Three people will represent Texas Tech this weekend at a state festival.

Monte Akers, Rick Dingus, and Michael Ventura will attend the 2011 Texas Book Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

Akers authored the book “The Accidental Historian,” one man’s story about a fascination with history, and some of the little-known facts he came across in his research.

Dingus took photographs featured in “Llano Estacado: An Island in the Sky,” authored by Stephen Boegener, William Tydeman, and Barry Lopez. He serves as a professor of photography in the Texas Tech School of Art.

Michael Ventura wrote “If I Was a Highway,” which chronicles his travels across the country in his green 1969 Chevrolet Malibu.

The festival has run annually since 1995, when it was established by then-First Lady Laura Bush. It will be held on the grounds of the State Capitol.

40,000 visitors attend the event each year, which will feature about 250 authors.