New Series Launch: In Conversation

The Library Foundation and Texas Book Festival are thrilled to launch a new author series. In Conversation pairs writers for intimate discussions of their work.

The inaugural In Conversation features Katie Gutierrez and Rubén Degollado, whose novels explore families encountering folkloric curses, secret double lives, and the generational passage of time.

Gutierrez’s debut literary novel, More Than You’ll Ever Know, follows a woman caught leading a double life after one husband murders the other, and the true-crime writer who becomes obsessed with telling her story. Degollado’s debut, The Family Izquierdo, weaves together the lives of three generations of a Mexican American family bound by love, and a curse.

The free event is at 7 p.m. on June 21 at the Austin Central Library. The authors will sign books following the program. Books will be available for purchase thanks to Black Pearl Books. Get tickets here.

Rubén Degollado’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Lit Hub, Texas Highways, The Common, and the anthologies Living Beyond Borders and Nepantla Familias. His YA novel, “Throw, “was published in 2019 and won the Texas Institute of Letters 2020 Award for Best Young Adult Book, was included on the Texas Library Association 2020 TAYSHAS list of best books for teen readers. Rubén’s debut literary novel, “The Family Izquierdo”, published in 2022 by W.W. Norton, was longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award, is a Texas Institute of Letters Best Fiction Award finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2022.

Katie Gutierrez is the author of the national bestselling debut novel “More Than You’ll Ever Know” (Morrow/Michael Joseph), which is also a Good Morning America Book Club pick for June 2022. She is a National Magazine Award finalist whose writing has appeared in TIME, Harper’s Bazaar, the Washington Post, Longreads, and more. She has an MFA from Texas State University and lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and their two kids.

The In Conversation series is sponsored by Amplify Credit Union.