Texas Book Festival Announces Full Lineup

From R.L. Stine to Reza Aslan, 225-plus converge on the Capitol

Texas Book Festival authors, friends, and coordinators gathered at The Contemporary Austin tonight to share some exciting news.

After half an hour of mingling and catching up, folks turned their attention to Board Chair Marc Winkelman, new Executive Director Lois Kim, and new Literary Director Steph Opitz, who in turn shared their excitement over the Oct. 26-27 event, the stunning and stark event poster by photographer Randal Ford, and the 225-plus authors who are confirmed for the fall fest.

Of all the confirmed readings, signings, panels, cooking demos, and kids' activities, Opitz is especially looking forward to some unique events with a few: Kevin Fedarko (The Emerald Mile) is going kayaking with 20 or so lucky Austinites, R.L. Stine will be telling ghost stories in a cemetery, and James McBride (The Good Lord Bird) will be singing spirituals over in the music tent.

More than a few big names from across the world will be joining this year, including the Wall Street Journal's Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell, who broke the Lance Armstrong doping story; Reza Aslan, a religious scholar and contributing editor for the Daily Beast; and many more, from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings. There are plenty of other familiar names on the list as well: Owen Egerton, Domenica Ruta, Stephen Harrigan, Fiona Maazel, Marion Winik, David Alan, Lucinda Hutson, and Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, to name a few.

Check out the full list here, divided by section:


Eric Draper, Front Row Seat
David K. Langford and Lorie Woodward Cantu, Hillingdon Ranch: Four Seasons, Six Generations
Roy Flukinger, Arnold Newman: At Work
John Rohrbach, Color


David Alan, Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State
Beekman Boys: Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook
Addie Broyles, The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook
Tim Byres, Smoke: New Firewood Cooking
Lucinda Hutson, Viva Tequila!
Diana Kennedy, My Mexico
Jarod Neece and Mando Rayo, Austin Breakfast Tacos
Daniel Vaughn, The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue
Robb Walsh, The Hot Sauce Cookbook and Barbecue Crossroads
Joe Yonan, Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook


Robert Antoni, As Flies to Whatless Boys
Amy Brill, The Movement of Stars: A Novel
Lea Carpenter, Eleven Days
Catherine Chung, Forgotten Country
Dianne Dixon, The Book of Someday
Ben Dolnick, At the Bottom of Everything: A Novel
Jennifer duBois, Cartwheel: A Novel
Geoff Dyer, Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
Owen Egerton, Everyone Says That at the End of the World
Stephen Elliott, Happy Baby
Aminatta Forna, The Hired Man
Ben Fountain, Dallas Noir
Karen Joy Fowler, We Are Completely Beside Ourselves
Cristina Garcia, King of Cuba
Alex Gilvarry, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant
Michael Glasscock, Utopia, Texas
Manuel Gonzales, The Miniature Wife: and Other Stories
Masha Hamilton, What Changes Everything
Peter Heller, The Dog Stars
Anne Hillerman, Spider Woman's Daughter
A.M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven: A Novel
Bronwen Hruska, Accelerated: A Novel
Lindsay Hunter, Don't Kiss Me: Stories
Paulette Jiles, Lighthouse Island
Stephen Graham Jones, Flushboy
Zachary Karabashliev, 18% Gray
Kathleen Kent, The Outcasts
Julie Kibler, Calling Me Home
Brian Kimberling, Snapper
Adam Langer, The Salinger Contract
Joe R. Lansdale, The Thicket
Starling Lawrence, The Thief of Words
Jonathan Lethem, Dissident Gardens
Jeff Lindsay, Dexter's Final Cut: A Novel
Kelly Luce, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail
Eric Lundgren, The Facades
Fiona Maazel, Woke Up Lonely
Adam Mansbach, The Dead Run
Ayana Mathis, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Joyce Maynard, After Her
Colin McAdam, A Beautiful Truth
James McBride, The Good Lord Bird
Fiona McFarlane, The Night Guest
Shannon McKenna Schmidt, Writers Between the Covers
Carson Mell, Saguaro: The Life and Adventures of Bobby Allen Bird
Peter Orner, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge
George Pelecanos, The Double (Spero Lucas)
Neal Pollack, Open Your Heart (A Matt Bolster Yoga Mystery)
Wayne Rebhorn, Boccaccio's The Decameron
Ray Robertson, David
Ethan Rutherford, The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories
Bob Shacochis, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
Elissa Schappell, Blueprints for Building Better Girls
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
David Hale Smith, Dallas Noir
Matthew Specktor, American Dream Machine
J. Courtney Sullivan, The Engagements
Manil Suri, The City of Devi: A Novel
Chris L. Terry, Zero Fade
Jean-Christophe Valtat, Luminous Chaos: A Novel (The Mysteries of New Venice)
Claire Vaye Watkins, Battleborn
Shawn Vestal, Godforsaken Idaho
Daniel Wallace, The Kings and Queens of Roam: A Novel
Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins
Teddy Wayne, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
George Wier, Long Fall From Heaven
Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings
Mario Alberto Zambrano, Lotería
Tom Zigal, Many Rivers to Cross
Mary Kay Zuravleff, Man Alive!


