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Texas Book Festival announces one-day Highland Park fest

Posted 3:52pm on Friday, Apr. 26, 2013

For the past several years, if you wanted to get a taste of the Texas Book Festival, you traveled to Austin in October and spent a weekend hopping from session to session while dozens of authors spoke.

But in May, the Texas Book Festival, working in partnership with Texas Monthly and the city of Highland Park, will bring a bit of that to DFW with the Highland Park Centennial Literary Festival, a one-day fest featuring top Texas authors on May 11 at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane in Dallas.

The festival is only a few hours long, but as several authors will be speaking simultaneously, it still offers that Texas Book Festival session-juggling experience.

The keynote lunch will feature Texas Monthly editor in chief Jake Silverstein speaking with The New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright, author of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. Wright will also discuss In the New World, his recently rereleased memoir about growing up in Dallas in the ’60s and ’70s. Box lunhces are $15, and an RSVP is required.

Other authors include:

Erica Grieder, author of Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas, in conversation with Skip Hollandsworth (10-10:45 a.m.)

Joe Nick Patoski, author of The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America, in conversation with John Spong (10 a.m.)

Children’s writer Liz Garton Scanlon, author of Think Big (10:30 a.m.)

John Spong, speaking about his own book on the making of Lonesome Dove. (11 a.m.)

Fotmer Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, author of Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas (11 a.m.)

Stephen Harrigan and Prudence Mackintosh discussing “True Tales: Essayists on their Craft” (11 a.m.)

For a full schedule and to RSVP for the lunch, go here.

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