Sam Sumpter: Write On! Five authors who are keeping Austin weird with words


Aaron Franklin
You likely know Franklin as the owner and pitmaster of a highly lauded—and obsessed over—barbecue joint on East 11th, but what you might not know is that the god of the grill was also a writer and a featured author at this year’s Texas Book Festival (October 17-18). Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto contains the secrets to creating obsession-worthy, fall-off-the-bone barbecue, and is a definite must-read for both Franklin devotees and those who are simply interested in stepping up their grill game. (Just try not to get drool on the pages.)


Ernest Cline
Ernest Cline is an author, screenwriter and the mind behind cult favorites like Fanboys and the New York Times best-selling dystopian gamer novel, Ready Player One (the film rights to which were snapped up by Warners Bros.). His most recent book, Armada—a sci-fi thriller involving concepts like gaming and alien invasion, to name a few—was released in July. As for Cline himself? Well, there’s a good chance you’ve spotted him rolling around town in his “time-traveling DeLorean,” which we can all admit is pretty cool.


Jacqueline Kelly
You wouldn’t imagine a physician and University of Texas School of Law grad would turn fiction writer, but New Zealand-born Jacqueline Kelly did just that—and went on to win the Newbery Honor for her 2011 book, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. The sequel to the highly regarded first novel, The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, is on shelves now and, rest assured, parents will likely enjoy it as much as the children for which it was written.


Chris Roberson
Chris Roberson is currently based in Portland, Oregon, but as a University of Texas grad and former resident, he’s got strong Austin roots. The award-winning and New York Times bestselling author and publisher has written a plethora of short stories and over a dozen novels, including Here, There & Everywhere and The Dragon’s Nine Sons, but he might be best known for his comic book series Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love and I, Zombie. While his works may vary in length and style, there is one thing that’s quite apparent: Roberson’s words take you to another world.


Kelly Bennett Seiler
Kelly Bennett Seiler’s first novel debuted this September. She’s also written articles for Livestrong and has edited multiple books, including a New York Times bestseller. Shifting Time tells the story of a woman by the name of Meade Peterson, who finds herself in a state of alternate existence where her deceased ex-boyfriend is, in fact, alive, and she’s forced to explore the concepts of life, loss and if getting what you’ve always wanted is worth losing what you have.


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