Wednesday, October 16, 2019

UT Press at the 2019 Texas Book Festival

Next weekend, October 26 and 27, the University of Texas Press and many of our authors will enjoy the 24th annual Texas Book Festival on the Capitol grounds in downtown Austin and environs.

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We are also proud that the author of our new contemporary history of Texas is one of the featured authors at this year's First Edition Literary Gala! Stephen Harrigan (Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas), joins Sarah M. Broom (The Yellow House), Sharon Robinson (Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963), and Alexander McCall Smith (To the Land of Long Lost Friends) as honored Gala authors.

The First Edition Literary Gala is always a memorable evening packed with literary luminaries, dignitaries, and cultural arts supporters, helping the Texas Book Festival make an impact in communities across Texas. Proceeds from the Gala help keep the Festival Weekend free for everyone and fund the Festival's Reading Rock Stars and Real Reads programs, which provide author visits and book donations to students in low-income schools, and more programming across the state.

Visit our booth at the corner of Colorado and 11th (507-508). We’ll have tons of titles for sale at a great discount. There are a lot of wonderful authors in attendance this year! We’ve distilled our authors' appearances into a single UT Press schedule (browse the full schedule here):

Also, mark your calendar for University Press Week 2019—November 3 to November 9—a week in celebration of the many ways university presses move national and international conversations forward on critical and complex issues. This year we encourage readers to explore research on topics that affect everyone and to reflect on what they read, in the hope that the work of university presses bringing scholarship to readers will stimulate positive conversations and actions in the world.


11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Big, Wonderful Thing: A New History of Texas
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Author: Stephen Harrigan
Location: First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca Street)
Booksigning: 12:30-1:30 at Murcheson Chapel, next to First United Methodist Church

The Texas publishing event of the decade has arrived! Bestselling author and historian Stephen Harrigan, a living legend among Texas writers, has dedicated years to researching and writing this new, comprehensive history of Texas. Big Wonderful Thing invites us to walk in the footsteps of ancient as well as modern Texans, blending action and atmosphere with impeccable research to bring to life with novelistic immediacy the generations of driven men and women who shaped our state.

Follow Stephen Harrigan online: @stephenharrigan | Website

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12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Author: Karen Tongson with Andrea Lawlor
LocationCapitol Extension Room E2.026 (1100 Congress Avenue)
Moderator: Jack Kaulfus
Booksigning: 4:30 PM Adult Signing Tent on Congress Avenue

From Donna Summer to Karen Carpenter, Madonna, Lady Gaga and beyond, pop music has provided anthems of queer identity for decades, giving people a safe and celebratory space to explore and affirm gender and sexuality. Novelist Andrea Lawlor (Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl), who drops references to pop songs and musicians throughout their hilarious and moving epic of gender exploration, talks with cultural critic Karen Tongson (Why Karen Carpenter Matters) about the unique role pop music plays in queer identity. 

Follow Karen Tongson online: @inlandemperor | Website 

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.036 (1100 Congress Avenue)
Booksigning: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Texas Monthly TBF Book Signing Tent, Congress Avenue

Earl Campbell was a force in American football, winning a state championship in high school, rushing his way to a Heisman trophy for the University of Texas, and earning MVP as he took the Houston Oilers to the brink of the Super Bowl. Austin American-Statesman writer Asher Price shares his exhilarating new look at Campbell, a timely story of hard-earned success and heart-wrenching sacrifice in an age when concussion revelations and player protests against racial injustice rock the NFL.

Follow Asher Price online: @asherprice

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1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Authors: Keith Carter
Moderator: DJ Stout
Location: The Contemporary Austin-Jones Center (700 Congress Avenue)
Booksigning: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Texas Monthly TBF Book Signing Tent, Congress Avenue

Legendary Texas photographer Keith Carter shares a selection of 250 of his most compelling images, celebrating a lifetime of exploring humanity's landscape through an artistic lens. These photographs explore the mythos of time and terrain, the familiar and the magical, and the varied creatures that inhabit our earth and become a meditation on aging and loss, which have affected Carter profoundly in recent years, spurring him towards a sense of discovery, not despair.

Follow Keith Carter online: | Website 


12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
AuthorsStephen Harrigan, Elizabeth Crook, Steven Davis
Moderators: Bill Broyles, John Spong
Location: Capitol Auditorium E1.004 (1100 Congress Avenue)

Bill Wittliff is one of our greatest Texas writers and filmmakers. We were deeply saddened by his passing earlier this year and are grateful for the tremendous body of work he created in his lifetime. Today, his friends and colleagues come together to celebrate his work, including his new book of solar photography, Sunrise/Sunset.

Follow Stephen Harrigan online: @stephenharrigan | Website 

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A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove
By John Spong
Photographs by Bill Wittliff

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12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Author: Kathryn E. Holliday
Moderator: Christy Taylor
Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.014 (1100 Congress Avenue)
Booksigning: 1:30PM - 2:30PM. Texas Monthly TBF Signing Tent, Congress Avenue

In 1980, David Dillon launched his career as an architectural critic with a provocative article in the Dallas Morning News. Kathryn E. Holliday discusses how Dillon connected culture, commerce, history, and public life in ways that few columnists and reporters ever get the opportunity to do.Her new book gathers more than sixty key articles that helped establish Dillon’s national reputation as a witty and acerbic critic, showing readers why architecture matters and how it can enrich their lives.

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2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Author: PJ Stoops and Benchalak Srimart Stoops
Moderator: Paula Forbes
Location: Central Market Cooking Tent (Congress and 11th Street)
Booksigning: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Texas Monthly TBF Book Signing Tent

The Texas Gulf is home to more than two hundred species of fish and seafood. Join the Stoopses as they celebrate this regional bounty and showcase their experience as longtime fishmongers. Their new book, Texas Seafood, is a cookbook and comprehensive guide to wild-caught delicacies, including recipes for such delectable dishes as Steamed Curried Crab, Chicken-Fried Ribbonfish, Crispy White Shrimp, and more.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

The Essential J. Frank Dobie
AuthorStephen Harrigan and Sarah Bird
Moderator: Michael Barnes
LocationCapitol Extension Room E2.028 (State Capitol)
Booksigning: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Texas Monthly TBF Book Signing Tent, Congress Avenue

Steven L. Davis, literary curator of the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University and past president of the Texas Institute of Letters, has combed through the works of renowned Texas author J. Frank Dobie to gather together in one volume Dobie’s most vital writings. Join him, Sarah Bird, and Stephen Harrigan as they discuss the enduring legacy of Dobie’s work.

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