Texas Book Festival 2017: The Full List

Dan Rather, Jeffrey Eugenides, the Bush sisters, and 291 more

Okay, readers, your wait to learn who will be attending the literary banquet of the year is over. The Texas Book Festival has announced the full menu of authors on tap for the 2017 event, and it's massive: 295 names, among them such luminaries as Jeffrey Eugenides, Jennifer Egan, Dan Rather, and Min Jin Lee.

As is the norm for the Lone Star State's annual bibliophilic extravaganza, taking place on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol and environs, the slate of attendees covers almost every kind of book people read.

Interested in fiction? Eugenides, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Middlesex, will be promoting his latest, Fresh Complaint, while fellow Pulitzer winner Egan will introduce her novel Manhattan Beach, fresh off the presses. Houston native Attica Locke, a writer and producer of the FOX series Empire and the author of Pleasantville, returns to the TBF with a new novel, Bluebird, Bluebird, set in East Texas. Min Jin Lee's epic family saga Pachinko was one of the most eagerly anticipated books of 2017 and has become one of the most praised. And master storyteller Claire Messud will share some of the secrets of her absorbing New York Times bestseller The Burning Girl.

Of course, Austin will be well represented: local fave Owen Egerton has a new novel, Hollow, as does Amanda Eyre Ward, with The Nearness of You; thrillmeister Jeffrey Abbott has tackled a new kind of suspense novel in Blame; Sherry Thomas has followed her acclaimed female Sherlock Holmes novel A Study in Scarlet Women with Conspiracy in Belgravia; Robert Jackson Bennett concludes his Divine City trilogy with City of Miracles; graphic novelist Tillie Walden has a new memoir, Spinning; sci-fi writer Nicky Drayden is riding the wave of praise for her novel The Prey of Gods; acclaimed screenwriter C. Robert Cargill has a new novel, Sea of Rust, that's being described as a kind of robot Western; and award-winning newscaster Olga Campos Benz breaks into the fiction game with the novel It's News to Me.

Nonfiction has just as much to tempt you. Veteran journalist Dan Rather will be on hand to speak to patriotism in his book, What Unites Us. Another TV news personality, Gretchen Carlson, will also be on hand to tell us, Be Fierce. Biographer Walter Isaacson, who has previously illuminated the genius in Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, turns his talents to another giant of science and art, Leonardo da Vinci, in his latest. First Daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush have collaborated on a new book to explain why they're Sisters First. And local authors provide the uniquely Austin histories of the Armadillo World Headquarters, the Broken Spoke, and Esther's Follies.

And that's not even taking into account the authors of memoirs, cookbooks, YA novels, political books, children's books, music books, art books, and so much more.

The 2017 TBF will launch, as usual, with the First Edition Literary Gala, held this year on Fri., Nov. 3, at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tapped to present will be bestselling authors Min Jin Lee and Walter Isaacson, Attica Locke, and award-winning poet Kevin Young. Texas Monthly legend Skip Hollandsworth will emcee the event.

For more information on the Texas Book Festival, please visit www.texasbookfestival.org.

