Olamaie Brunch with Joshua McFadden!

We are thrilled to partner with Olamaie to host Joshua McFadden for an exclusive brunch on Sunday, October 31, at 11:45 a.m. Tickets include a three-course brunch featuring recipes by Chef Fojtasek in collaboration with Joshua McFadden along with a signed copy of Grains for Every Season: Rethinking our Way with Grains. The event is presented by Festival sponsor Central Market.

The event will start with passed appetizers from Olamaie, while Chef Joshua McFadden mingles with guests. Every ticket is $125 and includes a signed copy of Grains for Every Season along with food and cocktails at the brunch.

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Joshua McFadden’s first book, the James Beard Award–winning and perennially bestselling Six Seasons, transformed the way we cook with vegetables. Now he’s back with a new book that applies his maximalist approach to flavor and texture to cooking with grains. These knock-your-socks-off recipes include salads, soups, pastas, pizzas, grain bowls, breads—and even desserts. McFadden works as intuitively, as surprisingly, as deliciously with whole grains as he does with vegetables. Grains for Every Season will change the way we cook with barley, brown rice, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, rye, wheat (bulgur, farro, freekeh, spelt, wheat berries, and whole wheat flour), and wild rice.

Joshua McFadden is the founder of Submarine Hospitality in Portland, Oregon. He owns and manages Ava Gene’s, Cicoria, Medjool, and Tusk restaurants. In between running the restaurants, he is bringing new life to Berny Farm, a historic fifty-acre farm in Springdale, Oregon, with the goal of creating an agricultural complex that will host collaborations between farming, food, and design.

All attendees must provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event to attend. A vegetarian meal may be requested in advance of the event however a vegan option will not be available.

Announcing Book Tickets for R.J. Palacio!

Join us for a conversation with R.J. Palacio as she discusses her new book Pony on October 23 at 12 pm CT. Each ticket is $25 and includes the cost of the book, processing fees, and shipping. Books will come with a signed bookplate, while supplies last! This will be a virtual session.

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Pony has so many topics to discuss for fifth grade and up. Thank you to Random House Children’s Books for creating this beautiful Pony discussion guide. Click to download, and contact bookfest@texasbookfestival.org if you have any trouble accessing the file.

R. J. Palacio is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, which has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The book’s message inspired the Choose Kind movement and has been embraced by readers around the world, with the book published in over 50 languages. Wonder was made into a blockbuster movie starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. Palacio’s other bestselling books include 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, the picture book We’re All Wonders, and the graphic novel White Bird, which is currently being filmed as a major motion picture starring Gillian Anderson and Helen Mirren. Palacio lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

Please direct questions to the Texas Book Festival at bookfest@texasbookfestival.org. Every book ticket sold and book purchased through the BookPeople Festival Store supports the Texas Book Festival and Festival authors. Thank you!

Announcing Book Tickets for Colson Whitehead!

Join us for a conversation with Colson Whitehead as he discusses his new book Harlem Shuffle on October 25 at 12:45 pm. Each ticket is $35 and includes the cost of the book, processing fees, and shipping. The first 100 ticket buyers will get a signed copy of Harlem Shuffle. This will be a virtual session.

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten works of fiction and nonfiction, and is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, which also won the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

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Please direct questions to the Texas Book Festival at bookfest@texasbookfestival.org. Every book ticket sold and book purchased through the BookPeople Festival Store supports the Texas Book Festival and Festival authors. Thank you!

2021 Author Lineup Announced!

The Texas Book Festival is excited to announce the lineup for its annual festival featuring nationally renowned authors, including Chandler Baker, Oscar Cásares, Sandra Cisneros, Ann Cleeves, Tamron Hall, Louis Menand, Sam Quinones, Don Tate and more!

As one of the largest literary festivals in the country, the 26th annual Texas Book Festival is expanding its hybrid festival dates with additional virtual programming on October 23 and 24. The nine-day event will kick off on October 23 and run through October 31 and will feature both virtual and limited in-person author appearances. Attendees of the festival are now able to see which authors will have virtual or in-person sessions on Texas Book Festival’s website, and the full schedule will be released online in early October.

The 2021 hybrid festival lineup features nearly 200 authors, illustrators, poets, journalists, artists, chefs, and thought leaders across a diverse array of genres and topics. The festival will also showcase previously announced authors Rumaan Alam, Mary Gaitskill, R. J. Palacio, Raj Patel, Amor Towles, Colson Whitehead, and more.

