Previewing the 2006 Texas Book Festival


A Suggested Itinerary

I am the Books editor of The Austin Chronicle, so you can bet that my approach to the weekend's hundreds of authors and wall-to-wall programming will all but assure you a fulfilling journey. What I am about to do is guide you through the schedule, homing in on how to spend your hard-earned leisure time. Fasten your seat belts! In many cases, I have provided us with multiple options. I am serious: This is the best shit.

(Also, if you're wondering why we haven't reviewed the new Danielewski book, Only Revolutions, it's because I'm in the process of reading it for the third time, and I still have no idea where to begin establishing a critical foundation, let alone a popular-practical pronouncement. That's not to say it's inaccessible or that there's no entry point [or that we won't review it later]: quite the opposite. It is a story that will melt your heart and your face. I'm afraid to let it go as an experience, to reduce it to a few hundred words just now. So, in the meantime, let me reduce it to a few: Go get it.)

Saturday, Oct. 28

10am, House Chamber

Bookend Award Ceremony & Senator Barack Obama

Honoring Louis Sachar and Texas Monthly

Emcee: Regan Gammon; Sen. Obama discusses his book The Audacity of Hope (must have wristband and arrive by 10am to attend)

10am, E1.014

Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate

Alicia C. Shepard; Intro: Cyndi Hughes

10am, E2.028

Polio: An American Story

David Oshinsky; Intro: Jodi Bart

10am, E2.030

They Paved Paradise: Sprawl in Central Texas

Howard J. Erlichman, Linda Scarbrough; Moderator: Mike Clark-Madison

11am, E2.010

Stories of the 40 Acres: The Texas Book

Richard Holland, Don Graham, Larry Speck, James Magnuson; Moderator: Richard Holland

11:30am, E2.030

Standing Eight: The Story of Jesus "El Matador" Chavez

Adam Pitluk, Jesus Chavez; Moderator: Barbara Hines

Noon, House Chamber

The Storm: Writing About Hurricane Katrina

Robert Block, Douglas Brinkley, Christopher Cooper, Ivor van Heerden, Jed Horne; Moderator: Paul Burka

1:30pm, E1.014

In Search of Willie Morris: The Mercurial Life of a Legendary Writer and Editor

Larry L. King; Intro: David McHam

2pm, Cooking Tent

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

Amy Sedaris with David Rakoff

2pm, E2.010

The Cave Painters: Probing the

Mysteries of the World's First Artists

Gregory Curtis; Intro: William Broyles

2:30pm, E1.014

A Fictional History of the United States (With Huge Chunks Missing)

T Cooper, Adam Mansbach; Intro: Shawn Badgley

3pm, E2.016

Latino Publishing: Boom or Bust?

Milena Alberti, Aída Bardales; Moderator: Alfredo José Estrada

3:30pm, House Chamber

State of the Union: Politics in America

Matthew J. Dowd, Maureen Dowd, Nicholas Lemann, Victor Navasky; Moderator: Paul Stekler

3:30pm, E2.014

The Austin Film Festival presents NPR's Kenneth Turan Now in Theaters Everywhere: A Celebration of a Certain Kind of Blockbuster; Intro: Barbara Morgan

3:30pm, E2.030

There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to

Rescue Africa's Children

Melissa Fay Greene; Intro: Edward Nawotka

8pm, Gallery at the Continental Club

The Lolita Update: The Romantic Devastations of Youth in Fiction

Mark Binelli, Mark Z. Danielewski, Cristina Henriquez, Heidi Julavits, Marisha Pessl; Emcee: Sarah Hepola

8pm, Hideout

Not for Required Reading

Linden Dalecki, John Green, David Levithan, Barry Lyga, Stephenie Meyer, Kirsten Miller, Lauren Myracle, Ridley Pearson, and Tanya Lee Stone; Emcee: Barbara Chisholm, with considerable input from Rosalind

Sunday, Oct. 29

11am, E2.012

All Governments Lie!: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I.F. Stone

Myra MacPherson, Peter H. Stone; Moderator: David Patterson

11am, E2.010

The Art of Book Design

Barbara Whitehead, DJ Stout; Moderator: Elizabeth Crook

11:30am, House Chamber

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art From the Cults of Catholic Europe

Thomas Cahill; Intro: Oliver Franklin

Noon, E2.016

The Fact & Fiction of Texas History

James Haley, Jonathan W. Jordan, Nina Vida, Allen Wier; Moderator: Jerry Drake

Noon, E1.004


Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry with Will Clarke and Amanda Eyre Ward

Noon, Austin Museum of Art

Big Bend National Park

Joe Nick Patoski, Laurence Parent; Moderator: Jim Kimmel

12:30pm, E2.014

Bad Trips: Epic Journeys in North America

Paul Schneider, John Taliaferro; Moderator: Mark Busby

1pm, E2.026

The Passion of My Times: An Advocate's Fifty-Year Journey in the Civil Rights Movement William L. Taylor; Intro: Sandy Kress

1pm, E2.028

Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency

Lou Dubose, Jake Bernstein; Intro: Charlotte McCann

1:30, E2.012

Immigración: Más Allá de la Migra

Sonia Nazario, Héctor Tobar; Mod: Gus Gonzales III (in Spanish)

1:30pm, E2.016

The Ransom Center presents the Beats

Rob Johnson, Bill Morgan; Moderator: Lee Moore

1:30pm, Austin Museum of Art

Photography From Small-Town Texas

O. Rufus Lovett, Patsy Cravens; Moderator: Robert Faires

2pm, Paramount Theatre

Gore Vidal in Conversation With Maureen Dowd; Moderator: Evan Smith

2pm, E2.026

Tenure Denied: Academic Satire

Lynn C. Miller, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith; Moderator: Sol R. Smith

2:30pm, Senate Chamber

Two Texas Political Legends

Ben Barnes, Liz Carpenter; Moderator: Rue Judd

3pm, Austin Museum of Art

Fruit of the Orchard: Environmental Justice in East Texas

Tammy Cromer-Campbell, Phyllis Glazer, Roy Flukinger, Eugene Hargrove

3pm, E1.014

GIMP: When Life Deals You a Crappy Hand, You Can Fold or You Can Play Mark Zupan; Moderator: James Gumbert

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