The Texas Book Festival Benefiting Libraries and Literacy
The Texas Book Festival (TBF) is a non-profit organization that celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses, the annual Book Festival is FREE and open to the public. In addition to the Festival weekend, the Texas Book Festival supports literary and literacy programs year-round and across Texas.
Over the past 21 years, the Texas Book Festival has awarded more than $2.7 million in grants to Texas public libraries. Grants are given to libraries to enhance book collections and support literacy and technology programs.
The Texas Book Festival has brought books to life for more than 72,000 children through its Reading Rock Stars Literacy Program. This engaging program invites notable children’s authors to present their works to kids in economically disadvantaged public schools in Texas. The TBF donates an autographed copy of the author’s book to each child and a set of books to the school’s library. For many of these students, this is the first new book they have owned.
The Fiction Writing Contest encourages and rewards creative writing in Texas schools. Junior and high school Texas students are invited to submit a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in length. The submissions are judged by Texas Book Festival authors, local educators, and leaders in the publishing industry.
The Texas Teen Book Festival (TTBF) is a one-day event that celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting fans to engage with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors in the country. The TTBF started as the Austin Teen Book Festival in 2009 with a gathering at Westlake High School that hosted 16 authors and 500 attendees. The event continued to grow, and in 2011-2013 was sponsored by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. In 2014 the Fest was renamed the Texas Teen Book Festival and is currently a collaboration of the Texas Book Festival, BookPeople, and a dedicated group of librarian volunteers. One of the largest gatherings of its kind anywhere, the annual Fest takes place in the fall on the campus of St. Edward’s University.