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Special Event: Author + Geneticist Spencer Wells at Hotel Ella

Who: Spencer Wells What: The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey Where: Hotel Ella, Goodall’s Kitchen When: Wednesday, June 28 at 6:00pm Free and open to the public. RSVP required.   UPDATE: This event is now full. Attendance is free, but to ensure guests have an intimate opportunity to engage with the author, attendance is limited […]

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The 11th Annual Austin’s African American Book Festival

  Our annual Festival Weekend isn’t until November, but there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate literature here in Austin this summer. First up on the not-to-miss list: the Austin African American Book Festival at the Carver Museum and Library on June 22 and 24.   This vital community event, which was founded in 2007 by Rosalind Oliphant […]

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Apply to be a Volunteer Committee Chair!

The Texas Book Festival is seeking passionate and energetic Volunteer Committee Chairs for its 2017 Festival season! Volunteer Committee Chairs (VCCs) are an integral part of what makes the Texas Book Festival run smoothly. We have two VCCs at each Festival venue in and around the Texas State Capitol. The main responsibilities include: – Managing volunteers who sign up […]

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2017 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup: Sneak Peek

We’re thrilled to announce twelve of the authors 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 heart of […]

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June Book Club

We’re focusing on NOVELS for our June Book Club! Is there anything more satisfying than getting lost in a fictional world while sitting out in the sun on a beautiful day, or escaping the heat with a book and a tall glass of lemonade? These picks will transport you to places both vastly different and […]

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Announcing the 2017 Texas Book Festival Poster and Featured Artist

    With much fanfare and excitement, we are thrilled to unveil the official 2017 Texas Book Festival poster! Each year, our committee gathers to consider the work of Texas artists and discuss the artistic vision for the annual Festival. We’re happy to announce this year’s poster artist is Joel Salcido, Austin-based photographer and author of the new […]

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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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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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Announcing Our 2017 Texas Book Festival Library Grant Recipients

  Promoting literacy and strengthening Texas libraries have been primary components of the Texas Book Festival’s mission since our founding in 1995. As of this year, we’ve funded 1,077 collection enhancement grants for more than 600 Texas libraries, for a total of $3 million in awarded grants. This year, we’re proud to award $100,000 in Texas Library Grants to libraries across […]

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The New Face of the Texas Book Festival

Sound the trumpets! Unfurl the flags! We’re very excited to unveil our brand new Texas Book Festival brand identity and family of logos! We’ve been working closely with the Austin office of Pentagram, one of the world’s largest independent design consultancies, to create an identity that captures everything the Texas Book Festival is and does. Piece of […]

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Announcing 2017 TBF Library Grants at the annual TLA conference

It’s nearly time for the Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio next month! We’re looking forward to the conference and especially to revealing the recipients of our 2017 Texas Book Festival Library Grants! Promoting literacy and supporting Texas libraries has been a big part of the Texas Book Festival mission since our founding in […]

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Welcome New Board Members!

The Texas Book Festival is thrilled to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors play a crucial role in advancing the TBF’s strategic vision and mission, overseeing our financial resources, and ensuring the sustainability and vitality of our programs. We are proud to have exceptionally hands-on board members. From […]

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2017 Internship Opportunities!

Join the Texas Book Festival Team as an Intern! The Texas Book Festival and the Texas Teen Book Festival offer ongoing unpaid internships designed to expose qualified applicants to editorial, marketing and publicity, and development work, and other aspects of publishing, nonprofit organizations, and event planning. We’re now accepting applications for 2017 internships! Take a look […]

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The 2017 Texas Teen Book Festival!

The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2017 date! Mark your calendars now for another awesome celebration of YA authors, books, reading, writing, and the wonderful YA community we have here in Texas. Head to the #TTBF website for full details of when and where to be. Be sure to sign up for the #TTBF enewsletter while you’re there to […]

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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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Bringing Reading Rock Stars to Dallas

The Texas Book Festival celebrated our first-ever Reading Rock Stars in Dallas last month, and we couldn’t be happier about it. We brought three authors—James Luna, Hena Khan, and former First Lady and Texas Book Festival co-founder Laura Bush—to Thomas Tolbert Elementary, where the authors presented to students from kindergarten to fifth grade and we […]

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An Evening with Stephen Harrigan

We had such a wonderful time celebrating the release of Stephen Harrigan’s newest book, They Came From The Sky, last Tuesday. This was the first in-house party the University of Texas Press has hosted at their lovely offices, and we were thrilled to partner with them to fill their warm, inviting space with so many […]

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TBF Celebrates Women in Art and Science at Ney Day!

