Posts By: Lydia Melby

Celebrate Black Literature: A Q&A with Liara Tamani

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Join us in celebrating Black Literature as we continue to highlight black Texas authors, readers, and contributors to the literary community in a series of blog posts. Thus far, we’ve had contributions from  TBF Community Ambassador Peggy Terry, award-winning children’s author and illustrator Don Tate, Dr. Rosalind Oliphant Jones, founder of the Austin African American Book Festival, the new Austin […]

Books to Read When You’ve Seen Black Panther and Need More

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  It’s been almost a week since that gorgeous, groundbreaking, record-shattering juggernaut of a film, Black Panther, hit theatres. I know a lot of us saw it opening weekend—it did earn $201.8 million domestically in three days, after all, which makes Black Panther‘s debut the biggest domestic opening weekend ever for a black director and the biggest […]

Celebrate Black Literature: A Q&A with Nicky Drayden

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Join us in celebrating Black Literature! We are working to recognize Black History Month by highlighting black Texas authors, readers, and contributors to the literary community in a series of blog posts. Thus far, we’ve had contributions from  TBF Community Ambassador Peggy Terry, award-winning children’s author and illustrator Don Tate, Dr. Rosalind Oliphant Jones, the founder of the Austin […]

Celebrate Black Literature: A Q&A with Austin Public Library Director Roosevelt Weeks

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Join us in celebrating Black History Month! For the month of February, Texas Book Festival is working to recognize Black History Month by highlighting black Texas authors, readers, and notable contributors to the literary community in a series of blog posts. So far, we’ve had contributions from  TBF Community Ambassador Peggy Terry who shared a fantastic list […]

Celebrate Black Literature: A Q&A With Dr. Rosalind Oliphant Jones

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Join us in celebrating Black History Month! For the month of February, Texas Book Festival is recognizing Black History Month by highlighting black Texas authors, readers, and notable contributors to the literary community in a series of blog posts. So far, we’ve had contributions from  TBF Community Ambassador Peggy Terry, who shared a fantastic list of […]

Celebrate Black Literature: A Q&A with Don Tate

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The Texas Book Festival Celebrates Black Literature! For the month of February, the Texas Book Festival is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting black Texas authors, readers, and notable contributors to the literary community in a series of blog posts. Last week, TBF Community Ambassador Peggy Terry shared a fantastic list of books coming out in 2018 […]

February Reads: TBF Loves Books About Love

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Whether you’re into celebrating Valentine’s Day or Bah-Humbugging it, love is a central theme in much of literature the world over, and many of our favorite books feature love (and its many complications) as a powerful motivator in the main character’s actions. So, in the spirit of February’s day of hearts and candy, we offer […]

Celebrate Black Literature: Peggy Terry Recommends 2018 Reads

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As we continue adding to our 2018 TBR lists (and wondering feverishly when we’ll ever sleep again), friends and fellow readers keep giving us more forthcoming titles to add. This fantastic list of recommended titles being published in 2018 comes from Peggy Terry, an Austinite, long-time avid reader, and one of the Texas Book Festival’s […]

Books We Can’t Wait to Read: Lea’s and Lydia’s 2018 Picture Book Picks

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For our final TBF 2018 Book Picks preview, our resident #KidLit nerds Lea and Lydia are looking at some of the amazing picture books coming out this year! The majority of these books are spring and summer catalogs, and there are so many more exciting picture books coming out this year. Lea’s already hustling to […]

Books We’re Giving: Caroline’s Recommendations!

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Whether you’re giving gifts to friends, family, or shopping for yourself, what could be better than a few perfect books to finish out the year? Today for our holiday book gift recommendations, we have a great list from Caroline, who was one of our fantastic interns this year!  You can also check out Lea’s, Lydia’s, […]

Books We’re Giving for the Holidays: Lea’s Picks

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There’s a delightful holiday tradition in Iceland called the Jólabókaflóðið (which roughly translates to “Yule Book Flood”) in which people gift books to their loved ones on December 24th, allowing everyone to spend the holiday with their friends and family, immersed in the books they were given. Of course, booklovers all over the world know […]

Announcing the 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest Winners

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In partnership with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, and support from AT&T, the Texas Book Festival is proud to announce the 2017 winners of the Fresh Ink Fiction Contest! These young writers showcased their literary promise with a work of original fiction based on our theme for 2017, “Funny Running Into You Here.” These nine winners come from […]

Books Going to the Movies: Young Adult Galore!

