Be a Festival Friend!

Festival Friend donations help keep the Festival free to thousands each year. We hope you will join this community of donors and support the work we do all year!

The 2022 Texas Book Festival will take place November 5 – 6 in and around the State Capitol in downtown Austin.

As a thank you for your donation of $100 or more, you will receive:

  • Acknowledgment on dedicated Festival Friends donor wall on TBF website
  • Priority line +1 access to Festival Friends Pass sessions
  • Free one-month subscription to Libro.fm audiobook membership service that supports independent bookstores

As a thank you for your donation of $250 or more, you will receive a Texas Monthly one-year subscription.

Make your donation today at texasbookfestival.org/donate

Become a Festival Friend today!

Now Hiring! Operations Coordinator

If you love being part of a team, and really love community building, books, authors, and events, then you’re in the right place! The Texas Book Festival is hiring an Operations Coordinator to join the team. Details below, and applications will close on July 15, 2022.

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Operations Coordinator position with the Texas Book Festival is responsible for providing support to staff overseeing programs, development, finances, communications, and events. The Operations Coordinator also supports the daily operations of the office and serves as the first contact on phone and email correspondence.

All TBF staff members help with planning work, event support, and communication strategies for the annual Texas Book Festival, Reading Rock Stars, Real Reads and other literary events in Austin and around Texas throughout the year.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Literary Programming 

  • Schedule meetings for TBF staff with NYC-based publishers for annual TBF spring trip and serve as point of contact during week of visits.
  • Help Literary Director with literary programming coordination including:
    • tracking book submissions
    • communicating with authors and publicists about book submission status
    • assisting with tracking literary programming budget, including author travel stipends and coordination
    • assisting with communication around Festival author A/V presentation collection
    • assisting with year-round events
    • working with literary interns

Office Administration

  • Provide administrative support, including scheduling meetings, correspondence, meeting preparation and communication, and projects as requested.
  • Manage organization communication, including mail, email, and phone.
  • Serve as primary contact with all office vendors including building management, IT services, and insurance companies.
  • Manage office equipment and supplies.
  • Oversee retention and organization of paper and electronic files.
  • Run office errands as requested

Financial Administration

  • Collect receipts from staff and help reconcile statements.
  • Track in-kind donations.
  • Finanical support such as cutting checks, running Quickbooks reports, and other tasks as needed.

Development

  • Assist with development projects, including maintaining accurate records in donor databases, assisting with correspondence and direct mail, and other projects as assigned.
  • Assist with annual fundraising gala, including processing table/ticket sales and reconciling payments.
  • Attend and assist with Cultivation and Community Engagement events.

Event Support and Logistics

  • Assist with literary, development, school and community program events throughout the year: catering, invitations, check-in, etc.
  • Assist with sales at events where we have point of sale transactions.
  • Assist with logistics and communications with vendors, and volunteers as needed.
  • Assist with overseeing intern scheduling and tasks.

EXPECTATIONS

  • Actively participate in and contribute to organization’s long-term strategic goals and success.
  • Actively contribute to a positive, professional, and respectful work environment. Support TBF team members when they need help.
  • Embrace the all-in commitment required to make the annual Festival a success and understand that evening and weekend work will be expected in the weeks leading up to the Festival and for some outreach and special events. Flexible hours and generous time off in the off-season are provided in recognition of extra work time needed for the Festival.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One year of relevant work experience (equivalent volunteer and/or school experience qualifies)
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Attention to detail is critical for this position.
  • Strong technological aptitude. Familiarity with and flexibility across platforms and operating systems expected.
  • Ability to think creatively to problem solve and promote the Texas Book Festival
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for fulfilling the Texas Book Festival mission
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends when needed
  • Some travel required

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

  • Health, dental, vision and basic life insurance
  • Simple IRA match
  • PTO, which increases with tenure, as well as generous holiday time off
  • HRA
  • Monthly phone stipend
  • Access to many, many books

TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter and resume to bookfest@texasbookfestival.org. Application deadline is July 15, 2022.

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2022 Exhibitor Applications Open!

