New York Times best-selling author Ben Fountain, Pulitzer Prize-winning immigration rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas, comedian Phoebe Robinson, astronaut Scott Kelly, New Yorker writer Susan Orlean and former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro are just some of the authors who will be in Austin in October for the Texas Book Festival, festival organizers announced Wednesday.
More than 280 writers — including poets, journalists, chefs, photographers, politicians and more — make up the 2018 lineup. The festival, which takes place Oct. 27 and 28 in and around the Capitol, is free and open to the public.
Vargas is founder and CEO of the nonprofit Define American. He present his memoir, “Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.”
A veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, NASA astronaut Kelly will present his national bestseller “Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.”
Stand-up comedian Robinson currently hosts “Sooo Many White Guys” podcast. She’ll present her new essay collection, “Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay.”
Authors previously announced include Tayari Jones whose thought-provoking novel, “An American Marriage,” tackles race, loyalty and resilience; Tommy Orange‘s critically-acclaimed debut novel “There There” looks at the varieties of Native American identity in the contemporary United State; and Chloe Benjamin whose “The Immortalists” is a quirky but captivating family saga.
See the complete list of authors at texasbookfestival.org.