James Magnuson Book Launch Planned at Bullock

Author to discuss how Texas influences his work

JANUARY 13, 2014 (AUSTIN, TX) - Celebrate Texas' creative side with a book launch for author James Magnuson's latest work of fiction during the January 21, 2014 Texas Artists Series at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Join representatives of the University of Texas James A. Michener Center for Writers, the Texas Book Festival, and the Bullock Museum for a launch event featuring Magnuson's new novel, "Famous Writers I Have Known" at 7 p.m.

Texas Monthly Editor Jake Silverstein will interview Magnuson about his latest novel, which is set in a prestigious MFA program, where a scam artist poses as a notoriously reclusive writer and sets his sights on bilking the program's wealthy benefactor of his last millions.

"The single wickedest satire I've read in years. Flat-out hilarious (and disturbing, in the most genial kind of way)," writer T.C. Boyle said of the new book.

Currently serving as the director of the Michener Center, Magnuson will read selections from the book and discuss the importance of Texas as an influence on his work. A book signing and reception will follow. The program is free, however, RSVPs should be made to (512)936-4649 as seating is limited. For more information, visit www.thestoryoftexas.com.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin includes three floors of exhibitions, an IMAX® theater, a special-effects theater, café and museum store. The Museum collaborates with more than 700 museums, libraries, archives and individuals to display original historical artifacts and produce exhibitions that illuminate and celebrate Texas history and culture. Named for the state's 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, the iconic building is at 1800 N. Congress Avenue. For more, visit TheStoryofTexas.com or call (512) 936-8746.