The Panel Discussions

The Writer’s Voice

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

SARAH BIRD

The author of many award-winning novels, including The Yokota Officers Club, Virgin of the Rodeo, and The Mommy Club. Her most recent novel, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, tells the hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers.

ELIZABETH CROOK

An award-winning historical novelist whose subjects range from Sam Houston and the Texas Revolution to the 1966 sniper shooting at The University of Texas. Her newest novel, The Which Way Tree, is set in the Texas Hill Country during the Civil War era, and is the story of a young girl’s frightening and poignant odyssey to track down the panther that killed her mother.

STEPHEN HARRIGAN

The author of several acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling novel, The Gates of the Alamo. He is also a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly and a screenwriter who has written many movies for television. His newest book is Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas.

LAWRENCE WRIGHT

A staff writer for The New Yorker and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, along with many other acclaimed books of nonfiction. He is also a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. His newest book is God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State.

JOHN SPONG
(moderator)

An award-winning staff writer at Texas Monthly. He is the author of A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove, and his magazine stories have been collected in Best Food Writing 2012, The Best American Sports Writing 2009, Literary Austin, and Rio Grande.