  UPDATE: Due to weather concerns, Ney Day 2017 was postponed to Saturday, June 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. We hope to see y’all there! Come out to the Elisabet Ney Museum for a day of family-friendly fun! We’re joining community organizations from all around Austin for a day that commemorates artist Elisabet Ney […]

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Friday Reads: Catch Up With What the TBF Staff is Reading!

  Lois Kim, Executive Director: Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders I read this book in one day and it affected me deeply, which is to say I definitely cried in more than one place. Saunders’ imagining of Lincoln’s desperate grief over his young son Willie’s death is a ghost story, a virtuosic subversion […]

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Announcing Reading Rock Stars in Dallas

We’re so excited here at the Texas Book Festival to expand our Reading Rock Stars youth literacy program to another Texas city this year—Dallas! It’s been quite the ride putting it all together. Since Dallas is the city our co-founder, Laura Bush, calls home, she’s been an important part of the process of selecting the […]

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May Book Club

Our May Book Club picks are all about questioning what you know. Every book on this list, including Manuel Gonzalez’s incendiary, action-packed thriller, Nancy Isenberg’s examination of class in America, and Chuck Klosterman’s book-length essay urging us to quite literally question our commonly-held ideas, and Margaret Atwood’s  The Handmaid’s Tale (the television adaptation of which […]

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Lit Crawl Austin Presents State-of-the-Art Stories at Al Volta’s Midnight Bar for Fusebox Festival

  It’s almost April, but of course just because SXSW is over doesn’t mean a lag in the thrilling events that makes Austin’s arts culture so vital. One event we’re looking forward to is Fusebox Festival—a unique multi-disciplinary arts festival that runs from April 12-16, 2017.  Lit Crawl Austin, our fun house of irreverent, irresistible, invigorating literary […]

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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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April Book Club

Happy Spring! For our April Book Club, our theme is “Spring Fever.” These books will take you from glitzy New York restaurant life to rural Texas to South Korea and everywhere in between. Whether you’re looking to escape your spring fever, or looking to spice up your book club, this list has a little something […]

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TBF & TLA present: An Evening With the Authors

  The Texas Book Festival, in partnership with the Texas Library Association, will host An Evening With the Authors on Thursday, April 20, at La Orilla Del Rio Ballroom. Join us for this celebration of  literature and libraries. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., guests will enjoy dinner overlooking the San Antonio River Walk in La Orilla […]

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From the Lit Director Desk: What I’m Reading

I’ve been to some very cold places this year in the name of books.    The beginning of February saw me return from one book conference in time to promptly turn around and fly out to another book conference. I had just enough time to empty my suitcase of one load of books and make […]

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Texas Institute of Letters Elects 15 New Texas Writers

The Texas Book Festival congratulates the fifteen new writers (including some previous Texas Book Festival authors) recently elected to the Texas Institute of Letters! The Texas Institute of Letters is a distinguished honor society founded in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and recognize distinctive literary achievement. These  2017 honorees are: Celeste Bedford Walker, David Bowles, […]

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Reading Rock Stars Makes a Difference

“This has truly been the most amazing experience we have EVER had at our school. It is such an inspiring event for the students AND the teachers/staff. The best part of the program is the excitement for reading that it gives the students. The free books are great but if they aren’t excited about reading […]

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A Valentine to Texas Authors

At the Texas Book Festival, we love authors from all around the world, and especially from Texas! Here are some Texas authors who are our true Valentines this season: Don Tate: Living in Austin, TX, Don is a writer-illustrator extraordinaire! He is an award-winning author, and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. His most recent […]

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TBF + BookPeople Present: ANTHONY DOERR

We’re pleased to announce we’ve teamed up with BookPeople to welcome Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, to Central Presbyterian Church in Austin to speak about and sign his highly acclaimed novel on Thursday, April 6th at 7:00PM. Tickets are now available and include a paperback copy of ALL THE LIGHT WE […]

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2017 Black History Month Around Texas

Wondering how different communities around Texas are celebrating Black History Month? Check these out! Do you know of any other events happening in your town? Let us know at bookfest@texasbookfestival.org.    I Am Not Your Negro // Alamo Drafthouse – South Lamar, Austin // February 02, 2017, 7 p.m. A special screening presented by soulciti and Capital City Black Film […]

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From the Lit Director Desk: What I’m Reading

