Dallas Public Library is kicking off summer reading with a festival of books, authors and reading! Fun for all ages on every floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.
Registration is encouraged, but not required. Your registration allows us to send you logistical information and helpful details shortly before the festival. Please note that it does not guarantee you a seat. Seats are first-come, first-served as available for each program on the day of the festival.
Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff with Laura Numeroff – 10:15 to 11:30 am
Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 children’s books, including the If You Give… series, which began with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. An avid animal lover, Numeroff with cocreator Sean Hanrahan wrote Raising a Hero, a picture book about a boy raising a service dog.
“Mistress of the Ritz” – Melanie Benjamin – 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical novels The Swans of Fifth Avenue, about Truman Capote and his society swans, The Aviator’s Wife, a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and The Girls in the Picture, about the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford. Her latest novel, Mistress of the Ritz, about Paris during World War II, was released in May.
“The Most Dangerous Man in America” – Steven Davis and Bill Minutaglio – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Bill Minutaglio is the author or co-author of nine books, including biographies of President George W. Bush and Molly Ivins, City on Fire, about the greatest manmade disaster in U.S. history, and the latest, with Steven L. Davis, The Most Dangerous Man in America, named a Book of the Year by National Public Radio. His writing has appeared in multiple publications and anthologies, including the original magazine story about The Dallas Buyers Club.
“The Most Dangerous Man in America” – Steven Davis and Bill Minutaglio – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Steven L. Davis is an award-winning author and editor of several books, including Dallas 1963 and The Most Dangerous Man in America, both written with Bill Minutaglio. He is a longtime curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, which holds the papers of many major authors, and has been called “one of Texas’ leading scholars of its indigenous culture.”
Joe R. Lansdale – 10:00 to 11:00 am
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than four dozen novels, including the Hap & Leonard series, Jackrabbit Smile, the Edgar-award winning The Bottoms, Sunset and Sawdust, and Leather Maiden. He has received nine Bram Stoker Awards, the American Mystery Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.
“Heresy” – Melissa Lenhardt– 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Melissa Lenhardt is the author of the feminist western Heresy, which the New York Times called “an all-out women-driven, queer, transgender, multiracial takeover of the Old West” and “unapologetically badass.” Her debut mystery, Stillwater, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest.
Carol Adams is the author of The Bedside, Bathtub, Armchair Companion to Jane Austen, The Bedside, Bathtub, Armchair Companion to Frankenstein, The Sexual Politics of Meat, and other titles, as well as a New York Times contributor. Adams appears courtesy of the Jane Austen Society of North Texas (10:00 to 11:00 am).
Priya Ardis is the author of the bestselling young adult series, My Merlin. Her young adult novels come from a childhood of playing too much She-Ra and watching too much Spock. She started her first book at sixteen, writing in notebooks on long train rides during a hot summer vacation in India. Ardis appears with the Dallas Area Romance Authors (1:00 to 2:00 pm).
Laura Beil is a writer and reporter for the Dr. Death podcast. Her work also appears in the New York Times, Men’s Health, Science News, Texas Monthly, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest and other magazines. Beil appears as part of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas (10:15 to 11:30 am).
Kara Connolly is the author of No Good Deed, a re-imagining of the Robin Hood legend with a female protagonist. She appears as part of the DFW Writers Workshop (1:00 to 2:00 pm).
Suzanne Ferrell is the USA Today bestselling author of Kidnapped and Close to Home. Her sexy stories, whether they are her on-the-edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense or her heartwarming small-town stories, will keep you thinking about her characters long after their happy ever after is achieved. Ferrell appears with the Dallas Area Romance Authors (1:00 to 2:00 pm).
Neil Foote is principal lecturer at the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas and co-director of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. Foote has travels the country giving lectures and leading discussions on writing, the role of digital media in transforming journalism, public relations and diversity in the media. Foote is moderating the panel for the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas (10:15 to 11:30 am).
Matt Goodman is the online editorial director for D Magazine. He’s written about murderous surgeons, traced a heart transplant from donor to recipient, and chronicled the collapse of a hospital chain beset by fraud. Goodman appears as part of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas (10:15 to 11:30 am).
David Goodner is the author of three picture books, including Ginny Goblin is Not Allowed to Open This Book and the forthcoming Ginny Goblin Cannot Have a Monster for a Pet and Kondo and Kezumi Visit Giant Island. He appears as part of the DFW Writers Workshop (1:00 to 2:00 pm).
Theresa Kenney is a professor of English Literature at the University of Dallas and author of the upcoming The Endings of Jane Austen. Kenney appears courtesy of the Jane Austen Society of North Texas (10:00 to 11:00 am).
A. Lee Martinez is the author of 10 published fantasy and science fiction novels known for their pulpy influences, weird protagonists and heavy doses of humor. His latest book is the second title in the Constance Verity series, Constance Verity Saves the World. He appears as part of the DFW Writers Workshop (1:00 to 2:00 pm).
