KLRU at the Texas Book Festival 10/26

KLRU featured event

KLRU Educational Services will be at the Texas Book Festival this weekend! On Sunday, October 26th, from noon – 3 pm Clifford the Big Red Dog and KLRU’s Ed Services team will be at the Children’s Activity Tent (on Colorado St. between 12th & 13th). Children can use our iPads loaded with learning apps and parents can find out about educational resources available from PBS.

In the Studio: Overheard tapings 10/25 & 10/26

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for two days of interviews during the Texas Book Festival. These events are free but an RSVP is required. One RSVP gets you access to all four tapings on October 25. You are welcome to come to only one, but please wait for the taping to finish before leaving or entering the studio. There is a separate RSVP for the taping on October 26. All tapings take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)

Saturday, October 25th – RSVP now
TIME: Tapings take place at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3:15 pm.
GUESTS: Katha Pollitt, James Ellroy, Nicholas Kristof and Martin Amis

Sunday, October 26 – RSVP now
TIME: Taping begins at 10 am. (Doors open at 9:30 am.)
GUEST: Joyce Carol Oates

Katha Pollitt starts things off at noon on October 25:
Katha Pollitt is an award-winning author and columnist for The Nation. Her previous work of essays surrounding feminism, women’s rights, and politics have been compiled into several books including Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism and Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time. Her most recent book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, discusses women’s reproductive rights. RSVP for this taping


James Ellroy immediately follows at 1 pm on October 25: 
James Ellory is an author known for his noir-style crime fiction, primarily set in Los Angeles. Some of his past works have been adapted into Hollywood successes, including the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia. His latest novel, Perfidia, is set in Los Angeles during World War II, as Japanese internment camps begin forming. RSVP for this taping


Nicholas Kristof immediately follows at 2 pm on October 25:
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, Nicholas Kristof is a journalist, author and op-ed columnist forThe New York Times. His books, including the best-selling Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, have all been co-written with his wife Sheryl WuDunn and primarily focus on poverty, health, and human rights in the developing world. His most recent book, co-authored with his wife, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, will be adapted into a documentary coming to PBS in early 2015. RSVP for this taping


Martin Amis immediately follows at 3:15 pm on October 25: 
Martin Amis is a British novelist and non-fiction author. His most famous works includeMoney, Experience, and London Fields. And in 2008, the UK newspaper The Times named him one of the top 50 greatest British writers since 1945. His latest book, The Zone of Interest, a satire set in World War II, has attracted attention and controversy, especially in Europe. RSVP for this taping



Joyce Carol Oates ends the Texas Book Festival interviews at 10 am on October 26:
Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most distinguished and critically-acclaimed fiction writers in America. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her works of fiction include We Were the MulvaneysBlonde and The Accursed. Her latest collection of stories, Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories, was published in September. RSVP for this taping 

Special Thanks to the Texas Book Festival

Texas Book Festival Photos

KLRU Volunteers with Clifford at the Texas Book Festival
Thanks for visiting KLRU in the Children’s Activity Tent at the Texas Book Festival! All of us who attended from KLRU had a great time. We guess that several hundred people moved through our tent on each day, and we had a great turnout of Spanish-speaking families. Clifford received and gave hugs from little babies all the way up to grown-ups and everyone had a blast on the i-pad stations.  We hope to see you again next year!

KLRU at Texas Book Festival 10/27, 10/28

KLRU will be at the Texas Book Festival this weekend, October 27 and 28th, with a special guest …  Clifford The Big Red Dog! Bring your camera and get your photo with Clifford and experience the rich resources of PBS KIDS by playing games on our ipad stations.

KLRU will be in a tent near the Children’s area from 2-3 pm on Saturday and from 12:30 – 1:30 pm Sunday.

We’ll also have standup images of Big Bird, Elmo and Thomas the Tank for additional photo opportunities.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Wolf, Maraniss, Toobin and Balaban 10/27

Join KLRU for several Oveheard tapings during the Texas Book Festival.  Doors will open at 9:30 am on Saturday, 10/27, for a series of interviews with authors featured in this year’s Texas Book Festival.

