Discover New Literature at the Latinx Lit Tent

We’re thrilled to present our Latinx Lit Tent, filled with bilingual events and readings, showcasing new and established authors. Join us for touching stories of dreamers and finding new homes, funny stories rooted in folklore, moving stories of immigration, beautiful portraits of la comunidad, harsh truths about border struggles and violence, and inspiring stories about the Chicana feminist movement. Come and enjoy a celebration of Latinx culture and literature. Bring the whole family—there’s something for everyone! Afterwards, check out our full schedule of all there is to discover at this year’s Festival!


Saturday, 27 October 10:15 am – 10:45 am
Xavier Garza

Author Xavier Garza reads from Just One Itsy Bitsy Little Bite where Joaquín and his mother are about ready to eat pan de muerto, the special Mexican sweet bread prepared especially for the Day of the Dead, when one hungry skeleton after another show up, singing and dancing and asking for just one itsy bitsy bite of the bread.



Saturday, October 27, 2018. 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
Celebrate the winners of this year’s Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award! They’ll discuss the meaning and history of the award and why it’s vital to honor, share and support Latinx literature for young readers.



Saturday, 27 October 11 am – 11:45 am
Julissa Arce and Yuyi Morales
Soñadores inspiradores

Conversacion en español: Las autoras galardonadas Morales y Arce comparten sus propias historias de inmigración con los jóvenes lectores, describiendo sus propias experiencias al adaptarse a sus nuevos hogares y culturas, mientras celebran los lugares de donde provienen.
Award-winning authors Yuyi Morales (Dreamers) and Julissa Arce (Someone Like Me) share their own immigration stories with young readers, describing their experiences adapting to new homes and cultures, while celebrating the places they came from. Dreamers of all ages, join us for this inspirational talk! (This session will be held in Spanish).



Saturday, 27 October 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Natalia Sylvester and Luis Alberto Urrea
Todos en la Familia

These important new novels by Natalia Sylvester (Everyone Knows You Go Home) and Luis Alberto Urrea (House of Broken Angels) intertwine themes of family, the experience of migration and the long reverberations of the past to create propulsive, emotional stories that have been at the top of every must-read list in 2018. Join them for a discussion of the people, moments, and ideas which have inspired their new work.



Sunday, 28 October 11 am – 11:45 am
Juana Martinez-Neal and Pablo Cartaya
Pura Belpré Award Winners!

Join us as we celebrate and hear from two of this year’s Pura Belpré Award winners, Juana Martinez-Neal and Pablo Cartaya! The Pura Belpré Award is a recognition presented to a Latino or Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays the Latino cultural experience in a work of literature for children or youth.



Sunday, 28 October 12 pm – 12:45 pm
Michael Cirlos and Daniel García Ordaz
Connecting with Community in Innovative Mediums

Poet Daniel Garcia Ordaz and photographer Michael Cirlos discuss working in different creative mediums to access elements of personal and community life in new and unexpected ways. Mixing genres, approaches and styles, they interact with their subjects and audiences to delight, inspire, and discover new ways to connect.


Sunday, 28 October 1 pm – 1:45 pm
Daniel Peña
These Stories Are Ours: New Fiction of the Border

In his new novel, Bang, Texas writer Daniel Peña looks at both sides of the border from the perspective of two undocumented brothers from Harlingen who crash-land in Mexico. As they face the violence of drug smuggling and its impact on the innocent, they both must also reconcile with the complexities of the past. Join Peña for a discussion of writing Mexico and of breaking down stereotypes of the border in his fiction.



Sunday, 28 October 2 pm – 2:45 pm
Julissa Arce, Reyna Grande, and Fey Berman
Mexamerica: Fusionando Culturas

Conversaccion en Español: Las autoras Fey Berman (Mexamerica), Julissa Arce (Entre las sombras del Sueño Americano) y Reyna Grande (A Dream Called Home/ Un sueño llamado hogar) discuten la fusión de las culturas mexicana y estadounidense y la nueva comunidad que se ha creado en este paisaje cultural que mezcla el tradiciones y rasgos de ambos.


Sunday, 28 October 3 pm – 3:45 pm
Martha Cotera 
Chicana Movidas: Activism and Feminism in a New Era

A groundbreaking new anthology brings together generations of Chicana scholars and activists to offer the first wide-ranging account of women’s organizing, activism, and leadership in the Chicano Movement. Join contributors Martha Cotera and Brenda Sendejo for a look at the intellectual and political legacies of early Chicana feminism.



The 23rd annual Texas Book Festival takes place October 27-28, 2018 in and around the State Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas. 300 authors, 80+ exhibitors and two days of book signings and conversations as big as Texas. The Festival is FREE and open to the public! View the author listbrowse the books and check out the full schedule of events