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Yaa Gyasi, Julia Alvarez, Erin Brockovich, and Michael Ian Black among Texas Book Festival authors

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Authors appearing at the 2020 Texas Book Festival include, from left, Yaa Gyasi, Julia Alvarez and Erin Brockovich.

National Book Critics Award winner Yaa Gyasi, National Medal of Arts recipient Julia Alvarez, activist Erin Brockovich, and comedian Michael Ian Black, are among 15 authors appearing at the Texas Book Festival, officials announced today.

This year’s festival, which normally attracts thousands and takes place for a weekend in and around the Texas State Capitol, will pivot online and feature more than 125 authors in two weeks of programming starting on Oct. 31.

The Texas Teen Book Festival will take place Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, followed by children’s programming from Nov.r 2 through 6. Adult programming will take place the final week of the festival, Nov. 6 through 15.

The full list of authors will be revealed in early September.

“By going virtual, some things may look different this fall,”  Matthew Patin, TBF literary director said in press materials. “But what hasn’t changed at all is the level of extraordinary literary talent we’re privileged to share with Fest audiences in Texas and, especially this year, beyond


Other authors announced today include former Go-Go’s guitarist Kathy Valentine, Blackfeet Native American author Stephen Graham Jones, bestseller Dean Koontz and Austin author Natalia Sylvester.

Related: ‘Natalia Sylvester: Fiction as Truthtelling’

Environmental activist Brockovich will present her newest book, Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It, which outlines the fight for clean water in the United States. Alvarez will present her latest novel, Afterlife, a poignant, deeply moving, and sometimes funny exploration of what it means to connect with others in a world that constantly throws obstacles our way. Gyasi, whose 2016 book, Homegoing, won the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard First Book Prize, will present the much-anticipated follow-up, Transcendent Kingdom, an emotional portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants living in the Deep South.

The 15 sneak peek authors are

  • Julia Alvarez, Afterlife
  • Aimee Bender, The Butterfly Lampshade
  • Michael Ian Black, A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son
  • H. W. Brands, The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom
  • Erin Brockovich, Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It
  • Candace Bushnell, Rules for Being a Girl
  • Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom
  • Stephen Graham Jones, The Only Good Indians
  • Dean Koontz, Elsewhere
  • Kevin Kwan, Sex and Vanity
  • José R. Ralat, American Tacos: A History and Guide
  • Richard Santos, Trust Me
  • Natalia Sylvester, Running
  • Natasha Trethewey, Memorial Drive
  • Kathy Valentine, All I Ever Wanted: A Rock ’n’ Roll Memoir