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September Book Club

It might still feel like summer in Texas, but the school year is now in full swing. Our picks for September are back-to-school reads of all levels, showing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re starting middle school or your freshman year at Harvard – starting a new school  year can be exciting, stressful, mysterious, and […]

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Reading Our State: Dallas

—written by TBF intern Emily Vernon The next stop on our literary tour of Texas is Dallas. If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you know we’ve chronicled the literary scenes of Austin and Houston already this summer, and if you’re from Texas, you know each of these cities is quite different from the […]

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Ways to Help After Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has brutally devastated the Houston area and Texas’s Gulf Coast, and many of us are looking hopelessly at pictures from friends and media, wondering what on earth we can possibly do. Thousands of our neighbors have been left without food or shelter and have experienced a catastrophic event almost entirely unprecedented in the […]

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2017 TBF Confirmed Appearances

The Festival Weekend (November 4-5) will be here before we know it, and we’ll announce our full author and presenter lineup in September! Here’s a running list of the authors and illustrators we have already announced will be appearing at the 2017 Texas Book Festival (check back for updates):   Dan Rather – What Unites Us  […]

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Books Going to the Movies: Exciting Literary Adaptations Coming Soon!

The upcoming year has an abundance of movie adaptations, with a variety of selections ranging from Shakespeare to Stephen King to Kurt Vonnegut to John Green (and many more!). No matter your genre preference for books, you’ll undoubtedly find a book-based movie for you to enjoy in the theater soon. Many best-selling books become movies, […]

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Sisters First at Texas Book Festival!

  WHO: Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush WHAT: Sisters First Tour! WHERE: Texas Book Festival WHEN: Saturday, November 4 at 10:00AM Book Tickets for priority seating and a signed book available now!     We’re thrilled to announce we’re kicking off the Texas Book Festival Weekend with a very special session featuring Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara […]

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TBF Does Back to School with El Mundo!

We’re getting excited to get back to school in the next few weeks! For us here at the Texas Book Festival it means the Festival is getting close and we have a new year of Reading Rock Stars to get ready for.  We’re planning, organizing and ready for a new year. It’s a good time […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival Reveals Their Official 2017 Author Lineup!

It’s shaping up to be a great year for books here in Texas! While the Texas Book Festival won’t announce our official lineup until mid-September, we’re excited to share that the Texas Teen Book Festival has announced their full 2017 lineup—and what a lineup it is! You can view the full lineup, along with information […]

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August Book Club

We are only six months into 2017 and it has already been a banner year for poetry. Debut authors and veteran poets alike have made the beginning half of this year sparkle and pop with their vivid and unique language. There’s a certain angle at which that these poets look at the world that will […]

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TBF Team Summer Reads: the pets edition

One thing we all have in common here at Texas Book Festival is, of course, our love of books. Despite how much we read and talk about books on a daily basis, we never quite get tired of it. Whether we’re eagerly cracking open a brand-new title or diving back into a long-time favorite, we love […]

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Reading Our State: A Literary Tour of Texas

—written by TBF intern Emily Vernon Place serves as a powerful connector in literature; whether it allows you to identify with the characters or teaches you about a new city or culture, it’s undeniable that setting contributes greatly to the reader’s experience. At the very least, it’s exciting to read about a place you’re familiar […]

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2017 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup: Sneak Peek

We’re thrilled to announce thirteen of the authors and illustrators who will participate in this year’s Texas Book Festival, happening November 4 and 5 in and around the State Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas. Our full 2017 lineup will be announced in early September. For now, mark your calendars and join us here in the […]

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2017 Texas Teen Book Festival Keynotes

The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2017 keynote authors! “TTBF 2017 is shaping up to be amazing!” says Festival Director Shawn Mauser. “I could hardly keep the keynote news to myself. Connecting teens with authors they love is the core of what we do. We’re thrilled to give Texas teens the opportunity to […]

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Bring Your Books! Help US Support Manor ISD’s Summer Library Project

Manor was once characterized as a sleepy town east of Austin, famed for its racetrack that once hosted a Grateful Dead concert. Now the city, just like Austin,  is booming: in 2000 there were just 1,204 residents, but the projections forecast more than 10,300 people will live there by 2020.   Manor ISD is growing […]

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TBF + SoulCycle Charity Ride: Sign Up Today!

