Posts By: Allison Baron

2015 Festival Media Coverage Roundup

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The 20th anniversary Texas Book Festival wrapped up last weekend, and our minds are still swirling from all of the literary excitement, fan girl moments, epic discussions, authors, and unforgettable experiences. This quote from the Dallas Morning News sums up our sentiment exactly: “Every year, the Texas Book Festival gets a little bigger. And every year, […]

TX Book Fest 2015 chock-full of free family fun

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There’s no better one-stop spot for getting your kids excited about reading than heading down to one of the most majestic areas of town and seeing a passel of authors talk about their books. The Texas Book Festival will feature some of the nation’s most beloved children’s authors, family-friendly entertainment and activities, live music, food […]

Hungry minds & stomachs get their fill at 2015 TX Book Fest

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Renowned authors and chefs presenting at the 2015 Festival, with local food trucks on deck to fuel attendees’ appetites. Book lovers and foodies, prepare your minds and palates for feast at the 20th anniversary Texas Book Festival! “Fermentation, toast, barbecue, chili and 19th century cookbooks are all on the menu at this year’s festival, as well as […]

Media Coverage Roundup: 2015 Author Announcement

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In case you haven’t heard, we released the full author lineup for the 2015 Texas Book Festival last week. But instead of us blabbing on about how awesome this year’s authors are (we might be a bit biased), we thought we’d round up some of the recent media coverage from the author announcement. Enjoy! Austin […]

300 authors coming to 2015 TX Book Fest

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A record 300 authors are coming to the 2015 Texas Book Festival, Oct. 17 and 18, the largest number in our 20-year history! Nationally renowned authors include Margaret Atwood, Taye Diggs, Nick Flynn, Linda Gray, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Gary Hart, Luis Alberto Urrea, Margo Jefferson, Attica Locke, Marie Lu, Chuck Palahniuk, Tavi Gevinson, and Adrian Tomine. […]

20 authors for 20 years: first set of featured authors for 2015 announced

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In honor of our 20th anniversary, we’re announcing 20 authors who will be featured at this year’s Festival! We’re beyond excited to share a sneak preview of the 2015 author list and unveil some of the literary stars and soon-to-be-stars that will be joining us at the Festival, Oct. 17-18. Steph Opitz, the Texas Book Festival’s literary director, […]

Spotlight on 2015 Library Grant Winners

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This year, we gave grants to 34 Texas public libraries totaling more than $75K. Feedback from the librarians and local communities has been overwhelmingly positive. We wanted to highlight a few of the success stories: Hillsboro City Library, Marshall Public Library, Coleman Public Library, and Abilene Public Library-South Branch. Below, you can read about the […]

Library Grant Winners Announced

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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 […]

Class Act: HSPVA creative writing students host Festival authors

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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 […]

Literary Death Match 2014 Recap

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We decided to mix things up for the 2014 Literary Death Match session. Previously held during the Festival, this year was the first time for Literary Death Match to take place during our nighttime Lit Crawl Austin–an annual literary pub crawl, co-produced by the Texas Book Festival and Litquake Foundation, that features some of America’s most groundbreaking writers onstage at East Austin […]

Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

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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, […]

10 Festival Recap Stories We Love

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The 19th annual Texas Book Festival is a wrap! With our biggest line-up ever, the 2014 Festival drew big-time attention from media in Texas and across the nation. Want to relive the excitement of the Festival weekend? Go for it! Here are 10 stories we think you’ll enjoy.  Readers find their own adventures at Texas Book Festival, Dallas Morning […]

Food at the 2014 Fest

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Foodies, rejoice! Famous cooking experts and culinary leaders from across the nation and Texas will present their latest cookbooks, engage in discussions, and perform a variety of cooking demonstrations next weekend at the Texas Book Festival, all free of charge and open to the public. Dubbed “the year of the chef”, the 2014 Book Festival […]

Literary mayhem: Lit Crawl

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Lit Crawl Austin returns to the Texas Book Festival on Saturday night, Oct. 25. The annual literary pub crawl, a co-production of the Texas Book Festival and Litquake Foundation, features some of America’s most groundbreaking writers onstage at East Austin venues talking about and signing their latest books. Inspired by San Francisco’s long-running Lit Crawl […]

Music highlights at the Fest

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Music highlights at the Texas Book Festival: live performances, authors, sessions, and more It’s no secret that music and writing go hand-in-hand. A great song is remembered not only because of the music, but because it tells a great story. Music is mankind’s universal language, after all. For this reason—and of course the fact that the […]