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The young adult book market is growing; according to The Balance the “number of young adult titles published more than doubled in the decade between 2002 and 2012.” With such a fast growing market, it’s clear why movie developers are rushing to grab young adult novels for movie adaptations. The books featured below are dealing with […]

Reading Our State: Dallas

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—written by TBF intern Emily Vernon The next stop on our literary tour of Texas is Dallas. If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you know we’ve chronicled the literary scenes of Austin and Houston already this summer, and if you’re from Texas, you know each of these cities is quite different from the […]

Ways to Help After Hurricane Harvey

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Hurricane Harvey has brutally devastated the Houston area and Texas’s Gulf Coast, and many of us are looking hopelessly at pictures from friends and media, wondering what on earth we can possibly do. Thousands of our neighbors have been left without food or shelter and have experienced a catastrophic event almost entirely unprecedented in the […]

2017 TBF Confirmed Appearances

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The Festival Weekend (November 4-5) will be here before we know it, and we’ll announce our full author and presenter lineup in September! Here’s a running list of the authors and illustrators we have already announced will be appearing at the 2017 Texas Book Festival (check back for updates):   Dan Rather – What Unites Us  […]

Books Going to the Movies: Exciting Literary Adaptations Coming Soon!

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The upcoming year has an abundance of movie adaptations, with a variety of selections ranging from Shakespeare to Stephen King to Kurt Vonnegut to John Green (and many more!). No matter your genre preference for books, you’ll undoubtedly find a book-based movie for you to enjoy in the theater soon. Many best-selling books become movies, […]

2017 Literary Libations Week!

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Grab a drink and support the arts! We’re thrilled to launch our second annual Literary Libations week in support of Lit Crawl Austin! From August 14-18, bars across Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston are slinging book-themed cocktails to support the Texas Book Festival and Lit Crawl Austin, our annual evening of literary shenanigans. A […]

Reading Our State: Houston

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  This summer, we’re taking a literary tour of our great state of Texas! Our first installment surveyed several of the authors and books who call our Capital city home, and now our second installment is focused on our largest city: Houston. ―by intern Emily Vernon   Despite being one of the largest and most […]

Texas Teen Book Festival Reveals Their Official 2017 Author Lineup!

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It’s shaping up to be a great year for books here in Texas! While the Texas Book Festival won’t announce our official lineup until mid-September, we’re excited to share that the Texas Teen Book Festival has announced their full 2017 lineup—and what a lineup it is! You can view the full lineup, along with information […]

Announcing Our New Partnership: Texas Book Festival + BookPeople

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BookPeople to Serve as the Official Bookseller for The Texas Book Festival Weekend and Year-Round Events   We’re pleased to announce that BookPeople, Texas’s leading independent bookstore, will serve as the official and main bookseller for the Texas Book Festival. BookPeople will partner with TBF year-round as the bookseller for literary events, including the 2017 […]

Just Announced: JEFFREY EUGENIDES at the Texas Book Festival!

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  Saturday, November 4 Jeffrey Eugenides + Claire Messud In Conversation at the 2017 Texas Book Festival   We’re thrilled to announce Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides will join us at this year’s Texas Book Festival with his first collection of short fiction, Fresh Complaint. Eugenides will appear in conversation with Claire Messud on Saturday, November 4th. Messud […]

2017 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup: Sneak Peek

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We’re thrilled to announce thirteen of the authors and illustrators who will participate in this year’s Texas Book Festival, happening November 4 and 5 in and around the State Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas. Our full 2017 lineup will be announced in early September. For now, mark your calendars and join us here in the […]

Special Event: Author + Geneticist Spencer Wells at Hotel Ella

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Who: Spencer Wells What: The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey Where: Hotel Ella, Goodall’s Kitchen When: Wednesday, June 28 at 6:00pm Free and open to the public. RSVP required.   UPDATE: This event is now full. Attendance is free, but to ensure guests have an intimate opportunity to engage with the author, attendance is limited […]

The 11th Annual Austin’s African American Book Festival

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  Our annual Festival Weekend isn’t until November, but there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate literature here in Austin this summer. First up on the not-to-miss list: the Austin African American Book Festival at the Carver Museum and Library on June 22 and 24.   This vital community event, which was founded in 2007 by Rosalind Oliphant […]

