton
Manuel Gonzales

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

When friends and novelists Owen Egerton (Hollow) and Manuel Gonzales (The Regional Office is Under Attack) get together, there’s no telling what hell may break loose (in a good way). It’s no surprise, then, that both writers have penned novels in which pressures build and circumstances spiral out of control. Join them as they discuss the wild and deeply thoughtful rides of their new novels.

Moderator: Michael Noll


Family Forms

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Emily Robbins
Amanda Ward

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

The boundaries of love are tested in new novels by Texas writers Amanda Eyre Ward (The Nearness of You) and Emily Robbins (A Word for Love). From surrogate parenting to being a third party witness to a clandestine affair, Ward and Robbins discuss the particular nature of love just to the side of center and what draws them to write about the gray areas of human family and connection.

Moderator: Jardine Libaire


Letters To A Young Farmer

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Raj Patel
Mas Masumoto

Nature/Environment Food/Cooking

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

As America faces the largest retirement of farmers in our history, a sustainable future of how we eat and how we farm is in the balance. Bestselling authors Raj Patel and Mas Masumoto discuss the new anthology Letters to a Young Farmer, a look at the highs and lows of farming life and larger questions of how our food is produced and consumed.

Moderator: Jill Isenbarger


A Celebration of Breakfast in Texas!

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Book Signing: Central Market Cooking Tent

Adult

Authors:
Lisa Fain

Texas Food/Cooking

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Wake up to a good ol’ Texas breakfast! Unfortunately, Terry Thomposn Anderson is no longer able to attend the Festival. But breakfast must go on! Join Patricia Sharpe, food writer for Texas Monthly, Homesick Texan blogger and author Lisa Fain, and Casey Kittrell, editor at the University of Texas Press, for a spirited discussion of the rich diversity of the Lone Star breakfast, from breakfast tacos to goat curry to kolaches, vegetarian dishes and beyond!

Moderator: Patricia Sharpe


For the Love of Books: A Conversation with Andrew Clements

Location: Next Chapter Tent
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Middle Grade

Authors:
Andrew Clements

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

The beloved author of the modern classic Frindle celebrates books and the joy of reading with a new school story to love! Join Andrew Clements as he shares his new love letter to books and reading and a reminder that sometimes the best stories are the ones that happen off the page-- our own!

 

Moderator: Jacqueline Kelly


Celebrating Caldecott Winners!

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028

Picture Book

Authors:
Javaka Steptoe
Dan Santat
Brian Floca

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

We’re very fortunate to welcome several Caldecott Medal honorees to this year’s Texas Book Festival! We’ve gathered some of them together to share their stories of success and their brilliant new picture books. Don’t miss this all-star panel of artists who have been honored with the biggest award in picture book illustration!

Moderator: Liz Garton Scanlon

11:00 AM — 12:00 PM Saturday

11 AM Saturday


Soonish: A Funny Future of Technology

Location: First United Methodist Church
Book Signing: The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca, enter from Lavaca St.)

Adult

Authors:
Zach Weinersmith
Kelly Weinersmith

Science/Social Science Comics/Graphic Novels

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

What will the future of technology look like? When will we have a colony on the moon? Creators of the popular comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith, explore these questions and more in a discussion of Soonish, their funny, insightful exploration of the future through technology. 

Books for this session will be available for sale at First United Methodist Church, in addition to the Main Book Sales Tent. 

Moderator: Charley Rejsek


Forest Dark: A Conversation with Nicole Krauss

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Book Signing: Central Presbyterian Church

Adult

Authors:
Nicole Krauss

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Nicole Krauss, bestselling author of The History of Love, talks with outgoing Michener Center Director James Magnuson about Forest Dark, her highly anticipated new novel that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals in transcendental searches that lead them to the same Israeli desert.

Moderator: James Magnuson

Books for this session will be available for sale at Central Presbyterian Church, in addition to the Main Book Sales Tent.

This is a Friends Pass session!


Thank You For Being a Friend

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Lisa Ko
Rakesh Satyal

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Sustaining friendships are at the centers of new novels by Lisa Ko (The Leavers) and Rakesh Satyal (No One Can Pronounce My Name). The friendships formed by characters as they immigrate to America and acclimate to life in New York and Cleveland become fundamental to their development and to the story. Join Ko and Satyal as they discuss writing foundational friendships.

Moderator: S. Kirk Walsh


Thursday Night Lights: Black High School Football in Texas

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Michael Hurd

Texas Sports History

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Michael Hurd, sportswriter and director of Prairie View A&M University's Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture, and journalist Bobby Hawthorne discuss the inspiring, largely unknown story of African American high school football in Texas, showing how football offered a potent source of pride and ambition in the black community. While "Friday night lights" shone on white high school football games, African American teams across Texas burned up the gridiron on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Thursday Night Lights is their story.

Moderated by: Bobby Hawthorne


Further Possibilities: Young Poets On Identity

Location: The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
John Andrews
Chen Chen
Morgan Parker
Derrick Harriell

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Four rising young poets read from and discuss their collections that break new ground in expressions of identity. Don’t miss Morgan Parker (There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce), John Andrews (Colin is Changing His Name), Derrick Harriell (Stripper in Wonderland) and Chen Chen (When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities;  longlisted for the National Book Award in Poetry).

Moderator: Jennine “DOC” Krueger-Wright


The Good Old Sound of Austin

Location: Texas Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Donna Marie Miller
Jesse Sublett
Eddie Wilson

Texas Music/Film

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

How did a sleepy college town and state capital become known as the Live Music Capital of the World? In 1964, James White was searching for the best place for a big country western dance hall where his hero Bob Wills could play. In the summer of 1970, Eddie O. Wilson searched for a music hall where hippies could go to dig psychedelic art, culture and music. The results of their search: The Broken Spoke and Armadillo World Headquarters. Legendary musician and author Jesse Sublett and co-author Eddie Wilson (Armadillo World Headquarters: A Memoir) sit down with James White, owner of the Broken Spoke, and author Donna Marie Miller (The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk) to talk about the history and evolution of Austin’s live music scene.

Moderator: Cari Clark


Podcast About Your Future Book with Latinitas

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Latinitas welcomes creative chicas and chicos to join us in creating and publishing an original book idea for all to hear! Using media and technology tools, learn how to create a book abstract, record an audio podcast and share your unique story with family and friends.


Joe McDermott Bouncing Ball Music

Location: Childrens Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St)

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Get ready for some bouncy fun! Join us to sing and dance with Joe McDermott.


Brad Stivers

Location: Antone's Stage

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


With Great Power comes Great Responsibility

Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Young Adult

Authors:
Jay Asher
Jason Reynolds
Claudia Gray

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

What do Star Wars's Princess Leia, Spiderman's Miles Morales and Pied Piper have in common? They're stars in the brand new works by bestselling authors Claudia Gray, Jason Reynolds and Jay Asher! Come find out the joys and challenges of assuming the power and responsibility of continuing some of our best loved modern stories!

