For the past several years, if you wanted to get a taste of the Texas Book Festival, you traveled to Austin in October and spent a weekend hopping from session to session while dozens of authors spoke.
But the Texas Book Festival, working in partnership with Texas Monthly and the city of Highland Park, will bring a one-day event featuring top Texas authors on May 11 at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane in Dallas.
The festival is only a few hours long, but as several authors will be speaking simultaneously, it still offers that Texas Book Festival session-juggling experience.
The keynote lunch will feature Texas Monthly editor in chief Jake Silverstein speaking with the New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright, author of “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.” Wright will also discuss “In the New World,” his recently rereleased memoir about growing up in Dallas in the 1960s and ’70s.
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Other speakers include:
• Erica Grieder, author of “Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas,” in conversation with Skip Hollandsworth
• Joe Nick Patoski, author of “The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America,” in conversation with John Spong
• Children’s writer Liz Garton Scanlon, author of “Think Big”
• John Spong, speaking about his own book on the making of “Lonesome Dove”
• Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, author of “Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas”
• Stephen Harrigan and Prudence Mackintosh discussing “True Tales: Essayists on their Craft.”