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Storybook Old West Austin estate sets scene for Texas Book Festival launch party

Storybook Old West Austin estate sets scene for Texas Book Fest party

Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Stephanie Kaynes and Don Tate. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Each room was transformd into a makeshift bookshop. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
TBF's literary director, Julie Wernersbach, welcomed guests. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Attendees toasted to another great festival lineup. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Andrew VanDyke and Heather VanDyke. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Lois Kim, Heather Stallings, and John Little. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Dana Kunik and Jennalie Lyons. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Maya Perez and Maya Smart. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Darryl Tocker, DJ Stout, and Terry Tocker. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Kristen Roupenian and Jill Meyers. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Kathy Blackwell and Natalia Sylvester. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Gerry Tucker, Karen Brimble, Ray Brimble, and Lois Kim. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
The property's belvedere housed fiction books. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Matt Prescott and Lara Prescott. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Lauren Earthman and David Honeycutt. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Lea Bogner and Karen Brimble. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Liliana Valenzuela, Elizabeth Davis, TC Waugh, and Laura Donnelly. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party
Texas Book Festival 2019 author lineup reveal party

What: Texas Book Festival Author Lineup Reveal Party

Where: Home of John Little and Heather Stallings

The lowdown: On August 27, Austin's literati gathered at the palatial Pemberton Heights estate of John Little and Heather Stallings to celebrate the upcoming Texas Book Festival, which returns to Austin this fall.

To reveal the 2019 festival author lineup, the splendid home was transformed into a makeshift bookshop, with each room (as well as the property's belvedere overlooking a koi pond) highlighting a separate category — fiction, kids' books, nonfiction, etc. The bibliophiles and writers, festival organizers, and philanthropists in attendance were given a map detailing each room's location. Inside each room, they found copies of books and learned more about this year's authors.

Maps in hand, partygoers embarked on a miniature treasure hunt across the grounds, passing live peacocks on rolling hills, a greenhouse, and other picturesque scenes. Each room was covered with books and featured a stocked bar of sparkling rose, wine, and Independence Brewing ales, a dream come true for many attendees — including this writer.

The Texas Book Festival returns to downtown Austin October 26-27 with hundreds of writers, comedians, chefs, and storytellers joining in the literary fun. Attendees to the free event can take part in Q&As, listen to panel discussions, enjoy special activities such as LitCrawl, and more. For more information and to peruse the full author list, visit the Texas Book Festival website.

Who: Lois Kim, Julie Wernersbach, Sofia SokoloveCallie Collins, Kristen RoupenianKathy Blackwell, Stephanie KaynesDon TateDana KunikJennalie LyonsMaya PerezMaya Smart, Darryl TockerDJ StoutTerry TockerJill MeyersNatalia SylvesterLauren EarthmanDavid HoneycuttGerry TuckerKaren Brimble, Ray BrimbleLiliana ValenzuelaElizabeth DavisTC Waugh, and Laura Donnelly.