I had an absolutely brilliant time at the Lone Star Book Festival today, and now I really wish I had been able to attend the Friday sessions as well as today's. The festival was so well run that no one would have guessed that it's a first-time event for the Kingwood campus.
I already knew which of the early sessions I wanted to attend when I arrived at the school, but I left the afternoon wide open to see what surprises I might find - and I'm happy I did because the last session of the day was one I'll never forget. In that one, thriller writer Jon Land set a new standard for author presentations that I doubt I'll see matched anytime soon. He set the bar just that high.
|Hipolito Acosta, Bill Crider, Stephanie Evans|
As it turns out, the biggest surprise of the session was Acosta who is one of the most decorated border agents in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Acosta has turned his extraordinary memory into two true crime books already, with a third one coming soon. The man's personal exploits as a border agent were astounding, and he uses a first person narrative in his books.
|University of Chicago professor Jerry Coyne|
|Emily Fox Gordon, Ann McCutchen|
So that's two book festivals in two weekends...and now that I'm spoiled, there are no more festivals in sight. Just my luck.