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Texas Book Festival

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Leagues of literati will crowd the capital city for the 22nd annual Texas Book Festival Nov. 4–5. Founded in 1995 by former librarian and then-First Lady of Texas Laura Bush, the festival expects an estimated 40,000 readers of all ages to meet more than 250 featured authors, such as Gail Simmons—Top Chef judge and author of a new cookbook for adventurous eaters—and Roger D. Hodge, former Harper's editor and author of a new book out in October: “Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands.” In addition to author panels, signings, and vendor booths, the free Austin festival offers an opportunity to bike, run, kayak, or practice yoga on the Capitol lawn with select authors. New this year: birdwatching with Victor Emanuel. 

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