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Schedule of Events

  • J. Erik Jonsson Central Library - 1515 Young St. Dallas, TX 75201
  • Doors open at 9:30 am – First children's author event starts at 9:30 am on the second floor.
  • Community Quilt Project – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Sixth Floor – Learn about the making of a quilt from modern quilters, and add a square to our festival quilt.
    No sewing required – all ages can participate.
  • Stay after 2:00 pm for the Teen Rap Battle.

  • Book Cellar – Friends of the Dallas Public Library used book sale – Floor L1 – 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Books by presenting authors available for purchase from Half-Price Books on the first floor.

Featured Authors

Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff with Laura Numeroff
10:15 to 11:30 am
Second Floor
The creator of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and dozens more books for children will read from her work and answer questions. Stick around to make crafts based on Numeroff's book characters.
Book Signing - immediately following - Second Floor

Joe R. Lansdale
10:00 to 11:00 am
First Floor
Hear from the author of "The Elephant of Surprise," the latest in the Hap & Leonard series. He has written more than four dozen novels, including "Jackrabbit Smile," the Edgar-award winning "The Bottoms," "Sunset and Sawdust," and "Leather Maiden."
Book Signing - 11:15 am - First Floor

"Mistress of the Ritz" - Melanie Benjamin
11:15 am to 12:15 pm
First Floor
The writer of historical fiction titles including "The Swans of Fifth Avenue" and "The Aviator's Wife" discusses her latest book about an American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance in WWII Paris while acting as a hostess for the invading Germans at the Hotel Ritz.
Book Signing - 12:30 pm - First Floor

"The Most Dangerous Man in America" - Steven Davis and Bill Minutaglio
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fifth Floor
The authors of the PEN Center prize-winning book "Dallas 1963" will talk about their new work, a madcap, trippy narrative about one man's daring prison escape, President Nixon's paranoid war against America's counterculture, and an edgy look at the wild forces that helped to sculpt the way the country looks today.
Book Signing - 12:45 pm - First Floor

"Heresy" - Melissa Lenhardt
12:30 to 1:30 pm
First Floor
The writer of the "Sawbones" trilogy will talk about her latest book, "Heresy," which the New York Times called "an all-out women-driven, queer, transgender, multiracial takeover of the Old West" and "unapologetically badass."
Book Signing - 1:45 pm - First Floor

Featured Presenters

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
11:30 to 2:00 pm
Second Floor - Kahn Pavillion and Play Area
Members of the local children's authors organization will present their work, including read-alouds, demonstrations and displays.
Book Signing - Second Floor tables - 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Participating Authors...

Must-Reads by African American Authors, presented by The Dock Bookshop
10:00 to 11:00 am
Fourth Floor
Hear about what's hot this summer from new authors Eartha Gatlin, DJ Lawrence, Tonya Ward-Blackshear, Claudette Esmerelda, and Jasoe Sharpe Hargrove.
Book sales and signings - Fourth Floor

Jane Austen: All the "Write" Moves, presented by the Jane Austen Society of North Texas
10:00 to 11:00 am
Third Floor
Discuss the right and wrong actions of Elizabeth and Darcy with other "Pride & Prejudice" enthusiasts, including authors Carol Adams, Theresa Kenney and Joyce Tarpley. Moderated by Susan Jelen, regional coordinator of the society.
Book Signings and Information - Third Floor - 9:30 am to 2:00 pm

Historic Children's Books of the late 1800s and early 1900s
Tours at 10:00 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm
Second Floor - Siddie Joe Johnson Room
Tour the Siddie Joe Johnson Collection of rare and unique children's books collected by Dallas' nationally-recognized librarian from 1938 to 1965, including early editions of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," "The Wind in the Willows," and more.

Tour of J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
10:00 to 10:45 am; 1:00 to 1:45 pm
First Floor - FODPL Table
Public historian Bob Reitz leads a tour of the library's many hidden treasures.

The Librarian Is In
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
First Floor
In a book slump? Overwhelmed by the library's limitless possibilities of books? Good grief! Discover "What's Next" on your reading list with advice from your personal librarians.

Survival Tips for the Thin Skinned: Lessons on How to Get Published, presented by the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference
10:15 to 11:30 am
Fifth Floor
If you're pursuing a career as a writer, you have to get used to the countless rejections along with those joyous moments getting a "yes". A panel of journalists - including Laura Beil, Matt Goodman, Mike Mooney and Tara Nieuwesteeg - offer strategies on how to get published and most importantly, how to stay motivated. Moderated by Neil Foote.
Book Signing - 11:30 am - First Floor

The Art of FanFic
10:30 am to noon; 12:30 to 2:00 pm
Third Floor
What would have happened if Harry Potter had been born in Westeros? What if Batman had to defeat Voldermort? Explore these scenarios and more in The Art of Fanfic. Understand and write your own fanfiction, short stories and comic books.

Writing Your Family History for Others
11:00am to noon
Eighth Floor
Get expert advice on how to organize, write and present your family history from authors and editors Ed Millis, Shirley Sloat and Becky Villareal. They will share their experiences and insight into how they made their family trees come alive.

Goethe in Translation, presented by Deep Vellum
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Third Floor
Zsuzsanna Ozsváth and Frederick Turner will talk about their new collaboration, "The Golden Goblet: Selected Poems of Goethe." Deep Vellum founder Will Evans will moderate the discussion of translation, poetry, Goethe, and more.

The Poet Experience, presented by WordSpace
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fourth Floor
Listen to local poets B Randall and Opalina Salas read from their work and talk about how they got started, what inspires their poetry, the experience of hosting poetry events, and more. Moderated by Monika Bell.

Sherlock and Students
1:00 to 2:00 pm
Third Floor
Local Holmes society The Crew of the Barque Lone Star will talk about the many ways young people can be exposed to the Sherlock Holmes canon, including school projects, online learning programs and books for young readers.

Science Fiction and Fantasy for All Ages, presented by DFW Writers Workshop
1:00 to 2:00 pm
Fourth Floor
Local authors David Goodner, Kara Connolly and A. Lee Martinez talk about writing speculative fiction for children, teen and adult readers.Book Signing - 2:00 pm - First Floor

All About Romance, presented by Dallas Area Romance Authors
1:00 to 2:00 pm
Fifth Floor
Celebrate the diversity of the genre with four authors of very different styles – Jess Michaels, historical romance; Suzanne Ferrell, romantic suspense; Amy Tasukada, Japanese LGBT thrillers; and Priya Ardis, young adult fantasy.
Book Signing - 2:00 pm - First Floor