The Capitol and surrounding grounds will be packed the entire weekend of November 5 and 6 thanks to the 21st Annual Texas Book Festival. Known for connecting authors and readers through experiences that celebrate the culture of literacy, ideas and imagination, this year’s festival weekend includes tons of heavy hitters like Don DeLillo, Emma Cline, Thomas Dolby, Francine Prose, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Diana Kennedy, Padma Lakshmi, Amor Towles and more.

Man browses book at the Texas Book Festival

More than 280 writers, including chefs, actors and more, are part of the 2016 lineup. One of the nation’s premier literary events and longest-running book festivals in the country, the festival continues to be free and open to the public thanks to sponsors and volunteers. Additionally, the festival brings more than 40,000 attendees, live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, book signings and sales and 100 exhibitors in and around the State Capitol over two full days. Don't miss local authors Sarah Bird, Ed Ward, Andrea Valdez and the co-authors of The Taco Cleanse (we think they're on to something here...).

The weekend kicks off with the First Edition Literary Gala, featuring actor-authors Ethan Hawke and Diane Guerrero; acclaimed journalist and novelist Carl Hiaasen; and chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson as presenters. Children’s book writer Jon Scieszka will emcee this year’s gala, to be held on Friday, November 4 at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin.

The 2016 Texas Book Festival is co-presented by H-E-B and AT&T. Other major sponsors can be found on the website. For more information on the Texas Book Festival, please visit and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @texasbookfest.