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