The 2016 Festival will be November 5 & 6. See you there!



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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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Recommended Read May 2016: THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS

Give Dominic Smith a Google and you’ll discover a few things. First: he bats left-handed. Second: he was selected by the New York Mets in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft. Third: there’s more than one Dominic Smith. Google Dominic Smith author and you’ll find what you came for: an Austin-based author […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival Announces 2016 Keynotes!

    Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2016 keynote speakers! Get excited for bestselling authors Laini Taylor (Strange in the Dreamer) and Leigh Bardugo (Crooked Kingdom)! Check out the full announcement over on the TTBF blog. Stay tuned for plenty more news to come about this year’s Texas Teen Book Festival! Join the […]

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New Books to Check Out in May

A new month means a fresh crop of books on bookstore shelves. Here are a few we’re adding to our To-Be-Read pile this month.   The After Party by Anton DiSclafani (May 17) DiSclafani is the author of the well-received, book club-ready novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls (I will spend the rest of my book career attempting […]

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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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TBF Talks to Sarah Bird

  We recently had the chance to chat with legendary author Sarah Bird about the inspiration for her new book A Love Letter to Texas Women. A Texas woman herself, Sarah Bird is the author of nine novels, has written for The New York Times, Salon, O Magazine, and Texas Monthly, and has written screenplays for numerous studios. Her original […]

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Texas Institute of Letters Winners

2015 was a standout year for Texas literature, and the Texas Institute of Letters, a collection of Texas-related writers that make up the state’s oldest literary organization, has the nearly impossible job of singling out works for recognition each year. This past weekend, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Jan Jarboe Russell, and Mary Helen Specht were named as the big winners of 2015. […]

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Día: An Interview with Pat Mora

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), known as Día, is an annual celebration that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Día takes place every year on April 30 in community centers, libraries, and schools.  Look up your local Día event here. This year marks the […]

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A Celebration of Texas Poets

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we’d like to take a moment to recognize contributions made by the most recent Texas Poets Laureate. Their work has made an outstanding cultural impact on the long-standing literary and artistic tradition of Texas, and we are so pleased to feature them here.     Laurie Ann Guerrero I read the […]

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From the Lit Director Desk: What I’m Reading

I’ve had a little over a month to settle into the lit director desk here at Texas Book Festival. Here’s what I’ve been reading in between all of the emails. All of these books are forthcoming releases, so mark your calendars, place your pre-orders, and look forward to what late Spring will bring to your bookshelves. […]

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Poet Spotlight: Carmen Tafolla

Dr. Carmen Tafolla is a tremendously accomplished author. She’s written over 20 books, including volumes of poetry, short stories, historical nonfiction, and children’s books. In 2012, she was named the first Poet Laureate of San Antonio, and in 2015 she was named the Poet Laureate of the State of Texas. We are so lucky to count her as a friend […]

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Tomás Rivera Book Award 2016 Winners

The Texas Book Festival team is proud to recognize this year’s winners of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award!   Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh received the award for works written for younger children. This book celebrates the life and work Guadalupe Posada, the man who […]

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

Author e.e. Charlton-Trujillo knows the healing power of putting pen to paper. In 2014, we asked her what she would say to our Fiction Contest participants or those thinking of entering the contest. Her message still rings true today. Here’s what she wrote: My first story was scribbled out in Crayola orange on wide-ruled paper when I […]

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2016 Library Grant Recipients Announced

We announced the winners of our 2015-2016 Texas Public Library Collection Enhancement Grants at the Texas Library Association conference in Houston on Thursday, April 21. Forty-four Texas public libraries received grants totaling more than $100,000. The Texas Book Festival awards grants to public libraries annually to support collection enhancement. The Festival has donated more than $2.8 million to libraries across Texas since its […]

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