Code of Conduct

The Texas Book Festival is committed to providing a safe environment at our events for all attendees who include, but are not limited to, authors, industry professionals, moderators, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, media, and members of the general public, free of harassment, discrimination, and threatening or disrespectful behavior.

We do not tolerate harassment in any form and reserve the right to remove from any Texas Book Festival event those who engage in harassing behavior including but not limited to unwanted advances, stalking, verbal threats, inappropriate statements or gestures, sustained disruption of speakers, and disrespectful comments that go beyond the boundaries of civil disagreement and civic discourse. This may include remarks or actions that target people based on certain characteristics that include but are not limited to, race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability status.

The Texas Book Festival welcomes attendees and participants of all genders, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, physical appearances, body sizes, races and religions. We are dedicated to creating safe and accepting environments for people to engage with literature and ideas.

Please contact if you believe you’ve observed or experienced a violation of this Code of Conduct, and TBF will work to assess the situation and to respond as soon as possible. Notifying TBF does not constitute or replace a notification to local law enforcement.

All suspected violations of the law should be reported to local law enforcement. For emergencies, immediately dial 9-1-1. For non-emergencies in Austin, the Austin Police Department is available at 3-1-1 or (512) 974-5000.