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Texas authors celebrated at Pflugerville Book Pfestival

Post Date:04/18/2017 12:58 p.m.

The Pflugerville Public Library will welcome 18 Texas authors to its 2nd Annual Pflugerville Book Pfestival on April 29 from 1:00-5:30 p.m. The festival will include author interviews, book signings, presentations and crafts. This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Pflugerville Library, is free and open to all ages.

Diane Bertrand, Book festival authorThe festival kicks off with a Story Time with Diane Gonzales Bertrand, award winning author of several bilingual picture books and books for young adults, including Family/familia and The Empanadas that Abuela Made/Los empanadas que hacía la abuela.

Children’s panels include a Skype interview with bestselling author Patrick Carman and a presentation by acclaimed writer Donna Janell Bowman, who will discuss her biography picture book, Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness.

John Pipkin and Anna Castle will be featured on the Historical Fiction author panel. John Pipkin, author and Writer-in-Residence at Southwestern University, will discuss his debut novel The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter. Anna Castle is the author of the Francis Bacon mysteries and the Professor & Mrs. Moriarty mysteries. Anna Castle will also host a workshop on creating interesting characters.

Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly writer and New York Times bestselling author of Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer, will give a presentation on his book, which details a history of Austin, Texas in the year 1885 when a brutal but brilliant serial killer went on a rampage.

Hopeton Hay of KAZI Book Review will lead two panels that feature adult fiction and nonfiction authors. The first, Sidekicks in Crime Fiction, features authors Joe Lansdale and Minerva Koenig. Joe is the author of over 45 novels and 400 shorter works, and screenplays. His work has been filmed several times and is the basis for the Hap and Leonard series on Sundance TV. He has won numerous awards for his work, including an Edgar, ten Bram Stokers, The Spur, The British Fantasy Award and others. Minerva writes the Julia Kalas mystery series, which includes the novels Nine Days and South of Nowhere.

Hopeton’s second panel, Diversity in Texas Literature, will feature authors John Morán González, Chaitali Sen, Jacob Grovey, and Luke Ortega Luper. John is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and has written extensively on Mexican-American literature. Chaitali is the author of The Pathless Sky, and her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in New England Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and other journals. Jacob will discuss his new novel, Dance of the Broken, which tells the poignant and inspirational story of a young black girl who dreams of being a ballerina. Luke is the author of Otto and Raquel; a True Texana/Tejana Love Story, the story of his parents meeting, running away from their spouses, marrying and having a son together.

Fans of Texas cuisine will enjoy the Let’s Taco ‘Bout Texas Cuisine panel, which features Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, authors of The Tacos of Texas, and Molly Frisinger and Stephanie Bogdanich, authors of The Taco Cleanse.

Teens are invited to join authors Mari Mancusi, Rene S. Perez and Joe Shine for our Young Adult Fiction panel. Mari’s books include the Scorched and Blood Coven Vampires series, and Gamer Girl. She has also worked as a freelance television producer and has won numerous awards, including two Emmys. Rene was awarded the National Association of Chicana/Chicano Scholars Tejas FOCO awards for his books Along These Highways, and Seeing off the Johns.

In addition to the author panels, book-related crafts will be available from 2 to 4 p.m. and include custom bookmarks, tote bags and magnets.

The event will conclude with a poetry reading from the Pflugerville Poetry Society, a group that meets monthly at the library. The library will announce the winners for its 4th Annual Poetry Contest at the reading.

The Pflugerville Book Pfestival is hosted in partnership with Hopeton Hay of KAZI Book Review. Barnes and Noble-Round Rock will be on hand to sell books from the attending authors. View the full list of authors and a schedule of events at

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