Texas Teen Book Festival

Angeline Boulley, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and Neal Shusterman will headline the 2021 Texas Teen Book Festival, taking place online on October 23 and 24. The TTBF lineup also includes David Bowles, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Candace Buford, Hafsah Faizal, Jennifer Mathieu, Lilliam Rivera, Tracy Wolff, and more.

Children’s programming

Children’s authors and illustrators in the full lineup include Gloria Amescua, Kathi Appelt, Adrianna Cuevas, K.A. Holt, Oliver Jeffers, Varian Johnson, Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg, and Nicholas Solis. 

Texas Authors

Texas authors featured at this year’s festival include Jeff Abbott, Kate Biberdorf, H. W. Brands, Ellen Riojas Clark, May Cobb, Carrie Fountain, Cassy Joy Garcia, Dolores Huerta, Priya Huq, Elizabeth McCracken, Bill Minutaglio, Juan Miró, Tomás Q. Morín, Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey, Divya Srinivasan, S. Kirk Walsh, Lawrence Wright, and many more.

Hybrid programming

Virtual children’s programming will run the weekend of October 23 and October 24, and select in-person appearances by picture book authors will take place at Symphony Square in downtown Austin on Saturday, October 30. Virtual adult author programming will run from October 25 to 31, 2021, with select in-person sessions at Austin Public Library Main Branch on Sunday, October 31.

Book Sales

All Festival titles will be available in the official BookPeople Texas Book Festival online bookstore. Select titles will be available in person at Symphony Square and the Austin Central Library. BookPeople is the official bookseller for the Texas Book Festival. BookPeople donates a portion of every book sold through the online Festival store and at the Festival back to the Texas Book Festival. Thank you for supporting authors and readers in Texas! Check out the full Festival book list!

Check out the full author list!

2021 Texas Book Festival Update!

Out of concern for the safety of our community, we are significantly scaling back the in-person portion of this year’s Texas Book Festival and greatly increasing the number of virtual sessions that people can participate from anywhere.

Symphony Square

We love hosting our huge, rambling, open Festival at the State Capitol but, after much deliberation, we have decided it is safest to host the in-person portion of the Festival in venues where we can better monitor attendee numbers and enact proper safety guidelines.

We are thrilled to partner with Waterloo Greenway’s Symphony Square and the Austin Public Library on the Festival this year. Texas Book Festival will host children’s storytime programming at Symphony Square’s outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, October 30, and adult programming at APL’s Central Library on Sunday, October 31, for a limited number of in-person sessions.

Austin Central Library

All in-person sessions are free, but please note that capacity will be limited at our in-person venues. Attendees must RSVP for each session on a first-come, first-served basis in advance of the Festival. RSVPs will be available online once the schedule is announced in the first week of October. There are no attendance limits for our robust lineup of virtual sessions featuring authors for all ages and genres. We will be offering a small number of ticketed virtual events with the featured author’s book included in the ticket price.

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Revised Hybrid Festival Dates


Oct. 23 – 24:

*Children’s programming

*Texas Teen Book Festival: Young Adult Authors and panels

Oct. 25 – 31:  Adult fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and cooking


Oct. 30: 

*Read Me A Story children’s picture book authors at Symphony Square 

*Lit Crawl at Symphony Square

Oct. 31: Adult programming at Austin Central Library

The full author lineup will be announced on September 22 and the schedule will be announced the first week of October.

Every year, the annual Texas Book Festival features a wide array of the year’s best books and this year is no different. We are so passionate about this year’s authors and can’t wait for you to meet them, whether in person or online.

The Festival continues to be free, thanks to our generous sponsors and volunteers. The 2021 Texas Book Festival is co-presented by H-E-B and AT&T. Other major sponsors include Brigid Cockrum and Family, Kirkus Reviews, Tocker Foundation, Tapestry Foundation, Texas Monthly, Buena Vista Foundation, Still Water Foundation, St. David’s HealthCare, Central Market, Austin American-Statesman, Pentagram, Jordan Foster Construction, Loewy Law Firm, and BookPeople. Thank you to all our sponsors, donors, and partners!

Now Hiring! School and Community Programs Coordinator

Open positions: School and Community Programs Coordinator

Join the Texas Book Festival Team! Over the past year we have continued to reach schools, libraries, students, and communities across Texas. We are looking for an enthusiastic person, committed to education, equity and inclusion, and community. Also, must love to read!


