April, 15 2023


  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Texas Monthly Tent
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 12:30 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

It’s the 100th anniversary of Texas State Parks! Celebrate the Centennial with these two new books by well-known conservationists George Bristol (Texas State Parks: The First One Hundred Years, 1923 – 2023) and Andrew Sansom (The Art of Texas State Parks: A Centennial Celebration, 1923 – 2023). 

This session will be live streamed on Facebook.


About the Authors

George Bristol - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Texas Legacy Project

George Bristol

George Bristol has been a passionate advocate of parks and conservation efforts for more than 50 years. Throughout his illustrious career, he has received presidential appointments to the National Park Foundation Board of Directors, formed the Texas Coalition for Conservation to advocate for better funding for Texas parks, and served as an advisor to the PBS series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns. Included in the many awards and honors Bristol has received are the National Cornelius Pugsley Award from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Park Foundation in 2009. His previous books include Glacier National Park: A Culmination of Giants, On Politics and Parks, and a book of photography and poetry, Visual Voices. Bristol is a father of three, grandfather of four; he and his wife Gretchen Denny live in Fort Worth. 

Andrew Sansom - The San Antonio Book Festival

Andrew Sansom

Andrew Sansom is one the leading conservationists in Texas. The former executive director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, he has also served as the executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Nature Conservancy. He is the co-author of several books, including Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art and The Art of Texas State Parks: A Centennial Celebration, 1923 – 2023


Andrew Sansom - The San Antonio Book Festival

Rodney Franklin

Rodney Franklin currently serves as the Division Director for Texas State Parks. Rodney started his 31-year career with TPWD working as a seasonal employee at a small historic site in Paris, Texas – the Sam Bell Maxey House. After graduating from Texas A&M, he went on to manage that site and was later promoted to Lake Bob Sandlin State Park in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. After six years there, Rodney became the Complex Manager at Cooper Lake State Park for eight years before becoming the Regional Director of the State Parks Region 5 in Waco, Texas. He served as the Regional Director in Waco until August 2017 when he accepted the position of Deputy Division Director of Texas State Parks in Austin, Texas. Rodney served as the Division Deputy Director for over a year before becoming Division Director in December 2018. Rodney Franklin is a National Conservation Leadership Institute Fellow and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Park Directors. Rodney leads over 1400 State Parks employees that care for 89 Texas State Parks.

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