5 Fab Reasons to Flip To the 2018 Texas Book Festival

by Bebe Brown on October 25, 2018 in Living Texas, Austin, What I'm Reading,

The ACL of the book world is going on this weekend, October 27-28, in downtown Austin. So, grab everyone in your family (it’s super family friendly) and head to Congress Avenue and the Capitol. 

Most of the events are free, there’s music and food trucks as well as books and authors, plus they’ve brought together tons of activities to Congress Avenue for Kids on Congress, a jam-packed thoroughfare of kids events and entertainment! We asked Texas Book Festival Executive Director Lois Kim, for her top five festival picks. Here’s what she said.

The Texas Book Festival is super kid-friendly. Courtesy photo

The Tents on Congress Avenue

After all the wet, cold weather, this weekend looks as if it’s going to be perfect to be outside. And there’s even more going on outdoors programming this year, with programming at two new tents: the Kirkus Reviews Tent (schedule here) and Eighth + Congress (schedule here).

Taking place in the heart of downtown Austin, the Texas Book Festival gets people of all ages excited about books. Courtesy photo

Edward Lee and Chris Ying (Central Market Tent, Saturday, 2:00pm)

Breaking Bread and Building Community: Edward Lee and Chris Ying bring extensive experience and passion for food to two new books celebrating the unique culinary traditions that constitute the American food landscape. Together, they discuss the way that immigrants have impacted the food we eat and what we call American cuisine. Moderator: Addie Broyles

Take a stroll on Congress Avenue this weekend and you will find one of the largest book festivals in the country, with 250+ authors in attendance. Courtesy photo

Educator Sessions, including

Humor in the Classroom (Capitol Extension, Saturday, 11am)

Everyone’s favorite laugh-out-loud genius, Mac Barnett, is here to talk about getting your kids smiling, giggling, and snorting with laughter in the classroom.

Using Picture Books to Help Teach History (Capitol Extension, Sunday, 11:30am)

Sometimes seeing is believing and picture books are the ticket to comprehension for some our trickiest state standards. Join Chris Barton and Don Tate for a conversation about bringing non-fiction to life using picture books.

Get up close with nationally and critically recognized adult and children’s authors in the book-signing tents. Courtesy photo

Tayari Jones & Luis Alberto Urrea in Conversation (Kirkus Reviews Tent, Sunday, 3:00pm)

Family is at the heart of two of this year’s major new novels: An American Marriage, the runaway bestseller and Oprah Book Club pick, and the bestseller The House of Broken Angels, by Luis Alberto Urrea. Join these two novelists for a deep discussion of the ties that bind.

The Texas Book Festival is free and open to the public around the Capitol and on Congress Avenue this weekend, October 27-28. Courtesy photo

An Evening with Pete Souza (Long Center, Sunday 6:00pm) Note: this is a ticketed event

The Texas Book Festival is partnering with The Long Center for Performing Arts to host an evening with the chief official White House photographer for President Obama and #1 New York Times bestselling author Pete Souza. Tickets are available through the Long Center and include a copy of Shade, Souza’s new book.


Texas Book Festival October 27-28 2018, Austin