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Event Update

Due to predicted inclement weather, the 2017 Dallas Festival of Ideas has moved inside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Section A. The Dallas Book Festival will continue as planned in J. Erik Jonsson Central Library and a shuttle will connect the two events. The shuttle between the Convention Center and the Central Library will run every 15 minutes all day.
Find more information here.

Central Library

Yaa Gyasi
Author Signing Area
3:30 to 3:55 pm

Festival of Ideas Stage

Convention Center
Simulcast on the 7th floor of the Central Library - O'Hara Hall
5:00 pm

Dallas Book Festival and Dallas Festival of Ideas present Yaa Gyasi on the Dallas Festival of Ideas stage. Yaa Gyasi will sign copies of her book Homegoing at 3:30 pm in the Author Signing area in the Central Library.

Floor By Floor

1st Floor

10:00 to 10:50 am
Andrew Solomon, author of Far & Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.

11:00 to 11:50 am
Slam Poetry at the Library
Join us for a poetry competition with The Dallas Poetry Slam. Poets will have three categories to choose from; Dead Poet Slam, Personal Story, General Slam.

Paulette Jiles will not be appearing

1:00 to 1:50 pm
Jeff Chang, author of Who We Be, We Gon' Be Alright: Notes and Race and Resegregation and Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation in conversation with The Dallas Morning News' Culture Critic Chris Vognar.

2:00 to 2:50 pm
Musician and author, Eric Litwin, original author of the Pete the Cat series and The Nuts series will read from his newest title The Nuts: Keep Rolling.
Community Partner: Dallas Museum of Art - Arts and Letters Live

3:00 to 3:50 pm
Kristen Radtke, author and graphic novelist of Imagine Wanting Only This, appears in conversation with Kendra Greene.
Community Partner: Dallas Museum of Art - Arts and Letters Live

Dallas West Room - Auditorium Simulcast

Dallas East Room - Dallas County Early Voting

Showcase - Festival Marketplace meet over 40 authors and organizations

Friends of the Dallas Public Library Table
10:15 to 11:00 am - Meet for Public Art Tour with historian and FoDPL Board member Bob Reitz.
1:15 to 2:00 pm - Meet for Public Art Tour with historian and FoDPL Board member Bob Reitz.

Community Exchange
10:00 to 10:50 am
Love and African American Literature
Authors Kanika Harris, Brian W. Smith, Keith Thomas Walker, and AlTonya Washington in conversation with Donna Craddock.
Community Partner: The Dock Bookshop

11:00 to 11:50 am
Young Adult Latino Voices featuring YA authors Sarah Cortez, Xavier Garza, Guadalupe Garcia McCall and Ray Villareal.

Noon to 12:50 pm
Finding Home
How do we define home? Is it a place, is it family, community--or all that (and more)? Finding Home brings together three young women to look for answers: Leah Carroll, author of the stunning memoir Down City; Caite Dolan-Leach, author of Dead Letters, a dark and inventive page-turner; and Stephanie Powell Watts, author of No One Is Coming to Save Us, a revelatory portrait of home, family, and the American Dream. Moderated by Miwa Messer, Barnes & Noble.

1:00 to 1:50 pm
Why I Turned to Crime: Three Texas Women Tell Their Stories
Kathleen Kent, Melissa Lenhardt, and Lisa Sandlin: all respectable novelists who have recently turned to tales of ex-cons, meth-peddling religious fanatics, and small East Texas towns built on a swamp of corruption. Come hear these three writers read from their novels, tell what drew them to these stories, and discuss the insights and style women bring to the crime genre. Moderated by Dee Mitchell.
Community Partner: WordSpace

2:00 to 2:50 pm
Women on the Horizon - Sanderia Faye will lead a discussion with a diverse group of accomplished Dallas-based writers about the path they have chosen, their goals and their hopes and dreams for the future featuring up and coming north Texas writers Sharron Wilkins Conrad, Kendra Greene and Sobia Khan.

