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Texas Book Festival

Visit us on October 22 & 23, 2011 in booths 112 & 113 | flier | map


The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology
Edited by Austin Powell and Doug Freeman

Three decades of music writing from Austin’s renowned alternative newspaper creates an invaluable record of one of America’s most vibrant musical communities—“the live music capital of the world”—and of musicians from Townes Van Zandt to Spoon.

About the Authors
Like the founders of The Austin Chronicle and many of its esteemed writers, Austin Powell and Doug Freeman began covering the local music scene for the Daily Texan at the University of Texas, where they also hosted radio shows on KVRX. In 2006, Freeman founded the website Austin Sound, for which he still serves as managing editor, while Powell assumed the reins of the Chronicle’s music news column, “Off the Record.”

Saturday, 10/22
12:00 – 1:00 | Music Tent | map

Crazy From the Heat:
A Chronicle of Twenty Years in the Big Bend

By James H. Evans

The leading photographic interpreter of the Big Bend presents new work that includes magnificent color landscapes and panoramas, dramatic night work, sensuous nudes, and vivid portraits.

About the Author
James H. Evans is also the photographer/author of Big Bend Pictures. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Art Museum of South Texas, as well as in many private collections.

Saturday, 10/22
Capitol Extension Room E2.012 | map

Greenback Planet
How the Dollar Conquered the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It

By H. W. Brands

With fascinating stories of money men, from Alexander Hamilton to Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, and deft explanations of the ins and outs of monetary policy, Greenback Planet clarifies why the dollar rules the world—and why that should frighten us all.

About the Author
H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He writes on American history and politics, with books including Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, and TR. Several of his books have been bestsellers; Traitor to His Class and The First American were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Brands lectures frequently on historical and current events and appears on national and international television and radio programs.

Saturday, 10/22
12:15 – 1:15 | C-SPAN Book TV Tent, “Show Me the Money” | map

We Were Not Orphans: Stories from the Waco State Home
By Sherry Matthews

In these amazing stories, Texans who spent their youth in an institution for “dependent and neglected” children reveal both the positive outcomes and the horrific abuses that resulted when a government-run “home” was allowed to operate for decades without any public oversight.

About the Author
Sherry Matthews has spent most of her life working for social change through her advocacy marketing firm and has won many awards on behalf of government agencies, nonprofits, and socially conscious companies. She first became aware of the Waco State Home at age three, when her three brothers were taken there to live. Years later, she attended a reunion at the Home and began collecting the alumni stories with assistance from author Jesse Sublett.

Saturday, 10/22
1:30-2:30 | Capitol Extension Room E2.014, “The State of Our Children: Texas as a Parent” | map

Don’t Make Me Go to Town: Ranchwomen of the Texas Hill Country
By Rhonda Lashley Lopez

Beautifully illustrated with rich black-and-white photographs of ranchwomen at work, Don’t Make Me Go to Town is a remarkable record of women of strength and determination who are striving to preserve an increasingly rare way of life.

About the Author
Rhonda Lashley Lopez began the ranchwomen project while earning a graduate degree in journalism/photojournalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, she has worked in newspapers and magazines as a photographer, writer, and editor. She has also taught journalism at Schreiner University and Austin Community College.

Saturday, 10/22
2:45-3:30 | Capitol Extension Room E2.026 | map

Avant-Garde Art and Artists in Mexico
By Susannah Joel Glusker

With more than six hundred images by photographers and artists including Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jean Charlot, Agustín Jiménez, Agustín Casasola, Rufino Tamayo, José Guadalupe Posada, and Lola Álvarez Bravo, this journal by the author of Idols Behind Altars and The Wind That Swept Mexico constitutes a spectacular visual and verbal portrait of the “Mexican Renaissance” of the 1920s.

About the Author
The daughter of Anita Brenner and author of the book Anita Brenner: A Mind of Her Own, Susannah Joel Glusker teaches “Mexican Women of Note” and “Mexican Art of the Early Twentieth Century” at the Universidad Iberoamericana, translates, and writes for various publications.

Saturday, 10/22
3:30-4:15 | Capitol Extension Room E2.010, “Avant-Garde Mexico” | map

State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents
By Don Graham

Offering his signature take on Texas literary giants from J. Frank Dobie to Larry McMurtry and Cormac McCarthy, and on films such as The Alamo, The Last Picture Show, and Brokeback Mountain, Don Graham demolishes the notion that “Texas culture” is a contradiction in terms.

About the Author
Don Graham is J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches the famous course "Life and Literature of the Southwest." Graham has written extensively on Southwestern American literature, film, and history. His books include Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas, No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie Murphy, Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire, and State Fare: An Irreverent Guide to Texas Movies. Graham is also a past president of the Texas Institute of Letters and a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly.

Saturday, 10/22
3:30-4:15 | Capitol Extension Room E2.028 | map

Texas State Cemetery
By Jason Walker and Will Erwin, with Helen Thompson

Illustrated with superb images by renowned Texas photographer Laurence Parent, this history of the Texas State Cemetery tells the story of Texas through the lives of notable Texans, from Stephen F. Austin to Barbara Jordan, who are buried in this hallowed ground.

About the Author
Walker and Erwin both work for the Texas State Cemetery. Walker is the Director of Research. He oversees research, educational programs, exhibits, collection management, and website management. Erwin is a historian at the Cemetery. His duties include taking photographs, producing promotional materials, maintaining the website and grounds, and curating the Cemetery's historical records.

