2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Texas Book Festival 

Attica Locke

For 25 years, we’ve worked to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading.

Both Austin and Texas look very different than they did 25 years ago. You can tell just by looking at the Austin skyline or walking down Congress Avenue in front of the Texas State Capitol, where we host the Festival every year. But 25 years ago, we were here, when Laura W. Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of dedicated volunteers established the Texas Book Festival. 25 years later, we are still here, working hard to bring you the highest-quality authors and helping you discover new, unique, diverse voices. And in the years to come, we’ll be here, dedicated to providing you with new perspectives and forging connections between authors and readers.

We can’t wait to spend this year sharing the impact we’ve made through our programs at the Festival and beyond, from finding the best authors to broaden students’ imaginations in schools across Texas to providing libraries across the state with necessary funds to expand their book collections.

And we can’t wait to hear from you! The Texas Book Festival wouldn’t be in its 25th year without you: Festival attendees, authors, moderators, exhibitors, volunteers, and donors, and we’re so grateful for your years of support. We want to spend this year celebrating and sharing your Festival stories, because your stories are our stories. Have a story you want to share? It can be anything — a favorite Festival memory, an anecdote, a photo, your Festival experience then vs. now — we want to hear it! Click here to share your story with us.

Save the date for the 25th Texas Book Festival on November 7 and 8, 2020