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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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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 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!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bike through downtown Austin with a crew of literary greats. Cycling authors will be announced early-September! This event is not an author reading; it is an hour-long mini-tour that allow a group of readers to engage with authors in real-life conversations on a more personal level. Register below! The […]

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Kayak with Festival Authors!

  Join a few Festival authors (to be revealed in early-September!) 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 of readers to engage with authors in real-life conversations on a more personal […]

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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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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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