Texas Book Festival 2018: The Full List

Lineup includes Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, + 280 more

Fall just got a little closer, readers, not in a meteorological sense but a literary one. The Texas Book Festival has released the full list of authors for its 2018 event, and you can look forward to more than 280 great guests to attend, among them Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, Susan Orlean, and Dessa.

The Lone Star State's annual bibliophilic extravaganza is set for Sat., Oct 27 and Sun., Oct. 28 on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol and environs, and you can expect the authors to cover almost every kind of book people read.

Guests run the gamut from fiction writers such as Texas literary treasure Sandra Cisneros (she's written and illustrated her short story Pura Amor), Walter Mosley (the latest from the creator of Easy Rawlins is John Woman), and Tommy Orange (author of the widely praised new novel There There) to journalists such as The Orchid Thief writer Susan Orlean (covering the 1986 L.A. Public Library fire in The Library Book) and Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas (here with his memoir Dear America; Notes of an Undocumented Citizen). Ben Fountain, familiar to many as a novelist from the National Book Critics’ Circle Award winner Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, will have his reporter's hat on for his new nonfiction book Beautiful Country Burn Again, a look back at the incendiary 2016. Comedian Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens will discuss her essay collection Everything's Trash, But It's Okay, while NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will tell tales of his year off-planet from Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery. Longtime Planned Parenthood leader Cecile Richards has a down-to-Earth story to tell in Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead – My Life Story, and rapper/essayist Dessa brings home tales from her travels in My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love.

Julián Castro (Photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

Former San Antonio mayor and Obama-era HUD Secretary Julián Castro will be talking about his An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream, one of several titles looking at immigration issues and playing off the idea of the American Dream. (See also Lauren Hilgers' Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown, Laura Wides-Muñoz's The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to Be American, Julissa Arce's Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream, and Bryan Mealer's The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream, plus the previously mentioned Dear America, Fey Berman's Mexamerica: Una Cultura Naciendo, Alfredo Corchado's Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration, and Stephanie Elizondo Griest's All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches From the U.S. Borderlands.

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 2018 TBF will launch, as usual, with the First Edition Literary Gala, held this year on Fri., Oct. 26, at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tapped to present will be presidential historian Michael Beschloss (Presidents of War), New York Times bestselling author Celeste Ng (Little Fires Everywhere), award-winning essayist Luis Alberto Urrea (The House of Broken Angels), and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson (Harbor Me). Jake Silverstein, writer and New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief, will emcee.

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

And now for the full list of authors:

