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Texas Book Festival Includes 300+ Authors & Exciting Literary Programming

The literary festival in Austin offers something for all interests and features a bevy of beloved authors

(photo courtesy of Texas Book Festival)

The 28th annual Texas Book Festival has a wonderful lineup of notable authors who will descend upon Austin November 11 – 12 for this premiere annual literary event. Held on the beautiful grounds of the Texas State Capitol and surrounding blocks of Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, the festival programming includes something for all ages and interests. Sessions with authors will be scheduled throughout the weekend, along with The First Edition Literary Gala, which will be held Nov. 9 at the Fairmont Austin.

Texas Book Festival

Free Programming + Ticketed Sessions

The Festival weekend is free and open to all, featuring more than 300 authors of the year’s best books across all ages and genres. Additionally, there are three ticketed sessions for authors Michael Cunningham, Roxane Gay, and Stacey Abrams. Ticket holders receive session and signing line access as well as a copy of the featured author’s book at their ticketed session. Also, take note that the annual Lit Crawl Austin will take place on Saturday, November 11, starting in the early evening in East Austin.

“We’re honored to feature 300 incredible authors in Austin at the Texas Book Festival this fall,” says TBF Literary Director Hannah Gabel. “Our full lineup includes a diverse array of writers from across the globe, as well as a wide range of voices and talents from across Texas, which comprises about a third of our full program. As an organization that supports the freedom to read without restriction or censorship, we’re proud to present a festival program that includes something for everyone.”

Crowds enjoy to the 2022 Texas Book Festival (photo courtesy of Texas Book Festival)

Noteable Authors in this year’s Texas Book Festival lineup

Roxane Gay, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the author of bestselling books such as Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, Hunger: A Memoir of My Body, and Marvel’s World of Wakanda will be presenting her latest book, Opinions: A Decade of Arguments, Criticism, and Minding Other People’s Business. Opinions features Roxane Gay’s top nonfiction pieces from the last decade, covering diverse topics like politics, feminism, culture wars, civil rights, and more.

Ali Hazelwood, neuroscientist and No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Love, Theoretically and The Love Hypothesis, will present her young-adult romance novel Check & Mate – a story about life’s moving pieces and bringing rival chess players together in a match for the heart.

Angie Kim, author of the critically acclaimed novel Miracle Creek, which was named “best book of the year” by Time, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews and the TODAY show, will present her second novel, Happiness Falls, at this year’s festival.

Rachel Renée Russell No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Dork Diaries, an international blockbuster series chronicling the life and misadventures of middle school students –will showcase the 15th volume of the Dork Diaries series, titled Tales from a Not-So-Posh Paris Adventure.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, whose The Man Who Could Move Clouds was named a best book of the year by TIME, People, NPR, Vanity Fair and the Boston Globe, will present her award-winning memoir.

Steven Rowley, New York Times bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, will present his latest release, The Celebrants, a TODAY Show Read With Jenna Book Club pick. Rowley is also known for his book The Editor, named by NPR as one of the best books of 2019, and The Guncle, a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for 2021 novel of the year and winner of the 22nd Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Tim O’Brien, recipient of the 2013 Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing and author of modern classic The Things They Carried, will debut his first book in almost two decades, America Fantastica. The novel is a satirical work of fiction in which a bank robbery by a disgraced journalist sparks a cross-country chase through a nation corroded by shameless delusion and deceit.

Héctor Tobar, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of bestsellers Deep Down Dark and The Barbarian Nurseries, will promote his new book, Our Migrant Souls, about the twenty-first-century Latino experience and identity.

Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Up First” podcast,will emcee this year’s gala. Gala proceeds make it possible for TBF to bring books and authors to 14,000 students in Title I schools every year, award grants to Texas public libraries, and keep the annual festival free and open to the public.

2019 Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival weekend includes authors at readings, panel discussions and signings; exhibitor booths and food vendors; and family activities.

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