January 27, 2023

Texas Book Festival announces first 15 authors, poster artist for 2019 event


It’s that time of year — time for the Texas Book Festival to began teasing us with a short-list of which writers will be coming to Austin Oct. 26-27.

TBF leaders today announced a list of 15 authors including humorist John Hodgman;  essayist Kristen Arnett; bestselling Young Adult author Hafsah Faizal; and Newbery Medalist, poet, and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, Kwame Alexander.

Writer and television producer of the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us” and the Fox drama “Empire,” Attica Locke — a Houston native — will present “Heaven, My Home,” the follow-up to her award-winning thriller “Bluebird, Bluebird.”

And Saeed Jones, who grew up in Lewisville, Texas, will present his new memoir, “How We Fight for Our Lives.” A coming-of-age story that blends poetry and prose “How We Fight for Our Lives” tells the story of a young black gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself — within his family, within his country, and within his own hopes and fears.

TBF officials also announced that Austin-based artist and graphic designer Dave McClinton has been selected as the 2019 Festival Poster artist. McClinton’s “Burgeoning” is a collage made from wrinkled paper, photographed and rendered as a mountain landscape.

Texas Book Festival 2019 poster
Texas Book Festival 2019 poster

The list of the first 15 authors, along with the works they will present during the festival weekend, are:

Aarti Namdev Shahani – “Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares”
Alexander McCall-Smith –”The Land of Long Lost Friends”
Attica Locke –”Heaven, My Home”
Ben Mezrich –”Bitcoin Billionaires”
Hafsah Faizal –”We Hunt the Flame”
Jericho Brown –”The Tradition”
John Hodgman –”Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Room”
Kristen Arnett –”Mostly Dead Things”
Kwame Alexander –”The Undefeated”
Marie Arana –”Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American History”
Oscar Cásares –  “Where We Come From”
Saeed Jones –”How We Fight for Our Lives”
Cassy Joy Garcia –”Cook Once, Eat All Week”
Susan Choi –”Trust Exercise”
William McRaven –”Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations”

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