COVID-19 Updates

2021 Texas Book Festival

Posted 10.14.21

To keep authors, volunteers, and attendees safe, we have put safety precautions in place for in-person events at Symphony Square and the Austin Central Library.

All attendees ages 2+ are encouraged to wear a mask when not eating or drinking. All attendees ages 18+ will present a negative Covid test performed no longer than 72 hours prior to the event, or proof of vaccine. Venues are at reduced capacity.

Posted 9.14.21

Out of concern for the safety of our community, we are significantly scaling back the in-person portion of this year’s Texas Book Festival and greatly increasing the number of virtual sessions that people can participate from anywhere.

For in-person programming, we are thrilled to partner with Waterloo Greenway’s Symphony Square and the Austin Public Library on the Festival this year. Texas Book Festival will host children’s storytime programming at Symphony Square’s outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, October 30, and adult programming at APL’s Central Library on Sunday, October 31, for a limited number of in-person sessions.

Revised Hybrid Festival Dates


Oct. 23 – 24:

*Children’s programming

*Texas Teen Book Festival: Young Adult Authors and panels

Oct. 25 – 31:  Adult fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and cooking


Oct. 30:

*Read Me A Story children’s picture book authors at Symphony Square

*Lit Crawl at Symphony Square

Oct. 31: Adult programming at Austin Central Library

The full author lineup will be announced on September 22 and the schedule will be announced the first week of October. Read the full announcement.

Posted 8.24.21 

The health and safety of authors, attendees, volunteers, staff, and the community are paramount to us. 

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Austin and in Texas and refer regularly to local and national sources, including the UT Austin COVID-19 Modeling Consortium and City of Austin–Travis County Key Indicators for Staging Dashboard.  

The annual Festival will go on. We are committed to our mission and are excited to share this year’s list of incredible authors with everyone. However, given the spread of the Delta variant and the strain on our city and state’s healthcare system, we will be adapting our hybrid Festival model to be responsive to the health and safety concerns of authors, volunteers, partners, and attendees. 

We will announce our full author lineup in mid-September, including which authors will be appearing virtually and in-person. We will update this page regularly. Please check back for updates.