Real Reads Austin 2022

At this year’s Texas Book Festival, three award-winning authors joined us to engage with young readers as part of our Real Reads program. Modeled after our long-running elementary-focused Reading Rock Stars program, Real Reads aims to foster the love of reading in Texas middle school, high school, and young adult students. Like with Reading Rock Stars, Texas Book Festival provides a copy of the featured book to every student who participates in each Real Reads session.

Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. His poetry and essays are published in the New York Times Magazine, POETRY, The Atlantic, and Vibe. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Julian holds an MFA in Poetry from Ole Miss. His first book, Refuse, won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He was also a contributor to the #1 New York Times-bestseller, Black Boy Joy. Julian has previously worked as a youth mentor, teaching writing workshops to children on house arrest. Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa is his debut children’s novel.

Julian joined us for a dynamic presentation during which he shared his writing inspiration and process as well as the Dominican cultural and historical connections and influences that helped to shape Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa. The energy in the room was contagious as Julian answered questions about the story and his writing life and students shared their thoughts and curiosities.

Celia C. Pérez is the author of the award-winning and critically acclaimed books, The First Rule of Punk and Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers. She lives in Chicago with her family, where in addition to writing books about lovable weirdos and outsiders, she works as a librarian.

In her Real Reads session, Celia gave students insight into what her early writing life was like when she was their age. She also talked about how her own cultures have influenced her stories, including the one told in her newest book, Tumble. The young writers who attended the session received awesome writing advice and encouragement from Celia and got to participate in Q&A session as well. It was truly inspiring!

Rubén Degollado is an educator from Texas and the author of The Family Izquierdo and the young adult novel, Throw. His fiction has appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Image.

Rubén is a compelling storyteller who drew in his audience immediately as he recounted the events that led to his becoming an author. Full of humor and easy conversation, this session offered attendees a glimpse into the writing life and the people and events that inspired The Family Izquierdo. A particularly memorable moment came when a student and her parents shared their excitement about the connections they found between the Izquierdo family and their own. It was a beautiful reminder of the importance of representation and celebration of cultures in literature and the impact that seeing oneself in stories and authors can have on a reader.

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Reading Rock Stars Austin 2022

In early November, twenty-nine incredible authors and illustrators joined Texas Book Festival for our Reading Rock Stars program in 9 Title 1 schools in the Austin area. Every student in our partner schools had the opportunity to be a part of this exciting day focused on the joys of reading, writing, drawing, and storytelling and went home with their very own copy of a featured book. During Reading Rock Stars presentations, authors and illustrators shared their stories, talked about their craft, and interacted with their young audiences in a variety of creative and engaging ways. During their visits, it was not unusual to see an illustrator co-creating art with kids or to catch an author leading students through a lively discussion as they came up with a new story together.

With generous donations from our sponsors, Texas Book Festival funds and coordinates Reading Rock Stars author visits and provides copies of visiting authors’ books to children and to their school’s library. Since the program began, Texas Book Festival has provided more than 150,000 books to students and hosted more than 600 author visits. Reading Rock Stars is currently partnered with schools in Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, the Rio Grande Valley, and will be expanding to El Paso in 2023.

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Donations help to fund our Reading Rock Stars and Real Reads outreach programs in Title I schools, support our Texas public library grants program, and help keep our annual Festival free for all!

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Free Commuter Pass from CapMetro

Want to get downtown for the Texas Book Festival, without worrying about parking and traffic? CapMetro is offering free commuter passes for attendees. Simply fill out the form below by 3pm on Thursday, November 3. You will need the CapMetro app to redeem, and the email you register with must match the email in your app.

Commuter passes will be good for bus travel and the MetroRail, and can be used during the Festival Weekend, November 5-6.

Please note, your pass will not show up in the app until processed by CapMetro on Friday. The email you registered with will have to match the email used for the CapMetro app. The app should be downloaded before 3pm on Thursday, November 3 so CapMetro can share the free pass. Please contact claire@texasbookfestival.org with any questions.

The deadline has passed to request a free commuter pass. However, you can still take a Cap Metro bus or the MetroRail to downtown Austin.

MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM Co-presented by Sound Unseen and TBF

Texas Book Festival is co-presenting Sound Unseen’s opening night film Meet Me in the Bathroom inspired by Lizzy Goodman’s bestselling book and directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace. Don’t miss the screening on Saturday, November 5 at 9:45 p.m. at AFS Cinema.

Tickets: $13

Use the discount code SOUNDUNSEEN for $2 off your ticket. Limited to online purchases.

Location: AFS Cinema, 6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752

Check out Sound Unseen’s 23rd Annual Film + Music Festival (Austin) on November 3-6 at AFS Cinema.

 

AFF and TBF Present TURN EVERY PAGE

Texas Book Festival is delighted to announce our partnership with Austin Film Festival to present the film Turn Every Page: The Adventure of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb at this year’s 29th Annual Austin Film Festival and Writers’ Conference!

Visit austinfilmfestival.com to see the full schedule of screenings, conferences, and events happening October 27-November 3.

Screening Information

Writer/ Director: Lizzie Gottlieb

Cast: Robert A. Caro, Robert Gottlieb, Ethan Hawke, Conan O’Brien, David Remnick, Bill Clinton, and Majora Carter 

Turn Every Page explores the remarkable fifty-year relationship between two literary legends, writer Robert Caro and his editor Robert Gottlieb, as they race to complete their life’s work. 

Date: Tuesday, November 1

Time: 7 – 9 pm CT

Location: Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701

Festival Badges and Film Passes: Receive $5 off the Film Pass using the discount code txbookfest5 and $10 off the Lone Star Badge using the discount code txbookfest10