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2015 Festival Media Coverage Roundup

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, […]

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TX Book Fest 2015 chock-full of free family fun

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 […]

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¡Ahora Si! Tent

We invite everyone to join us in the new ¡Ahora Si! Program Tent, located on west of the Capitol on Colorado Street at 12th Street. Some sessions will be presented in Spanish, such as Invisible y sin fronteras, with authors Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Javier Auyero, and Ricardo Ainslie, writers tackling issues of race and place through different genres, as they engage in a […]

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Music at the Festival

A Festival in Austin needs music, and this year we have an excellent lineup of live music and books about music. Local musicians, authors, and rock legends will be at the Festival on stage and in sessions. Welcome to Austin, Live Music Capital of the World!   Music Connections From Katheryn Russell Brown’s children’s book Little […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival Announcements!

YA fans rejoice! The Texas Teen Book Festival (TTBF) schedule is now available! Check out the schedule here. See you September 26th at St. Edward’s University! The Texas Teen Book Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, a highly anticipated annual event in the young adult literature world, drawing some […]

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Festival Afterglow: C-SPAN 2/BookTV

The C-SPAN 2/BookTV tent featured authors discussing timely and compelling topics, of both local and national interest. We’re so glad that these sessions are available to watch either again or for the first time on BookTV. To see the BookTV sessions from the 2014 Festival, go to the C-SPAN 2/BookTV website.   Here are a few of our favorites: […]

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2015 TBF Merchandise

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 […]

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Schedule Updates!

We want to make sure you have the most up to date schedule information, and as we near the Festival, unexpected schedule changes occur. All schedule changes will be listed on our Schedule Updates page. Our online schedule will also be updated as needed.

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

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 […]

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The Fantastic Kent Cummins

“The Fantastic Kent Cummins” and “The Amazing Adele” will bring the Austin Public Library Celebrity READ poster to life in this action-packed magic show that celebrates reading. They call their program, “The Magic of Books.” Souvenirs will be available to buy after the show. Check out Kent Cummins at the Children’s Entertainment Tent at 10 […]

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Get a Free Ride to the Texas Book Festival with Uber

  Uber and Texas Book Festival have partnered to make getting to and from this year’s event easy! The Book Festival will receive a percentage of proceeds on every new ride. So using UBER helps keep the Fest free! Sign up with the code TXBOOKFEST for a free ride.

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Step Into Another World (sponsored post)

Download TooFar Media’s unique apps that combine literary fiction, original music and stunning visual art. These immersive story experiences pioneer unseen worlds and enchant readers with visionary landscapes. Challenge yourself to multimedia storytelling that will leave you wanting more.   Gratis for Texas Book Festival readers!

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20th anniversary Texas Book Fest schedule!

Oct. 17 and 18 at the State Capitol; free and open to the public The 20th anniversary Texas Book Festival schedule released today includes the largest number of authors in its history (more than 300), dozens of author panels and readings, two days of live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, Lit Crawl Austin, and more. […]

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Festival Friends Pass Sessions

The Festival Friends Pass is how we say thank you to all the generous $100+ donors who help keep the Festival free and open to the public.  Festival Friends Pass allows you, plus one guest, priority line access at designated Festival Friends Pass sessions and signings. Check out all the 2015 Festival Friends Pass sessions below, and it’s […]

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Yoga with Authors!

Saturday, October 17th, 8-9 a.m. Meet at Congress and 11th Street. For the first time, you will be able to practice yoga with Festival authors Neal Pollack, Catherine Lacey, Elisa Albert, and Meera Subramnian at the Capitol! Partnering with Modo Yoga Austin, the first twenty people who register can join a Saturday morning class on the […]

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Media Coverage Roundup: 2015 Author Announcement

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 […]

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300 authors coming to 2015 TX Book Fest

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. […]

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

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, […]