 

Moderator: Varian Johnson


We Love You, Mac Barnett!

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Mac Barnett

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

We love you like a ball of extra yarn, like a hole dug by Sam and Dave, like a hundred battle bunnies, and we especially love your sweet new picture book, a celebration of all of the silly, tender, madcap ways we love each other. Let’s get together and show Mac Barnett some Lone Star State love!

This is a Friends Pass session!


H-E-Buddy League Superhero Facemask making

Location: H-E-B Childrens Tent

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Design your own H-E-Buddy League Superhero Facemask!


Exit Right: The Origin of Politics

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Daniel Oppenheimer

Politics

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Where do our beliefs come from? Why and how do we come to believe politically at all? Daniel Oppenheimer (Exit Right) tells the stories of six major political figures whose journeys away from the left reshaped the contours of American politics in the twentieth century, breaking down the boundaries that divide us and investigating the deeper origins of our politics.

Moderator: Jeff Salamon


Tomás Rivera Award

Location: Ahora Si Tent (Congress Ave and 8th Street)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Francisco X. Stork
Rafael Lopez
Theresa Howell
F. Isabel Campoy

Bilingual

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Celebrate the winners of this year’s Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award! Join YA author Francisco X. Stork (The Memory of Light) and the authors and illustrator of the picture book Maybe Something Beautiful, F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell, and Rafael López. They’ll discuss the meaning and history of the award and why it’s vital to honor, share and support Latino literature for young readers.

Moderator: Sandra Murillo-Sutterby


Read Me A Story with Margarita Engle and Mike Curato

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Margarita Engle
Mike Curato

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

National Young People's Poet Margarita Engle and acclaimed illustrator Mike Curato read from their new picture book, All the Way to Havana, a rich celebration of the culture of the Cuban people, their resourcefulness, innovative spirit, and their joy, told through the story of a Cuban boy and his family on their road trip into Havana.

 

Introduced by: Delco Primary's All Star Readers


Moving Memory and Collapsing Time in Graphic Novels

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.036
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Kristen Radtke
Leslie Stein

Comics/Graphic Novels

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

New graphic novels by Kristen Radtke (Imagine Wanting Only This) and Leslie Stein (Present) move through landscapes that play with the elasticity of time, memory and the present moment. They sit down with Texas Book Festival’s own Dr. Claire Burrows for a conversation about the ways in which graphic storytelling open up portals between the past and present.

Moderator: Dr. Claire Burrows


A Piece of Her World: A Conversation with Christina Baker Kline

Location: Omni Ballroom
Book Signing: Omni Ballroom

Adult

Authors:
Christina Baker Kline

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Celebrated Texas writer Sarah Bird sits down with Christina Baker Kline, friend and author of the mega-bestselling book club favorite, Orphan Train, to discuss Kline’s new novel, A Piece of the World. Inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting “Christina’s World,” Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history, bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait.

Moderator: Sarah Bird

Books for this session will be available for sale outside of the Omni Capital Ballroom, in addition to the Main Book Sales Tent.

This is a Friends Pass session!


How the Story Starts: A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Panel

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.030
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Julie Buntin
Jardine Libaire
Stephanie Powell Watts

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Three breakout novelists discuss how they started writing their books, how they found their narrative voices and story structures, how they knew the pile of pages in front of them was going to work as a book, and more. Featuring Julie Buntin, author of Marlena; Jardine Libaire, author of White Fur; and Stephanie Powell Watts, author of No One is Coming to Save Us. Moderated by Miwa Messer. 

Moderator: Miwa Messer, Director, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program


Heroes and Hurdles

Location: Next Chapter Tent
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Middle Grade

Authors:
Jessica Townsend
P. J. Hoover
Michael Fry

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Curses, gods, and a family of super villains! The heroes of the fantastic and adventurous new tales by PJ Hoover, Jessica Townsend and Michael Fry must overcome tremendous hurdles to launch successful missions and, along the way, discover themselves. Jump high, dart fast, don't miss this talk about pereverance, wit and heroics!

 

Moderator: Joy Preble


Dopers in Uniform: Police and Steroid Use

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
John Hoberman

Politics

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

John Hoberman, author and UT historian, addresses a largely unspoken aspect of our national debate about excessive violence in American policing: the use of anabolic steroids by police officers. Breaking down the “Blue Wall of Silence,” this landmark book investigates the widespread, illegal use of anabolic steroids in major urban police departments and how it contributes to excessive violence in American policing. Join him for an in-depth conversation about an issue sure to move into the spotlight of our national conversation.

 

Moderator: Jolie McCullough 


The Fiction of Disability

Location: Cap E1.012
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Joe Vastano
Sheila Black

Short Stories

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Welcome to the worlds of the disabled. The physically disabled. The mentally disabled. The emotionally disabled. What does that word "disabled" mean anyway? Is there a right way to be crippled? Join Sheila Black, editor of the new anthology The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability, and contributor Joe Vastano as they discuss their new anthology. 

Moderator: Katherine Oldmixon


Two Karens in Conversation

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Karen Shepard

Short Stories

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Bestselling Karen Russell (Swamplandia) sits down with writer Karen Shepard to discuss Shepard’s new book, Kiss Me Someone, a collection of stories that push the boundaries of rage, tenderness, logic, sex, to explore, in unflinching style, the limits and textures of loneliness and isolation. What extremes does a writer meet in writing such penetrating, wrenching fiction?

Moderator: Karen Russell


¡Helado Delicioso! Mexican Ice Cream

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Book Signing: Central Market Cooking Tent

Adult

Authors:
Fany Gerson

Food/Cooking

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Fany Gerson, the powerhouse behind Brooklyn’s La Newyorkina and Dough, demonstrates a recipe from Mexican Ice Cream, her new cookbook that details the deliciously diverse flavors of Mexican ice cream while exploring the cultural aspects of preparing and consuming ice cream in her native country. Featuring flavors such as Oaxacan-style Lime Sorbet, Avocado-Chocolate Ice Cream, and Rice-Almond Ice Cream with Cinnamon, this book is absolutely irresistible! 

Moderator: Shefaly Ravula

 

12:00 PM — 1:00 PM Saturday

12 PM Saturday


Read Me A Story with Andrea J. Loney

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Andrea Loney

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Author Andrea J. Loney reads from Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!, a beautiful new biography of James Van Der Zee, innovative and celebrated African American photographer of the Harlem Renaissance.

Introduced by: Ms. Herrera’s 3rd Grade Class, Popham Elementary

This is a Kids Passport session! Pick up your Kids Passport at the Children's Activity Tent and have it stamped at one of the designated sessions listed on the passport. Show us 4 stamps at the Activity Tent during the Festival Weekend and earn a coupon for a free small scoop of Amy's Ice Cream!


