Twenty extraordinary authors participated in the Holiday Book Fair. From left to right: (bottom row) Jacqueline Jones, Debra Winegarten, Steve Wilson, Elizabeth Crook; (second row) Emilio Zamora, Bethany Hegedus, Margaret Lewis Furse, Naomi Shihab Nye; (third row) S. C. Gwynne, Lawrence Wright, M. M. McAllen; (fourth row) Chris Tomlinson, James E. Bruseth, Bill Wittliff, Wayne Thorburn; (top row) Tracy Dahlby, John Taliaferro, James Magnuson, Carrie Fountain, (not pictured) Sarah Bird.

The Byrne-Reed House, location of Humanities Texas's sixth annual Holiday Book Fair.

Humanities Texas offered the authors’ books for purchase at a discounted price. Available titles included works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry with selections for both adult and youth audiences.

Guests line up to purchase books at the Holiday Book Fair.

Lawrence Wright, Elizabeth Crook, and S. C. Gwynne sign copies of their books.

Book fair guests with the books they had signed at the Holiday Book Fair.

Elizabeth Crook, author of Monday, Monday: A Novel, talks to Chris Tomlinson, author of Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name—One White, One Black.

LeAnn Gillette visits with Elizabeth Crook and S. C. Gwynne, author of Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson.

Bill Wittliff signs copies of his book The Devil's Backbone for Holiday Book Fair guests.

John Taliaferro signs his book All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt for a Holiday Book Fair patron.

Tracy Dahlby, author of Into the Field: A Foreign Correspondent’s Notebook, visits with a Holiday Book Fair guest.

(From left to right) Sarah Bird, author of Above the East China Sea, Executive Director of Humanities Texas Michael L. Gillette, and Melita Elmore.

Book fair guest Nancy Scanlan talks with Lawrence Wright, author of Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David.

Right to left: Bethany Hegedus, Debra Winegarten, Carrie Fountain, Naomi Shahib Nye, Nye's mother, Humanities Texas staff member Erica Whittington, and her son Grant.

(From left to right) Dr. Carey Windler, Joan Windler, James Magnuson, author of Famous Writers I Have Known: A Novel, Lawrence Wright, and Hester Magnuson.

James E. Bruseth signs his book La Belle, the Ship That Changed History, for a Holiday Book Fair guest.

Jacqueline Jones signs her book, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America, for a Holiday Book Fair guest.

Emilio Zamora, editor and translator of The World War I Diary of José de la Luz Sáenz, talks with Holiday Book Fair patrons.

Debra L. Winegarten visits with a family at the Holiday Book Fair.

Ernie Wood talks with Bill Wittliff, author of The Devil’s Backbone.

Sarah Bird signs her book Above the East China Sea for a Holiday Book Fair guest.

Naomi Shihab Nye, author of The Turtle of Oman, with Imani, daughter of Humanities Texas staff member Brook Davis.

Wayne Thorburn, author of Red State: An Insider's Story of How the GOP Came to Dominate Texas Politics, talks with a Holiday Book Fair patron.

Margaret Lewis Furse, author of The Hawkins Ranch in Texas: From Plantation Times to the Present signs her book for a guest, while M. M. McAllen, author of Maximilian and Carlota: Europe’s Last Empire in Mexico, talks to Steve Wilson, author of The Making of Gone With the Wind.

Bob Heath visits with John Taliaferro.

Bethany Hegedus discusses her book Grandfather Gandhi with a Holiday Book Fair guest.

M. M. McAllen talks with Holiday Book Fair patrons.

Richard Parker, author of Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America and Tracy Dahlby visit with Humanities Texas board member Shirlene Bridgewater and friend.

Humanities Texas staff members and Holiday Book Fair guests in the gallery of the Byrne-Reed House.