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NOTE --> Use this coupon 8/27 to 8/31 when shopping at any Barnes & Noble to support the Texas Book Festival -> http://www.texasbook...fs/bncoupon.pdf

Texas Book Festival Announces Blockbuster Lineup for its 15th Anniversary

Austin, TX, August 26, 2010 – The Texas Book Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary with a starstudded

lineup of 226 authors, including Laura W. Bush, the honorary chair and founder of the

Book Festival. "I am especially pleased to participate as an author in this year's Texas Book

Festival," said Mrs. Bush. "I am proud of the success of the festival and glad to be part of the

15th anniversary celebration."

Guests can enjoy the festivities on October 16 and 17 in and around the Texas State Capitol and

nearby venues. The Book Festival is free and fun for all ages.

In addition to participating in the Festival, Mrs. Bush will speak at the First Edition Literary Gala

along with Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Cunningham and Michele Norris. Tickets to the

Friday, October 15 gala can be purchased online.

"This is an exciting year for the Festival as we celebrate our 15th anniversary," said Heidi

Marquez Smith, executive director. "Thanks to the generosity and support of our sponsors,

volunteers, and the public, the Festival has established itself as one of the premier literary

events in the country showcasing the latest and best in publishing. Every literary taste and

interest will be satisfied at this year's event."

Headlining authors also include Pulitzer prize-winners Eugene Robinson and Michael

Cunningham, Sam Harris, Alton Brown, Abraham Verghese, Joyce Maynard, Meg Cabot, Matt de

la Peña, Jennifer Egan, and Justin Cronin. News and political junkies can hear from P.J.

O'Rourke, Karl Rove, Jonathan Alter and William Jelani Cobb, and from journalists Michele

Norris, Ian Frazier, Jake Silverstein, Robert Bryce and S.C. Gwynne.

Approximately 2000 books were considered, and those chosen are the preeminent titles of

2010. There will be engaging panel conversations mixing the industry's top writers and

audience Q and A. In addition, Festival attendees can get their books signed, feast on food from

local eateries, listen to live music, and ignite their children's imagination with authors, events

and activities.

Food lovers can see Food Network TV stars Alton Brown and Claire Robinson as well as Mexican

cooking authority Diana Kennedy, The New York Times columnist Amanda Hesser and the

owners of New York City's Baked, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. Household hints will pour

from Heloise; True Prep authors Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd will explore the "new" old preppy

style. Awkward Family Photos authors Mike Bender and Doug Chernack along with comedian

Julie Klausner will keep festival goers in stitches. Music fans can linger over 35 years of Austin

City Limits photographs or visit the Music Tent and listen to acts including Terry Allen, 'Til We're

Blue or Destroy, Bobby Whitlock & La Guerrilla, and Shinyribs.

Young adult readers will find their favorite authors including Holly Black, Laurie Halse Anderson,

T.A. Barron, Naomi Mitchell Carrier, and Dr. Cuthbert Soup and children will meet Llama Llama

series author Anna Dewdney, Carmen Tafolla, Alan Birkelbach, and David Wiesner. The

Children's Entertainment tent will feature Sara Hickman and whimsical acts by the Fairy

Godmother Academy.

About the Texas Book Festival

Founded in 1995 by Laura W. Bush and a group of interested volunteers, the Texas Book Festival

is held every year on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. Today the TBF, with the help of the

Texas community, a statewide advisory committee and nearly 1,000 volunteers has awarded

more than $2.5 million in grants to Texas public libraries. In addition, more than 35,000 children

in low-income schools have been reached with the TBF literacy program, Reading Rock Stars,

providing for many the first book they've ever owned. TBF is expanding its literary programming

and events year-round.

Sponsors include: Austin American-Statesman, AT&T, Barnes & Noble, Brigid Cockrum & Family,

Central Market, HEB, Kirkus Reviews, KLBJ-AM/KGSR-FM, KLRU, KUT 90.5, Texas Monthly,

Pearson Education, Sibley Peteet Design, T.L.L. Temple Foundation and others.

Interested in reading up before the Festival? Purchase books this weekend at any Barnes &

Noble store in the country and online from August 27-31. A percentage of your purchase will

benefit the Texas Book Festival when you present this coupon at checkout.

For the complete list of authors and more visit texasbookfestival.org.

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