Lit Crawl Austin 2020 goes virtual

Lit Crawl Austin celebrates its tenth year of irreverent literary programming…and what a year! Instead of one night, Lit Crawl Austin 2020 will take place over several nights and even a couple of brunches. This year, we’re excited to be partnering with some great organizations for Six Square‘s Toasts and Topics, Chicon Street Poets Presents, Texas Observer‘s Short Story Contest, Awst Press Presents Quiplash, Austin Bat Cave‘s Story Department. Of course, Literary Death Match is back for another year, and we look forward to hosting two bookish Sunday brunches!

Stay tuned for author announcements, the schedule, and some special surprises. All Lit Crawl programming will take place during the weeks of October 31 through November 15. Lit Crawl events are intended for a mature audience unless noted otherwise.

As always, Lit Crawl Austin is free! We keep on keepin’ on through the generosity of our community. Want to support the Texas Book Festival, Lit Crawl Austin, and our authors? Donate to the Texas Book Festival! For the first time ever, we have an exclusive TBF Lit Crawl armadillo enamel pin. If you donate $25 or more to Lit Crawl, we’ll send you this one-inch pin, which will look great on denim jackets, backpacks, tote bags, and everywhere else you’d like to pin it!

Donate today to receive your limited edition pin

 


A Texas-sized thank you to Lit Crawl Austin presenting sponsor, Texas Monthly!

Texas Monthly is a proud partner of the Texas Book Festival. Love a good true crime story? Next Tuesday, September 29, we’ll be launching “Tom Brown’s Body,” a new podcast and written series by our own Skip Hollandsworth. Listen to the trailer now and sign up for the Texas Monthly true crime newsletter for updates here. Or get a head start on the story through our October issue––available on newsstands now.


Thank you to Lit Crawl partners Rambler and Desert Door! Stay tuned for cocktails and mocktails to pair with poetry, storytelling, and literary competition.

The tastiest sparkling water in Texas, Rambler is sustainably sourced, made in Austin and proudly partnered with Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation,  helping to preserve Texas lands and waters for future generations. #RaiseARambler

Desert Door Texas Sotol is a distilled spirit from wild-harvested sotol plants and hand-crafted in Driftwood, Texas.


Shop the TBF virtual bookstore at BookPeople!

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Texas Book Festival 

For 25 years, we’ve worked to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading.

Both Austin and Texas look very different than they did 25 years ago. You can tell just by looking at the Austin skyline or walking down Congress Avenue in front of the Texas State Capitol, where we host the Festival every year. But 25 years ago, we were here, when Laura W. Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of dedicated volunteers established the Texas Book Festival. 25 years later, we are still here, working hard to bring you the highest-quality authors and helping you discover new, unique, diverse voices. And in the years to come, we’ll be here, dedicated to providing you with new perspectives and forging connections between authors and readers.

We can’t wait to spend this year sharing the impact we’ve made through our programs at the Festival and beyond, from finding the best authors to broaden students’ imaginations in schools across Texas to providing libraries across the state with necessary funds to expand their book collections.

And we can’t wait to hear from you! The Texas Book Festival wouldn’t be in its 25th year without you: Festival attendees, authors, moderators, exhibitors, volunteers, and donors, and we’re so grateful for your years of support. We want to spend this year celebrating and sharing your Festival stories, because your stories are our stories. Have a story you want to share? It can be anything — a favorite Festival memory, an anecdote, a photo, your Festival experience then vs. now — we want to hear it! Click here to share your story with us.

Save the date for the 25th Texas Book Festival on November 7 and 8, 2020

Mark your calendars! Announcing the 2020 Texas Book Festival dates

We’re excited to announce the 25th anniversary of the Texas Book Festival will take place on November 7 and 8, 2020. We look forward to once again bringing together authors and readers throughout the grounds of the Texas State Capitol and along Congress Avenue in downtown Austin to celebrate books and reading.

We can’t wait to see you for another great Festival, and stay tuned for special announcements for our 25th anniversary!

2019 Texas Book Festival

Mark your calendars to join us November 7 – 8! In the meantime, reminisce on this year’s festival — or catch up on what you may have missed — with these 2019 Festival and Gala photos.

Submissions to participate in the 2020 festival will open in early 2020. For book submission guidelines, please visit our submissions page.

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Tell us about your Festival experience!

