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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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Texas Teen Book Festival Dates Announced!

YA fans rejoice! The Texas Teen Book Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 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 of the most popular authors who write for […]

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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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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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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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Q&A with Amanda Eyre Ward

Our literary director Steph Opitz sits down with novelist Amanda Eyre Ward to talk about her latest novel The Same Sky (on sale January 20th). The Same Sky follows two women, Carla and Alice, on opposite sides of the Texas border. Carla, a young Honduran girl, is desperate to get to her family in the United States, […]

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Holiday Shopping Ideas

Searching for the best book to get your loved one this holiday season? by Sydney   We recommend checking out 2014 festival author Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, the latest recipient of the National Book Award, and other 2014 festival authors works featured on the New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2014” book list […]

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Happy Holidays, Happy Reading

With the passing of Thanksgiving, it’s safe to say that the holidays are here. Looking to for some literary entertainment for the little ones? Austin: Check out BookPeople’s storytime Christmas Classics on December 23, featuring a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, and Barnes & Noble’s Hanukkah Storytime on December 14, […]

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2015 Festival Dates Announced

Mark your calendar and make way for the Texas Book Festival’s 20th anniversary! More than 250 authors will invade the city of Austin at the TXBOOKFEST  on October 17  & 18th, 2015.

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Festival Afterglow: Kirkus Interview with Tavis Smiley

The 2014 Festival has ended, but there’s still so much for to hear, see and read! Kirkus Editor Clay Smith interviews Festival author Tavis Smiley about his book Death of a King. Smiley recounts the last year of Martin Luther King, Jr’s life, including the tribulations and the triumphs.

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Reading Rock Stars 2014 – Houston Authors!

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, nine authors from across the country will present their works in our first annual Reading Rock Stars – Houston program! Three elementary schools in Houston will receive a set of books for each school’s library and each student who participates will be given an autographed copy of the author’s book. The Houston […]

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Literary Death Match 2014 Recap

We decided to mix things up for the 2014 Literary Death Match session. Previously held during the Festival, this year was the first time for Literary Death Match to take place during our nighttime Lit Crawl Austin–an annual literary pub crawl, co-produced by the Texas Book Festival and Litquake Foundation, that features some of America’s most groundbreaking writers onstage at East Austin […]

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Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

Sixteen poised, enthusiastic readers from Forest North Elementary School took to the stage at the 2014 Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25 to announce the 2015-2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Congratulations to all of the nominees! The announcement of the Texas Bluebonnet Awards, which is a master list of 20 excellent books for readers in grades 3-6, […]

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10 Festival Recap Stories We Love

The 19th annual Texas Book Festival is a wrap! With our biggest line-up ever, the 2014 Festival drew big-time attention from media in Texas and across the nation. Want to relive the excitement of the Festival weekend? Go for it! Here are 10 stories we think you’ll enjoy.  Readers find their own adventures at Texas Book Festival, Dallas Morning […]

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TBF Cheat Sheet

No matter what kind of reader you are there’s something for you at the Texas Book Festival. With the long list of authors and sessions it might feel a little daunting (in a good way) to decide what to see this year. Here are five ways to navigate the Festival. Pro tip: allow room in […]

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Food at the 2014 Fest

Foodies, rejoice! Famous cooking experts and culinary leaders from across the nation and Texas will present their latest cookbooks, engage in discussions, and perform a variety of cooking demonstrations next weekend at the Texas Book Festival, all free of charge and open to the public. Dubbed “the year of the chef”, the 2014 Book Festival […]

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Literary mayhem: Lit Crawl

Lit Crawl Austin returns to the Texas Book Festival on Saturday night, Oct. 25. The annual literary pub crawl, a co-production of the Texas Book Festival and Litquake Foundation, features some of America’s most groundbreaking writers onstage at East Austin venues talking about and signing their latest books. Inspired by San Francisco’s long-running Lit Crawl […]

