Texas Book Festival Promises Well-known Faces

21 Oct

TSTC Publishing is gearing up for this weekend’s Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas. We’ve packed up the supplies (from paper fans picturing our latest books to koozies to sweets) and books and are ready to head out bright and early tomorrow morning.

This is my first trip to the Texas Book Festival, and I’m kind of at a loss as to what to expect. I do know there are some big-ticket names on this year’s guest list. You might’ve heard of a couple of these people.

Kate DiCamillo wrote the Newberry-winning The Tale of Desperaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread, which was adapted (not badly, I might add) to film in 2008 and featured the voices of Matthew Broderick and Emma Watson.

Molly Shannon, a well-known comedian and actress, is presenting Tilly the Trickster, which will be at the festival.

Andy Borowitz, one of the funniest blog writers out there, is presenting his The 50 Funniest Writers book.

I think I could stop there and be happy, but the list gets better. Food Network personalities (of my two favorite shows on the channel) Alton Brown of Good Eats and Paula Deen of Paula’s Home Cooking both will present at the book festival.

At 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, Alton Brown (my family’s favorite by far) will be discussing his latest book, Good Eats 3: The Later Years. If you’ve seen his show, you know the kind of comedy to expect out of this book. It promises to be filled with science-food trivia, 200 recipes, and cooking tips. Oh, yes. And, it includes bonus sock puppet instructions, just in case you need props for your own foodie experiments.

At 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, Paula Deen will talk about her newest cookbook, Southern Cooking Bible: The New Classic Guide to Delicious Dishes with More than 300 Recipes. The book features how-to illustrations, color photographs, and classic and modern twist recipes. Her event will be moderated by Hugh Acheson (chef, restaurant owner, and cookbook writer).

I know we will be super busy, and I probably won’t be able to sneak off to see these amazing authors, but I’m still looking forward to this experience. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of people are gathering this weekend in one spot, solely dedicated to books. What could be better than that?

Stop by and visit us Saturday and Sunday at the Texas Book Festival. We will be in Booth 216!

-Ana

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