Booklovers! We are so grateful to you for making this year’s Festival one of the best yet. With plenty of sunshine, engaging conversations, and a buzzing Congress Avenue, the 2019 Texas Book Festival was a success. We could not do any of this without you!

We’d like to hear your thoughts on this year’s Festival. What did you think about our lineup and activities? Where did you spend most of your time? What was your experience like?

Take our survey here for a chance to win the above grab bag, which includes a #TXBOOKFEST tote, a Festival pencil bag, and seven books from this year’s amazing authors, including Stephen Harrigan, Merrit Tierce, and Rodrigo Márquez Tizano. We want to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience at TBF, so your feedback will help us plan an even better Fest next year.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Latinx Lit at Texas Book Fest

Photo credit: Kirsten Kaiser/Giant Noise

 

Leer en Español

This year’s Texas Book Festival welcomes more than 70 Latinx authors and moderators to downtown Austin October 26-27 for two days of conversations and panels about Latinx literature, life, and culture, all free and open to the public.

Established in 2015, the Texas Book Festival’s Latinx Lit Tent returns for its fifth year, with sessions about writing and publishing in Spanish, inventive new fiction, bilingual storytimes, a celebration of the winners of the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Book Award, and more. Sessions in our Latinx Lit Tent were curated by the Texas Book Festival’s Latinx Author Selection and Programming Committee. The full schedule will be announced the week of October 1.

For the first time this year, the Festival will feature the Libros en Español Tent, a book sales tent next to the Latinx Lit Tent dedicated to Spanish-language books for adults and children, curated by BookPeople and Vintage Español. In addition to Spanish-language books by Festival authors, the tent will offer a general selection of Spanish-language titles by other authors. Next to the Libros en Español Tent, festival goers will also be able to browse Spanish-language children’s books made available by Cuentology, an Austin-based children’s bookseller specializing in Spanish-language children’s books.

We’re also excited to welcome Univison to the Festival this year. Visit their outpost at Congress and 8th Street!

Before the Fest, join the TBF Spanish-language Facebook group where you can share what you’re reading and which authors you’re looking forward to seeing at the 2019 Texas Book Festival!

Latinx Lit Tent

2015 Texas Book Festival Saturday October 17th

Dedicated to bilingual programming about Latinx life and culture, our tent features new and established Latinx authors who write books for a variety of ages. With sessions ranging from a bilingual story time for our younger readers to serious conversations about fighting adversity, the border crisis, and publishing in Spanish, the conversations celebrate and explore Latinx identity in Texas and beyond. Featured authors include Zulema Arroyo Farley, Rodrigo Marquez Tizano, Jennine Capó Crucet, J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda, and ire’ne lara silva.

Latinx Authors At the Fest

We’ll welcome more than 60 Latinx authors to the Festival, with books in a variety of genres. Authors include crime fiction writers Alex Segura, Gabino Iglesias and Gwendolyn Zepeda; history writers Monica Muñoz Martinez, Marie Arana, and Cynthia Ontiveros; novelists Norma Elia Cantú, Oscar Cásares, Stephanie Jimenez, Melissa Rivero, Carolina De Robertis, and Angie Cruz; memoirists Jaquira Díaz, Claudia Hernandez, and Aarón Sánchez; poets Javier Zamora, Orlando Ricardo Menes, and Vanessa Angélica Villareal; childrens’ and YA authors Sonia SotomayorJuana MedinaDuncan TonatiuhMeg Medina, and Lilliam Rivera. 

To see all Latinx authors presenting at this year’s Festival, see our full Author Lineup.

Libros en Español

The Texas Book Festival on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

In addition to Book People’s Festival sales tent, the Libros en Español tent will exclusively sell Spanish-language. Titles will include books written by Festival authors, as well as general interest titles. The selection is curated in partnership with Vintage Español. Right next to that you’ll find Cuentology, an Austin-based bookseller dedicated to providing Texas children with quality literature from Spain and Latin America.

Univision

While you’re at the Fest, make sure to check out Univision. Univision provides more Spanish-language television programming than any other network in the United States, and we’re excited to have them in join us for the weekend!

Nuestros Libros, Nuestra Voz

Nuestros Libros, Nuestra Voz is a new Facebook page for bilingual and Spanish-speaking members of the TBF community. If you want to stay in touch with those that you’ve met at Festivals past, ask questions about this year’s Festival, or share your favorite authors or current reads, this is the place to do it!

