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Texas State writers participate in Texas Book Festival

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Sandy Pantlik | October 26, 2018

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The Texas Book Festival connects authors and readers through experiences that celebrate the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination.

Texas State University faculty and several writers featured in The Wittliff Collections will be featured at the annual Texas Book Festival (TBF) October 27-28 in Austin.

Founded in 1995 by former First Lady Laura Bush, TBF is one of the nation’s premier and longest-running book festivals. The free, public event showcases first-time novelists and established writers, introducing attendees to new literary talents and connecting them with their favorite authors. More than 280 writers, including chefs, photographers and activists make up the 2018 TBF lineup. 

Authors and photographers with Texas State University ties who will have work featured at TBF are: 

  • Sarah Bird, author of Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, the compelling hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the Buffalo Soldiers. Wittliff Collections
  • Sandra Cisneros, author and illustrator of Puro Amor, a bilingual chapbook containing several of her illustrations. Wittliff Collections
  • Elizabeth Crook, author of The Which Way Tree, the story of a young girl’s frightening and poignant odyssey to track down the panther that killed her mother. Wittliff Collections
  • Steve Davis and Bill Minutaglio, co-authors of The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD, Timothy Leary's daring prison escape and run from the law. Wittliff Collections 
  • Barbara Morgan, author of On Story – The Golden Age of Television. Wittliff Collections (Advisory Council member)
  • Carmen Tafolla, author of Carmen Tafolla: New and Selected Works. Recipient of the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Award for Children’s Books (2010), awarded by the Texas State University
  •  Jan Reid, author of Sins of the Younger Sons. The protagonist, Luke Burgoa, comes from a family of Texas ranchers who were chased across the Rio Grande by the Mexican Revolution. Wittliff Collections
  • Mimi Swartz, author of Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart. Editor of Texas Monthly. Wittliff Collections 
  • Kenny Braun, photographer, As Far As You Can See, photos of Texas. Wittliff Collections
  • Wyatt McSpadden, photographer, Texas BBQ Small Town to Downtown. Wittliff Collections
  • Cyrus Cassells, author, The Gospel according to Wild Indigo. Professor of English, Texas State University.
  • Andy Sansom, author, Season at Selah: The Legacy of Bamberger Ranch Preserve. Executive director, Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University. 

Also, this year's Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award winners will participate in a panel discussion 12:15-1 p.m. on Oct. 27 []


For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922