Fall of each year finds thousands of writers, bibliophiles, volunteers, and other enthusiastic participants attending the events at the Texas Book Festival. This year the Festival runs October 26-27 on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. Festivities for all ages and literary preferences combine for an exceptional brew of authors, sponsors, literary characters, political pundits, and musicians. The annual return of this book fest continually creates buzz in the field of publishing with its slate of intriguing and entertaining authors. Served up this year is a menu to please the most discriminating readers. Among the 2013 headliners are Dan Balz, Jonathan Alter, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Nick Flynn, and Stephen Elliott. For a full authors list, click here.
Events at the Texas Book Festival are free and open to the public. A wide range of activities and events encompass book signings, readings, author panels, and festive street fair. Children's activities showcase storytelling and crafts. First-place winners of an annual Fiction Writing Contest open to all Texas middle and high school students are recognized at an awards ceremony. Another great event for youth is the Reading Rock Stars where economically-disadvantaged students get to interact with authors.
This year an added highlight of the Texas Book Festival comes with the Lit Crawl that will feature groundbreaking and popular writers on Saturday night, October 26th in venues situated along Austin’s East Side.
Festival authors have scheduled times in the Book Festival Tent where they autograph their books with all festival book sales benefiting Texas public libraries. Exhibitors at the Festival include booksellers, literary groups, publishers, nonprofit organizations, and related retailers. As with all Austin events, lively music and mouth-watering foods add spice to the festival.