*Please note that this is a closed group. This link allows you to request permission to join. We ask that conversation remains respectful and book-focused. Advertisements will be removed, as will any content deemed disrespectful by our moderators.

Thank you to all of our partners, and especially Texas Book Festival’s Latinx Author Selection and Programming Committee, for bringing so many terrific authors, books, and conversations to this year’s Festival!

SOLD OUT – Malcolm Gladwell in Austin – October 26, 1 PM

Book tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.
There is not a wait list. 

We’re proud to announce we’re hosting multiple New York Times #1 bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell as he presents his new book, Talking to Strangers. Gladwell will present this “classically Gladwellian adventure” through troubles and scandals from history through today at the Texas Book Festival on Saturday, October 26 at 1:00 PM.

Book tickets to see this beloved author present are now available! Each book ticket includes one pre-signed copy of Talking to Strangers and admits one person. Proceeds from book ticket sales support the annual Festival, as well as our year-round literacy programs.

Thanks to Texas Capital Bank for supporting this event.

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WHO: Malcolm Gladwell
WHAT: Speaking about Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know
WHERE: Texas Book Festival, First Baptist Church
WHEN: Saturday, October 26 at 1:00 PM
BOOK TICKET: $35  | Includes one pre-signed copy of Talking to Strangers and admits one attendee to the session. 
SEATING: Seating for book ticket holders will open at 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 26. 
SIGNING: All books will be pre-signed. You may also purchase additional signed copies of Talking to Strangers at the event.

Book tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.

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About Malcolm Gladwell:

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers—The Tipping Point, Blink,Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy‘s Top Global Thinkers.

About Talking to Strangers:

How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true?

Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

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Get to know our 2019 Festival Poster Artist: Dave McClinton

Every year, the TBF selects a piece by a Texas artist to represent the Festival Weekend and to celebrate the arts in Texas. It’s a tradition that began in 1998, and through the years, we’ve been lucky to highlight works of acclaimed artists such as Lance Letscher, Julie Speed, Randal Ford, Keith Carter, Kate Breakey, and Jack Unruh.

Now, we are proud to unveil the official 2019 Festival Poster: “Burgeoning,” a mixed-media digital collage by Austin-based artist and graphic designer Dave McClinton. “Burgeoning” will be featured on this year’s Festival poster and will represent our 2019 Festival Weekend.

photo credit: Arius Holifield

McClinton, who moved to Austin in the 1990s and has lived here since, has worked as a professional graphic designer for twenty-five years. His vibrant, provocative style makes use of photography, portraiture, historical American documents, and textures found in everyday life.

McClinton says that, while he’s been a professional designer for more than two decades, he did not begin making his own art until just a few years ago.

“When I chose to study graphic design over studio art in school, I always thought in the back of my head I’d come back to [my art] eventually. But next thing you know, twenty years had gone by.”

In 2015, McClinton saw a call for submissions to participate in one of the West Austin Studio Tour stops and submitted.

“The next thing you know, I was printing and framing my art, and having it shown. It was a really quick, sudden thing. . . . Ever since then, I’ve been throwing myself into it full force, having found my way back into the art world.”

When asked about his influences and growth as an artist, McClinton says he loves creating and making art first “for the pure beauty of it.”

“I like making things that look nice, I do,” he says, “but what really solidified the impulse for me, what really took off is the essential purpose, the message that might be behind the artwork. Some of that messaging has been creeping into the landscapes, like ‘Burgeoning,’ as well as my more socio-political work.”

The art for this year’s poster, Burgeoning, is a collage made from wrinkled paper, photographed and rendered as a mountain landscape. The idea for McClinton’s crumpled paper series was sparked when he noticed the discarded gift wrapping on his kitchen table looked like a miniature mountain sculpture. He then began collecting different types and weights of paper and sculpting mountainous piles of these crumpled papers, which he then photographed from every angle to edit and create the final works.

“I enjoy the process, I enjoy the making of it,” he says. “Crumpling, twisting the paper— the physicality of it is very cathartic.”

McClinton says the reception of the series has been positive, and in some cases, personal. He recalls many viewers coming up to him and trying to guess which mountain range different works depicted, saying they were sure they’d seen the same peak close to their childhood home or on a memorable vacation.

