Latinx Lit at Texas Book Fest

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This year’s Texas Book Festival welcomes more than 70 Latinx authors and moderators to downtown Austin October 26-27 for two days of conversations and panels about Latinx literature, life, and culture, all free and open to the public.

Established in 2015, the Texas Book Festival’s Latinx Lit Tent returns for its fifth year, with sessions about writing and publishing in Spanish, inventive new fiction, bilingual storytimes, a celebration of the winners of the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Book Award, and more. Sessions in our Latinx Lit Tent were curated by the Texas Book Festival’s Latinx Author Selection and Programming Committee. The full schedule will be announced the week of October 1.

For the first time this year, the Festival will feature the Libros en Español Tent, a book sales tent next to the Latinx Lit Tent dedicated to Spanish-language books for adults and children, curated by BookPeople and Vintage Español. In addition to Spanish-language books by Festival authors, the tent will offer a general selection of Spanish-language titles by other authors. Next to the Libros en Español Tent, festival goers will also be able to browse Spanish-language children’s books made available by Cuentology, an Austin-based children’s bookseller specializing in Spanish-language children’s books.

We’re also excited to welcome Univison to the Festival this year. Visit their outpost at Congress and 8th Street!

Before the Fest, join the TBF Spanish-language Facebook group where you can share what you’re reading and which authors you’re looking forward to seeing at the 2019 Texas Book Festival!

Latinx Lit Tent

2015 Texas Book Festival Saturday October 17th

Dedicated to bilingual programming about Latinx life and culture, our tent features new and established Latinx authors who write books for a variety of ages. With sessions ranging from a bilingual story time for our younger readers to serious conversations about fighting adversity, the border crisis, and publishing in Spanish, the conversations celebrate and explore Latinx identity in Texas and beyond. Featured authors include Zulema Arroyo Farley, Rodrigo Marquez Tizano, Jennine Capó Crucet, J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda, and ire’ne lara silva.

Latinx Authors At the Fest

We’ll welcome more than 60 Latinx authors to the Festival, with books in a variety of genres. Authors include crime fiction writers Alex Segura, Gabino Iglesias and Gwendolyn Zepeda; history writers Monica Muñoz Martinez, Marie Arana, and Cynthia Ontiveros; novelists Norma Elia Cantú, Oscar Cásares, Stephanie Jimenez, Melissa Rivero, Carolina De Robertis, and Angie Cruz; memoirists Jaquira Díaz, Claudia Hernandez, and Aarón Sánchez; poets Javier Zamora, Orlando Ricardo Menes, and Vanessa Angélica Villareal; childrens’ and YA authors Sonia SotomayorJuana MedinaDuncan TonatiuhMeg Medina, and Lilliam Rivera. 

To see all Latinx authors presenting at this year’s Festival, see our full Author Lineup.

Libros en Español

The Texas Book Festival on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

In addition to Book People’s Festival sales tent, the Libros en Español tent will exclusively sell Spanish-language. Titles will include books written by Festival authors, as well as general interest titles. The selection is curated in partnership with Vintage Español. Right next to that you’ll find Cuentology, an Austin-based bookseller dedicated to providing Texas children with quality literature from Spain and Latin America.


While you’re at the Fest, make sure to check out Univision. Univision provides more Spanish-language television programming than any other network in the United States, and we’re excited to have them in join us for the weekend!

Nuestros Libros, Nuestra Voz

Nuestros Libros, Nuestra Voz is a new Facebook page for bilingual and Spanish-speaking members of the TBF community. If you want to stay in touch with those that you’ve met at Festivals past, ask questions about this year’s Festival, or share your favorite authors or current reads, this is the place to do it!

*Please note that this is a closed group. This link allows you to request permission to join. We ask that conversation remains respectful and book-focused. Advertisements will be removed, as will any content deemed disrespectful by our moderators.

Thank you to all of our partners, and especially Texas Book Festival’s Latinx Author Selection and Programming Committee, for bringing so many terrific authors, books, and conversations to this year’s Festival!