Celeste Ng, Michael Beschloss, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Jacqueline Woodson are the featured authors for the Texas Book Festival’s 2018 First Edition Literary Gala.
Ng is the award-winning author of the best-selling “Everything I Never Told You” and last year’s “Little Fires Everywhere.”
The newest book by the well-known Presidential historian Michael Beschloss, “Presidents of War,” trades wartime Presidents from James Madison and the War of 1812 forward.
Award-winning author and poet Luis Alberto Urrea is a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame and winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. His short story collection, “The Water Museum,” was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and Kirkus Reviews. Urrea is best known as a border writer, being born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother. His newest work js “The House of Broken Angels.”
Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award for her book “Brown Girl Dreaming,” and is also the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, the winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, the Newbery Honor Medal, the Caldecott Medal, and the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate among others. Her new book, “Harbor Me” focuses on issues of race, immigration, and incarceration from the perspective of six troubled students.
The 2018 gala will take place Oct. 26 at the Four Seasons Hotel and will be emceed by Jake Silverstein, editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine and former Texas Monthly editor.
Proceeds from the Gala fund the book festival, the Reading Rock Stars Literacy Program, their Texas Public Library Grants and literary programming throughout the year.
The fest, which is free and open to the public, takes place
on the Texas Capitol grounds Oct. 27 and 28. Check out the first fifteen authors coming to the fest here.
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