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Texas Writer Award: Dan Rather

  The Texas Writer Award is given by the Texas Book Festival to a Texas writer in recognition of outstanding contributions to Texas literature. The award recipient is honored at the Texas Book Festival. Recipients include Robert Caro, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Tim O’Brien, Sandra Cisneros, and many others. We are honored to announce that the […]

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¡AHORA SÍ! TENT

The Texas Book Festival is excited to once again partner with ¡Ahora Sí!, the Austin American-Statesman’s Spanish language newspaper, to present the Ahora Sí Tent. The Ahora Sí Tent, located on Congress Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets, is home to bilingual programming for children and adults and conversations about Latinx culture. The mornings begin with readings from children’s books; […]

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C-Span2 Book TV Tent Schedule

  Once again, we’re happy to partner with C-Span/Book TV to provide live-streams of interesting and intriguing conversations that discuss hot-topics in current political debates. This year, we have a variety of issues being talked about, including climate change, marriage equality, the changes in the tech industry, the connection between crime and the US border […]

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Literary Death Match Austin!

We’re amped to bring Literary Death Match back to Lit Crawl Austin! Join us on Saturday, November 4 at 7:00pm at the North Door (501 Brushy Street) when four authors and three all-star judges come together for the ultimate literary showdown. Doors are at 6:30pm; suggested donation of $10. Copies of the participants’ books will be available […]

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Reading Rock Stars Austin 2017

It’s time for another round of Reading Rock Stars in Austin! The Texas Book Festival brings books to life through Reading Rock Stars, a program that brings author and illustrators from across the country into Title I schools to present their picture books and novels. After each presentation, every single student receives a copy of the presenting […]

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Central Market Cooking Tent

Central Market hosts a notable array of award winning culinary authors and chefs in the Central Market Cooking Tent. Get drawn in by the delicious smells and stay for the demonstrations, discussions and signings. Check out the schedule below to see who will present in this year’s Central Market Cooking Tent. Cookbooks will be available […]

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Book Drive For Libraries Affected by Harvey!

Help us reach our donation goal of 1,500 books to rebuild libraries in Houston and the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Harvey! During the November 4-5 Festival Weekend, make a $15 donation at a register in a BookPeople Book Sales Tent that buys a book for our Reading Rock Stars students in Houston. For each book […]

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Book Club Guide to Texas Book Fest

Calling all book clubs! The Texas Book Festival is a great opportunity to discover your group’s next big read and to meet the authors you’ve been reading and discussing all year. This year, we’ve curated several sessions with book clubs in mind. Of course, we hope you’ll join us at EVERY session this year (and […]

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YA Lit at Texas Book Festival

YA Authors at the Texas Book Festival The YA HQ Tent at Texas Book Festival is back for its second year and packed with YA authors you don’t want to miss! We’ve put together a YA Buzz Books panel with authors you need to know now, including Nic Stone and Brandy Colbert; a conversation with rock […]

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Texas Forever: Lone Star Authors at TBF

The Texas Tent Located on Congress Avenue at 8th Street, the Texas Tent will host conversations about everything from Austin dance halls to Texas music and sports, to the Lone Star state as literary inspiration, and more. Check out the full Texas Tent schedule, which includes sessions with David Courtney, Nate Blakeslee, Kinky Friedman, Deanne […]

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Children’s Activity Tent Schedule 2017

We are happy to announce the featured organizations at our Children’s Activity Tent for this year’s Festival! The tent will include a wide variety of crafts and fun, from monster bookmarks to light up picture frames and much more! We encourage everyone to bring your creative spirit and stop by to work with as many […]

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Children’s Entertainment Tent Schedule 2017

Who doesn’t love to be entertained?! This year’s Festival includes a wide vareity of performances for kids in our Children’s Entertainment Tent. Be prepared to learn while also having lots of fun! Make sure to bring your dancing shoes for our bands, including the University of Texas at Austin Mariachi Ensemble. We’re also looking forward […]

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2017 Texas Book Festival Kick-Off Party!

We’re kicking off the 2017 Texas Book Festival the only way we know how – with a big party! Join us at Antone’s Night Club  as we eat, drink and revel in bookish merriment with 2017 Festival authors and book lovers. We’ll kick off the big Festival Weekend in classic Austin style with a celebration […]

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Tom Hanks Ticket Giveaway!

