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Graphic Novels for Today’s Readers. Join authors Cynthia Levinson and Varian Johnson for a discussion about this popular genre. 

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CT. Register and join the Zoom chat via:   https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkcuCgqDMpHdIk7AgGpXGKOrfhW-FtdWbi. 

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Cynthia Levinson writes nonfiction for young readers. Her award-winning books include The Youngest Marcher, Watch Out for Flying Kids, We’ve Got a Job, and Fault Lines in the Constitution, which is available in both text and graphic novel versions. Her next book is The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art. She also braids challah with six strands, juggles up to two balls, and takes a constitutional most days. She and her husband divide their time between Austin, where they have lived for over 40 years, and Boston.



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Varian Johnson is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Parker Inheritance, which won both Coretta Scott King Author Honor and Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor awards; The Great Green Heist, an ALA Notable Children’s book and a Texas Library Association Lone Star List selection; and the graphic novel Twins, illustrated by Shannon Wright, which was named a School Library Journal Best Book and a Horn Book Fanfare selection. He lives with his family near Austin, Texas. You can visit him on the web at varianjohnson.com and @varianjohnson.


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Moderator: Lindsey Lane is the author of Snuggle Mountain (Clarion) and Evidence of Things Not Seen (Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers) as well as many plays, short stories, and poems. She was a features journalist at the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman, where she interviewed death row inmates, cops, and wayward millionaires. As a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, she is a mentor and teacher to many other writers through her private classes, the Writers League of Texas, Austin SCBWI, and the Writing Barn, and as an adjunct professor of Children’s Literature at Austin Community College.


The #TXBookChat series offers brief discussions and programs with authors, librarians, and literary professionals. These informal “coffee chats” last about 30 minutes and offer a quick look into different aspects of the state’s literary world. The #TXBookChat series seeks to bring together diverse voices and perspectives.


Upcoming Live Events

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT

Graphic Novels for Today's Readers

Free Online Event  

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT

Love of Writing Fueling Literary Dreams

Free Online Event  

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT

How to Participate in Read Across Texas

Free Online Event  

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT

National Student Poet of the Southwest: Texan Ethan Wang

Free Online Event  


Past Events

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Engaging Middle Grade Readers with Crystal Allen

Free Online Event  


Thursday, November 19, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Giving Voice to Hispanic Authors: Arte Público Press

Free Online Event  


Thursday, October 8, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Virtual Texas Book Festival 2020: An Inside Look

Free Online Event  


Thursday, September 17, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

The Power of Stories with Dr. Norma E. Cantú

Free Online Event  



Thursday, August 20, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

How to Draw From History - Developing Characters Today: Don Tate

Free Online Event  



Thursday, August 6, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Write NOW Session: Claire Campbell

Free Online Event  



Thursday, July 23, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Texas Talking Book Program: What is TBP, and Who is Eligible to Receive Audio, Braille, and Large Print Books?

Free Online Event  




Thursday, July 9, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Living a Life for the Books: Bethany Hegedus

Free Online Event  


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