Our Impact this Year

We feel we’re not alone when we look at the calendar and exclaim: How is it December already?! At the TBF office, we are just finally digging out from Festival wrap up — packing away supplies, signing checks to our valued vendors and security officers who keep everyone at the Fest safe, and writing thank you notes — LOTS of thank you notes — to express our gratitude to everyone who helped make our annual celebration of books and community so meaningful this year.

Some highlights of the impact TBF made this year:

We were thrilled to bring back a fully in-person Festival Weekend in all its glory — completely free and open to the public. We brought 300+ authors and their books to tens of thousands of attendees of all ages and the joy was palpable. Seen and heard throughout the Festival: laughter, thought-provoking conversations, serendipitous running into friends, and so much positive book-buying energy to support authors, booksellers and TBF.

We granted $101,000 in collection enhancement grants to 42 public libraries across Texas.

Through our Reading Rock Stars program, we gave more than 13,000 books and brought inspirational award-winning authors to students in Title I elementary schools in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley.

Real Reads, our outreach program focused on serving middle and high school students, brought 5 renowned authors and almost 600 books to students in Austin and Dallas this year through partnerships with Breakthrough Central Texas, Somos Escritoras, Austin Community College’s Ascender program, and Skyline High School.

In this season of giving, if you’re thinking of tax-deductible charitable gifts you’d like to make before the end of the year, I hope that TBF is high on the list of nonprofits whose missions you support.

With a donation of $100 or more, you’ll become a Festival Friend and receive perks for the 2023 Festival.

Make your 2022 donation on or before December 31!

MAKING A SCENE: Constance Wu in Conversation

We’re excited to announce that we’ve scheduled a new date for a live, virtual conversation with Golden Globe Award-nominated actress Constance Wu about her new memoir Making a Scene. Join the virtual conversation on Friday, December 2 at 12 p.m. CT. The session is free and open to the public. You can register here.

“Illuminating… enthralling… her willingness to not just address her faults but grapple with them makes Wu’s memoir all the richer. Throw in her talent for vivid scene setting, plus an understanding that reflections are nothing without introspection, and the ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star delivers a page-turner that amounts to much more than its headline-grabbing revelations.” The Washington Post“A portrait of a young woman’s life and of a young artist, struggling to find her way… poignant… frank and intimate.” —The New York Times

Author:
Constance Wu is the Golden Globe Award-nominated star of Crazy Rich Asians and Hustlers. Her breakthrough role was starring as Jessica Huang in the television comedy Fresh Off the Boat (2015–2020). She has been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild award, two Television Critics Association awards, and four Critics Choice awards. Time has honored her as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the Year. She lives on the east side of Los Angeles with her partner, Ryan Kattner, their daughter, and their pet bunny rabbit, Lida-Rose.

Moderator:
Kara Watson, executive editor at Scribner / Simon & Schuster

Thank you to the sponsor of this session, Amplify Credit Union!

In 2022, Amplify turned off all bank fees for its customers. They are now working to end bank fees in Texas, one person at a time. For more information, visit www.goamplify.com.