Light in the Darkness - San Antonio Book Festival
May 21, 2022

Light in the Darkness

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  •    |   Location of Session: Texas Monthly Terrace
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 11:15 AM
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

An epic of betrayal, love, and fate that spans five generations of an Indigenous Chicano family in the American West; a sharp allegorical novel about a hidden human civilization, a crucial election, and a mysterious invisible force that must not be named. In their new novels, National Book Award Finalist Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Woman of Light) and American Book Award recipient Mat Johnson (Invisible Things) delve into the dark side of human nature.

This session will be live streamed on Texas Monthly‘s Facebook page. 


About the Authors

Kali Fajardo-Anstine - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Bear Guitirrez

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the author of Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Robert W.Bingham Prize, The Story Prize, and winner of an American Book Award. She is the 2021 recipient of the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been honored with the Denver Mayor’s Global Impact Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture and the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Reading the West Book Award for Fiction. She has written for The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, The American Scholar, Boston Review, and elsewhere, and has received fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and Tin House. Fajardo-Anstine holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming and has lived across the country, from Durango, Colorado, to Key West, Florida. She is the 2022–2023 Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University. She is from Denver, Colorado. Her debut novel, Woman of Light, will be published in June, 2022. 

Mat Johnson - The San Antonio Book Festival

Mat Johnson

Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the American Book Award, the United States Artists James Baldwin Fellowship, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. He is a professor at the University of Oregon. Mat’s latest book is Invisible Things.


Conor Moran

Conor Moran is the Director of the Wisconsin Book Festival. He started in this role in 2013 after working in the events department and on the sales floor at an independent bookstore.

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