2021 Author Lineup Announced!

The Texas Book Festival is excited to announce the lineup for its annual festival featuring nationally renowned authors, including Chandler Baker, Oscar Cásares, Sandra Cisneros, Ann Cleeves, Tamron Hall, Nathan Harris, Louis Menand, Sam Quinones, and more!

As one of the largest literary festivals in the country, the 26th annual Texas Book Festival is expanding its hybrid festival dates with additional virtual programming on October 23 and 24. The nine-day event will kick off on October 23 and run through October 31 and will feature both virtual and limited in-person author appearances. Attendees of the festival are now able to see which authors will have virtual or in-person sessions on Texas Book Festival’s website, and the full schedule will be released online in early October.

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. The festival will also showcase previously announced authors Rumaan Alam, Mary Gaitskill, R. J. Palacio, Raj Patel, Amor Towles, Colson Whitehead, and more.

Texas Teen Book Festival

Angeline Boulley, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and Neal Shusterman will headline the 2021 Texas Teen Book Festival, taking place online on October 23 and 24. The TTBF lineup also includes David Bowles, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Candace Buford, Hafsah Faizal, Jennifer Mathieu, Lilliam Rivera, Tracy Wolff, and more.

Children’s programming

Children’s authors and illustrators in the full lineup include Gloria Amescua, Kathi Appelt, Adrianna Cuevas, K.A. Holt, Oliver Jeffers, Varian Johnson, Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg, Nicholas Solis, and Don Tate.

Texas Authors

Texas authors featured at this year’s festival include Jeff Abbott, Kate Biberdorf, H. W. Brands, Ellen Riojas Clark, May Cobb, Carrie Fountain, Cassy Joy Garcia, Dolores Huerta, Priya Huq, Elizabeth McCracken, Bill Minutaglio, Juan Miró, Tomás Q. Morín, Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey, Divya Srinivasan, S. Kirk Walsh, Lawrence Wright, and many more.

Hybrid programming

Virtual children’s programming will run the weekend of October 23 and October 24, and select in-person appearances by picture book authors will take place at Symphony Square in downtown Austin on Saturday, October 30. Virtual adult author programming will run from October 25 to 31, 2021, with select in-person sessions at Austin Public Library Main Branch on Sunday, October 31.

Book Sales

All Festival titles will be available in the official BookPeople Texas Book Festival online bookstore. Select titles will be available in person at Symphony Square and the Austin Central Library. BookPeople is the official bookseller for the Texas Book Festival. BookPeople donates a portion of every book sold through the online Festival store and at the Festival back to the Texas Book Festival. Thank you for supporting authors and readers in Texas! Check out the full Festival book list!

Check out the full author list!

5 Hispanic Heritage Month Events You Can’t Miss!

Let’s celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, with these 5 literary events across Texas and highlight the history, contribution, and cultural wealth of the Latinx community. Thank you Austin Public Library, Book People, and Humanities Texas for your commitment to lifting Latinx voices year round!


1. Spanish Language Story-Time at Austin Public Library: This year round resource highlights the community cultural wealth of the Latinx community.

 


2. Virtual event at Book People: My Two Border Towns

BookKids Presents: “A picture book debut by an award-winning author about a boy’s life on theU.S.-Mexico border,visiting his favorite places on The Other Side with his father, spending time with family and friends, and sharing in the responsibility of community care.”

 


3. Exhibition: In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez

Humanities Texas presents this traveling exhibition with thirty-eight photographs paired with excerpts from Chávez’s
dynamic speeches and authoritative writings.

 

 


4. Virtual event at Book People: Cuba in My Pocket

BookKids Presents a conversation about Cuba in My Pocket by Adrianna Cuevas: “A middle grade historical novel about a twelve-year-old boy who leaves his family in Cuba to immigrate to the U.S. by himself, based on the author’s family history.”

 


5. Exhibition: Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States

This exhibition captures a quarter century of Hispanic publishing
through books, movie stills, public presentations, and illustrations.

 

 

2021 Texas Book Festival Update!

Out of concern for the safety of our community, we are significantly scaling back the in-person portion of this year’s Texas Book Festival and greatly increasing the number of virtual sessions that people can participate from anywhere.

