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Texas Writer Award: Dan Rather

  The Texas Writer Award is given by the Texas Book Festival to a Texas writer in recognition of outstanding contributions to Texas literature. The award recipient is honored at the Texas Book Festival. Recipients include Robert Caro, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Tim O’Brien, Sandra Cisneros, and many others. We are honored to announce that the […]

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Educator Sessions at TBF

We’ve put together special sessions at this year’s Texas Book Festival with a focus on the interests of teachers, librarians and educators and the task of teaching students about our ever-changing world through literature. These sessions are free and open to the public. In addition to these conversations, we hope you’ll join us in our […]

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¡AHORA SÍ! TENT

The Texas Book Festival is excited to once again partner with ¡Ahora Sí!, the Austin American-Statesman’s Spanish language newspaper, to present the Ahora Sí Tent. The Ahora Sí Tent, located on Congress Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets, is home to bilingual programming for children and adults and conversations about Latinx culture. The mornings begin with readings from children’s books; […]

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C-Span2 Book TV Tent Schedule

  Once again, we’re happy to partner with C-Span/Book TV to provide live-streams of interesting and intriguing conversations that discuss hot-topics in current political debates. This year, we have a variety of issues being talked about, including climate change, marriage equality, the changes in the tech industry, the connection between crime and the US border […]

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Literary Death Match Austin!

We’re amped to bring Literary Death Match back to Lit Crawl Austin! Join us on Saturday, November 4 at 7:00pm at the North Door (501 Brushy Street) when four authors and three all-star judges come together for the ultimate literary showdown. Doors are at 6:30pm; suggested donation of $10. Copies of the participants’ books will be available […]

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Central Market Cooking Tent

Central Market hosts a notable array of award winning culinary authors and chefs in the Central Market Cooking Tent. Get drawn in by the delicious smells and stay for the demonstrations, discussions and signings. Check out the schedule below to see who will present in this year’s Central Market Cooking Tent. Cookbooks will be available […]

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2017 Antone’s Music Stage

For the first time ever, Antone’s brings their iconic blues and rock style to the Festival’s Music Tent! Make sure to catch a set (or several) at the Antone’s Stage on 11th Street and Colorado Street.   2017 Antone’s Stage Schedule   Saturday, November 4  11:00 am – Brad Stivers 12:00 pm – Lindsay Beaver […]

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Book Drive For Libraries Affected by Harvey!

Help us reach our donation goal of 1,500 books to rebuild libraries in Houston and the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Harvey! During the November 4-5 Festival Weekend, make a $15 donation at a register in a BookPeople Book Sales Tent that buys a book for our Reading Rock Stars students in Houston. For each book […]

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Book Club Guide to Texas Book Fest

Calling all book clubs! The Texas Book Festival is a great opportunity to discover your group’s next big read and to meet the authors you’ve been reading and discussing all year. This year, we’ve curated several sessions with book clubs in mind. Of course, we hope you’ll join us at EVERY session this year (and […]

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YA Lit at Texas Book Festival

YA Authors at the Texas Book Festival The YA HQ Tent at Texas Book Festival is back for its second year and packed with YA authors you don’t want to miss! We’ve put together a YA Buzz Books panel with authors you need to know now, including Nic Stone and Brandy Colbert; a conversation with rock […]

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Texas Forever: Lone Star Authors at TBF

The Texas Tent Located on Congress Avenue at 8th Street, the Texas Tent will host conversations about everything from Austin dance halls to Texas music and sports, to the Lone Star state as literary inspiration, and more. Check out the full Texas Tent schedule, which includes sessions with David Courtney, Nate Blakeslee, Kinky Friedman, Deanne […]

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Up Your Alley: Genre Fiction at TBF 2017

Romance, crime fiction, science fiction, horror; if genre is your alley, we have sessions at this year’s Texas Book Festival for you to check out and authors you have to meet. Take a look and plan your schedule for the November 4-5 Texas Book Festival Weekend!    SCI FI / FANTASY Afrofuturism: 2017 Nicky Drayden […]

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Kids On Congress! Activities for the Whole Family

With the launch of the Next Chapter Tent, our brand new dedicated spot for middle grade panels, we’re officially launching Kids On Congress, a stupendous avenue packed with sessions and activities for young readers at the 2017 Texas Book Festival! From picture books to chapter books to YA, and with entertainment and activities to keep […]

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2017 Texas Book Festival Kick-Off Party!

We’re kicking off the 2017 Texas Book Festival the only way we know how – with a big party! Join us at Antone’s Night Club  as we eat, drink and revel in bookish merriment with 2017 Festival authors and book lovers. We’ll kick off the big Festival Weekend in classic Austin style with a celebration […]

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Have Brunch with Gail Simmons

  The Texas Book Festival is pleased to present a special opportunity to sit down and dine with culinary expert Gail Simmons. Join us at Olamaie on Sunday, November 5 at 11:00am when Chef Michael Fojtasek, one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs”, presents a three course brunch based Simmon’s cookbook, Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous […]

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Have Brunch with Mark Bittman

Texas Book Festival is pleased to present a special opportunity to sit down and dine with acclaimed food journalist, Mark Bittman. Join us at Emmer & Rye on Saturday, November 4 at 11:00am for a three course brunch based on Bittman’s seminal cookbook, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition. Tickets cost $150 and include a […]

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Announcing the 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest Winners

In partnership with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, and support from AT&T, the Texas Book Festival is proud to announce the 2017 winners of the Fresh Ink Fiction Contest! These young writers showcased their literary promise with a work of original fiction based on our theme for 2017, “Funny Running Into You Here.” These nine winners come from […]

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Tom Hanks at the Texas Book Festival

WHO: Tom Hanks WHAT: In Conversation with Lawrence Wright about Uncommon Type WHERE: Texas Book Festival; First Baptist Church WHEN: Saturday, November 4 at 4:30PM Tickets now available and include a signed book! Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.   We are thrilled to announce that, sponsored by Texas Capital Bank, we’ll welcome actor Tom Hanks to the 2017 […]

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Pre-Order Signed Festival Books!

Can’t make it to this year’s Texas Book Festival? Or worried you won’t make it to every signing? (There will only be about, oh, 300 of them…..) You can now pre-order signed copies of select Festival titles via BookPeople! A portion of each sale supports the Texas Book Festival. BookPeople ships worldwide. If you’re in […]

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2017 Festival Friends Pass Sessions!

We’re happy to announce this year’s featured Festival Friends Pass authors! Friends Pass holders enjoy priority seating and spots in the signing line at select sessions and signings throughout the Festival Weekend. The Festival Friends Pass is our way of saying thank you to people who support the Texas Book Festival. Friends Pass donations help […]

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2017 First Edition Literary Gala Authors!

  We are thrilled to announce the 2017 First Edition Literary Gala authors! Join us at the Gala for a night of excellent literary programming, and then find these authors at their panels throughout the Festival weekend. On Friday, November 3, we will celebrate and support literacy in Texas at the Gala with acclaimed authors Walter Isaacson, Min […]

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Reading Rock Stars in Houston

On December 1, the Texas Book Festival will be in Houston for Reading Rock Stars. Currently, we are scheduled to bring six authors to Blackshear, Kashmere Gardens, Port Houston, and Cunningham elementary schools. We do not know the conditions of these schools, but we do know that many teachers, families and local resources are suffering and have […]

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Ways to Help After Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has brutally devastated the Houston area and Texas’s Gulf Coast, and many of us are looking hopelessly at pictures from friends and media, wondering what on earth we can possibly do. Thousands of our neighbors have been left without food or shelter and have experienced a catastrophic event almost entirely unprecedented in the […]

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Dan Rather at the Texas Book Festival!

  WHO: Dan Rather WHAT: In Conversation with Evan Smith about What Unites Us WHERE: Texas Book Festival WHEN: Saturday, November 4 at 12:00PM Book Tickets for this session are SOLD OUT. A limited number of open seating will be available to the public on a first come, first serve basis. General seating will open at 11:50AM. Copies of What […]

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2017 TBF Confirmed Appearances

The Festival Weekend (November 4-5) will be here before we know it, and we’ll announce our full author and presenter lineup in September! Here’s a running list of the authors and illustrators we have already announced will be appearing at the 2017 Texas Book Festival (check back for updates):   Dan Rather – What Unites Us  […]

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Sisters First at Texas Book Festival!

  WHO: Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush WHAT: Sisters First Tour! WHERE: Texas Book Festival WHEN: Saturday, November 4 at 10:00AM Book Tickets for this session are SOLD OUT. Some seating will be available for the general public on a first come, first serve basis. General public seating will open at 9:50AM, after all Book Ticket holders […]

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Announcing Our New Partnership: Texas Book Festival + BookPeople

BookPeople to Serve as the Official Bookseller for The Texas Book Festival Weekend and Year-Round Events   We’re pleased to announce that BookPeople, Texas’s leading independent bookstore, will serve as the official and main bookseller for the Texas Book Festival. BookPeople will partner with TBF year-round as the bookseller for literary events, including the 2017 […]

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2017 Book Ticket Sessions

This year, we offered Book Tickets to Festival sessions with authors Dan Rather, Tom Hanks, and the Bush sisters. Book Tickets for all three sessions are sold out. If you purchased a Book Ticket to any of these sessions, look for an email with more info about priority seating and your signed copy of the book […]

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Brunch with the Authors

Texas Book Festival is pleased to present two separate, special opportunities to sit down and have brunch with acclaimed authors and food writers during the Festival Weekend! Bestselling author and food journalist Mark Bittman will be at Emmer & Rye on Saturday, November 4. Top Chef star and chef Gail Simmons will be at Olamaie on Sunday, November 5. […]

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Reading Rock Stars Austin 2017

It’s time for another round of Reading Rock Stars in Austin! The Texas Book Festival brings books to life through Reading Rock Stars, a program that brings author and illustrators from across the country into Title I schools to present their picture books and novels. After each presentation, every single student receives a copy of the presenting […]

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Children’s Activity Tent Schedule 2017

We are happy to announce the featured organizations at our Children’s Activity Tent for this year’s Festival! The tent will include a wide variety of crafts and fun, from monster bookmarks to light up picture frames and much more! We encourage everyone to bring your creative spirit and stop by to work with as many […]

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Children’s Entertainment Tent Schedule 2017

Who doesn’t love to be entertained?! This year’s Festival includes a wide vareity of performances for kids in our Children’s Entertainment Tent. Be prepared to learn while also having lots of fun! Make sure to bring your dancing shoes for our bands, including the University of Texas at Austin Mariachi Ensemble. We’re also looking forward […]

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Tom Hanks Ticket Giveaway!

UPDATE: The winners have been drawn! Thank you to everyone who entered!   We are so excited to welcome Tom Hanks to the 2017 Texas Book Festival in Austin on November 4! This is your chance to win tickets for this SOLD OUT event! Thanks to event sponsor, Texas Capital Bank, we have two pairs of tickets […]

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JUST ADDED: Luvvie Ajayi at TBF!

We’re excited to announce we’ve added-winning writer and 13-year blogging veteran Luvvie Ajayi as one of the featured authors at the 2017 Texas Book Festival!  Join us on Saturday, November 4 at 10:00AM when Luvvie (known to her legion of Twitter fans as @Luvvie) speaks about and signs her bestselling book, I’m Judging You: The Do Better […]

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2017 Activities with the Authors!

  Enjoy the great outdoors (and indoors!) with our authors on Saturday and Sunday morning before the Festival festivities begin! UPDATE: Yoga at the Capitol has been moved to Sunday morning at 8:30am. There’s nothing quite like stretching and getting some fresh air on a crisp fall morning in Austin. We’re so grateful to our […]

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Elizabeth St. Cafe Cookbook Brunch Party Oct 28!

Elizabeth Street Café Cookbook Launch and Brunch Party! Saturday, October 28, 11:30AM and 1:15PM Elizabeth Street Café / South First Street / Austin Join Texas Book Festival and Elizabeth Street Café for the launch of the Elizabeth Street Cafe cookbook (Phaidon)! We’ll celebrate the beautiful new cookbook by ESC founders Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman at the […]

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Books Going to the Movies: Young Adult Galore!

The young adult book market is growing; according to The Balance the “number of young adult titles published more than doubled in the decade between 2002 and 2012.” With such a fast growing market, it’s clear why movie developers are rushing to grab young adult novels for movie adaptations. The books featured below are dealing with […]

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September Book Club

It might still feel like summer in Texas, but the school year is now in full swing. Our picks for September are back-to-school reads of all levels, showing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re starting middle school or your freshman year at Harvard – starting a new school  year can be exciting, stressful, mysterious, and […]

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Reading Our State: Dallas

—written by TBF intern Emily Vernon The next stop on our literary tour of Texas is Dallas. If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you know we’ve chronicled the literary scenes of Austin and Houston already this summer, and if you’re from Texas, you know each of these cities is quite different from the […]

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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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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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Texas Book Festival Internship Opportunities

Join the Texas Book Festival Team as an Intern! The Texas Book Festival and the Texas Teen Book Festival offer ongoing unpaid internships designed to expose qualified applicants to editorial, marketing and publicity, and development work, and other aspects of publishing, nonprofit organizations, and event planning. Texas Book Festival Internships The Texas Book Festival is an […]

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Books Going to the Movies: Exciting Literary Adaptations Coming Soon!

The upcoming year has an abundance of movie adaptations, with a variety of selections ranging from Shakespeare to Stephen King to Kurt Vonnegut to John Green (and many more!). No matter your genre preference for books, you’ll undoubtedly find a book-based movie for you to enjoy in the theater soon. Many best-selling books become movies, […]

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2017 Literary Libations Week!

Grab a drink and support the arts! We’re thrilled to launch our second annual Literary Libations week in support of Lit Crawl Austin! From August 14-18, bars across Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston are slinging book-themed cocktails to support the Texas Book Festival and Lit Crawl Austin, our annual evening of literary shenanigans. A […]

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TBF Does Back to School with El Mundo!

We’re getting excited to get back to school in the next few weeks! For us here at the Texas Book Festival it means the Festival is getting close and we have a new year of Reading Rock Stars to get ready for.  We’re planning, organizing and ready for a new year. It’s a good time […]

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Reading Our State: Houston

  This summer, we’re taking a literary tour of our great state of Texas! Our first installment surveyed several of the authors and books who call our Capital city home, and now our second installment is focused on our largest city: Houston. ―by intern Emily Vernon   Despite being one of the largest and most […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival Reveals Their Official 2017 Author Lineup!

It’s shaping up to be a great year for books here in Texas! While the Texas Book Festival won’t announce our official lineup until mid-September, we’re excited to share that the Texas Teen Book Festival has announced their full 2017 lineup—and what a lineup it is! You can view the full lineup, along with information […]

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August Book Club

We are only six months into 2017 and it has already been a banner year for poetry. Debut authors and veteran poets alike have made the beginning half of this year sparkle and pop with their vivid and unique language. There’s a certain angle at which that these poets look at the world that will […]

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TBF Team Summer Reads: the pets edition

One thing we all have in common here at Texas Book Festival is, of course, our love of books. Despite how much we read and talk about books on a daily basis, we never quite get tired of it. Whether we’re eagerly cracking open a brand-new title or diving back into a long-time favorite, we love […]

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