Courtesy of San Antonio Book Festival
From left: Frank Andre Guridy, Isabell Allende and Trung Le Nguyen
After its sudden cancellation in 2020, San Antonio’s mega-celebration of the written word is back with a stacked deck of nearly 200 authors.
This year’s event will take place solely online, with a veritable cornucopia of book discussions and even a live science demonstration, free for all to attend, barring four ticketed events that come with a mailed copy of the guest author’s books.
From science fiction heavyweights like Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation
, Hummingbird Salamander
) and Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky
, Victories Greater Than Death
) to best-selling YA authors Nic Stone (Dear Martin
, Dear Justyce
) and Rick Riordan (The Lightning Thief
, The Trials of Apollo
) — not to mention the late addition of the esteemed Isabel Allende (City of the Beasts
, A Long Petal of the Sea
) to the already impressive lineup — even the most committed attendees will likely feel some FOMO for sessions they can’t sit in on.
VanderMeer fans can also check out the Current's Q&A with the author
Panels on new works by bestselling authors abound at the festival, including Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds
, an American epic set in Texas during the Great Depression ($34, 12:30 p.m. Saturday) and Allende’s The Soul of a Woman
, a meditation on what it means to be a woman in the present day ($28, 3:30 p.m. Sunday). Notable YA sessions include fresh takes on tales as old as time from authors Kalynn Bayron (Cinderella Is Dead
) and Anna-Marie McLemore (The Mirror Season
) in “Not Your Average Princess: Fairytales Totally Retold” (10 a.m. Saturday), and an in-depth look at Trung Le Nguyen’s gorgeously illustrated queer coming-of-age graphic novel The Magic Fish
(2:45 p.m. Friday).
Those wanting a bit more Texas flair need look no further than a panel on locally published anthology Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico
with editor Kathy Sosa and contributors Ellen Riojas Clark and Cynthia E. Orozco (1 p.m. Friday) and a special presentation from Sandra Cisneros in which she highlights four authors who deserve our attention (10 a.m. Saturday). Plus, sports and history align with a look at the power of Texas athletics in “How Texas Changed Sports in America” with The Sports Revolution
author Frank Andre Guridy (1 p.m. Friday
Free, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, sabookfestival.org.
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