Join the Texas Book Festival as we celebrate our 27th annual Festival held in and around the Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas on November 5 and 6, 2022. The Texas Book Festival connects authors and readers through experiences that celebrate the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. The two-day Festival is a gift to the state of Texas, free and open to the public, bringing books to life through author readings, innovative panel discussions, and book signings. Advertised and promoted nationally, the Texas Book Festival attracts approximately 50,000 attendees. The Festival offers exhibitors a great opportunity to showcase their products and/or services to this large audience of book lovers.

Application Instructions

Due to increased interest in our exhibitor space over the past few years, we require all exhibitors to first send in an application to be reviewed by a selection committee. The committee will accept applicants on a rolling basis, and upon acceptance, applicants will be provided with the payment link or instructions to send a check. We do not accept cash as form of payment.

First, submit the application with the form below or download the PDF here.

Exhibitor Pricing

Standard Exhibitor Booth

$825.00 Early Registration Discounted Fee, Apply before August 5, 2022

$725.00 Additional Early Registration Discounted Fee, Apply before August 5, 2022

$925.00 Standard Registration Fee, Apply before September 16, 2022

$825.00 Additional Standard Pricing, Apply before September 16, 2022

$1,025.00 Late Registration Fee, Apply between September 16, 2022 – October 7, 2022

$925.00 Additional Late Registration Fee, Apply between September 16, 2022 – October 7, 2022

Standard Booth Fee includes:
  • 10′ x 10′ booth space within a large tent
  • One 8′ covered/skirted table with two chairs
  • One identification sign within booth
  • One parking pass
  • One exhibitor listing in Festival publication
  • One exhibitor listing on Festival website, including link to your website
  • Access to electricity

Non-profit Booth

$525.00 Non-profit Registration Fee

There is no early registration for non-profit booths. If you are a non-profit, you must submit a copy of your 501(c)3 status certification with your application and payment. Limited availability. 

Booth fee includes:
  • 10′ x 10′ booth space within a large tent
  • One 8′ covered/skirted table with two chairs
  • One identification sign within booth
  • One parking pass
  • One exhibitor listing in Festival publication
  • One exhibitor listing on Festival website, including link to your website
  • Access to electricity

Open Pavilion Exhibitor Table

We will not have Pavilion Exhibitor Tables in 2022.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your reservation, a letter or email requesting a refund must be sent to the Texas Book Festival and Debra Saleny. Refund terms: 50% through September 2, 2022. 25% between September 3 and September 16, 2022. No refunds after September 16, 2022. The Texas Book Festival will take place rain or shine. Refunds will not be issued due to inclement weather. If the Texas Book Festival is cancelled, all exhibitor fees will be refunded. The Texas Book Festival will follow all public health advice and mandates from Austin Public Health, and will use those guidelines to make event changes and cancellations. If the Festival changes to virtual, exhibitors will be offered a virtual listing for $100, and refunded the remainder. Exhibitors may choose a full refund if they do not want a virtual listing.

2022 Exhibitor Application

  • For non-profit organizations only
    Choose the category that best describes you or your organization
    Two exhibitors may share a booth or table. The Festival will only accept one application per booth or table. That application must designate the company with whom they are sharing the booth or table, and assume full payment for the booth or table. Complete the following section only if you are sharing a booth or table.

    Turnkey Event Rentals

    Texas Book Festival has selected Turnkey Event Rentals to serve as the independent contractor to provide services and equipment to exhibitors. Complete information concerning equipment and services that the exhibitors may purchase or rent will be included in the exhibitor’s information kit that each exhibitor will receive in late September. Turnkey Event Rental will maintain an exhibitor service desk on site.

    Care of Exhibit Space

    TBF will arrange for cleaning of aisles and removal of trash from large receptacles at the end of each tent. The exhibitor will keep their booth or table space in a neat and professional manner and appearance. Handwritten signs are not permitted. Overflowing trash should not be visible within your booth. Fire Department safety regulations require that aisles be kept clear at all times. Decorations, signs, banners, etc. may not be fastened to tents and other structures. The Exhibit area is a non-smoking area; smoking is NOT allowed in any exhibitor tents, or within 15’ of any TBF tents or structures. No possession or consumption of alcohol is allowed on Festival grounds.

