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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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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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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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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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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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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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Announcing the 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest Winners

In partnership with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, and support from AT&T, the Texas Book Festival is proud to announce the 2017 winners of the Fresh Ink Fiction Contest! These young writers showcased their literary promise with a work of original fiction based on our theme for 2017, “Funny Running Into You Here.” These nine winners come from […]

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Tom Hanks at the Texas Book Festival

WHO: Tom Hanks WHAT: In Conversation with Lawrence Wright about Uncommon Type WHERE: Texas Book Festival; First Baptist Church WHEN: Saturday, November 4 at 4:30PM Tickets now available and include a signed book! Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.   We are thrilled to announce that, sponsored by Texas Capital Bank, we’ll welcome actor Tom Hanks to the 2017 […]

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Pre-Order Signed Festival Books!

Can’t make it to this year’s Texas Book Festival? Or worried you won’t make it to every signing? (There will only be about, oh, 300 of them…..) You can now pre-order signed copies of select Festival titles via BookPeople! A portion of each sale supports the Texas Book Festival. BookPeople ships worldwide. If you’re in […]

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2017 Festival Friends Pass Sessions!

We’re happy to announce this year’s featured Festival Friends Pass authors! Friends Pass holders enjoy priority seating and spots in the signing line at select sessions and signings throughout the Festival Weekend. 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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2017 First Edition Literary Gala Authors!

  We are thrilled to announce the 2017 First Edition Literary Gala authors! Join us at the Gala for a night of excellent literary programming, and then find these authors at their panels throughout the Festival weekend. On Friday, November 3, we will celebrate and support literacy in Texas at the Gala with acclaimed authors Walter Isaacson, Min […]

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Dan Rather at the Texas Book Festival!

  WHO: Dan Rather WHAT: In Conversation with Evan Smith about What Unites Us WHERE: Texas Book Festival WHEN: Saturday, November 4 at 12:00PM Book Tickets for this session are SOLD OUT. A limited number of open seating will be available to the public on a first come, first serve basis. General seating will open at 11:50AM. Copies of What […]

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2017 TBF Confirmed Appearances

The Festival Weekend (November 4-5) will be here before we know it, and we’ll announce our full author and presenter lineup in September! Here’s a running list of the authors and illustrators we have already announced will be appearing at the 2017 Texas Book Festival (check back for updates):   Dan Rather – What Unites Us  […]

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Sisters First at Texas Book Festival!

  WHO: Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush WHAT: Sisters First Tour! WHERE: Texas Book Festival WHEN: Saturday, November 4 at 10:00AM Book Tickets for this session are SOLD OUT. Some seating will be available for the general public on a first come, first serve basis. General public seating will open at 9:50AM, after all Book Ticket holders […]

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TBF Does Back to School with El Mundo!

We’re getting excited to get back to school in the next few weeks! For us here at the Texas Book Festival it means the Festival is getting close and we have a new year of Reading Rock Stars to get ready for.  We’re planning, organizing and ready for a new year. It’s a good time […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival Reveals Their Official 2017 Author Lineup!

It’s shaping up to be a great year for books here in Texas! While the Texas Book Festival won’t announce our official lineup until mid-September, we’re excited to share that the Texas Teen Book Festival has announced their full 2017 lineup—and what a lineup it is! You can view the full lineup, along with information […]

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TBF Team Summer Reads: the pets edition

One thing we all have in common here at Texas Book Festival is, of course, our love of books. Despite how much we read and talk about books on a daily basis, we never quite get tired of it. Whether we’re eagerly cracking open a brand-new title or diving back into a long-time favorite, we love […]

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Update From the Lit Director Desk: Summer Begins the Countdown

Reading in the wild.   Here we are, in the thick of it. The fireworks have popped and sizzled. The vacation days are marked on the calendar. The warm weather reading lists pile on top of each other in our Twitter feeds (and in our beach bags). It is summer, big summer, heavy summer. In […]

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Just Announced: JEFFREY EUGENIDES at the Texas Book Festival!

  Saturday, November 4 Jeffrey Eugenides + Claire Messud In Conversation at the 2017 Texas Book Festival   We’re thrilled to announce Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides will join us at this year’s Texas Book Festival with his first collection of short fiction, Fresh Complaint. Eugenides will appear in conversation with Claire Messud on Saturday, November 4th. Messud […]

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Apply to be a Volunteer Committee Chair!

The Texas Book Festival is seeking passionate and energetic Volunteer Committee Chairs for its 2017 Festival season! Volunteer Committee Chairs (VCCs) are an integral part of what makes the Texas Book Festival run smoothly. We have two VCCs at each Festival venue in and around the Texas State Capitol. The main responsibilities include: – Managing volunteers who sign up […]

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Announcing the 2017 Texas Book Festival Poster and Featured Artist

    With much fanfare and excitement, we are thrilled to unveil the official 2017 Texas Book Festival poster! Each year, our committee gathers to consider the work of Texas artists and discuss the artistic vision for the annual Festival. We’re happy to announce this year’s poster artist is Joel Salcido, Austin-based photographer and author of the new […]

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2017 Texas Teen Book Festival Keynotes

The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2017 keynote authors! “TTBF 2017 is shaping up to be amazing!” says Festival Director Shawn Mauser. “I could hardly keep the keynote news to myself. Connecting teens with authors they love is the core of what we do. We’re thrilled to give Texas teens the opportunity to […]

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TBF + SoulCycle Charity Ride: Sign Up Today!

We are excited to announce our first ever SoulCycle charity ride on Sunday May 7, 2017, at 1pm. Join us at the downtown Austin SoulCycle location to raise money for the annual Festival as well as our year-round outreach literacy programs like Reading Rock Stars and our annual Texas Library Grants. Everyone, from cycling enthusiasts to […]

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Our 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest is now open!

We are now accepting submissions to the 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest (formerly called the Youth Fiction Writing Contest). The theme this year is: “Funny Running Into You Here.”   Hosted by the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at the University of Texas at Austin, with generous support from […]

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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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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 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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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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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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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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Schedule Updates

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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: 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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Schedule Insert in the Sunday Statesman

You’ve seen the ONLINE SCHEDULE. You’ve seen the GRID SCHEDULE. Now, pick up your Austin American-Statesman SCHEDULE INSERT! Complete with newsprint on your fingers, the Schedule Insert will be in the Sunday, October 30, edition of the Austin American-Statesman. If you live out of town or miss the Sunday edition, we will have copies of […]

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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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