The School and Community Programs Coordinator with the Texas Book Festival is responsible for coordinating the Texas Book Festival’s school and community programs, including Reading Rock Stars (Title I elementary school program), Real Reads (Title I middle- and high school program), and annual grants to Texas public libraries.

The School and Community Programs Coordinator is also responsible for planning and coordinating community outreach events throughout the year and maintaining relationships with relevant community organizations, stakeholders, and nonprofits, especially organizations and events related to TBF’s diversity initiatives.

All TBF staff members help with planning work, event support, and communication strategies for the annual Texas Book Festival, the Texas Teen Book Festival, and other literary events throughout the year.



  • Coordinate all components of Reading Rock Stars programs in Austin and other areas of the state, including:
    • identify eligible schools in Texas
    • coordinate school application and selection process
    • manage Reading Rock Stars contractors and volunteers
    • identify Reading Rock Stars authors and send invitations for participation (coordinating w/Literary Director)
    • develop relationships with childrens’ book publishers and maintain active knowledge of current landscape of childrens’ literature and publishing
    • communicate with participating authors and school administrators
    • create, develop and distribute curriculum guides for each author and school
    • manage program budgets
    • order accurate numbers of books for each selected school, negotiating maximum discounts
    • ability to deliver programs virtually as needed
  • Coordinate all components of Real Reads programs in Austin and other areas of the state, including:
    • identify eligible schools in Texas
    • coordinate school application and selection process
    • manage Real Reads contractors and volunteers
    • identify Real Reads authors and send invitations for participation (coordinating w/Literary Director)
    • develop relationships with Young Adult book publishers and maintain active knowledge of current landscape of YA literature and publishing
    • communicate with participating authors and school administrators
    • create, develop and distribute curriculum for each author and school
    • manage program budgets
    • order accurate numbers of books for each selected school, negotiating maximum discounts
    • ability to deliver program virtually as needed
  • Manage grants to Texas public libraries including applications, scoring, reports, and correspondence, collaborating with Texas Library Association throughout the year and at their annual conference
  • Manage and update historical records for all school and community programs
  • Maintain close communication with TBF’s School and Community Programs Board Committee, including coordinating committee meetings and issuing regular reports on school, library and community programs
  • Serve as TBF contact with TBF Community Ambassadors, coordinating meetings and updating TBF leadership on development and community engagement opportunities
  • Devise and implement community outreach plans to promote participation in and awareness of all TBF programs (w/Communications Coordinator as needed)
  • Produce reports for Executive Director and Board as needed
  • Manage relevant interns, managing their hiring, schedules, tasks, and recommendations


  • Assist in creating/designing TBF school, library, and community outreach materials
  • Assist with maintaining and producing school and community programs content for website and social media


  • Assist with TBF events throughout the year, including the Texas Book Festival, the Texas Teen Book Festival, and other literary, literacy, or volunteer events throughout the year.
  • Work with school outreach volunteer(s) to help coordinate class introductions for children’s authors at the annual Festival
  • Program Children’s Activity Tent and Children’s Entertainment Tent at the annual Festival by leveraging community partners
  • Attend Children’s Author Selection Committee meetings to assist with annual Festival programming
  • Coordinate Real Reads program at annual Festival and Texas Teen Book Festival
  • Partner with other educational nonprofits to bring programming to their students (ex., Breakthrough Central Texas, Andy Roddick Foundation)


  • Actively participate in and contribute to organization’s long-term strategic goals and success
  • Support and assist TBF team members when they need help
  • Embrace the all-in commitment required to make the annual Festival a success and understand that evening and weekend work will be expected in the weeks leading up to the Festival. Post-Festival days off and a generous office holiday schedule for Thanksgiving and December are provided in recognition of extra work time needed for the Festival.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2 – 4 years of professional experience – nonprofit experience a plus
  • Flexibility and availability to travel around Texas (typically 1 – 2 overnights) to execute Reading Rock Stars, Real Reads, and Library Grant programs programs, or to adapt to virtual program delivery as needed
  • Experience in elementary education, bilingual education, and literacy preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Aptitude with technology and working in several different kinds of databases and programs
  • Ability to think creatively to problem solve and promote the Texas Book Festival
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for fulfilling the Texas Book Festival mission


Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to Gavin Quinn at bookfest@texasbookfestival.org.

Application deadline is September 20, 2021.


