Featured Speakers

Justin Torres is the author of the best-selling novel, We The Animals. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He was the recipient of a Rolón Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House, and Glimmer Train. Among many other things, he has worked as a farmhand, a dog walker, a creative writing teacher, and a bookseller; he is now a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

James Magnuson is the author of eight previous novels in addition to his new novel, Famous Writers I Have Known. He is a former Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for his fiction, and the winner of the Jesse Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. Magnuson currently directs the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.

Sarah Bird is the author of eight novels. The ninth, Above the East China Sea, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in May. Sarah has been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers series; a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship; New York Public Library’s 25 Books to Remember list; Elle Magazine Reader’s Prize; People Magazine’s Page Turners; Library Journal’s Best Novels; and a National Magazine Silver Award for her columns in Texas Monthly. In 2012 Sarah was voted Best Austin Author for the fourth time by the readers of the Austin Chronicle; was inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame; and received the Illumine Award for Excellence in Fiction from the Austin Library Foundation. In 2013 she was selected to be The University of Texas’ Libraries Distinguished Author speaker, and was featured on NPR’s The Moth Radio Hour.
She has written screenplays for Paramount, CBS, Warner Bros, National Geographic, ABC, TNT, Hemdale Studio, and several independent producers. Sarah’s screen adaptation of her sixth novel, The Flamenco Academy, is currently in development. She has contributed articles to The New York Times, Salon, O Magazine, and is a columnist for Texas Monthly. Sarah, who moved all over the world growing up with her air force family, lives in Austin, Texas.

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Lomgmire novels, which are the basis for Longmire, the hit A&E-TV drama, the highest rated scripted series in the network’s history. The Cold Dish won Le Prix du Polar Noir, Death Without Company, the Wyoming Historical Association’s Book of the Year, and Another Man’s Moccasins, the winner of both the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award and the Mountains and Plains Book of the Year. The Dark Horse was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year and Hell Is Empty was selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year and was a NY Times bestseller along with the next in the series, As The Crow Flies. A Serpent’s Tooth, the ninth Longmire novel, debuted at #16 on the NY Times printed list. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.