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Highlighting Festival Poets for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we would like to feature the work of several 2015 Festival poets. These incredibly talented authors work across a variety of mediums (please check out Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ photography!) and have received national awards and critical acclaim. They hail from all over the country, and we were very lucky […]

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Texas Book Festival Announces New Literary Director

We are very excited to announce the Texas Book Festival has named a new literary director! Julie Wernersbach, who served as marketing director for BookPeople for the past five years, will start her new job as the Festival’s literary director later this month. At BookPeople, Wernersbach plans more than 300 author events each year and oversees […]

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Interview with Chris Barton and Don Tate

February is Black History Month. Honor it with two incredible titles by 2015 Texas Book Festival featured authors Chris Barton and Don Tate. The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton examines the life of a former slave, turned U.S. congressman, John Roy Lynch. Lynch was one of the first African-American congressmen. This book also gives […]

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Literary Lunch with Stephen Harrigan

Join us on Friday, February 26 at 11:15 am for Literary Lunch with Stephen Harrigan Tickets are $40 per person, including lunch

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Enhance Your Library

Last year 34 libraries received more than $75,000 in grant support from the Texas Book Festival. Here’s a little snippet on how those funds were used and how five libraries enhanced their collections. The 2015-2016 cycle is open and applications must be post-marked by February 5th, 2016. Apply now!   1. Hutchinson County Library purchased 184 children’s books for their […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival Dates Announced

Mark your calendar for the 2016 Texas Teen Book Festival! The Festival will be held at St. Edward’s University. Don’t miss the latest news and follow us on social media! Facebook: Twitter: @TXTeenBookFest Instagram: TXTeenBookFest Blog:  

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2016 Festival Dates!

Mark your calendars, the annual Festival will be held November 5 & 6, 2016 in Austin, Texas. We will update details on our website as we get closer. To stay up to date with news and announcements, join our email list. Details for submitting a book for consideration can be found here. Financial support for […]

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Reading Rock Stars Houston Recap

The Texas Book Festival kicked off the holiday season by giving more than  1,800 shiny, brand new books to kids through the Reading Rock Stars program! In one very meaningful day, eight authors presented their books to students in three Title I schools in Houston. Each child left with an autographed book by that author/illustrator.  See […]

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2015 Reading Rock Stars 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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See what literary events are happening in Texas. We’ll see you there!

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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 on Saturday, January 9 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: […]

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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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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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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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TBF 2015 Award Winners

We were so happy to see a number of books featured at the 2014 and 2015 Texas Book Festival be recognized for their achievements. There were National Book Awards finalists, a Newbury Award winner, a Man Booker Prize winner, plenty of National Books Critics Circle finalists, and more. Below is the complete list. Congratulations to you all!   […]

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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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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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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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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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20th anniversary Texas Book Fest schedule!

Oct. 17 and 18 at the State Capitol; free and open to the public The 20th anniversary Texas Book Festival schedule released today includes the largest number of authors in its history (more than 300), dozens of author panels and readings, two days of live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, Lit Crawl Austin, and more. […]

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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 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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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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