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Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, Javaka Steptoe announced for 2017 Texas Book Festival

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Fans look on as R.L. Stine speaks about his career with Edward Carey at the The Paramount theater during the Texas Book Festival on Sunday, Nov.6, 2016. 

Caldecott Medal honoree Javaka Steptoe, bestselling young adult novelist Angie Thomas, and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons will all be appearing at the 2017 Texas Book Festival, it was announced Tuesday.

This year’s 2017 Texas Book Festival poster, above, was created by Austin-based photographer, artist and author Joel Salcido,author of the new book “The Spirit of Tequila.”

TBF announced a total of 12 authors who will appear at the fest.

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“Each year, we try to surpass what we’ve done before to engage and delight book lovers from all corners of the state who come to the annual Texas Book Festival to see their favorite authors and to discover new ones,” says TBF executive director Lois Kim.

The first round of 2017 Festival authors includes acclaimed young adult novelists, food and cookbook writers, illustrators, and bestselling authors. The lineup includes the following:

  • Claire Messud will present her latest novel, “The Burning Girl,” which is already one of the most anticipated books of 2017.

  • Angie Thomas will present her debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” which launched at the top of the New York Times Young Adult bestseller list. 

  • Margarita Engle, the national 2017-2019 Young People’s Poet Laureate, Newbery Honor winner, and PEN USA Award winner, will present two new books at the Festival: “Forest World” and “All the Way to Havana.”

  • Lisa Ko will present her highly acclaimed novel “The Leavers,” which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.

  • Mark Bittman will discuss the forthcoming tenth anniversary edition of his bestselling cookbook, “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.” 

  • Simmons will present her new cookbook, “Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating.”

  • Young readers will be able to meet Javaka Steptoe, a Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Illustrator award-winning artist, designer, and illustrator, present “Radiant Child,” which won the 2017 Caldecott Medal.

  • Jami Attenberg will present her novel “All Grown Up.”

  • Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, the folks who wrote and illustrated “Wildwood Chronicles,” present “The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid”

  • Central Texas businessman and consultant Matthew Dowd reflects on our complicated political times “A New Way.” 

  • Roger D. Hodge goes through seven generations of a ranching family in “Texas Blood”

  • TPR/Honickman Prize winner Tomás Q. Morín – Patient Zero 

The 2017 TBF lineup will eventually feature 250 celebrated and emerging writers, including journalists, artists, scientists, and more.  The festival takes place Nov. 4 and 5 and is free and open to the public