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Recap: Reading Rock Stars Rio Grande Valley

Reading Rock Stars in the Rio Grande Valley was a huge success this year. In one school, children made puppets of rabbits and coyotes (Duncan Tonatiuh’s Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote). In another, halls were decorated with children’s art and writing projects tied to the authors’ books, brightly displaying everything from photos of 4th and 5th graders cracking […]

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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 […]

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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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Playlist for the 2013 Texas Book Festival

For the first time ever before, we have put together a playlist of music by and/or about Texans for you to listen to between books while you prepare for the 2013 Texas Book Festival, which takes place in the live music capitol of the world. Created by literary director Steph Opitz, with help and input from […]

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What I’m Reading: Michael Fracasso, Festival Musician

I played a gig at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City recently where I had my first gig in 1979 and was part of the village folk scene that culminated in a recording, The Songwriters Exchange (1981 – Stash Records). After the show, the owner Robin Hirsch wanted to trade books: my cookbook […]

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Texas Book Festival Food Guide is Here!

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 […]

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New at the Fest: TMBBQ ‘Cue Court

    Attention BBQ hounds. Missed out on buying your tickets to the now sold-out TMBBQ Fest? Now you can eat barbecue at the Texas Book Festival at the new TMBBQ ’Cue Court brought to you by Texas Monthly. The TMBBQ ’Cue Court is located at Congress and 9th Street all day Saturday and Sunday of […]

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Coming to the Fest: Entertainment for the All Ages

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 […]

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Lit Crawl! R.L. Stine Spooks at the Texas State Cemetery

Bestselling Midsummer Night’s Scream author R.L. Stine joins up with Good Night Zombie (Scary Tales) author James Preller for a Lit Crawl event that will give you goosebumps. Creep over to the cemetery for Ghosts in the Graveyard, and bring a flashlight! Where: Texas State Cemetery (909 Navasota St.) When: Saturday, October 26 8:00 – […]

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The Capitol Rules! And the Capitol Rules.

It’s a privilege that the Book Festival has been able to hold sessions in the Capitol since the Book Festival began in 1996.

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Getting ready for the Fest: books, books, books!

Americans buy approximately five million books a day. One hundred twenty-five new titles are published every day. In America, we buy 57 books per second. The weekend of October 26th-27th, this number will dramatically increase. How do I know? I am the chair for the Adult/Teen Bookselling Tent at the Texas Book Festival. Each year, I watch the books fly out of our tent to be signed by the creative minds that wrote them, patiently waiting in the Signing Tent next door. Read more.

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Children’s Chapter Area Sponsored by HEB

Sponsored by HEB, the Children’s Chapter Area is the perfect place to introduce your kids to the magic of discovering books through story readings, storytime characters, and fun activities.

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