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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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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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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 priority seating and a signed book available now!   We’re thrilled to announce we’re launching Dan Rather’s highly anticipated new book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, at the 2017 Texas Book Festival! Join […]

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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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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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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 priority seating and a signed book available now!     We’re thrilled to announce we’re kicking off the Texas Book Festival Weekend with a very special session featuring Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara […]

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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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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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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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Update From the Lit Director Desk: Summer Begins the Countdown

Reading in the wild.   Here we are, in the thick of it. The fireworks have popped and sizzled. The vacation days are marked on the calendar. The warm weather reading lists pile on top of each other in our Twitter feeds (and in our beach bags). It is summer, big summer, heavy summer. In […]

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Reading Our State: A Literary Tour of Texas

—written by TBF intern Emily Vernon Place serves as a powerful connector in literature; whether it allows you to identify with the characters or teaches you about a new city or culture, it’s undeniable that setting contributes greatly to the reader’s experience. At the very least, it’s exciting to read about a place you’re familiar […]

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Apply to be a Volunteer Committee Chair!

The Texas Book Festival is seeking passionate and energetic Volunteer Committee Chairs for its 2017 Festival season! Volunteer Committee Chairs (VCCs) are an integral part of what makes the Texas Book Festival run smoothly. We have two VCCs at each Festival venue in and around the Texas State Capitol. The main responsibilities include: – Managing volunteers who sign up […]

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Announcing the 2017 Texas Book Festival Poster and Featured Artist

    With much fanfare and excitement, we are thrilled to unveil the official 2017 Texas Book Festival poster! Each year, our committee gathers to consider the work of Texas artists and discuss the artistic vision for the annual Festival. We’re happy to announce this year’s poster artist is Joel Salcido, Austin-based photographer and author of the new […]

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2017 Texas Teen Book Festival Keynotes

The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2017 keynote authors! “TTBF 2017 is shaping up to be amazing!” says Festival Director Shawn Mauser. “I could hardly keep the keynote news to myself. Connecting teens with authors they love is the core of what we do. We’re thrilled to give Texas teens the opportunity to […]

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Announcing Our 2017 Texas Book Festival Library Grant Recipients

  Promoting literacy and strengthening Texas libraries have been primary components of the Texas Book Festival’s mission since our founding in 1995. As of this year, we’ve funded 1,077 collection enhancement grants for more than 600 Texas libraries, for a total of $3 million in awarded grants. This year, we’re proud to award $100,000 in Texas Library Grants to libraries across […]

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The New Face of the Texas Book Festival

Sound the trumpets! Unfurl the flags! We’re very excited to unveil our brand new Texas Book Festival brand identity and family of logos! We’ve been working closely with the Austin office of Pentagram, one of the world’s largest independent design consultancies, to create an identity that captures everything the Texas Book Festival is and does. Piece of […]

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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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July Book Club

Presidents, war, the Alaskan frontier, financial crises, and the American dream: our July Book Club picks run the gamut on “patriotism” and celebrating our country. Whether you’re looking for a meaty biography on Ulysses S. Grant, or a humorous novel about an American family amid the financial crisis, your July is sure to be chock-full […]

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Special Event: Author + Geneticist Spencer Wells at Hotel Ella

Who: Spencer Wells What: The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey Where: Hotel Ella, Goodall’s Kitchen When: Wednesday, June 28 at 6:00pm Free and open to the public. RSVP required.   UPDATE: This event is now full. Attendance is free, but to ensure guests have an intimate opportunity to engage with the author, attendance is limited […]

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The 11th Annual Austin’s African American Book Festival

  Our annual Festival Weekend isn’t until November, but there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate literature here in Austin this summer. First up on the not-to-miss list: the Austin African American Book Festival at the Carver Museum and Library on June 22 and 24.   This vital community event, which was founded in 2007 by Rosalind Oliphant […]

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Bringing Reading Rock Stars to Dallas

The Texas Book Festival celebrated our first-ever Reading Rock Stars in Dallas last month, and we couldn’t be happier about it. We brought three authors—James Luna, Hena Khan, and former First Lady and Texas Book Festival co-founder Laura Bush—to Thomas Tolbert Elementary, where the authors presented to students from kindergarten to fifth grade and we […]

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June Book Club

We’re focusing on NOVELS for our June Book Club! Is there anything more satisfying than getting lost in a fictional world while sitting out in the sun on a beautiful day, or escaping the heat with a book and a tall glass of lemonade? These picks will transport you to places both vastly different and […]

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An Evening with Stephen Harrigan

We had such a wonderful time celebrating the release of Stephen Harrigan’s newest book, They Came From The Sky, last Tuesday. This was the first in-house party the University of Texas Press has hosted at their lovely offices, and we were thrilled to partner with them to fill their warm, inviting space with so many […]

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TBF Celebrates Women in Art and Science at Ney Day!

