The Library Foundation & Texas Book Festival presents Edward Carey: Little book launch and opening reception

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Edward Carey
Photo courtesy of Edward Carey

The Library Foundation and The Texas Book Festival will host a book launch and art exhibit opening celebrating the illustrated fiction of local author Edward Carey. The event coincides with the publication date of Carey’s sixth novel, Little, a fictional telling of the life of Marie Tussaud, the woman who grew up an orphan and servant in late 1700s France, and went on to become the internationally known artist and founder of the famous London wax museum, Madame Tussaud’s.

The event honors Carey’s achievements as both a literary and visual artist. The book launch will feature Carey in conversation with fellow author (and spouse) Elizabeth McCracken, who will discuss Carey’s inspiration for the novel, how his writing and artistic process converge and conflict, and themes within the novel - rebellion, the human body, artistry and history, female empowerment, and more.

Carey will speak with McCracken surrounded by a curated exhibit of his visual work from Little and other book projects, including the YA Iremonger Trilogy, Observatory Mansions, Alva & Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City, as well as sketches from Carey’s next novel-in-the-making. The exhibit, titled “The Illustrated Fiction of Edward Carey,” will remain on display in the library through the end of 2018.

Event Details



Austin Central Library
710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78701


Ticket Info

Admission is free.