Don’t miss our virtual cooking demos!

Want to level up your cooking skills? We’re thrilled to have three excellent chefs hosting cooking demonstrations at the 2020 Texas Book Festival. RSVP for their sessions below, and remember, like the rest of the Festival, these cooking demos are free and open to the public!

Still hungry? We’ve got more food-friendly TBF sessions on our schedule!

Tacos and Coffee: The Origins of—and Controversies Behind—Our Favorite Foods
November 7, 2 p.m. CT

In their new books, Texas Monthly taco editor José R. Ralat (American Tacos) and food-history researcher and journalist Augustine Sedgewick (Coffeeland) follow the histories of the taco and the coffee bean across time and space, revealing valuable insights about culture and power along the way. RSVP here!

Life in Food: New Memoirs from James Beard Award Winners David Chang and Lisa Donovan
November 13, 10 a.m. CT

In poignant new memoirs from Momofuku founder and Ugly Delicious host David Chang (Eat a Peach) and prize-winning pastry chef Lisa Donovan (Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger), the James Beard winners share their struggles and successes on their paths to becoming acclaimed chefs, and each explores how their craft helped them face and battle personal and systemic challenges, from sexism and mental illness to imposter syndrome.  RSVP here!

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat!

Looking for a family-friendly foodie session? On Monday, November 2, author and illustrator Raúl The Third welcomes you and all your favorite characters back for a reading of his latest book, ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat. He’ll also show off his favorite artist’s tools and explain how he creates his colorful illustrations — and he may even include a special preview of his next project! RSVP here!

Thank you to Central Market for sponsoring our cooking demonstrations and food panels!

October Book Club: ‘Dear Justyce’ by Nic Stone

This month’s pick for the Austin360 Book Club powered by TBF is Dear Justyce, the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Dear Martin by TTBF keynote Nic Stone.

In this follow-up story, incarcerated teenager Quan writes letters to Justyce, the protagonist of Dear Martin, about his troubled childhood, a coerced confession, his experience with police, and more. This stunning novel, which can be read as a sequel or as a standalone novel, unflinchingly examines the American justice system’s discrimination against Black boys.

If you order Dear Justyce from BookPeople, signed, personalized books are available for anyone who orders before October 20! Signed books will be available for any additional orders while supplies last.

Save the dates for the Texas Teen Book Festival October 31 and November 1, when Nic Stone will discuss Dear Justyce!

Past 2020 book club picks:


GET TICKETS: An evening with Jodi Picoult

Join us for an evening with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and Amanda Eyre Ward as they discuss Picoult’s new novel, The Book of Two Ways, on Wednesday, November 11 at 6 p.m. CST. Each ticket is $41 and includes the cost of the book, processing fees, and shipping. The first 100 ticket buyers get a signed copy of The Book of Two Ways!

Get tickets here!

See the lineup announcement for this year’s Virtual Texas Book Festival! 

Lit Crawl Austin 2020 goes virtual

Lit Crawl Austin celebrates its tenth year of irreverent literary programming…and what a year! Instead of one night, Lit Crawl Austin 2020 will take place over several nights and even a couple of brunches. This year, we’re excited to be partnering with some great organizations for Six Square‘s Toasts and Topics, Chicon Street Poets Presents, Texas Observer‘s Short Story Contest, Awst Press Presents Quiplash, Austin Bat Cave‘s Story Department. Of course, Literary Death Match is back for another year, and we look forward to hosting two bookish Sunday brunches!

Stay tuned for author announcements, the schedule, and some special surprises. All Lit Crawl programming will take place during the weeks of October 31 through November 15. Lit Crawl events are intended for a mature audience unless noted otherwise.

As always, Lit Crawl Austin is free! We keep on keepin’ on through the generosity of our community. Want to support the Texas Book Festival, Lit Crawl Austin, and our authors? Donate to the Texas Book Festival! For the first time ever, we have an exclusive TBF Lit Crawl armadillo enamel pin. If you donate $25 or more to Lit Crawl, we’ll send you this one-inch pin, which will look great on denim jackets, backpacks, tote bags, and everywhere else you’d like to pin it!

