Event: Lucha Libro

Lucha Libro, co-hosted by the Texas Book Festival and the Whip In, is a literary event featuring authors Manual Gonzales and Owen Egerton. These two bookish behemoths will go head-to-head, mano-a-mano, in a test of wits and words.

In series of fast challenges such as “recite your book’s sexiest sentence” or “read the most offensive passage from your collection,” the two authors will compete for the title of best short story fiction writer— to be decided by the audience. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Lucha Libro


  •  Manuel Gonzales, author of Miniature Wife and Other Stories and executive director of Austin Bat Cave
  • Owen Egerton, screenwriter and author of the short fiction collection How Best to Avoid Dying, among others
  • Steph Opitz, literary director of The Texas Book Festival, who will act as the official event emcee and referee


Friday, March 26 at 7 p.m.Advertisement


The Whip In, 1950 S. Interstate Highway 35


To commemorate the paperback releases of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories (Manual Gonzales) and How Best to Avoid Dying (Owen Egerton), and to celebrate authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas and imagination.

Steph Opitz, literary director of the Texas Book Festival, says: “Short story contests are the new arm-wrestling match. Egerton and Gonzales are in for quite a battle. I’m bringing a whistle.”

“It will be a night of outstanding readings, blistering literary attacks, loving author-to-author embraces, and perhaps some beer,” says Owen Egerton.

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