Texas Book Festival 2021: First Authors Announced

Colson Whitehead, Elizabeth McCracken, Amor Towles lead the list

As you mop July's sweat off your brow, October may feel like a lifetime away. But the Texas Book Festival has just helped shorten that time span by revealing the first authors for 2021, a stellar group that includes Colson Whitehead, Elizabeth McCracken, Amor Towles, Sandra Cisneros, and Gabriela Garcia.

As noted earlier, this year's fest makes a return to the in-person event of years past while retaining some of the online elements from the 2020 edition. Beginning Oct. 25, it's four days of virtual sessions, then it's a full weekend of in-person events on Congress Avenue and at the Texas State Capitol, including the traditional First Edition Literary Gala, Lit Crawl, and book marketplace. And here are a few of the authors who will be on hand.

• Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, has a new novel on the way: Harlem Shuffle, described as "part heist novel, part family saga, and all of it a love letter to early 1960s Harlem;

• Amor Towles, whose novels Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow sold more than four million copies, is bringing out a third novel, The Lincoln Highway, covering a 10-day road trip in Fifties America;

• Elizabeth McCracken, who teaches young authors at the Michener Center for Writers and whose most recent novel was the critically acclaimed Bowlaway, has a new collection of short stories titled The Souvenir Museum;

• Sandra Cisneros, best known for her American Book Award winning novella The House on Mango Street, will share her new tribute to youthful friendships, Martita, I Remember You / Martita, te recuerdo.

The full list of authors released today and books they'll be promoting are as follows:

Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World
• Sandra Cisneros, Martita, I Remember You / Martita, te recuerdo
Mary Gaitskill, The Devil’s Treasure
• Gabriela Garcia, Of Women and Salt
• Elizabeth McCracken, The Souvenir Museum
Maggie Nelson, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint
R. J. Palacio, Pony
Raj Patel, Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice
Don Tate, Pigskins to Paintbrushes
• Amor Towles, The Lincoln Highway
Sergio Troncoso, Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in Between Worlds
• Colson Whitehead, Harlem Shuffle
Lawrence Wright, The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid
Cecily Wong, Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide

TBF’s full lineup will be completed and revealed later this summer. For more information about the 2021 the festival, visit the Texas Book Festival website.

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