Posts By: Claire Burrows

Tom Hanks Ticket Giveaway!

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UPDATE: The winners have been drawn! Thank you to everyone who entered!   We are so excited to welcome Tom Hanks to the 2017 Texas Book Festival in Austin on November 4! This is your chance to win tickets for this SOLD OUT event! Thanks to event sponsor, Texas Capital Bank, we have two pairs of tickets […]

Have Brunch with Gail Simmons

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  The Texas Book Festival is pleased to present a special opportunity to sit down and dine with culinary expert Gail Simmons. Join us at Olamaie on Sunday, November 5 at 11:00am when Chef Michael Fojtasek, one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs”, presents a three course brunch based Simmon’s cookbook, Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous […]

Have Brunch with Mark Bittman

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Texas Book Festival is pleased to present a special opportunity to sit down and dine with acclaimed food journalist, Mark Bittman. Join us at Emmer & Rye on Saturday, November 4 at 11:00am for a three course brunch based on Bittman’s seminal cookbook, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition. Tickets cost $150 and include a […]

Reading Rock Stars in Houston

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On December 1, the Texas Book Festival will be in Houston for Reading Rock Stars. Currently, we are scheduled to bring six authors to Blackshear, Kashmere Gardens, Port Houston, and Cunningham elementary schools. We do not know the conditions of these schools, but we do know that many teachers, families and local resources are suffering and have […]

March Book Club

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Our book club theme for March is “against all odds.” This selection of books features incredible stories of just how far people will go to be with the ones they love, as well as sheer determination of spirit. Between established literary powerhouses and debut novelists, there’s sure to be a book to please everyone. Fiction! […]

Reading Rock Stars Makes a Difference

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“This has truly been the most amazing experience we have EVER had at our school. It is such an inspiring event for the students AND the teachers/staff. The best part of the program is the excitement for reading that it gives the students. The free books are great but if they aren’t excited about reading […]

A Valentine to Texas Authors

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At the Texas Book Festival, we love authors from all around the world, and especially from Texas! Here are some Texas authors who are our true Valentines this season: Don Tate: Living in Austin, TX, Don is a writer-illustrator extraordinaire! He is an award-winning author, and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. His most recent […]

2017 Black History Month Around Texas

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Wondering how different communities around Texas are celebrating Black History Month? Check these out! Do you know of any other events happening in your town? Let us know at bookfest@texasbookfestival.org.    I Am Not Your Negro // Alamo Drafthouse – South Lamar, Austin // February 02, 2017, 7 p.m. A special screening presented by soulciti and Capital City Black Film […]

February Book Club

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For February, all our book club picks are about love. Or at least the word “love” is in the title. While not a traditional book club pick, my personal choice is 2015 Festival author Adrian Tomine’s Scenes from an Impending Marriage. This tiny graphic memoir is Tomine’s sketchbook following his experience of planning a marriage. What are you […]

Meet Lea Bogner

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My name is Lea Bogner and I am the Texas Book Festival’s new Outreach Coordinator! I am originally from New York and attended Tulane University. When I graduated in 2012, I joined Teach for America and taught 6th grade reading at a KIPP middle school. I loved getting kids excited about reading, often dressing up […]

January Book Club

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Welcome to 2017! Maybe your reading resolutions sound something like. . . Read more. Read more nonfiction. Read more local authors. Read more women. Read more authors of color. Read the classics I never read but say I did (Moby Dick) Actually read every book for my book club, and go prepared ready to discuss with […]

December Book Club

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We took a book club hiatus in November because of the Festival. Now we’re back and have gathered some books for your book club to finish out the year. Because of the holidays, I’m doubling down, and choosing two books per author. More books = more holiday reading. Share what your book club is reading on Facebook and Instagram! […]

Schedule Insert in the Sunday Statesman

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You’ve seen the ONLINE SCHEDULE. You’ve seen the GRID SCHEDULE. Now, pick up your Austin American-Statesman SCHEDULE INSERT! Complete with newsprint on your fingers, the Schedule Insert will be in the Sunday, October 30, edition of the Austin American-Statesman. If you live out of town or miss the Sunday edition, we will have copies of […]

TooFar Media at the Festival

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MANY WORLDS. ONE App. Visit TooFar Media’s Craft Reader Gallery to become a walking work of art with literary flash tattoos, while exploring Immersive Story Experiences fusing fiction, music and art! Discover otherworldly stories, original indie music and visionary fine art in this hand crafted reader gallery. . . And don’t forget your gift of the TooFar MediaApp and latest […]