Jess Michaels is a 10-Time USA Today bestselling author of historical romance, including The Daring Duke, Her Favorite Duke and Graham: The Broken Duke, an illustrated romance. She also runs a weekly podcast, Journeys of Romance, where she talks to authors about creativity, process and publishing. Michaels appears with the Dallas Area Romance Authors (1:00 to 2:00 pm).
Ed Millis is the author of 16 books including My dearest sister : the Hunt family of Lexington and the Civil War : their correspondence, 1856-1880, Jack St. Clair Kilby, A Man of Few Words and One Way to Write your Personal Story. He was also on the team that wrote Texas Instrument’s 75th anniversary book, Engineering the World. Millis appears with Writing Your Family History for Others (11:00am to noon).
Michael J. Mooney is co-director of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference and author of The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle: American Sniper, Navy Seal. He also writes for D Magazine, The Texas Monthly, GQ, ESPN The Magazine, Outside, and Grantland. His stories have appeared in The Best American Crime Reporting and The Best American Sports Writing. Mooney appears as part of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas (10:15 to 11:30 am).
Tara Nieuwesteeg is a writer and editor based in Dallas. She writes about nightlife for D Magazine and has also appeared in Southwest Magazine, SUCCESS, Garden & Gun, D CEO, and NBC News. Nieuwesteeg appears as part of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas (10:15 to 11:30 am).
Zsuzsanna Ozsváth is a professor of literature and the history of ideas, as well as the director of the Holocaust Studies Program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Frederick Turner is a professor of literature and creative writing at UTD, as well as a poet and interdisciplinary scholar. Together they completed a new translation of poetry, The Golden Goblet: Selected Poems of Goethe, published by Dallas not-for-profit Deep Vellum (11:30 am to 12:30 pm).
B Randall is the host of Poetry Smash at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters and Verse & Rhythm at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She also produces and hosts “In the Words Of A Sistah,” the longest running all-female-cast poetry show of its kind. She appears courtesy of WordSpace ((11:30 am to 12:30 pm).
Opalina Salas has been writing and performing poetry in and around the DFW area for 20 years. She is host and co-creator of Attack of the Poets, an annual multi-day festival featuring poets from around the US. A collection of her work, Black Sparrow Dress, was published in April by Mad Swirl Press. She appears courtesy of WordSpace (11:30 am to 12:30 pm).
Shirley Sloat is a long-time genealogy researcher, the author of Dallas County Records of Interest to the Genealogist at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library and the editor of Estelle Mitchell Adams’ book Remembering Negro Life in Wheelock, Texas : Churches, Schools, Cemetery, Families in the 1900s. Sloat appears with Writing Your Family History for Others (11:00am to noon).
Joyce Tarpley is a professor of English at Mountain View College and author of Constancy and the Ethics of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. Tarpley appears courtesy of the Jane Austen Society of North Texas (10:00 to 11:00 am).
Amy Tasukada writes Japanese-influenced gay fiction, from gritty mafia thrillers to heartwarming contemporary romance, including The Yakuza Path and Would it Be Okay to Love You? When she’s not writing she can be found sipping tea in a frilly dress. Tasukada appears with the Dallas Area Romance Authors (1:00 to 2:00 pm).
Becky Villarreal travels the country to encourage family participation in genealogical research. She incorporates her experiences working on her own family history in books for adults and children, including The Broken Branches and Gianna the Treasure Hunter. Villarreal appears with Writing Your Family History for Others (11:00am to noon).
Appearing with the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators:
Jen Betton, author and illustrator of Hedgehog Needs a Hug
Karen Blumenthal, author of Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History and Tommy: The Gun that Changed America
Kent Chapman, author of Nat the Rat
Nancy Churnin, author of Making His Shot: How Charlie Sifford Broke the Color Barrier in Golf and The Princess and the Tree
Alayne Kay Christian, author of Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa
Suzanne Crowley, author of Finding Esme and The Stolen One
Sean Easley, author of The Hotel Between
Alan Elliot, author of Willy the Texas Longhorn and On Sunday the Wind Came
Jennifer Cole Judd, author of Circus Train and An Eyeball in My Garden-and Other Spine- Tingling Poems
Wendy Hinote Lanier, author of Let’s Fly: Flying Cars, Let’s Roll: Dirt Bikes and That’s My Dog: Pugs
Mary Beth Miller, author of Aimee and On the Head of a Pin
Rosie Pova, author of Sarah’s Song
Rochelle Rabouin, author of The Loneliest Letters on Alphabet Road
Korey Scott, illustrator of books for Scholastic, Jon Wiley & Sons Publishing, and many others
Kelly Sutherland, freelance illustrator, including Nat the Rat
Patricia Vermillion, author of Texas Chili? Oh My!/Chili Texano? Ay Dios!
Becky Villarreal, author of Gianna the Treasure Hunter
Cynthia Wildridge, author of The Tales of Bun E. Boniface