We are excited to announce our first ever SoulCycle charity ride on Sunday May 7, 2017, at 1pm. Join us at the downtown Austin SoulCycle location to raise money for the annual Festival as well as our year-round outreach literacy programs like Reading Rock Stars and our annual Texas Library Grants. Everyone, from cycling enthusiasts to […]

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Our 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest is now open!

We are now accepting submissions to the 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest (formerly called the Youth Fiction Writing Contest). The theme this year is: “Funny Running Into You Here.”   Hosted by the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at the University of Texas at Austin, with generous support from […]

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2017 Texas Book Festival Dates!

Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 Texas Book Festival! Join us on the Texas State Capitol grounds in downtown Austin for the 22nd annual Texas Book Festival on November 4-5, 2017! 2016 was a record-setting year for the Texas Book Festival. We welcomed 300 authors and 50,000 attendees in our biggest celebration of books, literacy and […]

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Our Favorite Reads of 2016

Reading makes us feel fancy. 2016. Oh, 2016. We have a lot of memories, a lot of feelings, and, most importantly, we have a lot of books we’ve read. As we say farewell to a wild and crazy twelve months on planet Earth, TBF staff and members of our selection committee have taken a moment to […]

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UPDATE: Laura Bush + Jenna Bush Hager

We’re honored to welcome Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager to the 2016 Texas Book Festival! Former First Lady and Texas Book Festival founder Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager will speak about and sign their new children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard, at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 5 at 10:00AM. […]

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¡Ahora Sí! Tent at Texas Book Festival

We’re excited to once again partner with ¡Ahora Sí!, the Austin American-Statesman’s Spanish language newspaper, to present a tent at this year’s Texas Book Festival dedicated to bilingual programming and Latin@ culture. From in-depth literary discussions to children’s storytimes; a close examination at issues of education and voter turn-out; a celebration of Tejana art; and more, the […]

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Library Love at the 2016 TBF

We love our Texas libraries! As a non-profit organization founded by former librarian Laura Bush, one of the main goals of the Texas Book Festival is to strengthen and support libraries across the state. Each year, we donate tens of thousands of dollars ($100,000 in 2016!) to libraries in Texas to fund their collections. This year at […]

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H-E-B Read 3 Events

  Did you know one of Texas’ most beloved grocery chains offers more than just groceries? Put away your Texas-shaped tortilla chips and creamy creations ice cream, and let us tell you what the Texas Book Festival loves about our sponsor and partner H-E-B: their dedication to literacy in Texas. Studies have shown that when kids […]

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Festival Friends Pass Authors Announced

We’re happy to announce this year’s featured Festival Friends Pass authors! Friends Pass holders will enjoy priority seating and spots in the signing line at sessions and signings with these great authors. The Festival Friends Pass is our way of saying thank you to people who support the Texas Book Festival. Friends Pass donations help […]

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2016 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup Announced!

  It’s here’s! It’s here! The FULL list of the more than 280 authors who will appear at this year’s Texas Book Festival has been revealed! This year’s Festival is jam-packed with amazing writers: Don DeLillo, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Diana Kennedy, Thomas Dolby, Emma Cline, Padma Lakshmi, Amor Towles, Francine Prose, Lawrence Wright, Phoebe Robinson, Jane […]

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Day of Sales at BookPeople

    Hello again, book lovers! We have great news about an upcoming event that will help you fill up some of the empty space on your bookshelf (or nightstand, if your shelf is full like ours), and will also support the Texas Teen Book Festival. Here’s what’s happening: On Tuesday, August 16, BookPeople will […]

