The 20th Anniversary of the Texas Book Festival was an amazing success, thanks to the authors, sponsors, volunteers, and many other people behind the scenes. The Festival is a full year in the making, and we couldn’t do it without the hundreds of folks who dedicated their time, energy, and financial support because they share our belief in the power of literacy and literature to change lives.
Thanks to everyone who made it down to the Capitol this year, waiting in line to see Sandra Cisneros, Lemony Snicket, or other favorite author, sharing the joy of reading with your children, supporting authors with book sales, and being such a positive and incredible part of this Festival for 20 years!
We hope you liked some of the new things we implemented at the 2015 Festival:
The new ¡Ahora Si! Program Tent, located on west of the Capitol on Colorado Street at 12th Street, included sessions presented in Spanish, such as Invisible y sin fronteras, with authors Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Javier Auyero, and Ricardo Ainslie, writers tackling issues of race and place through different genres, as they engage in a wide-ranging discussion of Latino identity in Austin and beyond. Bilingual storytellers and illustrators presented fun and interactive presentations for children, including the popular Ready, Set, Draw! Carmen Tafolla, the poet laureate of Texas, participated in a Spanish-English poetry panel.
One of the greatest sights at the Festival is seeing children laughing with Mac Barnett, searching for Waldo, showing off their literary character costumes, and wrapping their arms around a signed copy of Mixed Me! From story time to art projects to singing and dancing, there was something for every kid. We moved the Children’s Tents to the middle of the Festival on Congress, and you couldn’t miss the excitement. Hopefully these kids keep coming back for the next 20 years!
Festival Timeline and Tell Your Story
In preparation for the 20th Anniversary, we combed through all the Festival archives to find a few favorite highlights. How to choose from all the heartwarming, funny, and inspiring memories?! Eventually, we had a timeline to display at the Festival, complete with a space for YOU to tell your Festival story. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write a note, and be a part of history.
Thanks to beautiful Austin weather and exhibitors willing to try something new, we pulled up the walls on the exhibitor tents and created an open air marketplace. People enjoyed perusing books, chatting with authors, and shopping in all the interesting booths while strolling down Colorado next to the Capitol grounds.
We would love to have your feedback about your Festival experience this year! Take our Festival attendee survey.