    PLEASE DO NOT leaflet or distribute products in the aisles, near the doors or outside of the exhibitor tents, or on festival grounds. Exhibitors must remain within their booth or table space. Mascots cannot roam the festival grounds.

    Helium Balloons

    Due to safety issues created with the use of helium tanks, and a fee to retrieve balloons from trees near and on State Capitol grounds, helium balloons are not allowed at the Festival.

    Dogs

    Dogs and other pets that are part of a display must be fully vaccinated. No aggressive dogs allowed. All pets must be leashed and in complete control by the owner at all times. Owners accept full responsibility for the safety of their pets and all visitors.

    Operating and Vacating Hours

    Each exhibitor will maintain and operate their booth or table between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022 and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2022. The exhibitor will remove all contents of booths no earlier than 5 p.m. and no later than 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2022, except for boxed materials to be shipped at the exhibitor’s cost arranged prior to the Festival. The exhibitor agrees that no Festival titles shall be sold. Other titles by Festival authors are permitted. Any exhibitor who has not occupied the booth or table by 10:00 a.m. November 5, 2022 forfeits the use of that space, no refund available

    The exhibitor agrees that no Festival titles shall be sold. Other titles by Festival authors are permitted.

    Subletting of Space

    The exhibitor shall not assign or sublet any space allotted to the exhibitor and shall not advertise or display goods other than those sold by such exhibitor in the regular course of its business. The space assigned to the exhibitor is for its own exclusive use and may be used only for the display and sale of its goods and services.

    Cancellation and Refund Policy

    If you must cancel your reservation, a letter or email requesting a refund must be sent to the Texas Book Festival and Debra Saleny. Refund terms: 50% through September 2, 2022. 25% between September 3 and September 16, 2022. No refunds after September 16, 2022. The Texas Book Festival will take place rain or shine. Refunds will not be issued due to inclement weather. If the Texas Book Festival is cancelled, all exhibitor fees will be refunded. The Texas Book Festival will follow all public health advice and mandates from Austin Public Health, and will use those guidelines to make event changes and cancellations. If the Festival changes to virtual, exhibitors will be offered a virtual listing for $100, and refunded the remainder. Exhibitors may choose a full refund if they do not want a virtual listing.

    Liability

    The exhibitor assumes the risk of loss and all liability for any damages, liability, or expenses, arising from, out of or by reason of the exhibitor’s occupancy and use of the exhibition premises, or any part thereof. The exhibitor shall at all times protect, indemnify, save, and keep harmless TBF from any damage, liability or expense arising from or out of any loss or injury to any property or person, including the exhibitor, its agents, sponsors, employees, and business invitees, which arise from or out of or by reason of the exhibitor’s occupancy and use of the exhibition premises or any part thereof. The exhibitor is encouraged to insure itself against property loss or damage and against liability for personal injury at its own expense. The Texas Book Festival is not responsible for items left behind at the Festival. All items left behind will be disposed of at 9:00 p.m., Sunday, November 6, 2022.

    Security

    TBF will furnish security on a 24-hour basis, but the furnishing of security shall not be deemed to imply any liability or acceptance of responsibility on the part of TBF, its volunteers, or representatives, or to modify in any way the assumption of risk and release provided for above. All property of the exhibitor will remain under the exhibitor’s custody and control at all times. All containers, packages, and vehicles are subject to inspection.

    Sales Tax

    If sales or orders are taken at your booth, a Texas Sales Tax Permit is required. The permit can be obtained free of charge by calling the Comptroller’s Office at 800-252-5555 or by contacting them in writing at 1711 San Jacinto Blvd., Suite 180, Austin, Texas 78701-1416, (512) 463-4865.

    By submitting this application, the applicant and all parties who will be setting up, tearing down, and working at the festival agree to abide by all rules and regulations described within the contract.