Adult Fiction

Jeffrey Abbott – Blame
David Abrams – Brave Deeds
Rumen Alam – Rich and Pretty
Haha Alyan – Salt Houses
Jess Arndt – Large Animals: Stories
Kristen Arnett – Felt in the Jaw
Jami Attenberg – All Grown Up
C. Morgan Babst – The Floating World
Rosecrans Baldwin – The Last Kid Left
Robert Jackson Bennett – City of Miracles
Olga Campos Benz – It's News to Me
Christopher Brown – Tropic of Kansas
Julie Buntin – Marlena
C. Robert Cargill – Sea of Rust
Jessie Chaffee – Florence in Ecstasy
Dan Chaon – Ill Will
Zing Clemmons – What We Lose: A Novel
Patty Yumi Cottrell – Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
Elizabeth Crane – Turf
Jeffrey Cranor & Joseph Fink – It Devours!
Elizabeth Crook – The Which Way Tree
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney – The Nest
Nicky Drayden – The Prey of Gods
Jennifer Egan – Manhattan Beach
Owen Egerton – Hollow
Nathan Englander – Dinner at the Center of the Earth
Jeffrey Eugenides – Fresh Complaint
Emily Fridlund – Catapult: Stories and History of Wolves
Cristina Garcia – Here in Berlin
Sarah Rafael Garcia – SanTana's Fairy Tales
Meg Gardiner – Unsub
Ryan Gattis – Safe
Tom Gauld – Baking with Kafka
Nelson George – To Funk and Die in L.A.
Manuel Gonzales – The Regional Office Is Under Attack!
Christine Granados – Fight Like a Man
Daryl Gregory – Spoonbenders
Amelia Grey – Isadora
Gabe Habash – Stephen Florida
Daniel Handler – All the Dirty Parts
Rodrigo Hasbún – Affections
Laden Hubbard – The Talented Ribkins
Lindsay Hunter – Eat Only When You're Hungry
Jack Jemc – The Grip of It
Rachel Kadish – The Weight of Ink
Christina Baker Kline – A Piece of the World
Lisa Ko – The Leavers
Nicole Krauss – Forest Dark
Min Jin Lee – Pachinko
Melissa Lenhardt – Sawbones
Jardine Libaire – White Fur
Attica Locke – Bluebird, Bluebird
Fiona Maazel – A Little More Human
Simeon Marsalis – As Lie Is to Grin
Claire Messud – The Burning Girl
Mary Miller – Always Happy Hour
Tim Murphy – Christodora
Alissa Nutting – Made for Love
Deji Bryce Olukotun – After the Flare
Jorge Cepeda Patterson – Milena
Natasha Pulley – The Bedlam Stacks
Alisha Rai – Hate to Want You
Jan Reid – Sins of the Younger Sons
K Arsenault Rivera – The Tiger's Daughter
Emily Robbins – A Word For Love
Rakesh Satyal – No One Can Pronounce My Name
Cat Sebastian – Ruin of a Rake
Jessica Shattuck – The Women in the Castle
Karen Shepard – Kiss Me Someone
Mia Sosa – Acting on Impulse
Bradley Spinelli – The Painted Gun
Adam Sternbergh – The Blinds
Jonny Sun – Everyone's an Aliebn When Ur an Aliebn Too
Paco Ignacio Taibo II – Four Hands and Pancho Villa Takes Zacatecas
Gabriel Tallent – My Absolute Darling
Sherry Thomas – A Study in Scarlet Women and Conspiracy in Belgravia
Amita Trasi – The Color of Our Sky
Deb Olin Unferth – Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories
Weike Wang – Chemistry
Amanda Eyre Ward – The Nearness of You
Stephanie Powell Watts – No One Is Coming to Save Us

