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Books We Can’t Wait to Read: Lydia’s 2018 Middle Grade picks

Happy 2018, y’all! I started off the New Year making a list of all the books I desperately cannot wait to read this year, and even though I’ve gotten a good start, the list keeps growing. Part 1 was my preview of young adult books I can’t wait to read, and this part 2 is […]

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Books We Can’t Wait to Read: Lydia’s YA picks

Happy 2018! I never make official New Year’s resolutions, but every January I tell myself, “Okay, this is definitely the year I’m going to read at least 150 books and keep track of every book I read in this handy reading tracker app/ spreadsheet/ Goodreads/ fancy journal,” and then somehow every December I find myself […]

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From the Lit Director Desk: 2018 Reads

It’s been very cold here in Austin. Sam and I have been bundling up in our library.    I am nothing if not ambitious. With 2018 upon us, my list of books to read in just the first half of the new year is… well, it’s maybe all just a bit unwieldy. And I perhaps […]

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Books We’re Giving for the Holidays: Claire’s List

For this holiday, join the Jolabokaflod and give books to your friends and family! Need a few suggestions to find the perfect read for a particular reader? The TBF staff is here to help with a list of some of the books we really loved this year. Check out Claire’s list here, (and take a […]

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Books We’re Giving: Caroline’s Recommendations!

Whether you’re giving gifts to friends, family, or shopping for yourself, what could be better than a few perfect books to finish out the year? Today for our holiday book gift recommendations, we have a great list from Caroline, who was one of our fantastic interns this year!  You can also check out Lea’s, Lydia’s, […]

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Books We’re Giving for the Holidays: Lea’s Picks

There’s a delightful holiday tradition in Iceland called the Jólabókaflóðið (which roughly translates to “Yule Book Flood”) in which people gift books to their loved ones on December 24th, allowing everyone to spend the holiday with their friends and family, immersed in the books they were given. Of course, booklovers all over the world know […]

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Educator Sessions at TBF

We’ve put together special sessions at this year’s Texas Book Festival with a focus on the interests of teachers, librarians and educators and the task of teaching students about our ever-changing world through literature. These sessions are free and open to the public. In addition to these conversations, we hope you’ll join us in our […]

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¡AHORA SÍ! TENT

The Texas Book Festival is excited to once again partner with ¡Ahora Sí!, the Austin American-Statesman’s Spanish language newspaper, to present the Ahora Sí Tent. The Ahora Sí Tent, located on Congress Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets, is home to bilingual programming for children and adults and conversations about Latinx culture. The mornings begin with readings from children’s books; […]

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Book Club Guide to Texas Book Fest

Calling all book clubs! The Texas Book Festival is a great opportunity to discover your group’s next big read and to meet the authors you’ve been reading and discussing all year. This year, we’ve curated several sessions with book clubs in mind. Of course, we hope you’ll join us at EVERY session this year (and […]

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Tom Hanks at the Texas Book Festival

WHO: Tom Hanks WHAT: In Conversation with Lawrence Wright about Uncommon Type WHERE: Texas Book Festival; First Baptist Church WHEN: Saturday, November 4 at 4:30PM Tickets now available and include a signed book! Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.   We are thrilled to announce that, sponsored by Texas Capital Bank, we’ll welcome actor Tom Hanks to the 2017 […]

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Pre-Order Signed Festival Books!

Can’t make it to this year’s Texas Book Festival? Or worried you won’t make it to every signing? (There will only be about, oh, 300 of them…..) You can now pre-order signed copies of select Festival titles via BookPeople! A portion of each sale supports the Texas Book Festival. BookPeople ships worldwide. If you’re in […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: Great Expectations: Being A Woman in 2016

  Ladies, let’s talk. What a woman should be, how she should act, and what’s expected of her public and private performance have been at the forefront of our national conversation more than ever this year. We’re looking forward to hearing what Belle Boggs (The Art of Waiting), Sady Doyle (Trainwreck) and Phoebe Robinson (You Can’t Touch […]

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October Book Club

Only one month until the Texas Book Festival! On November 5 & 6, you will find enough books for at least a year of books clubs. However, there’s no need for an October book drought in anticipation. I love to hear what other book clubs are reading, and Peggy shared her Folktales’ Black Women’s Literary Society […]

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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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Nick Offerman at Texas Book Festival!

  WHO: NICK OFFERMAN WHAT: Speaking & signing Good Clean Fun WHERE: Texas Book Festival, First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity Street, Austin TX WHEN: Saturday, November 5 at 12:30PM HOW: Book Tickets are no longer available online. We’ll have general seating available at First Baptist Church. (Priority seating is reserved for people who purchased Book Tickets in advance.) Books will […]

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September Book Club

For September, my book club is reading Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing. Our TBF intern agrees this is an excellent choice. Let us know what you think! It’s officially Festival season here at the Texas Book Festival, so don’t miss the Author Lineup reveal on September 15, and you’ll add plenty of books to your list. In […]

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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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August Book Club