UPDATE: The winners have been drawn! Thank you to everyone who entered!   We are so excited to welcome Tom Hanks to the 2017 Texas Book Festival in Austin on November 4! This is your chance to win tickets for this SOLD OUT event! Thanks to event sponsor, Texas Capital Bank, we have two pairs of tickets […]

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JUST ADDED: Luvvie Ajayi at TBF!

We’re excited to announce we’ve added-winning writer and 13-year blogging veteran Luvvie Ajayi as one of the featured authors at the 2017 Texas Book Festival!  Join us on Saturday, November 4 at 10:00AM when Luvvie (known to her legion of Twitter fans as @Luvvie) speaks about and signs her bestselling book, I’m Judging You: The Do Better […]

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Tom Hanks at the Texas Book Festival

WHO: Tom Hanks WHAT: In Conversation with Lawrence Wright about Uncommon Type WHERE: Texas Book Festival; First Baptist Church WHEN: Saturday, November 4 at 4:30PM Tickets now available and include a signed book! Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT.   We are thrilled to announce that, sponsored by Texas Capital Bank, we’ll welcome actor Tom Hanks to the 2017 […]

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Pre-Order Signed Festival Books!

Can’t make it to this year’s Texas Book Festival? Or worried you won’t make it to every signing? (There will only be about, oh, 300 of them…..) You can now pre-order signed copies of select Festival titles via BookPeople! A portion of each sale supports the Texas Book Festival. BookPeople ships worldwide. If you’re in […]

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Dan Rather at the Texas Book Festival!

  WHO: Dan Rather WHAT: In Conversation with Evan Smith about What Unites Us WHERE: Texas Book Festival WHEN: Saturday, November 4 at 12:00PM Book Tickets for this session are SOLD OUT. A limited number of open seating will be available to the public on a first come, first serve basis. General seating will open at 11:50AM. Copies of What […]

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Announcing Our New Partnership: Texas Book Festival + BookPeople

BookPeople to Serve as the Official Bookseller for The Texas Book Festival Weekend and Year-Round Events   We’re pleased to announce that BookPeople, Texas’s leading independent bookstore, will serve as the official and main bookseller for the Texas Book Festival. BookPeople will partner with TBF year-round as the bookseller for literary events, including the 2017 […]

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Update From the Lit Director Desk: Summer Begins the Countdown

Reading in the wild.   Here we are, in the thick of it. The fireworks have popped and sizzled. The vacation days are marked on the calendar. The warm weather reading lists pile on top of each other in our Twitter feeds (and in our beach bags). It is summer, big summer, heavy summer. In […]

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Reading Our State: A Literary Tour of Texas

—written by TBF intern Emily Vernon Place serves as a powerful connector in literature; whether it allows you to identify with the characters or teaches you about a new city or culture, it’s undeniable that setting contributes greatly to the reader’s experience. At the very least, it’s exciting to read about a place you’re familiar […]

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Just Announced: JEFFREY EUGENIDES at the Texas Book Festival!

  Saturday, November 4 Jeffrey Eugenides + Claire Messud In Conversation at the 2017 Texas Book Festival   We’re thrilled to announce Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides will join us at this year’s Texas Book Festival with his first collection of short fiction, Fresh Complaint. Eugenides will appear in conversation with Claire Messud on Saturday, November 4th. Messud […]

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2017 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup: Sneak Peek

We’re thrilled to announce thirteen of the authors and illustrators who will participate in this year’s Texas Book Festival, happening November 4 and 5 in and around the State Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas. Our full 2017 lineup will be announced in early September. For now, mark your calendars and join us here in the […]

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2017 Texas Teen Book Festival Keynotes

The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2017 keynote authors! “TTBF 2017 is shaping up to be amazing!” says Festival Director Shawn Mauser. “I could hardly keep the keynote news to myself. Connecting teens with authors they love is the core of what we do. We’re thrilled to give Texas teens the opportunity to […]

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2017 Internship Opportunities!