Adult Nonfiction

Geneva Abdo – The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide
Hipólito Acosta – Deep in the Shadows: Undercover in the Ruthless World of Human Smuggling
Alyssa Adams & Anne Wilkes Tucker – Eddie Adams: Bigger Than the Frame
Danielle Allen – Cuz
Carol Anderson – White Rage
Troy Ball – Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey
Juli Berwald – Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone
Jill Bialoskya – Poetry Will Save Your Life
Freddie J. Bitsoie, P. Allen Smith, & Nicole Taylor – America: The Cookbook
Mark Bittman – How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
Sheila Black – The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked
Nate Blakeslee – American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
Benjamin Blum – Ranger Games
Peter Brown & Joe Holley – Hometown Texas
Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush – Sisters First
David Callahan – The Givers
Francisco Cantú – The Line Becomes a River
Gretchen Carlson – Be Fierce
Watt M. Casey – My Guitar Is a Camera
Carina Chicano – You Play The Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages
David Collins – Accidental Activists
Chad Conine – Texas Sports
Michael Corcoran – All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music
David Courtney – The Texanist: Fine Advice on Living in Texas
Angela J. Davis – Policing the Black Man
Kate Winkler Dawson – Death in the Air
Melissa Del Bosque – Bloodlines
John Doberman – Dopers in Uniform
Matthew Dowd – A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve
Lisa Fain – Queso!: Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip
Melissa Febos – Abandon Me: Memoirs
James Forman Jr. – Locking Up Our Own
Michael Frank – The Mighty Franks
Kinky Friedman ¶ Mary Lou Sullivan – Everything's Bigger in Texas: The Life and Times of Kinky Friedman
Elias Friedman – The Dogist Puppies
Kenny Fries – In the Province of the Gods
Sarah Gerard – Sunshine State
Fany Gerson – Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories
Greg Garrett – Living With the Living Dead: The Wisdom of the Zombie Apocalypse
Bárbara Renaud González – Las Nalgas de JLo
Barbara González Cigarroa – A Mexican Dream: and Other Compositions
Stephanie Elizondo Griest – All the Agents and Saints
Kate Harding & Samhita Mukhopadhyay – Nasty Women
Meredith Hindley – Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle For North Africa in World War II
Roger D. Hodge – Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands
Skip Hollandsworth – The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer
Chuck Holley – A Perfectly Good Guitar
Michael Hurd – Thursday Night Lights
Samantha Irby – We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
Walter Isaacson – Leonardo da Vinci
Scaachi Koul – One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
Lee Daniel Kravitz – Strange Contagion
Paula Lavigne & Mark Schlabach – Violated
Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson – Fault Lines in the Constitution
Randolph Lewis – Under Surveillance: Being Watched in Modern America
Lauren Markham – The Far Away Brothers
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich – The Fact of a Body
Larry McGuire & Tom Moorman – Elizabeth Street Café
Maryn McKenna – Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats
Edward McPherson – The History of the Future
Adrian Miller – The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas
Donna Marie Miller – The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk
Ella Morton – Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
Liza Mundy – Code Girls
Eileen Myles – Afterglow
Alexis Okeowo – A Moonless, Starless Sky
Carolyn Osborn – Durations: A Memoir and Personal Essays
Elena Passarello – Animals Strike Curious Poses
Raj Patel – A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things
Sarah Penrod – Urban Cowgirl
Benjamin Percy – The Dark Net
Anne Helen Petersen – Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
Kristen Radtme – Imagine Wanting Only This
Dan Rather – What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
Patricia Roberts-Miller – Demagoguery and Democracy
José Antonio Rodríguez – House Built on Ashes: A Memoir
Joel Salcido – Spirit of Tequila
Mike Scalise – The Brand New Catastrophe
William Schwalbe – Books for Living
Jared Yates Sexton – The People Are Going to Rise Like Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage
Kathleen Shafer – Marfa: The Transformation of a West Texas Town
Jim Shepard – The Tunnel at the End of the Light
Gail Simmons – Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating
Leslie Stein – Present
Deanne Stillman – Blood Brothers
Amy L. Stone – Cornyation: San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition
Jesse Sublett – Esther's Follies: Funny Business, 30 Years of Comedy and Magic in Austin Texas
Jessie Sublett & Eddie Wilson – Armadillo World Headquarters
Jeremi Suri – The Impossible Presidency
Ben Taylor – The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered
Terry Thompson-Anderson – Breakfast in Texas: Recipes for Elegant Brunches, Down-Home Classics, and Local Favorites
Helen Thorpe – The Newcomers
Julia Turshen – Feed the Resistance
Ellen Ullman – Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology
Lizzie Velasquez – Dare to Be Kind
Peter Wadhams – A Farewell to Ice
Kelly Weinersmith & Zach Weinersmith – Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
Shawn Wen – A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause
Kevin Young – Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News
Matthew Zapruder – Why Poetry?

Amy Gentry – TIL Awards Panel
Stephen Harrigan – TIL Awards Panel
Paulette Jiles – TIL Awards Panel


Jorge Argueta – En Carne propia: Memoria poética / Flesh Wounds: A Poetic Memoir
John Andrews – Colin Is Changing His Name
Bruce Bond – Gold Bee
Mahogany Browne – Redbone
Stephen (Steph, Stephanie) Burt – Advice from the Lights
Chen Chen – When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
Amanda Johnston – Another Way to Say Enter
Bryce Milligan – Take to the Highway: Arabesques for Travelers
Tomas Morin – Patient Zero
Morgan Parker – There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce
Erika L. Sánchez – Lessons on Expulsion
Sam Sax – Madness

