What We Do

Benefiting Texas Libraries and Literacy


The Texas Book Festival (TBF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission connects authors and readers through experiences that celebrate the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, the annual Texas Book Festival Weekend is free and open to the public. In addition to the Festival Weekend, the TBF supports literary and literacy programs year-round and across Texas.


Texas Book Festival 

One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 275+ nationally and critically recognized authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers. Founded in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, the Festival has hosted thousands of notable and award-winning authors over the years, including Margaret Atwood, Robert Caro, Sandra Cisneros, Salman Rushdie, Cheryl Strayed, Walter Mosley, Molly Shannon, Frank McCourt, Ziggy Marley, Liz Carpenter, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and many, many others.

The 2016 Texas Book Festival will be held November 5-6, 2016. The Festival runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Texas Book Festival Weekend is free and open to the public and takes place in Austin, Texas, at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds.

Texas Library Grants

The Texas Book Festival has given more than $2.8 million in library grants, providing much-needed collections funding to libraries in every corner of the state.

Reading Rock Stars

This inspiring literacy outreach program has brought tens of thousands of books to life for children in Title I elementary schools. The TBF brings award-winning and bilingual children’s authors into schools for presentations and donates a new, autographed copy of the author’s book to each child as well as a complete set of all participating authors’ books to the school’s library.

Annual Youth Fiction Writing Contest

The Annual Youth Fiction Writing Contest for middle and high school students encourages youths to keep reading and writing during these important developmental years. The contest includes cash prizes and the opportunity to participate on an official panel at the Texas Book Festival.

Texas Teen Book Festival

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.