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Schedule Changes

With more than 280 authors, a few things are bound to change. Stay up-to-date with the changes on our Festival updates page. The web and mobile app schedule will always be the most up-to-date. The Statesman print schedule is terrific to hold in your hands and it is 98% correct — just note that any schedule […]

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Music highlights at the Fest

Music highlights at the Texas Book Festival: live performances, authors, sessions, and more It’s no secret that music and writing go hand-in-hand. A great song is remembered not only because of the music, but because it tells a great story. Music is mankind’s universal language, after all. For this reason—and of course the fact that the […]

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Family Fun at the Book Fest

For families, everything we offer at the Festival looks, smells, and tastes like free fun—stories read by the actual authors of favorite picture books, DIY craft activities, a kids’ storybook fashion show, and more! We always aim for our children’s programming to be as fun and energetic as possible, but our ultimate goal is more […]

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Meet this year’s Reading Rock Stars-Austin Authors!

On Friday, October 24th, the day before the Texas Book Festival Weekend, authors from across the country will present their works in our six Reading Rock Stars elementary schools in Austin, thanks to generous support from H-E-B’s Tournament of Champions, the Wright Family Foundation, and the ECG Foundation. Each child receives an autographed copy of […]

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Download the 2014 Official TxBookFest Mobile App Now!

The 2014 Festival mobile app will give you maps, up-to-date schedule information, and allow you to bookmark the sessions you don’t want to miss. Download the new app now                Android       iPhone

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Fast Pass Sessions Announced!

We are excited to reveal the much-anticipated list of this year’s Fast Pass sessions! With more than 280 authors and a record attendance expected, you will want to have a Fast Pass. Donate $100 or more, and we thank you with a Fast Pass that allows you and one guest priority line access at these designated Fast Pass […]

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Keeping Up with Laura Bush

Nearly twenty years since launching the Texas Book Festival, Honorary Chair Laura Bush is as passionate as ever in her quest to champion literacy. When the TBF was established, the goal was to celebrate authors and exceptional literature while raising money for Texas public libraries. Staying true to this philosophy after departing the Texas Capitol, […]

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2014 Schedule announced!

Texas Book Festival schedule announced: Author panels, Lit Crawl, music, kid’s activities, food! Oct. 25-26 at the State Capitol; free and open to the public With the largest number of authors (280-plus) in its history, the 19th annual Texas Book Festival schedule has more of everything that its fans will love. The jam-packed schedule for […]

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Bike with Authors

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bike through downtown Austin with a crew of literary greats. Authors H.W. Brands, Stephen Harrigan, Lawrence Wright, and Rob Spillman will lead a bike adventure starting at the 8th and Congress B-cycle stand, Sunday, October 26  from 8- 9 a.m. This event is not an author reading; it is […]

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Kayak with Festival Authors!

*UPDATE – Complimentary kayak rentals are full, but you are welcome to book a kayak for $10 and get in on the fun! Call  Congress Avenue Kayaks at 512-809-8916 to secure your spot.   Festival authors Shannon Galpin (Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan) and Jake Halpern […]

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Festival Authors on Demand

Want more Festival authors on demand? We’ve got you covered! Check out the videos below and get to know some of our featured authors before the Fest! Experience Shannon Galpin’s inspirational work in Afghanistan in this video. Galpin works to empower women through her non-profit organization, Mountain2Mountain. You go girl!   Watch Mira Jacobs, author […]

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Media Buzz surrounding the 2014 Author Lineup

We announced our largest lineup EVER—more than 275 authors—at a cocktail party on the rooftop of the Jones Center at The Contemporary Austin on September 10. The Author Lineup Announcement for the 2014 Festival garnered local, statewide, and national media coverage and— to share in the excitement— we have selected some of the best press links for your pre-Festival reading […]

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Gala Afterparty – Cocktails with the Authors!