Saturday, 10/22
8:00-8:45 | Lit Crawl: “Moonlight Tour of the Texas State Cemetery” | more info »

Uchi, the Cookbook
By Tyson Cole

Expand your gastronomic boundaries with some of the most celebrated recipes of Tyson Cole, one of Food and Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs,” and founder of one of America’s premier restaurants for innovative Japanese cuisine, Uchi.

About the Author
Tyson Cole cooked in Tokyo, New York, and Austin, Texas, before opening Uchi to great acclaim in 2003. His second restaurant, Uchiko, opened in Austin in 2010.

Sunday 10/23
11:00-12:00 | Cooking Tent | map

The Trials of Eroy Brown: The Murder Case That Shook the Texas Prison System
By Michael Berryhill

The shocking story of the black inmate who was acquitted after killing two high-ranking prison guards in a case that publicized the horrors of Texas’s “plantation-style” prison system.

About the Author
Recipient of the Texas Institute of Letters prize for nonfiction, Michael Berryhill has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times magazine, Harper's, The New Republic, and the Houston Chronicle. He chairs the journalism program at Texas Southern University.

Sunday 10/23
11:00-11:45 | Capitol Extension Room E2.014 | map

Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011
By Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes

Completing a landmark documentation of 175 years of Texas quilt history they began in Lone Stars I and II, Texas’s leading quilt experts present two hundred traditional and art quilts that represent “the best of the best” quilts being made in Texas today.

About the Author
Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes are cousins and fifth-generation Texas quilters. Bresenhan is the founder and president and Puentes is executive vice president of Quilts, Inc., which produces International Quilt Festival, the largest U.S. quilt event, and International Quilt Market, the world’s only trade show for the quilting industry. They are also cofounders of several nonprofit organizations, including the new Texas Quilt Museum, the International Quilt Association, and the Alliance for American Quilts, as well as quilt guilds in Austin and Houston..

Sunday 10/23
11:00-11:45 | Capitol Extension Room E2.010 | map

Design For a Vulnerable Planet
By Frederick Steiner

Spotlighting innovative design projects in places ranging from Texas to Italy and China, this book sounds a call for architects, designers, and regional planners to create a built environment that works on a regional scale in harmony with the planet’s ecology.

About the Author
Frederick Steiner is the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture and Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Academy in Rome. His most recent books include The Essential Ian McHarg: Writings on Design and Nature, Planning and Urban Design Standards: Student Edition (with Kent Butler), and Human Ecology: Following Nature's Lead.

Sunday 10/23
11:30-12:15 | Capitol Extension Room E2.012 | map

The American Wall
By Maurice Sherif

This deluxe edition—two beautifully produced volumes in a slip case—presents dramatic photographs and eloquent trilingual testimonies that recount the environmental, social, and economic costs of trying to wall off Mexico from the United States.

About the Author
Maurice Sherif is a fine art photographer who characterizes his recent work as "social documentary." Using photography to oppose injustice, he sees his role as that of a social observer, who through his work comments on the world around him. His published works include Lueur des Ténèbres (Last Glow before Darkness), a portfolio of ten signed dust-grain photogravures of the glaciers of Patagonia, and Lumière Métallique (Metallic Light), a book of tritone photographs.

Sunday 10/23
12:15-1:00 | Capitol Extension Room E2.010 | map

Hard Ground
Photographs By Michael O’Brien

Hard Ground unites Michael O’Brien’s compelling photographs and Tom Waits’s powerful poetry to reveal our common humanity with the men, women, and children who survive on the street.

About the Author
For more than thirty years, Michael O'Brien has worked as a freelance photographer for national publications, including Life, National Geographic, Esquire, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, ESPN Magazine, and Texas Monthly. He has also published the book The Face of Texas, and his work is housed in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the International Center for Photography in New York.

Sunday 10/23
1:30-2:15 | Capitol Extension Room E2.010 | map

Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes
By Ellen Sweets

In this delicious memoir, Molly Ivins’s long-time friend and fellow cook Ellen Sweets offers an intimate, fascinating portrait of the private Molly behind the “professional Texan” through stories of the fabulous meals she prepared for friends and family, along with thirty-five recipes.

About the Author
A reporter whose beat has included everything from fires, fights, and homicides to features and food writing, Ellen Sweets began her career at her father's black weekly newspaper, the St. Louis American. She has reported for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, Austin American-Statesman, Edible Austin, and Texas Co-Op Power. Her many honors include the James Beard Foundation Award for best food section.

Sunday 10/23
2:30-3:15 | Capitol Extension Room E2.036 | map

Timeless Mexico: The Photographs of Hugo Brehme
By Susan Toomey Frost

This richly illustrated volume explores the work of a pivotal figure in Mexican photography who influenced generations of viewers and photographers, including Manuel Álvarez Bravo, by creating an enduring visual iconography of the essence of Mexico.

About the Author
An avid collector, Susan Toomey Frost is also the author of Colors on Clay: The San José Tile Workshops of San Antonio, which won the Ron Tyler Award for Best Illustrated Book on Texas History and Culture from the Texas State Historical Association and a Publication Award from the San Antonio Conservation Society.

Sunday 10/23
2:45-3:30 | Capitol Extension Room E2.010 | map

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