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Rivka Galchen at the Texas Book Festival

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Catch Rivka Galchen, author of the fantastical Rat Rule 79, at the Texas Book Festival. She’ll be appearing on the Animal Adventures panel with fellow authors of animal tales Mira Bartók and David Bowles.

Where: Texas Book Festival Animal Adventures Panel, Next Chapter Tent, Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

When: Sunday, October 27, 12–1:30 PM

Rivka Galchen is an award winning fiction writer and journalist who loves noodles and numbers and modest-sized towns where her dad might have worked. Her work appears often in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The London Review of Books and The New York Times. She is the author of three books: Atmospheric Disturbances (Novel, FSG, 2008), American Innovations (Short Stories, FSG 2014) and Little Labors (Essays, New Directions, 2016). She has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Fellowship, The Berlin Prize and The William J Saroyan International Prize in Fiction. In 2010, she was named to The New Yorker’s list of 20 Writers Under 40. Galchen also holds an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Rat Rule 79 is her first book for young readers.

Mira Bartók is a writer and artist whose New York Times best-selling memoir, The Memory Palace: A Memoir, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. The Wonderling is her first novel for young readers. She lives in Western Massachusetts.

David Bowles is a Mexican-American author from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. He has written several titles, most notably The Smoking Mirror (Pura Belpré Honor Book) and They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems (Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry, Pura Belpré Honor Book, Walter Dean Myers Honor Book). He is also the co-author, along with Adam Gidwitz, of The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande. In 2017, David was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.

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