Texas Teen Book Festival announces lineup

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The Texas Teen Book Festival announced its lineup Tuesday for the Oct. 1 event at St. Edward’s University, and participants include Renee Ahdieh, Sabaa Tahir, Ally Carter, Jeffery Self, Traci Chee and John Corey Whaley.

Ahdieh is the best-selling author of “The Wrath and the Dawn” and the upcoming sequel, “The Rose and the Dagger. Tahir is the author of “An Ember in the Ashes.”

Carter is known for the “Embassy Row” and “Gallagher Girls” series, while Whaley is author of “Highly Illogical Behavior” and “Noggin.” Self is the writer of “Drag Teen,” and Chee is the writer of “The Reader.”

Austin author Katherine Catmull (“The Radiant Road”) will also join the lineup.

The authors complement the previously announced keynote speakers, Laini Taylor (“Strange the Dreamer”) and Leigh Bardugo (“Six of Crows”).

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The one-day event will feature author sessions and panels, book signings, workshops and vendor displays. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 pm. at St. Edward’s, 3001 S. Congress Ave.

The festival is one of the nation’s largest teen book events and is free and open to the public. It’s presented in collaboration with the Texas Book Festival, BookPeople, librarians and St. Edward’s. The program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, visit http://www.texasteenbookfestival.org.

Laini Taylor, Leigh Bardugo headline Texas Teen Book Festival

Laini Taylor
Laini Taylor
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Leigh Bardugo

 

Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo will be the keynote speakers at the 8th annual Texas Teen Book Festival on Oct. 1, the Texas Book Festival announced Monday.

Taylor is the author of the upcoming “Strange the Dreamer” as well as “Lips Touch Three Times,” and Bardugo is the author of “Six of Crows” as well as the Grisha Trilogy: “Shadow and Bone,” “Siege and Storm” and “Ruin and Rising.” Her sequel to “Six of Crows” will be published in September, and it’s called “Crooked Kingdom.”

Both are big names in young adult literature, and they’ll lead a series of author sessions, panels, book signings and other events for young adult genre fans at the festival, held at St. Edward’s University.

The Teen Book Festival is presented in collaboration with the Texas Book Festival, BookPeople, a team of librarians and St. Edward’s. It’s also made possible in part by a grant of Humanities Texas.

The event will start at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 1 and continue through 6”30 p.m. at the university, 3001 S. Congress Ave. It’s free and open to the public.

For more information, visit texasteenbookfestival.org.

Tidbits from the Austin book scene

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 20. American writer Jonathan Franzen poses during a portrait session held on September 20, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 20. American writer Jonathan Franzen poses during a portrait session held on September 20, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images)

Several big events are coming up in books, including the Texas Teen Book Festival (September) and the Texas Book Festival on the Capitol grounds (October).

But we have lots of other prominent authors coming to town soon.

One of the biggest will be Jonathan Franzen, who’ll be at BookPeople at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. His latest is “Purity,” and it’s getting great reviews. Kirkus gives it a star, and those don’t come easily. Tickets are required for the signing.

We’ll publish the Kirkus piece the Sunday before Franzen’s appearance.

“Purity” deals with youthful idealism, extreme fidelity and murder, with a cast of characters that include good and bad parents, journalsits and leakers.

Three Austin authors, meanwhile, have new paperback releases coming up for their fine books: Elizabeth McCracken’s “Thunderstruck,” Amanda Eyre Ward’s “Under the Same Sky” and Elizabeth Crook’s “Monday, Monday.”

McCracken, meanwhile, is a big fan of another new book, “A Manual for Cleaning Women,” by Lucia Berlin. As is McCracken’s wont, she’s been tweeting about it and was quoted in a New York Times story.

Berlin died in 2004 at 68, and most critics consider her to be way-underappreciated. The new collection of her short stories was edited by Stephen Emerson and has a foreword by Lydia Davis. It’s a gritty volume, with a lot of caustic humor.

Texas Teen Book Festival announces lineup

More than 4,000 fans of young adult books are expected to attend the Texas Teen Book Festival on the campus of St. Edward's University Sept. 26.
More than 4,000 fans of young adult books are expected to attend the Texas Teen Book Festival on the campus of St. Edward’s University Sept. 26.

The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced more than 30 authors who’ll appear at its annual event, which takes place this year on Sept. 26 on the campus of St. Edward’s University.

The keynote speaker is Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano, best known for her role as Maria on the PBS series “Sesame Street.” After more than four decades on the show, Manzano announced her retirement last month and will present her latest work, a coming-of-age memoir titled “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.” She’ll speak from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Other authors include Rick Yancey (“The 5th Wave”), Kaui Hart Hemmings (“The Descendants”), Jess Andrews (“Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl”), David Levithan (“Another Day”) and Libba Bray (“Lair of Dreams.”

The festival, which is expected to attract more than 4,000 young adult book readers, starts at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 26 and continues until 6:30 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.

For a complete schedule, visit http://www.texasteenbookfestival.org.

This year, the festival is hosting, for the first time, the Texas Teen Book Festival Writing Contest. It’s sponsored by Delacorte Press, and there were 55 entries. Three winners will be announced Sept. 1, and each will receive feedback from Delacorte editors and be honored during opening ceremonies Sept. 26.

Also, Topher Bradfield of BookPeople will host this year’s Texas Throwdown Game Show, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The  show will feature Claudia Gray (“Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Pierce Brown (the “Red Rising” trilogy), Jenny Han (“P.S. I Still Love You”), Aaron Hartzler (“What We Saw”), Cindy Pon (“Serpentine”) and Gareth Hinds (“Macbeth”).

Badgerdog Literary Publishing sessions of note include the Poetry Workshop with Carrie Fountain, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Fiction Workshop with Callie Collins, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., both of which take place in Library Classroom 1.

The festival is a collaboration of the Texas Book Festival, BookPeople, library volunteers and St. Edward’s University. The program is also made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.