Literary Entrees: A Few Special Author Events

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OPEN OPPORTUNITIES
at Annual Conference for all book lovers to enjoy a relaxed meal accompanied by a generous serving of literary insight from favorite authors. TICKETS are available through April 8; Conference registration is not required to attend these events.

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Black Caucus Round Table Brunch & Author Session with Eric Dean Seton & Earl Sewell

Wednesday, April 2010:15 - 11:50 am | Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, 1600 Lamar Street

Books and brunch! Pause between the opening general session and the rest of your busy day for a relaxing meal and author presentation.

Menu: Cinnamon Belgium Waffle served with Sliced Fried Chicken Breast Topped with Vanilla Bean Maple Syrup & Apple Butter, Fresh Fruit; Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Assorted Hot Teas.


Opening Author Session & Luncheon featuring Rita Coolidge, Paulette Jiles, Laura Lippman, & Carolyn Haines

Wednesday, April 20, 12:00 - 1:50 pm | Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, 1600 Lamar Street

Powerful women telling stories: now that’s a true feast of narrative and performance talent.Two-time Grammy winner Rita Coolidge and acclaimed writers Laura Lippman and Carolyn Haines discuss their recent works, life, and creative inspiration. Enjoy a fun and thought-provoking luncheon with colleagues as you hear from these women of words. Book signing will take place immediately following the event for luncheon attendees. This event is sponsored by the Library Friends & Trustees Round Table of TLA.

Menu: Southwestern Caesar Salad with spiced Pepitas, Black Beans, Roasted Corn, Avocado, Cotija Cheese and Chipotle Caesar Dressing; Braised Boneless Short Ribs Caramelized Cippolini Onion Confit, Parsley Mashed Potatoes; Lemon Meringue Tart; Iced Tea and Water; Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Assorted Hot Teas.


Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List Author Session with Katja Millay & M.O. Walsh

Thursday, April 21, 12:00 - 1:50 pm | Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, 1600 Lamar Street

Celebrate the seventh year of Lariat's reading selections for adults. Hear from authors featured on last year's Lariat List and enjoy a delicious meal. Book signings will take place immediately following the event for luncheon attendees.

Menu: Mixed Seasonal Greens with Red & Yellow Tomatoes, Champagne Vinaigrette; Herb Crusted Breast of Chicken topped with Artichokes and Pesto Pomodoro Sauce, Risotto; Lemon Meringue Tart; Iced Tea and Water; Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Assorted Hot Teas.


Texas Bluebonnet Award Author Session & Luncheon Presenting Laban Carrick Hill & Theodore Taylor III, creators of When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

Thursday, April 21, 12:00 - 1:50 pm | George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas

The Texas Bluebonnet Award is a nationally-recognized children’s choice award. During the luncheon, the author and the illustrator of this year's winning Bluebonnet title will share insights on their work and accept their award from student representatives. Book signing will take place immediately following the event for luncheon attendees.

Menu: Harvest Salad with Red & Yellow Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumbers & Carrot Curls with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette & Ranch Dressings; Lemon Rotisserie Chicken with Herb Jus Sauce, Green Beans & Fingerling Potatoes; Chocolate Cake; Iced Tea and Water; Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Assorted Hot Teas.


Evening with the Authors Dinner: Justin Cronin, Joe Hill, Steve Martini, Diane McKinney-Whetstone, & Gwendolyn Zepeda

Thursday, April 21, 6:30 - 9:30 pm | Julia Ideson Building (Houston Public Library), 550 McKinney Street

Variety is the key ingredient of this year’s Evening with the Authors event. Enjoy a delightful dinner experience in the beautiful and historic Julia Ideson Building at the Houston Public Library as you hear from renowned writers from a variety of genres. Free books will be provided to attendees.

Menu: Strawberry Fields Salad with Tender Baby Spinach and Field Greens tossed with Toasted Almonds, Sliced Strawberries, Feta Cheese, and Raspberry Vinaigrette; Choice of: 1) Bronzed Salmon Fillet with Melange’s House-Made Cajun Seasonings; or 2) Seared Bistro Filet, served with Rosemary Demi Glace; Mushroom Scallion Rice Pilaf; Sugar Snap Peas with Red Peppers and Yellow Squash; Artisan Rolls; Lemon Brulee Tart with Fresh Berries; Iced Tea and Water; Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee.


Texas Association of School Librarians Author Session & Breakfast with Jeff Kinney

Friday, April 22, 8:00 - 9:50 am | George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas

Diary of A Wimpy Kid series author Jeff Kinney will share insights into his writings and more. Book signing will take place immediately following the event for attendees.

Menu: Vegetable Quiche with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Chicken Apple Sausage, Fresh Fruit Salad; Orange Juice, Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Assorted Hot Teas.


Closing Author Session & Luncheon with Gene Luen Yang

Friday, April 22, 12:00 - 1:20 pm | Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, 1600 Lamar Street

Join colleagues for a relaxing close to conference as one of today’s most popular authors entertains you with the story behind the story. Book signing will take place immediately following the event for luncheon attendees.

Menu: Mixed Seasonal Greens with Red & Yellow Tomatoes, Sliced Radishes, Haricot Vert, Artichoke and Champagne Vinaigrette; Pistachio Crusted Chicken, Tarragon Citrus Marinade, Chef ’s Choice Vegetable, Sweet Pepper Relish; Flourless Chocolate Caramel Martini; Iced Tea and Water; Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Assorted Hot Teas.

Created on Feb 29, 2016 | Last updated March 07, 2016