Texas Book Festival Panel Picks
Can't-miss events at this weekend's festival
By Monica Riese, 1:30PM, Wed. Oct. 23
Need help making tough calls about this weekend's Texas Book Festival slate? Let us help.
Of course, you can read all our preview coverage tomorrow, but our team couldn't possibly fit everything we wanted to talk about into the print issue. So here are a few more of the events we starred for ourselves. Know that even this isn't a comprehensive list, but we assure you, wherever you end up, you'll be among likeminded, book-loving souls, and that's always good company to keep.
See you at the Capitol!
Saturday, Oct. 26
• Bringing Classics Back
"Kevin Smokler and Wayne Rebhorn present their best cases to read everything from The Decameron to Toni Morrison." C'mon, we know you skimmed the last half of Middlemarch and maybe only watched the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird in high school.
Capitol Extension, Rm. E2.012, 11:30am-12:15pm
• Mediums: Stories in Print and in Picture
"George Pelecanos and Jeff Lindsay on writing for TV and writing novels." The crime writer who penned some of The Wire and the man behind Dexter in one room? Yes, please.
The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church, 1:30-2:15pm
• Behind Closed Doors: Fictional Family Secrets
"A.M. Homes and Bronwen Hruska talk about family ties forged by more than love." Chronicle favorite (and onetime Short Story Contest judge) Amanda Eyre Ward moderates.
Lone Star Tent, 2:30-3:15pm
• The Reporter Storyteller
"Masha Hamilton and Deanne Stillman on the line between journalism and fiction." Nothing like a bunch of newspaper nerds to want to hear more about journalism on the weekend.
Capitol Extension Rm. E2.026, 3-4pm
• Lit Crawl Austin
The lineup includes Jonathan Lethem, Lemony Snicket, Reza Aslan, and R.L. Stine, which should be enough to get you out there, but you can read Brenner's complete post on the crawl here.
Various locations near East Sixth, 7pm-midnight
Sunday, Oct. 27
"Mark Binelli and Jeffrey Stuart Kerr on the evolution of Austin and Detroit." Half a century ago, Detroit was among the fastest-growing cities in the world. Let's learn from her.
C-SPAN2/Book TV Tent, 11am
• When Did You See Her Last?
"Lemony Snicket asks all the wrong questions"
House Chamber, 12:15-1pm
• Once Upon a Time
"Using folklore in modern fiction [via] Daniel Wallace and Catherine Chung." What if all the happily ever afters haven't been told yet?
Capitol Extension Rm. E2.030, 12:30-1:15pm
• Everyday Magic
"Manuel Gonzales and Kelly Luce on the power of the surreal." We totally trust the wizards behind the Austin Bat Cave and A Strange Object's first release.
Capitol Extension Rm. E2.026, 12:30-1:30pm
• Cults of Personality
"Jeff Guinn and Lawrence Wright discuss the power of charisma." "Charisma" is probably a bit of an understatement when you're talking about Scientologists, but hey: toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe.
House Chamber, 3pm
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