Among the festival’s highlights are Stephen Harrigan, with his latest historical novel "A Friend of Mr. Lincoln"; author Skip Hollandsworth , with his new true crime account, "The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer."
If you’re a Big Bird fan, actress Sonia Manzano, of Sesame Street fame, will be speaking about her memoir "Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx."
Book fans will also be pleased to hear from award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister and her book, "All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation." And memoir fans can look forward to George Hodgeman’s "Bettyville," which received the 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.”
Smith also said organizers were “proud to announce” the festival’s first panel on gay literature featuring George Hodgeman and Bob Morris, who wrote "Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries his Parent." Both authors address the subject of reckoning with the palace where they grew up.
Other highlights include:
- Small sit-down luncheons with authors called Book It. Ticket prices are available online www.saplf.org/events/book-it-luncheons.
- Recipe demonstrations with cookbook authors at the Central Market Cooking tent
- Student winners of the 2016 Fiction Contest.
- Literary Death Match at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Empire Theatre.
The festival, hosted by the San Antonio Library Foundation, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 2 at the Central Library and the Southwest School of Art.
This is the fourth annual book festival and it’s free.