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2011 Texas Observer Writers Festival
Join us for six sessions on books, writing and culture!
The Second Annual Texas Observer Writers’ Festival
FEATURING SARAH BIRD
reading from her new novel The Gap Year
Saturday, April 2, 2011 | 11:30 – 6:00 pm
Pine Street Station, Austin, Texas
1011 E 5th St | Corner of E 5th and Waller | Austin Tx
Enjoy sessions, books sales and sponsor tables all at Pine Street Station in Austin, a funky, art-filled space. Beer and wine served.
SCHEDULE AND FEATURED GUESTS
12:00 - 12:30 Poets – Austin & the World with Carrie Fountain, Hao Nguyen and Carolina Ebied.
Carrie Fountain, winner of the National Poetry Series and professor at St. Edwards University, Hao Nguyen, author of Red Juice and co-editor of Skanky Possum, and Carolina Ebied, a Michener Center fellow at work on her first poetry manuscript, read and discuss their work.
12:50 - 1:30 Sarah Bird reads from her new novel The Gap Year.
Sarah Bird is the author of many nationally acclaimed novels, including The Flamenco Academy and The Yakota Officers Club. She will be reading from her novel to be published in July, The Gap Year, “a pitch-perfect portrayal of a mother and teenage daughter on the precipice of seismic change.” Expect to be delighted.
1:50 - 2:30 New Texas Fiction, with Doug Dorst, Ruth Pennebaker and more.
Doug Dorst, author of The Surf Guru and Alive in Necropolis, Ruth Pennebaker, author of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough and Texas Oberver columnist plus other guests to be announced read and discuss their work. Cyndi Hughes, executive director of the Writers’ League of Texas moderates.
2:50 - 3:45 Creative Writers’ Circle with Myrna Cabello, Oscar Casares and Deborah Paredez.
Between them, this group has the arts covered. Myrna Cabellos is an accomplished actor, singer and artist; Oscar Casares is a celebrated novelist, author of Amigoland and Brownsville; and Deborah Paradez is a poet and scholar and newly-named director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at UT Austin. They will present a unique multi-media session on creative process.
3:05 - 4:45 Memory and Trauma with Leila Levinson, Deborah Paredez and Sherry Matthews.
These three authors have written very different books, but each explores aspects of trauma and its complex effect, not just on survivors, but on the people who love them. Deborah Paredez' latest book is Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory.Leila Levinson has just published her first book, Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Liberator Faces Her Inheritance of Trauma. Sherri Matthews has also published her first book, We Were Not Orphans: Stories from the Waco State Home. Former Texas Observer editor Geoff Rips moderates.
4:05 - 5:45 Writing the Legislature with Dave McNeely, R.G. Ratcliffe and more.
In the heart of one of the most brutal legislative sessions in memory, The Texas Observer gathers some of the most seasoned writers on the Texas Lege to talk about reporting and politics. Political columnist Dave McNeely is considered by many to be the dean of the Texas capitol press corp. R.G. Ratcliffe is a reporter with The Houston Chronicle. More to be announced. Observer editor Bob Moser moderates.
SPONSORS: Badgerdog Literary Publishing, The Austin Bat Cave, Texas Institute of Letters, University of Texas Press, WritebyNight and the Writers’ League of Texas