What Unites Us National Launch: A Conversation with Dan Rather

Location: First Baptist Church

Adult

Authors:
Dan Rather

Politics Journalism

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

We're thrilled to launch Dan Rather's highly anticipated new book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, at this year's Texas Book Festival. Rather talks with Texas Tribune CEO and co-founder Evan Smith about our national identity, Rather's new role on social media, and what patriotism looks like in 2017.

Moderator: Evan Smith

Please Note: Book Ticket holders are guaranteed priority access to seating and will receive a signed copy of the book at First Baptist Church. Book Ticket holders, more information will be emailed to you. Book Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. 

General seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis for those who did not purchase Book Tickets. We will open general seating at 11:50AM, after Book Ticket holders have been seated. Copies of the book will be available for sale, but they will not be signed. There will not be a public signing.


Falsehoods, Forgeries and Fake News: Sorting Bunk From Brilliance

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Jared Yates Sexton
Kevin Young

Politics Journalism History

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

How did “fake news” come to dominate headlines before, during and after the 2016 Presidential election? How do we, as constant consumers of news, sort bunk from brilliance? Culture critic Kevin Young (Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News) and campaign journalist Jared Yates Sexton (The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore) discuss the roots and rise of “fake news” and the forces shaping our perspectives of politics and reporting.

Moderator: Brian Sweany


Everything is Bigger in Texas: The Life and Times of Kinky Friedman

Location: Texas Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Mary Lou Sullivan
Kinky Friedman

Texas Music/Film

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

There’s one truth more certain than death and taxes in Texas: if you’ve got the time, Kinky Friedman’s got a story to tell. Today he sits down with Mary Lou Sullivan, author of his new biography, Everything's Bigger in Texas: The Life and Times of Kinky Friedman, to give us a glimpse of his incomparable life and times.

Moderator: Andy Langer

 


Picture Frame Making with Bookspring

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Bookspring will host an arts and crafts activity related to the book I Love You Like a Pig by Mac Barnett. Children will be given the prompt, "I love you like a..." and asked to draw a picture of someone or something that they love. They will also create a picture frame to display their art.


University of Texas at Austin Mariachi Ensemble

Location: Childrens Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St)

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Come hear the wonderful University of Texas at Austin Mariachi Ensemble to learn and dance!


Lindsay Beaver & The 24th Street Wallers

Location: Antone's Stage

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


Writers and Their Dogs: There Will Be Pictures

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Book Signing: Central Presbyterian Church
Authors:
Jami Attenberg
Manuel Gonzales
Eileen Myles
Kristen Arnett

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Writers and dog-owners Eileen Myles (Afterglow), Manuel Gonzales (The Regional Office is Under Attack) and Kristen Arnett (Felt in the Jaw) talk with Jami Attenberg (All Grown Up) about the special bond between writers and their canine companions. Join them for a look at the writer’s life through the eyes of the four-legged friends who snore at their feet while they write every word. And, yes, there will most certainly be pictures. 

Moderator: Jami Attenberg

Books for this session will be available for sale at Central Presbyterian Church, in addition to the Main Book Sales Tent.


Family History Family Destiny

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Hala Alyan
Rodrigo Hasbún
Min Jin Lee

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Setting their new novels against the backdrop of very different, very contentious points in history, Min Jin Lee (Pachinko), Hala Alyan (Salt Houses) and Rodrigo Hasbún (Affections) open up generational stories of displacement and destiny in Korea, Kuwait City, Bolivia and beyond. Join them as they discuss how political forces shaped the lives, structures and fates of their characters and how history drew each of them to the page.

Moderator: Charles Finch


The Space Between

Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Young Adult

Authors:
Tillie Walden
Brandy Colbert
Julie Murphy

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

From the skating rink to the swim lane to the bright lights of a big new city, Brandy Colbert (Little and Lion), Julie Murphy (Ramona Blue), and Tillie Walden (Spinning) tackle the gray areas of life, identity, and growing up in must-read new novels that ask us to consider what and how we know ourselves.

Moderator: Jen Bigheart


H-E-Buddy League Superhero Facemask making

Location: H-E-B Childrens Tent

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Design your own H-E-Buddy League Superhero Facemask!


Vintage Writers on Reading

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
William Schwalbe
Ariel Lawhon

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

An intimate seminar for readers interested in the behind the scenes of being a writer. William Schwalbe (Books for Living) and Ariel Lawhon (Flight of Dreams) will talk about their respective reading and writing habits. Special tote bags with complimentary advanced readers copies will be handed out!

Moderator: Kate Runde


Rise of the Demagogue

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Lee Daniel Kravetz
Patrica Roberts-Miller

Journalism Politics Science/Social Science

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Demagogues are known rise to power with charisma, pandering and an us versus them prejudice. How do their messages spread through a culture and go viral? How do they utilize our social interactions to claim power? UT Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Patricia Roberts-Miller (Demagoguery and Democracy) and journalist Lee Daniel Kravetz (Strange Contagion) examine the nature of the demagogue and how such a leader takes hold--and what to do when it happens.

Moderator: Chris Tomlinson


The Spirit of Tequila with the Texas Book Festival Poster Artist

Location: The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Joel Salcido

Design/Art/Photography

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Celebrate the spirit of tequila with photographer Joel Salcido, official 2017 Texas Book Festival poster artist and author of The Spirit of Tequila. Joel traveled across Jalisco capturing images of distilleries and artisanal tequileras in celebration of the tradition and culture of this iconic drink. Join him as he shares his stunning images and stories.

Moderated by: Oscar Casares


Read Me A Story with Juana Martinez-Neal

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Juana Martinez-Neal

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal reads from La Princesa and the Pea, a bilingual retelling of the classic story The Princess and the Pea, infused with Spanish vocabulary and vivid new illustrations.

Introduced by: Maureen McVey's 1st Grade Students, T.A. Brown Elementary


Katherine Paterson and Peter Sís in Conversation

Location: First United Methodist Church
Book Signing: First United Methodist Church

Picture Book

Authors:
Peter Sis
Katherine Paterson

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Honored with Newbery Medals, a National Book Award, Caldecott Medals, a Sibert Award, Hans Christian Anderson Awards, and many other recognitions, Katherine Paterson, bestselling author of Bridge to Terabithia, and acclaimed illustrator Peter Sís are two of the most recognized and highly acclaimed creators of books for young readers. Join them for a discussion of their work, their careers, and their new books, which each explore global journeys and adventures.

Moderator: Bethany Hegedus

Books for this session will be available for sale at First United Methodist Church, in addition to the Children's Book Sales Tent.

This is a Friends Pass session!


