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Take a look at the events making up this year's book festival lineup.  If you wish to attend a ticketed event, we encourage you to get your tickets soon.  For additional information on the featured authors mentioned in the events, visit the Featured Authors Page.

TEXAS COOKBOOK GALA (TICKETED)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 @ 6:00PM
Abilene Country Club | 4039 S. Treadaway Blvd. | Map It
77 Texas Cookbook Gala GuestsAs a featured festival fundraiser this black tie event always pleases guests.  This year's featured cookbook author is Sarah Penrod, an award-winning 7th generation Texan, professional chef, and TV personality who charmed audiences as the vivacious and warm-hearted Texpert on “The Next Food Network Star!”  Her cookbook, Urban Cowgirl, celebrates modern Southern culture with decadent Texas Recipes.  Guests will get the chance to spend a great evening with Penrod, enjoy fine cuisine from her cookbook, and sample a great selection of wines from Texas vintners.  For information on purchasing a ticket, visit the Texas Cookbook Gala page.
 
AUTHOR LUNCH FEATURING BILL WRIGHT (TICKETED)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Abilene Woman's Club | 3425 S. 14th St. | Map It
34 Festival Guests Perusing Featured BooksAs an exciting ticketed event, you're invited to be part of a special lunch featuring author/photographer Bill Wright.  Using photographs from his latest book, The Whole Damn Cheese: Maggie Smith, Border Legend, as a backdrop, Wright will share anecdotes about Maggie Smith - the woman whose life in the Big Bend country has become the stuff of legend.  Smith served folks on both sides of the border as doctor, lawyer, midwife, herbalist, banker, self-appointed justice of the peace, and coroner from 1943-1965.  Books will be available for purchase following the luncheon and guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a book signing with the author.

Ticket Prices: $18 per person, $144 for a table of 8.  Must RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 18 at noon.
Email the Friends of the Library for tickets and/or information.

AUTHORS IN SCHOOLS
FRIDAY, ALL DAY
Various School Campuses

01 Author Chris BartonAs a fun festival activity for local students, children’s authors will be heading out to various schools to speak with students.  It’s a great way to introduce youth to the people who write stories for them. Three authors will be making the rounds this year including Cate Berry, Carmen Oliver, and Tammi Sauer.  Berry is the author of Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime! that was pinned a Junior Library Guild selection; Oliver is the author of Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies; and Sauer is the author of Mary Had a Little Glam, having sold 28 books to major publishing houses.  This is a great festival outreach to connect students with great authors.
 
CELEBRATING THE TEXAS BOOK LISTS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 9:15AM - 10:15AM
Abilene Woman's Club | 3425 S. 14th St. | Map It

BluebonnetAs part of the West Texas Book Festival events, we invite you to attend this free hour-long workshop that will explore the celebrated Texas Book Lists such as the Texas Bluebonnet Award, Lone Star Reading List, Lariat, Maverick, and many others.  Hear from library experts on how to incorporate selections from these lists into your own reading and programs. 
CPE available for educators who register in advance.  Contact Kristy Compton at 325-677-1444, ext. 5915.
 
WRITING & PUBLISHING CHILDREN'S BOOKS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Abilene Woman's Club | 3425 S. 14th St. | Map It

07 Children's Authors PanelJoin in on a great panel discussion on Writing & Publishing Children’s Books.  This workshop will guide writers through the path to publication with tips and helpful information from experienced authors. Their collective behind-the-scenes industry access will offer guests with a unique opportunity to ask questions that may more effectively get their books noticed.  Authors available includes Cate Berry, Carmen Oliver, and Callie Metler-Smith. Berry is the author of Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime!, Oliver is the author of Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies, and Metler-Smith is the owner of Clear Fork Media Group and the author of Ben’s West Texas Snow.  
CPE available for educators who register in advance.  Contact Kristy Compton at 325-677-1444, ext. 5915.
 
BOOTS & BOOKS LUNCHEON (TICKETED)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Abilene Woman's Club | 3425 S. 14th St. | Map It

85 Boots & Books Culinary Luncheon TablesGuests will be treated to a catered lunch while enjoying the presentation of the 2018 A.C. Greene Award, presented annually to a distinguished Texas author for lifetime achievement.  This year’s recipient is Glenn Dromgoole, who has written a new book called Book Guy: One Author’s Adventures in Publishing.  As stated by Dromgoole, “you’ve probably heard me say that every book tells at least two stories - the story inside the covers of the book, and the story outside the covers.  In Book Guy, I focus on the stories outside the covers of my thirty (now thirty-one) books and some others that I’ve helped publish.” You'll certainly want to be a part of this special luncheon that will honor a well-respected author in Abilene.  The doors will open at 11:30AM, with lunch beginning at noon, and there will be a book signing with Dromgoole at 1:15PM as well.

Ticket Prices: $30 per person, $240 for a table of 8.  
Must RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 18 at noon.

Email the Friends of the Library for tickets and/or information.
 
LOCAL AUTHOR SHOWCASE & RECEPTION
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
South Branch Library | 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd. | Map It

68 Attending Local Author ReceptionEveryone is invited to be a part of this great festival event focusing on local writing talent.  At this session we’ll be hosting an author showcase and reception to honor all local authors who have had a book published within the last 12 months.  This event was created to highlight the incredible talent from our own community and everyone is encouraged to come out and meet them. Hear each author give remarks about their latest work and following the remarks there will be time for a book signing starting at 3:30PM. 

If you’re interested in being featured at this showcase, contact Sandy Lowe at 325-665-6193 or email her at sandyloweink@gmail.com.

 
A TO Z: A CHILDREN'S BOOK READING
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
South Branch Library | 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd. | Map It

Abilene A to ZClosing out the festival this year, families are invited to join us for a children’s book reading.  Sponsored by Abilene Christian University and the ACU Press, join us for a special tribute to our beloved Abilene!  Mayor Anthony Williams will begin the book reading with sharing some of his favorite letters from Abilene A to Z by Glenn Dromgoole and Jay Moore.  Following Mayor Williams, other celebrity guest readers will include theatre students from the local school campuses.  The first 50 families who arrive will also receive a FREE copy of Abilene A to Z, limiting one copy per household.  In addition, participants may take home books from the Friends’ Annual Book Sale selections, with each household receiving a commemorative bag to store their books.


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