The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) has released their list of more than 85 acclaimed national, regional and local authors who will appear at the 4th annual festival.
SABF is a free, daylong, family-friendly event that draws thousands for author presentations, panel discussions, book sales and signings, recipe demonstrations, children’s and teen activities and food trucks. The Festival will take place on Saturday, April 2 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art. A full schedule of events will be available at saplf.org/festival in March.
Top attractions this year include Stephen Harrigan (The Gates of the Alamo), with his latest historical novel A Friend of Mr. Lincoln; Skip Hollandsworth with his new true crime account, The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer; actress Sonia Manzano of Sesame Street fame with her memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx; award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister with her highly anticipated book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation; and George Hodgman with his memoir Bettyville, which received a National Book Critics Circle nomination and was included in NPR critic Maureen Corrigan’s Best Books of 2015.
“This year’s lineup offers so many brilliant reads and authors with wide critical acclaim,” said Clay Smith, the Festival’s Literary Director. “Our Festival’s books cover a broad range of topics. We are featuring two basketball books: New York Times columnist Joe Nocera’s Indentured: The Rebellion Against the College Sports Cartel and Alexander Wolff’s The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama. In addition, we are proud to announce our first panel on gay literature featuring George Hodgman and Bob Morris (Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries his Parents), who both tackle the subject of reckoning with the place where they grew up.”
Young readers’ author Pam Muñoz Ryan won the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature for her novel Echo, and both Sarah Hepola (Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget) and Kate Bolick (Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own) made waves for refreshing memoirs on alcoholism and feminism, respectively. Carl Safina, a preeminent expert on human relationships with the natural world and a MacArthur Fellow, will talk about his newest release, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel.
The lineup also includes other books involving American presidents, in addition to Harrigan’s: H.W. Brands’ biography Reagan: The Life; Thomas Mallon’s fictional account,Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years; and Douglas Brinkley’s biography Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America.
One of this year’s presentations about the border features George T. Diaz’s Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande and Kimball Taylor’s The Coyote’s Bicycle: The Untold Story of Seven Thousand Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire, both focusing on the revealing ways that objects tell the story of the border.
Much-anticipated regional authors include San Antonio Express-News editor Mike Leary with fellow editors Terry Scott Bertling and Jamie Stockwell with San Antonio: Our Story of 150 Years in the Alamo City; David Liss with his middle grade book Randoms; current Trinity University English professor Coleen Grissom with The World According to Coleen; Phoebe Fox with Heart Conditions: The Breakup Doctor Series, #3; Naomi Shihab Nye with Famous; and noted Austin graphic designer DJ Stout with Variations on a Rectangle.
Other highlights include:
- New this year, Book It luncheons provide an opportunity to sit down to an intimate lunch with an author and eight companions. The festival is offering four Book It luncheons—three on the day of the festival and one the day prior. Festival attendees can Book It with Kate Bolick, H.W. Brands, Skip Hollandsworth, or an author yet to be named. Ticket pricing is available at www.saplf.org/events/book-it-luncheons, and all funds raised will benefit SABF.
- Recipe demonstrations from cookbook authors at the expanded Central Market Cooking Tent include Cappy Lawton and Chris Waters Dunn (Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex), Renato Poliafito and Matt Lewis (Baked Occasions: Desserts for Leisure Activities, Holidays and Informal Celebrations), and Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart (Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables).
- Student winners of the 2016 San Antonio Book Festival Fiction Contest will be recognized in an awards ceremony at the Festival.
- For young readers, the Festival offers interactive experiences for teens at the Geekbus and with a flip book photo booth in GeekTown, free books from the Literacy Caravan, a performance by Magik Theatre, and educational activities from the Express-News’ History in Motion RV and the Doseum, San Antonio’s Museum for Kids. New this year, the festival will host a Party Time hour in the Children’s Tent where young visitors can spend time with Festival authors and illustrators.
- Literary Death Match at the Empire Theatre, 7:00 p.m. Tickets available here. Four celebrated authors perform the most exciting sections of their work for an audience and panel of judges, who take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary, then select their favorite writer to advance to the finals. Sharp commentary–with audience participation– determines who is crowned Champion. This year’s competitors include Sara Benincasa (D.C. Trip), Jamie Brickhouse (Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir), David Crabb (Bad Kid: A Memoir), and Joaquín Zihuatanejo (Fight: Poems).
A full author list is provided below. To read author bios, visit our 2016 Authors page.
