I've been looking forward to this weekend for several weeks now - and it's finally almost here: The Texas Book Festival. So early Saturday morning I'll be heading to Austin for two days of nothing but books, books, and more books. As usual at this kind of event, it will be impossible for me to see everything and everyone I want to see because of the overlapping scheduled events, but I'm going to work on the schedule tomorrow to see how I can make maximum use of my two days in Austin. This, by the way, is the book festival started by Laura Bush in 1995 when she was still First Lady of Texas and lived in the governor's mansion.
Take a look at the list of authors who will be paticipating in some fashion or another. I'm particularly looking forward to presentations or "hosting" by: Douglas Brinkley, Michael Dirda, William Least Heat-Moon, Robert Caro, Stephen Harrigan, T. Boone Pickens, Roy Blount, Jr., Christopher Buckley, Rick Bragg, Amanda Eyre Ward and David Ebershoff. If I can even come close to covering that group, I'll come home happy with the weekend. I'm not really expecting that my proposed schedule will work out, though, and I'm looking forward to the surprises I'll likely experience.
For an idea of what I'm up against, here's the two-day schedule that shows the event sites, topics and all the overlaps involved. It will be a challenge, for sure.
Throw in all these exhibitors, the fact that I'm dragging along a camera and my digital sound recorder, and I should be exhausted by the time I return to the office at 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning. But it's all worth it - of course.