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We’re kicking off 2024 with the first   of the year! Maybe you’ve heard of this one: “My first recommendation for the ne...
01/05/2024

We’re kicking off 2024 with the first of the year! Maybe you’ve heard of this one: “My first recommendation for the new year is in celebration and appreciation of the reread. CRYING IN H MART, Michelle Zauner’s compelling memoir about loss, grief, family, and coming into one’s own, was wildly popular when it came out in 2021. I devoured the book, drawn in by our shared love of food and its role in cultural identity, connection, and nostalgia and propelled by Zauner’s storytelling. Historically, I’ve not been one to go back and reread books, even those I love, but I’m slowly changing that. After a few rereads last year, I’ve come to appreciate and comfort in revisiting stories and their characters. Rereading Zauner’s memoir a few weeks ago was exactly what I needed at the time. Both beautiful and heartbreaking, I recommend Crying in H Mart to new and returning readers alike.” - Michelle H., Director of Youth Programs

🎁 Do you mind if we share an early holiday gift? Mark your calendars. The 2024 Texas Book Festival is happening November...
12/19/2023

🎁 Do you mind if we share an early holiday gift? Mark your calendars. The 2024 Texas Book Festival is happening November 16–17! We can’t wait to welcome you all back to downtown Austin for another weekend full of fantastic free (thanks to our presenting sponsor, ) literary programming for all ages, book signings, cooking demonstrations, a Saturday night Lit Crawl, and so much more. Tag your lit pals to let them know. See you then, friends! 📚

This week, TBF CEO Marianne DeLeón recommends THE COLLECTED STORIES OF KATHERINE ANNE PORTER for  : “One of the stories ...
12/15/2023

This week, TBF CEO Marianne DeLeón recommends THE COLLECTED STORIES OF KATHERINE ANNE PORTER for : “One of the stories that captivated me in the latest edition of The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter is “The Fig Tree,” where Porter unveils the unwavering determination of two women as they navigate life’s challenges. This narrative dives into the intricacies of a mother-daughter relationship, where the mother has very high hopes for her daughter Miranda’s future. Throughout the collection, I was fascinated by how Porter captures the essence of the Southern experience, painting her short stories with vivid imagery. Reading The Collected Stories not only allowed me to appreciate Porter’s artistry but also deepened my understanding of the inherent beauty found in the simplicity of hard work, revealing that for some, life is powered by nothing but grit. Through Porter’s prose, I came to realize that people with grit, especially that Texas grit, are truly beautiful in my eyes.”

This week’s   comes from Communications & PR Coordinator, Jose Rodriguez. Jose recommends backlist title, THE DEVIL’S HI...
12/08/2023

This week’s comes from Communications & PR Coordinator, Jose Rodriguez. Jose recommends backlist title, THE DEVIL’S HIGHWAY, from 2023 Texas Book Festival featured author : “When I was a student at Texas State, I’d become suddenly aware of my lack of understanding about my familial history. I’m a first-generation American of Mexican heritage, and I’d realized I had never thought about the actual action, the series of events, that led my family to arrive in the United States. In this one-of-a-kind work of creative nonfiction, Urrea masterfully details the harsh realities of what it means to attempt to cross the Mexico–United States border. The coyotes who disappear with hard-earned savings, the hot and blistering sun, and the lengths one goes to to stay alive. Moreover, Urrea tells the story of the innate human desire we all share to seek out a better life for ourselves, for our families. It was an honor to meet Urrea at the Book Festival this year.”

We here at Texas Book Festival are looking fondly back on the books that helped shape who we are and that brought us to ...
12/07/2023

We here at Texas Book Festival are looking fondly back on the books that helped shape who we are and that brought us to love literature. Check them out in the new holiday Lit Blog Post, Seasons Past: Formative Titles from the TBF Staff, at the link in our bio or at www.texasbookfestival.org.

