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Library Grant Winners Announced

We announced the winners of our 2014-15 Public Library Grants at the Texas Library Association conference in Austin on Thursday, April 16. Thirty-four Texas public libraries received grants totaling more than $75,000. The Texas Book Festival awards grants to public libraries annually to support collection enhancement. The Festival has donated more than $2.7 million to 631 libraries across […]

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Q&A with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

On Barefoot Dogs by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho Our literary director Steph Opitz talks with Austin-based author Antonio Ruiz-Camacho about his debut collection of short stories Barefoot Dogs (Scribner, March 2015). In interlocking stories told from different points of view, the Arteaga family suffers a tragedy in their home-country of Mexico and attempts to reconcile what comes after. Where […]

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Amplify Reading Rock Stars, March 5-6!

  Thank you to everyone who donated to our Reading Rock Stars Program during the Amplify Austin campaign that took place March 5th and 6th, 2015. Because of you, we not only reached our goal of raising $10,000, but we surpassed it, raising a total $13,190!  Reading Rock Stars gives students in disadvantaged public schools […]

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Down in the Valley: Reading Rock Stars Recap

First and second grade students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary stand in line thumbing through their brand new books.  Students were just handed their very own autographed copy of I Pledge Allegiance by the authors, Libby Martinez and Pat Mora.  The kids point at the illustrations and chat with their neighbors about the book. There is a sense […]

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Class Act: HSPVA creative writing students host Festival authors

At the Texas Book Festival, we love introducing young minds to new ideas and authors. It’s so rewarding for us when introductions made at our Festival inspire classroom curriculum and give birth to lasting, flourishing literary relationships. Students in the creative writing program at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston take […]

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Q&A with debut author Mary Helen Specht

Austin’s own Mary Helen Specht talks with our literary director Steph Opitz about research, being a tortoise (not a hare), and the dangers of having an agenda with her debut novel Migratory Animals. Specht’s gorgeous work about college friends who’ve found themselves 10 or so years later at various points of adulthood is equal parts heartwarming and […]

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2015 Festival Dates Announced

Mark your calendar and make way for the Texas Book Festival’s 20th anniversary! More than 250 authors will invade the city of Austin at the TXBOOKFEST  on October 17  & 18th, 2015.

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Reading Rock Stars 2014 – Houston Authors!

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, nine authors from across the country will present their works in our first annual Reading Rock Stars – Houston program! Three elementary schools in Houston will receive a set of books for each school’s library and each student who participates will be given an autographed copy of the author’s book. The Houston […]

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Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

Sixteen poised, enthusiastic readers from Forest North Elementary School took to the stage at the 2014 Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25 to announce the 2015-2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Congratulations to all of the nominees! The announcement of the Texas Bluebonnet Awards, which is a master list of 20 excellent books for readers in grades 3-6, […]

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Meet this year’s Reading Rock Stars-Austin Authors!

On Friday, October 24th, the day before the Texas Book Festival Weekend, authors from across the country will present their works in our six Reading Rock Stars elementary schools in Austin, thanks to generous support from H-E-B’s Tournament of Champions, the Wright Family Foundation, and the ECG Foundation. Each child receives an autographed copy of […]

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Keeping Up with Laura Bush

Nearly twenty years since launching the Texas Book Festival, Honorary Chair Laura Bush is as passionate as ever in her quest to champion literacy. When the TBF was established, the goal was to celebrate authors and exceptional literature while raising money for Texas public libraries. Staying true to this philosophy after departing the Texas Capitol, […]

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Media Buzz surrounding the 2014 Author Lineup

We announced our largest lineup EVER—more than 275 authors—at a cocktail party on the rooftop of the Jones Center at The Contemporary Austin on September 10. The Author Lineup Announcement for the 2014 Festival garnered local, statewide, and national media coverage and— to share in the excitement— we have selected some of the best press links for your pre-Festival reading […]

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Grant Spotlight: The George Washington Carver Library

It’s time for the next edition of Grant Spotlight: Library Style. The George Washington Carver Library has been chosen as one of this year’s grant-winners, and is another great example of the ways in which libraries across Texas promote literacy. The Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library holds a unique place in Austin’s history. Originally established in […]

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