Lit Blog: Texas Book Festival

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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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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Children’s Activity Tent Schedule 2017

We are happy to announce the featured organizations at our Children’s Activity Tent for this year’s Festival! The tent will include a wide variety of crafts and fun, from monster bookmarks to light up picture frames and much more! We encourage everyone to bring your creative spirit and stop by to work with as many […]

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Children’s Entertainment Tent Schedule 2017

Who doesn’t love to be entertained?! This year’s Festival includes a wide vareity of performances for kids in our Children’s Entertainment Tent. Be prepared to learn while also having lots of fun! Make sure to bring your dancing shoes for our bands, including the University of Texas at Austin Mariachi Ensemble. We’re also looking forward […]

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2017 Texas Book Festival Kick-Off Party!

We’re kicking off the 2017 Texas Book Festival the only way we know how – with a big party! Join us at Antone’s Night Club  as we eat, drink and revel in bookish merriment with 2017 Festival authors and book lovers. We’ll kick off the big Festival Weekend in classic Austin style with a celebration […]

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Tom Hanks Ticket Giveaway!

We are so excited to welcome Tom Hanks to the 2017 Texas Book Festival in Austin on November 4! This is your chance to win tickets for this SOLD OUT event! Thanks to event sponsor, Texas Capital Bank, we have two pairs of tickets to give away! WHO: Tom Hanks WHAT: In Conversation with Lawrence Wright about Uncommon Type WHERE: Texas […]

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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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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 priority seating and a signed book are now SOLD OUT. A limited number of open seating will be available to the public on a first come, first serve basis at the Festival. Copies […]

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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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2017 Literary Libations Week!

Grab a drink and support the arts! We’re thrilled to launch our second annual Literary Libations week in support of Lit Crawl Austin! From August 14-18, bars across Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston are slinging book-themed cocktails to support the Texas Book Festival and Lit Crawl Austin, our annual evening of literary shenanigans. A […]

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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 priority seating and a signed book available now!     We’re thrilled to announce we’re kicking off the Texas Book Festival Weekend with a very special session featuring Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara […]

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Announcing Our New Partnership: Texas Book Festival + BookPeople

BookPeople to Serve as the Official Bookseller for The Texas Book Festival Weekend and Year-Round Events   We’re pleased to announce that BookPeople, Texas’s leading independent bookstore, will serve as the official and main bookseller for the Texas Book Festival. BookPeople will partner with TBF year-round as the bookseller for literary events, including the 2017 […]

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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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2017 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup: Sneak Peek

We’re thrilled to announce thirteen of the authors and illustrators who will participate in this year’s Texas Book Festival, happening November 4 and 5 in and around the State Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas. Our full 2017 lineup will be announced in early September. For now, mark your calendars and join us here in the […]

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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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From the Lit Director Desk: What I’m Reading

I’ve been to some very cold places this year in the name of books.    The beginning of February saw me return from one book conference in time to promptly turn around and fly out to another book conference. I had just enough time to empty my suitcase of one load of books and make […]

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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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From the Lit Director Desk: What I’m Reading

(Getting the hard work done.)   Greetings from the new year! I’ve been busy powering through my early 2017 reading list while I start to get things up and running for this year’s Festival. (This year’s Texas Book Festival takes place November 4-5 here in Austin.) Here’s a quick look at the books that have stuck […]

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The 2017 Texas Teen Book Festival!

The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2017 date! Mark your calendars now for another awesome celebration of YA authors, books, reading, writing, and the wonderful YA community we have here in Texas. Head to the #TTBF website for full details of when and where to be. Be sure to sign up for the #TTBF enewsletter while you’re there to […]

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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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Give A Book: Lit Community Picks for 2016

You may or may not have noticed this, but the gift giving season is here. It’s the time of Secret Santa, White Elephant, and I’m-not-sure-if-our-relationship-warrants-a-gift-but-why-not shopping trips. If you’re ever in doubt of what to give someone, why not a book? It’s a foolproof gift for just about anyone but this guy:     We […]

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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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Educator Resources: 2016 Election

We met with educators on Wednesday, November 16 to talk about how they’re talking with their students about the 2016 presidential election. We compiled the below resources to facilitate the discussion.   Books That Encourage Empathy, Understanding and Tolerance Kindergarten – 5th Middle Grade (6th – 8th) Young Adult   Empathy Chart This chart can […]

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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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¡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: Inheritance

  Inheritance. The concept of passing on something of yourself to a future generation. But what does it mean to the receivers, to the people that are stuck with whatever lot they are given? Mitchell Jackson (The Residue Years) and Adam Haslett (Imagine Me Gone) explore these complicated ideas in their own stories, examining privilege […]

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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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Festival Passport and Family-Friendly Fun at the Fest!

