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Update From the Lit Director Desk

As summer marches along and we’re wading knee-deep into 2o16 Festival prep, I thought it might be a good time for an update. So much is being planned for this year’s Fest, happening November 5 and 6 (first rule of festival life: never pass up an opportunity to mention the dates), that it seems the only real […]

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July Book Club Picks

Welcome to the first monthly meeting of the Texas Book Festival Book Club recommendations blog post! Each month we will choose three new paperback releases and one TBF favorite that we think make for great group discussions. Hopefully this list will help your book club make a unanimous choice, whether your book club is Book Gals, […]

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Summer Reading List: YA Lit

Looking for some Young Adult books to bring to the beach for the summer? Below are some of our recommendations!   THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough The Game of Love and Death features some familiar faces: Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, and Helen of Troy and Paris. However, in this […]

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Julie’s Recommended Reads in July

Summer is officially here. My tote bag is stuffed with swim gear, bottled water and at least three books at a time. Here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing on shelves this month: You Are Having A Good Time by Amie Barrodale This is the debut collection of short fiction to grab this month. Barrodale is […]

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Summer Reading: Middle Grade Lit

School’s out and the library is open. Keep your summer filled with books, and check out some of these great Middle Grade Lit selections!   RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE by Kate DiCamillo Age: 10 years and up Fans of DiCamillo’s past books such as Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux will love her new book, Raymie Nightingale. Raymie enters the Little Miss […]

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2016 Author Sneak Peek

We’re thrilled to announce sixteen of the authors who will participate in this year’s Texas Book Festival, happening November 5 and 6 in and around the State Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas. Our full 2016 lineup will be announced in early September. For now, mark your calendars and join us here in the heart of Texas as we […]

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2016 Texas Book Festival Poster Revealed

“Why we was up so high you could see the whole World stretching out all around you…” – The Devil’s Backbone We’re thrilled to reveal the official 2016 Texas Book Festival poster. This year’s poster art was selected in honor of Jack Unruh, the legendary Texas artist and illustrator who passed away in May 2016. Unruh’s iconic […]

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Summer Reading List: Children’s Lit

Here are some of our summer reading picks for children’s literature. These picture books are sure to keep your little one entertained throughout the summer. Middle grade and YA summer reading picks are forthcoming, so stay tuned!   Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by […]

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Texas Book Festival Announces New Development Director

We are excited to announce that Janet Hutchison has joined the Texas Book Festival team as Development Director. Janet serves as the TBF primary development officer responsible for fundraising and ensuring that fundraising efforts support the Festival’s mission, programs and strategic vision. A native Texan, Janet has a B.A. in Literature from the University of Texas […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival 2016 Lineup

The FULL Texas Teen Book Festival lineup is finally here! 30 amazing YA authors for a full day of fun! Check out the full lineup here and be sure to mark those calendars for October 1st, 2016. The Texas Teen Book Festival is held at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas! Be sure to join […]

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Julie’s New Book Picks for June

New month, new books. Here’s what’s on my radar in the merry month of June. Below you’ll find a mix of books I’ve read and loved and a couple of books coming out this month that I can’t wait to read. Above you’ll find a shot of McKinney Falls State Park here in Austin, a great […]

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Poet Profile: Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles has been writing poetry, prose, and criticism for the last thirty years. She’s published more than twenty books, but only recently did she find a wider audience after the reissue of Chelsea Girls (an autobiographical account of her explosive adolescence). A recent profile in the New York Times has a theory why: “The gritty, idealistic outsiders of New York’s creative scenes in […]

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21 Books for Your 4th of July Reading

The countdown to the holiday weekend is officially over, and we suggest you stuff your beach tote with a handful of these red, white, and blue reads. Happy 4th, everybody!                                                     […]

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10 Perfect Summer Reading Spots in Texas

It’s officially summer, which means it’s time to load up on sunscreen and venture out into the great outdoors of our Lone Star State. While swimming, hiking, kayaking and leisurely strolls down city streets are all well and good, this is also the time of year when we look for sweet spots to sit a […]

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