For those of you in or near the Austin area, I hope to see you and inscribe your copy of Novel Destinations at the Texas Book Festival this weekend. On Sunday at noon, I’ll be in the Lifestyle tent giving a talk and slide show highlighting some of the great places featured in our book, as well as some of our stories from the road. And of course I plan on squeezing a few literary travel opportunities in as well.

Austin was once home to William Sydney Porter, otherwise known as O. Henry, and I plan on paying a visit to his charming bungalow (now a museum), as well as the Land Office building (now the Capitol Visitors Center), where he worked as a draftsman before launching his writing career. On Saturday night, I’ll be winding down at Scholz Garten, where O. Henry once did the same. Hope to see you there! — Shannon McKenna Schmidt