Bringing Reading Rock Stars to Dallas

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The Texas Book Festival celebrated our first-ever Reading Rock Stars in Dallas last month, and we couldn’t be happier about it. We brought three authors—James Luna, Hena Khan, and former First Lady and Texas Book Festival co-founder Laura Bush—to Thomas Tolbert Elementary, where the authors presented to students from kindergarten to fifth grade and we […]

Announcing the 2017 Texas Book Festival Poster and Featured Artist

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    With much fanfare and excitement, we are thrilled to unveil the official 2017 Texas Book Festival poster! Each year, our committee gathers to consider the work of Texas artists and discuss the artistic vision for the annual Festival. We’re happy to announce this year’s poster artist is Joel Salcido, Austin-based photographer and author of the new […]

TBF Celebrates Women in Art and Science at Ney Day!

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  UPDATE: Due to weather concerns, Ney Day 2017 was postponed to Saturday, June 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. We hope to see y’all there! Come out to the Elisabet Ney Museum for a day of family-friendly fun! We’re joining community organizations from all around Austin for a day that commemorates artist Elisabet Ney […]

Friday Reads: Catch Up With What the TBF Staff is Reading!

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  Lois Kim, Executive Director: Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders I read this book in one day and it affected me deeply, which is to say I definitely cried in more than one place. Saunders’ imagining of Lincoln’s desperate grief over his young son Willie’s death is a ghost story, a virtuosic subversion […]

Announcing Reading Rock Stars in Dallas

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We’re so excited here at the Texas Book Festival to expand our Reading Rock Stars youth literacy program to another Texas city this year—Dallas! It’s been quite the ride putting it all together. Since Dallas is the city our co-founder, Laura Bush, calls home, she’s been an important part of the process of selecting the […]

Announcing Our 2017 Texas Book Festival Library Grant Recipients

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  Promoting literacy and strengthening Texas libraries have been primary components of the Texas Book Festival’s mission since our founding in 1995. As of this year, we’ve funded 1,077 collection enhancement grants for more than 600 Texas libraries, for a total of $3 million in awarded grants. This year, we’re proud to award $100,000 in Texas Library Grants to libraries across […]

Lit Crawl Austin Presents State-of-the-Art Stories at Al Volta’s Midnight Bar for Fusebox Festival

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  It’s almost April, but of course just because SXSW is over doesn’t mean a lag in the thrilling events that makes Austin’s arts culture so vital. One event we’re looking forward to is Fusebox Festival—a unique multi-disciplinary arts festival that runs from April 12-16, 2017.  Lit Crawl Austin, our fun house of irreverent, irresistible, invigorating literary […]

TBF + SoulCycle Charity Ride: Sign Up Today!

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We are excited to announce our first ever SoulCycle charity ride on Sunday May 7, 2017, at 1pm. Join us at the downtown Austin SoulCycle location to raise money for the annual Festival as well as our year-round outreach literacy programs like Reading Rock Stars and our annual Texas Library Grants. Everyone, from cycling enthusiasts to […]

Our 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest is now open!

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We are now accepting submissions to the 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest (formerly called the Youth Fiction Writing Contest). The theme this year is: “Funny Running Into You Here.”   Hosted by the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at the University of Texas at Austin, with generous support from […]

Announcing 2017 TBF Library Grants at the annual TLA conference

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It’s nearly time for the Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio next month! We’re looking forward to the conference and especially to revealing the recipients of our 2017 Texas Book Festival Library Grants! Promoting literacy and supporting Texas libraries has been a big part of the Texas Book Festival mission since our founding in […]

Welcome New Board Members!

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The Texas Book Festival is thrilled to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors play a crucial role in advancing the TBF’s strategic vision and mission, overseeing our financial resources, and ensuring the sustainability and vitality of our programs. We are proud to have exceptionally hands-on board members. From […]

TBF & TLA present: An Evening With the Authors

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  The Texas Book Festival, in partnership with the Texas Library Association, will host An Evening With the Authors on Thursday, April 20, at La Orilla Del Rio Ballroom. Join us for this celebration of  literature and libraries. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., guests will enjoy dinner overlooking the San Antonio River Walk in La Orilla […]

Texas Institute of Letters Elects 15 New Texas Writers

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The Texas Book Festival congratulates the fifteen new writers (including some previous Texas Book Festival authors) recently elected to the Texas Institute of Letters! The Texas Institute of Letters is a distinguished honor society founded in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and recognize distinctive literary achievement. These  2017 honorees are: Celeste Bedford Walker, David Bowles, […]