Texas Lit Events

Literary happenings in Austin and ’round the State you won’t want to miss – author sightings, readings, panels, parties . . . a variety of literary events you might enjoy.  

If you are an author, publisher, bookstore, literary organization and have an event happening in Texas that you would like listed to be considered, please send all the pertinent info to: bookfest@texasbookfestival.org

September 2014 – April 2015

Natalia Sylvester @ Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm

Join Natalia Sylvester for a reading and discussion of her first novel, Chasing the Sun.  Peruvian food and cocktails will be provided, courtesy of La Chaparrita Restaurant.

“CHASING THE SUN is the story of Andre, a man whose wife is kidnapped in Lima, Peru, just as their marriage is falling apart, and how far he’ll go to save her. Set in a time of civil and political unrest, this evocative page-turner is a perfect marriage of domestic drama and suspense.”

Ellen Hopkins @ Barnes & Noble Frisco/Stonebriar Mall
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm

Book signing with Ellen HopkinsNew York Times bestselling author of Crank and Tricks, for her latest novel, Rumble.  

“High school senior Matthew Turner has been reeling ever since the suicide of his bullied gay younger brother Luke and his parents haven’t been doing any better. The chaotic family situation has made this young survivor an emphatic cynic about all things, an unforgiving attitude that not even his new girlfriend Hayden seems to be able to change. Sometimes, however, one unexpected event can change everything. Rumble explores the highly charged landscapes of faith and forgiveness with brilliant sensitivity and emotional resonance.”

James Ellroy @ Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm

A book signing and discussion with James Ellroy for his latest book, Perfidia, a pulse-pounding, as-it-happens historical/crime narrative that unfolds in Los Angeles over a twenty-three-day period beginning on December 6, 1941.

Ellroy is also the author of the acclaimed crime series, L.A. Quartet The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential,and White Jazz.

Chris Jericho @ Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm

Meet-and-greet book signing with New York Times bestselling author, wrestler, and metal rocker Chris Jericho for his new book,  The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea. “World Wrestling Entertainment has named Chris Jericho as one of the top ten wrestlers—and one of the top five talkers—of all time. Certainly, the past six years have been spectacular for Jericho. After a sluggish return from his 2005 sabbatical, Jericho found new inspiration in watching No Country for Old Men and completely reinvented his character—ultimately going on to capture three world WWE titles. The Best in the World chronicles some of the incredible and often preposterous highlights of Jericho’s recent career.”

Texas Book Festival Presents: First Edition Literary Gala @ The Four Seasons Hotel
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm

The 19th Annual First Edition Literary Gala will be held October 24, 2014, at the Four Seasons Hotel. Proceeds from the Gala provide critical financial support for the Texas Book Festival to carry out its mission and programs.

As free cultural and literary events become increasingly rare, the Texas Book Festival remains committed to providing the annual Festival free of charge for all to enjoy. Financial support from our donors also funds our Reading Rock Stars Literacy program, which provides author visits and book donations to children in low-income schools, and our Texas Library Grants, issued each spring to selected libraries across the state that apply for support.

When you purchase a Gala table, you are not only signing up for a stimulating and unforgettable evening packed with authors, business leaders, dignitaries, and cultural arts supporters, you are helping the TBF make an impact in communities across Texas.

Available 2014 Table Sponsorship Levels

  • Hard Cover: $5000
  • Leather Bound: $10,000
  • Authors’ Circle: $15,000
  • Gold Leaf: $25,000

Individual tickets: $500

TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL @ Texas State Capitol and surrounding grounds
Oct 25 – Oct 26 all-day

The Texas Book Festival is free and open to the public and takes place in Austin, Texas at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds. The festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and takes place in and hosts about 250 authors each year. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children’s activities, and exhibiting vendors from across the state. While remaining an important showcase for the work of Texas authors, the Texas Book Festival hosts important writers from all over the world and has earned a national reputation for the quality of its programming and its appeal to readers, authors, and publishers alike.

Austin International Poetry Festival
Apr 9 – Apr 12 all-day

The world’s largest non juried poetry festival has opened world wide registration for its annual Anthology and four-day festival slated for April 9–12, 2015. Hosted in the heart of Texas, the Festival utilizes more than 20 unique Austin venues. The annual four-day poetry celebration includes a wide array of events such as open mic readings, appearances by international and national headlining poets, workshops, live music, a Haiku Death Match, plus youth and adult poetry slams. By registering for the Austin International Poetry Festival, any poet of any age can read their work before an engaged and interested audience, and have a chance to be published. Registration for the April 9–12, 2015 Festival ranges from $35 to $55 per person, and INCLUDES the entry of three poems into the annual juried Anthology. Although full participation in the Festival is encouraged, poets who wish to participate but can not attend may do so by registering and submitting their works for the Anthology. The deadline for registration, which includes submissions to the Anthology, is January 1, 2015. To register for the Austin International Poetry Festival, or for more details, visit www.aipf.org.