Posts By: Book Administrator

H-E-B Read 3 Events

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  Did you know one of Texas’ most beloved grocery chains offers more than just groceries? Put away your Texas-shaped tortilla chips and creamy creations ice cream, and let us tell you what the Texas Book Festival loves about our sponsor and partner H-E-B: their dedication to literacy in Texas. Studies have shown that when kids […]

Black Literature Matters

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  What: Black Literature Matters: A Conversation on Writing and Race When: Thursday, August 18, 2016 Where: Second floor of BookPeople, at 603 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin TX, 78703 Who: Michael Hurd, Varian Johnson, Doyin Oyeniyi, and Jennifer M. Wilks, moderated by Michael Noll   Diversity in literature is a topic that is extremely important – for young […]

Your Guide to Harry Potter Midnight Release Parties Around Texas

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As all Harry Potter fanatics know, the long awaited script of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being released July 31 (Harry’s birthday!). As all Harry Potter fanatics also know, there’s no better way to celebrate a new HP book than a midnight release party at your local bookstore. Luckily for us, bookstores around the country are all […]

21 Books for Your 4th of July Reading

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The countdown to the holiday weekend is officially over, and we suggest you stuff your beach tote with a handful of these red, white, and blue reads. Happy 4th, everybody!                                                     […]

Summer Reading List: YA Lit

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Looking for some Young Adult books to bring to the beach for the summer? Below are some of our recommendations!   THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough The Game of Love and Death features some familiar faces: Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, and Helen of Troy and Paris. However, in this […]

10 Perfect Summer Reading Spots in Texas

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It’s officially summer, which means it’s time to load up on sunscreen and venture out into the great outdoors of our Lone Star State. While swimming, hiking, kayaking and leisurely strolls down city streets are all well and good, this is also the time of year when we look for sweet spots to sit a […]

Summer Reading: Middle Grade Lit

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School’s out and the library is open. Keep your summer filled with books, and check out some of these great Middle Grade Lit selections!   RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE by Kate DiCamillo Age: 10 years and up Fans of DiCamillo’s past books such as Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux will love her new book, Raymie Nightingale. Raymie enters the Little Miss […]

Poet Profile: Eileen Myles

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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 […]

A Celebration of Texas Poets

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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 […]

Tomás Rivera Book Award 2016 Winners

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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 […]

Read Texas: Blood Meridian

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Listed among the TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005, Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian is widely considered McCarthy’s best work and possibly one of the greatest novels of all time. Blood Meridian tells the story of a runaway boy who finds himself in the midst of the Glanton Gang, a group of scalp-hunters […]

Read Texas: The Son

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Published in 2013, The Son makes a more recent addition to the world of Texas literature. This novel followed Meyer’s acclaimed American Rust as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for fiction, and is widely regarded as one of the best historical novels to be written this century. It is considered among the ranks of other Great […]

Read Texas: Texas

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  In honor of Texas History Month, Texas Book Festival staff and interns are highlighting iconic tomes of Texas literature in March. What are your favorite books that chronicle and celebrate the life and history of our Lone Star State? Tell us in the comments. We love to #ReadTexas all year long!    It doesn’t get […]

TBF Staff Celebrates Women’s History Month

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Texas Book Festival staff reflects on their favorite women authors, and the stories and poems that made an impact on their literary lives. Julie Wernersbach, Literary Director : “Amy Hempel. Amy Hempel. Amy Hempel. I’ve read her Collected Stories more times than I can count. She can pack extraordinary power […]

Gearing Up for Amplify Austin!

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Amplify Austin campaign is an annual, city-wide celebration of local nonprofits and online giving in the Austin community. On March 8-9, you can support a lifetime of literacy with the Texas Book Festival by helping us reach our goal of $15,000 for Reading Rock Stars. The Herbert Simon Family Foundation will match every dollar up to […]

Representation in the Young Adult Genre

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This week, in recognition of Black History Month, the Texas Book Festival turns its attention to three 2015 Festival featured authors. These authors are bringing diversity and representation to Young Adult literature. Their novels center on the lives of young black men and women in the throes of adolescence, navigating the difficulties of school, family, love, […]

2016 Rio Grande Valley Reading Rock Stars Authors

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The Texas Book Festival brings books to life with its Reading Rock Stars outreach program. Reading Rock Stars brings authors and illustrators from all across the nation to present their picture books, novels, and poetry to Title I schools in Texas.  After the author and illustrator presentations, each young reader receives their very own autographed book. For many students, […]

2015 Reading Rock Stars Authors Houston

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The Texas Book Festival brings books to life for young readers through Reading Rock Stars, a dynamic program in which selected authors from across the country are invited to present their works to students in economically disadvantaged public schools. At the end of the presentations, each child receives an autographed copy of the book, and […]

Fast Pass Sessions Announced!

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We are excited to reveal the much-anticipated list of this year’s Fast Pass sessions! With more than 280 authors and a record attendance expected, you will want to have a Fast Pass. Donate $100 or more, and we thank you with a Fast Pass that allows you and one guest priority line access at these designated Fast Pass […]

Keeping Up with Laura Bush

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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, […]

Bike with Authors!

