MARGARET ATWOOD GOES FIRST ON THE HEART GOES LAST
10 – 10:45am
Because Margaret Atwood. Do we need to say anything more?
AMANDA EYRE WARD IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE
1:00 – 1:45pm
Local author Amanda Eye Ward’s novel, The Same Sky, is rooted in real Austin landmarks, telling the story of a quest for family in Texas. But is a story that resonates far outside of our city, working to explore issues of immigration and community in all of America. We can’t wait to hear her chat about it with New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline.
THE CHUCK PALAHNIUK SHOW
1:00 – 3pm
The Paramount Theatre
We’re not quite sure what this two-hour long variety show with the author of Fight Club will entail (and the first rule of this panel is don’t talk about this panel) but we’re all in, especially because special and not-so-secret guest Lidia Yuknavitch
(The Chronology of Water) never fails to blow us away.
MIXED ME! WITH TAYE DIGGS AND SHANE EVANS
2:30 – 3:15pm
Screen star Taye Diggs wrote a children’s book, y’all, and while we can’t say we’ve read it (yet!) we’re not passing up this opportunity to hear from him when he’s in Austin.
THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM AN OUTSIDER (AMY ODELL)
4 – 4:45pm
Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Did you know that the editor of cosmopolitan.com, Amy Odell, is an Austin native? We’re excited to see her chat in front of her hometown crowd about her journey working in fashion, “from the nosebleeds to the best seat in the house.”
THE BEAUTY OF BOOKS
12:30 – 1:15pm
Azar Nafisi (the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran) will be chatting with Illan Stavans (Quixote: The Novel and the World) about the purpose of fiction in America today and the importance of reading.
THE LUCK ARCHIVE: EXPLORING BELIEF, SUPERSTITION, AND TRADITION
1:15 – 2pm
The Contemporary Austin Jones Center
Artist Mark Menjivar has been learning about luck for the past several years — and archiving what he finds. He’ll be chatting at The Contemporary with Lauren Cerand about his physical archive, which contains over 500 objects, stories and photographs gathered from spending time with people all over the place: in their homes, in airplanes, tattoo shops, voodoo shops and more.
THE TBF AND TEXAS MONTHLY PRESENT WRITERS TO WATCH
4:15 – 5pm
Moderated by acclaimed Texas author Ben Fountain, we’re eager to hear from the three writers the Texas Book Festival and Texas Monthly think are defining what it means to write about Texas now: Mary Helen Specht, Lisa Sandlin, and Stephen Graham Jones.