The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) has released their list of more than 85 acclaimed national, regional and local authors who will appear at the 4th annual festival.
SABF is a free, daylong, family-friendly event that draws thousands for author presentations, panel discussions, book sales and signings, recipe demonstrations, children’s and teen activities and food trucks. The Festival will take place on Saturday, April 2 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art. A full schedule of events will be available at saplf.org/festival in March.
Top attractions this year include Stephen Harrigan (The Gates of the Alamo), with his latest historical novel A Friend of Mr. Lincoln; Skip Hollandsworth with his new true crime account, The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer; actress Sonia Manzano of Sesame Street fame with her memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx; award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister with her highly anticipated book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation; and George Hodgman with his memoir Bettyville, which received a National Book Critics Circle nomination and was included in NPR critic Maureen Corrigan’s Best Books of 2015.
“This year’s lineup offers so many brilliant reads and authors with wide critical acclaim,” said Clay Smith, the Festival’s Literary Director. “Our Festival’s books cover a broad range of topics. We are featuring two basketball books: New York Times columnist Joe Nocera’s Indentured: The Rebellion Against the College Sports Cartel and Alexander Wolff’s The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama. In addition, we are proud to announce our first panel on gay literature featuring George Hodgman and Bob Morris (Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries his Parents), who both tackle the subject of reckoning with the place where they grew up.”
Young readers' author Pam Muñoz Ryan won the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature for her novel Echo, and both Sarah Hepola (Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget) and Kate Bolick (Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own) made waves for refreshing memoirs on alcoholism and feminism, respectively. Carl Safina, a preeminent expert on human relationships with the natural world and a MacArthur Fellow, will talk about his newest release, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel.
The lineup also includes other books involving American presidents, in addition to Harrigan’s: H.W. Brands’ biography Reagan: The Life; Thomas Mallon’s fictional account,Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years; and Douglas Brinkley’s biography Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America.
One of this year’s presentations about the border features George T. Diaz’s Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande and Kimball Taylor’s The Coyote’s Bicycle: The Untold Story of Seven Thousand Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire, both focusing on the revealing ways that objects tell the story of the border.
Much-anticipated regional authors include San Antonio Express-News editor Mike Leary with fellow editors Terry Scott Bertling and Jamie Stockwell with San Antonio: Our Story of 150 Years in the Alamo City; David Liss with his middle grade book Randoms; current Trinity University English professor Coleen Grissom with The World According to Coleen; Phoebe Fox with Heart Conditions: The Breakup Doctor Series, #3; Naomi Shihab Nye with Famous; and noted Austin graphic designer DJ Stout with Variations on a Rectangle.
Other highlights include:
To read author bios, visit our 2016 Authors page.