Elvin Hayes, former basketball star, is the honorary chair and will share his story about how he made it from poverty to fame as a sports star, said Dee Brock, event chairman. He will sign copies of his book “They Call Me the Big E.”
The Book Fest schedule includes workshops and seminars during which authors will tell their stories and offer strategies about writing, illustrating and publishing books.
Among the presentations scheduled are:
The Process of Publication: Taylor Stevens, whose debut thriller, “The Informationist,” was a New York Times bestseller, came from a nonliterary, nonpublishing background, but found the way to get accepted by a leading publisher.
Hilariously Spooky: Keith Graves, author and illustrator of books for children, is set to share his techniques.
The Holly Tortilla and a Pot of Poems: Dr. Carmen Tafolla, an author and actress, will talk about writing for and about Latinos of all ages.
The Role of the Paranormal and Folklore in Reaching the Hearts and Minds of Young Adults:- Joy Preble, an author of imaginative fiction, talks about her inspirations and writing techniques.
Lone Star Tarnished: Dr. Cal Jillson, a political scientist from Southern Methodist University, will speak on writing about Texas.
Writing Your Autobiography: Dr. Jerry Lincecum and his wife Dr. Peggy A. Redshaw are folklorists and educators who have helped dozens of people publish memoirs.
Book Fest is sponsored by East Texas Communities Foundation; the Junior League of Tyler; Friends of the libraries in Lindale, Troup, Tyler, and Whitehouse; and Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
SALT, an organization of public libraries in Smith County, and the Muntz Library at UT Tyler are the organizers of the event.