The Faces and Forms of Evil

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Dan Chaon
Benjamin Percy

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Evil knows many forms. Bestselling authors Dan Chaon (Ill Will) and Benjamin Percy (The Dark Net) maneuver through the evil faces of addiction, crime and the internet in their new novels. They also push the boundaries of genre in their new books and in their bodies of work overall. How do they manifest these dark powers? Does evil mean horror? What makes horror literary? Join them as they delve into the darkness.

Moderator: Greg Cowles

 


Ficción Nueva Latina

Location: Ahora Si Tent (Congress Ave and 8th Street)
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Sarah Rafael García
Christine Granados
Natalia Sylvester

Bilingual

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Join Christine Granados (Fight Like A Man) and Sarah Rafael García (SanTana’s Fairy Tales) as they read from and discuss their new work, collections of short fiction and enchanting, progressives fairy tales, with author Natalia Sylvester. 

Moderator: Natalia Sylvester


Wonder Women

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Carina Chocano
Anne Helen Petersen

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Women are bombarded with messages about who they should be, how they should behave, and what they should wear while doing and achieving it all. If you’re a celebrity woman, you become not only receiver but messenger. Pop culture critic Carina Chocano (You Play the Girl) and BuzzFeed columnist Anne Helen Petersen (Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud) discuss the role of celebrity culture, social media and media at large in perceptions of female identity and a woman’s sense of self-worth. 

Moderator: Summer Anne Burton


2017 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Tyehimba Jess

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.036

Adult

Authors:
Tyehimba Jess

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Poet Tyehimba Jess reads from his prize-winning collection, Olio, a narrative that examines the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers directly before and after the Civil War and up to World War I.


Jumping to Conclusions

Location: Next Chapter Tent
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Middle Grade

Authors:
Stuart Gibbs
Sheela Chari

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Who is trying to assassinate the president? And whole stole the diamonds? Big problems do not necessarily need to be solved by big people. Dive into mysteries investigated by 13 year old crime solvers with Stu Gibbs and Sheela Chari -- just be sure to not jump to any conclusions.

 

Moderator: Greg Leitich Smith

1:00 PM — 2:00 PM Saturday

1 PM Saturday


Read Me A Story with Matt de la Peña

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Matt de la Pena

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Newbery-winning author Matt de la Peña reads from Coco: Miguel and the Grand Harmony, a a vibrant new picture book based on the upcoming movie Coco, in which the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.

 

Introduced by: Lindsey Dalrymple's 2nd Grade Students, Teravista Elementary


After the Uprising: The Shi'a Sunni Divide

Location: Cap E1.012
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Geneive Abdo

Politics History

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The Shi'a-Sunni conflict is one of the most significant outcomes arising from the Arab rebellions. Yet, there is little understanding of who is driving this tension and the underlying causes. By delving deeply into the historical factors leading up to the present-day conflict, Geneive Abdo, senior fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council In Washington, DC, sheds new light on how Shi'a and Sunni perceive one another after the Arab uprisings, how these perceptions have affected the Arab world, and why the dream of a pan-Islamic awakening was misplaced.


Student Debt

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.030
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Gabe Habash
Simeon Marsalis

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The college novel takes on new forms in the debut work of Simeon Marsalis (As Lie Is To Grin) and Gabe Habash (Stephen Florida). As their characters move across campuses, and through layers of illusion, confusion and obsession, the narrative of the coming-of-age academic is cast against race relations, wrestling and keen drives to create and to combat. How have today’s academia-set stories modernized? What of the authors’ college years poured into these pages? Join Marsalis and Habash for a discussion of the twenty-first century college novel. 

Moderator: Matt Bucher

 


The Monsters Within

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Jac Jemc
Fiona Maazel

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Physical and psychological hauntings plague the characters in new novels by Fiona Maazel (More Than Human) and Jac Jemc (The Grip of It). Join them for a discussion of how they summon the monsters within.

Moderator: Jill Meyers


Watch Out for the Whiz Mob!

Location: Omni Ballroom
Book Signing: Omni Ballroom

Middle Grade

Authors:
Colin Meloy
Carson Ellis

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy and illustrator Carson Ellis, creators of the Wildwood Chronicles series, are unleashing a brand new, fully illustrated and fast-paced middle grade novel, The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kids! Watch out for the whiz mob, a band of child pickpockets on the loose in France. With cunning and independence, they make their own way in the world; but are the stakes of thievery as harmless as they seem?

Moderator: Eugenia Vela

Books for this session will be available for sale outside of the Omni Capital Ballroom, in addition to the Main Book Sales Tent. 

This is a Friends Pass session!


Waltz Across Texas: A Celebration of Lone Star Music

Location: Texas Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Watt Casey
Michael Corcoran

Texas Music/Film

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The musical landscape of the Lone Star State covers everything from folk to rock to country, blues, bluegrass and more. Music writer Michael Corcoran (All Over the Map) and photographer Watt Casey (My Guitar is a Camera) celebrate the giants of Texas music and share stories of the behind-the-scenes heroes who put Texas on the musical map. 

Moderator: Ed Ward


A Tale of Two Americas

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
John Freeman

Essays

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

From Appalachia to the Rust Belt and down to rural Texas, the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest stretches to unimaginable gulfs. John Freeman, editor of the new essay collection A Tale of Two Americas, talks with contributors Karen Russell and Sarah Smarsh about the fault lines that separate Americans and the impact of sharing our stories. 

Moderator: John Freeman

 


Da Vinci's Life and Work: A Conversation with Walter Isaacson

Location: House Chamber
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Walter Isaacson

History Essays

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Leonardo da Vinci was history’s most creative genius. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson, historian and author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin, weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. Join him as he sits down with Kirkus Reviews editor-in-chief Clay Smith to discuss da Vinci’s work and how, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, we can learn to think different.

Moderator: Clay Smith

This is a Friends Pass session!


Sea Change: Wading in the Waters of a New Climate

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Juli Berwald
Peter Wadhams

Science/Social Science

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

As our climate shifts, what evidence do our oceans provide about what’s to come for our planet? Science writer and editor Juli Berwald (Spineless) and Cambridge University professor of Ocean Physics Peter Wadhams (A Farewell to Ice) discuss how the behavior of jellyfish and the thinning of Arctic ice caps point to what lies ahead.

Moderator: Spencer Wells


America: The Cookbook

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Book Signing: Central Market Cooking Tent

Adult

Authors:
Nicole Taylor
Freddie Bitsoie
Gabrielle Langholtz

Regional Food/Cooking

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Beyond meatloaf and mac’n’cheese — what’s the “real” American food? The answer might surprise you. Moderated by America: The Cookbook author Gabrielle Langholtz, the book’s regional contributors Nicole Taylor, Freddie Bitsoie, and Rachel Wharton celebrate regional favorites and melting-pot fusion – the culinary heritage of a nation from appetizers to desserts. The panelists will reveal the nation's traditions from persimmon pudding and pickled pike to fiddleheads and fatback, and introduce local ingredients you never knew existed, like conch, huckleberries, chicory, ackee and sumac. Discover delicious, authentic American dishes and take a culinary road trip that will make you want to travel, eat, and discover our vast nation.

