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Texas' biggest book festival announces 12 top authors for 2017

Texas' biggest book festival announces 12 top authors for 2017

Texas Book Festival 2015
This one's for the bookworms. Photo courtesy of Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival returns to Austin November 4-5, 2017, celebrating all things literary for the 22nd year. Organizers have revealed the first round of authors participating in the 2017 event, which boasts a diverse lineup of food writers, celebrity authors, and young adult novelists.

"Each year, we try to surpass what we've done before to engage and delight book lovers from all corners of the state who come to the annual Texas Book Festival to see their favorite authors and to discover new ones," says executive director Lois Kim in a release.

Foodies can look forward to appearances by celebrated food writer Mark Bittman (How to Cook Everything Vegetarian) and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons (Bringing It Home).

Young adult author Claire Messud will discuss her highly anticipated 2017 release, The Burning Girl, and Angie Thomas will present her acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give. Margarita Engle, the national 2017-2019 Young People’s Poet Laureate, will present two new works: All the Way to Havana and Forest World.

Twelve authors have been revealed so far. The lineup is as follows:

  • Jami Attenberg, All Grown Up
  • Mark Bittman, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
  • Matthew Dowd, A New Way
  • Margarita Engle, All the Way to Havana and Forest World
  • Roger D. Hodge, Texas Blood
  • Lisa Ko, The Leavers
  • Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid
  • Claire Messud, The Burning Girl
  • Tomás Q. Morín, Patient Zero
  • Gail Simmons, Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating
  • Javaka Steptoe, Radiant Child
  • Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

More than 250 additional writers, both fiction and nonfiction, will join the above authors for readings, panel discussions, and signings. Free and open to the public, the Texas Book Festival takes place in and around the Texas State Capitol and along Congress Avenue.