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Holiday Shopping Ideas

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 […]

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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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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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Festival Afterglow: Kirkus Interview with Tavis Smiley

The 2014 Festival has ended, but there’s still so much for to hear, see and read! Kirkus Editor Clay Smith interviews Festival author Tavis Smiley about his book Death of a King. Smiley recounts the last year of Martin Luther King, Jr’s life, including the tribulations and the triumphs.

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Meet this year’s Reading Rock Stars – Houston Authors!

On Tuesday, December 2nd, nine authors from across the country will present their works in our first annual Reading Rock Stars – Houston program! Three elementary schools in Houston will receive a set of books for each school’s library and each student who participates will be given an autographed copy of the author’s book. The Houston program is […]

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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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Family Fun at the Book Fest

For families, everything we offer at the Festival looks, smells, and tastes like free fun—stories read by the actual authors of favorite picture books, DIY craft activities, a kids’ storybook fashion show, and more! We always aim for our children’s programming to be as fun and energetic as possible, but our ultimate goal is more […]

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Meet this year’s Reading Rock Stars-Austin Authors!

On Friday, October 24th, the day before the Texas Book Festival Weekend, authors from across the country will present their works in our six Reading Rock Stars elementary schools in Austin, thanks to generous support from H-E-B’s Tournament of Champions, the Wright Family Foundation, and the ECG Foundation. Each child receives an autographed copy of […]

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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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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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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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Texas Teen Book Festival Schedule Released

Librarian and Texas Teen Book Festival founder Heather Schubert says, “This year’s festival is THE one to attend.” Looking at the full lineup of authors and the  newly released  schedule, we couldn’t agree more! Two of the most-anticipated headliners are James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner; and Lauren Oliver, creator of the bestselling Delirium […]

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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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The Lineup

Mark your calendars! The author lineup will be posted on our website the night of  Wednesday, September 10th. We think it’s a stellar list, but we want to know what you think. So put those bedtime stories on the shelf for one night and  join your fellow book nerds in conversation using our hashtag: #txbookfest.

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Grant Spotlight: The George Washington Carver Library

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 […]

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Austin Writers Sarah Bird and Natalia Sylvester Share Summer Reading Ideas

Natalia Sylvester I’ve been told I like sad books, but I like to think of them as beautiful stories about the depths of the human spirit. The latest of this type of book that has me mesmerized is Jessica Null Vealitzek’s debut novel, The Rooms Are Filled. Set in the 80s, it’s the story of […]

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

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 […]

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Thanks for Attending!

Thanks for attending the 2014 TXBOOKFEST! We hope you had a fantastic time connecting with your favorite authors and discovering some new ones. See you next year! We do not know our 2015 dates yet, but will post it as soon as we do!

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Literary Death Match 2014 Recap

We decided to mix things up for the 2014 Literary Death Match session. Previously held during the Festival, this year was the first time for Literary Death Match to take place during our nighttime Lit Crawl Austin–an annual literary pub crawl, co-produced by the Texas Book Festival and Litquake Foundation, that features some of America’s most groundbreaking writers onstage at East Austin […]

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TBF Cheat Sheet

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 […]

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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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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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Keeping Up with Laura Bush

Nearly twenty years since launching the Texas Book Festival, Honorary Chair Laura Bush is as passionate as ever in her quest to champion literacy. When the TBF was established, the goal was to celebrate authors and exceptional literature while raising money for Texas public libraries. Staying true to this philosophy after departing the Texas Capitol, […]

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Kayak with Festival Authors!

*UPDATE – Complimentary kayak rentals are full, but you are welcome to book a kayak for $10 and get in on the fun! Call  Congress Avenue Kayaks at 512-809-8916 to secure your spot.   Festival authors Shannon Galpin (Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan) and Jake Halpern […]

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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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You’re booked September 23rd!

Who: You, yeah, you! What: Percentage of all sales benefiting the Texas Teen Book Festival  Where: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78703 When: All day, September 23, 2014   On September 23rd, BookPeople will be donating a portion of sales to the Texas Teen Book Festival to keep the festival free and open to […]

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Top Independent Bookstores in Austin

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 […]

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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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Best of Austin Awards: Vote for Us

Austin Chronicle is now accepting ballots for its 2014 Best of Austin awards. Please consider voting for us in the best annual festival category. Ballots must be submitted online by Monday, July 21.  Click here to vote. Thank you!

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Father’s Day Book Recommendations

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 […]

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Shop for a Cause – June 21 & 22

 Thanks for coming out and shopping for our cause! June 21st and 22nd Starling Eyewear donated 15% of all sales made at their pop-up trailer at The Domain Austin (near Sur La Table) to the Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars  signature literacy program. Starling Eyewear, a stylish line of readers, sun readers and sunglasses founded by husband-and-wife duo […]

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Your Favorite Authors Suggest Summer Reading Titles

J. Courtney Sullivan Love, Nina: Last summer, while on book tour, I took along an early copy of Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe. It’s a collection of letters that the author wrote to her sister while working as a nanny in London in the eighties. I was interested mainly because I myself was a nanny in London […]

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Grant Spotlight: Kirbyville Public Library

The Kirbyville Public Library, one of the 19 amazing libraries we awarded grants to this year, is a shining example of the small, yet immensely important improvements libraries across Texas are able to make with our funds. Kirbyville, Texas is a mid-size city, situated 41 miles north of Beaumont and 107 miles northeast of Houston. We awarded the Kirbyville Public Library a collections enhancement grant of $2,338.67 […]

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What Your Child Should Read this Week

Celebrating its 95th year on May 12-18, Children’s Book Week is one of the longest-running literacy initiatives in the United States. Children’s Book Week is administered by the organization Every Child a Reader and sponsored by the Children’s Book Council. Check out celebrations near you. Don’t have time to attend an event? No problem!  Engage […]

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The Boy Made of Lightning Presentation by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez

The Boy Made of Lightning Presentation by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez, May 9 at 6:30 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Culture Center. May 9 was Willie Velasquez Day! In honor of this civil rights hero, the Texas Book Festival was proud to co-sponsor a free presentation of Barbara Renaud Gonzalez’s interactive children’s book with […]

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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 […]

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Elizabeth Crook at Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

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 […]

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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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Way Behind the Music

On Thursday, April 24 the Texas Book Festival and Lit Crawl Austin hosted Way Behind the Music at The North Door. Lit Crawl Austin added a major dose of humor to its offerings this year with a benefit performance of the comedy show “Way Behind the Music.” Lit Crawl Austin is produced in partnership with San […]

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Texas Book Festival Announces Library Grant Recipients

  Executive Director Lois Kim announced the Texas Book Festival library grant recipients on April 11, 2014 at the TLA conference in San Antonio. This year the Texas Book Festival granted $60,225 to Texas public libraries, for a total of over $2.6 million given since the program’s inception. Grants are given in three categories: Collection […]

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Roger Reeves, In Honor of Poetry Month

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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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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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 […]

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A Reading and Conversation with Philipp Meyer and Kevin Powers

A Reading and Conversation with Philipp Meyer and Kevin Powers, April 8 at Stateside at the Paramount. Join us for an evening with two of the hottest authors on the literary scene today— Philipp Meyer, author of novels American Rust and The Son, and Kevin Powers, author of the novel The Yellow Birds and the forthcoming poetry collection Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting. Both […]

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