Texas Book Festival announces first authors, reveals poster

The Texas Book Festival announced Tuesday the first 16 authors who are going to be featured at the annual event at the Capitol and surrounding grounds, with the return of festival founder Laura Bush and her daughter, “Today Show” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager.

Authors at the event include Newbery medalists Lois Lowry and Jacqueline Woodson; best-selling Houston author Justin Cronin (“The City of Mirrors”); actress Diane Guerrero (“Orange Is the New Black”); and novelist Maria Semple, author of the best-seller “Where’d You Go Bernadette.”

The festival also revealed its new poster, featuring artwork by the late Jack Unruh of Dallas, who illustrated “The Devil’s Backbone” by Austin author Bill Wittliff. Wittliff’s latest is titled “The Devil’s Sinkhole.”

“The Texas Book Festival holds a very special place in my heart,” said Laura Bush, who has written a new children’s book, “Our Great Big Backyard,” with her daughter. “We love spending time outdoors and hope that our new children’s book … will encourage families to explore our country’s best idea: our national parks.”

Other authors include Eileen Myles, the poet whose latest collection is “I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975 – 2014”; Yaa Gyasi, whose debut novel “Homegoing” has been getting critical raves; former NFL football player Trevor Pryce, whose middle-grade book is titled “Amphibians’ End: A Kulipari Novel”; Kwame Alexander, author of “Booked”; Ha Jin, who won the National Book Award for “Waiting” (1999); Julissa Arce, author of “My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive”; Skip Hollandsworth, whose latest is the Austin serial killer tale, “The Midnight Assassin”; and Andrés Neuman, author of “How to Travel Without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America.”

The festival, which will take place Nov. 5-6, is expected to feature more than 250 writers, chefs, screenwriters, comedians and more. The festival was founded by former first lady Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee and a group of volunteers in 1995. It’s free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.texasbookfestival.org.

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