Moderator: Gabrielle Langholtz


Creating Peace with the Interfaith Action Council of Central Texas (iACT)

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Join the Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) whose mission is to cultivate peace and respect, in creating a corner of PEACE. Learn how to write PEACE in 4 different languages (Spanish, Arabic, Burmese, and Swahili) and create a colorful piece of art you can be proud of.


1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Time to sing and dance with Echo and the Bats!


Jabo & the Old Dogs

Location: Antone's Stage

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


H-E-B Buddy League

Location: H-E-B Childrens Tent

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Kids! Be a Buddy, not a Bully! H-E-B invites Texas students to join the H-E-B Buddy League by always showing kindness, respect, courage and inclusion instead of teasing and bullying. Come see a live performance of the new H-E-B Buddy League Training Academy, a high-energy show with song and animation at the Texas Book Festival. The live show takes kids through five training tasks that demonstrate how to stand up to bullying and how students can promote unity.


Raid of No Return: Nathan Hale and His Hazardous Tale!

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Middle Grade

Authors:
Nathan Hale

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

It’s time for another Hazardous Tale from our good friend Nathan Hale! Prepare for a hilarious, highly entertaining, fully illustrated time with one of our favorite graphic novelists. Nathan is here with Raid of No Return, a brand new tale about Army bombers during WWII.

 

Moderator: Kendall Miller


CSI: Texas Book Festival

Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Young Adult

Authors:
Martin Wilson
Katie Bayerl
Francisco X. Stork
Malinda Lo

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

A missing girl. A kidnapped boy returned home. A miracle-producing saint. A teenage murderess. Malinda Lo, Francisco X. Stork, Martin Wilson, and Katie Bayerl are on the case with new novels that circle around mysterious crimes and unexplained circumstances. Think you have the wit and guts to follow their clues?

 

Moderator: Vanessa Lee


Read Me A Story with Dan Santat

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Dan Santat

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Caldecott Medalist, Dan Santat, reads his new book After the Fall, the new picture book about Humpty's fall and his determination to overcome his fear and reach new heights.

Introduced by: Shannon Heinzen's 1st Grade Students, Thomas Arnold Elementary

This is a Kids Passport session! Pick up your Kids Passport at the Children's Activity Tent and have it stamped at one of the designated sessions listed on the passport. Show us 4 stamps at the Activity Tent during the Festival Weekend and earn a coupon for a free small scoop of Amy's Ice Cream!


Escape Artists

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.036
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Julie Buntin
Gabriel Tallent

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

In two of the year’s most acclaimed, reviewed and discussed debut novels, Julie Buntin (Marlena) and Gabriel Tallent (My Absolute Darling) craft teenage women forced to grow up fast by emotional traumas that include drug use and wrenching sexual abuse. Each character finds her method of coping and, ultimately, escape. What responsibilities does an author take on when writing about such extreme circumstances? How does a writer embody difficult and dangerous landscapes and find a way out--for the characters, their readers and themselves?

Moderator: Mark Athitakis


Death in the Air

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Kate Winkler Dawson

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

In December of 1952, a smog descended over London that held the city hostage for five days. Meanwhile, a serial killer targeted the city’s women. Kate Winkler Dawson sits down with Skip Hollandsworth to discuss this gripping historical narrative of a serial killer, an environmental disaster, and an iconic city struggling to regain its footing.

Moderator: Skip Hollandsworth


Ripped From the Headlines

Location: Ahora Si Tent (Congress Ave and 8th Street)
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Olga Campos Benz

Texas Bilingual

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Olga Campos Benz, one of the most successful and recognized news anchors in Texas, discusses her new novel, It’s News to Me. Benz tell the story of a Latina journalist who stumbles on a huge exclusive that pits her against ruthless criminal. She’ll discuss the art of transforming life in front of the camera into riveting fiction on the page and the experiences she drew on to write a strong Latina main character who sets out to prove she can handle more than fluff pieces.


Marfa Past, Present, Future

Location: The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Kathleen Shafer

Texas

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Marfa’s transformation from a small desert ranching town into a mecca of mystery lights, modern art, festivals and tourism has been met with celebration, wonder and mixed receptions by local residents. Writer and artist Kathleen Shafer explores Marfa’s transformation in a broad conversation about what Marfa was, what it is now, and how its shifting cultural landscape may yet unfurl.


1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Join us for a sneak peek of new books coming out in 2018! Authors Elizabeth Crook (The Which Way Tree), Francisco Cantú (The Line Becomes a River), Natalia Sylvester (Everyone Knows You Go Home) and Sarah Bird (Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen) will give us a glimpse of their forthcoming books. Join them and be the first to know about some of the most exciting books being published next year!

Moderator: Robert Faires, Arts Editor for the Austin Chronicle


Writing Through the Noise: Writing, Publishing, and Politics in 2017

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Book Signing: Central Presbyterian Church

Adult

Authors:
Zinzi Clemmons
Melissa Febos
Lisa Ko

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

In a year when breaking news seems to drop every other moment, what does it take for a writer with a new book to break through the noise? Melissa Febos (Abandon Me), Zinzi Clemmons (What We Lose) and Lisa Ko (The Leavers) discuss launching books in 2017 and how their roles as writers have intersected with their personal political voices. 

Moderator: Megan Labrise

Books for this session will be available for sale at Central Presbyterian Church, in addition to the Main Book Sales Tent.

 


Tunnel At the End of the Light: Jim Shepard on Movies and Politics

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Jim Shepard

Music/Film Essays

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Given that most Americans proudly consider themselves non-political, where do our notions of collective responsibility come from? Novelist Jim Shepard argues that some of our assumptions might come from the movies. Join him for a discussion of the ways in ways in which movies work so ubiquitously to reflect how Americans think and act.

Moderator: Rose Smith


Why Poetry Will Save Your Life

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.010
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Jill Bialosky
Matthew Zapruder

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Forget every stuffy, complicated lesson you’ve been taught about how to read poetry and embrace the simple, meaningful joy of the art. Accomplished poets and editors Matthew Zapruder (Why Poetry?) and Jill Bialosky (Poetry Will Save Your Life) discuss the poems that have marked their lives, the role of poetry in our culture today, and why engaging with verse is a vital, nourishing, and accessible literary act.

Moderator: Sasha West

 


Cuba Rising: New Books About Cuba for Kids

Location: Next Chapter Tent
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Emma Otheguy
Margarita Engle

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Join Cuban-American authors Emma Otheguy and Margarita Engle, the Young People's Poet Laureate, for a celebration of Cuban stories in verse! From the courageous work of beloved Cuban poet José Martí, to the island's vibrant ecology and modern life, Otheguy and Engle share Cuban history, life, culture through a beautiful poetic lens.

