Posts By: Steph

2015 TBF Merchandise

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Did you miss out on getting your 2015 TBF t-shirt or poster? There’s still time! The 2015 Texas Book Festival shirts and posters feature the beautiful work of artist Fatima Ronquillo. T-shirts: $25 Posters: $20 Shipping for orders is an additional $5. Orders can also be picked up at the TBF office: Texas Book Festival, 610 […]

Author Reading: David Heymann @ Blue Willow Book Shop

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What: David Heymann will discuss and sign his book, MY BEAUTIFUL CITY AUSTIN. When: Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm Where: Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079 Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet David Heymann for book personalization, please purchase MY BEAUTIFUL CITY AUSTIN from Blue Willow Bookshop. […]

Q&A with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

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On Barefoot Dogs by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho Our literary director Steph Opitz talks with Austin-based author Antonio Ruiz-Camacho about his debut collection of short stories Barefoot Dogs (Scribner, March 2015). In interlocking stories told from different points of view, the Arteaga family suffers a tragedy in their home-country of Mexico and attempts to reconcile what comes after. Where […]

TBF <3s Indies: the Remix

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The second annual TBF <3s Indies party is just around the corner!   Join the Texas Book Fest in celebrating 10 Austin-based independent literary publishers: There will be literary swag, raffle prizes, and meet-and-greets with local indies including NANO Fiction, A Strange Object/Covered with Fur, American Short Fiction, Fields, Smoking Glue Gun, Write Bloody Now, Bat […]

Meet Our Reading Rock Star Authors for March!

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On Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, 2015, six authors from across the country will present their works in our annual Reading Rock Stars – Rio Grande Valley program! Elementary schools in Pharr, Mission, Edinburg, and McAllen will receive a set of books for each school’s library and each student who participates will be given an autographed copy of […]

Q&A with debut author Mary Helen Specht

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Austin’s own Mary Helen Specht talks with our literary director Steph Opitz about research, being a tortoise (not a hare), and the dangers of having an agenda with her debut novel Migratory Animals. Specht’s gorgeous work about college friends who’ve found themselves 10 or so years later at various points of adulthood is equal parts heartwarming and […]

Q&A with Amanda Eyre Ward

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Our literary director Steph Opitz sits down with novelist Amanda Eyre Ward to talk about her latest novel The Same Sky (on sale January 20th). The Same Sky follows two women, Carla and Alice, on opposite sides of the Texas border. Carla, a young Honduran girl, is desperate to get to her family in the United States, […]

Holiday Shopping Ideas

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Searching for the best book to get your loved one this holiday season? by Sydney   We recommend checking out 2014 festival author Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, the latest recipient of the National Book Award, and other 2014 festival authors works featured on the New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2014” book list […]

Happy Holidays, Happy Reading

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With the passing of Thanksgiving, it’s safe to say that the holidays are here. Looking to for some literary entertainment for the little ones? Austin: Check out BookPeople’s storytime Christmas Classics on December 23, featuring a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, and Barnes & Noble’s Hanukkah Storytime on December 14, […]

TBF Cheat Sheet

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No matter what kind of reader you are there’s something for you at the Texas Book Festival. With the long list of authors and sessions it might feel a little daunting (in a good way) to decide what to see this year. Here are five ways to navigate the Festival. Pro tip: allow room in […]

Top Independent Bookstores in Austin

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Top Independent Bookstores in Austin BookPeople With a knowledgeable and friendly staff and over 300 events held there every year (including various book clubs, author visits, children’s reading programs and camps), let’s be honest, who doesn’t love BookPeople? Voted best bookstore in Austin for 15 years straight (overachieving much?), BookPeople doesn’t disappoint. Their fabulous staff […]

Grant Spotlight: The George Washington Carver Library

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It’s time for the next edition of Grant Spotlight: Library Style. The George Washington Carver Library has been chosen as one of this year’s grant-winners, and is another great example of the ways in which libraries across Texas promote literacy. The Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library holds a unique place in Austin’s history. Originally established in […]

Father’s Day Book Recommendations

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Depending on what kind of dad you’re shopping for this week (REMINDER: Father’s Day is this Sunday!), we’ve got a few different recommendations for your list. If you want more ideas tweet at @texasbookfest using #fathersdaybooks For the new dad: How about a book that perfectly captures the nightly struggle for dad’s everywhere in a nice […]

