Lit Crawl with Desert Door

Even though we can’t be together this year at Lit Crawl, we will still gather around our authors, poets, and storytellers through the 2020 Lit Crawl Austin…virtually!

To help make this a special event, our friends at Desert Door will provice a Camp Mocha cocktail kit for the first 200 people who register for Literary Death Match and the Typewriter Tarot Brunch.

Register for Literary Death Match!

Register for Typewriter Tarot Brunch!

Cocktail pickup will take place on Saturday, November 7 from 12-5pm outside the Texas Book Festival office: 1023 Springdale Road, Building 14, Suite B, Austin, Texas 78721. All recipients must be 21 years of age or older, and we will check IDs. Please wear your mask! We will also have sparkling water from Rambler Sparkling Water.

Desert Door Texas Sotol is a distilled spirit from wild-harvested sotol plants and hand-crated in Driftwood, Texas. Desert Door is happy to provice Camp Mochas and additional goodies for attendees of the Literary Death Match and Typewriter Tarot Lit Crawl events.

Lit Crawl Austin is presented by Texas Monthly

2020 Virtual Kids Pass

Hi kids and families! We’re so excited that you’re joining us at the 2020 Virtual Texas Book Festival. This year we have created a free Virtual Pass with fun activities and storytimes.

Download and print the Virtual Pass below. Complete the Virtual Pass, take a picture, and ask an adult to email it to read@texasbookfestival.org for a fun prize!

¡Hola chicas, chicos y familias! Nos sentimos muy entusiasmados de que participen en esta edición virtual del Texas Book Festival. Este 2020 creamos un pase virtual para chicas y chicos, gratuito, y lleno de actividades divertidas e información sobre la programación juvenil del festival. Favor de bajar e imprimir el pase incluido debajo. Llena tu pase, y con la ayuda de un adulto, tómale una foto, y envíala a read@texasbookfestival.org para recibir un premio por correo.


VIRTUAL PASS IN ENGLISH

VIRTUAL PASS IN SPANISH


Thank you to our Virtual Pass partners and sponsors!

   

BookPeople Day of Sales

Do you love reading? Books? Indie bookstores? BookPeople? Texas Book Festival? If your answer was yes to all of the above, then mark your calendar for Thursday, September 10, for BookPeople’s Day of Sales supporting the Texas Book Festival.

Every book you buy during the Day of Sales will keep the Festival free and open to the public, provide books for students through Reading Rock Stars and Real Reads, and will keep the bookshelves full through Texas Library Grants. You can shop online or at the store…socially distanced of course! Support the Texas Book Festival through our official indie bookseller, BookPeople!

RSVP for the BookPeople Day of Sales!

TBF staffers at the 2015 Day of Sales!

Graphic Novels for Every Mood

Whether you are new to comics or are an Austin Books and Comics devotee, there’s a graphic novel for you and your mood! As the Texas Book Festival team shelters in our respective homes, I’ve been getting reacquainted with my bookshelves, specifically my shelf of comics (featuring several TBF authors!). Here are just a few of my recommendations, and feel free to share yours on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Most of these are for adults and/or teens, unless noted. Links all go to Bookshop.org, which will help support local independent bookstores.

Let’s start easy…

Calvin and Hobbes. All of them. Read them with the family, by yourself, during a virtual happy hour, to your dog. It doesn’t matter which collection you choose or where you start or if you finish. Personal favorites are the strips with Rosalyn the babysitter, and when Calvin’s dad drags them on camping trips.

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For that food love: Lucy Knisley’s Relish

A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.

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For some dark laughs (and cries): Roz Chast’s Can’t we talk about something more pleasant? A memoir.

Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

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For that brassy survivor: Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s Cancer Vixen

In vivid color and with a taboo-breaking sense of humor, Marisa Acocella Marchetto tells the story of her eleven-month, ultimately triumphant bout with breast cancer—from diagnosis to cure, and every challenging step in between.

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For finding survival in art: Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Hey Kiddo

The powerful, unforgettable memoir from Jarrett Krosoczka, about growing up with a drug-addicted mother, a missing father, and two unforgettably opinionated grandparents.

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For that YA angst: Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese

A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he’s the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny’s life with his yearly visits.