Moderator: Elda Acevedo Esefania 

2:00 PM — 3:00 PM Saturday

2 PM Saturday


Read Me A Story with Brian Floca

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Brian Floca

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca reads from his latest book, Princess Cora and the Crocodile, about an over scheduled princess who is given a day off and a deliciously wicked crocodile that gets the day on.

 

Introduced by: Angela Holcek's 2nd Grade Students, Elsa England Elementary


American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

Location: Texas Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Nate Blakeslee

Regional Nature/Environment

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

A modern story of survival and conservation is playing out in Yellowstone National Park. Join Texas Monthly writer-at-large Nate Blakeslee as he shares the riveting, real-life story of O-Six, an intelligent, ferocious, charismatic alpha female leading a pack of wolves in an environment that challenges her on all fronts. The multigenerational wolf saga chronicled in Blakeslee’s new book, American Wolf, calls into stark relief the larger clash of values in the West and the nation as a whole.

Moderator: Stephen Harrigan


Race, Crime and Law: African-Americans and Incarceration

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Danielle Allen
James Forman Jr.

Politics History

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Public defender and National Book Award nominee James Forman Jr. (Locking Up Our Own) and Danielle Allen (Cuz), American classicist and political scientist at Harvard, confront America’s system of mass incarceration, the fatal cycle of violence and our prison system, and the lives caught in the crosshairs of race, crime, and law.

Moderator: Dr. Peniel Joseph


Be Fierce: Stand Up, Speak Up

Location: First United Methodist Church

Adult

Authors:
Gretchen Carlson

Memoir Journalism

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

When Gretchen Carlson, news anchor, journalist and former co-host of Fox and Friends, spoke up about sexual harassment in the workplace, she moved to empower women to become warriors in the path for a better future. Today she talks with Kathy Blackwell, incoming executive editor at Texas Monthly, about her own experiences, her new book, Be Fierce, and the powerful and moving stories of women in many different careers and fields who decided they, too, weren't ready to shut up and sit down.

Moderator: Kathy Blackwell

Please Note: Pre-signed copies of the book will be available to purchase at First United Methodist Church. There will not be a public signing after this session. 

This is a Friends Pass session!


Space inspired Origami with the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME)

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Flextangles! Paper folding techniques are inspiring modern spacecraft design, see how geometry and art combine for out of this world creations. Make your own origami fidget spinner or paper snake!


Austin Children's Choir

Location: Childrens Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St)

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Join us for a performance by the Austin Childrens Choir!


Bill Carter

Location: Antone's Stage

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM


H-E-Buddy League Superhero Facemask making

Location: H-E-B Childrens Tent

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Design your own H-E-Buddy League Superhero Facemask!


Explore the World with Atlas Obscura

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Ella Morton

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Calling all explorers and infomaniacs! It's time to get off the beaten path. We’re going on an adventure with Ella Morton and Atlas Obscura that celebrates more than 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Revel in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious!

Moderator: Trent Gillaspie

 


Homecoming

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
C. Morgan Babst
Stephanie Powell Watts

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

What does it mean to come home again when home has been ravaged by a hurricane, or family neglect, or poverty, or time? What would constitute home then? In new novels by C. Morgan Babst (The Floating World) and Stephanie Powell Watts (No One Is Coming to Save Us), characters learn that not all homecomings are created equal. Join them as they discuss writing about what comes after the storm of time.

Moderator: Martha Louise Hunter


A Cabinet of Curious and Unforgettable Essays

Location: Cap E1.012
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Sarah Gerard
Elena Passarello

Essays

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

In their sharp new essay collections, Sarah Gerard (Sunshine State) and Elena Passarello (Animals Strike Curious Poses) hone in on issues of survival, obsession, imagination and intrigue via the periscopes of Florida and the lives of famous historical animals. How does engaging the curious and extraordinary allow them to access deeper human truths?

Moderator: Suzanne Dottino


Queso Power!

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Book Signing: Central Market Cooking Tent

Adult

Authors:
Lisa Fain

Texas Food/Cooking

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Queso, how do we love thee? Instead of counting the ways, we’ll count the unique recipes (150) in the Homesick Texan Lisa Fain’s new cookbook, Queso! She’ll demonstrate the versatility of our favorite good time food by cooking up a special queso dish. It isn’t a Texas party without Queso!

Moderator: Melanie Haupt


Read Me A Story with Aaron Reynolds

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Aaron Reynolds

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Bestselling author of Creepy Carrots! author Aaron Reynolds reads from Creepy Pair of Underwear, a hilarious ( and just a little creepy ) story of a brave rabbit and a very weird pair of underwear.

 

Introduced by: Andrea McIllwain's PreK Students, Blanton Elementary


#BlackPoetsSpeakOut: Poetry in the Times of the Black Lives Matter Movement

Location: House Chamber
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Tyehimba Jess
Amanda Johnston
Mahogany L. Browne

Politics

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Black Poets Speak Out was launched to rally poets and allies to respond against police violence and injustice. In a brief time, hundreds of poetry videos were posted and shared internationally across social media outlets. Cofounders Amanda Johnston and Mahogany L. Browne and panelist Tyehimba Jess, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, will read their work and discuss poetry as a vehicle for communication, education, and change during the time of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Moderator: Sequoia Maner


Writing for Justice, Writing for Change

Location: Omni Ballroom
Book Signing: Omni Ballroom

Young Adult

Authors:
Angie Thomas
Nic Stone
Jason Reynolds

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

In their debut YA novels, Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) and Nic Stone (Dear Martin) confront race relations and police violence in America head on. What role do novels and stories play in driving social change? What is it like to be a voice for justice on the page, in real life and on social media? Bestselling author Jason Reynolds leads this conversation about the power of books and writers to push progress and stand for truth.

Moderator: Jason Reynolds

Books for this session will be available for sale outside of the Omni Capital Ballroom, in addition to the Main Book Sales Tent. 


En Español: La Newyorkina: Celebrando los Dulces de México

Location: Ahora Si Tent (Congress Ave and 8th Street)
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Fany Gerson

Food/Cooking

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Presentado en Español. Fany Gerson fundó La Newyorkina después de un viaje a México—su país natal—para compartir y celebrar increíbles dulces y helados del México. Finalista del James Beard Award y la autora de dos libros de cocina, la misión de Gerson es de compartir la deliciosa dulzura de México que se ha reunido con gran éxito. Juntarse con ella para una discusión de su trabajo, sus experiencias como una mujer de negocios culinaria, y su nuevo libro, Mexican Ice Cream.

Moderator: Josefina Casati


YA Trivia with the BookPeople Teen Press Corps

Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)

Young Adult

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Test your #YALit wits with Shannon Brewer and the BookPeople Teen Press Corps! They’ll lead a few rounds of YA trivia. The prizes for the winners are (what else?) books!