Symphony Square

We love hosting our huge, rambling, open Festival at the State Capitol but, after much deliberation, we have decided it is safest to host the in-person portion of the Festival in venues where we can better monitor attendee numbers and enact proper safety guidelines.

We are thrilled to partner with Waterloo Greenway’s Symphony Square and the Austin Public Library on the Festival this year. Texas Book Festival will host children’s storytime programming at Symphony Square’s outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, October 30, and adult programming at APL’s Central Library on Sunday, October 31, for a limited number of in-person sessions.

Austin Central Library

All in-person sessions are free, but please note that capacity will be limited at our in-person venues. Attendees must RSVP for each session on a first-come, first-served basis in advance of the Festival. RSVPs will be available online once the schedule is announced in the first week of October. There are no attendance limits for our robust lineup of virtual sessions featuring authors for all ages and genres. We will be offering a small number of ticketed virtual events with the featured author’s book included in the ticket price.

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Revised Hybrid Festival Dates

Virtual

Oct. 23 – 24:

*Children’s programming

*Texas Teen Book Festival: Young Adult Authors and panels

Oct. 25 – 31:  Adult fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and cooking

In-Person

Oct. 30: 

*Read Me A Story children’s picture book authors at Symphony Square 

*Lit Crawl at Symphony Square

Oct. 31: Adult programming at Austin Central Library


The full author lineup will be announced on September 22 and the schedule will be announced the first week of October.

Every year, the annual Texas Book Festival features a wide array of the year’s best books and this year is no different. We are so passionate about this year’s authors and can’t wait for you to meet them, whether in person or online.

The Festival continues to be free, thanks to our generous sponsors and volunteers. The 2021 Texas Book Festival is co-presented by H-E-B and AT&T. Other major sponsors include Brigid Cockrum and Family, Kirkus Reviews, Tocker Foundation, Tapestry Foundation, Texas Monthly, Buena Vista Foundation, Still Water Foundation, St. David’s HealthCare, Central Market, Austin American-Statesman, Pentagram, Jordan Foster Construction, Loewy Law Firm, and BookPeople. Thank you to all our sponsors, donors, and partners!

Ethan Hawke and Greg Ruth Present MEADOWLARK

The Texas Book Festival is thrilled to announce a virtual book event with author Ethan Hawke and illustrator Greg Ruth as they present their new graphic novel, Meadowlark. Filmmaker Richard Linklater will moderate this conversation, taking place on the same day the book is released. Every ticket will include a signed hardcover copy of Meadowlark and access to the live Crowdcast event.

When: August 10, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. CT

Where: Crowdcast

Ticket Price: $35, including a signed copy of Meadowlark and access to Crowdcast conversation.

*BookPeople will ship books on August 10. We cannot ship books to international addresses. Please contact bookfest@texasbookfestival.org with any questions.

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From the dream team behind #1 New York Times bestseller Indeh comes a graphic novel following a father and son as they navigate an increasingly catastrophic day.

Set against the quiet and unassuming city of Huntsville, Texas, Jack “Meadowlark” Johnson, and his teenage son, Cooper embark on a journey of epic proportions. Told over the course a single day, this electrifying graphic novel recounts Cooper’s struggle to survive the consequences of his father’s mistakes and the dangers they have brought home to his estranged family. As Cooper and his father desperately navigate cascading threats of violence, they must also grapple with their own combative, dysfunctional, but loving relationship.

Drawing on inspiration from the authors’ childhoods in Texas, their relationships with their own sons and from ancient myths that resonate throughout the ages, this contemporary crime noir is a propulsive coming-of-age tale of the shattering transition into manhood. While both father and son strive to understand their place in the world and each other’s lives, tension and resentment threaten to boil over. As emotionally evocative as it is visually stunning, this captivating graphic novel will appeal to fans of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men and Terrence Malick’s Badlands.


Ethan Hawke‘s first graphic novel with illustrator Greg Ruth, Indeh, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2016. His other literary works include New York Times bestsellers Rules for a KnightAsh Wednesday, and The Hottest State. He has also acted in more than fifty films and is the director of three feature films and one documentary. He is a four-time Academy Award nominee.

