Annual Texas Book Festival prepares to celebrate reading

Chef Marcus Samuelsson will be at the fair promoting ‘The Red Rooster Cookbook.’
Chef Marcus Samuelsson will be at the fair promoting ‘The Red Rooster Cookbook.’ KRT

Book lovers young and old have reason to rejoice. They will get their literary fix at the annual Texas Book Festival on Saturday and Sunday at the free event in and around the State Capitol in Austin. Festival attendees will be treated to author panels, readings, music, family activities and exhibits.

And the roster of authors is impressive, too. Nearly 300 authors will participate, including bestselling writers (Don DeLillo, Carl Hiaasen), celebrities (Kelly Clarkson, Nick Offerman), Texas authors and children and young adult authors.

Texas authors include Sarah Bird, Justin Cronin, Leila Meacham, Arlington-based Richard J. Gonzales (Raza Rising: Chicanos in North Texas) and more. Jenna Bush Hager and festival founder Laura Bush are also on the schedule. They’ve written a children’s book together — Our Great Big Backyard, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.

For foodies, chef Marcus Samuelsson will promote his new book, The Red Rooster Cookbook, with a three-course brunch at 11 a.m. Saturday at Olamaie. Tickets are $125 and include brunch and an autographed copy of his cookbook. Call 512-477-4055 for ticket availability.

Saturday, the popular after-hours Lit Crawl will include a How To Be a Texan party, the Literary Death Match and other fun activities along East Cesar Chavez Street.

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Celeste Williams