 

Now Hiring a Event Production and Logistics Coordinator

The Texas Book Festival is looking for an Event Production and Logistics Coordinator. Please send a resume and cover letter to bookfest@texasbookfestival.org. Application deadline is Monday March 28, 2022. Email bookfest@texasbookfestival.org if you have any questions.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Event Production and Logistics Coordinator position with the Texas Book Festival is responsible for supporting the event production, logistical, and volunteer needs in the planning and execution of the Festival’s year-round literary, development, and outreach programming, including the annual Texas Book Festival. 

The Event Production and Logistics Coordinate must be able to organize a high volume of details in a fast-paced environment and be able to execute on the many physical components of onsite event management. On-the-spot problem solving and prioritization are key, as are strong communication and people skills.

All TBF staff members contribute to strategic planning, event support, and communication strategies for the annual Texas Book Festival, Reading Rock Stars, Real Reads, and other literary events in Austin and around Texas throughout the year.

RESPONSIBILITIES

General Volunteer and Logistics Coordination

  • Serve as volunteer coordinator for any office or event volunteer needs
  • Provide logistics coordination and support for TBF literary, development, and outreach events
  • Run logistics-related errands for office and event needs

Annual Festival Coordination and Logistics

  • Serve as primary liaison with Texas Book Festival Volunteer Committee Chairs (VCCs) 
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Work with Deputy Director, Literary Director, and contract Festival logistics team to help manage Festival venues, tents, maps, banners, signage, exhibitors, and food vendors and to help produce Festival-related materials 
  • During Festival Weekend, manage VCC communication and assist with Festival set-up and break down
  • Run logistics-related errands leading up to and during the Festival Weekend
  • Coordinate TBF merchandise orders

Virtual Event Coordination

  • Research virtual event platforms and evaluate best platform for the event
  • Able to learn new software and create how to use guides for training purposes
  • Train technical support staff, including refresher sessions 
  • Run session analytics

EXPECTATIONS

  • Actively participate in and contribute to organization’s long-term strategic goals and success
  • Actively contribute to a positive, professional, and respectful work environment. Support TBF team members when they need help
  • Embrace the all-in commitment required to make the annual Festival a success and understand that evening and weekend work will be expected in the weeks leading up to the Festival. Flexible hours and generous time off in the off-season are provided in recognition of extra work time needed for the Festival.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least two years of relevant work experience in event planning and execution (volunteer, intern, or extracurricular experience may fill this expectation)
  • Experience in recruiting, motivating, and managing volunteers 
  • Excellent communications skills (oral, written, and presentation) 
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Attention to detail is critical for this position.
  • Strong technological aptitude. Familiarity with and flexibility across platforms and operating systems expected.  
  • Ability to think creatively to problem solve and promote the Texas Book Festival
  • Dedication and enthusiasm for fulfilling the Texas Book Festival mission
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends when needed
  • Frequent travel required

Please send a resume and cover letter to bookfest@texasbookfestival.org. Application deadline is Monday March 28, 2022. Please email bookfest@texasbookfestival.org if you have any questions!

Great Holiday Reads From Our Friends at Random House Children’s Books

Snow. Many. Books!

Get the perfect present for kids this holiday season from Random House Children’s Books. In need of adventure? The perfect storytime read? Something to make you laugh out loud? From beloved bestsellers like PONY by R.J. Palacio (author of Wonder) and GRUMPY MONKEY by Suzanne and Max Lang, to brand-new books like THE SWAG IS IN THE SOCKS by Kelly J. Baptist and THE WITCHES OF BROOKLYN by Sophie Escabasse, find the right gift for your kids today!

2021 Lit Crawl Online!

Don’t miss the kickoff of the 2021 Lit Crawl Austin with two virtual events! Starting at 8pm on Thursday, October 28, we’re presenting two very cool sessions.

First up is Typewriter Tarot with Hala Alyan and Cecily Sailer. What goes beautifully with great literature? A little Tarot and magic! Join us for a Tarot Town Hall featuring Texas Book Festival author Hala Alyan, with her new book The Arsonists’ City. Alyan will be joined by Typewriter Tarot founder Cecily Sailer, and the two will answer audience questions about Alyan’s book, writing, creativity, and more.

