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2017 Texas Book Festival Dates!

Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 Texas Book Festival! Join us on the Texas State Capitol grounds in downtown Austin for the 22nd annual Texas Book Festival on November 4-5, 2017! 2016 was a record-setting year for the Texas Book Festival. We welcomed 300 authors and 50,000 attendees in our biggest celebration of books, literacy and […]

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January Book Club

Welcome to 2017! Maybe your reading resolutions sound something like. . . Read more. Read more nonfiction. Read more local authors. Read more women. Read more authors of color. Read the classics I never read but say I did (Moby Dick) Actually read every book for my book club, and go prepared ready to discuss with […]

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From the Lit Director Desk: 2017 Books

Here at the end of 2016, my TBR list for 2017 is already 400 books long. Oh, how I wish quiet reading time over this winter break had allowed me to read and report on every single title on that list. Alas; time is not magic (or it is, but it is a dark magic that […]

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Our Favorite Reads of 2016

Reading makes us feel fancy. 2016. Oh, 2016. We have a lot of memories, a lot of feelings, and, most importantly, we have a lot of books we’ve read. As we say farewell to a wild and crazy twelve months on planet Earth, TBF staff and members of our selection committee have taken a moment to […]

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TBF + BookPeople Present: ZADIE SMITH

  We’re pleased to announce we’ve teamed up with BookPeople to welcome Zadie Smith, bestselling author of ON BEAUTY and WHITE TEETH, to Central Presbyterian Church in Austin to discuss her highly acclaimed new novel, SWING TIME, on Thursday, January 12th at 7:00PM. Tickets are now available and include a copy of SWING TIME. VIP tickets come with […]

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Intern Chronicles: My Year with TBF

Hello there! My name is Sara Leonard, and I’m currently a junior at the University of Texas at Austin. I’m double-majoring in both English and Political Communication, but I veer more to the English side. I love all things Harry Potter and Jane Austen, but “I’ll give any book a chance if it’s lying there […]

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December Book Club

We took a book club hiatus in November because of the Festival. Now we’re back and have gathered some books for your book club to finish out the year. Because of the holidays, I’m doubling down, and choosing two books per author. More books = more holiday reading. Share what your book club is reading on Facebook and Instagram! […]

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Educator Resources: 2016 Election

We met with educators on Wednesday, November 16 to talk about how they’re talking with their students about the 2016 presidential election. We compiled the below resources to facilitate the discussion.   Books That Encourage Empathy, Understanding and Tolerance Kindergarten – 5th Middle Grade (6th – 8th) Young Adult   Empathy Chart This chart can […]

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Session Feature: Inheritance

  Inheritance. The concept of passing on something of yourself to a future generation. But what does it mean to the receivers, to the people that are stuck with whatever lot they are given? Mitchell Jackson (The Residue Years) and Adam Haslett (Imagine Me Gone) explore these complicated ideas in their own stories, examining privilege […]

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Don DeLillo at the Texas Book Festival

  Texas Book Festival and the Harry Ransom Center are honored to present Don DeLillo at this year’s Festival on Saturday, November 5! As any lover of literature knows, Don DeLillo is not a newcomer to the game. The recipient of the National Book Award (White Noise), a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist (Mao II and Underworld), […]

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Library Love at the 2016 TBF

We love our Texas libraries! As a non-profit organization founded by former librarian Laura Bush, one of the main goals of the Texas Book Festival is to strengthen and support libraries across the state. Each year, we donate tens of thousands of dollars ($100,000 in 2016!) to libraries in Texas to fund their collections. This year at […]

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Session Feature: On Bowie, A TBF Tribute

In honor of David Bowie, this year’s Texas Book Festival will present a loving tribute to the artist’s work, influence and legacy with Rob Sheffield, author of On Bowie; Bowie’s friend and contemporary, Thomas Dolby (The Speed of Sound); music writer and critic Evie Nagy (Devo’s Freedom of Choice), and Joe Gross, who writes about movies, books, music […]

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2017 Book Submissions Now Open!

Sound the trumpets and send us your books! Submissions are now open for the 2017 Texas Book Festival, which will take place November 4-5 in and around the State Capitol grounds in downtown Austin. Before you start packing your manuscripts in bubble wrap and heading to the post office, be sure to check out all […]

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Give A Book: Lit Community Picks for 2016

You may or may not have noticed this, but the gift giving season is here. It’s the time of Secret Santa, White Elephant, and I’m-not-sure-if-our-relationship-warrants-a-gift-but-why-not shopping trips. If you’re ever in doubt of what to give someone, why not a book? It’s a foolproof gift for just about anyone but this guy:     We […]

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Thanks to our 2016 Festival Sponsors!

Thanks to all of our 2016 Texas Book Festival Sponsors for making 2016 an unforgettable year! Thanks for helping us keep the Festival free and open to all!    

