David Brendan Hall

Texas Book Festival

Oct. 30-Nov. 15, 2020
www.texasbookfestival.org

In most years, this annual celebration of the written word would draw tens of thousands of book lovers to the Texas State Capitol for two days of readings, panel discussions, cooking demos, live music, and food vendors by some 300 authors. Owing to the pandemic, this year's 25th anniversary festival is taking place online and is spread over three weekends.

Texas Book Festival 2020: Isabel Wilkerson on <i>Caste</i>
Texas Book Festival 2020: Isabel Wilkerson on Caste
Festival talk highlights structural foundations of U.S. divisions

Nov. 17, 2020

<i>The Arrest</i> by Jonathan Lethem
The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem
EXT. RURAL MAINE, POST-COLLAPSE: 3 old pals, one nuclear-powered car

Nov. 12, 2020

<i>Transcendent Kingdom</i> by Yaa Gyasi
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
A Ghanian American scientist makes findings about herself

Nov. 11, 2020

Texas Book Festival 2020: Meet the Whiting Award Winners in Poetry
Texas Book Festival 2020: Meet the Whiting Award Winners in Poetry
Three emerging literary stars on disturbing the peace

Nov. 10, 2020

Texas Book Festival 2020: Mychal Denzel Smith and Isaac J. Bailey in Conversation
Texas Book Festival 2020: Mychal Denzel Smith and Isaac J. Bailey in Conversation
The two authors discuss Black Americans and life post-America

Nov. 10, 2020

<i>The Sword and the Shield</i> Shows Malcolm X and MLK Were More Alike Than Different
The Sword and the Shield Shows Malcolm X and MLK Were More Alike Than Different
Dr. Peniel E. Joseph's book argues that the civil rights leaders are two sides of the same revolutionary coin

Nov. 5, 2020

<i>Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir</i> by Natasha Trethewey
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha Trethewey
In her book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet is a daughter who returns to her mother's crime scene to reclaim herself

Nov. 5, 2020

<i>Sex and Vanity</i> by Kevin Kwan
Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
Kevin Kwan offers another gloriously satirical and sharp sociological take on the insular lives of the untouchably rich

Nov. 5, 2020

Texas Book Festival 2020: Mychal Denzel Smith
Texas Book Festival 2020: Mychal Denzel Smith
A conversation with the author of Stakes Is High

Nov. 4, 2020

YA Novelist Elizabeth Acevedo Has No Room for Hopelessness
YA Novelist Elizabeth Acevedo Has No Room for Hopelessness
How the author of Clap When You Land and keynote speaker at the 2020 Texas Teen Book Festival writes toward the positive

Oct. 29, 2020

<i>Running</i> by Natalia Sylvester
Running by Natalia Sylvester
Natalia Sylvester’s YA debut makes the political personal

Oct. 29, 2020

Texas Book Festival 2020: The Full Line-Up
Texas Book Festival 2020: The Full Line-Up
All 150 authors announced for the 25th anniversary lit celebration

Sept. 16, 2020

<i>Good Citizens Need Not Fear</i> by Maria Reva
Good Citizens Need Not Fear by Maria Reva
Anything can happen in the wonderfully weird Ukraine of this short story collection

Sept. 3, 2020

Texas Book Festival Announces 15 Authors for 2020
Texas Book Festival Announces 15 Authors for 2020
Virtual fest hosting Dean Koontz, Julia Alvarez, Kevin Kwan

Aug. 12, 2020

Children’s Authors Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey on Finding Hope While Taking Things Slow
Children’s Authors Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey on Finding Hope While Taking Things Slow
Wondering how to talk to kids? Try pictures.

Aug. 6, 2020

<i>All Things Left Wild</i> by James Wade
All Things Left Wild by James Wade
In his debut novel, the Austin author reveals a world of brotherly sin and redemption across the Old West

Aug. 6, 2020

Texas Book Festival Goes Virtual!
Texas Book Festival Goes Virtual!
Annual literary event stretches from Halloween to Nov. 15

June 24, 2020

In Lawrence Wright's Novel, an Imagined Pandemic That's Frighteningly Real
In Lawrence Wright's Novel, an Imagined Pandemic That's Frighteningly Real
If disease-ravaged world of The End of October feels like our own, that's because the author did his research rigorously

April 30, 2020

Come Sail Away With Amanda Ward's <i>The Jetsetters</i>
Come Sail Away With Amanda Ward's The Jetsetters
Local author asks, "Won't you let me take you on a sea cruise?"

April 22, 2020

Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go's Recalls the Moment Her Band Topped the Charts in 1981
Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go's Recalls the Moment Her Band Topped the Charts in 1981
Austin born and raised, Valentine and the girls reigned with Beauty & the Beat – as excerpted from her new memoir All I Ever Wanted

April 16, 2020

Book Review: <i>Barn 8</i>
Book Review: Barn 8
Deb Olin Unferth reveals humor and humanity inside a hen heist

March 9, 2020

Matthew Patin Named Texas Book Festival Literary Director
Matthew Patin Named Texas Book Festival Literary Director
Local writer/editor will book authors for fest's 25th year

Jan. 29, 2020

Texas Book Festival 2019: Truth Worth Telling: A Conversation With Journalist Scott Pelley
Festival 2019: Truth Worth Telling With Scott Pelley
Newsman Scott Pelley had words of advice about media in the modern age

Oct. 28, 2019

Texas Book Festival 2019: On Second Look: Writing About Home From New Perspectives
Festival 2019: On Second Look
Oscar Cásares and De'Shawn Charles Winslow keep it all in the family

Oct. 28, 2019

Texas Book Festival 2019: Dave Campbell's Favorite Texas College Football Stories
Festival 2019: Dave Campbell's Favorite Football Stories
The longtime sportswriter still recalls all those great games

Oct. 28, 2019

Texas Book Festival 2019: <br>Finding Their Power
LGBTQIA+ at TBF: Finding Their Power
Two authors mine the past for tales of queer sisterhood

Oct. 28, 2019

Texas Book Festival 2019: <br>My Story Is More Than the Struggle
LGBTQIA+ at TBF: My Story Is More Than the Struggle
Mitchell Jackson and Jaquira Diaz get under the skin of memoir

Oct. 28, 2019

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Previous Texas Book Festival coverage:
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

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