2023 Updates to the Schedule

All updates to the 2023 Texas Book Festival Schedule and Author Lineup will be recorded here. The most accurate and up-to-date schedule is always our online schedule.

Author Cancellations

  • Charif Shanahan
  • Zusha Elinson
  • George Black
  • Paulette Jiles
  • Sonora Reyes
  • Rosa Beltrán
  • Monica Youn
  • Tim Z. Hernandez
  • Peter Turchi
  • Angie Thomas
  • Asale Angel-Ajani
  • Jess Row

Session Updates

  • Amanda Moore will be in conversation with Austin Noir editors Hopeton Hay, Scott Montgomery and Molly Odintz in the Tales From the Dark Side: Austin Noir panel.
  • Luis Alberto Urrea will now be in conversation with Roxane Gay, Angie Thomas and Sabir Sultan (of PEN America) in the PEN America Presents: Threats to Freedom of Expression panel.
  • Aaron H. Aceves will join Ali Hazelwood in conversation in the panel formerly titled “Ali Hazelwood in conversation about Check & Mate.” The panel is now titled “Ali Hazelwood and Aaron H. Aceves on Teenage Love, Angst, and Coming-of-Age.
  • Anastacia-Renee will replace Charif Shanahan on the Finding Freedom panel, joining KB Brookins in conversation with moderator Amanda Johnston.

Tent Relocation

2023 Festival Schedule

The 2023 Festival Schedule is here! The schedule on the following page is categorized by audience and day with book genre filters available to help narrow your search.

Below are some tips to help you begin planning your visit to the 28th annual Festival:

  • Are you a Festival Friend? Search the term “Festival Friends Pass Session” to view the sessions your Festival Friends Pass grants you priority seating and signing line access to.
  • Search the term “American Sign Language Interpretation” to view sessions where an interpreter will be present. Email bookfest@texasbookfestival.org to request sign language interpretation at additional sessions that have not already been indicated, and we will do our best to accommodate given interpreter availability.

We look forward to seeing you this November 11-12. Thank you for supporting the Texas Book Festival!


Festival Friends Pass Session Times

Announcing the 2023 Festival Friends Pass sessions! Festival Friends Pass holders enjoy priority seating and signing access to these sessions. Become a Festival Friend by donating $100 or more, and we’ll say thank you with a Festival Friends Pass. Your support helps us keep arts and culture accessible for readers statewide.

The 2023 Festival Friends Pass Sessions are:




Ann Patchett in Conversation about Tom Lake
with Elizabeth McCracken
Saturday, November 11, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
First Baptist Church

Steve Inskeep in Conversation about Differ We Must
with Dan Goodgame
Saturday, November 11, 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Capitol House Chamber

Ooh La La! Dork Diaries in Paris with Rachel Renée Russell & Nikki Russell
with Anne Wynter
Saturday, November 11, 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
Central Presbyterian Church

Abraham Verghese in Conversation about The Covenant of Water
with Megan Labrise

Saturday, November 11, 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
First Baptist Church

Walter Isaacson in Conversation about Elon Musk
with Evan Smith

Saturday, November 11, 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
First United Methodist Church

An Exploration of the “Latinx” Identity in Family, Community & Culture with Héctor Tobar & Ingrid Rojas Contreras with Ruben Degollado
Saturday, November 11, 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Capitol Auditorium (E1.004)



Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah in Conversation about Chain Gang All Stars
with Roger Reeves

Sunday, November 12, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Stateside Theatre

Curtis Sittenfeld in Conversation about Romantic Comedy
with Maya Perez

Sunday, November 12, 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Stateside Theatre

Andrew Sean Greer & Steven Rowley in Conversation about Less is Lost and The Celebrants
with Clay Smith

Sunday, November 12, 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Central Presbyterian Church

Ali Hazelwood and Aaron H. Aceves on Teenage Love, Angst, and Coming-of-Age
with Kailey Hunt
Sunday, November 12, 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
First United Methodist Church