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Taye Diggs, Amy Odell, Margaret Atwood and More: Where We’ll be at the Texas Book Festival

When over 300 authors and literary stars descend on the Texas State Capitol this weekend for the 20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival, it’s important to have a plan. From design books to Texas writing to Chuck Palahniuk at The Paramount (!) here’s who and what we’re making sure not to miss this weekend.

SATURDAY

MARGARET ATWOOD GOES FIRST ON THE HEART GOES LAST

10 – 10:45am

House Chamber

Because Margaret Atwood. Do we need to say anything more?

AMANDA EYRE WARD IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE

1:00 – 1:45pm

Texas Tent

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

House Chamber

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.”

SUNDAY

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

Texas Tent

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.

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