Texas Book Festival
Various locations in and around the Capitol, October 27 & 28
by Avery Tanner
Photographs by Julia Keim
There’s nothing quite like holding a book in your hands, flipping through the pages, and being taken on a literary journey. Though we live in a constant state of hustle and bustle, reading remains a window into the greater world around us. The Texas Book Festival takes over the Capitol and its surrounding environs on October 27 and 28 to celebrate the written word, bringing notable authors from both near and far to Austin. This year’s lineup includes former White House photographer Pete Souza and former president of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, as well as local favorites like Helen Thompson and Casey Dunn. The two-day festival also includes a number of signings, cooking demonstrations, and activities for children. Most events are free, with proceeds from books sold during the festival benefitting the Reading Rock Stars program and the Library Grants initiative.
The mission of the Texas Book Festival is to promote a love of reading with people of all ages. With its long-standing status as one of the most prestigious book festivals in the country, the fest highlights local authors while celebrating some of the best-known writers of our time. The perfect place for Austin book lovers to unite!