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By Monica Riese, March 1, 2014, 1:02pm, Under the Covers

A director departs and a festival returns in this edition of News/Print.

• After almost four years helming the ship at Austin Bat Cave, author (and one of this year's Short Story Contest judges) Manuel Gonzales announced Friday that he's setting sail for Kentucky. He'll be an assistant professor of creative writing and be instrumental in starting an MFA program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. We wish him all the best in his new role.

• The Texas Book Festival, the signature event of Austin's literary scene, has set its 2014 dates: It returns to Downtown Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26, 2014. In related news, the newly rebranded Texas Teen Book Festival (formerly the Austin Teen Book Festival) will kick things off one week prior, on Oct. 18. The new name comes a new partnership between the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and the TBF. Both events remain free and open to the public.

• A couple Austin authors have upcoming signings at BookPeople that we wanted to flag: Owen Egerton appears Thursday, March 6, with his reissued How Best to Avoid Dying, and Trailer Food Diaries queen Tiffany Harelik stops by Monday with Volume 3 of her collection. Visit the BookPeople website for complete details.

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