3:00 to 3:50 pm
Author Talk: Jeff Guinn author of Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson and The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple in conversation with The Dallas Morning News Culture Critic Chris Vognar.

4:00 to 4:50 pm
Reimagining Sherlock Holmes
Hear how authors Sherry Thomas and Liese Sherwood-Fabre reinvented the character of Sherlock Holmes for their original works of fiction while maintaining those characteristics that make Sherlock the most famous consulting detective in literature. Moderated by Steve Mason from the Crew of the Barque Lone Star, a Sherlock Holmes literary society and a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars.

2nd Floor

Craft Area
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Join the Dallas Museum of Art for craft activities celebrating the work of bestselling children's author Eric Litwin, original author of the Pete the Cat series.
Community Partner: Dallas Museum of Art

Kahn Pavilion
10:00 to 10:50 am
Nurturing Nature in our Next Generation
Experts from the field of science and nature, Amanda Stone Norton, Melody Alcazar, and Melissa Paschke, will discuss ways that parents, teachers and other adults can help foster a deep appreciation and love for nature in the next generation. Panelists will elaborate on successes and challenges in this field, and provide examples for ways in which Texas has taken the lead on reversing the "nature deficit" in our country. Moderated by Haily Summerford.

11:00 to 11:20 am
Storytime with Amanda Stone Norton, picture book author of Muddy Madeleine Meets an Arach A Doo

11:45 to Noon
Storytime with Penny Parker Klostermann, picture book author of There was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed A Knight.

Noon to 12:15 pm
Storytime with Jan Peck picture book author of Way Out West on My Little Pony.

12:15 to 12:30 pm
Storytime with Patricia Vermillion, picture book author of Hound Dawg.

12:30 to 12:45 pm
Storytime with Terry Widener, children's book illustrator of My Name is James Madison Hemings

12:45 to 1:00 pm
Telling True Stories: The Art of Nonfiction for Young People with Karen Blumenthal, middle grade and young adult author of Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History.

1:00 to 1:15 pm
WWII Presentation with Christine Kohler, Young Adult author of No Surrender Soldier.

1:15 to 1:30 pm
Storytime and Sign Language Demonstration with Nancy Churnin, picture book author of The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game.

1:30 to 1:45 pm
Writing Diverse Books from a Cultural Perspective with Bettina Restrepo, author of Illegal and Moose and Magpie.

1:45 to 2:00 pm
Bilingual storytime with Cynthia Wildridge, children's book author of Bun E. Learns to Count in French.

2:00 to 2:15 pm
Storytime and Illustration presentation with Rosie J. Pova, picture book illustrator.

2:15 to 2:30 pm
Storytime with Belinda Mays, children's book author of My Amazing Dad and 7 Days with Daddy.

2:30 to 2:45 pm
Storytime with Becky Villareal, children's book author of Gianna the Great

2:45 to 3:00 pm
Storytime and Poetry Reading with Jennifer Cole Judd, picture book author of Circus Train.

4:15 to 5:00 pm
Storytime with Wade Smith
The former Houston Texan player and Lake Highlands High School graduate will read from his brand-new picture book Smitty Tackles Bullying, a follow-up to his first book, Smitty Hits the Play Books. Wade will discuss his passion for reading as well as tell the story of growing up as child learning to balance football and reading.

Siddie Joe Johnson Room
10:00 to 10:50 am
Storytellers Without Borders
Meet student journalists participating in the Knight Foundation-funded project Storytellers Without Borders, a partnership with The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Public Library. Moderated by project coordinator Lauren Smart.