Annual BookPeople Day of Sales!

BookPeople Day of Sales: Thursday, September 2, 2021

Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 2, for BookPeople’s Day of Sales supporting the Texas Book Festival. BookPeople is donating a portion of all sales on September 2 to TBF!

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!

Add to your TBR pile from the comfort of your home through the snazzy BookPeople website!

Or grab your mask and head to our home away from home, the BookPeople store in Austin.

Support the Texas Book Festival through our official indie bookseller, BookPeople!


Ethan Hawke and Greg Ruth Present MEADOWLARK

The Texas Book Festival is thrilled to announce a virtual book event with author Ethan Hawke and illustrator Greg Ruth as they present their new graphic novel, Meadowlark. Filmmaker Richard Linklater will moderate this conversation, taking place on the same day the book is released. Every ticket will include a signed hardcover copy of Meadowlark and access to the live Crowdcast event.

When: August 10, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. CT

Where: Crowdcast

Ticket Price: $35, including a signed copy of Meadowlark and access to Crowdcast conversation.

*BookPeople will ship books on August 10. We cannot ship books to international addresses. Please contact bookfest@texasbookfestival.org with any questions.

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From the dream team behind #1 New York Times bestseller Indeh comes a graphic novel following a father and son as they navigate an increasingly catastrophic day.

Set against the quiet and unassuming city of Huntsville, Texas, Jack “Meadowlark” Johnson, and his teenage son, Cooper embark on a journey of epic proportions. Told over the course a single day, this electrifying graphic novel recounts Cooper’s struggle to survive the consequences of his father’s mistakes and the dangers they have brought home to his estranged family. As Cooper and his father desperately navigate cascading threats of violence, they must also grapple with their own combative, dysfunctional, but loving relationship.

Drawing on inspiration from the authors’ childhoods in Texas, their relationships with their own sons and from ancient myths that resonate throughout the ages, this contemporary crime noir is a propulsive coming-of-age tale of the shattering transition into manhood. While both father and son strive to understand their place in the world and each other’s lives, tension and resentment threaten to boil over. As emotionally evocative as it is visually stunning, this captivating graphic novel will appeal to fans of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men and Terrence Malick’s Badlands.

Ethan Hawke‘s first graphic novel with illustrator Greg Ruth, Indeh, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2016. His other literary works include New York Times bestsellers Rules for a KnightAsh Wednesday, and The Hottest State. He has also acted in more than fifty films and is the director of three feature films and one documentary. He is a four-time Academy Award nominee.

Greg Ruth is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of The Lost Boy and Indeh and has been making books and comics since 1993. Greg has also created music videos for both Prince and Rob Thomas and children’s picture books including Pure Enduring Spirit (with Barack Obama), Red Kite, Blue Kite (with Ji Li Jiang), A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade (with James Preller), and his latest from Feiwel & Friends entitled Coming Home. His comics work includes Sudden Gravity, Freaks of the Heartland, Conan: Born on the Battlefield, The Matrix, and Goosebumps. He lives and works in Western Massachusetts.

Richard Linklater (writer/director) is a five-time Oscar nominee, two-time Golden Globe winner, two-time Bafta winner who has directed twenty feature films. His most recent credits include Boyhood (2014), Everybody Wants Some (2016), Last Flag Flying (2017) and Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019). He also serves as the Artistic Director for the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985 to showcase films from around the world that were not typically shown in Austin. The Austin Film Society has given out over $2,000,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers since 1996.

Announcing the 2021 Texas Book Festival poster artist

We are thrilled to announce the 2021 Texas Book Festival poster artist is San Antonio-based artist Clemente Guzman! The selected piece, Viva Texas Rivers!, will also be the cover of a book of essays by the same name from Texas A&M Press. Guzman’s career embodies this love of Texas wildlife and nature, which seems appropriate for 2021 as we have sought solace in our beautiful state, as well as in books.

See the full poster image

Guzman was a Texas Parks and Wildlife staff artist from 1988-2017. Career highlights include producing five Texas Conservation license plates (White-tailed Deer, Largemouth Bass, Camping, Diamondback Rattlesnake, and Lucifer Hummingbird), thirty-three Texas game stamps, and illustrated posters for the Texas Wildlife Expo, Great Texas Birding Classic, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Texas Game Warden Memorial, and Texas State Railroad. Guzman was the Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio poster winner, 1992, 1995, 2002 and the California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest winner, Sacramento, California, 2012.

