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2015 Reading Rock Star Authors Houston

The Texas Book Festival brings books to life for young readers through Reading Rock Stars, a dynamic program in which selected authors from across the country are invited to present their works to students in economically disadvantaged public schools. At the end of the presentations, each child receives an autographed copy of the book, and […]

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Poets & Writers Live is Coming to Austin

Start the New Year with a renewed commitment to your writing! Join Poets & Writers Live at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, for a day of creativity, community, and inspiration. The event will feature readings, craft talks, advice panels, Q&As, and some inspiring surprises. Featured writers will include: Ben Fountain, author of […]

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Literary Director Position Opening!

We are on the hunt for a new literary director! We are accepting qualified applicants through Monday, November 30. See the job posting and application directions here.      

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Dinner Lab with Magnus Nilsson

Acclaimed Swedish Chef Magnus Nilsson (of Faviken) will be coming to Austin to promote the release of The Nordic Cookbook on Wednesday November 18. Nilsson spent three years traveling around all seven Nordic countries compiling traditional home cooking recipes and the result is this comprehensive volume of over 700 recipes. The most detailed accounting of […]

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You’re Invited: An Evening with Karl Rove

Please join the Texas Book Festival and the LBJ Presidential Library on the evening of Tuesday, December 1, as we welcome Karl Rove to discuss his forthcoming book, The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters. One of the most seminal elections in history, McKinley’s 1896 victory revitalized the Republican party and established a governing […]

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Thank You for Making the 20th a Success!

The 20th Anniversary of the Texas Book Festival was an amazing success, thanks to the authors, sponsors, volunteers, and many other people behind the scenes. The Festival is a full year in the making, and we couldn’t do it without the hundreds of folks who dedicated their time, energy, and financial support because they share our […]

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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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2015 Reading Rock Stars Austin Recap

The stage is set. Musical notes hang from the ceiling. A backdrop of polka dots enhances the already colorful library. A table of brand-new, autographed books sit off to the left of the stage. PreK and kindergarten students wear polka dot stickers in anticipation for Eric Litwin’s presentation of The Nuts: Sing and Dance in […]

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Thanks for Attending the 20th Annual Texas Book Festival!

    Thanks to everyone who came out for the 20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival! We hope you enjoyed  all the sessions and activities.     We would love to have your feedback about your Festival experience this year! Take our Festival attendee survey.   Thank you and we will post our 2016 dates later […]

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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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2015 Reading Rock Star Authors Austin

The Texas Book Festival brings books to life for young readers through Reading Rock Stars, a dynamic program in which selected authors from across the country are invited to present their works to students in economically disadvantaged public schools. At the end of the presentations, each child receives an autographed copy of the book, and […]

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Shop at BookPeople August 24th

Let Your Inner Book Nerd Go Wild at BookPeople on Monday, August 24th On Monday, August 24th, BookPeople will donate a percentage of sales to the Texas Teen Book Festival to help keep the Festival free and open to the public! So head on over to BookPeople and buy those books on your Goodreads list; it’s […]

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20 Stories for 20 Years

Authors, librarians, teachers, and loyal Festival-goers have been submitting their stories to help us commemorate the Texas Book Festival’s 20th Anniversary!  Check back here to read our 20 stories, as we update until the Festival!   Julie Blackwell, 2011 The first year we went, we didn’t do much research about the book festival. We just […]

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Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Supports Reading Rock Stars!

Thank You to the Alamo Drafthouse!   In August, the Alamo Drafthouse supported our Reading Rock Stars program through the summer Kids Camp. A huge thank you to everyone at the Alamo Drafthouse, especially the Lakeline location, and to all the friends of the Festival that purchased tickets in August. All proceeds from those showings […]

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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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Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors

Thanks to our 2015 sponsors! You made our 20th anniversary one to remember!  

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Download the 2015 Mobile App

Want to stay connected? Be sure to download the Texas Book Festival’s mobile app. Use it as your on-hand guide to sessions, exhibitors, food vendors, maps, and more! You can also see what other people are raving about via social media at the Texas Book Fest by clicking the “social” button in the app. Some […]

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Complimentary Tickets to ROOM Screening

  Texas Book Festival in partnership with the Austin Film Society invites you and a guest to a special screening of ROOM.   SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 7:00PM   Followed by a Q&A with author, Emma Donoghue.   Marchesa Theatre 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd Austin, TX 78752 To get your complimentary tickets please sign up here. […]

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2015 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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Full Author Lineup Coming Soon

Stay tuned! Check our website Thursday, September 3rd after 8:00 p.m. for the full author list. Don’t forget to join the conversation by using our hashtag: #txbookfest.

