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2017 Dallas Book Festival

Founded in 2006 as the Dallas International Book Festival, the 2017 Dallas Book Festival will mark the eleventh anniversary of the Dallas Public Library’s premiere literary event. The Dallas Book Festival is a community-based literary event promoting reading, literacy, and writing and featuring over 100 local, regional and national authors. Activities include writing workshops, story times and activities for children, and music and dance performances.

This year the Dallas Book Festival is being held in conjunction with the Dallas Festival of Ideas to create a unique, unprecedented event in downtown Dallas. The two events will share several headliners including: Jeff Chang (We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation and Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation), Nadia Lopez (The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World) and Andrew Solomon (Far & Away and the multiple-prize-winning Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity). The two festivals will also share a closing conversation with author Yaa Gyasi, whose Homegoing won the National Book Critics Circle's award for best debut novel earlier this year.

The book festival will feature its own amazing line-up of nationally celebrated authors and speakers.

  • Greg Iles, whose novels include the best-selling Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree and the forthcoming Mississippi Blood. He'll be featured in conversation with Stanley Nelson, editor of the Concordia (La.) Sentinel, whose investigations of the Ku Klux Klan and unsolved racially motivated killings in the region inspired many of Iles' books.
  • Graphic novelist Kristen Radtke, creator of the lauded Imagine Wanting Only This.
  • Eric Litwin, musician and author who launched the Pete the Cat children's books.
  • Jeff Guinn, author of the forthcoming book The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple.
  • Randall Fuller, author of The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation.
  • Denyse Schmidt, all-star quilter, will present "Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration".

There will be panels showcasing Latino authors, Shakespeare, science fiction and fantasy authors and more — including one titled "Finding Home," which will feature Leah Carroll, author of Down City, Caite Dolan-Leach, author of Dead Letters, and Stephanie Powell Watts, author of No One Is Coming to Save Us all of whom were Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Picks. (Miwa Messer, director of that program, will moderate.)

For more information email: dbf@fodpl.org

2017 Dallas Book Festival on the web:

Dallas Book Festival Announces Slew of Great Authors - Dallas Morning News

Let’s Read About the Dallas Book Festival - D Magazine

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