Join AFS for Two Special Screenings!

This July, we are partnering with Austin Film Society to present two days of author events at AFS Cinema. On Friday, July 22, director Anne Rapp presents her documentary feature on Texas writer Horton Foote with a panel discussion following the screening featuring Rapp, author Tim O’Brien, and filmmaker Richard Linklater. O’Brien returns the next afternoon on Saturday, July 23, for a screening of the documentary THE WAR AND PEACE OF TIM O’BRIEN with director Aaron Matthews. Tickets are now on sale for both shows.

Friday, July 22 at 7:00 PM

A documentary that chronicles the creative journey of acclaimed Texas writer Horton Foote. Foote, who was born and raised in Wharton, Texas, went on to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, the winner of two Academy Awards for screenwriting (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and TENDER MERCIES), an Emmy Award for television writing (Adaptation of Williams Faulkner’s “Old Man”), and was the recipient of the National Medal of Arts among numerous other theatrical and literary prizes.

Director Anne Rapp is a Texas-born filmmaker, screenwriter, and script supervisor. She has worked on more than 50 feature films since 1981 and collaborated with filmmaker Robert Altman during the last decade of his career.

Horton Foote is the 1999 recipient of the Texas Writer Award, formerly known as the Bookend Award, which is given to a Texas writer in recognition of outstanding contributions to Texas literature.

THE WAR AND PEACE OF TIM O’BRIEN
Saturday, July 23 at 4:30 PM

Author Tim O’Brien and director Aaron Matthews will join AFS for this special screening of the new film documenting the National Book Award winner’s arduous journey through the writing process of his latest work, his first in twenty years and an immensely painful meditation about a subject he knows only too well—war.

Tim O’Brien has been called “the best American writer of his generation,” and “our poet laureate of war.” A Vietnam veteran, and National Book Award-winner, O’Brien is one of the great voices in modern American literature. The Library of Congress named his groundbreaking novel about the Vietnam War, “The Things They Carried,” one of the 65 most influential books in American history.

Tim O’Brien is the 2012 recipient of the Texas Writer Award.

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2022 Festival Weekend

We’re back for the 27th Texas Book Festival Weekend! The 2022 Festival Weekend will take place on November 5–6, in downtown Austin at the State Capitol and surrounding streets.

The Festival Weekend is free and open to the public, with 250+ authors of the year’s best books. The full author lineup will be announced in September, and the schedule will be released in October.

When

Saturday, November 5, 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday, November 6, 11 am – 6 pm

Where

Downtown Austin in and around the State Capitol

  • Texas State Capitol (1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701)
  • Congress Avenue (between 8th and 11th Streets)
  • Colorado Street (between 9th and 13th streets)
  • First Baptist Church (901 Trinity Street)
  • First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca Street)
  • Central Presbyterian Church (200 East 8th Street)

How to attend

No registration is required for the Festival! Just show up. Free parking is available in the State parking garages northeast of the Capitol. Book ticket author sessions that require advanced registration will be announced prior to the Festival Weekend.

Books

BookPeople is the official Texas Book Festival bookseller. They will be on-site selling books for all the featured authors, and you can find Festival books year-round at the BookPeople TBF online store.

Volunteers

The Festival Weekend depends on Volunteer Committee Chairs and hundreds of volunteers. Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form if you would like to volunteer for the 2022 Festival Weekend.

Exhibitor Marketplace

Our exhibitor marketplace is back, featuring small and independent presses, community organizations, and much more! We are still accepting exhibitor applications.

Lit Crawl Austin

Lit Crawl will take place on Saturday, November 5 in East Austin. Stay tuned for more details!

2022 Poster

Stay tuned for the official 2022 Texas Book Festival Poster announcement! We will have posters and poster shirts for sale at the Festival.

Check back here for more parking, transportation, and event details. Email bookfest@texasbookfestival.org with questions. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or join our email newsletter for updates.

Want to support the Texas Book Festival and help keep programming free and open to the public? Donate today!

See you at the Festival!

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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

Celebrate Juneteenth Across Texas!

