18 at-home reading suggestions from the San Antonio Book Festival

Despite cancellation, San Antonio Book Festival lists book selections for adults and children

Books on a library shelf
Books on a library shelf (Pixabay)

SAN ANTONIO – The 2020 San Antonio Book Festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis, but they are encouraging people to read while at home.

To that end, the festival released two lists with suggested reads, one for kids and one for adults.

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Here are the recommended books for adults:

If You Feel Like Confronting the Pandemic Head-On:


- Cold Storage by David Koepp

- The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

- Severance by Ling Ma

- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

- The Dog Stars by Peter Heller


- Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World by Laura Spinney

If You'd Rather Be Distracted:


- The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

- A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler

- Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles


- The Hunt for History by Nathan Raab

- The Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer

- The Rumi Prescription by Melody Moezzi

Here are the recommended books for kids and teens:


- Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar

- Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

- Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeeed


- Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry

- The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

- Bull by David Elliot

The San Antonio Book Festival unites readers and writers in a celebration of books, ideas, and literary culture.

The 2020 festival was supposed to take place in April but has since been canceled.

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