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These books should easily grab your attention at the Texas Book Festival.

By Tom Hushen

Austin will be home to the Texas Book Festival during the weekend of Oct. 25 through 26, and with more than 100 authors speaking in only two days, it is setting up to be one of the busiest weekends in the city. We have selected five authors who will help give you a taste of what to expect at this year’s book fest.


Jeff Abott – Inside Man

New York Times best-selling author James Abott will be one of the guests at this year’s Texas Book Festival. He is best known for his thriller and suspense novels. Abott, who currently lives in Austin with his wife and two sons, will discuss his new thriller novel, Inside Man, at the festival. Inside Man is about Sam Capra trying to uncover the murder of his friend, but his only clue is a mysterious stranger who was protected by his friend. In order to avenge his friend, Sam will go undercover with a dangerous family in Miami. On Oct. 26, you can catch Jeff Abott at the Risky Business panel located at the Texas State Capitol: Kirkus Reviews Tent.

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Richard Linklater and Matt Lankes – Boyhood: Twelve Years on Film

Screenwriter and film director Richard Linklater and Austin-based photographer Matt Lankes will discuss the movie Boyhood and the photo collection Boyhood: Twelve Years on Film during a panel at the Texas State Capitol. Linklater’s recent movie Boyhood chronicles the difficult and often tumultuous perils of growing up. The film was made during the course of 12 years and shows a young Texas boy transitioning to an adult. Linklater, who lives in Austin, started the Austin Film Society in 1985 and has been the recipient of numerous awards. Lankes has published a collection of photographs during the 12-year odyssey. The panel is Oct. 26 at the House Chamber.


Miles Arceneaux – Ransom Island

Miles Arceneaux is the pen name given to the collective writing of John T. Davis, Brent Douglas and James R. Dennis. Each writer brings in his own personal history to help shape the thrilling tales by Martin Arceneaux. Their recent novel, Ransom Island, is the third in a series called the Gulf Coast thrillers. It is set on the Texas coast during the 1950s and features the return of the Sweetwater clan. They are about to be shaken up with the arrival of a mysterious girl and a troubled encounter with one of the mobster gangs in the area. The panel, Three Heads are Better Than One: Miles Arceneaux, takes place Oct. 26 in the Extension Room (E2.012) of the Capitol building.

Dan Winters

Dan Winters – Road to Seeing

Known for his photojournalism, celebrity portraiture and illustrations, Dan Winters will be part of this year’s book festival. In his recent book, Road to Seeing, Winters shares his story of becoming a photographer and other memorable moments in his career. Winters does a delicate job in portraying the balance and relationship between philosophy and photographer, and how he made his own path in the photography industry. On Oct. 25, Dan Winters will be part of the Official 2014 Festival Poster Artist Session panel in the Capitol Extension Room (E2. 016) of the Texas State Capitol.

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Bill Wright – Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend

On Oct. 25, author Bill Wright will be part of the Authentic Texas panel, discussing his new co-authored book, Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend. A native of Abilene, Texas, Wright has published numerous books and photographs on the Lone Star State and has served on many boards, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Texas Commission on the Arts. His recent book focuses on the people who make up the Big Bend area of Texas. He traveled to numerous communities throughout the area and interviewed locals to help paint a picture of the rugged area. His panel will be located at The Contemporary Austin Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.

Inside Man, Boyhood, Road To Seeing and Authentic Texas photos courtesy of Barnes and Noble; Ransom Island courtesy of John T. Davis.


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