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Sunday, October 18th, at 8 a.m. Meet at B-Cycle stand at Congress and 11th St.   Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bike through downtown Austin with a crew of literary greats: HW Brands, Lawrence Wright, Steve Harrigan, Lydia Gil, and Thomas McNeely. This event is not an author reading; it is an hour-long mini-tour […]

Kayak with Festival Authors!

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Saturday, October 17th, 8-9 a.m. Meet at Congress Avenue Kayaks Join a few Festival authors Carmiel Banasky, Alexandra Kleeman, Katherine Taylor, and Allyson Hobbs on Town lake for a morning kayak trip. This is truly a unique Austin experience! This event is not an author reading; it is an hour-long mini-tour that allow a group […]

Vote For Us: Austin’s Best Festival!

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The Texas Book Festival has been nominated for Best Festival as part of the Austin A-List’s annual “Best Of” voting program. The Austin A-List is a contest featuring hundreds of local businesses and organizations competing to be named best in their respective category. YOUR votes determine the outcome, and we would greatly appreciate it if you would please vote for […]

The Boy Made of Lightning Presentation by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez

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The Boy Made of Lightning Presentation by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez, May 9 at 6:30 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Culture Center. May 9 was Willie Velasquez Day! In honor of this civil rights hero, the Texas Book Festival was proud to co-sponsor a free presentation of Barbara Renaud Gonzalez’s interactive children’s book with […]

Way Behind the Music

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On Thursday, April 24 the Texas Book Festival and Lit Crawl Austin hosted Way Behind the Music at The North Door. Lit Crawl Austin added a major dose of humor to its offerings this year with a benefit performance of the comedy show “Way Behind the Music.” Lit Crawl Austin is produced in partnership with San […]

Family fun at the Festival!

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There’s so much free fun for families at the Festival—stories read by the authors of favorite picture books, DIY craft activities, sing-a-longs, and more. Children’s and YA book authors and programming highlights include R.L. Stine, author of the famed Goosebumps series, with his new scary YA book A Midsummer’s Night Scream, Lemony Snicket (All the […]

Literary Death Match 2013!

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Always star-studded, always free, Literary Death Match (LDM) is must-see literary and comedic hijinks at its Lone Star State best. The session will feature four writers reading their own wonderful tales for seven minutes or less, judged by three all-star judges. Two finalists will be chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a […]

Sunday Texas Book Festival Music Tent Lineup!

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The diverse artist showcase includes a little bit of everything, from lyrical opera to country folk and jazz and blues. Texas Book Festival’s Sunday live music lineup features the following groups: Who Do, Sun. noon The McCain Duo, Sun. 1 p.m. Sarah Fox and Joel Guzman, Sun. 2 p.m. Kinky Friedman, Sun. 3 p.m. The […]

Don’t Miss the 2013 Lit Crawl Austin Line-up

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This year’s Saturday nite Lit Crawl Austin event is packed with headlining authors at even more venues than before! Play Nerd Jeopardy with Reza Aslan and Kevin Smokler, hear authors Cathy Chung, Fiona Maazel, and Teddy Wayne get personal, and play Literary Taboo with the editors of popular literary magazines Electric Literature and The Rumpus. […]

Texas Book Festival Food Guide is Here!

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Many of the chefs and authors featured in this year’s Central Market Cooking Tent will offer a distinctly Southwestern flavor, focusing on everything from smoked barbecue and breakfast tacos, to Texas cocktails and authentic Mexican food. Famous cooking experts and authors from Texas and around the nation featured in panel discussions in various venues and […]

Coming to the Fest: Dogs with a Mission

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Meet Lola, a therapy dog, on Saturday from 10 am-11 am in the Children’s Activity Tent (on Colorado St. between 12th & 13th)! The Austin Dog Alliance and Lola Goes to Work author Marcia Goldman bring Lola and the Bow Wow Reading Dogs for a meet and greet.

Coming to the Fest: Entertainment for the All Ages

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The Children’s Entertainment Tent (on west Capitol driveway near Colorado St.) features a grab bag of musicians and performers from Austin and beyond. Veteran magician Kent Cummins wows with a motivational show Saturday from 10 am-11 am. Directly following that the Biscuit Brothers, known for their Emmy-award winning Austin-based television show, come back to the […]

What I’m Reading: Kathie Tovo, City of Austin Council Member

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As a life-long bookworm who still remembers the pleasure of reading Beverly Cleary’s Ramona the Pest along with my mom, I’ve been rediscovering Ramona with my six- and seven-year-old daughters over the last month. We’ve spent nearly every bedtime with Ramona, beginning with Beezus and Ramona (originally published in 1955) and now wrapping up with […]

What I’m Reading: Michael Noll, Writing Lecturer at Texas State University and Editor of Read to Write Stories

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I recently finished The Peripatetic Coffin, a collection of stories by Ethan Rutherford. Three of the stories are variations on the classical tale of adventure at sea: one is set on a Confederate submarine during the Civil War, another is set on a Russian ship that gets trapped in ice flows while exploring the Arctic, […]