5 things to know about Texas Book Festival on Sunday

Festival’s Sunday events range from Lemony Snicket to discussion of the Baylor football sex scandal.


The second day of Texas Book Festival takes place Sunday at the Capitol and surrounding venues, and most events are free and open to the public. Here are five highlights for Sunday (see all previews and live coverage at austin360.com/bookfest):

1. Jennifer Egan. It has been seven years since Egan’s last novel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” so fans and critics are more than ready for “Manhattan Beach,” which follows three characters from 1930s New York. She is chatting about it with Elizabeth McCracken. (1 p.m., House chamber)

2. True Crime Close to Home. Bekka Oliver moderates a chat with true crime writers Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (“Fact of a Body”) and Benjamin Blum (“Ranger Games”) that will explore the often extraordinary intimacy of true crime journalism. (11 a.m., C-SPAN Tent)

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3. Bad Moods, Be Gone with Lemony Snicket! The singular Lemony Snicket presents his new book, “The Bad Mood and the Stick.” Snicket will sign books in the Children’s Signing Tent after his session; you must buy a Snicket book at the fest to join the line. He will sign an unlimited number of “The Bad Mood and the Stick” and a maximum of two other books per person. Only books will be signed. (11 a.m.). Also know that Daniel Handler, aka Mr. Snicket, will talk about his novel for adults, “All the Dirty Parts,” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Capitol Extension Room E2.028 — this afternoon panel is NOT for kids.

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4. New Approaches to Nonfiction. Just what the title says: Greg Garrett (“Living with the Living Dead: The Wisdom of the Zombie Apocalypse”) and Edward McPherson (“The History of the Future”) have written extremely cool and canny books about the way we live now. And tomorrow. (1:15 p.m., Capitol Extension Room E2.014)

5. Violated: Baylor University and Sexual Assault. ESPN investigative reporters Paula Lavigne and Marck Schlabach discuss their new book, “Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University amid College Football’s Sexual Assault Crisis.” Moderated by Jessica Luther, the Austin writer who has done ground-breaking work on this topic. (4 p.m., C-SPAN2/Book TV Tent)

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