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.