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Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. it’s their getawy, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different.

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For that adult angst: Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings

Lauded for its provocative and insightful portrayal of interpersonal relationships, Adrian Tomine’s politically-charged Shortcomings was one of the most acclaimed books of 2007.

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Leslie’s Stein’s Present

Stein is a master storyteller, an urban explorer, and a loyal guide through dark days and simple, blissful encounters. Stein’s curiosity about and generosity toward the world around her come through powerfully: each colorful story flows with vivid watercolors and delicate ink lines.

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Kristen Radtke’s Imagine Wanting Only This

A gorgeous graphic memoir about loss, love, and confronting grief.

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To finally get the Bechdel Test reference: Allison Bechdel’s Fun Home

In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power, written with controlled force and enlivened with humor, rich literary allusion, and heartbreaking detail.

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For all the feels: Mira Jacob’s Good Talk

Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation—and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.

 

 

 

Amplify the Texas Book Festival!

Help us inspire Texans of all ages to love reading!

The Texas Book Festival is participating in Amplify Austin to help fund our year-round literary programs. We strive every day to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading, from the YA fans at the Texas Teen Book Festival, to Title I public elementary schools students, to readers at rural libraries, to the 50,000 attendees at the annual Festival. Schedule your donation to the Texas Book Festival through Amplify Austin!

What is the Texas Book Festival doing in Austin and Texas?


Real Reads

The newest literacy program for the Texas Book Festival, Real Reads brings critically acclaimed and popular YA authors like Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Nic Stone to middle- and high-schools students. Not only do the students get their own new, hardcover copies of the books, but they get to meet the authors! These students participate in a book club curriculum leading up to the Texas Teen Book Festival or Festival Weekend, where they get a private session with the author to ask ALL their questions. Real Reads is in Austin and Dallas, for now!


Reading Rock Stars

Since the program began, the Texas Book Festival has given out more than 117,900 books in Title I public elementary schools.  The Reading Rock Stars program is available to Title I Elementary schools in Austin, the Rio Grande Valley, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. More than a one-day author visit, we work with schools ahead of time with curriculum guides, follow-up to determine impact, and commit to each school for three year. For many children, this is the first book they will own, which can make all the difference. Watch this Reading Rock Stars video to learn more about the program!


Texas Teen Book Festival 

This year marks the twelfth year of the Texas Teen Book Festival! This unique Festival features critically acclaimed YA authors such as Marie Lu, Jason Reynolds, Julie Murphy, and many more! The free, one-day Festival welcomes more than 5,000 enthusiastic readers to a welcoming and safe space to meet their favorite authors, discover new books, and feel at home with fellow young readers. Many come in literary costumes, and spend the entire day with their friends at panels programmed specifically for this audience. Encouraging the joy of reading at this age is so important! Check out this cool TTBF video!


Texas Public Library Grants

The Texas Book Festival was founded in part to support Texas libraries as invaluable community resources. With these crucial funds, libraries purchase the books needed by their unique community, whether large-print books, bilingual board books, or just new fiction. Since 1996, the organization has funded 1,169 grants totaling over $3 million to 600+ libraries in every corner of the state.


Festival Weekend 

Last but certainly not least, the annual Festival Weekend! In 2020 the Festival will be on November 7 and 8, in and around the Texas State Capitol. This free literary event features more than 275 authors and welcomes more than 50,000 attendees to attend panel discussions, meet authors, and enjoy downtown Austin with other readers. The Kids on Congress, YA HQ, and Next Chapter tents make this a perfect weekend destination for families. The C-Span Tent, Texas Tent, Latinx Lit Tent, and many more venues provide a range of programming for everyone. Check out some Festival highlights!


Schedule your donation at https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/texasbookfestival and change lives through literature and literacy. Happy reading!

Follow our progress and all Texas Book Festival news on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. #txbookfest

End of Year Giving

As 2019 comes to an end, we look back with gratitude at a year full of books, readers, and authors. We are also looking forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead, and it is your generous support that makes it possible. To help share the gift of literacy with all Texans, we hope you make an end of year tax-deductible gift to the Texas Book Festival.

