Media coverage roundup: Texas Book Festival author lineup

In case you haven’t heard, we released the full author lineup for the 2015 Texas Book Festival last month. Here’s a round up some of the recent media coverage from the author announcement. Enjoy!

Garden and Gun, “The Southern Agenda: Book Report”

‘Texas is big and wide and means a lot of different things to a lot of different people,’ says Texas Book Festival literary director Steph Opitz. ‘So does its literature.’ To help us brush up on our Lone Star lit, we asked Opitz to share a few of her favorite Texas-set tomes.

Austin Chronicle, “Texas Book Festival 2015: The Mighty 300″

What event could bring together Gary Hart and John Sununu, Jonathan Lethem and Lemony Snicket, Taye Diggs and Leonard Pitts, Robert Christgau and Jessica Hopper? The Texas Book Festival, natch. And for its 20th edition, the annual lit extravaganza has booked a record 300 authors. –Robert Faires

Texas Standard, “It’s the 20th anniversary of the Texas Book Festival”

Bookworms rejoice! It is almost time for the annual Texas Book Festival and the organizers have pulled out all of the stops for the 20th anniversary. This year the festival will host more authors than ever before. In fact, 300 authors including headliners Margaret Atwood, Taye Diggs, Steve Inskeep, Daniel Handler, Chuck Palahniuk and Sandra Cisneros will all be in town for the October 17th and 18th book festival. –Hady Mawajdeh

Austin American-Statesman, “More than 300 authors announced for Texas Book Fest”

Book lovers will unite in Austin on Oct. 17 and 18 for the 20th anniversary of the Texas Book Festival, which announced its full lineup Thursday— a record number of almost 300 authors who’ll be coming to the Capitol and surrounding grounds. The festival, which draws about 40,000 people over two days, includes writers in literary fiction, genre fiction, history, politics, Texana, memoir, cooking and children’s literature. The popular gathering also features panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, live music, and activities for kids.    -Charles Ealy

Dallas Morning News, “Texas Book Festival’s 20th year to be its biggest yet” 

The Texas Book Festival will once again be giving readers plenty of good reasons to make the trip to Austin next month. Say, 300 of them. That’s how many authors are scheduled to attend, meaning the festival’s 20th year will be its largest, organizers say. The free event takes place Oct. 17 and 18. The list is again deep with nationally known and up-and-coming fiction writers: Jami Attenberg (Saint Mazie), Sloane Crosley (The Clasp), Lauren Groff (Fates and Furies), Austin Grossman (Crooked), Jonathan Lethem (Lucky Alan and Other Stories), Attica Locke (Pleasantville), Lily Tuck (The Double Life of Liliane).        -Michael Merschel

Tribeza, “Texas Book Festival reveals 300 authors coming to Austin for 2015 Festival” 

At an intimate rooftop cocktail party in downtown Austin on Thursday evening, Austin’s literati celebrated as the Texas Book Festival revealed the complete list of over 300 authors headed to the 2015 Texas Book Festival. On October 17 and 18, the Texas State Capitol Grounds will welcome the largest number of authors in the Festival’s 20-year history. Literary director Steph Opitz promises that this year is gearing up to be the best yet. -Sofia Sokolove

Houston Chronicle, “From A (Margaret Atwood) to Taye (Diggs): Texas Book Festival lineup”

More than 300 authors will appear at the 2015 Texas Book Festival in Austin on Oct. 17 and 18 — the most in the festival’s 20-year history. Margaret Atwood, Taye Diggs, Nick Flynn, Linda Gray, Daniel Handler (of Lemony Snicket fame), Gary Hart, Luis Alberto Urerra, Margo Jefferson, Attica Locke, Marie Lu, Chuck Palahniuk, Tavi Gevinson and Adrian Tomine are just some of the writers
featured. –Maggie Galehouse

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