Juneteenth celebrates and commemorates the official end of slavery in the United States. The holiday is historically rooted in Texas due to the arrival of Union soldiers in Galveston on June 19, 1865. We here at the Texas Book Festival would like to share a variety of events and activities across the state to reflect on this important day of freedom and unity for so many in the African American community and beyond. Check out the full list below to celebrate Juneteenth and share any other events with us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Austin & Surrounding Areas

Austin

Saturday, June 18

2022 Historical Juneteenth Parade 
10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Britton, Durst, Howard, Spence Bldg. (Chestnut House), 1183 Chestnut Avenue, Austin, TX 78702
Late Registration: June 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Juneteenth Park Festival
12 – 10 p.m., Rosewood & Boggy Creek Park, 2300 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, TX 78702

Black Makers Market – Juneteenth Market
11 a.m.-3 p.m., George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702

Soul Food Truck Fest
11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin, TX 78702
Admission: $15 General Admission

Texas Farmers’ Market Juneteenth Celebration
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Texas Farmers’ Market at Lakeline, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Austin, TX 78613
Admission: Free

Freedom Fest 2022
1 – 4 p.m., 7201 Colony Loop Drive, Austin, TX 78724
Admission: Free

Sunday, June 19

Texas Farmers’ Market Juneteenth Celebration
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller, 2006 Philomena Street, Austin, TX 78723
Admission: Free

Stay Black and Live: Juneteenth Weekend Festival
12 – 6 p.m., George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St., Austin, TX 78702

Buda

Saturday, June 18

Juneteenth Celebration
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Buda Amphitheater & City Park, 100 San Antonio St, Buda, TX 78610

Georgetown

Saturday, June 18

Juneteenth Celebration
11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Georgetown Community Center, 445 E Morrow St, Georgetown, TX 78626
Admission: Free

Hutto

Saturday, June 18

Freedom March and Juneteenth Festival
March –> 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Gathering Location TBD)
Festival –> 1:30 – 6 p.m., Adam Orgain Park (Formerly Brushy Creek Park), 1001 Co Rd 137, Hutto, TX 78634

Kyle

Saturday, June 11

Juneteenth Celebration
9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mary Kyle Hartson Park, 101 S Burleson St, Kyle, TX 78644

Friday, June 17

Dialogue for Peace and Progress
7 p.m., Kyle City Hall, 100 W. Center St, Kyle, TX 78740

Pflugerville

Sunday, June 19

2nd Annual Juneteenth Pfamily Reunion
12 – 7 p.m., Wells Point Sports Park, 800 S Heatherwilde Blvd, Pflugerville, TX 78660
Admission: Free

Round Rock

Wednesday, June 15

Juneteenth Storytelling with Decee Cornish
7-8 p.m., Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St., Round Rock, TX 78664
Admission: Free

Saturday, June 18

Poetry in Motion
1:30 – 3 p.m., Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main Ave, Round Rock, TX 78664
Admission: Free

Juneteenth Festival Round Rock
4-11:30 p.m., Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78665
Admission: Free

Sunday, June 19

Pieces of My Story: Juneteenth Edition
2 – 4 p.m., Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main Ave, Round Rock, TX 78664
Admission: Free

San Marcos

Friday, June 17 – Saturday, June 18

Juneteenth Charity BBQ Cook-Off
Friday –> 1 – 9 p.m.
Saturday –> 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Park on the River, 206 N. C.M. Allen Pkwy, San Marcos, TX 78666

Saturday, June 18

Juneteenth Unity Walk
9 a.m., Route starting at the intersection of LBJ & MLK, San Marcos, TX (see website for map)

Corpus Christi

Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 19

Juneteenth Jubilee Celebrations
Various Times & Locations

Dallas

Saturday, June 18

2022 MLK Juneteenth 3K Walk & Festival
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 2922 MLK, Jr. Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215
Admission: Free

El Paso

Tuesday, June 14 – Sunday, June 19

Las Cruces Jazz Festival
Various Times & Locations

Saturday, June 18

Juneteenth Celebration
12 – 3 p.m., McCall Neighborhood Center, 3231 East Wyoming Avenue, El Paso, TX 79903
Admission: Free

Fort Worth

Saturday, June 18

I Am Juneteenth Festival
4 p.m., Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Admission: $20 (Early Bird)

