Thursday, October 04, 2012

Texas Book Festival - 2012


It's almost time (October 27-28) for my annual trek to Austin for the Texas Book Festival.  I'm just starting to plan my two days there by going over this list of attending/presenting authors and trying to maximize the number of authors I can see in the limited number of sessions you can squeeze into two days.  I always come away a little frustrated, so pre-planning is a definite must.

October is one of my favorite months around here because there is also a really good FREE bluegrass festival hosted by the city of Farmers Branch (near Dallas) this month - one weekend prior to the book festival, in fact.  I was very disappointed last year that the two events were on the same weekend and, although I was tempted to do one day of each, I decided that would be impossible without driving most of Saturday night.  I opted for the book festival but thought all weekend about the music I was missing.

2012 Festival Authors
David Abrams
Hipolito Acosta
Bruce Aidells
Ayad Akhtar
E. Kristin Anderson
Katherine Applegate
Gustavo Arellano
Jami Attenberg
Avi
Paolo Bacigalupi
Bob Balaban
Rosecrans Baldwin
Mac Barnett
Annie Barrows
Steven Barthelme
Kelly Bennett
Lou Berney
Jeff Biggers
Andrew Blackwell
Matt Bondurant
Brain Quest
H.W. Brands
Michael Brick
Douglas Brinkley
George Bristol
Peter Brown
Shana Burg
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Ken Caillat 
Ina Caro
Robert Caro
Dale Carpenter
Kristin Cashore
Brian Castner
Katherine Catmull
William H. Chafe
Cinda Williams Chima
R. Gregory Christie
Marcia Clark
William J. Cobb
Cherie Colburn
Nora de Hoyos Comstock
Winifred Conkling
Andy Coolquitt 
Sarah Cortez
Elizabeth Crane
Andrea Cremer
Kambri Crews
Margie Crisp
Justin Cronin
Karen Cushman
Mark Z. Danielewski
Tony Danza
Bree Despain
David Dettmer
Junot Diaz
William J. Dobson
James Donovan
Robert Draper
Naomi Duguid
Dayton Duncan
Jessica Dupuy
Damien Echols
Kurt Eichenwald
John Eisenberg
Paul Elie
Chris Elliott
Michael Ennis
Michael Erard
Will Erwin
Jonathan Evison
Jasper Fforde
Sarah Fioroni
Candace Fleming
Ben Fountain
Thomas Frank
Ian Frazier
James K. Galbraith
Marjorie Galen
Chris Gall
Gilbert Garcia
Kami Garcia
Anthony Giardina
Michael Gillette
Adam Goodheart
Alice Gordon
Hilary Weisman Graham
Reyna Grande
Michael Grant
Amelia Gray
Tim Green
Jesse Griffiths
Liz Gutman
Janice Hamrick
Jenny Han
Noah Hawley
C.A. Heifner
J. R. Helton
Tad Hills
Michelle Hodkin
Henry Horenstein
Sam Hurt
Mary Irish
Jewel
Maureen Johnson
Stephen Graham Jones
Jodi Kantor
Anna Keesey
Jacqueline Kelly
Jen King
Jon Klassen
Austin Kleon
Helen Knode
Yael Kohen
Thomas Kreneck
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Diana López
Lynda Lanker
Joe Lansdale
Hope Larson
Peter LaSalle
Jeanne Marie Laskas
Jenny Lawson
Guy Lawson
Robert Leleux
David W. Lesch
Meira Levinson
Sanford Levinson
Cynthia Levinson
David Levithan
Margot Livesey
Attica Locke
Nikki Loftin
Loren Long
Katherine Losse
Marie Lu
James Luna
Michael MacCambridge
Kristen-Paige Madonia
David Maraniss 
Leonard S. Marcus
Domingo Martinez
Kati Marton
D. T. Max 
Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Lily Raff McCaulou
Jenna Hays McEachern
Lisa McMann
Bryan Mealer
Chris Meister
David Menconi
Bill Milliken
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Tomás Q. Morín
Diane Morgan
Vance Muse
Gary Nabhan
Charlie Newton
Garth Nix
Tim O'Brien
Hugo Ortega
Carolyn Osborn
Julie Otsuka
Adriana Pacheco
Melinda Palacio
Keija Parsinnen
Joe Nick Patoski
Becky Crouch Patterson
Kate Payne
Jeffrey M. Pilcher
Dav Pilkey
Turk Pipkin
Andrew Porter
Dan Rather
Amy Reading
Ben Rehder
Jan Reid
Adam Rex
Steven Rinella
Adam Roberts
Scott Roberts
Eric Rohmann
Carlin Romano
Marco Roth
Edith Royal
Ron Rozelle
Lynda Rutledge
René Saldaña Jr.
Barney Saltzberg
Esmeralda Santiago
Steven Saylor
Liz Garton Scanlon
Krista Schlyer
Gary D. Schmidt
John Schwartz
Jon Scieszka
Elaine Scott
Mike Scotti
Rob Scotton
Kirk Scroggs
Maria Semple
David Shapard
Bob Shea
Anita Silvey
Sylvie Simmons
Greg Leitich Smith
Tyler Stoddard Smith
Roland Smith
Suzy Spencer
John Spong
Ilan Stavans
Rebecca Stead
Erin Stead
Philip C. Stead
Maggie Stiefvater
Deanne Stillman
Margaret Stohl
Abby Stokes
Michel Stone
W.K. Stratton
Emma Straub
Cheryl Strayed
Mathew Sturtevant
Robert Sullivan
Rachel L. Swarns
Don Tate
Kayte Terry
Chuck Thompson
Stephen Tobolowsky 
Duncan Tonatiuh
Jeffrey Toobin
Paul Tough
Pat Tucker
Mark Updegrove
Catherynne M. Valente
Juan Pablo Villalobos
Ray Villareal
Siobhan Vivian
Jason Walker
Robb Walsh
David Westin
Andrea White
Ted Widmer
Henry Wiencek
Sean Williams
Dan Winters
Naomi Wolf
Paul Woodruff
Reavis Z. Wortham
Tom Wright
Claire Wurtzel
Bill Wurtzel
Philip Yates
Charles Yu
Ralph Yznaga
Zane
Gwendolyn Zepeda
Each of the author names is linked back to the festival booksite, by the way, in case anyone is interested in seeing what is planned for them.

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