“I get these people that see them and say, ‘Oh that looks like the Flatirons,’ or ‘That’s Long’s Peak,’ or, ‘Oh that’s Half Dome, right?’ The final art is digital, but the first step is making these sculptures with my hands, and I enjoy this notion of giving someone a view of a place they’ve never been, they couldn’t possibly have been there, but they see something in it, and it recalls these memories for them. People see these paper mountains and remember their own narratives and stories from their lives.”

Many of the works in the series feature crags and peaks of brightly colored paper, but for some, such as with “Burgeoning,” McClinton has begun to integrate words and text into the materials of the mountain sculptures as well. As with many of his other works that include text and documents in the collage, McClinton researches and prints old documents and publications pertaining to the history of slavery and racism in America. He says he knows that for readers, storytelling is an important aspect of books and reading, and with his artwork, he’s taking narratives and making them a visual representation, a record of these voices.

“The image is what I’m focusing on, the metaphor. . . In most of these, you can’t see specifically what’s written there, you can see some words but not all. The thing I like about that is the curiosity viewers will have. If you’re going to a book festival, I’m guessing you’re an avid reader, so I’m sure people will be curious to piece together these words and the meaning behind them.”

The historical trauma of slavery and ongoing narrative of racism in America is the subject McClinton engages with often in his art, and many of his works combine text and portraiture, depicting both images of people today and from America’s past. However, he finds the imagery of a striking, craggy mountain range to work just as well in exploring this issue.

“Mountains are naturally created over thousands of years, but when you think about it, a mountain’s birth is an incredibly violent act, two plates of land slamming together and erupting into this jagged scar on the face of the Earth,” he says. “It’s not a huge metaphorical leap to say that our history of slavery and racism in America is this huge, monumental, mountain-range-sized scar on this country’s past. So, on the one hand, I want people to say, ‘oh, look at this beautiful mountain’ but on the other, I want to talk about the monumental, painful scar on our history that slavery was, that racism still is.”

McClinton cites American designer, artist, and architect Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam War Veteran’s Memorial, which also evokes the imagery of a long, deep scar. When asked about his other influences and favorite artists, he laughed and wondered if he could even name a fraction of them.

“There’s too many to mention,” he says. “I like the graphic nature of Jean-Michel Basquiat, I like the graphic nature of Keith Haring, there was a woman named Nancy Spero. She would do things where she would draw the shape of a body or of a face, and use that over and over again, almost like it was a rubber stamp. She’d put them in different settings and give them different colors and different textures, so they weren’t identical, but they were still the same profile of a face, the same profile of a body, and she used it to great effect to tell her story. When I saw her work, I realized I was kind of doing the same thing and I thought, ‘well, if this woman who’s been doing art for seventy-five years and that was good for her, then that was good for me.'”

McClinton also details his long admiration for artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Glenn Ligon, Vincent Valdez, and keeps going—as any reader knows when asked to name their favorite author, there are always too many to name.

See more of Dave’s work on his site

Join us for the 24th annual Texas Book Festival on October 26-27. 

2019 Festival Lineup Sneak Peek

As Literary Director of the Texas Book Festival, I have the wonderful job of confirming all of the authors for the big Festival Weekend. I’m thrilled to share with you a sneak peek of this year’s lineup. Below are fifteen of the 250+ authors who will join us in Austin on October 26-27 for the 24th annual Texas Book Festival. We’re thrilled these writers can join us and cannot wait to share the full lineup with you at the end of August!

John Hodgman – Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms
I’m a big fan of comedy: stand-up, sketch, even improv, and always love when comedians write books and we get to bring them to Texas. The last time I saw John Hodgman, he made me hold his coffee while he played the ukulele for several hundred fans. This time? Who knows! His latest book, Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms, is a humorous meditation on what it means to be in the public spotlight to the degree that Hodgman has been: as a star of The Daily Show, a bestselling author, a popular podcaster, a pretty impressive ukulele player, the PC guy from those old Apple commercials, and also an ordinary guy.

We are happy to make Book Tickets available for this Festival sessions, which means that fans can secure a signed copy of the book and first access to seating to this session in advance. We do this because it helps us ensure that we don’t over-promise seats or books and that no one wastes time the day-of standing in line only to be turned away. Book Tickets also support our nonprofit!

