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Literature stars shine bright on 2018 San Antonio Book Festival lineup

Literature stars shine bright on 2018 San Antonio Book Festival lineup

Jorge Ramos
Journalist Jorge Ramos will be headlining this year's San Antonio Book Festival. San Antonio Book Festival

Alamo City bookworms rejoice. The San Antonio Book Festival will return for its sixth year to the the Central Library and Southwest School of Art on April 7.

On February 6, festival organizers announced the lineup for this year's celebration and the return of some of its most popular events. Headlining the 2018 fest will be Emmy award-winning journalist and former Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who will speaking about his book Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era.

Other notable names include comedian Paula Poundstone (The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness), former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros (Building Equitable Cities: How to Drive Economic Mobility and Regional Growth), former Empire writer Attica Locke (Bluebird, Bluebird), best-selling writer Sandra Cisneros (A House of My Own: Stories from My Life), and National Book Award finalist Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties — her first collection of short stories).

Texas and San Antonio scribes are well represented including Nate Blakeslee (American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West), Texas Observer journalist Melissa del Bosque (Bloodlines: The Trues Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty), sportswriter Michael Hurd (Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas), and young adult author Naomi Shihab Nye (Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners).

The surplus of nonfiction talent and locals is no accident. Explains festival director Clay Smith in a release, “The past year in American publishing has been vibrant and abundant. But if there’s one trend that rises to the top, it’s readers’ desire for nonfiction, which we are featuring more of than we have in past years. It’s also a really wonderful year for Texas writing and we are thrilled to feature many statewide writers in this year’s lineup.”

Both fiction and nonfiction fans will get a chance to engage with fellow lit lovers during panels covering everything from American politics to San Antonio’s literary history, and Book It! luncheons where ticket holders can dine with authors at Club Giraud. The ever popular The Moth Mainstage storytelling show and Book Appétit Literary Feast fundraiser (with headliner Poundstone) will also be on the slate of activities, as well as fun for teens and younger kids.

With the exception of the ticketed events, all activities are free and open to the public. For a full list of author’s and schedules, visit the festival’s website.