  Join us for a weekend full of family-friendly fun! **The Festival has something for everyone!**   Travel the Festival!   Calling all kids: This year travel the Festival with your very own Festival Passport.  Passports can be printed out before the Festival or pick up your passport at the Children’s Activity Tent at the […]

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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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Don DeLillo at the Texas Book Festival

  Texas Book Festival and the Harry Ransom Center are honored to present Don DeLillo at this year’s Festival on Saturday, November 5! As any lover of literature knows, Don DeLillo is not a newcomer to the game. The recipient of the National Book Award (White Noise), a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist (Mao II and Underworld), […]

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2017 Book Sales & Signings

BOOK SALES All Festival books will be available across three BookPeople Sales Tents:  Main Sales Tent (Adult and YA) Children’s Sales Tent (Picture Book and Middle Grade) Cookbook Tent (Cookbooks) Books will also be available for sale on-site for the specific sessions held at:  First United Methodist Church – View the sessions First Baptist Church – View the […]

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Library Love at the 2016 TBF

We love our Texas libraries! As a non-profit organization founded by former librarian Laura Bush, one of the main goals of the Texas Book Festival is to strengthen and support libraries across the state. Each year, we donate tens of thousands of dollars ($100,000 in 2016!) to libraries in Texas to fund their collections. This year at […]

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Session Feature: On Bowie, A TBF Tribute

In honor of David Bowie, this year’s Texas Book Festival will present a loving tribute to the artist’s work, influence and legacy with Rob Sheffield, author of On Bowie; Bowie’s friend and contemporary, Thomas Dolby (The Speed of Sound); music writer and critic Evie Nagy (Devo’s Freedom of Choice), and Joe Gross, who writes about movies, books, music […]

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Central Market Cooking Tent

  Central Market will host a notable array of culinary authors and chefs at the Central Market Cooking Tent during the 2016 Texas Book Festival. Many of this year’s featured speakers are nationally renowned as award-winning authors, chefs and restaurateurs. The authors and chefs will hold cooking demonstrations and discussions during both days of the Festival. After […]

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Session Feature: Great Expectations: Being A Woman in 2016

  Ladies, let’s talk. What a woman should be, how she should act, and what’s expected of her public and private performance have been at the forefront of our national conversation more than ever this year. We’re looking forward to hearing what Belle Boggs (The Art of Waiting), Sady Doyle (Trainwreck) and Phoebe Robinson (You Can’t Touch […]

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Lit Crawl Austin 2016

  It’s almost here, our annual evening of boozey bookishness: Lit Crawl Austin descends upon our fair city the evening of Saturday, November 5. The full Lit Crawl Austin schedule is now available. Authors, readers, bartenders, lit mags, Austinites with glasses, Austinites without glasses – all will converge on the bars of East Cesar Chavez for more […]

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Session Feature: The Secret History of Twin Peaks

“Talking to Mark Frost is like talking to a wise leprechaun that took you a really long time to track down and capture. Having worked alongside David Lynch as a writer and co-creator of one of the most widely pondered and tantalizingly confusing TV shows, Twin Peaks, he holds in his brain the answers to […]

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Have Brunch with Marcus Samuelsson!

  THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT Tickets are no longer available. Please contact Claire Burrows at the Texas Book Festival office at 512-477-4055 or claire@texasbookfestival.org if you would like to be added to the wait list for this brunch.    Of course, you can still catch Marcus talking about The Red Rooster Cookbook at the Texas Book Festival […]

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2016 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup Announced!

  It’s here’s! It’s here! The FULL list of the more than 280 authors who will appear at this year’s Texas Book Festival has been revealed! This year’s Festival is jam-packed with amazing writers: Don DeLillo, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Diana Kennedy, Thomas Dolby, Emma Cline, Padma Lakshmi, Amor Towles, Francine Prose, Lawrence Wright, Phoebe Robinson, Jane […]

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