Illustrating American History

Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Don Tate
Kadir Nelson

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Award-winning artists and illustrators Don Tate and Kadir Nelson have each built phenomenal bodies of work that render important stories of American history in unforgettable artwork and verse for young readers. Join them as they sit down to discuss the stories they’ve uncovered, the process of their work, and their must-read new books, Strong as Sandow and Blue Sky, White Stars.


Short Fiction That Packs a Punch

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.036
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Christine Granados
Kristen Arnett

Short Stories

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

One of short fiction’s many fine features is its ability to pack an emotional and stylistic punch in just a few short pages, knocking readers out before they even know what hit 'em. Kristen Arnett (Felt in the Jaw) and Christine Granados (Fight Like A Man) talk about stepping in the ring, putting up their dukes, and crafting tough, tenacious and entirely unforgettable collections of short fiction.

Moderator: Nicole Beckley


Bright Lights, Big City

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.030
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Jardine Libaire
Tim Murphy
Alex Gilvarry

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

In new novels, three writers pull back the glitz and glamour of New York City to reveal the grit and heart of the city that never sleeps. Jardine Libaire (White Fur), Tim Murphy (Christodora) and Alex Gilvarry (Eastman Was Here) get beneath the skin of the storied city to talk about its literary draw, the characters that pour out of its cracks, and the different shapes the city takes in each of their new novels.

Moderator: Matthew Patin


Afrofuturism: 2017

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.014
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Nicky Drayden
Deji Bryce Olukotun

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

In the 1990s, author Mark Dery coined the term “Afrofuturism” to include the expression of black identity, art and experience in forms that envisioned the future. From Octavia Butler to The Whiz and Sun Ra, the label has been applied retroactively as it’s become a modern genre. Nicky Drayden (The Prey of Gods) and Deji Bryce Olukoton (After the Flare) talk about their new science fiction novels and the shape of Afrofuturism in 2017.

Moderator: Hannah Oliver Depp

3:00 PM — 4:00 PM Saturday

3 PM Saturday


Read Me A Story with Chris Harris

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Chris Harris

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Chris Harris, writer and executive producer for How I Met Your Mother and writer for The Late Show With David Letterman, reads from his brand new book for kids, I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups

Introduced by: Ms. Mangelsdorf's 2nd Grade Students, University of Texas Elementary

This is a Kids Passport session! Pick up your Kids Passport at the Children's Activity Tent and have it stamped at one of the designated sessions listed on the passport. Show us 4 stamps at the Activity Tent during the Festival Weekend and earn a coupon for a free small scoop of Amy's Ice Cream!


Inside the Cartels: Organized Crime Across the Border

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera
Hipólito Acosta
Melissa del Bosque

Politics Journalism

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

The rapid growth of organized crime in Mexico and the government's response to it have driven an unprecedented rise in violence and impelled major structural economic changes. Award-winning investigative journalist Melissa del Bosque (Bloodlines), professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera (Los Zetas), and U. S. Special Agent Hipólito Acosta (Deep in the Shadows) discuss the rise and ravaging of cartels that move drugs, people, money, and more across borders, devastating hundreds of thousands of lives in the process. 

Moderator: Ricardo Ainslie


Jeffrey Eugenides and Claire Messud in Conversation

Location: Central Presbyterian Church
Book Signing: Central Presbyterian Church

Adult

Authors:
Jeffrey Eugenides
Claire Messud

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Two of America’s most accomplished fiction writers, Jeffrey Eugenides (Fresh Complaint) and Claire Messud (The Burning Girl), sit down together for a wide-ranging discussion of their new novels, the evolution of their writing lives, and their experience in the changing world of publishing.

Moderator: Amanda Eyre Ward

Books for this session will be available for sale at Central Presbyterian Church, in addition to the Main Book Sales Tent.

This is a Friends Pass session!


Performers on the Page

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.026
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Sarah Rafael García
Shawn Wen

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Storytelling takes many forms. Artists and authors Sarah Garcia Rafael (SanTana’s Fairy Tales) and Shawn Wen (A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause) mine their experience in multimedia arts to expand and deepen their new fiction. Join them for a conversation about the myriad ways their creative mediums of radio, video and writing overlap and influence Rafael’s new collection of fairy tales and Wen’s new story based on the life of Marcel Marceau.

Moderator: Dalia Azim


Capturing the Musicmakers: Photographers on Their Musical Subjects

Location: The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Watt Casey
Chuck Holley

Music/Film Design/Art/Photography

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Between them, photographers Chuck Holley (A Perfectly Good Guitar) and Watt Casey (My Guitar is a Camera) have captured hundreds of indelible moments with musicians. What is it like to train the camera lens on another artist? Join them for stories of some of their most memorable subjects, including Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, Bruce Springsteen, Muddy Waters and more.


When the Court Jesters Take Over the Court

Location: Texas Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Amy Stone
Jesse Sublett

Texas History

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Authors Jesse Sublett (Esther’s Follies) and Amy L. Stone (Cornyation) talk about two irreverent Texas cultural institutions that planted their jesters’ flags on a seedy Austin street and San Antonio tradition to make something all their own: Esther’s Follies, Austin’s longest-running political comedy and magic revue, and Cornyation, San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition.

Moderator: Michelle Newby


Monster Bookmark making with Austin ISD Librarians

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

Picture Book

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Bring your imagination to the table and create a simple origami bookmark with the Austin ISD Librarians! Make it a monster, a favorite character or anything else you can dream up to keep your page!


3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

We’ll have a blast as three awesome, nationally-renowned illustrators go toe-to-toe and sketch-to-sketch in this rapid-fire, Pictionary-like drawing game!


Matthew Robinson & the Jelly Kings

Location: Antone's Stage

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM


Travel and Flight

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Bryce Milligan
Sam Sax
John Freeman

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

In their new poetry collections, sam sax (Madness), John Freeman (Maps), and Bryce Milligan (Take to the Highway: Arabesques for Travelers) explore themes of flight, escape, and movement across space, time and mental landscapes. Join them for a discussion and reading.


Relative Hijinks

Location: Next Chapter Tent
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Jennifer Ziegler
Victoria Jamieson
Karina Yan Glaser

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Families. They love us, support us, save the day and sometimes embarrass the heck out of us. The books by Jennifer Ziegler, Revenge of the Happy Campers, Karina Yan Galser, The Vanderbeekers 141st Street, and Victoria Jameison, Roller Girl and All's Fair in Middle School, all get into their share of helpful hijinks. They also remind us of the importance of those connections forged with the family we inherit and the family we choose.

Moderator: Nikki Loftin


H-E-Buddy League Superhero Facemask making

Location: H-E-B Childrens Tent

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Design your own H-E-Buddy League Superhero Facemask!