11:00 to 11:50 am
Writing and Illustrating Children's Books with authors Penny Parker Klostermann, Jan Peck and Jennifer Judd; and illustrators Terry Widener and Korey Scott.
Community Partner: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: SCBWI

Noon to 12:50 pm
YA Poetry Writing Workshop with Renée Watson

1:00 to 1:50 pm
Author Talk: Mike Miller
Meet Mike Miller, author of Texas On Ice: Early Strides to Pro Hockey and learn about the unlikely birth of Texas hockey in San Antonio, the stories of the earliest ice rinks, teams, and personalities behind the early teams, and chronicles the first season of professional ice hockey in Texas.

2:00 to 2:50 pm
What Were Children Reading 100 Years Ago?
Go back in time to learn what children were reading 100 years ago with Dr. Sylvia Vardell.

3:00 to 3:30 pm
Storytime with the Seameyers
Listen to authors Kay and Rudy Seameyer read from their newest book The Last Train Out

4:00 to 4:50 pm
Black Artivism: Raising Awareness Through Art
Join us for a discussion with authors Rickie Clark, LyTisa Green, Keith Thomas Walker, Renée Watson, and local teens about using their writing to raise awareness on issues such as police brutality, depression and more. They will also discuss how using artistic talents can be a form of therapy to help young people cope with everyday issues.

3rd Floor

Creative Corner
10:00 to Noon
Make a Mini-Book Learn the basics of bookbinding and make a mini book with Oil and Cotton

Noon to 12:30 pm
Guided Meditation with Daniel Sunshine
Community Partner: Dallas Yoga Center

1:00 to 1:50 pm
Coloring with Cher
Meet and color with Cher Kaufmann, coloring book designer.

Evans Studio
10:00 to 10:50 am
YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fandemonium
Be transported to another world as our authors talk about the depth and breadth of fantasy and science fiction for young adults featuring authors Kathleen Baldwin, Jenny Martin, Michael Merschel and Sherry Thomas.

11:00 to 11:50 am
Mystery Jeopardy: It was all fun and games...and then the murders started featuring authors Mark Pryor, Deborah Crombie and Reavis Wortham.

Noon to 12:50 pm
Focus on the Truth: How to Spot Fake News
A lively, pragmatic exploration of current new phenomena, ranging from disinformation to hoaxes featuring writers Dr. Robert Jensen and The Dallas Morning News' Jamie Hancock, Cassandra Jarmillo, and Hannah Wise.

1:00 to 1:50 pm
A Thoughtful Conversation on Mindfulness featuring coloring book creator Cher Kaufman, David Sunshine and Kay Colbert.
Community Partner: Dallas Yoga Center

2:00 to 2:50 pm
The Road to Publication: From Idea to Bookstore featuring Rosemary Clement-Moore, Jenny Martin, A. Lee Martinez and Pamela Skjolsvik moderated by Brooke Fossey.
Community Partner: DFW Writers Workshop

3:00 to 3:50 pm
A Conversation with Dr. Robert Jensen
Hear Dr. Robert Jensen, Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas Austin with Dr. Joci Caldwell-Ryan, Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Southern Methodist University and Kiva Harper, an Assistant Professor in Practice in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington as they discuss the implications of Dr. Jensen’s new book, The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men, including topics such as rape culture and the sexual-exploitation industries of prostitution and pornography.

4:00 to 4:50 pm
Author Talk: Nadia Lopez
A conversation with high school principal Nadia Lopez, author of The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World and Jon-Bertrell Killen.
Community Partner: Mayor’s Star Council

4th Floor

Stenciling Station
11:00 to 1:00 pm
Faux-Screen Printing Workshop

Create your own faux-screen printed scarf with the use of stencils and paint.
Community Partner: TISSU

Pollock Performance Space
10:00 to 10:50 am
Performance by Brunny Bell
Piano performance including show tunes, light rock, contemporary, jazz and pop, as well as an extensive Latin repertoire.

11:00 to 11:50 am
Performance by Le Theatre de Marionette
The performance of Silly Strings is sure to delight with a fast-paced and silly medley of acts featuring a balloon-blowing clown who's light on his feet, a juggling bear on a flying trapeze, a roller skating prankster, a serenading wolfman, Elvis, Michael Jackson and a dancing skeleton that just can't keep it together.