Full details and Book Tickets here

 

Attica Locke – Heaven, My Home
Attica Locke is a story-telling powerhouse. If you’ve had the good fortune to see her in person, you know how quickly she draws an audience in with her passion, her deep knowledge, and humor. She is also one of our most celebrated Texas crime writers, bringing to life her East Texas background in her acclaimed and bestselling books. All of this is not to mention her career as a screenwriter for When They See Us, Empire, and other acclaimed shows. Her latest crime novel, Heaven, My Home, is a follow-up to bestselling Bluebird, Bluebird and finds us back in the East Texas terrain of Texas Ranger Darren Matthews.

Jericho Brown – The Tradition
Poet Jericho Brown’s latest collection, The Tradition, has been one of the most highly anticipated books across any genre in 2019. Since it landed on shelves in April, The Tradition has catapulted to the top of must-read lists and made Brown, a Whiting Award winner and recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, among many other achievements, a literary household name. Writing about his experience as a black, gay Southern man in America, Brown’s work has resonated with many readers. At the Festival, we look forward to a session dedicated to Brown and this exceptional new work.

Kristen Arnett – Mostly Dead Things
Perhaps you know her as a librarian. A Floridian. Person of many pets. Frequenter of 7-11. Punster. Ravioli philosopher. New York Times bestselling novelist. Kristen Arnett first came across my radar with her debut story collection, Felt in the Jaw, in 2017. Her new novel, Mostly Dead Things, may have taken over your Twitter feed when it was officially published a few weeks back. This story of taxidermy and Florida is a unique, touching, and often hilarious take on grief, love, and family.

Susan Choi – Trust Exercise 
Trust Exercise absolutely knocked my socks off. Choi takes the concept of the novel to daring, exhilarating new territory in this story of teenage students coming of age at a performing arts high school. Questions of truth — who gets to tell it, who gets to define it, who gets to claim it — are at the center of this riveting, mind-bending work of fiction. Make sure you read this one with a friend. You’re going to want to talk about it when you’re done.

 

Saeed Jones – How We Fight for Our Lives
Saeed Jones is well-known for his work as BuzzFeed’s LGBTQ culture editor and, until recently, the co-host of BuzzFeed’s morning show, “AM to DM.” He is also an acclaimed poet, whose collection Prelude to a Bruise won the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. This new memoir, his first, is a poignant examination of his experience coming of age as a gay black man and of his relationship with his mother. When I finished this book, all I could do was sit there and be held by the beauty of this language, the tenderness and honesty of Jones’s accounting of his own life, and the sweet tension and love between mother and son. This book is a gift.

Alexander McCall-Smith – To the Land of Long Lost Friends
Known for his warmth, wit, and signature style that highlights the humanity of his  beloved characters and settings, Alexander McCall Smith became a household name with his “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency “series, first launched into the world in 1999. Twenty years later, Smith is an internationally bestselling author whose work has expanded to fill multiple bestselling series, stand alone novels, and even children’s books. A new installment in “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency ” series is always a major event and we’re honored Smith will share it with us here in Texas.    

Hafsah Faizal – We Hunt the Flame
We love YA at the Texas Book Festival! This year, we’ll once again bring back our YA HQ Tent, your destination for YA authors at the Fest. Hafsah Faizal’s debut We Hunt the Flame exploded onto the scene this year, enchanting readers with its tale of intrigue, romance and ancient Arabia. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the Fest. Fans of fantasy, don’t miss this one!

 

Kwame Alexander – The Undefeated
This picture book by Newbery Award honoree and children’s author powerhouse Kwame Alexander had me in tears the first time I read it. Proud and powerful, The Undefeated highlights black triumph in America by celebrating those who have made history by progressing civil rights and fighting for justice. Without giving away too much, we can tell you that Alexander’s Festival appearance will include a special, not-to-be-missed musical performance.

Cassy Joy Garcia – Cook Once, Eat All Week 
San Antonio-native and Texas A&M graduate Cassy Joy Garcia was in her early twenties and suffering from pain, exhaustion and anxiety when she began studying nutrition. Her work became a life-changing passion, launching not only a new way of life, but a brand new career helping all of us learn how to be more mindful of the relationship between food and our quality of life. Her new cookbook, Cook Once, Eat All Week, is a friendly guide to making good eating easy, affordable and fun, every day and every week.

William McRaven – Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations
Admiral William McRaven has played a part in some of the most significant missions in military history, from the capture of Saddam Hussein to the raid on Osama bin Laden. His previous book was a #1 New York Times bestseller. We are honored that he will join us to discuss his new work, Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations, and share more stories from his remarkable and heroic life and career in United States special operations.

