February 7, 2023

Austin African American Book Festival goes virtual this year


The Austin African American Book Festival goes virtual this year.

New York Times bestselling authors Isabel Wilkerson and Dr. Damon Tweedy will head up the fourteenth annual celebration of authors and books.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27, you can attend different events via Zoom. Sign up at

Wilkerson is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and the author of  “The Warmth of Other Suns.” The book tells the story of the great migration through the journeys of three Americans who made their way north and west in search of better opportunities for themselves and their families. Wilkerson’s next book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” uncovers a system of human rankings that has shaped America today and throughout its history. “Caste” will be released in August.

“Black Man in a White Coat,” Tweedy’s memoir, explores the continued impact of racial biases in medical education and the distribution of healthcare resources. Tweedy has written articles about race and medicine for such prestigious publications as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). His columns and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.

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