October Book Club

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Only one month until the Texas Book Festival! On November 5 & 6, you will find enough books for at least a year of books clubs. However, there’s no need for an October book drought in anticipation. I love to hear what other book clubs are reading, and Peggy shared her Folktales’ Black Women’s Literary Society […]

2016 Literary Gala Authors!

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We are thrilled to announce the 2016 First Edition Literary Gala Authors! Join us at the Gala for a night of excellent literary programming, and then find these authors at their panels throughout the Festival weekend. On Friday, November 4, we will celebrate and support literacy in Texas at the Gala with Diane Guerrero, Ethan Hawke, […]

September Book Club

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For September, my book club is reading Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing. Our TBF intern agrees this is an excellent choice. Let us know what you think! It’s officially Festival season here at the Texas Book Festival, so don’t miss the Author Lineup reveal on September 15, and you’ll add plenty of books to your list. In […]

Literary Libations

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  Grab a drink and support the arts! August 15-19, bars across Austin, San Antonio, and Houston are slinging literary-themed cocktails in honor of Lit Crawl, our annual evening of literary shenanigans. A portion of each drink sale will go towards keeping Lit Crawl free and open to the public. Make your summer cocktail count! […]

August Book Club

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August in Texas is hot. How hot? So hot the hens are laying hard-boiled eggs. Hot as a billy goat in a pepper patch. Hotter than a fur coat in Marfa. That’s how hot, and I’m not even talking about the heat index. But don’t let your book club wilt in the summer sun! There […]

July Book Club Picks

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Welcome to the first monthly meeting of the Texas Book Festival Book Club recommendations blog post! Each month we will choose three new paperback releases and one TBF favorite that we think make for great group discussions. Hopefully this list will help your book club make a unanimous choice, whether your book club is Book Gals, […]

Texas Book Festival Announces New Development Director

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We are excited to announce that Janet Hutchison has joined the Texas Book Festival team as Development Director. Janet serves as the TBF primary development officer responsible for fundraising and ensuring that fundraising efforts support the Festival’s mission, programs and strategic vision. A native Texan, Janet has a B.A. in Literature from the University of Texas […]

Highlighting Festival Poets for Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, we would like to feature the work of several 2015 Festival poets. These incredibly talented authors work across a variety of mediums (please check out Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ photography!) and have received national awards and critical acclaim. They hail from all over the country, and we were very lucky […]

Texas Book Festival Announces New Literary Director

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We are very excited to announce the Texas Book Festival has named a new literary director! Julie Wernersbach, who served as marketing director for BookPeople for the past five years, will start her new job as the Festival’s literary director later this month. At BookPeople, Wernersbach plans more than 300 author events each year and oversees […]

Interview with Chris Barton and Don Tate

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February is Black History Month. Honor it with two incredible titles by 2015 Texas Book Festival featured authors Chris Barton and Don Tate. The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton examines the life of a former slave, turned U.S. congressman, John Roy Lynch. Lynch was one of the first African-American congressmen. This book also gives […]

Literary Lunch with Stephen Harrigan

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Join us on Friday, February 26 at 11:15 am for Literary Lunch with Stephen Harrigan Westwood Country Club (3808 W 35th, Austin, TX 78703) 11:15 am Registration & Book Sales 11:45 am Lunch 12:15 pm Presentation 12:45 Book Signing Menu for the day is Pan Seared Rainbow Trout Amandine with Wild Rice and Sautéed Haricot […]

2016 Festival Dates!

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Mark your calendars, the annual Festival will be held November 5 & 6, 2016 in Austin, Texas. We will update details on our website as we get closer. To stay up to date with news and announcements, join our email list. Details for submitting a book for consideration can be found here. Financial support for […]

Reading Rock Stars Houston Recap

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The Texas Book Festival kicked off the holiday season by giving more than  1,800 shiny, brand new books to kids through the Reading Rock Stars program! In one very meaningful day, eight authors presented their books to students in three Title I schools in Houston. Each child left with an autographed book by that author/illustrator.  See […]

Poets & Writers Live is Coming to Austin

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Start the New Year with a renewed commitment to your writing! Join Poets & Writers Live on Saturday, January 9 at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, for a day of creativity, community, and inspiration. The event will feature readings, craft talks, advice panels, Q&As, and some inspiring surprises. Featured writers will include: […]

Dinner Lab with Magnus Nilsson

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Acclaimed Swedish Chef Magnus Nilsson (of Faviken) will be coming to Austin to promote the release of The Nordic Cookbook on Wednesday November 18. Nilsson spent three years traveling around all seven Nordic countries compiling traditional home cooking recipes and the result is this comprehensive volume of over 700 recipes. The most detailed accounting of […]

You’re Invited: An Evening with Karl Rove

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Please join the Texas Book Festival and the LBJ Presidential Library on the evening of Tuesday, December 1, as we welcome Karl Rove to discuss his forthcoming book, The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters. One of the most seminal elections in history, McKinley’s 1896 victory revitalized the Republican party and established a governing […]

Thank You for Making the 20th a Success!

