May 31, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Interabang Books
10720 Preston Rd. #1009B

The Literary City invites discussion on what makes a city literary. 
Given its rich talent, is Dallas already a literary city?  And if not, what will make it one?


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.


Oscar Cásares is the author of Brownsville, a collection of stories named an American Library Association Notable Book of 2004, and the novel Amigoland. His latest novel, to be released in mid-May, is Where We Come From, about a Mexican-American family in Brownsville that reluctantly becomes involved in smuggling immigrants into the US. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he teaches creative writing at the University of Texas in Austin, where he lives.

Photo Credit: Joel Salcido


Lauren Smart is a professor of practice at Southern Methodist University. She is a journalist and critic. Her work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Arts + Culture Texas, CultureMap Dallas, and American Theatre Magazine. She holds a master’s in arts journalism from Syracuse University and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and English from Southern Methodist University.


Sarah Hepola, a native Dallasite, has essays published by The New York Times, The Guardian, Texas Monthly, and Salon, where she was a longtime editor. Her memoir Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget was a New York Times bestseller. Her second memoir, about finding peace with her own perpetual singlehood in her forties, will be published next year by The Dial Press, a division of Random House.

Photo Credit: Allison V. Smith

Sanderia Faye serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University, and is a professional speaker, activist and sommelier. Her novel, Mourner’s Bench, was the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction, The Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, and The 2017 Arkansas Library Association, Arkansiana Award.

Ben Fountain is an American fiction writer currently living in Dallas, Texas. He has won many awards including a PEN/Hemingway award for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories (2007) and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for his debut novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2012).

Photo Credit: Thorne Anderson

Dr. Jaina Sanga is a professional writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Currently she focuses on her fiction writing and has published a novel Silk Fish Opium (2012), a book of short stories Train to Bombay (2015), and a book of novellas Tourist Season (2017). Her works of fiction have won several prizes and led to her selection as a participant in prestigious residencies and workshops both in the U.S. and abroad.

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