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Texas Book Festival — San Antonio Edition

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Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace with biographer D.T. Max
Moderator: Billy Taylor
The New Yorker staff writer D.T. Max wrote last year’s best-selling biography on Gen X literary prophet David Foster Wallace. His gripping account doesn’t shy away from Wallace’s fatal mental health issues and occasionally-unhinged personality, shocking some readers with the revelation that the genius conjurer of mesmerizingly sincere prose could be rude, dangerous, and sex-obsessed in person. Not a pretty picture, but one that at least approaches truth, a quality one imagines Wallace could appreciate. 11-11:45 a.m., Library Auditorium, Central Library.CE

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Moderator: Robert Rivard
In his newest book, Going Clear, Austin-based journalist Lawrence Wright profiles Scientology, a new American religion that, while ubiquitous among the Hollywood elite, has a long, strange dark side. Read the full Q&A below to learn more about Wright's work (read our review of Going Clear here), including his Pulitzer-Prize winning book about al-Qaeda, The Looming Tower. See him talk about Scientology, al-Qaeda, and the power of religion at the book festival this weekend. 11-11:45 a.m., Festival Room, Central Library. — MB

Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexico’s Drug War
Moderator: Alfredo Corchado
Ricardo Ainslie frequented Juárez during its most violent years, as war between the Sinaloa and Juárez cartels raged and soaked the city in blood. In his new book, The Fight to Save Juárez (UT Press), Ainslie writes an empathic account that captures the complexity, horror, and humanity of a community descended into chaos. Read a transcript of a Q&A with the Current here. See him talk about his book this weekend.  1-1:45 p.m., RHR Lecture Hall, Navarro Campus. — MB

The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend with Glenn Frankel
Moderator: Clay Smith
You know what they say, writing about filming is like painting about mixology, or something. By many accounts Pulitzer prize-winning Glenn Frankel has reversed the traditional course, writing a rich, dramatic investigation into the classic John Ford Western The Searchers, which cast John Wayne as an obsessed ex-Confederate soldier on a years-long hunt for his abducted niece. Frankel documents both the film’s production and its Cynthia Ann Parker-inspired backstory. We asked Texas Public Radio’s resident cinephile Nathan Cone, who has seen The Searchers “at least three times” to interview Frankel about his investigation into this genre-defining movie, click here to read the transcript. 2:15-3 p.m., Gallery Shop, Ursuline Campus.

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