Julie Wernersbach and Virginia Reeves

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This week we welcome Julie Wernersbach, Literary Director of the Texas Book Festival, and TBF featured author, Virginia Reeves (Work Like Any Other, Simon and Schuster 2016). This year’s TBF will be held November 5th & 6th — details below.

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julie-wernersbach Julie Wernersbach is Literary Director of the Texas Book Festival, responsible for developing and implementing year-round literary programming in Austin and other Texas cities, including the annual two-day Festival in Austin.
She is the co-author of the books Vegan Survival Guide to Austin (American Palate) (The History Press, 2015), and Swimming Holes of Texas, due next year from University of Texas Press. In August, her short fiction appeared in Arcadia magazine.
Julie has ten years of experience as an independent bookseller, most recently serving as marketing director for BookPeople, the largest independent bookstore in Texas and one of the most high profile independent bookstores in the country. Before moving to Austin in 2011, Julie served as publicist and events coordinator for Book Revue, a large independent bookstore on Long Island.

Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston University. She loves books of all stripes and is particularly drawn to short and literary fiction. You can stay up with her on Twitter.


Virginia ReevesWe are excited to have WOTA alumni and TBF featured author, Virginia Reeves  back in the studio with us. After seven years in Austin, Virginia returned to her hometown of Helena, Montana, with her husband, two daughters, and their three-legged Pit Bull.

Work Like Any OtherHer debut novel, Work Like Any Other (Simon and Schuster, 2016) was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Booklist recently named it to their Top 10 First Novels of 2016, and the French translation won the Page/America prize and the SensCritique prize for best American debut.

Virginia is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, and holds an MA in teaching from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and a BA in English Writing from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. Her fiction has appeared in The Common and The Baltimore Review and has been short-listed for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest and the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award.

For more information, please visit her website.  You can also keep up with her on Facebook and Twitter.


The 21st annual Texas Book Festival (TBF)

txbookfestTBF will be held November 5-6, at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

TBF will feature 275+ nationally and critically recognized authors. Some of this year’s include Carl Hiaasen, Ha Jin, Karan Mahajan, David Clay Johnson, Marcus Samuelson, Bill Wittliff, Ethan Hawke,  Dominic Smith, Jade Chang, Noah Hawley, Tim Wu, T.C. Boyle, Don DeLillo, Amy Stewart, Emma Cline, Stephen Harrigan, Paulette Giles, Jacqueline Woodson,  Yaa Gyassi, Virginia Reeves, Amy Gentry, David Crabb, Diane Guerrero, Kwame Alexander,  Antonio Ruiz Camacho, Marissa Silver, Joe Jiminez, Leila Meacham, Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece, David Crabb, Carol Dawson & Roger Polson, T.J. Stiles, Sarah Bird, Benjamin Saenz, Diana Kennedy and Nick Offerman. Here are the full author list and festival schedule, plus how to connect with TBF on Facebook and Twitter.