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UPDATE: Laura Bush + Jenna Bush Hager

We’re honored to welcome Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager to the 2016 Texas Book Festival! Former First Lady and Texas Book Festival founder Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager will speak about and sign their new children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard, at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 5 at 10:00AM. […]

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¡Ahora Sí! Tent at Texas Book Festival

We’re excited to once again partner with ¡Ahora Sí!, the Austin American-Statesman’s Spanish language newspaper, to present a tent at this year’s Texas Book Festival dedicated to bilingual programming and Latin@ culture. From in-depth literary discussions to children’s storytimes; a close examination at issues of education and voter turn-out; a celebration of Tejana art; and more, the […]

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Session Feature: Places of Pen and Ink

  As many of us know, graphic novels are so much more than just drawings in a book. Graphic novels can take us all the way back to the western plains, or even to the bustling streets of New York City. That’s what Ben Katchor (Cheap Novelties) and Greg Ruth (Indeh) have done in their own […]

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Festival Passport and Family-Friendly Fun at the Fest!

  Join us for a weekend full of family-friendly fun! **The Festival has something for everyone!**   Travel the Festival!   Calling all kids: This year travel the Festival with your very own Festival Passport.  Passports can be printed out before the Festival or pick up your passport at the Children’s Activity Tent at the […]

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C-Span2/Book TV at Texas Book Festival

We’re pleased to once again partner with C-Span2/Book TV to live stream dynamic, engaging discussions about up-to-the-minute political and social topics from the Texas Book Festival all weekend long. This year the tent is packed with authors talking everything from Isis to advertising to the legacy of President Obama and the language we use to discuss social […]

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2016 Book Sales & Signings

BOOK SALES All Festival books will be available across three Barnes & Noble Sales Tents:  Main Sales Tent (Adult and YA) Children’s Sales Tent (Picture Book and Middle Grade) Cookbook Tent (Cookbooks) Books will also be available for sale on-site for the specific sessions held at:  First United Methodist Church – View the sessions First Baptist Church […]

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Central Market Cooking Tent

  Central Market will host a notable array of culinary authors and chefs at the Central Market Cooking Tent during the 2016 Texas Book Festival. Many of this year’s featured speakers are nationally renowned as award-winning authors, chefs and restaurateurs. The authors and chefs will hold cooking demonstrations and discussions during both days of the Festival. After […]

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Session Feature: Great Expectations: Being A Woman in 2016

  Ladies, let’s talk. What a woman should be, how she should act, and what’s expected of her public and private performance have been at the forefront of our national conversation more than ever this year. We’re looking forward to hearing what Belle Boggs (The Art of Waiting), Sady Doyle (Trainwreck) and Phoebe Robinson (You Can’t Touch […]

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Lit Crawl Austin 2016

  It’s almost here, our annual evening of boozey bookishness: Lit Crawl Austin descends upon our fair city the evening of Saturday, November 5. The full Lit Crawl Austin schedule is now available. Authors, readers, bartenders, lit mags, Austinites with glasses, Austinites without glasses – all will converge on the bars of East Cesar Chavez for more […]

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Session Feature: The Secret History of Twin Peaks

“Talking to Mark Frost is like talking to a wise leprechaun that took you a really long time to track down and capture. Having worked alongside David Lynch as a writer and co-creator of one of the most widely pondered and tantalizingly confusing TV shows, Twin Peaks, he holds in his brain the answers to […]

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Have Brunch with Marcus Samuelsson!

  THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT Tickets are no longer available. Please contact Claire Burrows at the Texas Book Festival office at 512-477-4055 or if you would like to be added to the wait list for this brunch.    Of course, you can still catch Marcus talking about The Red Rooster Cookbook at the Texas Book Festival […]

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Buy Tickets to Festival Kickoff Party!

Kick off the Texas Book Festival Weekend with us at our big Festival Author welcome shindig at Antone’s! Learn more about the party and how to buy tickets!

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Live Music Tent!

The Festival Music Tent is moving to a new location on Congress Avenue! Check out the exciting Live Music Lineup and Schedule for the 2016 Fest!    

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October Book Club

Only one month until the Texas Book Festival! On November 5 & 6, you will find enough books for at least a year of books clubs. However, there’s no need for an October book drought in anticipation. I love to hear what other book clubs are reading, and Peggy shared her Folktales’ Black Women’s Literary Society […]

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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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H-E-B Read 3 Events

  Did you know one of Texas’ most beloved grocery chains offers more than just groceries? Put away your Texas-shaped tortilla chips and creamy creations ice cream, and let us tell you what the Texas Book Festival loves about our sponsor and partner H-E-B: their dedication to literacy in Texas. Studies have shown that when kids […]

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Festival Friends Pass Authors Announced

We’re happy to announce this year’s featured Festival Friends Pass authors! Friends Pass holders will enjoy priority seating and spots in the signing line at sessions and signings with these great authors. 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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2016 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup Announced!

  It’s here’s! It’s here! The FULL list of the more than 280 authors who will appear at this year’s Texas Book Festival has been revealed! This year’s Festival is jam-packed with amazing writers: Don DeLillo, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Diana Kennedy, Thomas Dolby, Emma Cline, Padma Lakshmi, Amor Towles, Francine Prose, Lawrence Wright, Phoebe Robinson, Jane […]

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Nick Offerman at Texas Book Festival!

