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Texas Book Festival Announces the First 15 Appearing Authors

The annual event will feature acclaimed authors John Hodgman, Kristen Arnett, Hafsah Faizal, Attica Locke, Saeed Jones, Kwame Alexander, and many more.



The Texas Book Festival has announced the first fifteen authors who will appear at the event held in and around the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin on October 26 and 27.

With a mission to connect authors and readers through unique experiences that celebrate literacy, ideas, and imagination, the first round of authors features a diverse variety of topics, genres, and writers, including celebrated poets, illustrators, and bestselling authors of both fiction and nonfiction.

“We’re kicking off our 2019 Festival season with a list of exciting names that represent the breadth and diversity of what people will find at our annual Festival,” says Lois Kim, executive director of the Texas Book Festival.

The full list of fifteen authors, along with the works they will present during the Festival Weekend, includes the following:
Aarti Namdev Shahani – Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares
Alexander McCall-Smith – The Land of Long Lost Friends
Attica Locke – Heaven, My Home
Ben Mezrich – Bitcoin Billionaires
Hafsah Faizal – We Hunt the Flame
Jericho Brown – The Tradition
John Hodgman – Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Room
Kristen Arnett – Mostly Dead Things
Kwame Alexander – The Undefeated
Marie Arana – Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American History
Oscar Cásares – Where We Come From
Saeed Jones – How We Fight for Our Lives
Cassy Joy Garcia – Cook Once, Eat All Week
Susan Choi – Trust Exercise
William McRaven – Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations

In addition to the above authors, the lineup will feature more than 250 celebrated and emerging writers, including journalists, artists, scientists, and more.

The Festival Weekend includes acclaimed authors at readings, panel discussions, and signings; exhibitor booths and food vendors; tents and venues, including cooking, C-SPAN, children’s entertainment, and the return of the Latinx Lit Tent.

Photo courtesy of Texas Book Festival (Artist credit: Dave McClinton)

The Texas Book Festival has also unveil the official 2019 Festival Poster created by Austin-based artist and graphic designer Dave McClinton. McClinton, who has worked as a professional graphic designer for twenty-five years, is known for combining photography and digital design in his work.

The art for this year’s poster, Burgeoning, is a collage made from wrinkled paper, photographed and rendered as a mountain landscape. The idea for McClinton’s crumpled paper series was sparked when he noticed the discarded gift wrapping on his kitchen table looked like a miniature mountain sculpture.

The 2019 Texas Book Festival is co-presented by H-E-B and AT&T. Other major sponsors include Central Market, Brigid Cockrum and Family, Kirkus Reviews, Tocker Foundation, Buena Vista Foundation, C-SPAN 2/Book TV, St. David’s HealthCare, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman, and Pentagram. Click here for more information on the Texas Book Festival.

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Chinese New Year Dinner

The Chinese New Year is filled with lots tradition. Come celebrate at The Chinese Neighbor.



Photo courtesy of The Chinese Neighbor

The Chinese Neighbor will host an 8-course feast of special dishes by Chef Bob Tam on Sunday, January 26 from 5pm to 7pm at the Prosper, TX location.

The Chinese New Year is filled with lots tradition. The Year of the rat celebrates wealth, surplus and the beginning of a new day.

The menu has been set, but may change due to availability of ingredients & Chef Bob Tam’s whimsey.

First Course – Malted Shrimp Chips, Chinese Onion Dip
Second Course – Century Deviled Eggs
Third Course – Smoked Salmon “Everything” Eggroll
Fourth Course – Mustard Green Egg Drop Soup
Fifth Course – Grilled Cheese Dumpling, H.K. Borscht
Sixth Course – Golden Boy Pizza’s Clams Clams & Garlic, Lo Bak Go (Daikon Crepe)
Seventh Course – Mala (Sichaun Peppercorn), Carbonara Lo Mien
Eight Course – Truffle & Crispy Egg Custard Fried Rice

Visit the Eventbrite page for more details and to purchase tickets.

This information was provided as a press release.

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Al Biernat’s North & Samuel Lynne Galleries Hosts Exclusive VIP Closing Reception for Fine Art Photographer David Yarrow

Yarrow returned to Dallas for the weekend to preview his latest exhibition.



Photo courtesy of Tamytha Cameron

Al Biernat’s North and Samuel Lynne Galleries hosted a private VIP reception for fine art photographer David Yarrow Sunday, November 17.

Yarrow returned to Dallas for the weekend to preview his latest exhibition.

Guests enjoyed a brief presentation by Yarrow and viewed selected work from the exhibition.

In closing, all were invited to purchase Yarrow’s second book, a comprehensive collection of his photographic travels through the Americas, Africa, Antarctica, the Arctic, Asia, and Europe.

The book, featuring a foreword written by global NFL star Tom Brady and an afterword written by American cultural icon Cindy Crawford, is available at Samuel Lynne Galleries.

In addition, Yarrow’s exhibit will be open at Samuel Lynne Galleries until February 1, 2020.

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Cool Thursdays Concert Subscriptions for 2020 On Sale

Prepare to enjoy great tunes and an amazing view.



Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The Dallas Arboretum’s premier concert series “Cool Thursdays” season subscriptions, sponsored by Wells Fargo, are on sale now.

As Dallas’ only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn, concert subscriptions have a history of selling out quickly.

In addition to the coolest view of White Rock Lake, attendees can bring picnics and beverages or purchase food from some of DFW’s favorite food trucks. The gardens are also open to stroll through before the concert to enjoy the stunning floral displays.

The 2020 lineup will feature nine new exciting tribute bands.

New bands for spring include “Hotter Than July”, A Stevie Wonder Tribute Band, “JT”, The Incredible Tribute to Justin Timberlake and “Kids In America”, Totally 80s Tribute Band.

New bands for fall include “The Troubadour Experience”, A Tribute to George Strait, “Hot August Night”, A Tribute to Neil Diamond and “The British Are Coming”, World’s Greatest British Rock Tribute Group.

Subscription packages are the smartest deal for tickets, offering savings of up to 66 percent, and make for unique and long-lasting Christmas gifts.

All packages purchased by December 3 will be delivered in time for the holidays.

Complete series subscriptions – 22 concerts – are on sale for $333. Spring series only – 13 concerts – are $210, and fall series only – 9 concerts – are $165.

See the full band lineup with dates and purchase concert subscriptions here.

The concert series continues every Thursday this spring and early summer and again in the fall. Gates open at 6 p.m., spring concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and fall concerts begin at 7 p.m.

For group tickets of 15 or more, call 214-515-6520.

On-site parking is complimentary for all concerts and we encourage our guests to take advantage of the close covered parking available at the parking garage.

Hotel Accommodations for Cool Thursdays Concert Series are sponsored by: The Westin Dallas Downtown.

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