Texas Book Festival has JFK emphasis

September 17, 2013 by  

This year’s Texas Book Festival will feature authors who have previously produced work on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Marking 50 years on from the event, the community will be honoring the former president with a series of events. Over 225 authors will be at the event which will be held in Austin next month.

James McBride will be appearing at the book festival to talk about his new book ‘The Good Lord Bird’, which was recently released. He will also be performing with his band for the crowd, with gospel songs to get the crowd singing along.

About 40,000 people attend the festival every year, which means that large numbers of flyers and brochures will be required for distribution. Local brochure printers may be utilized to fulfill the order. According to the festival’s literary director, Steph Opitz, there will be all types of authors present at the festival, to present alternative styles of work. Opitz stated that she would love everyone to find something they like.

Opitz was inspired to track down old friends who met at camp after reading ‘The Interestings’. Among the established authors will also be a number of debut authors and writers of non-fiction.

Laura Bush launched the Texas Book Festival in 1995, with the initial festival taking place in 1996. In addition to authors presenting their work, there will also be a discussion between two authors who have written a book about Lance Armstrong, an Austin resident.

The upcoming book event will take place on October 26 and 27, and will no doubt interest Dallas residents as well.