Corny dogs and Margaret Atwood

weekend festival
perfect for geeking out, food
it's gonna be fun!

The Texas Book Festival is this weekend! If you've been around me at all in the past, oh, ever, you're probably sick of hearing me talk about this. I love the TBF. I mean love.it. Like Christmas morning, only in the Capitol building… with a bunch of strangers… and with presents that include listening to authors like Sherman Alexie talk about their awkward youth.

At previous Texas Book Festivals, I have seen George Saunders in all his hilarity; I've seen Star Wars stormtroopers randomly walking down the street; I've accidentally shouted curses while almost falling down stairs, causing Vendela Vida to turn and look at me. The kids have met both Maria and Gordon from Sesame Street, and I've seen Joyce Carol Oates sit on a big stage and crack jokes.

This is year, I'm on a panel – (K.A. Holt is on the panel, to be exact). I'm SO EXCITED! If you're in town, stop by the fest and say Hi. My panel is at 1:30 on Saturday. It's the "Everybody Needs a Hero" panel. And the panelists and I will be signing books afterward, I think.

I'm a little bummed that I'll have to miss some of the other cool things going on, but such is the reality of the TBF. It's always packed with such great lectures and panels you can never see everything. Unless someone figures out how to clone themselves, and/or attend in a variety of alternate dimensions. Maybe for next year!

I wish we could bring Ike-a-saurus. In past years, the other kiddos have been dragged down there while they were tiny. It was the first big shindig for both the wee one and the wee-er one when they were babies. Ah, well. He'll be at home with his nurse, prepping for Halloween.

Anyway, I invite you all to come on out to the fest – it's going to be tons of fun.

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