Not only will your donation support and celebrate the joy of reading in Texas, but we will thank you with one of our Texas Book Festival gifts!

What will your donation support? Check out just a few of our 2019 Highlights:

300+ authors featured during the Festival Weekend including John Grisham, Sonia Sotomayor, Malcolm Gladwell, and Texas Writer Award winner Attica Locke

Inaugural Real Reads program in Dallas with National Book Award Winner Erika Sánchez, reaching 125+ low-income high school students with engaging curriculum and every student receiving Sánchez’s powerful book about identity and mental illness

$100k+ in Library Grants to 41 libraries across Texas

12, 692 books given out through Reading Rock Stars in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley, where students connected with inspirational and award-winning children’s authors

Texas Teen Book Festival held at Southwestern University, captivating thousands of readers with the most popular Young Adult authors

Donate today!

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity, and an opportunity to support the organizations in our community that make a difference throughout the year. This year, we hope you make a tax-deductible gift to the Texas Book Festival.

Not only will your donation support and celebrate the joy of reading in Texas, but we will thank you with one of our Texas Book Festival gifts!

What will your donation support? Check out just a few of our 2019 Highlights:

300+ authors featured during the Festival Weekend including John Grisham, Sonia Sotomayor, Malcolm Gladwell, and Texas Writer Award winner Attica Locke

Inaugural Real Reads program in Dallas with National Book Award Winner Erika Sánchez, reaching 125+ low-income high school students with engaging curriculum and every student receiving Sánchez’s powerful book about identity and mental illness

$100k+ in Library Grants to 41 libraries across Texas

12, 692 books given out through Reading Rock Stars in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley, where students connected with inspirational and award-winning children’s authors

Texas Teen Book Festival held at Southwestern University, captivating thousands of readers with the most popular Young Adult authors

Donate today!

TooFar Media at the Festival

An Immersive Story Experience

TooFar Media creates immersive story experiences, fusing fiction, music and art, by author Rich Shapero. Get the TooFar Media app, and look for the Craft Reader Gallery at the Texas Book Festival! Don’t forget your gift of the latest novel and TooFar Media app!

Rich Shapero is a writer and musician whose multimedia storytelling projects pioneer unseen worlds. His projects include Rin, Tongue and DornerArms from the SeaThe Hope We SeekToo Far and Wild Animus.

Visit the @toofarmedia Craft Reader Gallery to explore the stories, brought to life, and to change the way you experience literature!

Featured at the festival is the release, Arms from the Sea, which combines the fantastical novel with music by Orenda Fink and Visionary art by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, to create an other-worldly, immersive story experience.

Arms from the Sea is a tangible encounter with the creative spirit. A guide for reconstructing our understanding of water and our origins.”

—Moses Hacmon

We are excited to partner w/ @toofarmedia! Come check out their Craft Reader Gallery and explore fiction fused w music & art in the TooFar Media app! TooFar Media will be located on Colorado Street, you can’t miss them!

“A delirious fusion of fiction, music and art.”

The Village Voice

Brunch with Shuk: Israeli Home Cooking at Olamaie

 

When: Sunday, October 27 at 10:30am-12:30pm

Where: Olamaie
1610 San Antonio Street
Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: Include three-course brunch and copy of Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking

Tickets now available!

We are thrilled to partner with Olamaie to host Janna Gur for an exclusive brunch on Sunday, October 27, at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are now on sale for this special event. Tickets include a three-course brunch featuring recipes by Chef Fojtasek, adapted with collaboration from Gur and Einat Admony’s Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking, along with Olamaie biscuits and brunch cocktails.

The morning will kickoff with passed appetizers from Olamaie, with Gur onsite to welcome and mingle with guests. Every ticket includes one signed copy of Shuk along with food and cocktails at brunch.

Israel’s open-air marketplaces or shuks are the heart and soul of its daily life. Both authors’ Middle Eastern heritage inform each authentic dish, from Persian rice platters and Moroccan tagines to Levantine spreads and the rare, hand-rolled couscous of North Africa. Written by two leading female voices in Israeli cuisine, Shuk presents an enticing portrait of this globally beguiling melting pot fare.

