Texas Forever: Lone Star Authors at TBF

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The Texas Tent

Located on Congress Avenue at 8th Street, the Texas Tent will host conversations about everything from Austin dance halls to Texas music and sports, to the Lone Star state as literary inspiration, and more. Check out the full Texas Tent schedule, which includes sessions with David Courtney, Nate Blakeslee, Kinky Friedman, Deanne Stillman, the Writers’ League of Texas, and more.

View the full Texas Tent schedule.


Texas Cooking

Catch these authors cooking up Texas dishes in the Central Market Cooking Tent!

Breakfast in Texas with Terry Thompson Anderson
Saturday, November 4  10:30 AM
Central Market Cooking Tent
Wake up to a good ol’ Texas breakfast with James Beard Award finalist Terry Thompson Anderson. She’ll demonstrate a recipe from her new cookbook, Breakfast in Texas, a celebration of the rich diversity of the Lone Star breakfast, from breakfast tacos to goat curry to kolaches, vegetarian dishes and beyond!

Queso Power! with Lisa Fain
Saturday, November 4  2:15 PM
Central Market Cooking Tent
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!

Cookin’ with the Urban Cowgirl
Saturday, November 4  3:30 PM
Central Market Cooking Tent
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.

Elizabeth Street Cafe
Saturday, November 4  1:30 PM
Central Market Cooking Tent
Austin’s celebrated Elizabeth Street Cafe has been serving up French-Vietnamese cuisine that wows diners and critics alike. Chefs Tom Moorman and Larry McGuire talk with Julia Turshen about their recipes, their bustling business, their new cookbook, and their careers as two of the most prominent chefs in the Texas food scene.


Plenty More Texas to Love

Texas authors at this year’s Texas Book Festival will cover everything from life at the border, to the transformation of Marfa, to life in fiction, the story of black high school football in Texas, and much more. The heart of the Texas Book Festival are the Lone State writers telling our Texas history, legend and lore in new books we’re excited to share. Stop by their sessions and say howdy in the signing tents!

View more Texas authors appearing at the 2017 Texas Book Festival!

Browse the Texas Books at TBF