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Neal Spelce to Moderate Texas Book Festival Session with Author, Mary Beth Rogers

Mary Beth Rogers



in the Texas Monthly Tent Colorado & 11th St.

Join Neal for this Session at the Texas Book Festival November 6 In-person in the Texas Monthly Tent

Note from Neal:

I'm thrilled to be moderating this 'in-person' session at this year's Texas Book Festival. Mary Beth Rogers and I have known each other, and go way back to the early Ann Richards era. I hope to see friends and new faces at this session--it's going to be fun!

About Mary Beth Rogers:

Mary Beth Rogers served as Ann Richards’s campaign manager and chief of staff, a television executive, college professor, and government official. She is the author of several books, including Barbara Jordan: American Hero and Turning Texas Blue: What It Will Take to Break the GOP Grip on America’s Reddest State.

FROM TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL & BookPeople: Mary Beth Rogers has led an eventful life rooted in the weeds of Texas politics, occasionally savoring a few victories—particularly the 1990 governor’s race when, as campaign manager for Ann Richards, she did the impossible and put a Democratic woman in office. She also learned to absorb her losses—after all, she was a liberal feminist in America’s most aggressively conservative state. Rogers’s road to a political life was complex. Candidly and vulnerably, she shares both public and private memories of how she tried to maintain a rich family life with growing children and a husband with a debilitating illness. She goes on to provide an insider’s account of her experiences as Richards’s first chief of staff while weaving her way through the highs and lows of political intrigue and legislative maneuvering. Reflecting on her family heritage and nascent spiritual quest, Rogers discovers a reality at once sobering and invigorating: nothing is ever completely lost or completely won. It is a constant struggle to create humane public policies built on a foundation of fairness and justice—particularly in her beloved Texas."

The Texas Monthly Tent is located at Colorado and 11th, Austin TX


No registration is required to attend. Events are FREE and open for all to enjoy! Book Ticket events grant ticket holders priority seating, signing, and book at event. This year’s Book Ticket events are Janet Evanovich, Nelson DeMille, and Jacques Pépin.

Book Sales and Signing

BookPeople is the Texas Book Festival’s official bookseller. BookPeople will be on-site selling books for all featured Festival authors in the Main Book Sales Tent and Children’s Book Sales/Signing Tent, both on Congress Avenue. You can also buy Festival books year-round at the BookPeople TBF online store.


Free parking is available in State Lot parking garages on San Jacinto and 15th Streets. Accessible parking is available at the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd. If you require special accommodations, please contact the Texas Book Festival prior to your visit at 512-477-4055 or email:

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