When and where does the Texas Book Festival take place?
The weekend of November 5–6, 2022, in downtown Austin, Texas. Venues include the Texas State Capitol, downtown churches/cathedrals, and programming, book sales, signing, and exhibitors’ tents along Congress Avenue, 11th Street, and Colorado Street, as well as additional locations near the footprint. A grounds map from 2019, for reference, can be found here and a map of the Capitol interior here.
Will the Festival take place virtually, or in-person?
The Festival will take place in-person. Virtual-only sessions are not planned, though select sessions may be recorded and/or live-streamed. We will be in touch with confirmed authors throughout the summer and early fall with further details regarding in-person sessions recorded and/or broadcast to virtual audiences.
How big is the Festival?
The Texas Book Festival, now in its 27th year, routinely programs nearly 200 sessions throughout the Festival Weekend, with 250–300 featured authors across all age groups; 175+ moderators, hosts, emcees, and introducers; 100+ exhibitors and food vendors; and nearly 1,000 volunteers. The 2019 Festival attracted 40K–50K attendees.
How large are the programming venues?
Typical programming venues range from 150 to 800 seat capacity. Standard children’s and YA venues vary between 100 and 120, though select children’s and YA sessions take place in higher-capacity venues.
What are the Festival sessions’ formats?
Apart from 30-minute picture-book story times in the Read Me a Story Tent and some 45-minute cookbook recipe demonstrations in the HEB / Central Market Cooking Tent, sessions during Festival Weekend (Nov. 5–6) are in-conversation, and most often limited to 45 minutes.
Most sessions are panel conversations that comprise 2–3 featured authors + a moderator, though a relative few sessions comprise a single featured author + a moderator. The final 10–15 minutes of most 45-minute sessions are generally reserved for audience Q&A. Signing sessions typically follow immediately in one of our Book Signing Tents.
Some featured authors appear in more than one session during the Festival Weekend; many appear in a single session. In the invited-author confirmation form, there’s a field to indicate your availability during the weekend (Saturday only, Sunday only, both days). We remain in touch with authors and publishers throughout the summer regarding session placement and availability.
How much does it cost for the public to attend the Festival?
$0.00. Apart from a handful of sessions, the Festival is free and open to both the public and authors.
What about book sales?
All confirmed authors’ featured titles (as well as select backlist) will be available for purchase in our BookPeople Main Sales Tent or BookPeople Children’s Book Sales Tent, each located in the center of the Festival footprint. BookPeople, Texas’s largest independent bookseller, is the Festival’s official partner bookseller. BookPeople handles all ordering, stocking, fulfillment, and selling. TBF regularly keeps BookPeople apprised of authors and books confirmed for the lineup and program.
Additionally, when the full lineup is released on texasbookfestival.org in late August / early September, all author profiles link to a purchase page on BookPeople.com.
If your book’s publication date falls after Festival Weekend (Nov. 5–6), and if an early-sales discussion has been had, the title will be available for purchase only in the BookPeople Sales Tents during Festival Weekend, as well as pre-order on BookPeople’s website.
Depending on the venue, select sessions have options for on-site sales as well.
What about book signings?
Typically, signings take place in the TBF Book Signing Tent and in the Children’s Book Signing Tent, both of which are located centrally on the footprint. Signing sessions are scheduled to take place immediately after an author’s appearance in any given programming session.
Depending on the venue, select sessions have options for on-site signing sessions.
Does the Festival book flights and hotels for confirmed authors?
No. However, we work with a partner that arranges discounted hotel rooms in central Austin. By midsummer we will share with you a link to the partner’s online booking portal.
Which community and networking opportunities are available during Festival Weekend?
We’ll be in touch with all confirmed authors about RSVPing for private events as Festival Weekend approaches, but standard events include:
- The Author Kickoff Party. This takes place Friday, November 4, in the evening. The party—open to confirmed Festival authors, moderators, and the general public—will this year take place at Antone’s, an iconic Austin music venue.
- The Author Cocktail Party. This exclusive event takes place Saturday, November 5, in the early evening, and is open only to confirmed Festival authors, moderators, and invited members of the Texas literary community.
- Lit Crawl Austin. This takes place Saturday, November 5, beginning around 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. Between five and ten bar, restaurant, public space, and gallery venues house 10–20 fun sessions over 3–4 hours. Stay tuned for details come early fall.
- Author Greenroom / Lounge. The Author Greenroom is open between 09:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day of Festival Weekend. Not only does this space serve as author and moderator check-in, and not only does it serve as a pre-session space to gather with moderators and/or co-panelists and/or the escorts who will guide you to your venue, but it also serves as a home for any confirmed author to relax, prepare, or get a coffee or a bite to eat before, between, and after sessions. The Greenroom is located centrally on the Festival footprint, its precise location shared with authors in the months leading up to the Festival.
- Author Breakfast. Saturday morning, beginning at 8:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. Join us for a casual buffet-style breakfast at a programming/sponsor organization’s office. Open to authors, moderators, and select Festival friends, the breakfast is an opportunity to mingle with fellow writers and members of the Austin and Texas literary community. Stay tuned for details.
What are some important dates to keep in mind?
- Late June / early July. TBF releases a “sneak peek” of 15–20 authors attending Festival in the fall.
- Late August / early September. TBF releases the full Festival lineup.
- Late September / early October. TBF releases the full schedule and program.
What is the Texas Book Festival?
The nonprofit Texas Book Festival connects authors and readers through experiences that celebrate the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995, the TBF set out to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading, and benefit the state’s public libraries. The first Festival took place in November 1996 and is now one of the nation’s premier annual literary events. While remaining an important showcase for Texas authors, the Texas Book Festival also hosts writers from all over the world.
TBF also runs impactful literary and literacy programs throughout the year and across the state. Since its founding, TBF has donated more than $3 million to Texas public libraries and donated more than 150,000 books to students in Title I schools through our Reading Rock Stars and Real Reads programs.
What if my question wasn’t answered here?
If you have additional questions, please contact Matt Patin, literary director, at firstname.lastname@example.org