The annual Texas Book Festival takes place October 26-27, 2019, in and around the Texas State Capitol. Free and open to the public, the 24th annual festival will feature more than 250+ nationally and critically recognized adult and children’s authors, 70+ exhibitors, local food trucks, family activities and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers. The festival has something for everyone!

Tayari Jones and authors speaking at Texas Book Festival in austin
Courtesy of Texas Book Festival.

Kids on Congress” is the place to be for families at the festival. So much for everyone from tots to teens to see and do – story times with famous picture book authors, hands-on craft activities and back-to-back panels with the most popular middle grade and YA authors in the country. Be sure to pick up a Kids Passport in the Children’s Activity Tent, get it stamped at the various activities and turn back in for a free tiny scoop of Amy’s Ice Creams.

For literary foodies, the Central Market Cooking Tent showcases phenomenal chefs with cooking demonstrations from their newest cookbooks. See the legendary James Beard Award-winning Aaron Franklin, of Franklin Barbecue, along with YouTube sensation and author Hannah Hart of My Drunk Kitchen, Eric Silverstein of Peached Tortilla and many more.

Nerdy night owls won’t want to miss Lit Crawl from 7-10 pm on Saturday, October 26 in the Red River Cultural District. An evening of literary game shows, poetry readings and live music in bars and music venues in the neighborhood. Lit Crawl is free for all attendees, and highlights a lineup of Festival authors and local non-profits and independent publishers.

Meet your favorite authors, discover new authors, and check out the exciting Texas literary scene!

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