I’m all about books these days, especially making them. But I also love reading them. I’m the kind of reader and book lover that falls head over heels for an author just because I’ve fallen in love with his or her writing.
Every year the Texas Book Festival brings hundreds of authors to the state capitol so that book lovers and book people can oogle and go ga-ga over some of their favorite authors. I’ll be at the festival as a volunteer at the Harry Ransom Center exhibitor booth. Stop by if you want to learn all about our current and future projects, or grab a snazzy Edgar Allan Poe button in honor of our current exhibition.
Here are some other great vendors and author panels to check out, recommended by Bird Fly Good:
1. McSweeney’s – The indie-hipster literary journal/publishing group is known for it’s quarky content and beautiful design. I always love their booth at the Texas Book Festival because they bring mounds and mounds of beautiful books and sell them at extremely discounted prices.
2. No Impact Man – Colin Beavan has a blog and writes about living a completely eco-friendly life in New York City. He wrote a book about it, No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process, and there’s possibly a movie in the works too. (Saturday, 11:00-11:45, Capitol Extension Room E2.016)
3. Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale, The Robber Bride, Canadian feminist and poet. These all come to mind when I think “Margaret Atwood.” You can catch her talking about her new novel, The Year of the Flood, Saturday from 3:30-4:15 at the Paramount.
4. Jonathan Safran Foer – In a panel about eating choices and food politics, the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close will sit on a panel titled Are You Gonna Eat That?! I am not really sure why. Maybe he has another strange but intriguing book coming out. (Sunday, 2:00-3:00, House Chamber)
5. Are Books Dead?: The Digital Future of Reading – I am really excited about this panel discussing the future of publishing. As someone who loves books and works in media and publishing, the title is captivating enough. (Saturday, 10:00-11:00, House Chamber)
6. Wyatt McSpadden – The Texas photographer shared his work in one of my photojournalism classes in college, and I fell in love with his landscape and portrait photography. He’s speaking and sharing his work from his new book, Texas BBQ, at the Austin Museum of Art on Saturday from 12:30-1:30.
7. Moonlight Towers – After you’ve had enough reading and discussion for the day, check out the Moonlight Towers at the Music Tent from 4:00-5:00 on Saturday. The local band has been rocking it hard in Austin since 2001 with their rich harmonies, power pop, and high energy.
If my list of recommendations doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other authors attending the festival that just may. Check out the complete schedules for Saturday and Sunday.
Books are beautiful.
Texas Book Festival
October 31-November 1, 2009
Texas Capitol Grounds