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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Literary Death Match Austin!

We’re amped to bring Literary Death Match back to Lit Crawl Austin! Join us on Saturday, November 4 at 7:00pm at the North Door (501 Brushy Street) when four authors and three all-star judges come together for the ultimate literary showdown. Doors are at 6:30pm; suggested donation of $10. Copies of the participants’ books will be available […]

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Reading Rock Stars Austin 2017

It’s time for another round of Reading Rock Stars in Austin! The Texas Book Festival brings books to life through Reading Rock Stars, a program that brings author and illustrators from across the country into Title I schools to present their picture books and novels. After each presentation, every single student receives a copy of the presenting […]

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Central Market Cooking Tent

Central Market hosts a notable array of award winning culinary authors and chefs in the Central Market Cooking Tent. Get drawn in by the delicious smells and stay for the demonstrations, discussions and signings. Check out the schedule below to see who will present in this year’s Central Market Cooking Tent. Cookbooks will be available […]

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2017 Antone’s Music Stage

For the first time ever, Antone’s brings their iconic blues and rock style to the Festival’s Music Tent! Make sure to catch a set (or several) at the Antone’s Stage on 11th Street and Colorado Street.   2017 Antone’s Stage Schedule   Saturday, November 4  11:00 am – Brad Stivers 12:00 pm – Lindsay Beaver […]

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Book Drive For Libraries Affected by Harvey!

Help us reach our donation goal of 1,500 books to rebuild libraries in Houston and the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Harvey! During the November 4-5 Festival Weekend, make a $15 donation at a register in a BookPeople Book Sales Tent that buys a book for our Reading Rock Stars students in Houston. For each book […]

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Book Club Guide to Texas Book Fest

Calling all book clubs! The Texas Book Festival is a great opportunity to discover your group’s next big read and to meet the authors you’ve been reading and discussing all year. This year, we’ve curated several sessions with book clubs in mind. Of course, we hope you’ll join us at EVERY session this year (and […]

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YA Lit at Texas Book Festival

YA Authors at the Texas Book Festival The YA HQ Tent at Texas Book Festival is back for its second year and packed with YA authors you don’t want to miss! We’ve put together a YA Buzz Books panel with authors you need to know now, including Nic Stone and Brandy Colbert; a conversation with rock […]

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Texas Forever: Lone Star Authors at TBF

The Texas Tent Located on Congress Avenue at 8th Street, the Texas Tent will host conversations about everything from Austin dance halls to Texas music and sports, to the Lone Star state as literary inspiration, and more. Check out the full Texas Tent schedule, which includes sessions with David Courtney, Nate Blakeslee, Kinky Friedman, Deanne […]

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Up Your Alley: Genre Fiction at TBF 2017

Romance, crime fiction, science fiction, horror; if genre is your alley, we have sessions at this year’s Texas Book Festival for you to check out and authors you have to meet. Take a look and plan your schedule for the November 4-5 Texas Book Festival Weekend!    SCI FI / FANTASY Afrofuturism: 2017 Nicky Drayden […]

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Kids On Congress! Activities for the Whole Family

With the launch of the Next Chapter Tent, our brand new dedicated spot for middle grade panels, we’re officially launching Kids On Congress, a stupendous avenue packed with sessions and activities for young readers at the 2017 Texas Book Festival! From picture books to chapter books to YA, and with entertainment and activities to keep […]

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Children’s Activity Tent Schedule 2017

We are happy to announce the featured organizations at our Children’s Activity Tent for this year’s Festival! The tent will include a wide variety of crafts and fun, from monster bookmarks to light up picture frames and much more! We encourage everyone to bring your creative spirit and stop by to work with as many […]

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Children’s Entertainment Tent Schedule 2017

Who doesn’t love to be entertained?! This year’s Festival includes a wide vareity of performances for kids in our Children’s Entertainment Tent. Be prepared to learn while also having lots of fun! Make sure to bring your dancing shoes for our bands, including the University of Texas at Austin Mariachi Ensemble. We’re also looking forward […]

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2017 Texas Book Festival Kick-Off Party!

We’re kicking off the 2017 Texas Book Festival the only way we know how – with a big party! Join us at Antone’s Night Club  as we eat, drink and revel in bookish merriment with 2017 Festival authors and book lovers. We’ll kick off the big Festival Weekend in classic Austin style with a celebration […]

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JUST ADDED: Luvvie Ajayi at TBF!

We’re excited to announce we’ve added-winning writer and 13-year blogging veteran Luvvie Ajayi as one of the featured authors at the 2017 Texas Book Festival!  Join us on Saturday, November 4 at 10:00AM when Luvvie (known to her legion of Twitter fans as @Luvvie) speaks about and signs her bestselling book, I’m Judging You: The Do Better […]

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2017 Activities with the Authors!

  Enjoy the great outdoors (and indoors!) with our authors on Saturday and Sunday morning before the Festival festivities begin! UPDATE: Yoga at the Capitol has been moved to Sunday morning at 8:30am. There’s nothing quite like stretching and getting some fresh air on a crisp fall morning in Austin. We’re so grateful to our […]

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Have Brunch with Gail Simmons

  The Texas Book Festival is pleased to present a special opportunity to sit down and dine with culinary expert Gail Simmons. Join us at Olamaie on Sunday, November 5 at 11:00am when Chef Michael Fojtasek, one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs”, presents a three course brunch based Simmon’s cookbook, Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous […]

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Have Brunch with Mark Bittman

Texas Book Festival is pleased to present a special opportunity to sit down and dine with acclaimed food journalist, Mark Bittman. Join us at Emmer & Rye on Saturday, November 4 at 11:00am for a three course brunch based on Bittman’s seminal cookbook, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition. Tickets cost $150 and include a […]

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Elizabeth St. Cafe Cookbook Brunch Party Oct 28!

Elizabeth Street Café Cookbook Launch and Brunch Party! Saturday, October 28, 11:30AM and 1:15PM Elizabeth Street Café / South First Street / Austin Join Texas Book Festival and Elizabeth Street Café for the launch of the Elizabeth Street Cafe cookbook (Phaidon)! We’ll celebrate the beautiful new cookbook by ESC founders Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman at the […]

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