Get into the festive spirit with our friends  this Saturday, 12/9 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Byrne-Reed House for a fa...
12/07/2023

Get into the festive spirit with our friends this Saturday, 12/9 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Byrne-Reed House for a fabulous Holiday Book Fair! 21 Texas Authors. Signed (and discounted) books. See the list of visiting authors and mark your calendars. All proceeds benefit Texas libraries. Coffee and bake sale treats available. ☕️🥐

We’re excited to welcome Marianne DeLeón as Texas Book Festival’s new CEO! Marianne will lead efforts to ignite the pass...
12/04/2023

We’re excited to welcome Marianne DeLeón as Texas Book Festival’s new CEO! Marianne will lead efforts to ignite the passion for reading for all, fostering connections between authors and readers, as well as creating enrichment experiences that celebrate the cultural significance of literacy, ideas and imagination as we gear up for programs in the new year. Please join us in giving Marianne a very warm welcome to the TBF famiy. 🎉

We are grateful for the generous sponsors, donors, and volunteers who share our vision to inspire Texans of all ages to ...
12/01/2023

We are grateful for the generous sponsors, donors, and volunteers who share our vision to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading. Thanks to their support, we gave nearly $100,000 to Texas libraries this year, put books in the hands of nearly 16,000 students across Texas, and helped make the 2023 Texas Book Festival unforgettable.

Thank you to our 2023 presenting sponsor . 🍎

Additionally, thank you to our major sponsors, including Brigid Cockrum and Family, Tocker Foundation, , Still Water Foundation, The Rea Charitable Trust, , the City of Austin, Buena Vista Foundation, , , , , , , , and .

To learn more about sponsorship, visit www.texasbookfestival.org/sponsors. 📚

We're back for our regularly scheduled series:  . Starting us back up is TBF Literary Director, Hannah Gabel with a fan-...
12/01/2023

We're back for our regularly scheduled series: . Starting us back up is TBF Literary Director, Hannah Gabel with a fan-favorite TBF23 title, STARTER VILLIAN from John Scalzi: "When a down-on-his-luck teacher inherits his estranged uncle’s supervillain empire, hilarity ensues as the protagonist becomes acquainted with genetically engineered spy cats, unionized (and foul-mouthed) dolphins on strike, and the many, many enemies of his late uncle. If you're looking for a silly and fun escapism read — I highly recommend this one! I absolutely loved this fast-paced, witty sci-fi book that feels reminiscent of "Despicable Me" (except for adults)."

Get Austin curated! Visit the all-new www.tribeza.com for a sophisticated daily curation of Austin’s happenings, people,...
11/30/2023

Get Austin curated! Visit the all-new www.tribeza.com for a sophisticated daily curation of Austin’s happenings, people, and places in all areas of culture – architecture, art, design, fashion, food, music, and more. Subscribe to the Tribeza newsletter and follow Tribeza on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know with exciting insights into the pulse of Austin culture.

We loved welcoming our 2023 Festival authors to Austin for this year's cocktail party! We want to share a big thank-you ...
11/29/2023

We loved welcoming our 2023 Festival authors to Austin for this year's cocktail party! We want to share a big thank-you to Festival partners for hosting us on their rockin' rooftop. Check out the thought-provoking exhibitions and programs that they host year-round and consider becoming a member. 🖼️
 
Shoutout to the Texas Music Experience, powered by  for keeping the vibes at our author cocktail party funky all night. The Texas Music Experience is a free 24x7, one-of-a-kind music stream highlighting and celebrating Texas artists and music. With a spirited playlist that spans decades, eras and genres (think Beyonce, Buck Owens and Leon Bridges), TMX.fm is as colorful and diverse as Texas herself and guarantees to put you in a Texas state of mind. Have a listen at TMX.fm or on KUTX HD3 in Austin.

Did you attend the 2023 Texas Book Festival? Take the Festival survey to share your thoughts and enter to win a bundle o...
11/28/2023

Did you attend the 2023 Texas Book Festival? Take the Festival survey to share your thoughts and enter to win a bundle of our now sold-out Festival merch! We value your feedback as it allows us to make the Festival better year-over-year. Find the survey at the link in our bio or go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/BT3HLQF.

Thank you to the Harry Ransom Center for sponsoring a great conversation with Tim O'Brien and fellow writer Tom Grimes a...
11/21/2023

Thank you to the Harry Ransom Center for sponsoring a great conversation with Tim O'Brien and fellow writer Tom Grimes about AMERICA FANTASTICA at the 2023 Texas Book Festival. The Harry Ransom Center (), holds O' Brien's archive. The materials in the Tim O'Brien archive span not only his long career as an author, but also much of his life from his birth in Austin, Minnesota, through his teaching career at Texas State University San Marcos.

