Min Jin Lee, Walter Isaacson among Texas Book Festival gala headliners

11:40 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 Austin360 Home

 New York Times bestselling author Walter Isaacson, author Min Jin Lee, Fox drama Empire writer/producer Attica Locke, and New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young will all chat, present and entertain at the Texas Book Festival’s gala Nov. 3 at the Four Seasons in Austin.

Texas Monthly executive editor Skip Hollandsworth will emcee this year’s gala.

Lee is the award-winning author of “Pachinko,” the epic saga of a Korean family told across four generations and much of the 20th century.

Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, D.C. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. He is also the bestselling author of “Steve Jobs,” “Einstein: His Life and Universe” and “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.” His most recent biography is that of “Leonardo Da Vinci.” 

Locke is a writer and producer on the Fox drama “Empire” and author of “Pleasantville” (a 2016 winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction), “Black Water Rising,” “The Cutting Season” and her current novel, “Bluebird.”

In addition to being the New Yorker poetry editor, Young is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose, most recently “Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015,” longlisted for the National Book Award. His latest nonfiction book is “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.” 

Hollandsworth is the author of the totally excellent “The Midnight Assassin,” about the hunt for America’s first serial killer. He also wrote “Bernie” with Richard Linklater.

The festival takes place in and around the Texas Capitol Nov. 4 and 5. It is free and open to the public. The gala is not.

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