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10 Independent Bookstores to Check Out While on Vacation

Are you interested in doing more than the average sightseer on your next vacation? Are you like the rest of us at Texas Book Festival and want to test just how many new books you can fit in your luggage? Then check out some of the best independent bookstores in popular vacation spots for your next […]

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Your Guide to Harry Potter Midnight Release Parties Around Texas

As all Harry Potter fanatics know, the long awaited script of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being released July 31 (Harry’s birthday!). As all Harry Potter fanatics also know, there’s no better way to celebrate a new HP book than a midnight release party at your local bookstore. Luckily for us, bookstores around the country are all […]

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2016 Author Sneak Peek

We’re thrilled to announce sixteen of the authors who will participate in this year’s Texas Book Festival, happening November 5 and 6 in and around the State Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas. Our full 2016 lineup will be announced in early September. For now, mark your calendars and join us here in the heart of Texas as we […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival 2016 Lineup

The FULL Texas Teen Book Festival lineup is finally here! 30 amazing YA authors for a full day of fun! Check out the full lineup here and be sure to mark those calendars for October 1st, 2016. The Texas Teen Book Festival is held at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas! Be sure to join […]

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Texas Teen Book Festival Announces 2016 Keynotes!

    Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2016 keynote speakers! Get excited for bestselling authors Laini Taylor (Strange in the Dreamer) and Leigh Bardugo (Crooked Kingdom)! Check out the full announcement over on the TTBF blog. Stay tuned for plenty more news to come about this year’s Texas Teen Book Festival! Join the […]

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Día: An Interview with Pat Mora

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), known as Día, is an annual celebration that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Día takes place every year on April 30 in community centers, libraries, and schools.  Look up your local Día event here. This year marks the […]

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Rolling Out the Big Red Carpet for Authors

On March 3-4, 2016 nine incredible authors visited the Rio Grande Valley with the Texas Book Festival to take part in the Reading Rock Stars program. The Reading Rock Stars program brings authors and illustrators to Title I elementary schools. Following the author/illustrator presentation, each child receives an autographed copy of their book, purchased by the Texas […]

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TBF’s Favorite Books of 2015 (and Gift Guide!)

We asked our staff, board members, and friends to weigh in on the favorite books they read in 2015, and to share which books they’ll be giving as gifts this holiday season. Many of us struggled to narrow it down, but at long last, we settled on our one favorite read (or two, or three, or […]

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The Fantastic Kent Cummins

“The Fantastic Kent Cummins” and “The Amazing Adele” will bring the Austin Public Library Celebrity READ poster to life in this action-packed magic show that celebrates reading. They call their program, “The Magic of Books.” Souvenirs will be available to buy after the show. Check out Kent Cummins at the Children’s Entertainment Tent at 10 […]

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Music at the Festival

A Festival in Austin needs music, and this year we have an excellent lineup of live music and books about music. Local musicians, authors, and rock legends will be at the Festival on stage and in sessions. Welcome to Austin, Live Music Capital of the World!   Music Connections From Katheryn Russell Brown’s children’s book Little […]

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El día de los niños, el día de los libros

El día de los niños, El día de los libros or Children’s Day, Book Day (also known as Día) celebrates children, families, and reading. Día is celebrated April 30th nation-wide, reinforcing the importance of literacy for children of all cultures and linguistic backgrounds. Learn more about Día. How can you celebrate Día? The American Library Association has […]

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Happy Holidays, Happy Reading

With the passing of Thanksgiving, it’s safe to say that the holidays are here. Looking to for some literary entertainment for the little ones? Austin: Check out BookPeople’s storytime Christmas Classics on December 23, featuring a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, and Barnes & Noble’s Hanukkah Storytime on December 14, […]

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Reading Rock Stars 2014 – Houston Authors!