Elizabeth Crook on Writing, Research, and the Infamous UT Tower Shooting

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Elizabeth Crook, Austin novelist, sat down with our literary director Steph Opitz to discuss her latest novel.  Monday Monday is the story of the impact  that a tragic event can have on a person, how it can bond and severe, heal and scar. SO: Where did this book start? You’ve mentioned that it wasn’t until you read Pamela Colloff’s […]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Well, ok,  it’s really just one IDEA.   If you’re searching for a book to get your mom or a mom this Mother’s Day, Bossypants is everything you’re looking for in one man-handed cover for the following reasons: 1. A hilariously perceptive collection of essays by a comrade and veteran in the  should-I-breast-feed and did-a-babysitter-just-clip-my-child’s-nails-too-short and […]

Elizabeth Crook at Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

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Who: Elizabeth Crook in conversation with Tim Staley Where: Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. When:  Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The Texas Book Festival in partnership with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation celebrated the publication of Elizabeth Crook’s newest novel Monday Monday, this year’s Mayor’s Book Club selection. Mayor Leffingwell […]

Roger Reeves, In Honor of Poetry Month

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Editor’s Note: To kick off poetry month, Roger Reeves reflected on his panel at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.   The Tribe When I was a younger poet overly worried about audience and thus vocalizing this worry to everyone within earshot, an older poet said these very simple words to me: the work will always […]


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Two Writers, Six Challenges, One Victor! Manuel Gonzales and Owen Egerton will battle head-to-head, mano-a-mano, in a test of words. Come celebrate the paperback releases of THE MINIATURE WIFE and HOW BEST TO AVOID DYING and help determine who is the best–no, really, the absolute BEST–short story writer in Austin. Well. The best of these two short story […]

Congratulations Rolando Hinojosa-Smith!

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National Book Critics Circle’s Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement   The Texas Book Festival is thrilled to congratulate Rolando Hinojosa-Smith on winning the National Book Critics Circle’s Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement, which recognizes his significant contributions to book culture. Hinojosa-Smith chronicles the struggles, joys, and strangeness of life in the Rio Grande Valley through short stories, novels, […]

TBF <3s Indies

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 Texas Book Festival Celebrates Austin’s independent publishers.    On Thursday, February 20th, attendees enjoyed discounted drink specials, literary swag, and raffle prizes at the TBF hosted party at Cheer Up Charlie’s.  The new Cheer Up Charlie’s location was the perfect setting for local indies including A Strange Object, Unstuck Books, The Austin Review, Write Bloody Publishing, American Short Fiction, Foxing Quarterly,fields,and Slagdrop […]

Defining The Struggle: Past, Present, and Future of Civil Rights

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Defining The Struggle: Past, Present, and Future of Civil Rights  Saturday, February 22 6:30- 8:30 p.m. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St.   While the common narrative of the civil rights movement is centered around the NAACP and the National Urban League, Susan D. Carle’s Defining the Struggle is a ground-breaking history that focuses rather […]

James Magnuson talks: dirt, death, and the MFA.

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James Magnuson, the director of the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, sat down with our literary director Steph Opitz to discuss his new novel Famous Writers I Have Known (W. W. Norton & Company, January 2014). Frankie Abandonato, while dodging a run in with the mob, attempts to pull off his biggest […]

What I’m Reading: Will Evans, Deep Vellum Publishing, Dallas

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  Currently reading Claire Vaye Watkins’ impressive short story collection Battleborn after being blown away by her at the Texas Book Festival in her discussion with my friend Zachary Karabashliev (his novel 18% Gray rules too). These stories are breathtaking, haunting, I read a line last night right before falling asleep I don’t think I’ll ever forget, about a […]

National Book Awards

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Festival Authors Receive National Book Awards in Fiction and Nonfiction     Last week I attended the 2013 National Book Awards. Where  a range of wonderful writing in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People’s Literature and Poetry were celebrated.     Quick recap of the night:    My favorite quote from the night was […]

Festival recap from the literary director

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Thank you so much for joining us at the 2013 Texas Book Festival. There were many highlights: from our sessions on the JFK assassination in the C-SPAN2/Book TV tent to James McBride performing with his band in the Music Tent then running to the Capitol for his session, to R.L. Stine at the Capitol, Chris […]