Noon to 12:50 pm
Style and Beat: The Hip-Hop Influence on Art and Culture
Local musician Sivion and Dallas-based visual artist Riley Holloway discuss how the culture of hip-hop has evolved and its influence on the creative approach across all artistic disciplines. Moderated by Robert Tinajero, professor at Paul Quinn College.

1:00 to 1:50 pm
Performance by Texas State Men & Boys Choir
The Texas State Men & Boys Choir perform an array of choral selections from Bach to Barbershop.

3:00 to 3:50 pm
Performance by Bruce Wood Dance Project
Bruce Wood Dance Project was launched in Dallas in January 2011 to champion the vision, leadership, and artistry of nationally acclaimed Texan dance-maker Bruce Wood.
Community Partner: Texas Commission on the Arts

Lillian Bradshaw Gallery
10:00 to 10:50 am
Tintype Photography Discussion
Local photographer, Scott Hilton discusses the history and characteristics that help to identify one of the most widely used photographic types.

11:00 to 11:50 am
Street Photography Discussion and Photo walk presented by Dallas Photo Walk
Learn about this candid approach to photography, the best equipment to use and how you can get started on your new hobby of street photography. A photo walk will follow, allowing you the opportunity to apply your newly-acquired skills.

5th Floor

Hamon Oil & Gas Center
10:00 to 11:00 am
Author Talk with Tiffany Sunday
Sunday’s book Dyslexia’s Competitive Edge, addresses how dyslexics can use their talents and strengths to launch businesses, grow their companies, or accelerate their careers. Her book includes personal stories, insights, and strategies from fellow dyslexics and non-dyslexics on how to use the dyslexic brain as a competitive edge.

11:30 am-2:00 pm
Andrea Ridout & George the Rooster Meet local radio host, Andrea Ridout and George the Rooster to help celebrate The Year of the Rooster for 2017. Guests can pet George and learn a bit more about keeping chickens as a hobby. Baby chicks will also be on hand, courtesy of Rooster Home & Hardware.

Hamon Training Room
10:00 to 10:50 am
Modern Quilt Design with Modern Quilter and Designer
Denyse Schmidt
Denyse Schmidt began creating quilts in 1996. Intrigued by the rich historical nature of quilts and inspired by beauty born of necessity, Denyse adds her distinctive aesthetic sensibility - clean, spare lines, rich color and bold graphics - to this rich art form, and has won acclaim from the worlds of art, design and craft.
Community Partners: Dallas Modern Quilt Guild and Urban Spools

11:30 to 12:20 pm
Future in the Instant: How Shakespeare is Shaping the 21st Century
Hear Dr. Lauryn Angel, Dr. Diana C. Gingo and Dr. Fredrick Turner, moderated by Dr. Jessica Murphy as they discuss William Shakespeare’s relevance four hundred years after his death.
On View: Shakespeare’s First Folio on the 7th Floor
Sponsored by Dallas Shakespeare Club

12:30 to 1:20 pm
Author Talk with Noemi Jaffe Hear Noemi Jaffe as she reads from her book, What Are the Blind Men Dreaming? Translated from Brazilian Portuguese and Serbian, this title follows three generations of women who reflect in their own words on the Holocaust and bearing witness in Jewish and Brazilian identity.
Community Partner: Deep Vellum Publishing

1:30 to 2:20 pm
Author Talk with Harry Hunsicker
Meet Dallas’ own mystery and suspense author, Harry Hunsicker as he discusses his newest title The Devil's Country, a riveting new novel set in west Texas. Hunsicker appears in conversation with Suzanne Frank.

