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Texas Book Festival Announces New Literary Director

We are very excited to announce the Texas Book Festival has named a new literary director! Julie Wernersbach, who served as marketing director for BookPeople for the past five years, will start her new job as the Festival’s literary director later this month. At BookPeople, Wernersbach plans more than 300 author events each year and oversees […]

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Interview with Chris Barton and Don Tate

February is Black History Month. Honor it with two incredible titles by 2015 Texas Book Festival featured authors Chris Barton and Don Tate. The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton examines the life of a former slave, turned U.S. congressman, John Roy Lynch. Lynch was one of the first African-American congressmen. This book also gives […]

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Literary Lunch with Stephen Harrigan

Join us on Friday, February 26 at 11:15 am for Literary Lunch with Stephen Harrigan Tickets are $40 per person, including lunch

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Enhance Your Library

Last year 34 libraries received more than $75,000 in grant support from the Texas Book Festival. Here’s a little snippet on how those funds were used and how five libraries enhanced their collections. The 2015-2016 cycle is open and applications must be post-marked by February 5th, 2016. Apply now!   1. Hutchinson County Library purchased 184 children’s books for their […]

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Reading Resolutions

  We asked some of our TBF Volunteer Chairs what, if any, reading resolutions they made for 2016. Will they read a book a week? Finally finish Moby Dick? Make their way through the classics? Vow to stop falling asleep the minute they open a book in bed? Let’s find out:   Brucette Beitz, Children’s Book Signing Tent […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival Dates Announced

Mark your calendar for the 2016 Texas Teen Book Festival! The Festival will be held at St. Edward’s University. Don’t miss the latest news and follow us on social media! Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/TexasTeenBookFestival/ Twitter: @TXTeenBookFest Instagram: TXTeenBookFest Blog: http://texasteenbookfestival.org/  

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2016 Festival Dates!

Mark your calendars, the annual Festival will be held November 5 & 6, 2016 in Austin, Texas. We will update details on our website as we get closer. To stay up to date with news and announcements, join our email list. Details for submitting a book for consideration can be found here. Financial support for […]

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TBF’s Favorite Books of 2015 (and Gift Guide!)

We asked our staff, board members, and friends to weigh in on the favorite books they read in 2015, and to share which books they’ll be giving as gifts this holiday season. Many of us struggled to narrow it down, but at long last, we settled on our one favorite read (or two, or three, or […]

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Reading Rock Stars Houston Recap

The Texas Book Festival kicked off the holiday season by giving more than  1,800 shiny, brand new books to kids through the Reading Rock Stars program! In one very meaningful day, eight authors presented their books to students in three Title I schools in Houston. Each child left with an autographed book by that author/illustrator.  See […]

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2015 Reading Rock Stars 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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Check Out Our Lit Events Calendar

See what literary events are happening in Texas. We’ll see you there!

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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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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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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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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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