2019 First Edition Literary Gala

Friday, October 25, 2019

Four Seasons Austin

The First Edition Literary Gala is always a memorable evening packed with literary luminaries, dignitaries, and cultural arts supporters, helping the Texas Book Festival make an impact in communities across Texas. Proceeds from the Gala allow us to keep the Festival Weekend free for everyone! When you attend the Gala, you also help fund our Reading Rock Stars and Real Reads programs, which provide author visits and book donations to students in low-income schools, our Texas Public Library Grants, issued annually to selected libraries across the state, and literary programming throughout the year. See photos from the 2018 Gala!

We are proud to announce that the 2019 Gala authors are Stephen Harrigan (Big Wonderful Thing:A History of Texas), Laila Lalami (The Other Americans), Sharon Robinson (Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963), and Alexander McCall Smith (To the Land of Long Lost Friends).

Sarah Broom had to cancel due to illness. In her stead, Laila Lalami has joined as a featured speaker with her new book, The Other Americans.

The 2019 Gala is sold out. See below for instructions on being added to the waitlist.

You can still support the TBF by making a donation. Or interested in donating to the silent auction? Go to our silent auction page for more information. 

6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction sponsored by H-E-B and AT&T

Wine provided by RNDC and Maison Guigal.

7:30 p.m. Seated Dinner

8:15 p.m. Author Presentations

8:30 p.m. Silent Auction Closes

Staying at the Four Seasons

Traveling from out of town, or want to stay downtown after the Gala to be ready for the first Texas Book Festival sessions Saturday morning? The Four Seasons is offering Gala guests a discounted rate. Click here for specifc Four Seasons booking instructions and code.


Gold Leaf Sponsor $25,000

  • Gala table for 12 with premier placement
  • Logo or name on all Festival collateral
  • All other Authors’ Circle benefits

Authors’ Circle Sponsor $15,000

  • Gala table for 12 with prominent placement
  • A headlining Festival author as your table guest
  • Exclusive invitations to Texas Book Festival events throughout the year.
  • All other Leather Bound benefits

Leather Bound Sponsorship $10,000

  • Gala Table for 12 with preferred placement
  • A Festival author as your table guest
  • One complimentary set of signed books by the Gala authors
  • All other Vellum benefits

Vellum Sponsorship $7,500

  • Gala Table for 12 with special placement
  • All other Hardcover benefits

Hardcover Sponsorship $6,000

  • Gala Table for 10
  • Literary table favors for all guests
  • Sponsor acknowledgment in the official Festival program and on the website

Please contact the Texas Book Festival if you need to fulfill a pledge or would like to get on the waitlist: 512-477-4055. Thank you!