Janna Gur was born in Riga, Latvia, and immigrated to Israel in 1974. She is the founder of Al Hashulchan, the premier Israeli food and wine magazine, which she edited for almost 30 years. Gur is the author of The Book of New Israeli Food and Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh and has written and/or edited nearly 40 other cookbooks. She lives in Tel Aviv.

Einat Admony, co-author, will be at the Texas Book Festival in the Central Market Cooking Tent. The schedule details will be available on the Texas Book Festival website.

Purchase your brunch tickets today!

2019 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup

We are thrilled to reveal the 2019 Texas Book Festival author lineup! Our 2019 Festival lineup features a diverse array of topics, genres, and writers, including acclaimed poets, illustrators, and bestselling authors of both fiction and nonfiction.

As one of the largest literary festivals in the country, we are proud to showcase both national and Texas authors, including debut and bestselling writers, renowned chefs, beloved children’s illustrators and authors, and more.

Join us for the 24th annual Texas Book Festival on October 26-27, and help us inspire all Texans to love reading!

See all 300+ authors here! 

 

Among the acclaimed authors scheduled to appear at TBF this October is New Orleans native Sarah M. Broom, who will present her critically acclaimed debut memoir, The Yellow House. Having grown up in New Orleans East, Broom takes us through the history of New Orleans as seen through her family’s past and her iconic childhood home.

TV personality, James Beard Award-winning chef, and cookbook author Aarón Sánchez will present his memoir, Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef, which offers an intimate look into the chaotic and unorthodox life of a professional chef and television personality. Sánchez is known for judge appearances on FOX’s hit culinary competition series MasterChef and has co-starred on Food Network’s Chopped and Chopped Junior.

 

New York Times bestselling author, historian, and leading antiracist voice Ibram X. Kendi, whose nonfiction book Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, will present his most recent work, How to Be an Antiracist. Kendi leads readers through a widening circle of ideas, weaving a combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story, asking readers to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, London Review, and Time.

 

Jami Attenberg will present her new novel, All This Could Be Yours, a timely, piercing exploration of family secrets and the web of a toxic patriarch. Attenberg is the author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins, which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and was published in ten countries.

 

Award-winning author of The Things They Carried and former reporter for the Washington Post, Tim O’Brien will present his most recent work, Dad’s Maybe Book, in which he shares wisdom from a life of letters, lessons learned in wartime, and the challenges, humor, and rewards of raising two sons. O’Brien was awarded the 1979 National Book Award for his bestseller Going After Cacciato and won the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing.

 

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power will present her most recent work, The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir, which traces Power’s distinct American journey from her childhood in Dublin to the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the White House Situation Room. Powers is a leading global voice on human rights and international affairs, as she served four years as President Barack Obama’s human rights advisor and eventually served in his Cabinet.

Chris Ware, award-winning cartoonist, novelist, and contributor to The New Yorker, will present Rusty Brown, a graphic novel that features a young Nebraska boy and his obsession with superheroes. The story depicts the melancholic, yearning thoughts of Midwestern characters moving through realities shared and cloistered. Ware also created  Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and Building Stories, which won the Guardian First Book Award and was listed as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by the Times (London) in 2009.

 

James Beard Award-winning chef of Houston’s Underbelly Hospitality and cookbook author Chris Shepherd will present Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World, where he shares the names of the cooks who have inspired him and teaches readers how to respectively and creatively work with flavors and cultures of Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, and others. Shepherd will present in the Central Market Cooking Tent.

 

National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson will present Shout, a searing and soul-searching poetic memoir inspired by her groundbreaking novel Speak that advocated for survivors of sexual assault. Shout shares Anderson’s personal reflections and calls to action denouncing our society’s failures, and it is also a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup.

 

Hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “one of the most anticipated books of fall 2019,” Jaquira Díaz will present her debut, Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, which will be published this October. Ordinary Girls recounts Díaz’s childhood in Puerto Rico and Miami, along with her bumpy transition from girlhood to womanhood. Diaz is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and two MacDowell Colony Fellowships, among other honors. Her work appears in The Best American Essays 2016, Rolling Stone, Tin House, New York Times Style Magazine, and elsewhere.

See all 300+ authors presenting at the 2019 Texas Book Festival