In the mood to think about politics at the Texas Book Festival this weekend? Here are a few panels you might enjoy. All are free and open to the public.
Let’s start with Saturday.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas is here with his memoir “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.” (Vargas famously revealed his undocumented status in 2011.) He is joined by Reyna Grande and her own memoir of lack of documentation, “A Dream Called Home.” (10 to 10:45 a.m., C-SPAN2 tent)
Historian Michael Beschloss might very well discuss our current moment as he talks about his new book, “Presidents of War,” which moves from James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times. (11 to 11:45 a.m., C-SPAN2 tent)
Journalist Alfredo Corchado has two panels discussing his book "Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration." The first is the “PEN America Presents: Stories (Un)told: Reporting on Family Separation and Immigration Policy” discussion at the Eighth and Congress tent from 11:30 a.m to 12:15 p.m. If you can’t make that one, he will discuss the book solo from 3 to 3:45 p.m. in the Texas tent.
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The panel “Curating Difficult Conversations” features journalist Eli Saslow and his book “Rising Out of Hatred,” about a white nationalist who ultimately turned his back on being a white nationalist. Joining him is writer Zachary Wood and his book “Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America.” (11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Capitol Extension Room E2.016)
Writers Amy Chozick (“Chasing Hillary") and Ben Fountain (“Beautiful Country, Burn Again”), will talk about covering the 2016 elections. (1 to 1:45 p.m. C-SPAN2 tent)
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Former San Antonio mayor and one-time HUD Secretary Julian Castro will be here with his memoir “Unlikely Journey." (2 to 2:45 p.m., House Chamber)
Carol Anderson’s new book, “One Person, No Vote,” is about voter suppression. (2 to 2:45 p.m., C-SPAN2 tent)
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On Sunday, political scientist Francis Fukuyama discussed his book “Identity” about — wait for it — identity politics. (11 to 11:45 a.m., C-SPAN2 tent )
Law professor Sanford Levinson, author of “Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies,” and sculptor Edward Dwight, creator of the African American History Memorial installed on the Capitol lawn, discuss the meaning, impact, and removal of public monuments. (Noon to 12:45 p.m., Capitol Extension Room E2.014)
The extremely timely “Tracking Texas Water” features authors Hugh Fitzsimmons (“A Rock Between Rivers") and Seamus McGraw (“A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis”) discussing the impact of water on the past, present, and future of Texas. (Noon to 12:45 p.m., Texas tent)
At the “Beyond #MeToo: Women Seizing Power” panel, University of Texas history professor Ashley Farmer (“Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era”) and investigative journalist Bernice Yeung (“In A Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers”) examine historic and present-day women, female-led initiatives and transformative action. (1 to 1:45 p.m., C-SPAN2 tent)
Writers Shane Bauer (“American Prison”) and Debra Jo Immergut (“The Captives”) both discuss mass incarceration. (2 to 2:45 p.m., C-SPAN2 tent)
Sayu Bhojwani (“People Like Us”), founder and president of New American Leaders, and journalist Laura Wides-Muñoz (“The Making of a Dream”) examine the political power of immigrants. (3 to 3:45 p.m., C-SPAN2)