RSVP for TYPEWRITER TAROT

Next up is The Stacks Podcast: Traci Thomas in Conversation with Gabriela Garcia. Join the Stacks Podcast’s Traci Thomas in conversation with Of Women and Salt author Gabriela Garcia. For the first time ever at Lit Crawl Austin!

RSVP for THE STACKS AT LIT CRAWL

Don’t Miss: Sandra Cisneros

House on Mango Street author and Texas Writer Award recipient (2005) Sandra Cisneros returns with a story about the permanence of friendship forged by shared struggles and experiences. In this dual-language edition of Martita, I Remember You / Martita te recuerdo, a young Mexican woman, Corina, leaves her family in Chicago to pursue her dream of becoming a writer in Paris. By chance she meets Martita and Paola, and together they support one another as they begin their new lives. Years pass and their paths diverge, until one day Corina discovers a letter that evokes powerful memories about the life-changing bonds of youthful friendships. Cisneros will be in conversation with close collaborator, Martita, I Remember You translator, and TBF alum Liliana Valenzuela.

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Sponsored by Hablemos Escritoras and the UT-Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement


  • Moderator: Liliana Valenzuela
  • Format: This is a live, virtual event on CrowdCast (RSVP link above).
  • Chat: Feel free to use the chat box in CrowdCast to share your thoughts and virtually cheer for and share kudos with the session’s participants! Disorderly comments will be removed immediately. Please refer to the code of conduct.
  • Book(s): Click the book cover(s) below to purchase through BookPeople, Texas Book Festival’s partner bookseller. Your purchase helps support the author(s), independent bookselling, and the Texas Book Festival. Thank you.

Mary Gaitskill and The Devil’s Treasure

UPDATE: This session is now streaming. Watch the full panel here.

Since the debut of her revered short story collection, Bad Behavior—which included the story adapted into the 2002 film Secretary—Mary Gaitskill has lent brutal honesty and formal daring to the literary scene. “She catches cruelty and inexplicable desire, what she has called ‘the dirt within,’ as well as any writer we have,” as Dwight Garner of the New York Times has put it. Gaitskill’s new book, The Devil’s Treasure, is no less audacious than her previous work. Linked together by the story of a girl named Ginger who discovers a portal to hell in her own backyard, Gaitskill’s latest, richly illustrated work presents excerpts of her previous novels, including 2005’s Veronica and 2015’s The Mare, as well as a memoir—all of it stitched together with authorial commentary.

This session is available in person on October 31 at the Austin Central Library or live-streamed.

Don’t Miss: Fearless and Provocative

The Fontaine Archive in Austin, Texas, houses the works and letters of painter Paul Fontaine and of Wisconsin-born Virginia Fontaine, a World War II–era denizen of the German art scene and a collaborator with the Jewish underground. Information scientist, former board chair of Austin literary nonprofit Austin Bat Cave, and Paul and Virginia’s daughter Claudia Fontaine Chidester collects in Trusted Eye: Post-World War II Adventures of a Fearless Art Advocate a treasure of photography and personal letters that together paint a richly detailed portrait of her mother Virginia’s life, both during the war and afterward. With Dave Hickey and His Art, journalist Daniel Oppenheimer pens the first definitive biography of Fort Worth–born art critic Dave Hickey, once dubbed by the Guardian as “the enfant terrible of art criticism” for his candid, uncompromising takes on modern art and in particular the art establishment. Join Chidester and Oppenheimer as they talk about two figures who decided to live their lives, and loudly, in artworld.

  • Moderator: Michael Hall, Texas Monthly executive editor
  • Format: This is a live, virtual event on CrowdCast (RSVP link below).
  • Chat: Feel free to use the chat box in CrowdCast to share your thoughts and virtually cheer for and share kudos with the session’s participants! Disorderly comments will be removed immediately. Please refer to the code of conduct.
  • Book(s): Books are available through BookPeople. Your purchase helps support the author(s), independent bookselling, and the Texas Book Festival. Thank you.

RSVP