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2015 Reading Rock Star 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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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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Literary Director Position Opening!

We are on the hunt for a new literary director! We are accepting qualified applicants through Monday, November 30. See the job posting and application directions here.      

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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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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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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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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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TX Book Fest 2015 chock-full of free family fun

There’s no better one-stop spot for getting your kids excited about reading than heading down to one of the most majestic areas of town and seeing a passel of authors talk about their books. The Texas Book Festival will feature some of the nation’s most beloved children’s authors, family-friendly entertainment and activities, live music, food […]

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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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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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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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TBF Summer Reading List

Marc Winkelman, Board Chair Reagan, by H.W. Brands and The English Spy by Daniel Silva I think H.W. Brands’s book, Reagan, is well worth reading. I’m also enjoying the new Daniel Silva, The English Spy. You don’t have to have read the earlier books in Silva’s series to enjoy the fast-paced exploits of Israeli spy Gabriel Allon. Both […]

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Out of gift ideas?  Don’t worry, we’ve put together your shopping guide!  These 2014 Texas Book Festival author titles are sure to satisfy the dads on your list.   For the dad who thinks his top-secret BBQ rub recipe is the best: He hasn’t tried Dean Fearing’s yet. Fearing is known as the “Father […]

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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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Q&A with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

On Barefoot Dogs by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho Our literary director Steph Opitz talks with Austin-based author Antonio Ruiz-Camacho about his debut collection of short stories Barefoot Dogs (Scribner, March 2015). In interlocking stories told from different points of view, the Arteaga family suffers a tragedy in their home-country of Mexico and attempts to reconcile what comes after. Where […]

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Festival Afterglow: C-SPAN 2/BookTV

The C-SPAN 2/BookTV tent featured authors discussing timely and compelling topics, of both local and national interest. We’re so glad that these sessions are available to watch either again or for the first time on BookTV. To see the BookTV sessions from the 2014 Festival, go to the C-SPAN 2/BookTV website.   Here are a few of our favorites: […]

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Elizabeth Crook on Writing, Research, and the Infamous UT Tower Shooting

Elizabeth Crook, Austin novelist, sat down with our literary director Steph Opitz to discuss her latest novel.  Monday Monday is the story of the impact  that a tragic event can have on a person, how it can bond and severe, heal and scar. SO: Where did this book start? You’ve mentioned that it wasn’t until you read Pamela Colloff’s […]

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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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