Read Me A Story with Monica Brown

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent

Picture Book

Authors:
Monica Brown

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Award-winning author Monica Brown reads Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, based on the life of one of the world's most influential painters, Frida Kahlo, and the animals that inspired her art and life.

Introduced by: Mr. Koeffler's 3rd Grade Students, University of Texas Elementary


Small Towns, Simmering Tensions, and Modern Western Crime

Location: First United Methodist Church
Book Signing: First United Methodist Church

Adult

Authors:
Attica Locke
Adam Sternbergh

Texas Crime/Mystery/Thriller

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Small towns, simmering fault lines, dust on the boots of the dead; how have rural noir and small town crime novels changed over the years? How have they remained the same? What does it mean to write a modern western crime novel when America is confronting deep cultural divides? Authors Attica Locke (Bluebird, Bluebird) and Adam Sternbergh (The Blinds) talk about the role of western crime novels and their suspenseful new Texas-set books.

Moderator: Scott Montgomery

Books for this session will be available for sale at First United Methodist Church, in addition to the Main Book Sales Tent.


Extreme Courage, Extraordinary Hope

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Alexis Okeowo
Helen Thorpe

Journalism

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

In new books of literary journalism, New Yorker writer Alexis Okeowo (A Moonless, Starless Sky) and writer Helen Thorpe (Newcomers) present stories of ordinary men, women and teenagers fighting religious extremism and forging lives for themselves in the face of catastrophic forces. Join them as they discuss their in-depth research into stories of people reclaiming their humanity with lives that are about more than mere survival.

Moderator: Shalini Ramanathan


México y la Frontera: Pasado y Presente

Location: Ahora Si Tent (Congress Ave and 8th Street)
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Paco Ignacio Taibo II
Francisco Cantú

Politics History

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Paco Ignacio Taibo III, el galardonado periodista basado en Ciudad de México, y el ex guardia fronterizo de Estados Unidos Francisco Cantú, autor de The Line Becomes A River, discuten cómo la historia política y cultural de México comunica las circunstancias actuales en la frontera. También hablarán sobre cómo se forja la historia en la frontera, ahora que la violencia de drogas, la migración, y la intervención de los Estados Unidos marcan una nueva era.

Presentado en Español. 


Defining Moments, Indelible Memoirs

Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Michael Frank
Benjamin Taylor

Memoir

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

A handshake with JFK in 1963 and an eccentric Hollywood aunt shape the respective lives of Ben Taylor (The Hue and Cry at Our House) and Michael Frank (The Mighty Franks). As their years unfurl through these distinct American lenses, the writers approach boundaries of time, family and memory, while reconciling childhood forces with the men they have become. 

Moderator: Donna Johnson


Cookin with the Urban Cowgirl

Location: Central Market Cooking Tent
Book Signing: Central Market Cooking Tent

Adult

Authors:
Sarah Penrod

Texas Food/Cooking

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Martha Stewart meets the Pioneer Woman in Sarah Penrod, the seventh generation Texan who has taken her skills as a Southern chef to Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York City, and the Food Network. Now, she brings her talents to the Texas Book Festival to share Urban Cowgirl, part cookbook, part how-to and inspirational guide for the modern city girl with Southern roots and a cowgirl attitude.

Moderator: Emily Franklin


Knowledge Matters: Books and Publishing in the Age of Fake News

Location: Cap E1.012
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)
Authors:
Geneive Abdo
Randolph Lewis

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

In today’s environment of 24-hour news networks, social media, targeted advertising, and the escalating problem of “fake news,” it seems as though history is being written by those who shout the loudest. University Press publishers stand at the forefront of the fight against fake news—believing in the value of accurate, peer-reviewed knowledge and publishing approximately 14,000 books each year from the world’s leading thinkers, writers, and scholars. Join authors Randolph Lewis (Under Surveillance) and Geneive Abdo (The New Sectarianism) as they discuss the critical vitality of facts, research, and contextualization of issues. This conversation is in conjunction with the Association of American University Presses and University Press Week (November 6–11, 2017).


Family Secrets

Location: YA HQ (Congress & 10th St)
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Young Adult

Authors:
Amy Tintera
Cora Carmack
Kendare Blake

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Family secrets come home to roost in the latest beguiling and heart-stopping novels by Cora Carmack, Amy Tintera and Kendare Blake. What makes the lies and loyalties tied up in these families such irresistible, page-turning reading? What's ahead in these turbulent tales? 

 

Moderator: Samantha Mabry

4:00 PM — 5:00 PM Saturday

4 PM Saturday


Read Me A Story with Katherine Schwarzenegger

Location: Childrens Read Me a Story Tent (10th & Congress)
Book Signing: Childrens Book Sales & Signing Tent
Authors:
Katherine Schwarzenegger

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Dog lover, animal advocate and bestselling author Katherine Schwarzenegger reads from Maverick and Me, her new picture book that shares the joy of adopting a new puppy.

Introduced by: Staci Ross's 2nd Grade Students, Casis Elementary


Obsessed with Texas

Location: Texas Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Skip Hollandsworth
Owen Egerton
Amy Gentry
Michael Hurd

Texas

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Join the Writers’ League of Texas for a conversation with Skip Hollandsworth, Amy Gentry, Michael Hurd and Owen Egerton about the enduring draw of the Lone Star State and why writing about its unique landscape, complex history, and compelling people never gets old.

Moderator: Becka Oliver


Life in Code: The Changing Face of Tech

Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent
Book Signing: Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street)

Adult

Authors:
Ellen Ullman

Science/Social Science

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

As a programmer in San Francisco beginning in the 1970s and author of the seminal account Close to the Machine, Ellen Ullman has lived and worked inside the rising cultures of digital technology and the internet as they have transformed our economy and society. She sits down with Roger Hodge to discuss how we understand the last twenty years, and the next twenty.

Moderator: Roger Hodge


Sculpt a pet with Las Comadres

Location: Childrens Activity Tent (Congress near 9th St)

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Create your own pet friend just like Frida Kahlo!


KIPP Austin Steel Drum Band

Location: Childrens Entertainment Tent (Congress near 9th St)

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

End the day with the award winning KIPP Austin Steel Drum Band!


Red Young & His Hot Horns

Location: Antone's Stage

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM


H-E-Buddy League Superhero Facemask making

Location: H-E-B Childrens Tent

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Design your own H-E-Buddy League Superhero Facemask!


Uncommon Type: Tom Hanks in Conversation with Lawrence Wright

Location: First Baptist Church

Adult

Authors:
Tom Hanks

Short Stories

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

The Texas Book Festival and Texas Capital Bank are pleased to present actor, screenwriter, director, and producer Tom Hanks with his new collection of short fiction, Uncommon Type. Hanks will discuss his surprising, intelligent, and heartwarming stories with bestselling author Lawrence Wright.

Moderator: Lawrence Wright

Please Note: Tickets are required to attend this event. Tickets are sold out. Ticket holders, details will be emailed to you.