(Getting the hard work done.)   Greetings from the new year! I’ve been busy powering through my early 2017 reading list while I start to get things up and running for this year’s Festival. (This year’s Texas Book Festival takes place November 4-5 here in Austin.) Here’s a quick look at the books that have stuck […]

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February Book Club

For February, all our book club picks are about love. Or at least the word “love” is in the title. While not a traditional book club pick, my personal choice is 2015 Festival author Adrian Tomine’s Scenes from an Impending Marriage. This tiny graphic memoir is Tomine’s sketchbook following his experience of planning a marriage. What are you […]

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Meet Lea Bogner

My name is Lea Bogner and I am the Texas Book Festival’s new Outreach Coordinator! I am originally from New York and attended Tulane University. When I graduated in 2012, I joined Teach for America and taught 6th grade reading at a KIPP middle school. I loved getting kids excited about reading, often dressing up […]

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2017 Book Submissions Now Open!

Sound the trumpets and send us your books! Submissions are now open for the 2017 Texas Book Festival, which will take place November 4-5 in and around the State Capitol grounds in downtown Austin. Before you start packing your manuscripts in bubble wrap and heading to the post office, be sure to check out all […]

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January Book Club

Welcome to 2017! Maybe your reading resolutions sound something like. . . Read more. Read more nonfiction. Read more local authors. Read more women. Read more authors of color. Read the classics I never read but say I did (Moby Dick) Actually read every book for my book club, and go prepared ready to discuss with […]

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From the Lit Director Desk: 2017 Books

Here at the end of 2016, my TBR list for 2017 is already 400 books long. Oh, how I wish quiet reading time over this winter break had allowed me to read and report on every single title on that list. Alas; time is not magic (or it is, but it is a dark magic that […]

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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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TBF + BookPeople Present: ZADIE SMITH

  We’re pleased to announce we’ve teamed up with BookPeople to welcome Zadie Smith, bestselling author of ON BEAUTY and WHITE TEETH, to Central Presbyterian Church in Austin to discuss her highly acclaimed new novel, SWING TIME, on Thursday, January 12th at 7:00PM. Tickets are now available and include a copy of SWING TIME. VIP tickets come with […]

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Give A Book: Lit Community Picks for 2016

You may or may not have noticed this, but the gift giving season is here. It’s the time of Secret Santa, White Elephant, and I’m-not-sure-if-our-relationship-warrants-a-gift-but-why-not shopping trips. If you’re ever in doubt of what to give someone, why not a book? It’s a foolproof gift for just about anyone but this guy:     We […]

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Unique Gifts from the Texas Book Festival

  Give a gift, get a gift! Make a donation to the Texas Book Festival and we’ll send you (or your lucky loved one) a signature 2016 Texas Book Festival gift. All items available while supplies last. Shipping costs are included in the donation amount. Items will ship within 48 hours after your donation is made. […]

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Intern Chronicles: My Year with TBF

Hello there! My name is Sara Leonard, and I’m currently a junior at the University of Texas at Austin. I’m double-majoring in both English and Political Communication, but I veer more to the English side. I love all things Harry Potter and Jane Austen, but “I’ll give any book a chance if it’s lying there […]

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December Book Club

We took a book club hiatus in November because of the Festival. Now we’re back and have gathered some books for your book club to finish out the year. Because of the holidays, I’m doubling down, and choosing two books per author. More books = more holiday reading. Share what your book club is reading on Facebook and Instagram! […]

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Educator Resources: 2016 Election

We met with educators on Wednesday, November 16 to talk about how they’re talking with their students about the 2016 presidential election. We compiled the below resources to facilitate the discussion.   Books That Encourage Empathy, Understanding and Tolerance Kindergarten – 5th Middle Grade (6th – 8th) Young Adult   Empathy Chart This chart can […]

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Thanks to our 2016 Festival Sponsors!

Thanks to all of our 2016 Texas Book Festival Sponsors for making 2016 an unforgettable year! Thanks for helping us keep the Festival free and open to all!    

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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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Session Feature: Inheritance

  Inheritance. The concept of passing on something of yourself to a future generation. But what does it mean to the receivers, to the people that are stuck with whatever lot they are given? Mitchell Jackson (The Residue Years) and Adam Haslett (Imagine Me Gone) explore these complicated ideas in their own stories, examining privilege […]

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Session Feature: Places of Pen and Ink

  As many of us know, graphic novels are so much more than just drawings in a book. Graphic novels can take us all the way back to the western plains, or even to the bustling streets of New York City. That’s what Ben Katchor (Cheap Novelties) and Greg Ruth (Indeh) have done in their own […]

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