 

Ben Mezrich – Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption
Strap in for a behind-the-scenes ride into the rise of bitcoin. Mezrich’s previous book, Accidental Millionaires, was a huge bestseller and became the basis for the movie The Social Network. Now, Mezrich picks up the story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss as they dust off the aftermath of their falling out with Zuckerberg and bet on a brand new piece of technological revolution: crypto-currency.

 

Oscar Cásares – Where We Come From
Brownsville native Oscar Cásares has penned a thoughtful, illuminating new novel about a woman unwittingly caught up in human smuggling on the border between Mexico and the United States. We’ve had the pleasure of hosting Oscar in Midland and Austin to talk about this book in its launch month. I’ve now heard him read from this story three times, and, each time, I’ve been riveted by the understated style with which he delivers such enormous emotional impact. This is not a political novel; it is a human story, and we’re grateful to Oscar for joining us to talk about it.

Marie Arana – Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story
First and foremost, I have to recognize Marie Arana as a colleague. As the Literary Director of the National Book Festival, Arana brings together a wonderful lineup of writers each year in Washington D. C. for a book festival founded with the same vision and with the same founder as our Festival: Laura Bush. As a historian, Arana examines Latin America in her new book through the lives of three individuals who represent the forces that have shaped the region.

Aarti Namdev Shahani – Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares
One of the primary reasons I read is to understand our collective human experience. One of the most discussed and debated human experiences right now is that of migration, moving from one country to another. Narratives about the “right” and “wrong” way to immigrate to America abound, and it is thanks to writers such as Aart Namdev Shahani that we are able to see beyond galvanizing stereotypes to the actual quality of what it means to come to this country. Shahani, an NPR correspondent, writes about her family’s experience moving to Queens from India, and the complicated truths at the center of their relationship to this country and her relationship to her father.

This is just the beginning! We have so many amazing authors in store for you at this year’s Texas Book Festival. We’ll be busy over the next few months bringing together all of the details for the big weekend. Stay tuned for more major announcements over the next couple of months, including announcements of this year’s Gala authors, our children’s lineup, and, of course, the announcement of our full author lineup coming at the end of August!

Leer en español.

Brunch with Edward Lee

When: Sunday, October 28 at 11am-1pm

Where: Olamaie
1610 San Antonio Street
Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: Include three-course brunch and copy of Buttermilk Graffiti

Tickets now available!

We are thrilled to partner with Olamaie to host Edward Lee for an exclusive brunch on Sunday, October 28, at 11 a.m. Tickets are now on sale for this special event, and will include a three-course brunch featuring recipes Chef Michael Fojtasek will present with his own spin from both of Lee’s cookbooks, including his latest, Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine, along with Olamaie biscuits and brunch cocktails.

The morning will kick off with passed appetizers from Olamaie, with Lee onsite to welcome and mingle with guests and explain the inspiration for his dishes. Tickets for the limited seating event are priced at $125 per person and are available now. Tickets include one signed copy of Buttermilk Graffiti along with food and cocktails at brunch.

Edward Lee is the chef and owner of 610 Magnolia, MilkWood, and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, Kentucky, and culinary director of Succotash in National Harbor, Maryland, and Penn Quarter, Washington, DC. He appears frequently in print and on television, including earning an Emmy nomination for his role in the Emmy Award-winning series The Mind of a Chef. Most recently, he wrote and hosted the feature documentary Fermented. Lee has released two cookbooks, Smoke & Pickles and Buttermilk Graffiti. In his latest release, which was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Food Books for spring 2018, Lee delves into the intersection of food and culture on an epic trip across America where he finds exceptional food in unconventional places.

Lee will also be at the Texas Book Festival in the Central Market Cooking Tent on Saturday, October 27, in the afternoon. The schedule details will be available on the Texas Book Festival website.

Purchase your brunch tickets today!

Exciting News: TBF is Moving!

Hey Booklovers! We’ve got exciting news: we’re moving!
While the Texas Book Festival will still take place in and around the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin, our 6th street office—our home since the Festival’s beginning in 1995—is officially closed.

But don’t worry! We aren’t going far.

We are excited to be joining the Center for Social Innovation at Springdale General on the east side of Austin later this summer, and can’t wait to share photos of our new digs with you!  In the meantime, please save our current mailing address:
PO Box 6020
Austin, TX  78762

Keep an eye out for moving updates on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!