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, and it helps 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 help fund our Reading Rock Stars Literacy Program, which provides author visits and book donations to children in low-income schools, our Texas Public Library Grants, issued each spring to selected libraries across the state, and literary programming throughout the year.

Stay tuned for the 2019 Gala author announcement this summer! The 2018 Gala featured authors Celeste Ng, Michael Beschloss, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Jacqueline Woodson. The Gala emcee was Jake Silverstein, editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine. Check out the 2018 Gala pictures!

Individual tickets are limited, please contact Claire Burrows to inquire about availability: claire@texasbookfestival.org or 512-477-4055. Please reach out with any questions.

Interested in donating to the silent auction? Go to our silent auction page for more information.

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. Guests must contact the Reservations Department by calling 512-685-8100 and should ask for the Texas Book Festival – Rooms in order to receive the discounted room rate. Discounted rates will expire September 24, 2019.


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