One RSVP will grant you admission to all four tapings on 10/27. RSVP now
10:15 am Naomi Wolf (doors at 9:30 am)
11:15 am David Maraniss (doors as soon as Wolf interview complete)
12:45 pm Jeffrey Toobin (doors as soon as Maraniss interview complete)
5:45 pm Bob Balaban (doors open at 5 pm)

All tapings take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)

10:15 am Naomi Wolf RSVP now
Author and activist Naomi Wolf grabbed attention in the early 1990s with her international bestseller The Beauty Myth. The book explored the widespread marketing of unrealistic standards of beauty by the fashion and cosmetics industries, as well as the impact those messages have on women, and it made Wolf a major voice in feminism. Since then, Wolf has written widely about politics, activism and women’s issues. She’s in Austin to speak at the Texas Book Festival about her new book, Vagina: A Cultural History.

11:15 am David Maraniss RSVP now
David Maraniss is a Pulitzer Prize winner with extensive experience as a reporter, editor, and author. He’s written five bestselling books, including a biography of Bill Clinton, a history of the 1960 Rome Olympics, a biography of Vince Lombardi and a history of the Vietnam era. His latest book is Barack Obama: The Story, which uses hundreds of interviews to chronicle the President’s family history and his life before he entered politics. Here’s your opportunity to hear Maraniss talk about the President just days before the election. We thank the Texas Book Festival for bringing him to Austin.

12:45 pm Jeffrey Toobin RSVP now
Jeffrey Toobin’s newly-published book, The Oath: The Obama White House vs. the Supreme Court, explores the complicated relationship between the Obama administration and the Roberts court. It’s the latest hit from Toobin, a staff writer for The New Yorker and CNN legal analyst. Join us to hear Toobin’s take on the impact of Citizens United, UT’s recent affirmative action arguments before the US Supreme Court, the likely impact of the election on the Court and more. We thank the Texas Book Festival for bringing Toobin to Austin.

5:45 pm Bob Balaban RSVP now
Actor Bob Balaban’s film career stretches from 1969’s Midnight Cowboy to last year’s Moonrise Kingdom. Between those roles, he has played an alien interpreter in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the head of NBC in both Seinfield and The Late Shift, and a part in every Christopher Guest movie. Balaban’s work on Broadway earned him a Tony nomination, and he produced Robert Altman’s Gosford Park, which was nominated for Best Picture. He also has recurring roles in some of the most-respected shows on television. Balaban is in Austin for the Texas Book Festival to discuss his work as the author of a series of children’s novels about a bionic dog named McGrowl.

In the Studio: Rajiv Chandrasekaran tapes Overheard 10/29

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Rajiv Chandrasekaran

DATE: Monday, October 29
TIME: 5:15 p.m. (Doors open at 4:45 p.m.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Author and journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran is the author of the bestselling and widely praised book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, an account of American reconstruction in Iraq. That book makes the most of Chandrasekaran’s time as Washington Post bureau chief in Baghdad in 2003 and 2004. He has a similar understanding of Afghanistan, which is the subject of his new book. Chandrasekaran covered events in that country for The Post from 2009 to 2001 and has just published Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a third season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.

The Cat in the Hat comes to Austin!

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About ThatTexas Book Festival - celebrating 15 years

Join KLRU for some Dr. Seuss silliness with Cat in the Hat at the Texas Book Festival.

On October 16th & 17th, kids and families are invited to play and learn with the infamous Cat in the Hat at this year’s Texas Book Festival. KLRU will help children create their own iconic hats and take pictures with the infamous Cat himself.

Learn more about the Texas Book Festival schedule, maps, and activities for all ages at texasbookfestival.org.

  • Date:     Saturday, October 16th & Sunday, October 17th
  • Times:   11:30am & 3:30pm
  • Location: State Capitol Building, 1400 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas