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2018 First Edition Literary Gala Authors

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2018 First Edition Literary Gala authors! The 2018 Gala will take place on Friday, October 26 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin and will feature authors Celeste Ng, Michael Beschloss, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Jacqueline Woodson. The Gala emcee will be Jake Silverstein, editor-in-chief of The New York Times […]

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Announcing: An Evening with Pete Souza

  WHO: Pete Souza WHAT: Discussing Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents WHERE: The Long Center for the Performing Arts 701 W Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78704 WHEN: Sunday, October 28 at 6:00PM TICKETS: $39-59. Includes one copy of Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, a signed book plate, admission to the event, and supports the Festival, your nonprofit […]

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Coming soon: our 2018 Literary Libations Celebration!

It’s almost time for our annual Literary Libations celebration! This year we’re partnering with Austin Film Society, American Short Fiction, and Chicon Street Poets to bring Austin booklovers three art and culture events around the city the week of August 12 in support of Lit Crawl Austin. Lit Crawl Austin takes place during the Festival Weekend, […]

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2018 First Edition Literary Gala

Join us at the 2018 First Edition Literary Gala! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2018 FOUR SEASONS AUSTIN The First Edition Literary Gala is always a memorable evening packed with literary luminaries, dignitaries, and cultural arts supporters, and it helps the Texas Book Festival make an impact in communities across Texas. Proceeds from the Gala allow us to keep the […]

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Summer at the library: Austin Central Library

                                     This summer, Texas Book Festival will be talking to different librarians all around the great state of Texas to hear about what their libraries have planned for the summer. From our very own Austin Central Library comes […]

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Cecile Richards at the Texas Book Festival!

WHO: Cecile Richards WHAT: Discussing Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead—My Life Story WHERE: Texas Book Festival (venue to be announced) WHEN: Saturday, October 27 at 10:00AM BOOK TICKET: $30. Includes one pre-signed copy of Make Trouble, priority seating at the session, and supports the Festival, your nonprofit Texas literacy organization! BOOK TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!   […]

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Preview: African American Book Festival

This Saturday, June 23rd, the 12th annual Austin African American Book Festival will take place from 9:30 – 5:00 pm at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. The mission of this festival, which began in 2007, is to, “…promote empowerment through literature. We are a community event that brings readers and writers together […]

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Lineup Sneak Peek: Fifteen Authors presenting at the 2018 Texas Book Festival

We are thrilled to give you a sneak peek at our 2018  Texas Book Festival Lineup! These fifteen authors are set to present their books over the Festival Weekend, October 27 and 28, in and around the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin. We’ll reveal our full lineup of authors presenting at the 2018 Festival […]

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Announcing our 2018 Festival Poster Artist!

  We are thrilled to announce we have selected our 2018 Festival poster artist, Austin-based painter Valerie Fowler! Fowler’s oil painting, Spring, Everything Changes, will be featured on this year’s Festival poster and will represent our annual Festival Weekend. Fowler’s career has spanned more than thirty years and includes a wide variety of works, from […]

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Announcing the Recipients of our Harvey Relief Fund!

  Last November over the 2017 Texas Book Festival Weekend, Festival-goers from all across the state helped us raise money to provide relief for school libraries affected by Hurricane Harvey. With matching grants from The Tocker Foundation and the Texas Book Festival, we were able to raise $10,000 to help five school libraries in Houston and […]

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Explore Your Local: El Paso’s Newest Independent Bookstore, Literarity Book Shop

El Paso, TX. West Texas. Mountain Time. Desert. Borders. The 915 is El Paso’s area code, and also how young natives refer to their city after singer Khalid popularized it in his song, “American Teen.” El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas, which many don’t know because it’s over 552 miles away from […]

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TBF Throwback: A Summer Reading List

This summer, we’re taking a look back at some of the amazing authors we’ve been lucky to host at the Texas Book Festival by recommending their books as summer reading. Join us as we pair these books with great local places to visit as you read! Check back here weekly as we add more titles, […]

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The 915 – Cinco Puntos Press

El Paso, TX. West Texas. Mountain Time. Desert. Borders. The 915 is El Paso’s area code, and also how young natives refer to their city after singer Khalid popularized it in his song, “American Teen.” El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas, which many don’t know because it’s over 552 miles away from […]

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Books for Budding Feminists: Some Recommended Reading

Reading more about women of history and women of today is something we can all aspire to, and with graduation coming up, there’s plenty of opportunity to inspire young adults to learn more about the place women occupy in the past, present, and future. If you (or people you know) are interested in learning more […]

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Explore Your Local: The Literary City of San Antonio

Last weekend, we headed to the sixth annual San Antonio Book Festival, where thousands flooded the grounds of the Central Library to peruse books and catch panels and presentations with their favorite authors. Among the crowds were some 90 authors, including the likes of Jorge Ramos, Attica Locke, Sandra Cisneros, and Luis Alberto Urrea.   […]

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Elizabeth Crook on her new novel “THE WHICH WAY TREE”

Elizabeth Crook’s latest novel The Which Way Tree is an epic southern tale. It chronicles the dangerous endeavors of Samantha Shreve, a 12-year-old girl growing up in Austin, Texas, just after the Civil War. After witnessing a panther kill her mother, she sets out with a hodge-podge team of characters to slay the evil beast—which, […]

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Explore Your Local: A Peek Inside Interabang Books, Dallas’ Newest Independent Bookstore

  When I walked into Interabang Books—Dallas’ newest independent bookstore—for the first time, I felt like I was walking into an art exhibit. My eyes were immediately drawn to the wall in the middle of the store adorned with a retro, comic-book-style mural of a man and a woman talking on telephones. Then, I was […]

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The 2018 Texas Teen Book Festival!

The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2018 date! Mark your calendars now for another awesome celebration of YA authors, books, reading, writing, and the wonderful YA community we have here in Texas. Head to the #TTBF website for full details of when and where to be. Be sure to sign up for the #TTBF enewsletter while you’re there to stay […]

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2018 Texas Book Festival Dates Announced!

The Texas Book Festival is proud to announce its 2017 Festival Weekend was the most successful on record, with 50,000 attendees coming together on November 4 and 5 in the largest celebration of books and literacy in the Festival’s history. The Texas Book Festival will return for its 23rd year on October 27 and 28, […]

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Exciting News: TBF is Moving!

Hey Booklovers! We’ve got exciting news: we’re moving! While the Texas Book Festival will still take place in and around the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin, our 6th street office—our home since the Festival’s beginning in 1995—is officially closed. But don’t worry! We aren’t going far. We are excited to be joining the Center […]

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Contract Logistics & Volunteer Coordinator

2018 CONTRACT LOGISTICS AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR JOB DESCRIPTION   This position is in review. Applications are currently closed. Required hours: June 18 – September: 20 hours per week October 5- 6: all day availability to work Texas Teen Book Festival October: 40 hours per week October 25- 29: all-in availability to work Texas Book Festival […]

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Day of Sales at BookPeople: Buy a Book and Support the Texas Book Festival!

  TBF Day of Sales BookPeople in Austin, TX Tuesday, May 29, 9am-11pm Join us for Texas Book Festival’s annual Day of Sales at local Austin bookstore, BookPeople! On Tuesday, May 29, a portion of proceeds from all books sold at BookPeople will be donated to the Texas Book Festival. Buy a book and help support the Texas Book […]

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Independent Bookstore Day

  Tomorrow is the last Saturday in April, which means book lovers across the country are gearing up for Independent Bookstore Day. Each year on this day, indie bookstores hold special events featuring authors, live music, children’s activities, readings, and more. Just as no two bookstores are the same, no two parties are either. The […]

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Ticket Give Away: Texas Monthly Live!

  We love a good night of live storytelling. We bet you do, too. Our friends at Texas Monthly are putting together a night of live, Texas-style storytelling at the Paramount Theatre in Austin that you won’t want to miss. We’re excited to give away a pair of tickets to the show!   Texas Monthly Live! Friday, […]

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Announcing 2018 Library Grant Recipients!

The Texas Book Festival is proud to announce it is awarding $100,000 in Texas Library Grants to libraries across the state. Promoting literacy and strengthening Texas libraries have been primary components of the Texas Book Festival’s mission since our founding in 1995. Since 1996, the Texas Book Festival has funded 1,121 library grants totaling more than $3 million to more than […]

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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 introduce 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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Celebrate Black Literature: [HER]story Month

Join us in celebrating Women’s History Month! Today, we want to feature ten recent or forthcoming books authored by award-winning black women authors that really must go on your 2018 reading lists! This list of novels, memoirs, and other works are characterized by their honest narratives and fearlessness in the face of controversy. We hope you’ll be […]

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Books to Read When You’ve Seen Black Panther and Need More

  It’s been almost a week since that gorgeous, groundbreaking, record-shattering juggernaut of a film, Black Panther, hit theatres. I know a lot of us saw it opening weekend—it did earn $201.8 million domestically in three days, after all, which makes Black Panther‘s debut the biggest domestic opening weekend ever for a black director and the biggest […]

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Event: GOD SAVE TEXAS Book Launch with Lawrence Wright!

Join us as we celebrate the official launch of GOD SAVE TEXAS, the highly anticipated new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning Texas writer Lawrence Wright! What: Lawrence Wright speaking about and signing God Save Texas When: Tuesday, April 17 at 7pm. Doors at 6pm. Where: Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701 Hosted by: Texas Book Festival […]

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Celebrate Black Literature: A Q&A with Austin Public Library Director Roosevelt Weeks

Join us in celebrating Black History Month! For the month of February, Texas Book Festival is working to recognize Black History Month by highlighting black Texas authors, readers, and notable contributors to the literary community in a series of blog posts. So far, we’ve had contributions from  TBF Community Ambassador Peggy Terry who shared a fantastic list […]

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Celebrate Black Literature: A Q&A With Dr. Rosalind Oliphant Jones

Join us in celebrating Black History Month! For the month of February, Texas Book Festival is recognizing Black History Month by highlighting black Texas authors, readers, and notable contributors to the literary community in a series of blog posts. So far, we’ve had contributions from  TBF Community Ambassador Peggy Terry, who shared a fantastic list of […]

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Celebrate Black Literature: A Q&A with Don Tate

The Texas Book Festival Celebrates Black Literature! For the month of February, the Texas Book Festival is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting black Texas authors, readers, and notable contributors to the literary community in a series of blog posts. Last week, TBF Community Ambassador Peggy Terry shared a fantastic list of books coming out in 2018 […]

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February Reads: TBF Loves Books About Love

Whether you’re into celebrating Valentine’s Day or Bah-Humbugging it, love is a central theme in much of literature the world over, and many of our favorite books feature love (and its many complications) as a powerful motivator in the main character’s actions. So, in the spirit of February’s day of hearts and candy, we offer […]

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Reading Rock Stars Dallas-Fort Worth

It’s finally time for Reading Rock Stars Dallas-Fort Worth! We’re so excited to return to Thomas Tolbert Elementary in Dallas on February 8, and also thrilled to announce we will be visiting Rosemont Elementary in Fort Worth on February 9 for the first time! Whenever we bring a new school into the Reading Rock Stars […]

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Celebrate Black Literature: Peggy Terry Recommends 2018 Reads

As we continue adding to our 2018 TBR lists (and wondering feverishly when we’ll ever sleep again), friends and fellow readers keep giving us more forthcoming titles to add. This fantastic list of recommended titles being published in 2018 comes from Peggy Terry, an Austinite, long-time avid reader, and one of the Texas Book Festival’s […]

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Amplify the Texas Book Festival!

The Texas Book Festival is participating in Amplify Austin to help fund our full array of literary programs. We strive every day to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading, from the YA fans at the Texas Teen Book Festival, to Title I public elementary schools students, to readers at rural libraries, to the […]

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Books We Can’t Wait to Read: Lydia’s YA picks

Happy 2018! I never make official New Year’s resolutions, but every January I tell myself, “Okay, this is definitely the year I’m going to read at least 150 books and keep track of every book I read in this handy reading tracker app/ spreadsheet/ Goodreads/ fancy journal,” and then somehow every December I find myself […]

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From the Lit Director Desk: 2018 Reads

It’s been very cold here in Austin. Sam and I have been bundling up in our library.    I am nothing if not ambitious. With 2018 upon us, my list of books to read in just the first half of the new year is… well, it’s maybe all just a bit unwieldy. And I perhaps […]

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Vote! 2018 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest Theme

The 2018 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest opens to submissions this month! Before we can accept work from eligible young writers, however, we need your help choosing a theme. Last year’s theme was “Funny Running Into You Here.” Vote for this year’s prompt below! Hosted by the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement […]

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Gifts for Readers from Texas Book Festival

  Give a gift, get a gift! Make a donation to the Texas Book Festival and we’ll send you (or your lucky loved one) a signature Texas Book Festival gift just in time for the Holidays! All items available while supplies last. Shipping costs are included in the donation amount. Items will ship within 48 […]

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Reading Rock Stars Houston Authors

We are excited to announce our new schools for Reading Rockstars Houston! The 2017 schools are Blackshear, Cunningham, Kashmere Garden, and Port Houston. Every school is a Title I public elementary school, and the program has been made possible with the incredible work from the classroom teachers and school librarian. The Texas Book Festival’s Reading […]

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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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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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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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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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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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