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Explore Your Local: The Literary City of San Antonio

Last weekend, we headed to the sixth annual San Antonio Book Festival, where thousands flooded the grounds of the Central Library to peruse books and catch panels and presentations with their favorite authors. Among the crowds were some 90 authors, including the likes of Jorge Ramos, Attica Locke, Sandra Cisneros, and Luis Alberto Urrea.   […]

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Elizabeth Crook on her new novel “THE WHICH WAY TREE”

Elizabeth Crook’s latest novel The Which Way Tree is an epic southern tale. It chronicles the dangerous endeavors of Samantha Shreve, a 12-year-old girl growing up in Austin, Texas, just after the Civil War. After witnessing a panther kill her mother, she sets out with a hodge-podge team of characters to slay the evil beast—which, […]

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Explore Your Local: A Peek Inside Interabang Books, Dallas’ Newest Independent Bookstore

  When I walked into Interabang Books—Dallas’ newest independent bookstore—for the first time, I felt like I was walking into an art exhibit. My eyes were immediately drawn to the wall in the middle of the store adorned with a retro, comic-book-style mural of a man and a woman talking on telephones. Then, I was […]

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Celebrate Black Literature: [HER]story Month

Join us in celebrating Women’s History Month! Today, we want to feature ten recent or forthcoming books authored by award-winning black women authors that really must go on your 2018 reading lists! This list of novels, memoirs, and other works are characterized by their honest narratives and fearlessness in the face of controversy. We hope you’ll be […]

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Celebrate Black Literature: A Q&A with Liara Tamani

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 […]

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

  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 […]

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Celebrate Black Literature: A Q&A with Nicky Drayden

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 […]

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The 2018 Texas Teen Book Festival!

The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2018 date! Mark your calendars now for another awesome celebration of YA authors, books, reading, writing, and the wonderful YA community we have here in Texas. Head to the #TTBF website for full details of when and where to be. Be sure to sign up for the #TTBF enewsletter while you’re there to stay […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Celebrate Black Literature: A Q&A with Don Tate

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 […]

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Reading Rock Stars Dallas-Fort Worth

It’s finally time for Reading Rock Stars Dallas-Fort Worth! We’re so excited to return to Thomas Tolbert Elementary in Dallas on February 8, and also thrilled to announce we will be visiting Rosemont Elementary in Fort Worth on February 9 for the first time! Whenever we bring a new school into the Reading Rock Stars […]

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Celebrate Black Literature: Peggy Terry Recommends 2018 Reads

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 […]

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2018 Texas Book Festival Dates Announced!

The Texas Book Festival is proud to announce its 2017 Festival Weekend was the most successful on record, with 50,000 attendees coming together on November 4 and 5 in the largest celebration of books and literacy in the Festival’s history. The Texas Book Festival will return for its 23rd year on October 27 and 28, […]

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

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 […]

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Books We Can’t Wait to Read: Lydia’s 2018 Middle Grade picks

Happy 2018, y’all! I started off the New Year making a list of all the books I desperately cannot wait to read this year, and even though I’ve gotten a good start, the list keeps growing. Part 1 was my preview of young adult books I can’t wait to read, and this part 2 is […]

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Books We Can’t Wait to Read: Lydia’s YA picks

Happy 2018! I never make official New Year’s resolutions, but every January I tell myself, “Okay, this is definitely the year I’m going to read at least 150 books and keep track of every book I read in this handy reading tracker app/ spreadsheet/ Goodreads/ fancy journal,” and then somehow every December I find myself […]

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Books We Can’t Wait to Read: TBF’s 2018 Book Preview

Whether you made a resolution to read more in the new year or you plan to just keep going at your usual rate, it’s never too early to start building your 2018 must-read list. This week we’re going through some of the titles we’re super looking forward to this year—some we’ve read already and some […]

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Vote! 2018 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest Theme

The 2018 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest opens to submissions this month! Before we can accept work from eligible young writers, however, we need your help choosing a theme. Last year’s theme was “Funny Running Into You Here.” Vote for this year’s prompt below! Hosted by the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement […]

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Books We’re Giving for the Holidays: Claire’s List

For this holiday, join the Jolabokaflod and give books to your friends and family! Need a few suggestions to find the perfect read for a particular reader? The TBF staff is here to help with a list of some of the books we really loved this year. Check out Claire’s list here, (and take a […]

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Books We’re Giving: Caroline’s Recommendations!

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, […]

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Books We’re Giving (and Asking for) for the Holidays: Maris’s List

Our holiday book celebration continues as we count down to the end of the year with our lists of books we’re planning to give and hoping to get. This week, the TBF staff is talking about a few of the books we loved this year, and why we’re planning to give them as holiday gifts […]

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

As many booklovers know, there’s no better feeling than giving a book you couldn’t put down to someone who loves reading as much as you, but of course, deciding on the book to give can be a tricky process. What sort of stories do they like? Are they open to something new, or do they […]

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

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 […]

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Reading Rock Stars Houston Authors

We are excited to announce our new schools for Reading Rockstars Houston! The 2017 schools are Blackshear, Cunningham, Kashmere Garden, and Port Houston. Every school is a Title I public elementary school, and the program has been made possible with the incredible work from the classroom teachers and school librarian. The Texas Book Festival’s Reading […]

