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The Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination.

The Texas Book Festival was established in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of literacy. Mrs. Bush created a task force to plan the book festival to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading and serve to benefit the state's public libraries. The first Festival took place at the Capitol in November 1996.

The signature event has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and takes place in and around the State Capitol in Austin, hosting more than 250 authors each year. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, vendors from across the state, children's activities, YA authors, and purchasing books in the Festival's tents. While remaining an important showcase for the work of Texas authors, TBF hosts important writers from all over the world and has earned a national reputation for the quality of its programming and its appeal to readers, authors, and publishers alike.

The Texas Book Festival is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and takes place in Austin, Texas at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds. We hope you will join us on October 26 and 27, 2013 for this exciting literary event.

The Festival is a non-profit organization. We welcome your contributions to help provide this popular annual event, year-round literary events, literacy programs, and grants to Texas public libraries.  Donate online or at the Merchandise Tent at the Festival. We are grateful for your support of literature, libraries and literacy in Texas!

Authors will sign books 15 minutes after the end of their session. The Book Signing Tent is located at the intersection of Congress and 10th Streets. The Children’s Book Signing Tent is located at the intersection of Colorado & 13th Streets.

Food and beverages will be available on 11th Street and Congress Avenue at various local food vendor booths, as well as on Congress Avenue and 10th Streets. The Capitol Grill in the Capitol Extension (Level E1) will also be open for lunch and snacks.


The Festival will be held on October 26 and 27 at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds, and offers exhibitors a great opportunity to showcase their products or services to a large audience of book lovers. The exhibitor tents are located along the west side of the Texas State Capitol on Colorado Street. Advertised and promoted nationally, the Festival attracted more than 30,000 attendees in 2012.

If the 2013 Texas Book Festival is important to your business, act now and make the appropriate connections. See the contact information below.

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Conference/Event Dates: 10/26/2013 - 10/27/2013
Classification: Consumer
Primary Industry: Book - Literary Art Fairs
Other Industries: Book - Literary Art Fairs, Local Shows & Fairs
Estimated Attendance: 40,000
Audience: Open to the Public
Venue: State Capitol Building
Venue Phone: (512) 463-5495
Venue Type: Indoor - Other
Number of Exhibitors:90+ (2012) (Previous Year)
Show Owner:Texas Book Festival
Show Manager:Texas Book Festival
Sponsorship: Yes
Sponsorship Details:

Booth Size Booth Cost   Available Amenities
10' x 10' Standard $850.00   Electricity: Yes - Unknown Price
10' x 10' Additional Booths $750   Water: n/a
10' x 10' Non Profit $450   Generator: n/a
Non Profit Table $150   Marketing Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Other Booth Sizes Available: n/a

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2012 Exhibitors & Vendor:

Academy for Global Studies
Artifex Equipment, Inc.
Asatte Press
Austin Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Austin Center for Photography
Austin Community College
Austin Dog Alliance
Austin Public Library Friends Foundation/Austin Public Library
Barefoot Books
Black Rose Writing
Book Woman
Bright Sky Press
Capital City Scribes
Cardboard Box Adventures
Chapter Bookmarkers
Christian Science Reading Room
Cinco Puntos Press
Culture Map
Divine Canines
Don Blevins
Essilor Vision Foundation
First-Book Austin
Former Texas Rangers Foundation
Grey Gecko Press
Harry Ransom Center
Haymarket Books
Heritage Language
Host Publications
Indie Austin/Never Heard of 'Em
Invisible & Voiceless - Martha Caso
Javelina Books
Las Comadres Para Las Americas
LifeWorks Literacy Program
Linda A.W. King, author
Lucid Dreams by LV Tamez
Meem's Little World
Mercury/Read to Lead
Mysteries By Vincent
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Novel-T Literary Jerseys
On the Avenue Marketing
On the Avenue Marketing
Out In Left
Penguin Group (USA)
Penguin Group (USA)
Pennyworth Books
Publishing Program
ReadWest Foundation, Inc.
Russ Hall & Sylvia Dickey Smith, Author
Seebridge Media
SGI-USA Buddhist Organization
St. Edwards
Stanley Publishing Co.
State Farm Insurance
TCU Press
Texas A&M University Press Consortium
Texas Center for the Book
Texas Folklore Society
Texas General Land Office
Texas Highways Magazine
Texas Library Association
Texas Municipal Courts Education Center
Texas State Historical Association
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Texas Tech University Press
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas
The History Press
The Texas Observer
The University of Texas School of Information
The Wittliff Collections
The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Toastmasters District 55
University of Texas Press
University of North Texas
Useful Wild Plants, Inc.
Violet Crown Publishers
Waterloo Press
Western Writers of America
Wings Press and Southwest School of Art
Women's Storybook Project of Texas
Write No Wrong LLC
Writers' League of Texas

Food Vendors

Amy's Ice Cream
Corn Dog Man
Crepe Crazy
Hot Dog Almighty
O's Campus Café
Ruby's BBQ
Snowie Shaved Ice

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