MysteryPeople’s Guide to the Texas Book Festival

Hey Folks! Overwhelmed by the number of amazing panels at this year’s Texas Book Festival? Can’t see the forest through the trees? Never fear, MysteryPeople is here with a guide to mystery, thriller and true crime happenings at the fest. Here’s a link to the full schedule, but in the following schedule, you can see we’ve picked out some of the highlights for crime fiction fans.

Not all of the writers below would consider themselves as crime writers, but they’re all here at the book fest to talk about bloody murder. You can find additional information on crime/thriller/suspense authors at the festival here. 

Saturday, November 5

978193941995810:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Capitol Extension Room E2.012

Critic and reviewer Hopeton Hay, host of KAZI Book Review, moderates “The Scene of the Smoking Gun” panel discussion with Bill Loehfelm and David Lida, discussing their latest works, Doing the Devil’s Work and One Liferespectively.

Find out more about this panel.

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

First United Methodist Church9780385349741

Literary man-about-town Clay Smith interviews Carl Hiassen about his latest, Razorgirland his long career writing about Florida, in a discussion titled “On the Razor’s Edge with Carl Hiassen.”

Find out more about this event. 

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Capitol Extension Room E2.0129780765335135

Librarian Richard Holland moderates the “Where the West Meets Murder” panel discussion with Jon Land and Reavis Z. Wortham,discussing their latest works, Strong Cold Dead and Unraveled, respectively.

Find out more about this panel. 

1:15 PM – 2 PM

Capitol Extension Room E2.0269780374238582

Writer and teacher Stephanie Noll moderates the “Darkness at the Edge of Town” panel discussion with Kelly Luce and Jung Yun, discussing their latest works, Pull Me Under and Shelterrespectively.

Find out more about this panel. 

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Capitol Extension Room E2.0129780544920958

MysteryPeople’s Director of Suspense Molly Odintz moderates “The Ultimate Unreliable Narrator is…You” panel discussion with Amy Gentry and Lydia Millet, discussing their latest works, Good as Gone and Sweet Lamb of Heaven, respectively.

Find out more about this panel. 


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Central Presbyterian Church

Jill Meyers, of local publishing house A Strange Object, moderates the “Girls on Fire” panel discussion with Emma Cline and Robin Wasserman, discussing their new novels, The Girls and Girls on Fire

Find out more about this panel. 

97803075941123:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Capitol Extension Room E2.026

Journalist for Texas Monthly Mike Hall moderates the “Unsolved in ATX” panel discussion with Skip Hollandsworth and Beverly Lowry, discussing their latest true crime works – Hollandsworth’Midnight Assassin, about Austin’s first serial killer, the Servant Girl Annihilator, and Lowry’s Who Killed these Girls?about the infamous yogurt shop murders of 1991.

Find out more about this panel.


Noir at the Bar: Lit Crawl Austin!

9:30 PM – 10:15 PM at Weather-Up Bar

Come hear some of Texas’ finest voices read crime fiction so nasty, brutal and short, it’d make Thomas Hobbes proud. Grab a brew and listen to readings from J. Todd Scott, Jesse Donaldson, Bill Loehfelm, Jonathan Woods, and Russell Lester to close out the festival nightlife.

Find out more about this special event. 

Sunday, November 6

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Capitol Extension Room E2.0129781616957339

Author and journalist David Lida will be moderating the panel discussion “The Devil’s in the Details” with Minerva Koenig and Ed Lin, discussing their latest works, South of Nowhere and Incensed, respectively.

Find out more about this panel. 

97812500502291:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Capitol Extension Room E2.012

MysteryPeople’s Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery will be moderating the “Rural Crime” panel discussion with J. Todd Scott and Jesse Donaldson, discussing their debuts, The Far Empty and The More They Disappearrespectively.

Find out more about this panel. 


4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Capitol Extension Room E2.012

MysteryPeople Contributor and Event Staffer Meike Alana will be moderating the “Watching the Detectives” panel discussion with Cara Black and Mark Pryor, discussing their latest works, Murder on the Quai and The Paris Librarian, respectively.

Find out more about this panel. 

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