August in Texas is hot. How hot? So hot the hens are laying hard-boiled eggs. Hot as a billy goat in a pepper patch. Hotter than a fur coat in Marfa. That’s how hot, and I’m not even talking about the heat index. But don’t let your book club wilt in the summer sun! There […]

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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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July Book Club Picks

Welcome to the first monthly meeting of the Texas Book Festival Book Club recommendations blog post! Each month we will choose three new paperback releases and one TBF favorite that we think make for great group discussions. Hopefully this list will help your book club make a unanimous choice, whether your book club is Book Gals, […]

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Julie’s Recommended Reads in July

Summer is officially here. My tote bag is stuffed with swim gear, bottled water and at least three books at a time. Here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing on shelves this month: You Are Having A Good Time by Amie Barrodale This is the debut collection of short fiction to grab this month. Barrodale is […]

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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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Julie’s New Book Picks for June

New month, new books. Here’s what’s on my radar in the merry month of June. Below you’ll find a mix of books I’ve read and loved and a couple of books coming out this month that I can’t wait to read. Above you’ll find a shot of McKinney Falls State Park here in Austin, a great […]

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Recommended Read May 2016: THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS

Give Dominic Smith a Google and you’ll discover a few things. First: he bats left-handed. Second: he was selected by the New York Mets in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft. Third: there’s more than one Dominic Smith. Google Dominic Smith author and you’ll find what you came for: an Austin-based author […]

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New Books to Check Out in May

A new month means a fresh crop of books on bookstore shelves. Here are a few we’re adding to our To-Be-Read pile this month.   The After Party by Anton DiSclafani (May 17) DiSclafani is the author of the well-received, book club-ready novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls (I will spend the rest of my book career attempting […]

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A Celebration of Texas Poets

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we’d like to take a moment to recognize contributions made by the most recent Texas Poets Laureate. Their work has made an outstanding cultural impact on the long-standing literary and artistic tradition of Texas, and we are so pleased to feature them here.     Laurie Ann Guerrero I read the […]

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From the Lit Director Desk: What I’m Reading

I’ve had a little over a month to settle into the lit director desk here at Texas Book Festival. Here’s what I’ve been reading in between all of the emails. All of these books are forthcoming releases, so mark your calendars, place your pre-orders, and look forward to what late Spring will bring to your bookshelves. […]

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Poet Spotlight: Carmen Tafolla

Dr. Carmen Tafolla is a tremendously accomplished author. She’s written over 20 books, including volumes of poetry, short stories, historical nonfiction, and children’s books. In 2012, she was named the first Poet Laureate of San Antonio, and in 2015 she was named the Poet Laureate of the State of Texas. We are so lucky to count her as a friend […]

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Recommended Read: A LOVE LETTER TO TEXAS WOMEN

Here at the Texas Book Festival offices, we’re constantly scouring the latest and greatest books publishers have to offer to discover the most interesting new work by the most engaging authors. Our goal is to put together an unforgettable Festival for you in the Fall, but who wants to wait that long to talk about […]

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Read Texas: Blood Meridian

Listed among the TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005, Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian is widely considered McCarthy’s best work and possibly one of the greatest novels of all time. Blood Meridian tells the story of a runaway boy who finds himself in the midst of the Glanton Gang, a group of scalp-hunters […]

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Read Texas: The Son

Published in 2013, The Son makes a more recent addition to the world of Texas literature. This novel followed Meyer’s acclaimed American Rust as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for fiction, and is widely regarded as one of the best historical novels to be written this century. It is considered among the ranks of other Great […]

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Read Texas: Texas

  In honor of Texas History Month, Texas Book Festival staff and interns are highlighting iconic tomes of Texas literature in March. What are your favorite books that chronicle and celebrate the life and history of our Lone Star State? Tell us in the comments. We love to #ReadTexas all year long!    It doesn’t get […]

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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 2015 Festival Poster

Celebrating the Culture of Literacy, Ideas, and  Imagination On Thursday, July 16th, we unveiled the official 20th Anniversary Texas Book Festival poster, which features the work of artist Fatima Ronquillo. Ronquillo is a self-taught painter whose classical imagery is inspired by literature, theatre, and opera, evoking a world of serenity and charm. Her intimate works […]

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TBF Summer Reading List

Marc Winkelman, Board Chair Reagan, by H.W. Brands and The English Spy by Daniel Silva I think H.W. Brands’s book, Reagan, is well worth reading. I’m also enjoying the new Daniel Silva, The English Spy. You don’t have to have read the earlier books in Silva’s series to enjoy the fast-paced exploits of Israeli spy Gabriel Allon. Both […]

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Out of gift ideas?  Don’t worry, we’ve put together your shopping guide!  These 2014 Texas Book Festival author titles are sure to satisfy the dads on your list.   For the dad who thinks his top-secret BBQ rub recipe is the best: He hasn’t tried Dean Fearing’s yet. Fearing is known as the “Father […]

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. Your mother loves to read, but already owns every Jane Austen novel and secretly borrowed Fifty Shades of Gray from the library. This guide, culled from our recent featured Festival authors, should satisfy the cool moms on your list.   For the mother who loves sci-fi: Emily St. John […]

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