February 7, 2023

Texas Book Festival announces first 15 authors for its 2021 hybrid event


Texas Book Festival has named 15 authors who will be featured as part of it virtual offerings this fall.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Colson Whitehead will present his latest work “Harlem Shuffle,” a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a love letter to early-1960s Harlem. University of Texas professor and bestselling novelist Elizabeth McCracken, will present “The Souvenir Museum,” her latest collection of short stories. Celebrated bestselling Texas author of “The House on Mango Street,” Sandra Cisneros, will present “Martita, I Remember You / Martita, te recuerdo,” an intimate tribute to youthful friendships that transcend time. And Mary Gaitskill brings “The Devil’s Treasure: A Book of Stories and Dreams,” a daring hybrid of fiction, memoir, essay, criticism, and visual art.

In May, orgranizers announced that the 2021 Texas Book Festival would take a hybrid form with online author events taking place Oct. 25–28, and the live festive happening Oct. 30–31. The entirety of the lineup will be revealed later this summer. All festival events are free.

“It’s a creative time in the literary events space,” said TBF literary director Matthew Patin, in a statement. “We’re in an in-between era, and having both virtual and in-person formats gives us the opportunity to host conversations among authors and readers in whichever way they prefer. And with so much talent coming to TBF this year, including the authors in this sneak peek, those conversations will be many.”

The 15 authors include:

  • Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind
  • Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World
  • Sandra Cisneros, Martita, I Remember You / Martita, te recuerdo
  • Mary Gaitskill, The Devil’s Treasure
  • Gabriela Garcia, Of Women and Salt
  • Elizabeth McCracken, The Souvenir Museum
  • Maggie Nelson, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint
  • R. J. Palacio, Pony
  • Raj Patel, Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice
  • Don Tate, Pigskins to Paintbrushes
  • Amor Towles, The Lincoln Highway
  • Sergio Troncoso, Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in Between Worlds
  • Colson Whitehead, Harlem Shuffle
  • Lawrence Wright, The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid
  • Cecily Wong, Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide


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