2017 Holiday Book Fair authors gather on the grand staircase of the Byrne-Reed House.

Mark K. Updegrove, author of The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, greets a visitor at the Holiday Book Fair.

Daina Ramey Berry, author of The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, From Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation, and John B. Boles, author of Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty.

Jeremi Suri, author of The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office, talks with a Holiday Book Fair guest.

(From l to r) Joseph Huerta, author of La Roja; Olga Campos Benz, author of It's News to Me; and Greg Garrett, author of Living With the Living Dead: The Wisdom of the Zombie Apocalypse.

Michael Corcoran signs his book, All Over the Map: True Heroes of Texas Music, for Jim Furgeson.

Michael Hurd, author of Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas, and Chad S. Conine, author of Texas Sports: Unforgettable Stories for Every Day of the Year.

(From l to r) David Courtney, author of The Texanist: Fine Advice on Living in Texas; Joe Holley, author of Hometown Texas; and Michael L. Gillette, executive director of Humanities Texas.

Carmen Oliver, author of Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies; Don Tate, author and illustrator of Strong as Sandow; and Chris Barton, author of Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion, visit with a Holiday Book Fair guest.

(From l to r) Alison Macor, author of Rewrite Man: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Warren Skaaren, Patricia Bernstein, author of Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan, and Michael Barnes, author of Indelible Austin: Selected Histories.

Monte Akers, author of The Grande Dame of Austin: A History of the Driskill Hotel, visits with a Holiday Book Fair guest.

Marissa Kessenich of Humanities Texas poses with Nicole Cross of KVUE and her children, Lexi McCann and Kingston Cross, as they show off Whoosh!, written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate.

Patricia Bernstein discusses her book with a Holiday Book Fair visitor.

(From l to r) Monte Akers; Kathleen Shafer, author of Marfa: The Transformation of a West Texas Town; George Bristol, author of Glacier National Park: A Culmination of Giants; and William E. Reaves, author of Of Texas Rivers & Texas Art.

Deb Olin Unferth signs her book, Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories, for Hunter James.

Former Humanities Texas staff member Brook Davis with her mother Sigrid Clift (left) and daughter Imani Davis (middle).

Donna Marie Miller signs her book, The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk, for a holiday Peyton Paulette.

Author Daina Ramey Berry visits Signe Peterson.

George Bristol greets a Holiday Book Fair visitor.

Humanities Texas staff member Sam Moore helps Holiday Book Fair guests check out with their purchases.