2:30 to 3:20 pm
Author Talk with Michael Weisberg, M.D.
Harnessing his observation of an evolving trend in medicine, Michael F. Weisberg, M.D. makes the impassioned case of why it's important to have an advocate with you at the hospital. Dr. Weisberg illuminates the silent yet strong shift that has occurred over the past decade - many doctors are no longer treating their patients at the hospital. He is the author of The Hospitalist

3:30 to 4:20 pm
Author Talk with Clay G. Small, J.D.
Informed by his experiences as a husband, father, professor at SMU Cox School of Business and former Senior Vice President, Managing Attorney at PepsiCo, author Clay Small has shaped multi-dimensional characters and thrilling story lines in his page-turning novel, Heels Over Head.

6th Floor

All Day
Culture 101
What is Culture? Culture defines us, it tells us who we are, where we came from, and how to act in situations. Come and learn about our culture through artifacts that appeal to our senses. Explore musical instruments, antique toys, pioneer items and herbs, share your ideas and learn about your culture.
Community Partner: Institute of Texan Culture

1:00 to 1:50 pm
When the Bean Meets the Cup: Coffee 101
Learn about the production and appreciation of specialty-grade coffee beans - where and how they are grown, picked, and made into the delicious brews we love. The presentation will be followed by a coffee-tasting event.
Community Partner: Community Coffee

2:00 to 2:50 pm
The Art of Chocolate
DallasChocolate.org's Sander Wolf and Sublime Chocolate's Troy Easton will present the story of chocolate as it travels from the cacao bean to a finished delicious candy bar. The pair will cover the areas in which cacao is grown as well as the harvest process.
Community Partner: DallasChocolate.org

7th Floor

O'Hara Hall

11:00 to 11:50 am
Fact and Fiction: a Conversation with Greg Iles and Stanley Nelson. Iles, author of Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree and Mississippi Blood and Stanley Nelson, editor of the Concordia Sentinel and author of Devils Walking: Klan Murders Along the Mississippi in the 1960s in conversation with The Dallas Morning News' Michael Lindenberger.

Kenneth B. Jonsson Gallery
10:00 to 10:50 am
Author Talk with Byrd Williams IV
A fourth generation photographer, Byrd is best known for his urban work in the U.S. and Europe. His book Proof : photographs from four generations of a Texas family, features 193 images from the Byrd Williams Collection at the University of North Texas, accumulated by four generations of Texas photographers, all named Byrd Moore Williams.

11:00 to 11:50 am
Author Talk with Randall Fuller author of The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation.
On View: The Dallas Public Library's First Edition, First Printing of Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species

Stone Room
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Writing Workshops
Sponsored by University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism

10:00 to 10:45am
Blog to Book: Crafting the Book Query Speakers: Kim Cross, Melissa Schultz & Susannah Charleston

11:00 to 11:45 pm
More Than Text: Multimedia Narratives Speakers: Kristen Watson, Keith Campbell & Rick Holter

1:00 to 1:45pm
How to Pitch a Magazine Speakers: Michael Mooney & JK Nickell

2:00 to 2:45pm
A Family That Writes Together Speakers: Steve & Jamie Thompson

3:00 to 3:45pm
Finding a Literary Agent Speakers: David Hale Smith & Skip Hollandsworth

4:00 to 4:45pm
The Art of the Mini-narrative Speakers: Sarah Mervosh & Marc Ramirez

Closing Remarks Mayborn School Programs – Undergraduate, Graduate & Certificate Speakers: Dean Bland, Neil Foote & Mike Mooney

8th Floor

2:00 pm
Author Talk with Andrew Torget: How Mexico's Far North Became the American Southwest

Meet Andrew Torget, author of Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, which tells the remarkable story of how the cotton revolution of the early nineteenth century transformed northeastern Mexico into the western edge of the United States.

3:30 to 4:30 pm
Getting Started with Family History Research
Family history research is now a top hobby in the United States. In this workshop, led by Cheryl Freeman and Sharon Bowles, you will learn about collecting family information, building your family tree, and how to find and use records to learn more about your ancestors.
Community Partner: Dallas Genealogical Society