Though Guzman was born in Martinez, California, he has always considered himself a Texan. “Three months before I was born, my family left Doss, Texas, as my dad was a cowboy looking for work in California,” he says. “Soon after I was born, we returned to Doss. I should have been born in Fredericksburg. We moved to San Antonio when I was in first grade.” Guzman currently lives and works in San Antonio and is honored to be selected as the 2021 Texas Book Festival poster artist. To learn more about Clemente, his love and respect for the natural world that he paints, and the poster image, check out this TBF interview with Clemente Guzman. Read the full press release here.

As always, we will have Festival shirts and posters for sale during the Texas Book Festival Weekend, on October 30-31. Please fill out the Festival poster form, and shirts and posters will be shipped in October. Please contact bookfest@texasbookfestival.org.



Get to know our 2021 Festival Poster Artist: Clemente Guzman

Clemente Guzman is the 2021 Texas Book Festival poster artist, and we are honored to feature his work Viva Texas Rivers!. Clemente sat down (virtually) with TBF Deputy Director Claire Burrows to talk about how he became an artist, why he focuses on nature as a subject, and what this particular image means to him.

The Texas Book Festival places great value on the importance and value of storytelling which makes your painting a great choice for our 2021 poster art as the characters in your painting seem to be living different stories at seemingly different points in history.  What stories were you hoping to capture? How did you choose who to represent?

When I started this project in conjunction with the book, I was sent stories from different authors that covered many different rivers, like the Red River, Pecos, Comal, Guadalupe…

There was so much in the stories, that I had to create categories to help create clear ideas: plants and trees, activities, relationships, and many more. These categories helped me see themes that I could depict so that I could show how important the rivers are in Texas.

There was so much to work with, and it became a montage of different stories from different authors from different times. I hope it depicts the past, present, and future of Texas rivers.

What is the message you wanted to convey?

Rivers have supported, entertained, and brought us together. I’m personally so moved by this idea, of rivers bringing everything together.

Why are rivers so important to Texas storytelling?

A lot of the places like the Rio Grande, Guadalupe, and Nueces are being changed and destroyed, and we’re losing our natural habitats. We can’t forget that we’ve connected to the rivers, that’s where we came from.

How did you start painting wildlife and nature?

My first painting was actually in seventh or eighth grade, it was a sparrow on a branch. My dad was trying to get me to learn refrigeration as a career, but when I showed him the picture, he liked it a lot. He was impressed.

My family moved to Minnesota, and we worked in the fields. There are a lot of wildlife artists in Minnesota and galleries full of wildlife paintings. I would go to those galleries and be inspired by all this beautiful artwork.

Then a friend introduced me to artist Mario Fernandez, who paints lots of eagles and songbirds. I went to his house and he had original paintings, maybe 25 paintings, all over the house. On the couch, leaning against the walls, everything. I thought, “I could do this. I could make a living as an artist like him.”

What is your artistic process?

When I first start a project, I don’t know what it’s going to look like, I can’t visualize it. I do lots of research to educate myself. I have to learn about the markings of animals at different stages of their lives and where they migrate. I look at lots of other artist renditions of the animals and plants to see how other people have depicted them.

Then I start with simple sketches until I’m happy with the final layout. Then I scan the final sketch into the computer where I keep working on it and adding color.

Each process is a little different, but overall I try to put stories together then simplify. Key is learning how to simplify so it makes sense to someone else looking at it. I try to see it through other people’s eyes.

What is a memorable book or story from your childhood?

I remember a copy of Little Red Riding Hood. It had a bright red cover, beautiful drawings, and simple text. Two other books that stand out to me due to the art are The Fox and the Grapes and Curious George.

We all learn differently, and when I was in elementary school I learned visually and drew lots of pictures, paying attention to details.

What do you like to read today?

About twelve to thirteen years ago, I started studying my family’s genealogy. It started because my grandmother wanted to know more about her father’s family, where did they come from, what were they like. I said, I don’t know but I’ll try to find out. It can be overwhelming, but very interesting, tracing back.

Right now I’m reading Of Texas Rivers & Texas Art by Andrew Sansom.

What else would you like people to know?

I would like everyone to go outside and enjoy a river in your town. Pay respect, enjoy nature. Think, “my ancestors use to work here, live here, swim here.” Simply just go out and appreciate the river. If we all do that, I think we would do more for protecting our natural world.