I decided that this would be the year that I attend my first book festival, and the Texas Book Festival in Austin did not disappoint. There were so many different authors from so many different genres and activities for all ages. When you want to attend all the sessions, it is hard to narrow down your must see/do list. I was fortunate enough to attend the book festival with a friend, who help me have the best experience. Here is what we experienced:
DAY ONE – SATURDAY 10/27
Meet the Indie Next Authors! Featuring: R.O. Kwon, Tommy Orange, Nicole Chung
Earth and Beyond: A Conversation with Scott Kelly in the Texas State Capitol
Litsy Meetup on the lawn of the Texas State Capitol
Book signing with Sarah McCoy
Souvenirs – thanks to Texas Book Festival and Book People Bookstore
Lit Crawl Austin – American Short Fiction authors play Ex Libris at Stay Gold, featuring Jamel Brinkley, Rita Bullwinkel, Rebecca Makkai, Jennifer duBois, Owen Egerton and Tommy Orange
Lit Crawl Austin – Noir at the Bar where crime fiction authors read from their recent their novels at Stay Gold, featuring Lou Berney, Max Booth, Meg Gardiner, Mike McCrarry and Scott Von Doviak
Won a crime fiction novel raffle with signed copies!
DAY TWO – SUNDAY 10/28
Alternate Realities: Sci Fi in 2018 with V.E. Schwab and John Scalzi
John Scalzi taking a selfie wearing V.E. Schwab’s cat ears
The last presentation was amazing, and we were too tuckered out to continue with any more sessions, so we wandered around Austin a bit longer and then hit the road back to Houston. All the author/presenters we listened to were amazing, personable and friendly. We just wanted to be friends with all of them. Now I have to find a place in my house for all my lovely new books!