We had a wonderful time welcoming all of our guests to the 2023 First Edition Literary Gala. Thank you to our sponsors, ...
11/20/2023

We had a wonderful time welcoming all of our guests to the 2023 First Edition Literary Gala. Thank you to our sponsors, including Presenting sponsor , donors, speakers, honored guests, and the staff and volunteers who made it a great success.

Special thanks to for the wine that had us feeling fabulous, for the gorgeous centerpieces, 2023 Poster Artist , and designer for an unforgettable Step & Repeat.

What a great way to have kicked off the Festival weekend! 💫📚

We’re overjoyed to share the 2023 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest Winners! This year, students across Texas were invited to wr...
11/12/2023

We’re overjoyed to share the 2023 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest Winners! This year, students across Texas were invited to write stories on the theme “Passwords”. We were impressed with the creative submissions we received. We’re honored to share these young writers’ stories with you. Our 2023 Fresh Ink Fiction Winners will take part in a special panel discussion at the 2023 Texas Book Festival.

An update on Capitol Visitor parking.
11/11/2023

An update on Capitol Visitor parking.

Remember to check other Capitol entrances for entry.
11/11/2023

Remember to check other Capitol entrances for entry.

Another successful Reading Rock Stars in the books! We’re brimming with gratitude for all of the schools, authors, illus...
11/10/2023

Another successful Reading Rock Stars in the books! We’re brimming with gratitude for all of the schools, authors, illustrators, teachers, and students who helped make it great. Here are just a few of the highlights. 📚💙💫













We've prepared some helpful reminders and resources to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience during your Festival wee...
11/09/2023

We've prepared some helpful reminders and resources to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience during your Festival weekend visit. For more info. and to view the complete schedule go to www.texasbookfestival.org.

WHEN:
■ Sat., Nov. 11: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
■ Sun., Nov. 12: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:
📍 The Texas Capitol (1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701), in tents along Congress Ave. and 11th Street, and nearby venues.

🗺️ Save the Festival grounds map. A high-resolution version is available on our website in the How to Attend section.

🚙 Parking: Free public parking is available in Garage A, Garage F, and the Capitol Visitors Garage on San Jacinto Street. View and download the parking map on the TBF website in the How to Attend section.

🥁 Veteran’s Day is Saturday, November 11. This year, we partnered with the Austin Veterans Day Parade Committee to enable both events to take place in our shared event spaces—along Congress Avenue and outside the Capitol. TBF will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, once the parade has concluded. The Veterans Day Parade will conclude with a ceremony on the South Steps of the Capitol from about 11 to noon, which will include a 21-gun salute, which TBF attendees should be aware of.

❗️Schedule Updates: The online schedule is the most up-to-date information. Updates from the printed program can be found on our Updates to the Schedule webpage: www.texasbookfestival.org/2023-updates-to-the-schedule.

📚 You can purchase TBF titles on-site at our Main Book Sales and Children’s Book Sales Tents.

🖋️ Most book signings will occur inside the Main Book Signing and Children’s Book Signing Tents. Authors presenting at FUMC, CPC, the Stateside Theatre, and FBC will do book signings on-site following their sessions. See the signing schedule webpage for more details: Texasbookfestival.org/book-signing-schedules.

👕 The TBF Store will be in front of the Capitol South Grounds on 11th Street and Congress Avenue. Check out our recent post for merch details.

The best after-hours literary event in Texas is back this Saturday Night! Join us on the East Side for the 13th annual L...
11/08/2023

The best after-hours literary event in Texas is back this Saturday Night! Join us on the East Side for the 13th annual Lit Crawl Austin, a night of performances, games, trivia matches, and storytelling sessions. All events are free and for ages 21 and up. Details at www.texasbookfestival.org. Check out the awesome literary programs we have lined up:


📍 1101 E 11th Street, Austin, TX
🕕 5:30 p.m. Lit Crawl Happy Hour. Start your Crawl right with a bookish happy hour.
🕕 7:00 p.m. TORCH Showcase presented by TORCH Literary Arts. TORCH featured authors and friends will read new works across poetry and memoirs.
🕕8:00 p.m. Noir at the Bar. A round of hip, hard-boiled, nitty-gritty noir readings by crime fiction authors.


