Carmen Boullosa’s Texas Book Tour

Carmen Boullosa’s Texas book tour is announced, featuring her appearance at this year’s Texas Book Festival!

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In conjunction with last night’s announcement of the Texas Book Festival’s lineup of authors, Deep Vellum is proud to announce that Carmen Boullosa is coming to Texas for a week at the end of October for a series of talks and readings across the state to promote the release of Texas: The Great Theft, culminating in her appearance at the Texas Book Festival. You don’t want to miss this, dates below:

Wed. Oct. 22 – The Wild Detectives – Dallas, TX – 7pm

Thu. Oct. 23 – The Twig Book Shop – San Antonio, TX – 7pm

Fri. Oct. 24 – Brazos Bookstore – Houston, TX – 7pm

Sat. Oct. 25 – Texas Book Festival – Austin, TX – TBA

The full, incredible lineup of authors at this year’s Texas Book Festival is finally up! If you’ve never been to Austin for the Texas Book Festival, this is the year to go. Not only is the lineup amazing, but it is truly one of the most inspiring and rewarding literary festivals you will ever experience. The readings are held in the halls and chambers of the awe-inspiring Texas Capitol building in downtown Austin, with tents of vendors, music, food, signings, and more stretching blocks upon blocks as the streets are shut down for pedestrian traffic only.

I don’t know how my friend Steph Opitz books this amazing festival (275 authors! 40,000 attendees! Streets shutdown! Readings in the Texas Capitol!), but bless her for it. From last night’s press release:

Nationally renowned authors coming to this year’s Festival include Martin Amis, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, Norman Lear, Lidia Bastianich, Ziggy Marley, James Ellroy, Katherine Applegate, Nicholas D. Kristof, John Dean, Valerie Plame Wilson, and Héctor Tobar.

Headlining authors also include Charles Blow, Emily St. John Mandel, Michael Ruhlman, Douglas Brinkley, Richard Linklater, Francisco Goldman, Meg Wolitzer, Jacqueline Woodson, and Sarah Bird. The entire list of authors is available online at

“This year is bigger than ever, with more authors, more titles, and more sessions. It wasn’t that we intentionally set out to make it bigger, it’s that there were so many fantastic submissions we fell in love with this year that we had to make more room,” says Steph Opitz, Festival literary director.

In addition to the amazing headlining authors mentioned above, and Carmen Boullosa, of course, authors of particular interest to Deep Vellum fans at the festival include (alphabetically): Forrest Gander (whose new book is coming out from New Directions this fall), Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (winner of last year’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBCC, and he’s published by Houston’s amazing Arte Publico), Valeria Luiselli (Mexican writer who lives in NYC, whose Faces in the Crowd, published by Coffee House, is the revelation of the year), Greil fuckin’ Marcus (!), Eimear McBride (whose mindblowing 2013 Goldsmiths Prize-winning A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing was just published in the US by Coffee House), Kseniya Melnik (whom I’ve never heard of, but clicked on her name because she’s Russian, found out she was born in Magadan [!] and now lives in El Paso!!), Walter Mosley (!), Josh Ostergaard (a good dude who works at the inimitable Graywolf Press and whose new novel, The Devil’s Snake Curve, is awesome because it is 1) about baseball; and 2) it is published by Coffee House!), Ilan Stevens (since he’s one of the founders of the cool Restless Books), Merritt Tierce (representing Dallas[!!!!] and her new novel, Love Me Back), and David Yow (he of The Jesus Lizard and cat books fame, published by my friends at Akashic Books!).

See you in Austin in October!

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