Political Books, Part 1

Political writers and writing politicians head to the Capitol this weekend to talk up their tomes at the Texas Book Festival.

As always at the Texas Book Festival, there's a heavy slab of politics on the agenda. For early risers on Saturday (come back tomorrow for the Sunday lists), Kristin Gore, (yes, that's Gore as in Al) will be talking about her new presidential satire Sammy's House in the Senate Chamber at 10am. With seemingly no sense of satire by the bookers, at 11am she'll give up the podium to vice-presidential wife Lynne Cheney, talking about her "aw, shucks" bio Blue Skies, No Fences. They'll be followed at 2pm by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison boosting her new tome Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers.

For more serious fare, Robert Draper will be talking about his deeply perturbing and probing Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush in the Senate at 1pm. In fact, for anyone looking for a truly depressing treble bill, start the day at 10am at the Sanctuary with former 101st Airborne member and Afghanistan veteran Brandon Friedman as he discusses his book Afghanistan: The Forgotten War, go see Draper, then head to the House chamber at 3pm to watch Vanity Fair editor at large Cullen Murphy, historian Steven Saylor, Yale law professor Amy Chua and Wall Street Journal reporter Steve LeVine discuss the American Empire.

There will, of course, be some time for misty-eyed reminiscence. Former dean of the LBJ school of Public Affairs Max Sherman will talk about his friend Barbara Jordan at 10am in Capitol Extension room E2.010, while Lou Dubose will be remembering his work with Molly Ivins at 11.15am at the Sanctuary.

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