  WHO: NICK OFFERMAN WHAT: Speaking & signing Good Clean Fun WHERE: Texas Book Festival, First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity Street, Austin TX WHEN: Saturday, November 5 at 12:30PM HOW: Book Tickets are no longer available online. We’ll have general seating available at First Baptist Church. (Priority seating is reserved for people who purchased Book Tickets in advance.) Books will […]

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Mindy Kaling Added to #TTBF 2016!

The Texas Teen Book Festival announced HUGE news today! Mindy Kaling, creator and star of the critically acclaimed series “The Mindy Project,” will join this year’s stellar lineup of authors at the 2016 Texas Teen Book Festival on Saturday, October 1 at St. Edwards University. Kaling will discuss both of her comedic memoirs with Sarah Pitre […]

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Hannah Hart Update

      Due to personal reasons, Hannah Hart will no longer appear at Texas Book Festival. Her session has been canceled. If you have purchased a book ticket, you will receive an email from us soon with additional information. Thanks! WHO: HANNAH HART WHAT: Speaking & signing Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded WHERE: Texas Book […]

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T. C. Boyle at Texas Book Festival!

WHO: T. C. BOYLE WHAT: Speaking & signing The Terranauts WHERE: Texas Book Festival, Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th Street, Austin TX WHEN: Saturday, November 5 at 1:00PM HOW:  Book Tickets are no longer available online. We’ll have general seating available at Central Presbyterian Church. (Priority seating is reserved for people who purchased Book Tickets in advance.) Books will be […]

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Texas Book Festival Presents Grace Bonney October 7!

  Tickets to this event are no longer available online. They are available at the door, while supplies last!   WHO: GRACE BONNEY with Nikisha Brunson, Norma Jeanne Maloney, Natalie Davis of Canoe, Ashley and Christina Cheng, and Kirsten Dickerson WHAT: In conversation about In The Company of Women WHERE: Central Presbyterian Church, 200 East 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701 WHEN: Friday, […]

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2016 Literary Gala Authors!

We are thrilled to announce the 2016 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 4, we will celebrate and support literacy in Texas at the Gala with Diane Guerrero, Ethan Hawke, […]

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From the Lit Director Desk: The YA Situation

                             With exactly one month left to go until the Texas Teen Book Festival (October 1!) and just about two months until the Texas Book Festival (November 5 and 6!), it seems about time we address a key component of this year’s […]

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September Book Club

For September, my book club is reading Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing. Our TBF intern agrees this is an excellent choice. Let us know what you think! It’s officially Festival season here at the Texas Book Festival, so don’t miss the Author Lineup reveal on September 15, and you’ll add plenty of books to your list. In […]

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TBF Intern Chronicles – Maya

  The past two months at TBF have been a wonderful whirlwind of post-its, WordPress, and, of course, books. I didn’t really know what to expect when I first set foot into 610 Brazos—let’s face it, intern position descriptions are always a little vague—but I knew what I wanted: a chance to see the inner […]

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Literary Libations

  Grab a drink and support the arts! August 15-19, bars across Austin, San Antonio, and Houston are slinging literary-themed cocktails in honor of Lit Crawl, our annual evening of literary shenanigans. A portion of each drink sale will go towards keeping Lit Crawl free and open to the public. Make your summer cocktail count! […]

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Black Literature Matters

  What: Black Literature Matters: A Conversation on Writing and Race When: Thursday, August 18, 2016 Where: Second floor of BookPeople, at 603 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin TX, 78703 Who: Michael Hurd, Varian Johnson, Doyin Oyeniyi, and Jennifer M. Wilks, moderated by Michael Noll   Diversity in literature is a topic that is extremely important – for young […]

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Day of Sales at BookPeople

    Hello again, book lovers! We have great news about an upcoming event that will help you fill up some of the empty space on your bookshelf (or nightstand, if your shelf is full like ours), and will also support the Texas Teen Book Festival. Here’s what’s happening: On Tuesday, August 16, BookPeople will […]

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August Book Club

August in Texas is hot. How hot? So hot the hens are laying hard-boiled eggs. Hot as a billy goat in a pepper patch. Hotter than a fur coat in Marfa. That’s how hot, and I’m not even talking about the heat index. But don’t let your book club wilt in the summer sun! There […]

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10 Independent Bookstores to Check Out While on Vacation

Are you interested in doing more than the average sightseer on your next vacation? Are you like the rest of us at Texas Book Festival and want to test just how many new books you can fit in your luggage? Then check out some of the best independent bookstores in popular vacation spots for your next […]

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Your Guide to Harry Potter Midnight Release Parties Around Texas

As all Harry Potter fanatics know, the long awaited script of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being released July 31 (Harry’s birthday!). As all Harry Potter fanatics also know, there’s no better way to celebrate a new HP book than a midnight release party at your local bookstore. Luckily for us, bookstores around the country are all […]

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Update From the Lit Director Desk

As summer marches along and we’re wading knee-deep into 2o16 Festival prep, I thought it might be a good time for an update. So much is being planned for this year’s Fest, happening November 5 and 6 (first rule of festival life: never pass up an opportunity to mention the dates), that it seems the only real […]

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