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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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Spotlight on 2015 Library Grant Winners

This year, we gave grants to 34 Texas public libraries totaling more than $75K. Feedback from the librarians and local communities has been overwhelmingly positive. We wanted to highlight a few of the success stories: Hillsboro City Library, Marshall Public Library, Coleman Public Library, and Abilene Public Library-South Branch. Below, you can read about the […]

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. Your mother loves to read, but already owns every Jane Austen novel and secretly borrowed Fifty Shades of Gray from the library. This guide, culled from our recent featured Festival authors, should satisfy the cool moms on your list.   For the mother who loves sci-fi: Emily St. John […]

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Lunch with H.W. Brands

Literary Lunch with H.W. Brands, author of Reagan: The Life,  June 2nd at Westwood Country Club. We are excited to extend this exclusive Literary Lunch to friends of the Texas Book Festival.   Literary Lunch with H.W. Brands Westwood Country Club (3808 W 35th, Austin, TX 78703) Tuesday, June 2nd $36 per person 11:15 am Registration […]

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El día de los niños, el día de los libros

El día de los niños, El día de los libros or Children’s Day, Book Day (also known as Día) celebrates children, families, and reading. Día is celebrated April 30th nation-wide, reinforcing the importance of literacy for children of all cultures and linguistic backgrounds. Learn more about Día. How can you celebrate Día? The American Library Association has […]

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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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Art and Evidence of the Civil Rights Movement

Join the LBJ library, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Briscoe Center, and the Texas Book Festival for a conversation on the civil rights movement on Wednesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium. Library Director Mark Updegrove will be signing copies of his new book, Destiny of Democracy . The book signing […]

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Author Reading: David Heymann @ Blue Willow Book Shop

What: David Heymann will discuss and sign his book, MY BEAUTIFUL CITY AUSTIN. When: Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm Where: Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079 Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet David Heymann for book personalization, please purchase MY BEAUTIFUL CITY AUSTIN from Blue Willow Bookshop. […]

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Down in the Valley: Reading Rock Stars Recap

First and second grade students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary stand in line thumbing through their brand new books.  Students were just handed their very own autographed copy of I Pledge Allegiance by the authors, Libby Martinez and Pat Mora.  The kids point at the illustrations and chat with their neighbors about the book. There is a sense […]

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TBF’s Black History Month Reading List

February is Black History Month, and we have selected a few of our favorite authors to start your reading list.    In Fire Shut Up in My Bones, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the rich poetry of the out-of-time Louisiana town where he grew up — a place where slavery’s legacy felt close, reverberating […]

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TBF <3s Indies: the Remix

The second annual TBF <3s Indies party is just around the corner!   Join the Texas Book Fest in celebrating 10 Austin-based independent literary publishers: There will be literary swag, raffle prizes, and meet-and-greets with local indies including NANO Fiction, A Strange Object/Covered with Fur, American Short Fiction, Fields, Smoking Glue Gun, Write Bloody Now, Bat […]

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Meet Our Reading Rock Star Authors for March!

On Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, 2015, six authors from across the country will present their works in our annual Reading Rock Stars – Rio Grande Valley program! Elementary schools in Pharr, Mission, Edinburg, and McAllen will receive a set of books for each school’s library and each student who participates will be given an autographed copy of […]

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Class Act: HSPVA creative writing students host Festival authors

At the Texas Book Festival, we love introducing young minds to new ideas and authors. It’s so rewarding for us when introductions made at our Festival inspire classroom curriculum and give birth to lasting, flourishing literary relationships. Students in the creative writing program at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston take […]

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Q&A with debut author Mary Helen Specht

Austin’s own Mary Helen Specht talks with our literary director Steph Opitz about research, being a tortoise (not a hare), and the dangers of having an agenda with her debut novel Migratory Animals. Specht’s gorgeous work about college friends who’ve found themselves 10 or so years later at various points of adulthood is equal parts heartwarming and […]

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Q&A with Amanda Eyre Ward

Our literary director Steph Opitz sits down with novelist Amanda Eyre Ward to talk about her latest novel The Same Sky (on sale January 20th). The Same Sky follows two women, Carla and Alice, on opposite sides of the Texas border. Carla, a young Honduran girl, is desperate to get to her family in the United States, […]

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Literary Lunch with Amanda Eyre Ward

Literary Lunch with Amanda Eyre Ward, author of The Same Sky,  Thursday, January 22nd at Westwood Country Club. We are excited to extend this exclusive Literary Lunch to friends of the Texas Book Festival. Reserve now for the lunch, and join the literary conversation about The Same Sky, released January 20th! Literary Lunch with Amanda Eyre Ward Westwood […]

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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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Happy Holidays, Happy Reading

With the passing of Thanksgiving, it’s safe to say that the holidays are here. Looking to for some literary entertainment for the little ones? Austin: Check out BookPeople’s storytime Christmas Classics on December 23, featuring a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, and Barnes & Noble’s Hanukkah Storytime on December 14, […]

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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: 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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Reading Rock Stars 2014 – Houston Authors!

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 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 […]

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