Annual Texas Book Festival

Texas Book Festival Weekend

One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 100+ exhibitors, 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 2021 Texas Book Festival will be held from October 25 -31, 2021.

The 25th annual Texas Book Festival was be held October 31 – November 15, 2020 virtually.  The Texas Book Festival Weekend is always free and open to the public and takes place in Austin, Texas, at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds.


First Edition Literary Gala

One of the best (and most fun) ways to support our efforts is to attend the First Edition Literary Gala, the Texas Book Festival’s main annual fundraiser. The First Edition Literary Gala is a black tie celebration held the Friday evening of the Festival Weekend. Always a memorable event, the Gala is packed with literary luminaries, dignitaries, and cultural arts supporters. Proceeds from the Gala allow us to keep the Festival Weekend free for everyone and also fund our year round outreach programs, including Reading Rock Stars and Texas Public Library Grants.

The 2020 First Edition Literary Gala was held November 6, 2020 virtually. 

We Are A Non-Profit Organization

The Texas Book Festival is a non-profit organization. We welcome your contributions to help produce this popular annual event and year-round literary events, as well as to support our literacy programs and grants to Texas public libraries. Donate to Texas Book Festival online at any time.  When you give $100 or more, we thank you with a Festival Friends Pass, which provides priority seating and signing line access for you and one guest at select venues and signings during the Festival Weekend. We are grateful for your support of literature, libraries and literacy in Texas!