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Michael Barnes

Ethan Hawke among presenters at upcoming First Edition Literary Gala

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Every season, the First Edition Literary Gala for the Texas Book Festival is one of Austin’s headiest social affairs.

The presenters are sharp and funny. The guests are cool and literary. You won’t find better table-side repartee anywhere in town.

Among the slated speakers for the Nov. 4 party at the Four Seasons Hotel are actor-author Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood,” “Before Midnight”); actress-novelist Diane Guerrero (“Orange is the New Black,” “In the Country We Love”) and columnist-author Carl Hiaasen (“Bad Monkey,” “Dance of the Reptiles”)

You’ll recognize Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef Marcus Samuelsson from his frequent appearances on food shows and, of course, his multiple cookbooks (“New American Table,” “Make It Messy”). Often the funniest of the night’s speakers fills the young people’s lit slot. This year it’s Jon Scieszka (“Frank Einstein,” “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales”).

You can’t stop me from going!