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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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Reading Rock Stars Makes a Difference

“This has truly been the most amazing experience we have EVER had at our school. It is such an inspiring event for the students AND the teachers/staff. The best part of the program is the excitement for reading that it gives the students. The free books are great but if they aren’t excited about reading […]

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A Valentine to Texas Authors

At the Texas Book Festival, we love authors from all around the world, and especially from Texas! Here are some Texas authors who are our true Valentines this season: Don Tate: Living in Austin, TX, Don is a writer-illustrator extraordinaire! He is an award-winning author, and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. His most recent […]

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TBF + BookPeople Present: ANTHONY DOERR

We’re pleased to announce we’ve teamed up with BookPeople to welcome Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, to Central Presbyterian Church in Austin to speak about and sign his highly acclaimed novel on Thursday, April 6th at 7:00PM. Tickets are now available and include a paperback copy of ALL THE LIGHT WE […]

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2017 Black History Month Around Texas

Wondering how different communities around Texas are celebrating Black History Month? Check these out! Do you know of any other events happening in your town? Let us know at bookfest@texasbookfestival.org.    I Am Not Your Negro // Alamo Drafthouse – South Lamar, Austin // February 02, 2017, 7 p.m. A special screening presented by soulciti and Capital City Black Film […]

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From the Lit Director Desk: What I’m Reading

(Getting the hard work done.)   Greetings from the new year! I’ve been busy powering through my early 2017 reading list while I start to get things up and running for this year’s Festival. (This year’s Texas Book Festival takes place November 4-5 here in Austin.) Here’s a quick look at the books that have stuck […]

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The 2017 Texas Teen Book Festival!

The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2017 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 […]

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February Book Club

For February, all our book club picks are about love. Or at least the word “love” is in the title. While not a traditional book club pick, my personal choice is 2015 Festival author Adrian Tomine’s Scenes from an Impending Marriage. This tiny graphic memoir is Tomine’s sketchbook following his experience of planning a marriage. What are you […]

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Meet Lea Bogner

My name is Lea Bogner and I am the Texas Book Festival’s new Outreach Coordinator! I am originally from New York and attended Tulane University. When I graduated in 2012, I joined Teach for America and taught 6th grade reading at a KIPP middle school. I loved getting kids excited about reading, often dressing up […]

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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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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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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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Unique Gifts from the 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 2016 Texas Book Festival gift. All items available while supplies last. Shipping costs are included in the donation amount. Items will ship within 48 hours after your donation is made. […]

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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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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: 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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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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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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2017 Book Sales & Signings

BOOK SALES All Festival books will be available across three BookPeople 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 – View the […]

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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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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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TooFar Media at the Festival

MANY WORLDS. ONE App. Visit TooFar Media’s Craft Reader Gallery to become a walking work of art with literary flash tattoos, while exploring Immersive Story Experiences fusing fiction, music and art! Discover otherworldly stories, original indie music and visionary fine art in this hand crafted reader gallery. . . And don’t forget your gift of the TooFar MediaApp and latest […]

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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 claire@texasbookfestival.org 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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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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