OBSESSED WITH TEXAS - San Antonio Book Festival
April, 15 2023


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

About the Event

Join the Writers’ League of Texas for a conversation with Lakiesha Carr (An Autobiography of Skin), Bobby Finger (The Old Place), and Kimberly Garza (The Last Karankawas) about their debut novels that uniquely draw on the complexities of the Lone Star State. 

This session will be live streamed on Facebook.



About the Authors

Lakiesha Carr - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Marc Bailey

Lakiesha Carr

Lakiesha Carr graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and received her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded a Maytag Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction and a Jeff and Vicki Edwards Post-graduate Fellowship in Fiction. A journalist and writer from East Texas, she has held various editorial and production positions with CNN, The New York Times, and other media. Her writing has received support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for nonfiction writing, and the Kimbilio Fellowship for fiction writing. An Autobiography of Skin is her debut novel.

Bobby Finger - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Elena Mudd

Bobby Finger

Bobby Finger is a writer and co-host of the popular celebrity and entertainment podcast, Who? Weekly. A Texas native, he lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Old Place is his debut novel.

Kimberly Garza - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Lindsay Garza

Kimberly Garza

Kimberly Garza is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Texas, where she earned a PhD in 2019. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Copper NickelDIAGRAMCreative NonfictionTriQuarterly, and elsewhere. A native Texan—born in Galveston, raised in Uvalde—she is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Last Karankawas is her first novel.


Kimberly Garza - The San Antonio Book Festival

Sam Babiak

Sam Babiak is the Program Director at the Writers’ League of Texas. She holds a B.A. in English Literature with a certificate in Creative Writing with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. She loves talking to writers about their craft and has moderated panels and conversations with the WLT, the Texas Book Festival, HavenCon, and BookPeople. She’s spent time as a reading intern with a literary agent at Massie & McQuilkin and she’s volunteered for the Echo Literary Arts Magazine fiction board, Badgerdog Creative Writing Camps, and Letters About Literature. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming from HotHouse Literary Journal and the lickety~split. She is from Laredo, Texas and currently lives in Austin, Texas.

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