  UPDATE: Due to weather concerns, Ney Day 2017 was postponed to Saturday, June 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. We hope to see y’all there! Come out to the Elisabet Ney Museum for a day of family-friendly fun! We’re joining community organizations from all around Austin for a day that commemorates artist Elisabet Ney […]

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Friday Reads: Catch Up With What the TBF Staff is Reading!

  Lois Kim, Executive Director: Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders I read this book in one day and it affected me deeply, which is to say I definitely cried in more than one place. Saunders’ imagining of Lincoln’s desperate grief over his young son Willie’s death is a ghost story, a virtuosic subversion […]

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Bring Your Books! Help US Support Manor ISD’s Summer Library Project

Manor was once characterized as a sleepy town east of Austin, famed for its racetrack that once hosted a Grateful Dead concert. Now the city, just like Austin,  is booming: in 2000 there were just 1,204 residents, but the projections forecast more than 10,300 people will live there by 2020.   Manor ISD is growing […]

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Announcing Reading Rock Stars in Dallas

We’re so excited here at the Texas Book Festival to expand our Reading Rock Stars youth literacy program to another Texas city this year—Dallas! It’s been quite the ride putting it all together. Since Dallas is the city our co-founder, Laura Bush, calls home, she’s been an important part of the process of selecting the […]

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May Book Club

Our May Book Club picks are all about questioning what you know. Every book on this list, including Manuel Gonzalez’s incendiary, action-packed thriller, Nancy Isenberg’s examination of class in America, and Chuck Klosterman’s book-length essay urging us to quite literally question our commonly-held ideas, and Margaret Atwood’s  The Handmaid’s Tale (the television adaptation of which […]

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Lit Crawl Austin Presents State-of-the-Art Stories at Al Volta’s Midnight Bar for Fusebox Festival

  It’s almost April, but of course just because SXSW is over doesn’t mean a lag in the thrilling events that makes Austin’s arts culture so vital. One event we’re looking forward to is Fusebox Festival—a unique multi-disciplinary arts festival that runs from April 12-16, 2017.  Lit Crawl Austin, our fun house of irreverent, irresistible, invigorating literary […]

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TBF + SoulCycle Charity Ride: Sign Up Today!

We are excited to announce our first ever SoulCycle charity ride on Sunday May 7, 2017, at 1pm. Join us at the downtown Austin SoulCycle location to raise money for the annual Festival as well as our year-round outreach literacy programs like Reading Rock Stars and our annual Texas Library Grants. Everyone, from cycling enthusiasts to […]

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Our 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest is now open!

We are now accepting submissions to the 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest (formerly called the Youth Fiction Writing Contest). The theme this year is: “Funny Running Into You Here.”   Hosted by the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at the University of Texas at Austin, with generous support from […]

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April Book Club

Happy Spring! For our April Book Club, our theme is “Spring Fever.” These books will take you from glitzy New York restaurant life to rural Texas to South Korea and everywhere in between. Whether you’re looking to escape your spring fever, or looking to spice up your book club, this list has a little something […]

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Announcing 2017 TBF Library Grants at the annual TLA conference

It’s nearly time for the Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio next month! We’re looking forward to the conference and especially to revealing the recipients of our 2017 Texas Book Festival Library Grants! Promoting literacy and supporting Texas libraries has been a big part of the Texas Book Festival mission since our founding in […]

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Welcome New Board Members!

The Texas Book Festival is thrilled to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors play a crucial role in advancing the TBF’s strategic vision and mission, overseeing our financial resources, and ensuring the sustainability and vitality of our programs. We are proud to have exceptionally hands-on board members. From […]

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TBF & TLA present: An Evening With the Authors

  The Texas Book Festival, in partnership with the Texas Library Association, will host An Evening With the Authors on Thursday, April 20, at La Orilla Del Rio Ballroom. Join us for this celebration of  literature and libraries. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., guests will enjoy dinner overlooking the San Antonio River Walk in La Orilla […]

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From the Lit Director Desk: What I’m Reading

I’ve been to some very cold places this year in the name of books.    The beginning of February saw me return from one book conference in time to promptly turn around and fly out to another book conference. I had just enough time to empty my suitcase of one load of books and make […]

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2017 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. We’re now accepting applications for 2017 internships! Take a look […]

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March Book Club

Our book club theme for March is “against all odds.” This selection of books features incredible stories of just how far people will go to be with the ones they love, as well as sheer determination of spirit. Between established literary powerhouses and debut novelists, there’s sure to be a book to please everyone. Fiction! […]

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Texas Institute of Letters Elects 15 New Texas Writers

The Texas Book Festival congratulates the fifteen new writers (including some previous Texas Book Festival authors) recently elected to the Texas Institute of Letters! The Texas Institute of Letters is a distinguished honor society founded in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and recognize distinctive literary achievement. These  2017 honorees are: Celeste Bedford Walker, David Bowles, […]

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