Texas Book Festival authors announced by Laura Bush

September 16, 2012 by  

Laura Bush, the former first lady, has announced the names of authors who will be present at this year’s Texas Book Festival to be held in October.

Among the guests will be Jewel, Tim O’Brien, and Junot Diaz. The wife of former president George W. Bush, who is founder of the festival, gave details of the event at her home in Dallas.

The festival poster for 2012 was also revealed by Bush, which portrays cliff swallows in flight above the Colorado River. The artist, Margie Crisp, is also the author of ‘River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado’ and will be one of the 250 authors taking part in the festival. Robert A Caro is another of the authors invited to the festival, famously recognized for a series of books on Lyndon Johnson. According to Laura Bush, the former president is reading the fourth book in the series.

Bush is keen to point out that the Texas Book Festival will have something for everyone, with all tastes catered for, including children’s authors and writers of both non-fiction and fiction. The very first festival launched by Bush took place in 1996 and has grown in popularity since.

This year’s event, scheduled for October 27 – 28, is expected to attract over 40,000 people – a figure that may increase still further if local brochure printers have been asked to print marketing materials. In 2009, when George W. Bush and his wife left the White House, both parties produced a book and might currently be considering writing another. The former first lady’s daughter, Jenna, co-wrote a children’s book with her mother and there may be a sequel in the future.