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Texas Book Festival releases full lineup of 300 authors, including Roxane Gay and Ali Hazelwood
After the initial release of the first 16 featured authors at the 2023 Texas Book Festival, the full lineup of guest authors and speakers is here.
More than 300 authors will be at the 28th annual festival, taking place at the state Capitol and along Congress Avenue in Austin on November 11-12. The weekend will be full of panel discussions, author readings, book signings, and much more.
"Our full lineup includes a diverse array of writers from across the globe, as well as a wide range of voices and talents from across Texas, which comprises about a third of our full program," said Texas Book Festival Literary Director Hannah Gabel in a release. "As an organization that supports the freedom to read without restriction or censorship, we’re proud to present a festival program that includes something for everyone."
A late addition, just an hour before the news breaks, is Roxanne Gay, one of the leading voices in contemporary intersectional feminism. Known for her tweets as much as her books like Bad Feminist, Gay represents a rarity in academic writing: relatability. She will be presenting her new book, Opinions: A Decade of Arguments, Criticism, and Minding Other People's Business.
No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Ali Hazelwood – who wrote romance novels Love, Theoretically and The Love Hypothesis – will be in attendance to present her upcoming young adult romance novel Check & Mate.
2013 Pritzker Literature Award winner Tim O'Brien will debut his first book in nearly 20 years: America Fantastica. The satirical fiction novel follows a disgraced journalist's bank robbery and subsequent chase across the country.
Dork Diaries author Rachel Renée Russell will showcase her 15th book in her internationally bestselling series, Tales from a Not-So-Posh Paris Adventure.
In alphabetical order, the first 20 authors and speakers are as follows:
- Wendi Aarons
- Stacey Abrams
- Agatha Achindu
- Nana Kwame Adejei-Brenyah
- Sylvia Aguilar-Zéleny
- Nicole Albano
- Charles Alcorn
- Asale Angel-Ajani
- Andrea Arango
- John Manuel Arias
- Isa Arsén
- Roxanna Asgarian
- Alex Aster
- Ben Austen
- Aaron Bagley
- Jessixa Bagley
- Chandler Baker
- Rebecca Balcárcel
- Maya Baran
- Derrick Barnes
The Texas Book Festival will be preceded by the 28th annual First Edition Literary Gala on November 9. The event will take place at the Fairmont Austin Hotel, and will be hosted by NPR Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep.
More information about the 2023 festival and the full lineup of authors can be found on texasbookfestival.org.