Texas Book Festival announces 2018 author lineup

AUSTIN— The Texas Book Festival (TBF) announced the 2018 author lineup filled with plenty of Texas talent and nationally renowned authors, including Susan Orlean, John Scalzi, Phoebe Robinson, Scott Kelly, Julián Castro, Jose Antonio Vargas, Dessa, Ben Fountain, Carol Anderson, Mimi Swartz, and more. The 2018 TBF weekend takes place on October 27 and 28, spread throughout the grounds of the Texas State Capitol and along Austin’s iconic Congress Avenue.

Previously announced authors include Cecile Richards, Pete Souza, Tayari Jones, Erin Entrada Kelly, Sandra Cisneros, David Grann, Leslie Jamison, Mary Pope Osborne, Chloe Benjamin, Alexander Chee, Alfredo Corchado, Joe Holley, Sandhya Menon, Fatima Farheen Mizra, Walter Mosley, Tommy Orange, and V.E. Schwab.

Numerous Young Adult and children’s book authors are a part of this year’s TBF lineup, including Ransom Riggs, Dhonielle Clayton, Sharon Draper, Yuyi Morales, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, Soman Chainani, and Megan McDonald. In addition to great authors, TBF offers special programming throughout the weekend for kids, spanning from educational programs to family fun activities, games, and more.

TBF showcases first-time novelists and established writers, introducing attendees to new literary talents and connecting them with their favorite authors. The 2018 TBF author lineup features a diverse array of topics, genres, and writers, including acclaimed poets, illustrators, and bestselling authors of both fiction and nonfiction. More than 280 writers, including chefs, photographers, activists, and more, make up the lineup.

One of the nation’s premier literary events and longest-running book festivals, TBF continues to be free and open to the public thanks to its generous and dedicated sponsors and volunteers. TBF brings together more than 50,000 attendees, kids’ activities, food trucks, book signings, sales, and 100 exhibitors in and around the State Capitol over two full days.

TBF began with a simple purpose: to bring authors and readers together in a celebration of literature and literacy. Founded in 1995 by Laura Bush (a former librarian and then First Lady of Texas), Mary Margaret Farabee, and a dedicated group of volunteers, TBF set out to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading, and benefit the state’s public libraries. The first TBF was held in November 1996.

More than 50 volunteer committee chairs and 1000 volunteers help run the annual TBF, the First Edition Literary Gala, and numerous other literary and literacy events throughout the year and across the state, partnering with other nonprofits, cultural organizations, corporations, schools and individuals. Since its founding, TBF has donated nearly $3 million to Texas public libraries and donated more than 81,000 books to students in Title I schools through its Reading Rock Stars program.

For more information and the complete 2018 author lineup, visit https://www.texasbookfestival.org/

Shame the Stars by Guadalupe García McCall chosen for 2018 Texas’ Great Read

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has chosen Shame the Stars by Guadalupe García McCall as Texas’ Great Read for 2018. Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state to select a book that represents the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival.

Texas Center for the Book invites Texans to read Shame the Stars and to take part in a statewide book club by using the hashtag #TXGreatRead. For more information on the 2018 Texas Great Read program, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/greatreadtexas.

About the Book

Shame the Stars is a reimagining of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in South Texas. Joaquin del Toro is 18 years old and set to inherit his family’s ranch. The woman he loves, Dulceña, feels the same way about him. But it is 1915, and with the Mexican Revolution on the south side of the border and the Tejano insurgents clashing with the Texas Rangers, relationships in the community become more complicated. Joaquin’s family comes to be at odds with Dulceña's, and Joaquin finds himself at a turning point where he must decide where his loyalties lie.

About the Author

Guadalupe García McCall is the author of Under the Mesquite (Lee & Low Books), a novel in verse. Under the Mesquite received the prestigious Pura Belpre Author Award, was a William C. Morris Finalist, received the Lee Bennett Hopkins/International Literacy Promising Poet Award, the Tomas Rivera Children’s Book Award, and was included in Kirkus Review’s Best Teen Books of 2011, among many other accolades. Her second novel, Summer of the Mariposas (Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books), won a Westchester Young Adult Fiction award, was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, and was included in the 2013 Amelia Bloomer Project List, the Texas Lone Star Reading List, and the 2012 School Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year. Her third novel, Shame the Stars, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and was included in the 2016 Kirkus Best Books of the Year as well as the Américas Book Award Commended List. Her poems for children have appeared in The Poetry Friday Anthology, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, Poems Are Teachers, and World Make Way.

McCall was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. She immigrated with her family to the United States when she was six years old and grew up in Eagle Pass, Texas (the setting of both her novels and most of her poems). She is currently an assistant professor of English at George Fox University.

The Texas Center for the Book is one of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, TCFB promotes books, literacy, and reading through various activities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/centerforthebook.

(Information from organization’s press release and website)

“Greatest Literary Show on Earth” makes Texas debut

The Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) will come to Houston September 14–15 with a theme of “Shared Narratives.”

This is the first Texas visit for the JLF, described as “the greatest literary show on Earth.” The JLF began in India a little over a decade ago, with the intention of “bringing together the world's greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.”

The 2018 JLF will visit Australia and England before arriving in the United States. The Asia Society Texas Center is bringing JLF to Houston, then it will move on to New York and Boulder, Colorado.

“Engaging our diverse city in an array of international topics and speakers aligns perfectly with our deep commitment to promoting cultural understanding,” said Bonna Kol, president of Asia Society Texas Center.

Participating writers include Jay Aiyer, Omar El Akkad, Robin Davidson, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Namita Gokhale, Kurt Heinzelman, Lacy M. Johnson, McKenna Jordan, Rich Levy, Rubén Martinez, Sonal Mansingh, Jovan Mays, Jasminne Mendez, Marcus Moench, Rajesh Parameswaran, Sharad Paul, Daniel Peña, Shobha Rao, Kathy Reichs, Navtej Sarna, Anis Shivani, Mimi Swartz, Shashi Tharoor, Marina Tristán, Roberto Tejada, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, and Milan Vaishnav.

The Jaipur Literature Festival will be held at Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore, Houston.

Tickets are $10 for Asia Society members and patrons of Inprint; general admission for all others is $20.

For more information, visit https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/houston.

(Compiled from press reports)

4th Annual Permian Basin Writers’ Workshop set for Oct. 13-14

Now in its fourth year, the Permian Basin Writers’ Workshop annual event will feature writing coaches, agents, and publishers from around the country, October 13-14, 2018.

The two-day workshop event will be held in Midland, at the Marie Hall Academic Building at Midland College.

The workshop will feature ten speakers, including Margie Lawson, Christie Craig, Manning Wolfe, David Farland, Reavis Z. Wortham, Kristen Marten, Stephen Graham Jones, Donna M. Johnson, B. Alan Bourgeois and Arlene Gale.

Twenty-one workshop topics will be covered, including deep editing techniques, character building, writing a thriller, how to launch your writing career quickly and marketing, renegade style.

The Permian Basin Writers’ Workshop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is organized by the Permian Basin Bookies in collaboration Midland College.

For more information, visit www.permianbasinwritersworkshop.org

(Information from organization’s press release)