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Interview With Benjamin Markovits
When an author living in London writes a book set in Austin, a reader has reason to question his feel for the local scene. But when that book has its characters chomping down on Ruby's BBQ, tramping up Mount Bonnell, and even shooting to Bergstrom via Manor Road and Airport so as to bypass I-35, the question becomes: How in Bevo's name does a Brit know all that?

4:45PM Tue. Dec. 17, 2019, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2019: Truth Worth Telling: A Conversation With Journalist Scott Pelley
"The fastest way to destroy a democracy is to poison the information," Scott Pelley said at the Texas Book Festival on Sunday. "When others call journalists enemies of the American people, we need to push back and educate."

3:10PM Mon. Oct. 28, 2019, Joe O'Connell Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2019: On Second Look: Writing About Home From New Perspectives
Families form in unexpected ways that can define who we are.
Texas writer Oscar Cásares (Where We Come From) and debut novelist De’Shawn Charles Winslow (In West Mills) discussed that theme at play in their fictional worlds during the session On Second Look: Writing About Home From New Perspectives.

2:40PM Mon. Oct. 28, 2019, Joe O'Connell Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2019:
Finding Their Power
The story of the CIA laboring to get Doctor Zhivago published in the late Fifties and the story of a group of queer Uruguayan women creating a sanctuary where they can escape persecution in the late Seventies – you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re not an obvious pairing.

12:15PM Mon. Oct. 28, 2019, Rosalind Faires Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2019:
My Story Is More Than the Struggle
Memoir is a popular form today, one of the consistently bestselling genres. It’s a form I love, because I value hearing a person’s actual lived experience. Two authors, Mitchell Jackson and Jaquira Diaz, shared their memoirs in a Saturday session titled “My Story Is More Than the Struggle.”

11:45AM Mon. Oct. 28, 2019, Laura Jones Read More | Comment »

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Texas Book Festival 2019:
All by Myself: Loneliness in Fiction
Sadly, Sarah Rose Etter had to duck out of this panel last minute, but Kristen Arnett (Mostly Dead Things) and Kevin Huizenga (The River at Night) had no problem filling the void by discussing their own voids – both as writers and authors whose characters often experience an ache of emptiness.

11:15AM Mon. Oct. 28, 2019, Barbara Purcell Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2019:
They’re Playing My Song
Young people often find out who they are by sitting in their room, alone, listening to music. Each song played, sometimes on constant repeat, provides a portal into potential identity, for none more than LGBTQ people. At least that was the position on They’re Playing My Song: Pop Music and Queer Identity, with Andrea Lawlor and Karen Tongson.

10:30AM Mon. Oct. 28, 2019, Laura Jones Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2019:
Embracing the Journey
Home is where the heart is, and sometimes that requires a passport. Both Anika Fajardo (Magical Realism for Non-Believers) and Tembi Locke (From Scratch) have written moving memoirs about moving forward; finding a home within yourself. But their panel showed the two women's books to be as similar as they are different.

10:00AM Mon. Oct. 28, 2019, Barbara Purcell Read More | Comment »

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