OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 15, 2020

The Texas Book Festival will go entirely virtual for our 25th anniversary, as the primary concern is keeping readers and authors safe. Due to concerns surrounding in-person gatherings in light of COVID-19, the 2020 virtual Texas Book Festival will now take place October 31 through November 15. Moving to an all-virtual Festival has allowed festival organizers to expand the annual Festival weekend to two full weeks of virtual programming. This could allow the Festival to reach more people who can attend events from the comfort and safety of their living rooms, near and far.

While festival goers won't crowd the grounds of the Texas State Capitol and along Congress Avenue in Austin this year, the Festival's mission of bringing together readers and authors to celebrate books and literacy is, in some ways, more important than ever. Books help keep us connected, after all, and fans can now stay connected over two weeks of author panels and interviews, readings, and more.

This year’s virtual Festival will feature more than 125 authors, including programming for adults, young adults, middle-grade readers, and children.

Get the full festival schedule here.

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  • Name: Texas Book Festival
  • The Texas Book Festival (TBF) began with a simple purpose: to bring authors and readers together in a celebration of literature and literacy. Founded in 1995 by Laura Bush (a former librarian and then First Lady of Texas), Mary Margaret Farabee, and a dedicated group of volunteers, the TBF set out to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading, and benefit the state’s public libraries. The first Festival took place in November 1996 and is now one of the nation’s premier annual literary events, featuring 300 authors of the year’s best books and drawing 50,000 book lovers.