Join the Texas Book Festival Team as an Intern! The Texas Book Festival and the Texas Teen Book Festival offer ongoing unpaid internships designed to expose qualified applicants to editorial, marketing and publicity, and development work, and other aspects of publishing, nonprofit organizations, and event planning. We’re now accepting applications for 2017 internships! Take a look […]

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TBF + BookPeople Present: ANTHONY DOERR

We’re pleased to announce we’ve teamed up with BookPeople to welcome Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, to Central Presbyterian Church in Austin to speak about and sign his highly acclaimed novel on Thursday, April 6th at 7:00PM. Tickets are now available and include a paperback copy of ALL THE LIGHT WE […]

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From the Lit Director Desk: What I’m Reading

(Getting the hard work done.)   Greetings from the new year! I’ve been busy powering through my early 2017 reading list while I start to get things up and running for this year’s Festival. (This year’s Texas Book Festival takes place November 4-5 here in Austin.) Here’s a quick look at the books that have stuck […]

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The 2017 Texas Teen Book Festival!

The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced its 2017 date! Mark your calendars now for another awesome celebration of YA authors, books, reading, writing, and the wonderful YA community we have here in Texas. Head to the #TTBF website for full details of when and where to be. Be sure to sign up for the #TTBF enewsletter while you’re there to […]

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2017 Texas Book Festival Dates!

Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 Texas Book Festival! Join us on the Texas State Capitol grounds in downtown Austin for the 22nd annual Texas Book Festival on November 4-5, 2017! 2016 was a record-setting year for the Texas Book Festival. We welcomed 300 authors and 50,000 attendees in our biggest celebration of books, literacy and […]

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Our Favorite Reads of 2016

Reading makes us feel fancy. 2016. Oh, 2016. We have a lot of memories, a lot of feelings, and, most importantly, we have a lot of books we’ve read. As we say farewell to a wild and crazy twelve months on planet Earth, TBF staff and members of our selection committee have taken a moment to […]

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TBF + BookPeople Present: ZADIE SMITH

  We’re pleased to announce we’ve teamed up with BookPeople to welcome Zadie Smith, bestselling author of ON BEAUTY and WHITE TEETH, to Central Presbyterian Church in Austin to discuss her highly acclaimed new novel, SWING TIME, on Thursday, January 12th at 7:00PM. Tickets are now available and include a copy of SWING TIME. VIP tickets come with […]

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Give A Book: Lit Community Picks for 2016

You may or may not have noticed this, but the gift giving season is here. It’s the time of Secret Santa, White Elephant, and I’m-not-sure-if-our-relationship-warrants-a-gift-but-why-not shopping trips. If you’re ever in doubt of what to give someone, why not a book? It’s a foolproof gift for just about anyone but this guy:     We […]

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Intern Chronicles: My Year with TBF

Hello there! My name is Sara Leonard, and I’m currently a junior at the University of Texas at Austin. I’m double-majoring in both English and Political Communication, but I veer more to the English side. I love all things Harry Potter and Jane Austen, but “I’ll give any book a chance if it’s lying there […]

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Educator Resources: 2016 Election

We met with educators on Wednesday, November 16 to talk about how they’re talking with their students about the 2016 presidential election. We compiled the below resources to facilitate the discussion.   Books That Encourage Empathy, Understanding and Tolerance Kindergarten – 5th Middle Grade (6th – 8th) Young Adult   Empathy Chart This chart can […]

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UPDATE: Laura Bush + Jenna Bush Hager

We’re honored to welcome Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager to the 2016 Texas Book Festival! Former First Lady and Texas Book Festival founder Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager will speak about and sign their new children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard, at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 5 at 10:00AM. […]

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¡Ahora Sí! Tent at Texas Book Festival

We’re excited to once again partner with ¡Ahora Sí!, the Austin American-Statesman’s Spanish language newspaper, to present a tent at this year’s Texas Book Festival dedicated to bilingual programming and Latin@ culture. From in-depth literary discussions to children’s storytimes; a close examination at issues of education and voter turn-out; a celebration of Tejana art; and more, the […]

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Session Feature: Inheritance

  Inheritance. The concept of passing on something of yourself to a future generation. But what does it mean to the receivers, to the people that are stuck with whatever lot they are given? Mitchell Jackson (The Residue Years) and Adam Haslett (Imagine Me Gone) explore these complicated ideas in their own stories, examining privilege […]

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Session Feature: Places of Pen and Ink

  As many of us know, graphic novels are so much more than just drawings in a book. Graphic novels can take us all the way back to the western plains, or even to the bustling streets of New York City. That’s what Ben Katchor (Cheap Novelties) and Greg Ruth (Indeh) have done in their own […]

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Festival Passport and Family-Friendly Fun at the Fest!

