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“There’s really something for everybody at the Texas Book Festival.”  – Laura Bush


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Free Family Fun!

  On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, the Texas Book Festival and KLRU are celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) at the Thinkery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The day, also known as Día, is a nationally celebrated initiative that celebrates children’s literature and diversity in language and culture. The initiative was […]

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Roger Reeves, In Honor of Poetry Month

Editor’s Note: To kick off poetry month, Roger Reeves reflected on his panel at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.   The Tribe When I was a younger poet overly worried about audience and thus vocalizing this worry to everyone within earshot, an older poet said these very simple words to me: the work will always […]

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e.E. Charlton-Trujillo Writes to Fiction Contest Participants

  The Texas Book Festival featured author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo knows the healing power of putting pen to paper. We asked her what she would say to our Fiction Contest participants or those thinking of entering the contest. Here’s what she wrote:   My first story was scribbled out in Crayola orange on wide-ruled paper when […]

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Recap: Reading Rock Stars Rio Grande Valley

Reading Rock Stars in the Rio Grande Valley was a huge success this year. In one school, children made puppets of rabbits and coyotes (Duncan Tonatiuh’s Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote). In another, halls were decorated with children’s art and writing projects tied to the authors’ books, brightly displaying everything from photos of 4th and 5th graders cracking […]

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Congratulations Rolando Hinojosa-Smith!

National Book Critics Circle’s Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement   The Texas Book Festival is thrilled to congratulate Rolando Hinojosa-Smith on winning the National Book Critics Circle’s Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement, which recognizes his significant contributions to book culture. Hinojosa-Smith chronicles the struggles, joys, and strangeness of life in the Rio Grande Valley through short stories, novels, […]

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Reading Rock Stars News: Now Accepting Houston Applications

The Texas Book Festival is happy to announce the expansion of our Reading Rock Stars literacy outreach program to Houston! The Texas Book Festival supplies author visits and brand-new books for students!  Title-I elementary schools are eligible to apply. For more information about the program visit our Reading Rock Stars page. Download an application for […]

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Amplify Reading Rock Stars, March 20-21!

Amplify Reading Rock Stars, March 20-21! Thank you for helping us raise more than $23,000 for our Reading Rock Stars literacy program! Through this dynamic program, students in economically-disadvantaged public schools interact with beloved children’s authors from across the country.    The Texas Book Festival ran Reading Rock Stars in six schools and impacted the lives […]

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With back-to-back festivals, books are bigger in Texas!

Texas Book Festival, Oct. 25-26 Texas Teen Book Festival, Oct. 18   The Texas Book Festival will be held Oct. 25 and 26 in 2014, and for the first time, will be “bookended” by the newly-named Texas Teen Book Festival on Oct. 18.     The Texas Teen Book Festival is one of the largest of […]

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Meet Our March Reading Rock Stars Authors

On March 20th and 21st authors from across the country will present their work to students in economically-disadvantaged schools in the Edinburg, McAllen, and Mission districts of the Rio Grande Valley, with generous support from major sponsor Target. At the end of the presentations, each child will receive an autographed copy of the author’s book, […]

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Pura Belpré Awards

The Association for Library Service to Children recently recognized several Texas Book Festival authors/illustrators with the 2014 Pura Belpré  awards and honors.    Author and illustrator Yuyi Morales received the 2014 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for her book Niño Wrestles the World, which was featured in 2013 at the Festival and in the Reading Rock Stars […]

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Aspiring creative writer? Enter our Youth Fiction Contest!

  Fiction Contest Theme 2014: “The People Our Parents Warned Us About”   The theme was selected by Texas Book Festival Fans on Facebook, who voted “The People Our Parents Warned Us About” as their favorite of four choices. The Fiction Writing Contest encourages and rewards creative writing in Texas schools. Junior and high school […]

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Way Behind the Music

WHENThursday, April 24 WHEREThe North Door, 502 Brushy St TICKETSAdvance tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. Tickets at the door are $15. Proceeds benefit Lit Crawl Austin’s annual East Side crawl. Lit Crawl Austin adds a major dose of humor to its offerings this year with a benefit performance of the comedy show […]

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Texas Book Festival Announces Library Grant Recipients

  Executive Director Lois Kim announced the Texas Book Festival library grant recipients on April 11, 2014 at the TLA conference in San Antonio. This year the Texas Book Festival granted $60,225 to Texas public libraries, for a total of over $2.6 million given since the program’s inception. Grants are given in three categories: Collection […]

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A Reading and Conversation with Philipp Meyer and Kevin Powers

A Reading and Conversation with Philipp Meyer and Kevin Powers, April 8 at Stateside at the Paramount. Join us for an evening with two of the hottest authors on the literary scene today— Philipp Meyer, author of novels American Rust and The Son, and Kevin Powers, author of the novel The Yellow Birds and the forthcoming poetry collection Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting. Both […]

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