At an intimate rooftop cocktail party in downtown Austin on Thursday evening, Austin’s literati celebrated as the Texas Book Festival revealed the complete list of over 300 authors headed to the 2015 Texas Book Festival.
On October 17 and 18, the Texas State Capitol Grounds will welcome the largest number of authors in the Festival’s 20-year history. Literary director Steph Opitz promises that this year is gearing up to be the best yet. “Over the years we've had fabulous big name-authors and we've had ‘trust-us-this-person/book-is going-to-be-huge’ overnight sensations,” says Opitz. “This year it's going to be all that and some.”
The list revealed on Thursday includes plenty of celebrity names that even non-readers will be excited about, like actor (and author! — of the children's book Chocolate Me!) Taye Diggs. Of course, litearary stars will be in abundance too, with names like Margaret Atwood, Nick Flynn, Linda Gray, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Gary Hart, Luis Alberto Urerra, Margo Jefferson, Attica Locke, Marie Lu, Chuck Palahniuk, Tavi Gevinson, and Adrian Tomine headlining the fest.
And barbecue lovers, take note: Aaron Franklin will be speaking about his new “smoking manifesto” cookbook, Franklin Barbecue. We can only hope that the line for his panel isn't as long as the one at his namesake ‘cue joint.
For a complete list of authors and more information on attending the Texas Book Festival, head here.