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, nine authors from across the country will present their works in our first annual Reading Rock Stars – Houston program! Three elementary schools in Houston will receive a set of books for each school’s library and each student who participates will be given an autographed copy of the author’s book. The Houston […]

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Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

Sixteen poised, enthusiastic readers from Forest North Elementary School took to the stage at the 2014 Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25 to announce the 2015-2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Congratulations to all of the nominees! The announcement of the Texas Bluebonnet Awards, which is a master list of 20 excellent books for readers in grades 3-6, […]

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Music highlights at the Fest

Music highlights at the Texas Book Festival: live performances, authors, sessions, and more It’s no secret that music and writing go hand-in-hand. A great song is remembered not only because of the music, but because it tells a great story. Music is mankind’s universal language, after all. For this reason—and of course the fact that the […]

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Family Fun at the Book Fest

For families, everything we offer at the Festival looks, smells, and tastes like free fun—stories read by the actual authors of favorite picture books, DIY craft activities, a kids’ storybook fashion show, and more! We always aim for our children’s programming to be as fun and energetic as possible, but our ultimate goal is more […]

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Are you a Texas Book Festival expert?

Test your knowledge of the Texas Book Festival with this fun trivia challenge. It’s harder than you think, so don’t feel bad if you only know a handful of the answers—you may learn something new! Who were the founders of the Texas Book Festival? Can you name three headliners from the 2013 Festival? What is […]

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The Boy Made of Lightning Presentation by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez

The Boy Made of Lightning Presentation by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez, May 9 at 6:30 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Culture Center. May 9 was Willie Velasquez Day! In honor of this civil rights hero, the Texas Book Festival was proud to co-sponsor a free presentation of Barbara Renaud Gonzalez’s interactive children’s book with […]

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Día de los niños

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, the Texas Book Festival and KLRU celebrated El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) at the Thinkery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The day, also known as Día, is a nationally celebrated initiative that celebrates children’s literature and diversity in language and culture. The initiative was originally implemented in […]

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Recap: Reading Rock Stars Rio Grande Valley

Reading Rock Stars in the Rio Grande Valley was a huge success this year. In one school, children made puppets of rabbits and coyotes (Duncan Tonatiuh’s Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote). In another, halls were decorated with children’s art and writing projects tied to the authors’ books, brightly displaying everything from photos of 4th and 5th graders cracking […]

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Shopping for a Cause

Starling Eyewear Sample Sale raises $900 for Reading Rock Stars! On Saturday January 18th and January 25th, Starling Eyewear hosted a sample sale at their pop-up trailer at The Domain Austin. Starling donated 15% of ALL sales to the Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars program, raising $900 for the TBF’s signature literacy program. We want to thank everyone who […]

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Texas Bluebonnet Award list announced

The 2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award list was announced in hilarious fashion at the Texas Book Festival by 2013 Festival authors Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett. Congratulations to all of the nominees!   For those of you who missed the hysterical announcement at the Texas Book Festival, click here to watch the video.    The entire Texas Bluebonnet […]

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Family fun at the Festival!

There’s so much free fun for families at the Festival—stories read by the authors of favorite picture books, DIY craft activities, sing-a-longs, and more. Children’s and YA book authors and programming highlights include R.L. Stine, author of the famed Goosebumps series, with his new scary YA book A Midsummer’s Night Scream, Lemony Snicket (All the […]

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What I’m Reading: Michael Fracasso, Festival Musician

I played a gig at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City recently where I had my first gig in 1979 and was part of the village folk scene that culminated in a recording, The Songwriters Exchange (1981 – Stash Records). After the show, the owner Robin Hirsch wanted to trade books: my cookbook […]

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Coming to the Fest: Entertainment for the All Ages

The Children’s Entertainment Tent (on west Capitol driveway near Colorado St.) features a grab bag of musicians and performers from Austin and beyond. Veteran magician Kent Cummins wows with a motivational show Saturday from 10 am-11 am. Directly following that the Biscuit Brothers, known for their Emmy-award winning Austin-based television show, come back to the […]

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