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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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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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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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Rich Shapero’s Arms from the Sea

Fiction. Music. Art. App. Arms from the Sea combines Rich Shapero’s fantastical novel with music by Orenda Fink and the Visionary art of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein to create an other-worldly, immersive story experience. “Arms from the Sea is a tangible encounter with the creative spirit. A guide for reconstructing our understanding of water and our origins.” […]

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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:  BUY BOOK TICKET We’re thrilled to announce that actor, comedian and bestselling author NICK OFFERMAN will join us at this year’s Texas Book Festival! He’ll be here on Saturday, November 5 […]

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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:  BUY BOOK TICKET We’re thrilled to announce that bestselling author T. C. BOYLE will join us at this year’s Texas Book Festival! He’ll be here on Saturday, November 5 at 1:00PM to discuss and sign […]

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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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21 Books for Your 4th of July Reading

The countdown to the holiday weekend is officially over, and we suggest you stuff your beach tote with a handful of these red, white, and blue reads. Happy 4th, everybody!                                                     […]

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July Book Club Picks

Welcome to the first monthly meeting of the Texas Book Festival Book Club recommendations blog post! Each month we will choose three new paperback releases and one TBF favorite that we think make for great group discussions. Hopefully this list will help your book club make a unanimous choice, whether your book club is Book Gals, […]

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Summer Reading List: YA Lit

Looking for some Young Adult books to bring to the beach for the summer? Below are some of our recommendations!   THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough The Game of Love and Death features some familiar faces: Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, and Helen of Troy and Paris. However, in this […]

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Julie’s Recommended Reads in July

Summer is officially here. My tote bag is stuffed with swim gear, bottled water and at least three books at a time. Here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing on shelves this month: You Are Having A Good Time by Amie Barrodale This is the debut collection of short fiction to grab this month. Barrodale is […]

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10 Perfect Summer Reading Spots in Texas

It’s officially summer, which means it’s time to load up on sunscreen and venture out into the great outdoors of our Lone Star State. While swimming, hiking, kayaking and leisurely strolls down city streets are all well and good, this is also the time of year when we look for sweet spots to sit a […]

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Summer Reading: Middle Grade Lit

School’s out and the library is open. Keep your summer filled with books, and check out some of these great Middle Grade Lit selections!   RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE by Kate DiCamillo Age: 10 years and up Fans of DiCamillo’s past books such as Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux will love her new book, Raymie Nightingale. Raymie enters the Little Miss […]

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Author K.A. Holt Talks Fiction Writing Contest

As the Youth Fiction Contest comes to a close, we asked author K.A. Holt to write about her experience with contests. Don’t wait and enter the Fiction Contest today. Submissions close July 1, 2016.   When I was in school, I always wanted to enter contests. Writing contests, art contests, speech contests, acting contests. I […]

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2016 Author Sneak Peek

We’re thrilled to announce sixteen of the authors who will participate in this year’s Texas Book Festival, happening November 5 and 6 in and around the State Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas. Our full 2016 lineup will be announced in early September. For now, mark your calendars and join us here in the heart of Texas as we […]

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2016 Texas Book Festival Poster Revealed

“Why we was up so high you could see the whole World stretching out all around you…” – The Devil’s Backbone We’re thrilled to reveal the official 2016 Texas Book Festival poster. This year’s poster art was selected in honor of Jack Unruh, the legendary Texas artist and illustrator who passed away in May 2016. Unruh’s iconic […]

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Summer Reading List: Children’s Lit

Here are some of our summer reading picks for children’s literature. These picture books are sure to keep your little one entertained throughout the summer. Middle grade and YA summer reading picks are forthcoming, so stay tuned!   Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by […]

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Texas Book Festival Announces New Development Director

We are excited to announce that Janet Hutchison has joined the Texas Book Festival team as Development Director. Janet serves as the TBF primary development officer responsible for fundraising and ensuring that fundraising efforts support the Festival’s mission, programs and strategic vision. A native Texan, Janet has a B.A. in Literature from the University of Texas […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival 2016 Lineup

The FULL Texas Teen Book Festival lineup is finally here! 30 amazing YA authors for a full day of fun! Check out the full lineup here and be sure to mark those calendars for October 1st, 2016. The Texas Teen Book Festival is held at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas! Be sure to join […]

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Julie’s New Book Picks for June

New month, new books. Here’s what’s on my radar in the merry month of June. Below you’ll find a mix of books I’ve read and loved and a couple of books coming out this month that I can’t wait to read. Above you’ll find a shot of McKinney Falls State Park here in Austin, a great […]

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Recommended Read May 2016: THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS

Give Dominic Smith a Google and you’ll discover a few things. First: he bats left-handed. Second: he was selected by the New York Mets in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft. Third: there’s more than one Dominic Smith. Google Dominic Smith author and you’ll find what you came for: an Austin-based author […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival Announces 2016 Keynotes!

    Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2016 keynote speakers! Get excited for bestselling authors Laini Taylor (Strange in the Dreamer) and Leigh Bardugo (Crooked Kingdom)! Check out the full announcement over on the TTBF blog. Stay tuned for plenty more news to come about this year’s Texas Teen Book Festival! Join the […]

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New Books to Check Out in May

A new month means a fresh crop of books on bookstore shelves. Here are a few we’re adding to our To-Be-Read pile this month.   The After Party by Anton DiSclafani (May 17) DiSclafani is the author of the well-received, book club-ready novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls (I will spend the rest of my book career attempting […]

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Poet Profile: Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles has been writing poetry, prose, and criticism for the last thirty years. She’s published more than twenty books, but only recently did she find a wider audience after the reissue of Chelsea Girls (an autobiographical account of her explosive adolescence). A recent profile in the New York Times has a theory why: “The gritty, idealistic outsiders of New York’s creative scenes in […]

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2016 Library Grant Recipients Announced

We announced the winners of our 2015-2016 Texas Public Library Collection Enhancement Grants at the Texas Library Association conference in Houston on Thursday, April 21. Forty-four Texas public libraries received grants totaling more than $100,000. The Texas Book Festival awards grants to public libraries annually to support collection enhancement. The Festival has donated more than $2.8 million to libraries across Texas since its […]

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TBF Talks to Sarah Bird

  We recently had the chance to chat with legendary author Sarah Bird about the inspiration for her new book A Love Letter to Texas Women. A Texas woman herself, Sarah Bird is the author of nine novels, has written for The New York Times, Salon, O Magazine, and Texas Monthly, and has written screenplays for numerous studios. Her original […]

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