The annual Texas Book Festival (TBF) takes place October 23–31 (online) and October 30–31 (Austin Central Library & Symphony Square), in a hybrid virtual and in-person format. Free and open to the public, the 26th annual festival will feature more than 125 authors participating in virtual sessions, including programming for adults, young adults, middle-grade readers and children. The festival has fun and engaging events for readers of all ages and interests!
The 2021 Festival will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, Michener Center for Writers instructor Elizabeth McCracken, bestselling novelist and 2016 Kirkus Prize finalist Amor Towles, National Medal of Arts recipient and 2005 Texas Writer Award recipient Sandra Cisneros, bestselling children’s author R. J. Palacio, and many more. Check out a sneak peak of the lineup at texasbookfestival.org
Founded in 1995 by Laura W. Bush, a former librarian and then First Lady of Texas, along with Mary Margaret Farabee and a dedicated group of volunteers, the TBF set out to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading, and benefit the state’s public libraries. The first Festival took place in November 1996 and has grown into one of the nation’s premier literary events.
Credit Bob Daemmrich Photography.
Texas Teen Book Festival will take place during the Virtual Texas Book Festival and will feature conversations with acclaimed Young Adult authors aimed at teenage readers. From October 23-24, authors will appear in readings, panels and Q&As. Past featured authors include National Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo and New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone. Check back for the full schedule this fall and plan to buy your books online thanks to BookPeople, Texas Book Festival's partner bookseller.
Children's Authors & Events
Tune in to the virtual children's programming from October 23-24, before a special event with children's picture book authors at Symphony Square in downtown Austin. The Virtual Festival will include a robust, diverse lineup of established, emerging and debut literary talent for readers of all ages. 2020 children's author appearances included acclaimed authors and illustrators such as Sam Wedelich, Anna Meriano, Don Tate and Meena Harris along with the Texas Blue Bonnet awards and more.
Hear from authors across genres in free Q&As, conversations and readings from October 25-31. Enjoy cooking demonstrations from authors and local chefs, sharing recipes from new books. Hear from featured authors in adult fiction and nonfiction, Whiting Award Winners in Poetry and much more. All attendees can attend sessions online along with special in-person adult programming at the Austin Central Library on October 31. All are welcome to visit the virtual Exhibitor Marketplace, which features book publishers both big and small, university presses, booksellers, independent authors and an array of items for the literary shopper. Check back for the full schedule this fall.
Nerdy night owls won’t want to miss Lit Crawl, at Symphony Square on October 30. The annual event includes storytelling sessions, spoken-word performances and themed discussions.
Get to know your favorite authors, discover new authors and check out the exciting Texas literary scene!
For more information on the Texas Book Festival, please visit www.texasbookfestival.org and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @texasbookfest.
Photo of author reading at Lit Crawl, courtesy of Texas Book Festival.