Monday, October 12, 2015

UT Press at the 2015 Texas Book Festival

This weekend, the University of Texas Press and 13 of our authors will enjoy the 20th annual Texas Book Festival on the Capitol grounds in downtown Austin and environs. We'll have a booth on Colorado Street with tons of titles for sale at a great discount, so please stop by. There are a lot of wonderful authors in attendance this year, so we’ve distilled our authors' appearances into a single UT Press schedule (browse the full schedule here):


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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The Jemima Code
Author: Toni Tipton Martin
Moderated by Addie Broyles
Location: Central Market Cooking Tent

Come see Toni Tipton-Martin discusses recipes and stories from her book, The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks, a comprehensive treasure.

Where to find the author online: @thejemimacode | Website

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

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The Best I Recall: A Memoir
Author: Gary Cartwright
Moderated by John Spong
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028

Esteemed writer Gary Cartwright traces his career across Texas in his memoir, The Best I Recall. After working in publishing and journalism for over 60 years, Cartwright has acquired countless by-lines and numerous awards. Join the lively and talented author as he shares his stories.

2:45 - 3:30 PM

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Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home
Author: Eli Reed

Moderated by Steven Hoelscher
Location: The Contemporary Austin--Jones Center (700 Congress)

Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home presents the first career retrospective of Reed's work. Consisting of over 250 images that span the full range of his subjects and his evolution as a photographer, the photographs are a visual summation of the human condition.

3:00 - 3:45 PM

Authors: Seamus McGraw
Location: Kirkus Reviews Tent

From India's rapidly accruing environmental challenges to tough environmental scenarios at the global level and the scaringly true story of a small town plagued by industrial pollution, three environmentally-aware writers discuss everything from extreme weather, pollution, and the imminent complication of running out of water.

Where to find the authors online: @SeamusMcGraw

3:00 - 3:45 PM

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Authors: Javier Auyero
Moderated by Ricardo Ainslie
Location: Ahora Si Tent (12th & Colorado)

Join Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Javier Auyero, and Ricardo Ainslie, writers tackling issues of race and place through different genres, as they engage in a wide-ranging discussion of Latino identity in Austin and beyond. (Spanish)

Desde distintos géneros, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Javier Auyero, y Ricardo Ainslie trabajan temas de raza, etnicidad, e identidad. Los invitamos a sumarse a la conversación sobre varios tópicos relacionados a la identidad Latina en Austin y en el país. (en español)

Where to find the author online: Facebook

4:00 - 4:45 PM

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Authors: Steven Moss
Moderated by Ray Brimble
Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent

NASA has made many giant leaps for mankind in its past 57 years of existence. Join authors Margaret Lazarus Dean and Steven Moss as they celebrate the historic achievements NASA has made in regards to social change, space discovery, and human exploration despite the uncertain future of American spaceflight.

Where to find the authors online: @rlpaulprodn | Facebook


4:15 - 5:00 PM

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Authors: Kristin Hersh
Moderated by Jim Caligiuri
Location: Texas Tent

In 2006, NPR named Vic Chesnutt in the top five of the ten best living songwriters. Singer/songwriter Kristin Hersh, author of Rat Girl, illuminates her friendship with the wickedly funny yet often difficult to be with Chesnutt in her memoir, exploring everything from their casual conversations to his tragic death.

Where to find the authors online: @kristinhersh | Facebook | Website


Author: Javier Auyero
Moderated by Alfredo Estrada
Location: Texas State Capitol: Texas Tent

Join editor Javier Auyero and some of his collaborating graduate students, Katherine Jensen and Caitlyn Collins, in discussion about Invisible in Austin, an essential study of the growing gap between wealth and poverty in a dynamic and overall thriving city.

Where to find the author online: Facebook

UT Press Podcast Interview with Javier Auyero and his team:

12:00 - 12:45 PM

Author: Jessica Mallios, Susan Scafati, and Adam Schreiber
Location: The Contemporary Austin--Jones Center (700 Congress)

What does it take to make art that is more than a painting on a wall? Art that is immersive, larger than life, and completely captures the complexities of the imagination? Journey into the minds of the artists behind The Contemporary Austin exhibition and accompanying catalog Strange Pilgrims-- an exhibition that reflects the complicated human journey through strange and unfamiliar spaces.

Lakes Were Rivers:
Since the group’s formation in 2008, Lakes Were Rivers artists have exhibited together several times, including with Fotofest, Houston (2010) and at Vanderbilt University (2012) and most recently the Contemporary Austin which commissioned Swan Cycle, a video and exhibition of photographs, exhibited at Laguna Gloria as a part of the multi-site group show, Strange Pilgrims. In 2011, they initiated the first of two exhibitions undertaken in collaboration with the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas. For the first time, the artists culled the Ransom Center’s photography collections and paired historical images with their own original works in the exhibition (Re)Collection (2011-12), organized for the East Austin Studio Tour. The Harry Ransom Center then invited the collective to expand the project through a second exhibition in the center’s galleries. The result, Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive (2013), displayed approximately fifty new works together with a variety of images and objects from the Ransom Center archives. Lakes Were Rivers won an Idea Fund Grant from the Warhol Foundation and the Austin Chronicle’s Best Photographers award in 2011. Lakes Were Rivers is Leigh Brodie, Elizabeth Chiles, Anna Krachey, Jessica Mallios, Sarah Murphy, Mike Osborne, Jason Reed, Ben Ruggiero, Adam Schreiber, Susan Scafati Shahan and Barry Stone.

3:00 - 3:45 PM

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Author: Thomas J. Cryan and Bower Yousse
Moderated by Michael Sokolove
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.016

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose, and neither can these riveting books about football in the Lone Star State. Join Bower Yousse, Thomas J. Cryan, and R. Gaines Baty as they discuss inspiring stories from the most beloved sport in America.

Where to find the authors online: @SteinmarkBookFacebook | Website

4:00 - 4:45 PM

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Author: Mark K. Updegrove
Moderated by David Smith
Location: C-SPAN2/ Book TV Tent

Authors Betty Boyd Caroli and Mark K.Updegrove discuss the charisma of Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson. From their White House reign to the legacy of the Civil Rights Act, culminating in the 2014 Civil Rights Summit, the Johnsons were dedicated to publicly defending civil rights and privately upending gender roles.

4:15 - 5:00 PM

Authors: Ray Benson and David Menconi
Moderated by Doug Freeman
Location: Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004

Yeehaw with iconic musician Ray Benson and his co-writer David Menconi as they talk about their new book Comin’ Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel.

Where to find the authors online: @bismeaux | Facebook | Website |@NCDavidMenconi | Website

4:15 - 5:00 PM

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Authors: DJ Stout
Moderated by Greg Curtis
Location: House Chamber

Enjoy the enchanting images created by DJ Stout as he discusses his career, his Texas heritage and its influence on his work, and, of course, what graphic design signifies in a maze of words on a page in his new illustrative work, Variations on a Rectangle: Thirty years of Graphic Design from Texas Monthly to Pentagram.

Where to find the author online: @doylejr | Pentagram

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