It's no secret that pretty much every writer also loves to read. Here, some of the writers and editors who work with the Austin American-Statesman share some of the people they're looking forward to catching at this year's Texas Book Festival. I say "some" because, much like the piles of "to-read" books we all have at home, our list of "writers we want to hear speak" keeps growing. 

— Sharon Chapman

ERIC WEBB

Saeed Jones: Former LGBT and culture editor at BuzzFeed, Jones is also a well-regarded poet. He's a favorite Twitter follow of mine (and I loved catching him on BuzzFeed's "AM To DM" news show), and I am pretty stoked to read his memoir, "How We Fight For Our Lives." (11 a.m. Saturday, Capitol Auditorium E1.004; 3:45 p.m. Saturday, TBD)

Rainbow Rowell: I am not too big a connoisseur of YA fiction, but I've had Rowell's magical romance "Carry On" on my Goodreads list for a few months now. She's also a comic book fan and writer, and she'll be here with "Wayward Son," the sequel to "Carry On." Oh. I just got the joke. Nice. (3:30 p.m. Sunday, Kirkus Reviews Tent)

Karen Tongson: You might know this scholar of all things queer and pop culture from Guy Branum's Pop Rocket podcast. She's coming to the festival with her new book, "Why Karen Carpenter Matters." Dang right, she does. Now feels like a good time to appreciate Carpenter, a beacon of 1970s pop music sunshine with her own tragic struggles behind the scenes. (12:15 p.m. Saturday, Capitol Extension Room E2.026)

MICHAEL BARNES

Keith Carter: Although he lives in Southeast Texas, photographer Carter is beloved in Austin through the good efforts of the Stephen L. Clark Gallery and the Wittliff Collections. (1:15 p.m. Saturday, The Contemporary Austin Jones Center)

Martha Cotera: This longtime Austin activist whose work goes back to the Chicano civil rights movement is also author of “The Chicana Feminist.” (3:30 p.m. Sunday, Latinx Lit Tent)

Steven Davis: The Wittliff Collections literary curator and biographer of J. Frank Dobie has a fine new book out, “The Essential J. Frank Dobie." (3 p.m. Sunday, Capitol Extension Room E2.028)

Stephen Harrigan: You don’t have to be obsessive about Texas history to thoroughly enjoy this Austinite’s compelling “Big Wonderful Thing." (3 p.m. Sunday, Capitol Extension Room E2.028)

Attica Locke: I fell in love with Locke as a TBF speaker, and then read her compelling books set in East Texas; featured this year is “Heaven, My Home.” (2:30 p.m. Saturday, House Chamber)

Monica Muñoz Martinez: One of the most powerful histories of late was her “The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas.” (11 a.m. Saturday, Texas Tent)

Severo Perez: You might know this University of Texas graduate from his films, plays and TV programs, but he also writes historical fiction novels such as “Odd Birds." (3 p.m. Sunday, Capitol Extension Room E1.014)

Joe Nick Patoski: How did Austin become Austin? Patoski hands you the key with “Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers and Geeks Who Transformed the Capitol of Texas." (3 p.m. Sunday, TBD)

Asher Price: Somebody was going to write a biography of Earl Campbell, but this American-Statesman reporter did much more and chronicled a revealing story of race and class in Texas in "Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact." (1 p.m. Saturday, Capitol Extension Room E2.036)

Don Tate: Former American-Statesman graphic artist Tate is a popular illustrator of several excellent books for children, including “No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas." (1:15 p.m. Sunday, Children's Entertainment Tent)

SHARYN VANE

“Wonder” author R.J. Palacio unveils “White Bird: A Wonder Story,” a graphic novel about a young Jewish girl hidden by a French family in a Nazi-occupied village during World War II. (12:45 p.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church)

“When I Was A Kid: Writing Books Inspired by Our Childhoods” panel, showcasing National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi’s “My Life As An Ice Cream Sandwich,” Newbery medalist Meg Medina’s “Merci Suárez Changes Gears” and Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad’s picture book “The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family.” (2:30 p.m. Saturday, Kirkus Reviews tent)

“Friends Forever” panel, featuring Lamar Giles, a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and author of “The Last Last-Day-of-Summer,” a lively middle-grade caper that starts when time literally freezes for two cousins. (11 a.m. Sunday, Next Chapter tent)

“What I Never Told You” panel. This powerhouse quartet of young-adult authors includes Tiffany Jackson, whose “Let Me Hear a Rhyme” is a love letter to late ’90s Brooklyn wrapped in a mystery, and Matt Mendez, who traces the life of Mexican American teens in El Paso in the bittersweet “Barely Missing Everything.” (2 p.m. Sunday, YA HQ tent)

“We’ve been Through It” panel, anchored by Laurie Halse Anderson. Her “Speak” is an essential young-adult read on the aftermath of rape, and her new memoir, “Shout,” spotlights her own story of assault and resilience. (2:15 p.m. Sunday, Kirkus Reviews tent)

MIKE PARKER

Ben Mezrich weaves fascinating details of real-life scenarios into page-turning novels. His writing shows that reality is often stranger — and just as engrossing — than fiction. (4 p.m. Saturday, C-SPAN2/Book TV Tent)

Like his famous barbecue, Aaron Franklin's writing — with the thoughtful eye of Jordan MacKay — sprinkles in all the details that clear the smoke around great grilling. Readers with even a casual interest in grilling will enjoy the insight offered in "Franklin Steak." (11 a.m. Saturday, Central Market Cooking Tent)

DEBORAH SENGUPTA STITH

Holly George-Warren: Warren's new book "Janis" won't make you feel good about the acclaimed blues rocker's Austin years. Joplin was devastated when a UT fraternity voted her "Ugliest Man on Campus" in 1962, exacerbating her urge to flee Texas. It's one of many stories Warren recounts in excruciating detail in her extensively researched biography of one of the greatest singers to pass through our city. (4 p.m. Saturday, Texas Tent)

J.C. Cervantes: Cervantes' "Storm Runner" series features unlikely hero Zane Obispo confronting an unruly pantheon of Mayan deities. Her action-packed and hilarious books are a wonderful next adventure for young mythology buffs who devoured Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books. (3:30 p.m. Sunday, Next Chapter Tent)