📍 1813 E 6th St Austin, TX
🕕 7:00 p.m. Literary Death Match. Four authors. Three judges. Two finalists. One champion. All kinds of hilarity in between.
🕕 8:30 p.m. Story Studio Chicago Presents Battle of the Craft Experts.


📍 1708 East 6th Street, Austin, TX
🕕 7:00 p.m. American Short Fiction Presents Dear Buffalo. Receive answers to your greatest questions about life and love, straight from the pages of bold and fresh literary works.
🕕 8:00 p.m. WLT Presents: Build a Story. For this one-of-a-kind event, join the Writers’ League of Texas and some of your favorite authors to build a story – sentence by sentence.


📍 1309 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, TX
🕕 7:30 p.m. Austin Bat Cave Presents: Story Department. At this event inspired by The Moth, talented storytellers riff on a theme.
🕕 8:30 p.m. Librotraficantes Presents: Banned Book Bash. Librotraficantes and allies flagrantly flout contraband prose from formerly banned books, currently banned books, or books so freakin’ good they are bound for banning in the future.

Shoutout to our amazing community partner for programming a Lit Crawl Austin for the books!

You asked. We’re delivering. Here are all of the amazing items you can find at the TBF Store Tent on site at the 2023 Te...
11/07/2023

You asked. We’re delivering. Here are all of the amazing items you can find at the TBF Store Tent on site at the 2023 Texas Book Festival this weekend! Items will be available at the start of the Festival: 11 a.m. on Saturday.

This year’s Festival Poster Image: COWBOY READING IN BIG BEND by artist will be available on posters, t-shirts, and tote bags (big enough for all of the Fest books you’ll be taking home!) Check out this year’s merch:

• 2023 Festival Image Poster (24" W x 21" H) ($25)
• 2023 Poster T-Shirt in Sand Dune ($25)
• 2023 Poster T-Shirt in Autumn Orange ($25)
• Shirts available in S, M, L, XL, & 2XL
• 2023 Poster Tote Bag ($20)

Superfans can look forward to vintage TBF merchandise making an appearance at the TBF Store as well! We’ll have vintage posters, poster t-shirts, water bottles, mugs, and umbrellas. Vintage merchandise for sale is contingent upon day-of availability.

📍The TBF Store will be located directly in front of the South grounds of the Texas State Capitol building on 11th Street and Congress Avenue.

💫Your purchase helps keep the Texas Book Festival free and open for all and supports our year-round outreach programs. Thank you.

❗️Please note that we cannot reserve any merchandise. We cannot guarantee that any merchandise will be available after Festival Weekend or that available merchandise can be shipped or held.

Today's Author Q&A is with 2023 Texas Book Festival featured author, Jamila Minnicks ():"My mother taught me to find peo...
11/07/2023

Today's Author Q&A is with 2023 Texas Book Festival featured author, Jamila Minnicks ():

"My mother taught me to find people wherever I was, to build community, and to tell our complete stories."

🔗 See the full Q&A in the link in our bio!

🗓️ You can see Jamila Minnicks discuss MOONRISE OVER NEW JESSUP at the 2023 Texas Book Festival this November 11–12.

Texas Book Festival is thrilled to partner with Austin Film Society to screen STORY & PICTURES BY from director Joanna R...
11/06/2023

Texas Book Festival is thrilled to partner with Austin Film Society to screen STORY & PICTURES BY from director Joanna Rudnick. The film follows three children’s authors and TBF alum Christian Robinson, Yuyi Morales, and Mac Barnett as they lead the new “golden age” of kids’ literature, taking us behind the scenes to meet the boundary-pushing process of creating the children’s picture books that provide windows and mirrors into the complicated mysteries of life.

The film will screen Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. ahead of Festival weekend at AFS Cinema (6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752)

🔗 Purchase tickets: https://www.austinfilm.org/screening/texas-book-festival-presents-story-and-pictures-by/
🎟️ TBF Followers can get $4 off at checkout with code TBF4OFF

We’re proud to feature bilingual programs in English and Spanish and to launch a slate of Spanish-language programming a...
11/02/2023

We’re proud to feature bilingual programs in English and Spanish and to launch a slate of Spanish-language programming at the Texas Book Festival.