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The 2015 Festival Poster

Celebrating the Culture of Literacy, Ideas, and  Imagination On Thursday, July 16th, we unveiled the official 20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival poster, which features the work of artist Fatima Ronquillo. Ronquillo is a self-taught painter whose classical imagery is inspired by literature, theatre, and opera, evoking a world of serenity and charm. Her intimate works […]

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Festival Friends Pass

A Festival Friends Pass is our way of saying thank you to the people who support the Festival financially. Generous Friends of the Festival help keep the Festival free for 40,000 attendees! As a non-profit organization, the Texas Book Festival depends on these contributions, and this is our small way of showing our gratitude. If you donate […]

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Library Grant Winners Announced

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 […]

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2015 Festival Dates Announced

Mark your calendar and make way for the Texas Book Festival’s 20th anniversary! More than 250 authors will invade the city of Austin at the TXBOOKFEST  on October 17  & 18th, 2015.

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Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

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, […]

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10 Festival Recap Stories We Love

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 […]

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Food at the 2014 Fest

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 […]

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Literary mayhem: Lit Crawl

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 […]

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Schedule Changes

With more than 280 authors, a few things are bound to change. Stay up-to-date with the changes on our Festival updates page. The web and mobile app schedule will always be the most up-to-date. The Statesman print schedule is terrific to hold in your hands and it is 98% correct — just note that any schedule […]

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Music highlights at the Fest

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 […]

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Download the 2014 Official TxBookFest Mobile App Now!

The 2014 Festival mobile app will give you maps, up-to-date schedule information, and allow you to bookmark the sessions you don’t want to miss. Download the new app now                Android       iPhone

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Fast Pass Sessions Announced!

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 […]

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2014 Schedule announced!

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 […]

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Bike with Authors!

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 […]

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Kayak with Festival Authors!

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 […]

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Festival Authors on Demand

Want more Festival authors on demand? We’ve got you covered! Check out the videos below and get to know some of our featured authors before the Fest! Experience Shannon Galpin’s inspirational work in Afghanistan in this video. Galpin works to empower women through her non-profit organization, Mountain2Mountain. You go girl!   Watch Mira Jacobs, author […]

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Media Buzz surrounding the 2014 Author Lineup

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 […]

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Gala Afterparty – Cocktails with the Authors!

  We’re excited to announce that, for the first time, the Texas Book Festival is hosting an Afterparty after our Gala. Our official welcome to all 285 Festival authors, the Afterparty will be your opportunity to mingle with your favorite writers over cocktails and late night snacks. Tickets are only $75. Register now!

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Author lineup announced for TX Book Fest

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, […]

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Vote For Us: Austin’s Best Festival!

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 […]

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Volunteer at the Texas Book Festival

Want to experience the Festival in a new way? Sign up to be a volunteer! You can volunteer a little or a lot! Don’t take our word for it though; see what our volunteers are saying: There’s many reasons why I enjoy volunteering for TBF, but I think the biggest reason is to feel the […]

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2014 Festival Poster and Eight Great Authors

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 […]

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Take Our Survey!

We want your take on our annual Festival! Answer our survey, and help us continue to improve your Texas Book Festival experience.  

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With back-to-back festivals, books are bigger in Texas!

Texas Book Festival, Oct. 25-26 Texas Teen Book Festival, Oct. 18   The Texas Book Festival will be held Oct. 25 and 26 in 2014, and for the first time, will be “bookended” by the newly-named Texas Teen Book Festival on Oct. 18.   The Texas Teen Book Festival is one of the largest of its […]

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Festival and Gala Photo Galleries!

View photos from the 2013 Texas Book Festival, First Edition Literary Gala, and Lit Crawl Austin! 2013 Festival and Gala Photo Galleries

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Festival recap from the literary director

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 […]

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Texas Bluebonnet Award list announced

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 […]

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Rave Reviews for Texas Book Festival 2013

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! […]

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Family fun at the Festival!

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 […]

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Literary Death Match 2013!

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 […]

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Sunday Texas Book Festival Music Tent Lineup!

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 […]

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

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. […]

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