Family Fun at the Book Fest

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For families, everything we offer at the Festival looks, smells, and tastes like free fun—stories read by the actual authors of favorite picture books, DIY craft activities, a kids’ storybook fashion show, and more! We always aim for our children’s programming to be as fun and energetic as possible, but our ultimate goal is more […]

2014 Schedule announced!

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Texas Book Festival schedule announced: Author panels, Lit Crawl, music, kid’s activities, food! Oct. 25-26 at the State Capitol; free and open to the public With the largest number of authors (280-plus) in its history, the 19th annual Texas Book Festival schedule has more of everything that its fans will love. The jam-packed schedule for […]

Media Buzz surrounding the 2014 Author Lineup

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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 […]

Author lineup announced for TX Book Fest

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More than 275 authors are coming to the 2014 Texas Book Festival, the largest lineup in the Festival’s 19-year history! We’ve finally announced our author lineup for the 2014 #TXBookFest. Nationally renowned authors coming to this year’s Festival include Martin Amis, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, Norman Lear, Lidia Bastianich, Ziggy Marley, James Ellroy, Katherine Applegate, […]

2014 Festival Poster and Eight Great Authors

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For your literary delight, here is a taste of what the Texas Book Festival will offer this fall. Can’t wait to find out which authors will be at this year’s Texas Book Festival? Well, we can’t wait to tell you! Really, though . . . We are so excited about the Texas Book Festival that we’re revealing eight of the headlining authors […]

Best of Austin Awards: Vote for Us

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Austin Chronicle is now accepting ballots for its 2014 Best of Austin awards. Please consider voting for us in the best annual festival category. Ballots must be submitted online by Monday, July 21.  Click here to vote. Thank you!

Are you a Texas Book Festival expert?

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Test your knowledge of the Texas Book Festival with this fun trivia challenge. It’s harder than you think, so don’t feel bad if you only know a handful of the answers—you may learn something new! Who were the founders of the Texas Book Festival? Can you name three headliners from the 2013 Festival? What is […]

Grant Spotlight: Kirbyville Public Library

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The Kirbyville Public Library, one of the 19 amazing libraries we awarded grants to this year, is a shining example of the small, yet immensely important improvements libraries across Texas are able to make with our funds. Kirbyville, Texas is a mid-size city, situated 41 miles north of Beaumont and 107 miles northeast of Houston. We awarded the Kirbyville Public Library a collections enhancement grant of $2,338.67 […]

Recap: Reading Rock Stars Rio Grande Valley

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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 […]

A Reading and Conversation with Philipp Meyer and Kevin Powers

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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 […]

Win tickets to Amy Sedaris at The Paramount

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We’re excited to announce that we will be giving away two free tickets for one lucky winner and a guest to see Amy Sedaris at The Paramount on March 28. How to enter to win: Tell us the name of your favorite female comedian with a new book out in the past year in a Tweet, […]

Win free passes to STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo

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Texas Book Festival is excited to announce that we will be giving away 12 free two-day passes to STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo, the premier indie comics convention in the southwest, March 1- 2 at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre in Austin.  How to enter to win a pass: Tell us your favorite Texas Book Festival memory […]

New Year’s Reading Resolutions

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It’s no secret that we all love books here at the Texas Book Festival, so in 2014, we’re pledging to become better readers. Here’s a list of five New Year’s reading resolutions that we recommend for everyone, including ourselves.  1. Recommend more books to your friends. Read something amazing? Then you should shout it from the […]

Texas Bluebonnet Award list announced

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The 2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award list was announced in hilarious fashion at the Texas Book Festival by 2013 Festival authors Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett. Congratulations to all of the nominees!   For those of you who missed the hysterical announcement at the Texas Book Festival, click here to watch the video.    The entire Texas Bluebonnet […]

Rave Reviews for Texas Book Festival 2013

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As the dust settles from the excitement surrounding the 2013 Texas Book Festival, we have finally had a chance to take a breather and check out some of the recent media coverage from the big weekend.  At the risk of tooting our own horn, we are pleased to announce that this year’s Festival received rave reviews! […]

Playlist for the 2013 Texas Book Festival

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For the first time ever before, we have put together a playlist of music by and/or about Texans for you to listen to between books while you prepare for the 2013 Texas Book Festival, which takes place in the live music capitol of the world. Created by literary director Steph Opitz, with help and input from […]