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Yes, we'd like to read all of our books here.

Our overflowing nightstands attest to our slightly obnoxious go-big-or-go-home mentality about books. (So many authors! So little time!)

This feeling was only amplified by the recent Highland Park Centennial Anniversary Literary Festival. Below, three fantastic Texas writers we discovered there?and promptly added to our massive reading list.

Lawrence Wright You may have read the former Dallasite?s blockbuster Scientology takedown, Going Clear, but his recently released paperback memoir, In the New World (originally published in 1987) is also worth checking out for its vivid vignettes about growing up in Dallas in the JFK era; it's especially topical this year, the 50th anniversary of JFK's death.

Miles Arceneaux The trio of authors who write under this nom de plume pen Gulf Coast-set thrillers. Their recent novel, Thin Slice of Life, is about a missing shrimper and radiates local color.

Prudence Mackintosh This award-winning author has long ties to Texas Monthly. We were totally taken with her recent eloquent essay about the late Fort Worth pianist Van Cliburn.

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