How to Attend

Large Image - CapitolThe Texas Book Festival is free and open to the public and takes place in Austin, Texas at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds. The 2014 Texas Book Festival will be held October 25 – 26, 2014.



Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No one will be admitted to a full session unless another attendee leaves that session. Venues will be cleared between sessions.

Attending Sessions at the Capitol

The Book Festival’s presence in the Capitol is a privilege and attendees are asked to respect the House Rules. Festival attendees WILL BE ESCORTED OUT of the House Chamber IMMEDIATELY if they violate any of the rules.


Capitol Access: There are four points of entry to Capitol sessions. The most common and crowded is the south entrance. There are also entrances west, east, and north of the rotunda.

Additional Venues

In addition to the Capitol and tents on Congress, the Book Festival holds additional presentations at the following venues (see schedule for details):

  • First United Methodist Church Sanctuary (1201 Lavaca Street -enter from Lavaca St.)
  • Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church (1300 Lavaca Street)
  • Central Presbyterian Church (208 E. 8th Street)

Lit Crawl AustinTexas Book Festival 2013

Festival Saturday doesn’t end at 5 p.m. The party continues Saturday evening with Lit Crawl Austin where Festival authors participate in literary hijinks in various offbeat venues throughout Austin’s hip East Side.

Book Signings

Book Sales: Books by all participating authors will be sold in Barnes & Noble sales tents: Adult and Young Adult titles in the Book Sales tent on Congress Avenue at 11th Street; Children’s authors in the Book Sales tent on Colorado Street at 13th Street; Central Market Cooking Tent titles in the Sales/Signing tent adjacent to the Cooking Tent on 11th Street just west of Congress Avenue.

Book Signings: Authors will sign books immediately following the end of their session; we encourage you to buy books you want signed in advance of the session. Unless otherwise noted, Adult and Young Adult authors will sign in the Main Book Signing Tent; Children’s authors in the Children’s Book Signing Tent, Central Market Cooking Tent authors in the sales/signing tent adjacent to the Cooking Tent. The following pages of this guide also list the starting times of each author’s signing.

Book Signing Policy: Proceeds from the Festival weekend book sales allow us to keep the Festival free to the public and help fund the Reading Rock Stars program and Texas Library Grants. Books must be purchased from Barnes & Noble Book Sales tents at the Festival in order to be signed, with the exception of one pre-owned book that may be brought for signing. The Texas Book Festival asks attendees to respect and follow the policy. A receipt from a Barnes & Noble Book Sales Tent must be presented in the Book Signing tents. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Book dealers are not allowed to bring books into the Book Signing tents. Dealers with rolling carts and/or wagons are not allowed on the Festival grounds.

Information Booths

General information will be available at the Information Booth located at 11th and Colorado Streets. Services include First Aid, lost & found, and directional assistance.

Disability Services

If you require special accommodations, please contact the Texas Book Festival prior to your visit at (512) 477-4055.

Sign language interpreters will be available on a limited basis. If you need an interpreter, go to the ASL Interpreter Tent located on Congress Avenue between 9th and 10th Street at least thirty minutes before your requested session to check for availability.

Food Vendors

Food and beverages are available throughout the Festival grounds. Stay tuned for news about our 2014 food vendors! 2013 vendors included Travaasa, Crepe Crazy, Heros Gyros, Lavazza Espression, Hey Cupcake!, Snowie Shaved Ice, Amy’s Ice CreamS and the TM BBQ ‘Cue Court brought to you by Texas Monthly (Blue Ox, Miller’s Smokehouse – Belton/The Peached Tortilla, and Two Bros BBQ – San Antonio).

Exhibitors and Vendors

Be sure to visit the Festival’s exhibitors and vendors along Colorado Street (west of the Capitol Building), as well as on 11th Street (east of the TBF Merchandise Tent).

How to Get There


The following garage is free to the public on Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26.

Granger Parking Garage, 12th Street & Guadalupe (west of Capitol)

Public Transit OptionsTexas Book Festival ES

Train: Coming from up north? Take the MetroRail. It drops off at 401 E. 4th Street just a 5-7 minute stroll from Festival Grounds.

Bus: Check CapMetro’s website to plan your trip downtown. There are several drop-off locations near Festival grounds with main routes running through Guadalupe, Lavaca, and Red River Streets.

Bike: Austin B-Cycle has four locations within Festival grounds. Visit their website to learn more about this bike share program.

Walk-in Points of Entry to Festival Grounds

8th Street and Congress
11th Street and Congress
11th Street and San Jacinto
11th Street and Brazos
12th Street and Colorado
13th Street and Colorado

Support the Book Festival!

The Festival is a non-profit organization. We welcome your contributions to help provide this popular annual event, year-round literary events, literacy programs, and grants to Texas public libraries. Donate online at any time. We are grateful for your support of literature, libraries and literacy in Texas!

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