Galveston

Sunday, June 12

Pre-Juneteenth Poetry Sessions
9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, 28th & Market St, Galveston, TX 77550

Saturday, June 18

Juneteenth Festival
12 – 8 p.m., Menard Park, 2222 28th St, Galveston, Texas 77550

Sunday, June 19

Juneteenth Jubilee
3 – 6 p.m., Absolute Equality Mural, 2201 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550
Admission: Free

Houston

Saturday, June 18

Juneteenth Celebration
10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
Admission: $15

Leander

Saturday, June 18

Juneteenth Jubilee
4-8 p.m., Leander Old Town, 100 N. Brushy, Leander, TX 78641

Midland-Odessa

Wednesday, June 15 – Sunday, June 19

Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Various Times & Locations
Schedule of Events

San Antonio

Friday, June 17

Juneteenth History Harvest
11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Comanche Park, 2600 Rigsby Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78222

Saturday, June 18

Juneteenth Block Party/Fair
3 – 9:30 p.m., Alamo Beer Company, 202 Lamar, San Antonio, TX 78205
Admission: Free

Playdates in the Park

Join the Austin Parks Foundation for their Playdates in the Park series this June at an Austin park near you! Enjoy story time, make crafts, and MOVE AND GROOVE with Creative Action! Don’t miss children’s author Nicholas Solis for a storytime reading of The Staring Contest on June 25th!

Saturday, June 25 – Martin Park

Martin Park

1626 Nash Hernandez Senior Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Author: Nicholas Solis with The Staring Contest

Reserve your spot here!

 

Read Together: Storytime with Anne Wynter

Texas Book Festival is partnering with Waterloo Greenway and Austin Allies for the Read Together event on Tuesday, May 3 at 10 a.m. CT. Don’t miss the outdoor storytime with Austin author, playwright, and copywriter Anne Wynter and her presentation of Everybody in the Red Brick Building. This event is part of Morning Glories, a weekly early childhood education event series. Learn more about the event on the Waterloo Greenway website.

Continue reading “Read Together: Storytime with Anne Wynter”

FOUR TREASURES OF THE SKY: A Conversation with Jenny Tinghui Zhang & Gen Padalecki

ANNOUNCING – We’re partnering with fellow Texan Gen Padalecki and her Now & Gen book club for a conversation with Austin author Jenny Tinghui Zhang about her debut novel Four Treasures of the Sky. Grab your copy and read along with us! Be sure to join the conversation on Thursday, May 5 at 12 p.m. CT on Gen’s Instagram Live (@genpadalecki). No RSVP necessary, just stop on by!

When you purchase your copy of Four Treasures of the Sky using this BookPeople link, you will receive an autographed note from Gen! Available while supplies last.

Author:
Jenny Tinghui Zhang
is a Chinese-American writer. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Apogee, Ninth Letter, Passages North, The Rumpus, HuffPost, The Cut, Catapult, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming and has received support from Kundiman, Tin House, and VONA/Voices. She was born in Changchun, China and grew up in Austin, Texas, where she currently lives. Four Treasures of the Sky is her debut.

Moderator:
Genevieve Padalecki (you can call her Gen) is a daughter, sister, mother, and wife. She’s also a traveler, book nerd, activist, actress, adventure seeker, and aspiring urban homesteader. A California girl from birth and a mountain girl at heart, she now calls Austin, Texas, home and lives with her husband Jared—yes, that guy from Supernatural and Walker—three kids (Tom, Shep, and Odette), 14 chickens, two dogs, and a hive of honeybees.

She blogs about her life, books, parenting, fashion, and more at nowandgen.com and is the co-founder of @towwn – Take Only What We Need, a community that focuses on measurable steps we can take to live a more just and sustainable life for people + planet.

 

An Evening with Selma Blair: MEAN BABY

We’re excited to partner with BookPeople to welcome Selma Blair in conversation with Jamie-Lynn Sigler in celebration of Blair’s new memoir, Mean Baby! The event will take place on Friday, May 20 at First Baptist Church of Austin, located on Trinity Street. Doors will open at 6 PM and the event will begin at 7 PM. The event will run for 45-60 minutes, including an audience Q&A. Tickets are available exclusively through Eventbrite and include a signed copy of Mean Baby.