📍 The Leamos: Latine/Hispanic Authors & Literature in Spanish Tent will feature engaging sessions for children and adults throughout the Festival weekend.

These sessions are in partnership with our friends . Find your next favorite book at Shop Escritoras in Exhibitor Tent #1 at the Texas Book Festival.

🔗 See the full schedule at www.texasbookfestival.org or at the link in our bio.

📚 Purchase your books ahead of the festival at www.bookpeople.com/texas-book-festival. Your purchase helps keep the Festival free and open for all.

📧 For timely Festival updates, subscribe to the TBF newsletter at www.texasbookfestival.org/subscribe or at the link in our bio.

Estamos orgullosos de presentar programas bilingües en Inglés y Español y de lanzar una programación en español en el Festival annual de Texas Book Festival.

📍 La Carpa Leamos: Autores Latinos/Hispanos y Literatura en Español contará con sesiones interesantes para niños y adultos durante todo el fin de semana del Festival.

Estas sesiones son en colaboración con nuestros amigos de . Encuentre su próximo libro favorito en Shop Escritoras en la Carpa Expositora #1 en el Texas Book Festival.

🔗 Mira el calendario completo en www.texasbookfestival.org o en el enlace de nuestra biografía.

📚 Compra tus libros antes del Festival en www.bookpeople.com/texas-book-festival. Tu compra ayuda a mantener el Festival gratuito y abierto para todos.

📧 Para obtener actualizaciones oportunas del Festival, suscríbase al boletín de TBF en www.texasbookfestival.org/subscribe o en el enlace de nuestra biografía.

Our partners at CapMetro are offering Texas Book Festival attendees free day passes!🔗 Request your pass using the form a...
11/01/2023

Our partners at CapMetro are offering Texas Book Festival attendees free day passes!

🔗 Request your pass using the form at the link in our bio by Wednesday, November 8.

The Texas Book Festival footprint is inside of and around the Texas State Capitol building at 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701 as well as in nearby tents on Congress Avenue and select venues nearby. Pass requests close Novemebr 8. You may request either a commuter or bus pass using the form. Quantities are limited.

🆓 Riders under the age of 18 and UT students ride free. Simply present a valid form of ID.

Today's Author Q&A is with 2023 Texas Book Festival featured author, Ehigbor Okosun ():"I wanted people to pick up this ...
11/01/2023

Today's Author Q&A is with 2023 Texas Book Festival featured author, Ehigbor Okosun ():

"I wanted people to pick up this book and see themselves in ways they might not have had the opportunity to before–to be complicated, multi-faceted people dealing with questions of power and empire and whether peace was possible in a world governed by chaos and hatred."

🔗 See the full Q&A at www.texasbookfestival.org

🗓️ You can see Okosun discuss FORGED BY BLOOD at the 2023 Texas Book Festival this November 11–12!

We’re thrilled to present an exciting lineup of sessions at Texas Reads at First United Methodist Church. These sessions...
10/31/2023

We’re thrilled to present an exciting lineup of sessions at Texas Reads at First United Methodist Church. These sessions, presented by , elevate Texas writers and stories.

🔗 See the full schedule at www.texasbookfestival.org or at the link in our bio.

📚 Purchase your books ahead of the festival at www.bookpeople.com/texas-book-festival. Your purchase helps keep the Festival free and open for all.

📧 For timely Festival updates, subscribe to the TBF newsletter at www.texasbookfestival.org/subscribe, or at the link in our bio.

There’s plenty of fantastic programming for young readers to look forward to at the 2023 Texas Book Festival. Stories on...
10/30/2023

There’s plenty of fantastic programming for young readers to look forward to at the 2023 Texas Book Festival. Stories on romance, horror, explorations of identity, traversing the avenues of young adulthood, and so much more await you.

For a full list of YA programming, visit the Texas Book Festival website at www.texasbookfestival.org or at the link in our bio, then select the YA PROGRAMMING button.

Purchase Festival books now through at the link in our bio or by going to www.bookpeople.com/texas-book-festival.

Thank you to for sponsoring the YA HQ Tent.

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