Texas Book Festival 2020: The Full Line-Up

All 150 authors announced for the 25th anniversary lit celebration

Texas Book Festival No. 25 – aka Virtual Texas Book Festival No. 1 – is raring to go, and the proof is in the lineup. As of today, the full lineup has been announced, with more than 150 authors joining the Lone Star literary jamboree through some screen or other.

Among the prominent guests for this milestone festival will be Matthew McConaughey, to talk about his new memoir Greenlights; Pulitzer Prize winner (and recent Austin African American Book Festival guest) Isabel Wilkerson, speaking about Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, her look at caste systems across civilizations and their impact on our world today; Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan, with Sex and Vanity, his 21st-century comic spin on Room With a View; chef David Chang, with Eat a Peach: A Memoir, the account of his life in the restaurant industry; National Medal of Arts winner Julia Alvarez, with her poignant new novel Afterlife; National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez, with her new novel, What Are You Going Through; plus philosopher Michael J. Sandel, comedian Michael Ian Black, novelist Nick Hornby, historian H.W. Brands, thrillmeister Dean Koontz, novelist Yaa Gyasi, activist Erin Brockovich, NPR host Steve Innskeep, novelist Jonathan Lethem, poet Naomi Shihab Nye, economist Robert Reich, – whew, – … and many, many more.

The two-week online event runs from Oct.31 through Nov. 15. First up is the Texas Teen Book Festival, taking place on Halloween and Nov. 1, with keynote speakers Elizabeth Acevedo and Nic Stone, and guest authors Tiffany D. Jackson, Candace Bushnell, Natalia Sylvester, Lilliam Rivera, Yamile Saied Méndez, Rory Power, Francisco X. Stork, and more.

Children’s programming will run from Nov. 2 to 6 and will include acclaimed children’s authors and illustrators Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg, Derrick Barnes, Raúl The Third, David Bowles, Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey, and more.

Adult programming takes over from Nov. 6 to 15, beginning with the First Edition Literary Gala Friday, Nov. 6, 7:30pm, featuring authors Julia Alvarez, Nick Hornby, and Natasha Trethewey, as well as emcee Michael Ian Black. With everything going virtual this year, the annual Lit Crawl will expand to five events: the regular evening Lit Crawl on Sat., Nov. 7; Fri., Nov. 13; and Sat., Nov. 14; plus a Lit Crawl Brunch on Sun., Nov. 7, and again on Sun., Nov. 14.

For more information on the festival, please visit www.texasbookfestival.org.

And now for the full list of authors is as follows:

• Aria Aber, Hard Damage
• Elizabeth Acevedo, Clap When You Land
• Jennifer Ackerman, The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think
• Julia Alvarez, Afterlife
• Diannely Antigua, Ugly Music
• Isaac J. Bailey, Why Didn't We Riot?: A Black Man in Trumpland
• Edward Ball, Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy
• Kelly J. Baptist, Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero
• Derrick Barnes, I Am Every Good Thing
• Chris Barton and Shanda McCloskey, Fire Truck vs. Dragon
• Kalynn Bayron, Cinderella Is Dead
• Agustina Bazterrica, Tender Is the Flesh
• Aimee Bender, The Butterfly Lampshade
• Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half
• Michael Ian Black, A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son
• David Bowles, Rise of the Halfling King (Tales of the Feathered Serpent #1)
• H.W. Brands, The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom


• Erin Brockovich, Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It
• Candace Bushnell, Rules for Being a Girl
• Lee Merrill Byrd, Birdie's Beauty Parlor
• Kacen Callender, Felix Ever After
• Don Carleton, Struggle for Justice: Four Decades of Civil Rights Photography
• Esteban Castillo, Chicano Eats: Recipes from My Mexican-American Kitchen
• Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Children of the Land
• Veronica Chambers, Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote
• David Chang, Eat a Peach
• Sarah Chayes, On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake
• P. Djèlí Clark, Ring Shout
• Gabi Conti, Twenty Guys You Date in Your Twenties
• Ellis Cose, Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America
• Rosayra Pablo Cruz and Julie Schwietert Collazo, The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border
• Mike Curato, Flamer
• Rubén Degollado, Throw
• Tracy Deonn, Legendborn

• Cory Doctorow, Attack Surface
• Lisa Donovan, Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger
• Robert Draper, To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq
• Anika Fajardo, What If a Fish
• Catherine Coleman Flowers, Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret
• Chris Frantz, Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina
• Michael Genhart, Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music
• Rebecca J. Gomez and Elisa Chavarri, Federico and the Wolf
• Témoris Grecko, Killing the Story: Journalists Risking Their Lives to Uncover the Truth in Mexico
• Alex Guarnaschelli, Cook with Me: 150 Recipes for the Home Cook
• Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom
• Kimberly A. Hamlin, Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener
• Meena Harris, Kamala and Maya's Big Idea
• Julia Heaberlin, We Are All the Same in the Dark
• Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, Dune: The Duke of Caladan
• Joe Holley, Sutherland Springs: God, Guns, and Hope in a Texas Town