  We’re excited to announce that, for the first time, the Texas Book Festival is hosting an Afterparty after our Gala. Our official welcome to all 285 Festival authors, the Afterparty will be your opportunity to mingle with your favorite writers over cocktails and late night snacks. Tickets are only $75. Register now!

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Author lineup announced for TX Book Fest

More than 275 authors are coming to the 2014 Texas Book Festival, the largest lineup in the Festival’s 19-year history! We’ve finally announced our author lineup for the 2014 #TXBookFest. Nationally renowned authors coming to this year’s Festival include Martin Amis, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, Norman Lear, Lidia Bastianich, Ziggy Marley, James Ellroy, Katherine Applegate, […]

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Vote For Us: Austin’s Best Festival!

The Texas Book Festival has been nominated for Best Festival as part of the Austin A-List’s annual “Best Of” voting program. The Austin A-List is a contest featuring hundreds of local businesses and organizations competing to be named best in their respective category. YOUR votes determine the outcome, and we would greatly appreciate it if you would please vote for […]

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You’re booked September 23rd!

Who: You, yeah, you! What: Percentage of all sales benefiting the Texas Teen Book Festival  Where: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78703 When: All day, September 23, 2014   On September 23rd, BookPeople will be donating a portion of sales to the Texas Teen Book Festival to keep the festival free and open to […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival Schedule Released

Librarian and Texas Teen Book Festival founder Heather Schubert says, “This year’s festival is THE one to attend.” Looking at the full lineup of authors and the  newly released  schedule, we couldn’t agree more! Two of the most-anticipated headliners are James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner; and Lauren Oliver, creator of the bestselling Delirium […]

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Volunteer at the Texas Book Festival

Want to experience the Festival in a new way? Sign up to be a volunteer! You can volunteer a little or a lot! Don’t take our word for it though; see what our volunteers are saying: There’s many reasons why I enjoy volunteering for TBF, but I think the biggest reason is to feel the […]

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Top Independent Bookstores in Austin

Top Independent Bookstores in Austin BookPeople With a knowledgeable and friendly staff and over 300 events held there every year (including various book clubs, author visits, children’s reading programs and camps), let’s be honest, who doesn’t love BookPeople? Voted best bookstore in Austin for 15 years straight (overachieving much?), BookPeople doesn’t disappoint. Their fabulous staff […]

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2014 Festival Poster and Eight Great Authors

For your literary delight, here is a taste of what the Texas Book Festival will offer this fall. Can’t wait to find out which authors will be at this year’s Texas Book Festival? Well, we can’t wait to tell you! Really, though . . . We are so excited about the Texas Book Festival that we’re revealing eight of the headlining authors […]

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Best of Austin Awards: Vote for Us

Austin Chronicle is now accepting ballots for its 2014 Best of Austin awards. Please consider voting for us in the best annual festival category. Ballots must be submitted online by Monday, July 21.  Click here to vote. Thank you!

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Grant Spotlight: The George Washington Carver Library

It’s time for the next edition of Grant Spotlight: Library Style. The George Washington Carver Library has been chosen as one of this year’s grant-winners, and is another great example of the ways in which libraries across Texas promote literacy. The Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library holds a unique place in Austin’s history. Originally established in […]

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Austin Writers Sarah Bird and Natalia Sylvester Share Summer Reading Ideas

Natalia Sylvester I’ve been told I like sad books, but I like to think of them as beautiful stories about the depths of the human spirit. The latest of this type of book that has me mesmerized is Jessica Null Vealitzek’s debut novel, The Rooms Are Filled. Set in the 80s, it’s the story of […]

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Are you a Texas Book Festival expert?

Test your knowledge of the Texas Book Festival with this fun trivia challenge. It’s harder than you think, so don’t feel bad if you only know a handful of the answers—you may learn something new! Who were the founders of the Texas Book Festival? Can you name three headliners from the 2013 Festival? What is […]

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