Donate today to receive your limited edition pin


A Texas-sized thank you to Lit Crawl Austin presenting sponsor, Texas Monthly!

Texas Monthly is a proud partner of the Texas Book Festival. Love a good true crime story? Next Tuesday, September 29, we’ll be launching “Tom Brown’s Body,” a new podcast and written series by our own Skip Hollandsworth. Listen to the trailer now and sign up for the Texas Monthly true crime newsletter for updates here. Or get a head start on the story through our October issue––available on newsstands now.

Thank you to Lit Crawl partners Rambler and Desert Door! Stay tuned for cocktails and mocktails to pair with poetry, storytelling, and literary competition.

The tastiest sparkling water in Texas, Rambler is sustainably sourced, made in Austin and proudly partnered with Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation,  helping to preserve Texas lands and waters for future generations. #RaiseARambler

Desert Door Texas Sotol is a distilled spirit from wild-harvested sotol plants and hand-crafted in Driftwood, Texas.

Shop the TBF virtual bookstore at BookPeople!

Announcing our 2020 Author Lineup!

The 2020 Virtual Texas Book Festival will feature more than 125 authors, illustrators, poets, journalists, artists, and thought leaders across a diverse array of genres and topics, including Matthew McConaughey, David Chang, Kevin Kwan, Sigrid Nunez, Isabel Wilkerson, Julia Alvarez, Yaa GyasiErin Brockovich, Brit BennettJosé R. RalatMichael J. Sandel, Dean Koontz, Kathy ValentineIbi Zoboi, and more!

See the full lineup!

Texas Teen Book Festival

Elizabeth Acevedo and Nic Stone will be the keynote speakers for the 2020 Texas Teen Book Festival, taking place online on October 31 and November 1. The TTBF lineup also includes Tiffany D. Jackson, Candace Bushnell, Natalia Sylvester, Lilliam Rivera, Yamile Saied Méndez, Rory Power, Francisco X. Stork, and more.

Children’s programming

Children’s programming will run from November 2 to 6 and will include acclaimed children’s authors and illustrators Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg, Isabel Quintero, Mikaila UlmerDerrick Barnes, Anna Meriano, Rebecca J. GomezRaúl The Third, David Bowles, Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey, and more.

2020 First Edition Literary Gala

Adult author programming will run from November 6 to 15. The First Edition Literary Gala will also take place virtually this year on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. CST,  featuring authors Julia Alvarez, Nick Hornby, and Natasha Trethewey, as well as emcee Michael Ian Black. Find sponsorship information here.

Shop books by Festival authors

Make sure you stop by our online store at BookPeople, our official indie bookseller, to pick up your copies of books by all the excellent authors joining us for this year’s Festival!


Matthew McConaughey In Conversation with Ethan Hawke: ‘Greenlights’

Join us for an afternoon with Texas’ own Matthew McConaughey as he discusses his memoir, Greenlights, in conversation with Ethan Hawke on Saturday, November 7 at 4 p.m. CST. Each ticket is $41 and includes the cost of the book, processing fees, and shipping. Signed books are no longer available. Your ticket purchase supports the Texas Book Festival!

Get tickets here!

See the lineup announcement for this year’s Virtual Texas Book Festival! 

Shop our Festival bookstore at BookPeople!

Make sure you stop by our online store at BookPeople, our official indie bookseller, to pick up your copies of books by all the excellent authors joining us for this year’s Festival!


Save the dates for the 2020 Virtual Texas Book Festival:
Texas Teen Book Festival: October 31-November 1
Children’s Programming: November 2-6
Adult Programming: November 6-15

Attend the 2020 First Edition Literary Gala!
Friday, November 6 | 7:30 p.m. CST

Find Gala sponsorship information here.