Greg Ruth is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of The Lost Boy and Indeh and has been making books and comics since 1993. Greg has also created music videos for both Prince and Rob Thomas and children’s picture books including Pure Enduring Spirit (with Barack Obama), Red Kite, Blue Kite (with Ji Li Jiang), A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade (with James Preller), and his latest from Feiwel & Friends entitled Coming Home. His comics work includes Sudden Gravity, Freaks of the Heartland, Conan: Born on the Battlefield, The Matrix, and Goosebumps. He lives and works in Western Massachusetts.

Richard Linklater (writer/director) is a five-time Oscar nominee, two-time Golden Globe winner, two-time Bafta winner who has directed twenty feature films. His most recent credits include Boyhood (2014), Everybody Wants Some (2016), Last Flag Flying (2017) and Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019). He also serves as the Artistic Director for the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985 to showcase films from around the world that were not typically shown in Austin. The Austin Film Society has given out over $2,000,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers since 1996.

Join Chandler Baker for Book Tips & Sips!

Join New York Times best-selling author Chandler Baker for Book Tips & Sips on Wed, July 14 from 6-7 p.m. CT at Hearth & Soul on Exposition Blvd. Baker will share some of her favorite summer reads. Signed copies of Whisper Network will be available for purchase and signed copies of The Husbands will be available for pre-order. The event is open to the public. You can find more details here.

Book Tips & Sips

Take a Literary Lunch Break with S. Kirk Walsh

ICYMI, here is the full conversation with author S. Kirk Walsh and ABC’s Richard Santos for our Literary Lunch Break. You can also find it on our IGTV on Instagram.


We are kicking off this year’s Literary Lunch Break series with author S. Kirk Walsh to discuss The Elephant of Belfast on Thursday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. CT. Walsh will be in conversation with Austin Bat Cave Executive Director Richard Santos on Instagram Live. Follow us on Instagram to join the conversation.

S. Kirk Walsh
is a writer living in Austin, Texas. Her work has been widely published in The New York Times Book ReviewLongreadsStoryQuarterly, and Electric Literature, among other publications. Over the years, she has been a resident at Ucross, Yaddo, Ragdale, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Walsh is the founder of Austin Bat Cave, a writing and tutoring center that provides free writing workshops for young writers throughout Austin. The Elephant of Belfast is her first novel. 

Arts & Letters Live: Virtual Event with Lily King and Chang-rae Lee

Join Texas Book Festival’s Executive Director Lois Kim in a conversation with authors Lily King and Chang-rae Lee on Monday, March 22 at 7 p.m. CST.

Lily King’s Writers & Lovers follows Casey—a smart and achingly vulnerable protagonist—in the last days of a long youth, a time when every element of her life comes to a crisis. Casey’s fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink. Written with King’s trademark humor, heart, and intelligence, Writers & Lovers is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.

In Chang-rae Lee’s My Year Abroad, Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly creative Chinese-American entrepreneur who sees something intriguing in Tiller beyond his bored exterior and takes him under his wing. When Pong brings him along on a boisterous trip across Asia, Tiller is catapulted from ordinary young man to talented protégé, and he is pulled into a series of ever more extreme and eye-opening experiences that transform his view of the world, of Pong, and of himself.

See full virtual event details and ticket purchasing on the Dallas Museum of Art website.

 

NEW DATE | Jenna Bush Hager: Everything Beautiful Tour goes virtual

TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL & LONG CENTER PRESENT
JENNA BUSH HAGER
EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL TOUR

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BOOKPEOPLE

SEPTEMBER 8 | 7:00 P.M.

Due to safety concerns stemming from the continued spread of COVID-19, Jenna Bush Hager’s book event for Everything Beautiful In Its Time will transition into a virtual conversation moderated by actress and entrepreneur Brooklyn Decker. Any previously purchased tickets will still be honored at the virtual event, now happening on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. CT.

If you’ve already purchased tickets, hold onto them — these are all you need to attend the virtual performance on September 8.

If you’ve registered for this event, look for an email from the Long Center with more information about the event and book shipping.