• Nick Hornby, Just Like You
• Nazanine Hozar, Aria
• Steve Inskeep, Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War
• Tiffany D. Jackson, Grown
• Renee Jain and Shefali Tsabary, Superpowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience
• Kim Johnson, This Is My America
• Varian Johnson, Twins
• Stephen Graham Jones, The Only Good Indians
• Peniel E. Joseph, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
• Fowzia Karimi, Above Us the Milky Way
• Catherine Grace Katz, The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love
• TJ Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea
• Bill Konigsberg, The Bridge
• Dean Koontz, Elsewhere
• Kevin Kwan, Sex and Vanity
• Nina LaCour, Watch Over Me
• Katherine Sharp Landdeck, The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
• Shayla Lawson, This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope

• Stephan Lee, K-Pop Confidential
• Jonathan Lethem, The Arrest
• Juli Delgado Lopera, Fiebre Tropical
• Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson, Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Fan
• Debora MacKenzie, COVID-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One
• John Mackey, Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity Through Business
• Rebekah Manley, Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates: A Picture Book Parody for Adults
• Adair Margo and Gaspar Enriquez, Voices of la Lydia: The History of Lydia Patterson Institute
• Melissa M. Martin, Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou
• Matthew McConaughey, Greenlights
• Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore, Miss Meteor
• Daniel Mendelsohn, Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate
• Lupe Mendez, Why I Am Like Tequila
• Yamile Saied Méndez, Furia
• Anna Meriano, Love Sugar Magic: A Mixture of Mischief

• Marie Mutsuki Mockett, American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland
• Jenny Elder Moke, Hood
• Wayétu Moore, The Dragons, the Giant, the Women
• Ottessa Moshfegh, Death in Her Hands
• Gris Muñoz, Coatlicue Girl
• Kate Murphy, You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters
• Trung Le Nguyen, The Magic Fish
• Sigrid Nunez, What Are You Going Through
• Naomi Shihab Nye, The Tiny Journalist
• Alice Oseman, Heartstopper: Volume 1
• Deborah Paredez, Year of the Dog
• Tom Philpott, Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It
• Rory Power, Burn Our Bodies Down
• Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey, The Old Truck
• Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña, My Papi Has a Motorcycle
• José R. Ralat, American Tacos: A History and Guide
• Raúl the Third, ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market
• Robert Reich, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It
• Maria Reva, Good Citizens Need Not Fear

• Lilliam Rivera, Never Look Back
• John Rocco, How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure
• Alex Ross, Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music
• Veronica Roth, Chosen Ones
• Gianna Ruggiero, Every Night Is Pizza Night
• Carl Safina, Becoming Wild : How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace
• Michael J. Sandel, The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good?
• Jam Sanitchat, Thai Fresh: Beloved Recipes from a South Austin Icon
• Richard Santos, Trust Me
• Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg, AstroNuts Mission Two: The Water Planet
• Augustine Sedgewick, Coffeeland: One Man's Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug
• Matt Sedillo, Mowing Leaves of Grass
• Jake Skeets, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers
• Mychal Denzel Smith, Stakes Is High: Race, Faith, and Hope for America

• Katy Simpson Smith, The Everlasting
• Christina Soontornvat, A Wish in the Dark
• Nic Stone, Dear Justyce
• Francisco X. Stork, Illegal: A Disappeared Novel
• Doug Swanson, Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers
• Natalia Sylvester, Running
• Liara Tamani, All the Things We Never Knew
• Don Tate, Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters
• Travis Tate, Maiden
• Aiden Thomas, Cemetery Boys
• Jamie Thompson, Standoff: Race, Policing, and a Deadly Assault That Gripped a Nation
• Natasha Trethewey, Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
• Genya Turovskaya, The Breathing Body of This Thought
• Mikaila Ulmer, Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid
• Deb Olin Unferth, Barn 8
• Kathy Valentine, All I Ever Wanted: A Rock ’n’ Roll Memoir
• Liliana Valenzuela, Codex of Love: Bendita Ternura
• Edward Vidaurre, Pandemia & Other Poems
• James Wade, All Things Left Wild
• Amanda Eyre Ward, The Jetsetters
• Bryan Washington, Memorial
• Sam Wedelich, Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale
• Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Olives
• Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
• Muhammad H. Zaman, Biography of Resistance: The Epic Battle Between People and Pathogens
• Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, Punching the Air

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