The Texas Book Festival is moving online for its 25th anniversary this year, but one thing hasn’t changed: The lineup is full of the literary world’s biggest stars. With 150 authors and more than 100 sessions, this year’s Virtual Festival has something for everyone. Every Festival session is free and open to the public, plus ticketed opportunities to see Matthew McConaughey and Jodi Picoult. Check out some of the highlights of this year’s Festival, including five Houston authors joining this year’s event! See the full lineup and schedule here.
Kevin Kwan, Sex and Vanity
Thursday, Nov. 12 | 5:30 p.m. CST | Register here
Kevin Kwan, a Singaporean-American author who grew up in Houston, credits his time in Houston as being absolutely crucial to publishing his bestselling book Crazy Rich Asians. At TBF this year, Kwan will discuss romance, race, and riches in his newest novel, Sex and Vanity, a retelling of E.M. Forster’s Room with a View updated for the modern era. Set on the luxurious island of Capri, the novel stars Lucie Churchill, who’s always ignored her Chinese-American mother’s culture in favor of her white New Yorker father’s. That doesn’t change when she meets hunky, infuriating George Zao—at least, not at first.
Kate Murphy, You’re Not Listening
Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 2:15 p.m. CST | Register here
Kate Murphy, a Houston-based reporter, will join novelist Sigrid Nunez (What Are You Going Through) to discuss a question at the center of their newest books: How can we be better friends and listeners? The two authors will discuss empathy, connection, and strengthening our relationships with one another.
Wayétu Moore, The Dragons, the Giant, the Women
Friday, Nov. 6 | 11:30 a.m. CST | Register here
In her adolescence, Wayétu Moore moved to Houston, Texas, from Monrovia, Liberia, to escape civil war. She has credited the time, when she read and wrote prolifically, with helping her overcome the trauma of the war. Moore will join a panel with Fowzia Karimi (Above Us The Milky Way) to explore the experiences of war and immigration in their latest releases. Moore’s memoir The Dragons, the Giant, the Women tells of her escape from the First Liberian Civil War as a child and then of her years spent growing up as a Black immigrant woman in Texas.
Bryan Washington, Memorial
Sunday, Nov. 15 | 10 a.m. CST | Register here
Houstonian Bryan Washington will join fellow Texan debut novelists Richard Z. Santos (Trust Me) and James Wade (All Things Left Wild) to share stories set in the Southwest in their first-ever novels. Featuring everything from a mysterious skeleton to an unexpected houseguest to a horse thief on the run, these new books are equal parts thrilling and powerful.
Liara Tamani, All The Things We Never Knew
Sunday, Nov. 1 | 10 a.m. CST | Register here
Part of the Texas Teen Book Festival this year, Houstonian Liara Tamani will discuss All The Things We Never Knew, a young adult novel about first love, heartbreak, betrayal, and family with fellow YA novelists Alice Oseman (Heartstopper) and Jenna Evans Welch (Love & Olives).
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Matthew McConaughey in Conversation with Ethan Hawke
Saturday, Nov. 7 | 4 p.m. CST | Register here
Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey discusses his new memoir, Greenlights. His interlocutor, Ethan Hawke, was a featured Texas Book Festival author in 2016 and is an acclaimed actor, director, screenwriter, and native Texan. Each ticket is $41 and includes the cost of the book, processing fees, and shipping. The first 350 ticket buyers for this event will receive a copy of Greenlights with a signed bookplate.
Jodi Picoult in Conversation with Amanda Eyre Ward
Wednesday, Nov. 11 | 6 p.m. CST | Register here
#1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult discusses her new novel, The Book of Two Ways, with author Amanda Eyre Ward. Each ticket is $41 and includes the cost of the book, processing fees, and shipping. The first 100 ticket buyers get a signed copy of The Book of Two Ways!