YA Literature

Renee Ahdieh – Flame in the Mist
M.T. Anderson – Landscape With Invisible Hand
Paolo Bacigalupi – Tool of War
Chandler Baker – This Is Not the End
Katie Bayerl – A Psalm for Lost Girls
Kendare Blake – One Dark Throne
Libba Bray – Before the Devil Breaks You
Cora Carmack – Roar
Brandy Colbert – Little & Lion
Sarah Dessen – Once and For All
Claudia Gray – Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Leia, Princess of Alderaan
Malinda Lo – A Line in the Dark
Julie Murphy – Ramona Blue
Touch Onyebuchi – Beasts Made of Night
Jason Reynolds – Miles Morales
Benjamin Alire Saenz – The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Erika L. Sánchez – Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Maggie Stiefvater – All the Crooked Saints
Dashiki Slater – The 57 Bus
Nic Stone – Dear Martin
Francisco X. Stork – Disappeared and Memory of Light
Ciara Tamani – Calling My Name
Angie Thomas – The Hate U Give
Amy Tintera – Ruined
Deb Olin Unferth – I, Parrot
Tillie Walden – Spinning
Martin Wilson – We Now Return to Regular Life
Jeff Zentner – Goodbye Days

Middle Grade Literature

Kathi Apelt – Maybe a Fox
; TIL Awards Panel Robbie Behr & Matthew Swanson – The Real McCoys
Jeffrey Brown – Lucy & Andy Neanderthal
Sheila Chari – Finding Mighty
Andrew Clements – The Losers Club
Alexandra Diaz – The Only Road
Carson Ellis & Colin Meloy – The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid
Margarita Engle – Forest World
Michael Fry – How to Be a Super Villain
Stuart Gibbs – Spy School Secret Service
Karina Yan Glaser – The Vanderbeekers of 141st St.
Matthew Holm – Babymouse: Lights, Camera, Middle School! and Swing It, Sunny
P.J. Hoover – Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World
Victoria Jamieson – All's Faire in Middle School
Jacqueline Kelly – Who Gives a Hoot?
Michael Herschel – Revenge of the Star Survivors
Kate Milford – Ghosts of Greenglass House
Sarah Mlynowski – Abby in Wonderland
David Barclay Moore – The Stars Beneath My Feet
Diana J. Noble – Evangelina Takes Flight
Ellen Oh – Flying Lessons and Other Stories
Katherine Paterson – Brigadista Year
Jessica Townsend – Nevermoor
Juan Villoro – The Wild Book
Gene Luen Yang – Secret Coders: Robots & Repeats
Jennifer Ziegler – Revenge of the Happy Campers (The Brewster Triplets)

Children's Literature

Jorge Argueta – Agüa, Agüita / Water, Little Water
Mac Barnett – I Love You Like a Pig
Chris Barton – Book or Bell? and Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion
Paige Britt – Why Am I Me?
Monica Brown – Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell, & Rafael López – Maybe Something Beautiful
Mike Curato – Little Elliott: Big Country
Mike Curato & Margarita Engle – All the Way to Havana
Matt de la Peña – Coco: Miguel and the Grand Harmony
Brian Floca – Princess Cora and the Crocodile
Cynthia Leonor Garza – Lucía the Luchadora
Chris Harris – I'm Just No Good at Rhyming
William Joyce – Santa Calls
Cynthia Levinson – The Youngest Marcher
Andrea Loney – Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!
Loren Long – Good Day, Good Night
Juana Martinez-Neal – La Princesa and the Pea
Leslie Newman – Sparkle Boy
Emma Otheguy – Martí's Song for Freedom / Martí y sus versos por la libertad
Kathryn Otoshi – Draw the Line
Adam Rex – Nothing Rhymes With Orange
Aaron Reynolds – Creepy Pair of Underwear
Barney Salzburg – My Book of Beautiful Oops
Dan Santat – After the Fall
Liz Garton Scanlon – Bob Not Bob and Another Way to Climb a Tree
Katherine Schwarzenegger – Maverick and Me
Peter Sís – Robinson
Lemony Snicket – The Bad Mood and the Stick
Diva Srinivasan – Cinnamon
Java Steptoe – Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Don Tate – Strong as Sandow
Steven Weinberg – Fred and the Lumberjack

Picture Books

Nathan Hale – Raid of No Return
Nadir Nelson – Blue Sky, White Stars

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