  Join us for a weekend full of family-friendly fun! **The Festival has something for everyone!**   Travel the Festival!   Calling all kids: This year travel the Festival with your very own Festival Passport.  Passports can be printed out before the Festival or pick up your passport at the Children’s Activity Tent at the […]

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C-Span2/Book TV at Texas Book Festival

We’re pleased to once again partner with C-Span2/Book TV to live stream dynamic, engaging discussions about up-to-the-minute political and social topics from the Texas Book Festival all weekend long. This year the tent is packed with authors talking everything from Isis to advertising to the legacy of President Obama and the language we use to discuss social […]

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Don DeLillo at the Texas Book Festival

  Texas Book Festival and the Harry Ransom Center are honored to present Don DeLillo at this year’s Festival on Saturday, November 5! As any lover of literature knows, Don DeLillo is not a newcomer to the game. The recipient of the National Book Award (White Noise), a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist (Mao II and Underworld), […]

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2017 Book Sales & Signings

BOOK SALES All Festival books will be available across three BookPeople Sales Tents:  Main Sales Tent (Adult and YA) Children’s Sales Tent (Picture Book and Middle Grade) Cookbook Tent (Cookbooks) Books will also be available for sale on-site for the specific sessions held at:  First United Methodist Church – View the sessions First Baptist Church – View the […]

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Library Love at the 2016 TBF

We love our Texas libraries! As a non-profit organization founded by former librarian Laura Bush, one of the main goals of the Texas Book Festival is to strengthen and support libraries across the state. Each year, we donate tens of thousands of dollars ($100,000 in 2016!) to libraries in Texas to fund their collections. This year at […]

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Session Feature: On Bowie, A TBF Tribute

In honor of David Bowie, this year’s Texas Book Festival will present a loving tribute to the artist’s work, influence and legacy with Rob Sheffield, author of On Bowie; Bowie’s friend and contemporary, Thomas Dolby (The Speed of Sound); music writer and critic Evie Nagy (Devo’s Freedom of Choice), and Joe Gross, who writes about movies, books, music […]

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Central Market Cooking Tent

  Central Market will host a notable array of culinary authors and chefs at the Central Market Cooking Tent during the 2016 Texas Book Festival. Many of this year’s featured speakers are nationally renowned as award-winning authors, chefs and restaurateurs. The authors and chefs will hold cooking demonstrations and discussions during both days of the Festival. After […]

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Lit Crawl Austin 2016

  It’s almost here, our annual evening of boozey bookishness: Lit Crawl Austin descends upon our fair city the evening of Saturday, November 5. The full Lit Crawl Austin schedule is now available. Authors, readers, bartenders, lit mags, Austinites with glasses, Austinites without glasses – all will converge on the bars of East Cesar Chavez for more […]

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2016 Texas Book Festival Author Lineup Announced!

  It’s here’s! It’s here! The FULL list of the more than 280 authors who will appear at this year’s Texas Book Festival has been revealed! This year’s Festival is jam-packed with amazing writers: Don DeLillo, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Diana Kennedy, Thomas Dolby, Emma Cline, Padma Lakshmi, Amor Towles, Francine Prose, Lawrence Wright, Phoebe Robinson, Jane […]

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Nick Offerman at Texas Book Festival!

  WHO: NICK OFFERMAN WHAT: Speaking & signing Good Clean Fun WHERE: Texas Book Festival, First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity Street, Austin TX WHEN: Saturday, November 5 at 12:30PM HOW: Book Tickets are no longer available online. We’ll have general seating available at First Baptist Church. (Priority seating is reserved for people who purchased Book Tickets in advance.) Books will […]

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Hannah Hart Update

      Due to personal reasons, Hannah Hart will no longer appear at Texas Book Festival. Her session has been canceled. If you have purchased a book ticket, you will receive an email from us soon with additional information. Thanks! WHO: HANNAH HART WHAT: Speaking & signing Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded WHERE: Texas Book […]

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T. C. Boyle at Texas Book Festival!

WHO: T. C. BOYLE WHAT: Speaking & signing The Terranauts WHERE: Texas Book Festival, Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th Street, Austin TX WHEN: Saturday, November 5 at 1:00PM HOW:  Book Tickets are no longer available online. We’ll have general seating available at Central Presbyterian Church. (Priority seating is reserved for people who purchased Book Tickets in advance.) Books will be […]

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