Marisa Abrajano (White Backlash: Immigration, Race, and American Politics)
Sara Benincasa (D.C. Trip)
Robert Jackson Bennett (City of Blades)
Terry Scott Bertling (San Antonio: Our Story of 150 Years in the Alamo City)
Diane Gonzales Bertrand (A Bean and Cheese Taco Birthday / Un cumpleaños con tacos de frijoles con queso)
Kate Bolick (Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own)
Carmen Boullosa (Before)
H.W. Brands (Reagan: The Life)
Jamie Brickhouse (Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir)
Adam Briggle (A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas)
Douglas Brinkley (Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America)
Monica Brown (Lola Levine Is Not Mean!)
Ada Calhoun (St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street)
Brandon Caro (Old Silk Road: A Novel)
David Crabb (Bad Kid: A Memoir)
Eileen Curtright (The Burned Bridges of Ward, Nebraska: A Novel)
Tracy Daugherty (The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion)
Clark Davis (It Starts with Trouble: William Goyen and the Life of Writing)
John T. Davis (North Beach)
James Dennis (North Beach)
George T. Díaz (Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande)
Angela Dominguez (Mango, Abuela, and Me)
James R. Doty, M.D. (Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart)
Brent Douglass (North Beach)
Chris Waters Dunn (Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex)
Nathalie Dupree (Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables)
Jessica Dupuy (The United States of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State)
Álvaro Enrigue (Sudden Death)
Phoebe Fox (Heart Conditions: The Breakup Doctor Series, #3)
Xavier Garza (The Donkey Fights La Llorona and Other Stories)
Melissa Ginsburg (Sunset City: A Novel)
Cynthia Graubart (Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables)
Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman: A Novel)
Coleen Grissom (The World According to Coleen)
Kali Nicole Gross (Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America)
Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Alamo All Stars)
Stephen Harrigan (A Friend of Mr. Lincoln: A Novel)
Sarah Hepola (Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget)
Dave Hickey (25 Women: Essays on Their Art)
George Hodgman (Bettyville: A Memoir)
Skip Hollandsworth (The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer)
K.A. Holt (House Arrest)
A.G. Howard (Untamed: A Splintered Companion)
Paulette Jiles (News of the World: A Novel)
Julia Johnson (Be Frank With Me: A Novel)
Varian Johnson (To Catch a Cheat)
John C. Kerr (The Silent Shore of Memory: A Novel)
Austin Kleon (The Steal Like an Artist Journal: A Notebook for Creative Kleptomaniacs)
David K. Langford (Fog at Hillingdon)
Cappy Lawton (Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex)
Mike Leary (San Antonio: Our Story of 150 Years in the Alamo City)
Cynthia Levinson (Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can)
Matt Lewis (Baked Occasions: Desserts for Leisure Activities, Holidays and Informal Celebrations)
David Liss (Randoms)
Thomas Mallon (Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years)
Sonia Manzano (Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx)
Meg Medina (Mango, Abuela, and Me)
Daniel Miyares (Surf’s Up)
Bob Morris (Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries His Parents)
Joe Nocera (Indentured: The Rebellion Against the College Sports Cartel)
Naomi Shihab Nye (Famous)
Chris Offutt (My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir)
Karen Olsson (All the Houses: A Novel)
John Parra (Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans)
Ashley Hope Pérez (Out of Darkness)
Rene S. Perez II (Seeing Off the Johns)
Renato Poliafito (Baked Occasions: Desserts for Leisure Activities, Holidays and Informal Celebrations)
Al Reinert (Rara Avis: John James Audubon and the Birds of America)
Pam Muñoz Ryan (Echo: A Novel)
Carl Safina (Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel)
Lisa Sandlin (The Do-Right)
Steven P. Schneider (The Magic of Mariachi / La Magia del Mariachi)
Bruce M. Shackelford (The Wests of Texas: Cattle Ranching Entrepreneurs)
ire’ne lara silva (Blood Sugar Canto)
Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not: A Novel)
Dominic Smith (The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel)
Jamie Stockwell (San Antonio: Our Story of 150 Years in the Alamo City)
Francisco X. Stork (The Memory of Light)
DJ Stout (Variations on a Rectangle: 30 Years of Graphic Design from Texas Monthly to Pentagram)
Whitley Strieber (The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained)
Don Tate (Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton)
Kimball Taylor (The Coyote’s Bicycle: The Untold Story of Seven Thousand Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire)
Laura Tillman (The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City)
Rebecca Traister (All The Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation)
Emma J. Virján (What This Story Needs Is a Hush and a Shush)
Tommy Wallach (Thanks for the Trouble)
Wendy Williams (The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion)
Laura Wilson (That Day: Pictures in the American West)
Alexander Wolff (The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama)
Joaquín Zihuatanejo (Fight: Poems)