What event could bring together Gary Hart and John Sununu, Jonathan Lethem and Lemony Snicket, Taye Diggs and Leonard Pitts, Robert Christgau and Jessica Hopper? The Texas Book Festival, natch. And for its 20th edition, the annual lit extravaganza has booked a record 300 authors.
International bestselling author Jennifer Weiner just released her 12th book, Who Do You Love. The sure-to-be smash is a classic love story, told over the course of two decades, twisted up with modern cultural observations and maybe just a miniature ode to Save the Last Dance and When Harry Met Sally.
She can tell you how to get to Sesame Street. And she can tell you a lot more about her life pre-PBS when she headlines the 2015 Texas Teen Book Festival. Sonia Manzano, who had generations of the show's fans sighing when she announced that she'd be leaving the role of Maria, will be the keynote speaker for the Sept. 26 event.
It's been a long week, and now you deserve to have one day when you can curl up with a good book – let's call it Lit-urday. Maybe the thing to make you feel better about your week is to read about someone struggling in a city very familiar to you. Or maybe it's to read about someone whose struggles are a world away from yours. Or maybe it's to read about both. In one book.