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Texas Book Festival announces 20 literary stars for 20th anniversary

Texas Book Festival announces 20 literary stars for 20th anniversary

Texas Book Festival 20th anniversary Fatima Ronquillo poster CROPPED 2015
The poster for the 20th anniversary of the Texas Book Festival was released Friday. Courtesy of Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary with big-name authors, and on Friday, the organization announced 20 top authors participating in this year's event.

"I'm so happy we can finally share a handful of the literary stars and soon-to-be-stars joining us this year," said literary director Steph Opitz in a release. "Looking for something for that gourmand friend? Check. Angsty tween who loves comics? Check. A 20-something aspiring poet who's read it all? Check. The family history buff? Check."

2015 talent includes notable names like Chuck Palahniuk, Sandra Cisneros, Margaret Atwood, Wendell Pierce and Aaron Franklin. These authors and many more will be featured at the festival, which takes place October 17-18 around the Texas State Capitol. 

The authors announced Friday and their featured books include:
Margaret Atwood, The Heart Goes Last
Chuck Palahniuk, Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread
Elizabeth Strout, The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015: The Best Stories of the Year
Sloane Crosley, The Clasp
Sandra Cisneros, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
Chip Kidd, Judge This 
Adrian Tomine, Killing and Dying
Wendell Pierce, The Wind in the Reeds
Avi with Brian Floca, Old Wolf
Raúl Colón, Draw!
H. W. Brands, Reagan: The Life
Margo Jefferson, Negroland: A Memoir
Alejandro Zambra, My Documents
Attica Locke, Pleasantville
Saeed Jones, Prelude to a Bruise
Linda Gray, The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction
Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, All American Boys
Stephen L. Moore, Texas Rising: The Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1846
Marie Lu, The Rose Society: A Young Elites Novel
The Texas Book Festival is free and open to the public. Visit the fest's website for more information.