Adult Fiction


Jeffrey Abbott – The Three Beths
Heather Abel – The Optimistic Decade
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah – Friday Black
Rumaan Alam – That Kind of Mother
Xhenet Aliu – Brass
Chloe Benjamin – The Immortalists
Lou Berney – November Road
Chaya Bhuvaneswar – White Dancing Elephants
Sarah Bird – Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen
David Bowles – Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico
Margaret Bradham Thornton – A Theory of Love
Jamel Brinkley – A Lucky Man: Stories
Rita Bullwinkel – Belly Up: Stories
Edward Carey – Little
Elaine Castillo – America Is Not the Heart
Adrienne Celt – Invitation to a Bonfire
Sandra Cisneros – Pura Amor
Alyssa Cole – A Duke by Default
Naima Coster – Halsey Street
Elizabeth Crook – The Which Way Tree
Jennifer Donaldson – Lies You Never Told Me
Aja Gabel – The Ensemble
Meg Gardiner – Into the Black Nowhere
Jasmine Guillory – The Wedding Date
Louisa Hall – Trinity
Julia Heaberlin – Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense
Rachel Heng – Suicide Club: A Novel About Living
Debra Jo Immergut – The Captives
Shelley Jackson – Riddance, or The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers and Hearing-Mouth Children
Chelsey Johnson – Stray City
Caleb Johnson – Treeborne
Tayari Jones – An American Marriage
Sophie Jordan – Beautiful Sinner: A Devil's Rock Novel
Jack Kaulfus – Tomorrow or Forever & Other Stories
R.O. Kwan – The Incendiaries
Catherine Lacey – Certain American States: Stories
Lillian Li – Number One Chinese Restaurant
Julia London – Seduced by a Scot (The Highland Grooms)
Jason Lutes – Berlin
Ling Ma – Severance
Rebecca Makkai – The Great Believers
Stephen Markley – Ohio
Cathy Maxwell – A Match Made in Bed: A Spinster Heiresses Novel
Stefan Merrill Block – Oliver Loving
Fatima Farheen Mirza – A Place for Us
Wyétu Moore – She Would Be King
Walter Mosley – John Woman
Celeste Ng – Little Fires Everywhere
Tommy Orange – There There
Miriam Parker – The Shortest Way Home
Frances de Pontes Peebles – The Air You Breathe
Daniel Peña – Bang
Camille Perri – When Katie Met Cassidy
Turk Pipkin – The Moleskin Mystery and All for Love
Brontez Purnell – Since I Laid My Burden Down
Jamie Quatro – Fire Sermon
Donald Quist – For Other Ghosts
Shobha Rao – Girls Burn Brighter
Cydney Rax – A Sister's Secret
Ingrid Rojas Contreras – Fruit of the Drunken Tree
Steven Saylor – The Throne of Caesar
John Scalzi – Head On: A Novel of the Near Future
V.E. Schwab – Vengeful
B.A. Shapiro – The Collector's Apprentice
Natalia Sylvester – Everyone Knows You Go Home
Bilal Tanweer – The Scatter Here Is Too Great
Adrian Todd Zuniga – Collision Theory
Luis Alberto Urrea – The House of Broken Angels
Laura van den Berg – The Third Hotel
Raymond A. Villareal – A People's History of the Vampire Uprising
Willy Vlautin – Don't Skip Out on Me
Scott von Doviak – Charlesgate Confidential
Esmé Weijun Wang – The Border of Paradise
Martha Wells – Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries
Nick White – Sweet and Low: Stories
Reavis Z. Wortham – Gold Dust (A Red River Mystery)
John Wray – Godsend

