Plus, EL Alma is opening a second location.
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This year’s Texas Book Festival will feature big-name authors like Stacey Abrams and Lawrence Wright. | Photo by ATXtoday
Okay bookworms, we’ve got good news.

The author lineup for this year’s Texas Book Festival was just announced, and it’s stacked with excellent writers in adult fiction, romance, essays, cookbooks, and more.

Authors to note

More than 300 local, national, and international authors will share their work and insights at this year’s fest. Here are just a handful of notable names, broken down by genre:

Local authors
Adult fiction
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Shop for books in between panels at the Texas Book Festival.


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Adult nonfiction
Children’s and YA

Attend the fest

The Texas Book Festival will take place along Congress Avenue downtown on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. The festival is free, with the exception of a few ticketed sessions featuring Roxane Gay, Stacey Abrams, and Michael Cunningham.

Have you read any good books lately?
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Leanne Morgan: Just Getting Started | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7 p.m. | ACL Live, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin | $35-$70 | The stand-up comedian’s extensive resume includes online special “So Yummy,” which has more than 50 million views on YouTube.
  • Hershey Felder as “George Gershwin Alone” | Now-Sunday, Oct. 1 | Times vary | ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin | $28-$100 | This one-man show chronicles the life and music of George Gershwin.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Pecan Street Festival | Saturday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | Downtown Austin, 6th Street, Austin | Free | Shop from more than 300 artisans and food vendors at this biannual festival.
  • Wyoming vs. Texas football | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 7 p.m. | DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, 2139 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin | $100 | Cheer on the Longhorns fresh off of their big win against Alabama.
  • Aly & AJ | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 8 p.m. | ACL Live, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin | $46-$122 | The sister-led, dream-rock duo behind “Potential Breakup Song” will perform for one night in Austin.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Austin Museum Day | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Multiple locations, Austin | Free | The 26th annual Austin Museum Day opens up 40 museums for free in the ATX area.
  • Sting | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 8-11 p.m. | The Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin | $103-$2,000 | Don’t miss this iconic performance with Joe Sumner in ATX.
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News Notes
  • ACL Music Fest attendees will be able to purchase cocktails and mocktails at new general admission bars this year. The festival also announced a new desserts area called ACL Sweets, which will house Holla Mode and Picolé, among others. (Austin American-Statesman + Eater Austin)
Coming Soon
  • Barton Springs restaurant El Alma will open a second location this year in the former Hyde Park Bar & Grill space at 4521 West Gate Blvd. The restaurant plans to add a new morning menu alongside its usual favorites. (Eater Austin)
  • After 22 years in business, East Austin’s Wilder Wood Restaurant will close on Monday, Sept. 18 due to increasing operating costs. The restaurant has organized a GoFundMe to support staff during the transition. (CBS Austin)
  • Local jeweler Kendra Scott will sell an exclusive line at Target, beginning Sunday, Oct. 22. The collection will include more than 200 products, updated quarterly, with most pieces costing $40 or less. (Austin Business Journal)
  • The Texas Science & Natural History Museum — formerly the Texas Memorial Museum — will host a grand reopening after more than a year of renovations on Saturday, Sept. 23. Exhibits include full-sized dinosaur fossils and a Texas Wildlife Gallery. (KVUE)
Plan Ahead
  • This Saturday, Sept. 16 is Mexican Independence Day, celebrating the country’s declaration of independence from Spain. Commemorate the occasion at Perreo Club & Friends or these five other local events. (Austin Vida)
  • It’s been a record-hot summer — and we still haven’t drank water since 1997. But this water brand makes us want to actually stay hydrated. It’s infused with fruit essences and has zero calories, diet sweeteners, and sugar, and still manages to taste great. New customers score 36 bottles for $36 + free shipping.*
Fun Fact
  • Whiskey returned 314% over the last 10 years. Invest in fine whiskeys and wines with Vinovest to diversify your portfolio and watch it age like fine wine.*
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Be patient with us, because we have some shoutouts to distribute.

We recently ran two competitions — our August news quiz and an airport T-shirt sales guessing game — and it’s time to crown the winners.

August news quiz

Congrats to reader S.W., who was the only one of our competitors to score a 10 out of 10 on our news quiz this month. Way to go.

This month’s hardest question was:
Q: Which popular sports event will return to Austin in March for its second iteration?
A: The I-35 Series

“Keep Austin Weird” T-shirt guessing game

Q: How many “Keep Austin Weird” T-shirts were sold at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in 2021?
A: 5,617

Closest guess: B. Pickett, with 5,400
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I cannot wait for this year’s Texas Book Festival. Authors on my personal must-see list: Abraham Verghese, Andrew Sean Greer, Roxane Gay, and to be honest, many, many more.
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