Be a Festival Friend!

Festival Friend donations help keep the Festival free to thousands each year. We hope you will join this community of donors and support the work we do all year!

The 2022 Texas Book Festival will take place November 5 – 6 in and around the State Capitol in downtown Austin.

As a thank you for your donation of $100 or more, you will receive:

  • Acknowledgment on dedicated Festival Friends donor wall on TBF website
  • Priority line +1 access to Festival Friends Pass sessions
  • Free one-month subscription to Libro.fm audiobook membership service that supports independent bookstores

As a thank you for your donation of $250 or more, you will receive a Texas Monthly one-year subscription.

Make your donation today at texasbookfestival.org/donate

Become a Festival Friend today!

First Edition Literary Gala

Texas Book Festival’s Annual Fundraiser

The Texas Book Festival is delighted to announce the 27th annual First Edition Literary Gala on Friday, November 4, 2022 at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Austin. Please join us for an evening dedicated to celebrating books, authors, and literacy featuring an unforgettable line-up of literary luminaries from 2022. 

Gala sponsorships fund wide and free access to our Annual Festival in the fall, our year-round Reading Rock Stars and Real Reads programs, which provide author visits and book donations to students in low-income schools, grants to Texas public libraries across the state, and free literary programming throughout the year. 

Stay tuned for the 2022 Gala author announcement this summer! The 2021 Gala featured authors were Noah Hawley, Chang-rae Lee, Elizabeth McCracken, Don Tate, and emcee Carrie Fountain. Check out our 2021 Gala photos here.

Fill out the form below or  payment may be mailed to:

1023 Springdale Rd

Building 14, Suite B

Austin, TX 78721

For more information, please contact susannah@texasbookfestival.org.


Gold Leaf Sponsor $25,000

  • Gala table for 10 or 12 with premier placement
  • All other Authors’ Circle benefits
  • Company/foundation logo on all Festival collateral, print advertisements, Festival signage kiosks and official program, t-shirt, and poster

Authors’ Circle Sponsor $15,000

  • Gala table for 10 or 12 with preferred placement
  • All other Leather Bound benefits
  • Exclusive invitations to VIP TBF-hosted author gatherings throughout the year
  • 2 Festival VIP badges which provide priority seating, and book signing priority during the Festival Weekend
  • Sponsor acknowledgement on Gala program
  • Signed books by the Gala authors

Leather Bound Sponsor $10,000

  • Gala table for 10-12
  • Option to host a Festival author at your table
  • All other Vellum benefits

Vellum Sponsor $7,800

  • Gala table for 12 
  • Sponsor acknowledgement in the official Festival program and on the TBF website
  • Literary party favors

Individual Tickets $650

 

The 2021 Texas Book Festival and First Edition Literary Gala were co-presented by

Help Us Bring Reading Rock Stars to El Paso

The Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars program is a hands-on literacy initiative that sends nationally recognized authors into Title I schools in Texas to inspire young readers with dynamic presentations and send them home with the most empowering experience of all – owning their very own book. The Texas Book Festival funds and coordinates the author visits and donates the books to the children as well as a set of books to each school’s library.

We are excited to bring this program to El Paso elementary students!

Please consider making a gift to help us bring Reading Rock Stars to El Paso for the 2022-23 school year.

Mail donations to:

Texas Book Festival
1023 Springdale Road
Building 14, Suite B
Austin, Texas 78721

Contact the Texas Book Festival office with any questions: 512-477-4055, development@texasbookfestival.org.

Great Holiday Reads From Our Friends at Random House Children’s Books

Snow. Many. Books!

Get the perfect present for kids this holiday season from Random House Children’s Books. In need of adventure? The perfect storytime read? Something to make you laugh out loud? From beloved bestsellers like PONY by R.J. Palacio (author of Wonder) and GRUMPY MONKEY by Suzanne and Max Lang, to brand-new books like THE SWAG IS IN THE SOCKS by Kelly J. Baptist and THE WITCHES OF BROOKLYN by Sophie Escabasse, find the right gift for your kids today!

2021 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest Winners

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest! This year’s theme was “Thrive in a Hybrid World” and we were blown away by the submissions we received. We are very proud of all these talented young authors and are thankful that they chose to share their work with us!

Congratulations to the 2021 winners:

Middle School

Sara T. – The Princess and the Maid

Tiffany J. –  Hold My Hands in the River of Wishes

Dhwani N. – The Power Within

High School

Kayla H. – Ultranet

Thanh-Lan N. – Devotion

Reyna T. – Painting the Future

All Fresh Ink Fiction Contest participants will be awarded a Literati Kids gift card or subscription and invited to our creative writing workshop with featured speakers and authors. The Fresh Ink Fiction Contest is sponsored by AT&T . Thank you to partner Austin Bat Cave for providing workshops and Austin based book subscription company Literati for providing contest prizes!

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Join us for the 2021 Texas Book Festival!

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 including Chandler Baker, Oscar Cásares, Sandra Cisneros, Ann Cleeves, Tamron Hall, Nathan Harris, Louis Menand, Sam Quinones, Rumaan Alam, Mary Gaitskill, R. J. Palacio, Raj Patel, Amor Towles, Colson Whitehead, and more!

2021 Texas Book Festival Authors

Visit the 2021 Festival Schedule to register for our virtual and in-person session!

And if you love the Festival as much as we do, become a Festival Friend today!  In appreciation for your donation of $100 or more, you will receive a Festival Friends Pass which provides you with:

  • Special Festival Friends viewing access to virtual ticketed sessions
  • 20% discount on one book bought during the Festival week through BookPeople
  • Access to signed books through BookPeople online Festival Friends’ bookstore during Festival week
  • Acknowledgment on dedicated Festival Friends donor wall on TBF website 

Donors of $150 or more will receive a commemorative 25th anniversary enamel pin, and donors of $250 or more will receive the enamel pin, a special edition TBF tote bag, and Texas Monthly one-year home delivery and subscriber-only digital access.

 

Be a Festival Friend

The Texas Book Festival is committed to connecting Festival-goers with access to acclaimed authors and unforgettable conversations.  The 2021 Festival will take place from October 23-31. As always, the sessions are free thanks to the support of our community of donors, especially our Festival Friends.

We hope you will join us by becoming a Festival Friend!

In appreciation for your donation of $100 or more, you will receive a Festival Friends Pass which provides you with:

  • Special Festival Friends access to designated sessions
  • 20% discount on one book bought during the Festival week through BookPeople
  • Sunday morning exclusive Festival Friends shopping hour at the Book Sales Tent
  • Acknowledgment on dedicated Festival Friends donor wall on TBF website 

Donors of $150 or more will receive a commemorative 25th anniversary enamel pin, and donors of $250 or more will receive the enamel pin, a special edition TBF tote bag, and Texas Monthly one-year home delivery and subscriber-only digital access.

Become a Festival Friend today!