There aren’t many events in Austin that make you think there simply aren’t enough hours in the day quite like the Texas Book Festival. Go to enough panels, look at what people are holding and all you can think is, “there aren’t enough hours in the day to read all of these books.”
Here are five we look forward to examining closer now that the festival is...in the books. (Sorry).
1. “My Guitar is a Camera” by Watt Casey(Texas A&M). Hearing the deeply cool Watt Casey discuss his lifetime of epic rock, blues and roots music photography made us want to rush out to find this book, packed with amazing photos and contextual essays by Joe Nick Patoski, Steve Miller and more.
2. “Bluebird, Bluebird” by Attica Locke (Mullholland). It was impossible to hear Locke talk about her life during the Texas Book Festival gala and not want to read her thriller set along highway 59.
3. “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan. (Scribner’s). Yeah, we know we have been harping on this on a lot. But the more we look at it, the more it seems impossibly cool.
4. “The History of the Future” by Edward McPherson (Coffee House). The more we milled around the book sales tent and flipped through this collection of extremely cool essays about places the author has lived (Dallas, St. Louis, etc.). Or thought about (Los Angeles) Or have changed us all (Los Alamos, New Mexico).
5. “A Little More Human” by Fiona Maazel (Graywolf). It’s always nice to see weird novels (such as this hunk of paranoia involving superheroes and biotech) set in stereotypically unwerid places (Staten Island!)