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Guest Authors Announced For This Year’s Texas Book Festival

Diverse stories and authors will pave the way for important conversations
Written by Julia Jones.

Texas Book Festival Poster 2018

Readers rejoice: the Texas Book Festival recently announced the guest authors for its 2018 event. The writers combine for a diverse lineup that will draw in every type of reader, from young adult fiction addicts to nonfiction obsessives, and pave the way for dialogues on tough issues, from race to addiction to natural disasters.

“Their insightful and engaging work, from stories of Arctic adventure and 1900s Galveston to absorbing fiction and riveting memoir, inspires our imaginations and encourages us to connect with the world both on and off the page,” wrote Julie Wernersbach, the festival literary director, in a press release.

The 22nd annual free festival, which will be held Oct. 27-28 on the grounds of the Texas Capitol, brings readers and writers together for panel discussions and book signings.

The Lineup

Cecile Richards presents her memoir Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead – My Life Story. In the book, the daughter of late Governor Ann Richards discusses the difficulties and triumphs in her life as an activist and mother.

Tayari Jones presents her newest novel, the instant bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club pick An American Marriage, which explores the complexities of race, love, and the criminal justice system.

New York Times bestselling author David Grann presents the true story of Henry Worsley, a decorated British special forces officer who died in an attempt to walk across Antarctica alone, in his book The White Darkness.

Acclaimed poet and author Sandra Cisneros presents Puro Amor, a bilingual short story filled with her own illustrations and line drawings. The story reflects on the lives of a couple whose house is overflowing with rescue animals.

Leslie Jamison presents her memoir on addiction in The Recovering. By telling her own story of alcoholism and recovery, she provides an in-depth look at addiction and its effects.

For younger readers, Erin Entrada Kelly presents a tale on the complexities of middle school friendship and bullying in You Go First.

And Mary Pope Osborne, author of the well-known, award-winning Magic Tree House series presents a timely new tale about the 1900 Galveston hurricane with the series’ newest installment Hurricane Heroes in Texas.

Other authors and the works they will present include Chloe Benjamin, The Immortalists;  Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays; Alfredo Corchado, Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration; Joe Holley, Hurricane Season: The Unforgettable Story of the 2017 Houston Astros and the Resilience of a City;  Sandhya Menon, From Twinkle, with Love; Fatima Farheen Mirza, A Place for Us; Walter Mosley, John Woman; Tommy Orange, There There; V.E. Schwab, Vengeful.

In addition to these authors, the festival lineup will include 250 celebrated and emerging writers, including journalists, artists, and scientists. The festival will also include food, live music, and children’s entertainment.

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