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Annual Texas Book Festival, November 4-5, 2017


The annual Texas Book Festival will be November 4th and 5th. Here are some highlights of the festival. For more information click here.

Saturday November 4, 10:00AM

Omni Hotel Ballroom

I'm Judging You: A Conversation with Luvvie Ajayi

Author(s): Luvvia Ajayi Award-winning writer and 13-year blogging veteran Luvvie Ajayi is known for her razor sharp wit, and her take on all things pop culture, race, media and technology. Her debut book, I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual, shot to the bestseller list. This series of humorous essays dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives. Join her today as she passes on lessons and side-eyes on life, social media, culture and fame, addressing those terrible friends we all have to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma’s wake on Facebook.


Saturday November 4, 12:30-1:15

Capitol Extension Room

Wonder Women

Author(s): Carina Chocano, Anne Helen Petersen

Moderator: Summer Anne Burton, BuzzFeed

Women are bombarded with messages about who they should be, how they should behave, and what they should wear while doing and achieving it all. If you’re a celebrity woman, you become not only receiver but messenger. Pop culture critic Carina Chocano (You Play the Girl) and BuzzFeed columnist Anne Helen Petersen (Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud) discuss the role of celebrity culture, social media and media at large in perceptions of female identity and a woman’s sense of self-worth.


Sunday November 5, 11:30-12:15

Capitol Extension Room

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution

Author(s): Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Kate Harding, Samantha Irby

Nasty women, we have a lot to talk about. It’s been nearly one year since the Women’s March. How are working together to persist, resist and enact lasting change? Editors of the new essay collection Nasty Women, Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding, sit down with contributors Samantha Irby and Sarah Hepola to celebrate our strength, check in on our progress, and look ahead to the continuing work for respect, intersectionality, and solidarity.


Sunday November 5, 2:30-3:15

What We Talk About When We Talk About Everything

Author(s): Samantha Irby, Scaachi Koul

Moderator: Hannah Wood

Two of today’s sharpest, funniest essayists wield their wit on a wide variety of topics in styles as hilarious as they are socially relevant. From identity to sexism to new relationships, television habits and internet trolls, BuzzFeed culture writer Scaachi Koul and bestselling author and blogger Samantha Irby spin opinions and perspectives that will have you rolling in the aisles--and demanding that everyone read their books.  

Earlier Event: November 4
We Are Girls Austin Conference