Ricardo Ainslie, The Fight to Save Juarez: LIfe in the Heart of Mexico's Drug War
Holly Aker, Shaun Martin, and Caroline Wallace: Austin Beer: Capital City History on Tap
Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell, Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever
Jonathan Alter, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies
Scott Anderson, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Hugh Aynesworth, November 22, 1963: Witness to History
Dan Balz, Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America
Deni Béchard, Empty Hands, Open Arms: The Race to Save Bonobos in the Congo and Make Conservation Go Viral
A. Scott Berg, Wilson
Mark Binelli, Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis
Scott Blackwood and Dean Blackwood, Rise and Fall of Paramount Records: Volume I
Philip Bobbitt, The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World that He Made
H.W. Brands, The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses S. Grant in War and Peace
Alfredo Corchado, Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness
Steve Davis and Bill Minutaglio, Dallas 1963
William Eggers, The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems
Benita Eisler, The Red Man's Bones: George Catlin, Artist and Showman
David Ensminger, Left of the Dial: Conversations With Punk Icons
Kevin Fedarko, The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
David Finkel, Thank You for Your Service
Glenn Frankel, The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend
Kate Galbraith and Asher Price, The Great Texas Wind Rush: How George Bush, Ann Richards, and a Bunch of Tinkerers Helped the Oil and Gas State Win the Race to Wind Power
Erica Grieder, Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas
Jessica Grogan, Encountering America: Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the Shaping of the Modern Self
Jeff Guinn, Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson
Chad Hammett, Two Prospectors: The Letters of Sam Shepard and Jonny Dark
Stephen Harrigan, The Eye of the Mammoth: Selected Essays
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas
Ken Jennings, Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids
Jeffrey Stuart Kerr, Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas
Nick Kotz, The Harness Maker's Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas
Taya Kyle on behalf of Chris Kyle, American Sniper: Memorial Edition
Linda Leavell, Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore
Mark Leibovich, This Town
Michael J. Lennon, Norman Mailer: A Double Life
Jerome Loving, Confederate Bushwhacker: Mark Twain in the Shadow of the Civil War
Lynda Obst, Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business
George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
Elena Passarello, Let Me Clear My Throat: Essays
Betsy Prioleau, Swoon
Byron Reese, Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, and War
Kevin Smokler, Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School
Deanne Stillman, Desert Reckoning
Rose Styron, Selected Letters of William Styron
Margaret Talbot, The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century
John Taliaferro, All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, From Lincoln to Roosevelt
Terry Teachout, Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington
Brad Tyer, Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape
Steven Weinberg, Texas Writer Award Winner
Alan Weisman, Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
Howard Willens, History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Investigation into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Richard Wolffe, The Message: The Reselling of President Obama
Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief


David Berg,
Allen Childs, We Were There: Revelations from the Dallas Doctors Who Attended to JFK on November 22, 1963
Nick Flynn, The Reenactments: A Memoir
Leigh Newman, Still Points North: One Alaska Childhood, One Grown Up World, One Long Journey Home
Domenica Ruta, With or Without You: A Memoir
Rosie Schaap, Drinking With Men
David Schickler, The Dark Path: A Memoir
Dean Smith, Cowboy Stuntman: From Olympic Gold to the Silver Screen
Justin St. Germain, Son of a Gun: A Memoir
Jocob Tomsky, Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
Marion Winik, Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled through the Joys of Single Living

Children’s – Young Adult

Jon Agee, Little Santa
Katherine Applegate, The One and Only Ivan
Mac Barnett and Jon Scieszka, Battle Bunny
John Bemelmans Marciano, Madeline and the Old House in Paris
Sophie Blackall, Ivy & Bean
Monica Brown, Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash
Clark Burbidge, The Prodigals: Giants in the Land
Amy Rose Capetta, Entangled
Alexandra Coutts, Tumble & Fall
Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat
Caprice Crane, Confessions of a Hater
Matt de la Pena, The Living
Tracy Deebs, Doomed
Kristina Ellis, Confessions of a Scholarship Winner: The Secrets That Helped Me Win $500,000 in Free Money for College-How You Can Too!
Brian Floca, Locomotive
Gayle Forman, Just One Year
Kami Garcia, Unbreakable
Xavier Garza, Maximillian and the Bingo Rematch
Adam Gidwitz, The Grimm Conclusion
Marcia Goldman, Lola Goes to Work: A Nine-to-Five Therapy Dog
Karen Harrington, Sure Signs of Crazy
Edward Hemingway, Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship
P.J. Hoover, Solstice
Kate Hosford, Infinity and Me
Gordon Korman, The Hypnotist: Book 1
Jessica Khoury, Origin
Claire Legrand, The Year of Shadows
Diana Lopez, Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel
Bennett Madison, September Girls
Yuyi Morales, Niño Wrestles the World
Herman Parish, Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #1: Amelia Bedelia Means Business
Joanna Philbin, Rules of Summer
Aprilynne Pike, Earthbound
James Preller, Scary Tales: Good Night Zombie
Chris Raschka, Daisy Gets Lost
Adam Rex, Moonday
Adam Rubin, Secret Pizza Party
Sergio Ruzzier, Bear and Bee
Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life
Liz Scanlon, Happy Birthday, Bunny!
Bob Shea, Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
Steve Sheinkin, The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
Neal Shusterman, UnSouled
Lemony Snicket, “When Did You See Her Last?” (All the Wrong Questions)
Bob Staake, Bluebird
R.L. Stine, A Midsummer Night’s Scream
Elizabeth Suneby, Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education
James Swanson, The President Has Been Shot: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Don Tate (illustrator), Hope’s Gift
Heather Terrell, Relic: The Books of Eva
Duncan Tonatiuh, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale
Jude Watson, The 39 Clues: Unstoppable: Nowhere to Run
Brian Yansky, Homicidal Aliens & Other Disappointments
Gabrielle Zevin, Birthright: In the Age of Love and Chocolate

* Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Marc Winkelman's title and misspelled the poster artist's first name.

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