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Texas Book Festival draws Dallas star, BBQ guru and Houston-born mystery author

Texas Book Fest draws Dallas TV star and Houston-born mystery author

Linda Gray, AWARE Luncheon
Linda Gray is among the featured authors for the 2015 Texas Book Festival. Photo by Kristina Bowman
Attica Locke, author, novelist
Attica Locke, whose novel Pleasantville is set in Houston, will be a featured author at the 2015 Texas Book Festival. Photo by Jenny Walters
Aaron Franklin barbecue
Texas barbecue guru Aaron Franklin will be a featured author at the 2015 Texas Book Festival. Photo courtesy of Franklin Barbecue
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood will be a featured author at the 2015 Texas Book Festival. Photo by George Whiteside
Linda Gray, AWARE Luncheon
Attica Locke, author, novelist
Aaron Franklin barbecue
Margaret Atwood

The Texas Book Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, and the organization has announced 20 top authors participating this year — including Linda Gray, better known as Sue Ellen Ewing around these parts.

"I'm so happy we can finally share a handful of the literary stars and soon-to-be-stars joining us this year," said literary director Steph Opitz in a release. "Looking for something for that gourmand friend? Check. Angsty tween who loves comics? Check. A 20-something aspiring poet who's read it all? Check. The family history buff? Check."

In addition to Gray, this year's talent includes notable names like Chuck Palahniuk, Houston-raised author Attica Locke, Sandra Cisneros, Margaret Atwood, Wendell Pierce and barbecue guru Aaron Franklin. These authors and many more will be featured at the festival, which takes place October 17-18 around the Texas State Capitol in Austin. 

The authors and their featured books include the following:
Margaret AtwoodThe Heart Goes Last
Chuck PalahniukMake Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread
Elizabeth StroutThe O. Henry Prize Stories 2015: The Best Stories of the Year
Sloane CrosleyThe Clasp
Sandra CisnerosA House of My Own: Stories from My Life
Chip KiddJudge This 
Adrian TomineKilling and Dying
Wendell PierceThe Wind in the Reeds
Avi with Brian FlocaOld Wolf
Raúl ColónDraw!
H. W. BrandsReagan: The Life
Margo JeffersonNegroland: A Memoir
Alejandro ZambraMy Documents
Attica LockePleasantville
Saeed JonesPrelude to a Bruise
Linda GrayThe Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction
Aaron FranklinFranklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
Jason Reynolds and Brendan KielyAll American Boys
Stephen L. Moore, Texas Rising: The Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1846
Marie LuThe Rose Society: A Young Elites Novel
The Texas Book Festival is free and open to the public. Visit the fest's website for more information.