Adult Nonfiction


Sylvia Acevedo – Path to the Stars: My Journey From Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist
Sandra Allen – A Kind of Mirraculus Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia
Carol Anderson – One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
Cathy Barrow – Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet and Savory Slab Pies
Fey Berman – Mexamerica: Una Cultura Naciendo
Michael Beschloss – Presidents of War
Sayu Bhojwani – People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy's Door
H.W. Brands – Heirs of the Founders
Kenny Braun – As Far As You Can See: Picturing Texas
Julián Castro – An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream
Alexander Chee – How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays
Amy Chozick – Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling
Lenora Chu – Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve
Nicole Chung – All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
Michael Cirlos – Humans of San Antonio
Alfredo Corchado – Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration
Virginia A. Cumberbatch – As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin
Gretchen C. Daily and Charles J. Katz Jr. – One Tree
Jack E. Davis – The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea
Dessa – My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love
Paula Disbrow – Any Night Grilling: 60 Ways to Fire Up Dinner (and More)
Justin Driver – The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind
Casey Dunn and Helen Thompson – Texas Made/Texas Modern: The House and the Land
Glory Edim – Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
Ashley D. Farmer – Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era
Hugh Fitzsimmons III – A Rock Between Two Rivers: The Fracturing of a Texas Family Ranch
Randal Ford – Animal Kingdom: A Collection of Portraits
Ben Fountain – Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution
Francis Fukuyama – Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment
Amy Fusselman – Idiophone: An Essay
Gay Gaddis – Cowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business and Life
Angela Garbes – Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
Amy Gentry – Tori Amos' Boys for Pele
Casey Gerald – There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir
Felicia Graham – Texas Rollergirls Flat Track Derby
Don Graham – Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film
Reyna Grande – A Dream Called Home: A Memoir
David Grann – The White Darkness
Stephanie Elizondo Griest – All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches From the U.S. Borderlands
Claudia R. Guerra – 300 Years of San Antonio and Bexar County
Heather Havrilesky – What If This Were Enough?: Essays
J.R. Helton – Bad Jobs and Poor Decisions: Dispatches From the Working Class
Lauren Hilgers – Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown
Joe Holley – Hurricane Season: The Unforgettable Story of the 2017 Houston Astros and the Resilience of a City
Jessica Hopper – Night Moves
Leslie Jamison – The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
Lacy M. Johnson – The Reckonings: Essays
Anne R. Keene – The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II
Scott Kelly – Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
Porochista Khakpour – Sick: A Memoir
Bill Kilday – Never Lost Again: The Google Mapping Revolution That Sparked New Industries and Augmented Our Reality
Kiese Laymon – Heavy: An American Memoir
Edward Lee – Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting-Pot Cuisine
Mark Leibovich – Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times
Teresa Marie Mailhot – Heart Berries: A Memoir
Cary McClelland – Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley
Seamus McGraw – A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis
Wyatt McSpadden – Texas BBQ, Small Town to Downtown
Bryan Mealer – The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream
Jasminne Méndez – Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry
Daniel Mendelsohn – An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic
Sy Montgomery – How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals
Michael Noll – The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction
Meaghan O'Connell – And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I was Ready
Susan Orlean – The Library Book
Rae Paris – The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory
Dustin Parsons – Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams
Maya Perez – On Story: Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films
Martin Philip – Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes
Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad – I Am a Filipino: And This Is How We Cook
Alissa Quart – Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America
Cecile Richards – Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead – My Life Story
Ken Roberts – The Cedar Choppers: Life on the Edge of Nothing
Phoebe Robinson – Everything's Trash, But It's Okay
Andrew Sansom – Seasons at Selah: The Legacy of Bamberger Ranch Preserve
Eli Saslow – Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist
Jay B. Sauceda – A Mile Above Texas
Dani Shapiro – Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage – A Memoir
Hampton Sides – On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle
Sarah Smarsh – Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
Michael Sokolove – The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino: A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball
Pete Souza – Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents
Melissa Stephenson – Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back
Tuffy Stone – Cool Smoke: The Art of Great Barbecue
W.F. Strong – Stories From Texas: Some of Them Are True
Mimi Swartz – Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart
Michelle Tea – Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, and Criticisms
Omise'eke Tinsley – Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism
Mark Updegrove – The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush
Jose Antonio Vargas – Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
Ngugi wa Thion'o – Wrestling With the Devil: A Prison Memoir
Lance Scott Walker – Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop
Esmé Weijun Wang – The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
Steven Weinberg – Third Thoughts
Sarah Weinman – The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World
Laura Wides-Muñoz – The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to Be American
Zachary R. Wood – Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America
Lawrence Wright – God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State
Bernice Yeung – In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers
Chris Ying – You and I Eat the Same: On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connect Us to One Another

Poetry


Tacey M. Atsitty, Heidi Erdrich, and Su Hoahwah – New Poets of Native Nations
Traci Brimhall – Saudade
Cyrus Cassels – The Gospel According to Wild Indigo
Erica Dawson – When Rap Spoke Straight to God
Jodi Egerton – Typewriter Rodeo
Tarfia Faizullah – Registers of Illuminated Villages: Poems
Sarah Kay – All Our Wild Wonder
Rickey Laurentiis – Boy With Thorn
Shayla Lawson – I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean
Aimee Nezhukumatathil – Oceanic
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz – How to Love the Empty Air
Daniel García Ordaz – Cezontle/Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment
Tommy Pico – Junk
Anastacia-Reneé – (v.)
Analicia Sotelo – Virgin

