Texas Book Festival

The Contemporary Austin is proud to partner with the Texas Book Festival on a series of literary panels and discussions occurring on The Jones Center Rooftop on Nov 11 (Sat) and Nov 12 (Sun), as part of their annual festival weekend!

This year, festival organizers have programmed at The Jones Center a line-up of programs inspired by art, creativity, and themes present in our current exhibitions, This Land and HOST: Aryel René Jackson.

Admission to the programs and to the museum is free with registration at the front desk of The Jones Center upon arrival (advanced registration not required).

See below for a full line-up of Festival activities hosted at The Jones Center or visit the Texas Book Festival website.

Texas Book Festival Schedule of Programs on The Jones Center Rooftop

Nov 11 (Sat):

12:15–1P | Lived Experience: A Legacy of Exclusion & Exile with Ava Chin (Mott Street) and Rodrigo Dorfman (Generation Exile)

1:15-2P | Changing the World: Championing Chicano Civil Rights with Emilio Zamora (In Defense of My People), Aurelio Manuel Montemayor and Thomas Ray Garcia (El Curso de la Raza: The Education of Aurelio Manuel Montemayor), and Roberto “Dr. Cintli" Rodriguez † (Writing 50 Years (más o menos) Amongst the Gringos)

2:15–3P | Reconciling Ancestral Identity: Land, Language, Lore & Loss with Rebecca Clarren (The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota, and an American Inheritance) and Leah Myers (Thinning Blood: A Memoir of Family, Myth, and Identity)

Nov 12 (Sun):

12:15–1P | The Art of Cultural Heritage with Roj Rodriguez (Mi Sangre) and Al Rendón (Mi Cultura: Brining Shadow into Light)

1:15–2P | Crimes, Queers & Borders with Emma Pérez (Queering the Border: Essays) and Alicia Gaspar de Alba (Crimes of the Tongue: Essays and Stories)

2:15–3P | Building Community through Creative Collaboration with Allison Orr (Dance Works: Stories of Creative Collaboration)

3:15–4P | Sartorial Splendor in Sports with Mitchell S. Jackson (Fly: The Big Book of Basketball Fashion)

4:15–5P | Finding Freedom with KB Brookins (Freedom House) and Charif Shanahan (Trace Evidence: Poems)

About this year's Festival:

The Texas Book Festival, the largest book event in Texas and one of the premier literary gatherings in the nation, returns for its 28th year on November 11–12 in Downtown Austin. Attendees can look forward to an all-star author lineup of more than 300 authors, engaging programming for all ages, book signings, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, and a Saturday night Lit Crawl in East Austin! The Festival is presented by H-E-B. Learn more at Texasbookfestival.org.