KAZI Book Review will feature excerpts from interviews with four authors appearing at the Texas Book Festival on the October 11 edition of KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM:
- Attica Locke, author of the novel PLEASANTVILLE, a murder mystery set in 1996 revolving around a campaign to elect Houston’s first black mayor,
- James McGrath Morris, author of EYE ON THE STRUGGLE, a biography of the Black newspaper white house correspondent Ethel Payne,
- Laila Lalami, author of a historical novel about the first Black to explore America, THE MOORS ACCOUNT, and
Vu Tran, author of a mystery novel about the search for an enigmatic Vietnamese woman, DRAGONFISH.
The Texas Book Festival is October 17-18 and more information about all the authors appearing is available at texasbookfestival.org.
Be sure to tune in Monday, October 12, for the Monday edition of KAZI Book Review which will feature an interview with Wendell Pierce, author of a memoir about his efforts to rebuild the New Orleans neighborhood he grew up in after Hurricane Katrina, THE WIND IN THE REEDS: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken.
Clay Smith, Literary Director of the Texas Book Festival, will be the October 10 guest, 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. on KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM. Clay will discuss the exciting line-up of authors appearing at the annual book festival which is being held October 16-17 at the State Capitol Building in Austin, Texas. Listen live online at www.kazifm.org.
The Texas Book Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary with a star-studded lineup of 226 authors, including Laura W. Bush, the honorary chair and founder of the Book Festival. “I am especially pleased to participate as an author in this year’s Texas Book Festival,” said Mrs. Bush. “I am proud of the success of the festival and glad to be part of the 15th anniversary celebration.”
Headlining authors also include Pulitzer prize-winners Eugene Robinson, author of Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, and Michael Cunningham, author of By Nightfall.
Other well know authors appearing include Sam Harris, Alton Brown, Abraham Verghese, Joyce Maynard, Meg Cabot, Matt de la Peña, Jennifer Egan, and Justin Cronin. News and political junkies can hear from P.J. O’Rourke, Karl Rove, Jonathan Alter and William Jelani Cobb, and from journalists Michele Norris, Ian Frazier, Jake Silverstein, Robert Bryce and S.C. Gwynne.