About Mean Baby
Selma Blair has played many roles: Ingenue in Cruel Intentions. Preppy ice queen in Legally Blonde. Muse to Karl Lagerfeld. Advocate for the multiple sclerosis community. But before all of that, Selma was known best as…a mean baby. In a memoir that is as wildly funny as it is emotionally shattering, Blair tells the captivating story of growing up and finding her truth.

“Blair is a rebel, an artist, and it turns out: a writer.”

—Glennon Doyle, Author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Untamed and Founder of Together Rising

The first story Selma Blair Beitner ever heard about herself is that she was a mean, mean baby. With her mouth pulled in a perpetual snarl and a head so furry it had to be rubbed to make way for her forehead, Selma spent years living up to her terrible reputation: biting her sisters, lying spontaneously, getting drunk from Passover wine at the age of seven, and behaving dramatically so that she would be the center of attention.

Although Selma went on to become a celebrated Hollywood actress and model, she could never quite shake the periods of darkness that overtook her, the certainty that there was a great mystery at the heart of her life. She often felt like her arms might be on fire, a sensation not unlike electric shocks, and she secretly drank to escape.

Over the course of this beautiful and, at times, devasting memoir, Selma lays bare her addiction to alcohol, her devotion to her brilliant and complicated mother, and the moments she flirted with death. There is brutal violence, passionate love, true friendship, the gift of motherhood, and, finally, the surprising salvation of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

In a voice that is powerfully original, fiercely intelligent, and full of hard-won wisdom, Selma Blair’s Mean Baby is a deeply human memoir and a true literary achievement.

About Selma Blair
SELMA BLAIR is an actress best known for her roles in Legally Blonde, Cruel Intentions, The Sweetest Thing, and Hellboy. Blair was named a Time Person of the Year in 2017 as one of their Silence Breakers, and she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for her narration of The Diary of Anne Frank. She is the subject of the documentary Introducing, Selma Blair, which reveals Blair’s intimate and raw journey with multiple sclerosis. Blair lives with her son in Los Angeles.

Book Tips and Sips at Ani’s Day & Night

Join Texas Book Festival and spring 2022–published Austin authors Dalia Azim and Juli Berwald for our first free, public, in-person event of the year!

We’re bringing together Central Texas readers and members of the literary community for a casual conversation about books—classics, new releases, fiction, and nonfiction—we’re eager to add to our to-be-read shelves this spring. Come gather with us at the Ani’s Day & Night patio on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. for book recommendations, community, and delicious cocktails available for sale from the Ani’s bar.

No reservations required, but if you RSVP via the form below, you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive complimentary signed copies of Dalia’s and Juli’s new books plus two drink tickets.

Book swap: Bring a book you loved and want to share, add it to the swap, and take home a new read of your own!

Copies of Dalia’s and Juli’s new books for sale on-site courtesy of BookPeople!


Speakers: 

Dalia Azim, Country of Origin (Deep Vellum / A Strange Object, 3/15/22)

Dalia’s work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Aperture, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Glimmer Train (where she received their Short Story Award for New Writers), Other Voices, Alcalde, and Sightlines, among other publications. She serves on the board of Austin Bat Cave—a literary community and writing workshop center—and is the manager of special projects at the Blanton Museum of Art. She graduated with a dual degree in art and literature from Stanford University and grew up in Canada and Colorado.

Juli Berwald, Life on the Rocks (Riverhead, 4/5/22)

Juli, a Texas Book Festival alum, received her Ph.D. in Ocean Science from the University of Southern California. The author of Spineless and a science textbook writer and editor, she has written for a number of publications including the New York Times, Nature, National Geographic, and Slate.

Moderator: TBF Literary Director Matt Patin

Tips & Sips RSVP

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Ani’s Day & Night is located at 7107 E Riverside Drive in Austin.


We love putting together free programming in support of authors and readers here in Texas. If you believe in strengthening a love of literature and keeping arts programming free and open to the public in Texas, please consider supporting the Texas Book Festival.