Shannon, Orlean and Lehrer slated for Texas Book Festival Gala
The literary stars are coming out big and bright for this year's Texas Book Festival First Edition Literary Gala.
Jim Lehrer, Molly Shannon and Susan Orlean are among the night's honored guests. Children's author Jon Scieszka will join them as the night's emcee for this year's Gala, scheduled for Oct 21 at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Lehrer is the former host of PBS's NewsHour and recently released Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain. Shannon is a former Saturday Night Live cast member and the author of children's book Tilly the Trickster. And novelist Orlean (famously portrayed by Meryl Streep in the movie Adaptation) has a new historical book called Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend.
Scieszka is the author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales and his soon to be released book SPACEHEADZ: SPHDZ Book #3!. As the inaugural National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, he's regarded as one of the best advocates for children's literacy in America. TBF organizers are thrilled to have Scieszka back as host after he delighted the audience at the Gala two years ago with his mix of sincerity and hilarity.
"The Book Festival relishes this fantastic celebration of a variety of authors who are at the heart of all the rich creative content we offer during the Festival weekend," said TBF Executive Director Heidi Marquez Smith. "It's invaluable to get a chance to hear their personal thoughts and observations."
To reserve a table at the Gala that kicks it all off, visit the TBF website. The funds raised make it possible for TBF to keep the Book Festival free to all atendees as well as provide grants to Texas libraries and literacy outreach programs in economically disadvantaged schools.
After the Gala, the Book Festival will feature two days of panels, performances and book sales and signings throughout downtown Austin. This year will also include an inaugural nighttime Lit Crawl through the bars, venues and meeting spaces of East Sixth Street.