Texas Book Festival

This past Saturday, my son and I drove down to Austin to attend the Texas Book Festival.  I went merely as a visitor; I was not one of the festival authors since I didn’t hear about it until recently.  The main draw for me was a chance to listen to one of the leading literary voices of the current generation, Don DeLillo.  I came to his books late, reading the brilliant 1998 novel Underworld while on vacation in July 2015.  I bought his latest novel, Zero K, as soon as it was released this past spring, and I managed to get him to sign my copy of it.

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The highlight for my son, of course, was listening to and meeting Nick Offerman, who played the iconic Ron Swanson on the television comedy Parks & Recreation.  We also browsed several exhibit tents, and I got to meet author Mary Helen Specht (I’m reading her 2015 novel Migratory Animals right now).

Perhaps I will submit The “Volunteer” and its sequel for next year’s festival.

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