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Educator Sessions at TBF

We’ve put together special sessions at this year’s Texas Book Festival with a focus on the interests of teachers, librarians and educators and the task of teaching students about our ever-changing world through literature. These sessions are free and open to the public. In addition to these conversations, we hope you’ll join us in our […]

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¡AHORA SÍ! TENT

The Texas Book Festival is excited to once again partner with ¡Ahora Sí!, the Austin American-Statesman’s Spanish language newspaper, to present the Ahora Sí Tent. The Ahora Sí Tent, located on Congress Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets, is home to bilingual programming for children and adults and conversations about Latinx culture. The mornings begin with readings from children’s books; […]

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Up Your Alley: Genre Fiction at TBF 2017

Romance, crime fiction, science fiction, horror; if genre is your alley, we have sessions at this year’s Texas Book Festival for you to check out and authors you have to meet. Take a look and plan your schedule for the November 4-5 Texas Book Festival Weekend!    SCI FI / FANTASY Afrofuturism: 2017 Nicky Drayden […]

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Kids On Congress! Activities for the Whole Family

With the launch of the Next Chapter Tent, our brand new dedicated spot for middle grade panels, we’re officially launching Kids On Congress, a stupendous avenue packed with sessions and activities for young readers at the 2017 Texas Book Festival! From picture books to chapter books to YA, and with entertainment and activities to keep […]

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Elizabeth St. Cafe Cookbook Brunch Party Oct 28!

Elizabeth Street Café Cookbook Launch and Brunch Party! Saturday, October 28, 11:30AM and 1:15PM Elizabeth Street Café / South First Street / Austin Join Texas Book Festival and Elizabeth Street Café for the launch of the Elizabeth Street Cafe cookbook (Phaidon)! We’ll celebrate the beautiful new cookbook by ESC founders Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman at the […]

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Announcing the 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest Winners

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 […]

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Books Going to the Movies: Young Adult Galore!

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 […]

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September Book Club

It might still feel like summer in Texas, but the school year is now in full swing. Our picks for September are back-to-school reads of all levels, showing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re starting middle school or your freshman year at Harvard – starting a new school  year can be exciting, stressful, mysterious, and […]

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Reading Our State: Dallas

—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 […]

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Ways to Help After Hurricane Harvey

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 […]

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2017 TBF Confirmed Appearances

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  […]

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

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, […]

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Sisters First at Texas Book Festival!

  WHO: Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush WHAT: Sisters First Tour! WHERE: Texas Book Festival WHEN: Saturday, November 4 at 10:00AM Book Tickets for this session are SOLD OUT. Some seating will be available for the general public on a first come, first serve basis. General public seating will open at 9:50AM, after all Book Ticket holders […]

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TBF Does Back to School with El Mundo!

We’re getting excited to get back to school in the next few weeks! For us here at the Texas Book Festival it means the Festival is getting close and we have a new year of Reading Rock Stars to get ready for.  We’re planning, organizing and ready for a new year. It’s a good time […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival Reveals Their Official 2017 Author Lineup!

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 […]

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August Book Club

We are only six months into 2017 and it has already been a banner year for poetry. Debut authors and veteran poets alike have made the beginning half of this year sparkle and pop with their vivid and unique language. There’s a certain angle at which that these poets look at the world that will […]

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TBF Team Summer Reads: the pets edition

One thing we all have in common here at Texas Book Festival is, of course, our love of books. Despite how much we read and talk about books on a daily basis, we never quite get tired of it. Whether we’re eagerly cracking open a brand-new title or diving back into a long-time favorite, we love […]

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Reading Our State: A Literary Tour of Texas

—written by TBF intern Emily Vernon Place serves as a powerful connector in literature; whether it allows you to identify with the characters or teaches you about a new city or culture, it’s undeniable that setting contributes greatly to the reader’s experience. At the very least, it’s exciting to read about a place you’re familiar […]

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2017 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup: Sneak Peek

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 […]

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Bring Your Books! Help US Support Manor ISD’s Summer Library Project

Manor was once characterized as a sleepy town east of Austin, famed for its racetrack that once hosted a Grateful Dead concert. Now the city, just like Austin,  is booming: in 2000 there were just 1,204 residents, but the projections forecast more than 10,300 people will live there by 2020.   Manor ISD is growing […]

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2017 Texas Teen Book Festival Keynotes

The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2017 keynote authors! “TTBF 2017 is shaping up to be amazing!” says Festival Director Shawn Mauser. “I could hardly keep the keynote news to myself. Connecting teens with authors they love is the core of what we do. We’re thrilled to give Texas teens the opportunity to […]

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TBF + SoulCycle Charity Ride: Sign Up Today!

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 […]

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Our 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest is now open!

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 […]

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2017 Texas Book Festival Dates!

Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 Texas Book Festival! Join us on the Texas State Capitol grounds in downtown Austin for the 22nd annual Texas Book Festival on November 4-5, 2017! 2016 was a record-setting year for the Texas Book Festival. We welcomed 300 authors and 50,000 attendees in our biggest celebration of books, literacy and […]

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Our Favorite Reads of 2016

Reading makes us feel fancy. 2016. Oh, 2016. We have a lot of memories, a lot of feelings, and, most importantly, we have a lot of books we’ve read. As we say farewell to a wild and crazy twelve months on planet Earth, TBF staff and members of our selection committee have taken a moment to […]

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