Texas Book Festival features more than 200 authors

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The Texas Book Festival returns for its 18th year Oct. 26-27 in and around the State Capitol in Austin. It’s expected to draw 40,000 bibliophiles, who will have their pick of seeing more than 200 authors from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (with a Lit Crawl from 7 to 9:45 p.m.) and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. And, as always, it’s free.

There’s something for every taste, including bestsellers and award-winning literary fiction, nonfiction on everything from politics to pop culture, memoirs, cookbooks and literature for young adults and children.

Headlining authors include Reza Aslan (Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth), Meg Wolitzer ( The Interestings), former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas), George Pelecanos (The Double) and many more.

Want to get into the Halloween spirit? Brave souls can gather 8-8:45 p.m. Saturday night in the Texas State Cemetery (909 Navasota St.) for Ghosts in the Graveyard. It’s hosted by masters of fright R.L. Stine (the “Goosebumps” series) and James Preller (the “Scary Tales” series). Flashlights are recommended for this spooky Lit Crawl event.

For more information and a complete festival schedule and author lineup, go to www.texasbookfestival.org.

— Celeste Williams

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