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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 […]

Schedule Updates!

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We want to make sure you have the most up to date schedule information, and as we near the Festival, unexpected schedule changes occur. All schedule changes will be listed on our Schedule Updates page. Our online schedule will also be updated as needed.

The Fantastic Kent Cummins

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“The Fantastic Kent Cummins” and “The Amazing Adele” will bring the Austin Public Library Celebrity READ poster to life in this action-packed magic show that celebrates reading. They call their program, “The Magic of Books.” Souvenirs will be available to buy after the show. Check out Kent Cummins at the Children’s Entertainment Tent at 10 […]

¡Ahora Si! Tent

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We invite everyone to join us in the new ¡Ahora Si! Program Tent, located on west of the Capitol on Colorado Street at 12th Street. Some sessions will be 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 […]

Music at the Festival

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A Festival in Austin needs music, and this year we have an excellent lineup of live music and books about music. Local musicians, authors, and rock legends will be at the Festival on stage and in sessions. Welcome to Austin, Live Music Capital of the World!   Music Connections From Katheryn Russell Brown’s children’s book Little […]

Complimentary Tickets to ROOM Screening

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  Texas Book Festival in partnership with the Austin Film Society invites you and a guest to a special screening of ROOM.   SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 7:00PM   Followed by a Q&A with author, Emma Donoghue.   Marchesa Theatre 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd Austin, TX 78752 To get your complimentary tickets please sign up here. […]

Step Into Another World (sponsored post)

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Download TooFar Media’s unique apps that combine literary fiction, original music and stunning visual art. These immersive story experiences pioneer unseen worlds and enchant readers with visionary landscapes. Challenge yourself to multimedia storytelling that will leave you wanting more.   Gratis for Texas Book Festival readers!

Yoga with Authors!

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Saturday, October 17th, 8-9 a.m. Meet at Congress and 11th Street. For the first time, you will be able to practice yoga with Festival authors Neal Pollack, Catherine Lacey, Elisa Albert, and Meera Subramnian at the Capitol! Partnering with Modo Yoga Austin, the first twenty people who register can join a Saturday morning class on the […]

20 Stories for 20 Years

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Authors, librarians, teachers, and loyal Festival-goers have been submitting their stories to help us commemorate the Texas Book Festival’s 20th Anniversary!  Check back here to read our 20 stories, as we update until the Festival!   Julie Blackwell, 2011 The first year we went, we didn’t do much research about the book festival. We just […]

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp Supports Reading Rock Stars!

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Thank You to the Alamo Drafthouse!   In August, the Alamo Drafthouse supported our Reading Rock Stars program through the summer Kids Camp. A huge thank you to everyone at the Alamo Drafthouse, especially the Lakeline location, and to all the friends of the Festival that purchased tickets in August. All proceeds from those showings […]

TBF Summer Reading List

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Marc Winkelman, Board Chair Reagan, by H.W. Brands and The English Spy by Daniel Silva I think H.W. Brands’s book, Reagan, is well worth reading. I’m also enjoying the new Daniel Silva, The English Spy. You don’t have to have read the earlier books in Silva’s series to enjoy the fast-paced exploits of Israeli spy Gabriel Allon. Both […]

Festival Friends Pass

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A Festival Friends Pass is our way of saying thank you to the people who support the Festival financially. Generous Friends of the Festival help keep the Festival free for 50,000 attendees! As a non-profit organization, the Texas Book Festival depends on these contributions, and this is our small way of showing our gratitude. If you donate […]

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. Your mother loves to read, but already owns every Jane Austen novel and secretly borrowed Fifty Shades of Gray from the library. This guide, culled from our recent featured Festival authors, should satisfy the cool moms on your list.   For the mother who loves sci-fi: Emily St. John […]

TBF’s Black History Month Reading List

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February is Black History Month, and we have selected a few of our favorite authors to start your reading list.    In Fire Shut Up in My Bones, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the rich poetry of the out-of-time Louisiana town where he grew up — a place where slavery’s legacy felt close, reverberating […]

Festival Afterglow: C-SPAN 2/BookTV

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The C-SPAN 2/BookTV tent featured authors discussing timely and compelling topics, of both local and national interest. We’re so glad that these sessions are available to watch either again or for the first time on BookTV. To see the BookTV sessions from the 2014 Festival, go to the C-SPAN 2/BookTV website.   Here are a few of our favorites: […]