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Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices in Austin and Texas

October 29, 2016 Leave a comment

Come hear the words and inspiration from some of the most dynamic and culturally diverse authors in Austin and Texas on Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, Texas. Featured authors include Anthony and Keffrelyn Brown, co-authors of BLACK INTELLECTUAL THOUGHT IN EDUCATION; Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, author of the short story collection BAREFOOT DOGS; Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of the novel BEFORE WE VISIT THE GODDESS; Jacob Grovey, author of the novel DANCE OF THE BROKEN, and John Moran Gonzalez, author of BORDER RENAISSANCE.  Cosponsors include City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and Austin Revitalization Authority.

To register for the event click here.


Anthony and Keffrelyn Brown


Antonio Ruiz-Camacho



Marrick Armstrong (writing as Matthias Miles)



Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni



Jacob Grovey


A Taste of Texas Book Festival Authors Featured on KAZI Book Review

October 10, 2015 Leave a comment
Attica Locke

Attica Locke

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:

James McGrath Morris photo by Patty Morris

James McGrath Morris

  • 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
  • Laila Lalami

    Laila Lalami

    Vu Tran, author of a mystery novel about the search for an enigmatic Vietnamese woman, DRAGONFISH.

    Vu Tran

    Vu Tran

The Texas Book Festival is October 17-18 and more information about all the authors appearing is available at

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.

PODCAST: Interview with James McBride, Author of National Book Award Fiction Winner The Good Lord Bird

September 28, 2013 1 comment

The Good Lord BirdI recently interviewed James McBride, author of National Book Award 2013 Fiction Winner  The Good Lord BirdThe Good Lord Bird is a fictional memoir of a young slave that inadvertently joins abolitionist John Brown’s antislavery crusade in 1857. This dramatic story is told with more than a touch of satire as McBride humanizes through humor John Brown and the great black abolitionist Fredrick Douglas, who makes a cameo appearance.  McBride will be performing (he’s also a musician) and reading at the Texas Book Festival.  To listen to the interview click here: 

Listen to Podcast of Terry McMillan Interview on KAZI 88.7 FM

June 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Terry McMillan-Who Asked YouIn my recent interview with best-selling author Terry McMillan, she talked about how she got her start in writing, who one of her biggest influences was, and why she decided to bring back the characters from Waiting to Exhale in the novel Getting to Happy. The occasion for my interview was her appearance at the 2013 African American Book Festival in Austin, Texas.  Her appearance on June 22 drew a standing room and overflow crowd at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center.  To listen to the interview click here:  Terry McMillan Interview.

Texas Book Festival Authors Focus of October 10 KAZI Book Review

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

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

Clay Smith

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.