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Laura Bush announces Texas Book Festival lineup

Associated Press Published: September 13, 2012

DALLAS (AP) — Former first lady Laura Bush on Wednesday announced the authors set to attend next month's Texas Book Festival, a lineup that will include Junot Diaz, Tim O'Brien and Jewel.

"We have a really wonderful lineup once again," said Bush, who made the announcement in the backyard of her Dallas home.

Bush, who founded the festival when she was first lady of Texas, also unveiled this year's festival poster. Designed by Texas artist Margie Crisp, the poster features cliff swallows flying over the Colorado River.

Crisp, author of "River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado," will be among the more than 250 authors participating in the festival set for Oct. 27-28 in and around the Texas Capitol in Austin.

Bush said that former President George W. Bush is currently reading "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson," written by one of the authors who will attend, Robert A. Caro. The book is the author's fourth in a series on Johnson.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the free event that includes author readings and presentations, panel discussions and book signings. The first Texas Book Festival was held in 1996.

Also attending will be Cheryl Strayed, whose book "Wild" about her 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in California and Washington was a pick this summer for "Oprah's Book Club 2.0."

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