What an honor it was to participate in the 2011 Texas Book Festival as a featured author!
Thank you to Clay Smith and the rest of the festival staff, volunteers (many of whom were librarians), donors, hosts, exhibitors, booksellers, fellow book creators, and everyone else who joined in the fun!
The festival itself is held at the State Capitol Building, its bordering streets, and other nearby locations.
Exhibitor tents line the streets.
Barry and I meet with Kirkus Reviews editor Vicky Smith in the author tent. Our topic was graphic novels, and Vicky did a great job as moderator. Special thanks to everyone who turned out for our session! Note: my festival book was Tantalize: Kieren’s Story, illustrated by Ming Doyle (Candlewick, 2011).
Festival director AKA Superman Clay Smith.
I’d love to share photos of the YA author event at the Texas State Cemetery, which was a remarkable setting and great fun. However, the lighting (or rather lack thereof) wasn’t cooperative. Feel free to imagine authors in a graveyard. I was seated between Kathy Reichs and Jessica.
The next day, I stopped by the Texas Library Association booth.
Goodnight, Austin! See y’all again next year!
The Biggest Book Nerd Ever from Nikki Loftin.