The special evening kicked off at Hannah Stallings and John Little’s grand Pemberton Heights estate in Austin. To reveal the 2019 festival author lineup, the splendid home was transformed into a temporary bookshop, with each room (as well as the property’s belvedere overlooking a koi pond) highlighting a separate category — fiction, kids’ books, nonfiction, etc. The booklovers and writers, festival organizers, and philanthropists in attendance were given a map for the “scavenger hunt” detailing each room’s location and the genre per location. Once inside the estate, guests embarked on a miniature treasure hunt across the grounds that featured live peacocks, a greenhouse, and a few stocked bars of sparkling rose, beer from Independence Brewing Co., and mezcal cocktails provided by Susto Mezcal. Guests found copies of books and learned more about this year’s lineup as they explored every station in the estate.


Photography by David Brendan Hall