YA Literature


Amy Rose Capetta – The Brilliant Death
Soman Chainani – School of Good and Evil series
Traci Chee – The Storyteller
Mary H.K. Choi – Emergency Contact
Carolyn Cohagen – Time Next
Kendra Fortmayer – Hole in the Middle
Carrie Fountain – I'm Not Missing
Alex Gino – You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!
Maureen Goo – The Way You Make Me Feel
Julie Kagawa – Shadow of the Fox
Brendan Kiely – Tradition
Jarret Kroscozka – Hey, Kiddo
Mackenzi Lee – The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
Claire Legrand – Furyborn
Guadlupe Garcia McCall – All the Stars Denied
Sandhya Menon – From Twinkle, With Love
Ransom Riggs – A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #4)
Erika L. Sánchez – I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Nisha Sharma – My So-Called Bollywood Life
Cynthia Leitich Smith – Hearts Unbroken
Ngozi Ukazu – Check, Please!: #Hockey
Scott Westerfeld – Impostors
Ibi Zoboi – Pride

Middle Grade Literature


Crystal Allen – The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Mya in the Middle
Julissa Arce – Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream
John August – Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire
Ryan Calejo – Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows
Pablo Cartaya – Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish
Allie Condie and Brendan Reichs – The Darkdeep
W. Stone Cotter – St. Philomene's Infirmary for Magical Creatures
Elizabeth Eulberg – The Great Shelby Homes and the Coldest Case
Raul the Third – Lowriders to the Center of the Earth
Nathan Hale – Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #8: Lafayette!
K.A. Holt – Knockout
Varian Johnson – The Parker Inheritance
Hena Khan – Power Forward (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream)
Kazu Kibuishi – Supernova (Amulet #8)
Patti Kim – I'm Ok
Diana López – Lucky Luna
Meg Medina – Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Sarah Mlynowski – Seeing Red (Whatever After #12)
Daniel José Older – Dactyl Hill Squad: Rescue Run
K.M. Ormsbee – The House in Poplar Wood
Mary Pope Osborne – Hurricane Heroes in Texas (Magic Tree House)
Celia C. Pérez – The First Rule of Punk
Jennifer Torres – Flor and Miranda Steal the Show
Jo Whittemore – Supergirl, Book #2: Curse of the Ancients
Jacqueline Woodson – Harbor Me

Children's Literature


Mac Barnett – Mac B, Kid Spy: Mac Undercover
Annie Barrows – Ivy and Bean
Kate Beasley – Lions & Liars
Cate Berry – Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don't Do Bedtime!
Natalie Boyce Pope – Magic Treehouse Fact Tracker: Texas
Arree Chung – Mixed: A Colorful Story
Samantha Clark – The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast
Sharon M. Draper – Blended
Erin Entrada Kelly – You Go First
Carolyn D. Flores – The Amazing Watercolor Fish
A.G. Ford – Construction Site on Christmas Night
Xavier Garza – Just One Itsy Bitsy Little Bite
Xelena González – All Around Us
Bethany Hegedus – Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird
Laurie Keller – Potato Pants!
Minh Lê and Daniel Santat – Drawn Together
Rafael Lopez – We've Got the Whole World in Our Hands
James Luna – Growing Up on the Playground
Juana Martinez-Neal – Alma and How She Got Her Name
Megan McDonald – Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party
Yuyi Morales – Dreamers
Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson – Carmela Full of Wishes
Daria Peoples-Riley – This Is It
Vanessa Roeder – Lucy and the String
Liz Garton Scanlon – Dear Substitute
David Shannon – Grow Up, David!
Bob Shea – Crash, Splash, or Moo!
Jeff Smith – Smiley's Dream Book
Divya Srinivasan – Little Owl's Snow
Don Tate – No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas
Jacqueline Woodson – The Day You Begin

Picture Books


Roda Ahmed – Mae Among the Stars
Valerie Brantley-Newton – Grandma's Purse
Marla Frazee – Little Brown

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