Get ready, y’all…it’s Texas Book Festival time!

28th September 2011

Ok, so maybe I’m just reinforcing the hick-ish view of Texans by this title post, but I am super excited about this year’s book festival. Texas Book Festival is an annual event in Austin, and this year it will be on October 22 and 23. Austin in the fall is fantastic, not too hot and not too cold. Plus, the line-up is, as always, spectacular. Some big names this year are Lev Grossman, Libba Bray, Tom Perrotta, Chuck Palahniuk, Ernest Cline, Marcia Clark, Sarah Dessen, and many others. My favorite part, though, is just being in an art-friendly town with other people who truly appreciate books.

Some of the personal highlights of past festivals including hearing Margaret Atwood speak in a fantastic old theater and listening to “Literature on the Lam,” a great panel with four new-to-me nonfiction authors talking about their books on John Wilkes Booth, James Earl Ray, Al Capone, and El Chapo. My mom and dad have come along the last two years, and it’s just really fun. The proceeds from the festival go to the event itself and to literacy and library projects across Texas.

Aside from the bookish environment, one of my favorite parts of last year’s festival was getting to meet other bloggers! It was the first time I met any book bloggers in real life. Amanda from The Zen Leaf organized the blogger meet up, but I don’t think she will be there this year. I wanted to see who might be interested in getting together and when. I will go up Friday afternoon, so I would be available for drinks Friday evening or possibly lunch on Saturday.

Check your schedule, and leave me a comment if you’re interested. And Feminist Texican and Indie Reader Houston… you better be there!

  • Cassandra Neace

    I hope to go up Saturday. I think I’ll just be there for the day, so we may have to try for lunch. I’ll let you know if I can make it on Friday.

    • Ok! Can’t wait. Let me know for sure. Just text or call once you’ve made your plans.

  • Have a great time! After BEA this year, I realized that I prefer the smaller bookish state-run festivals so something like this would be more my speed. Well, at least I thought that until I finally met everyone at the Book Blogger Convention! So have a great time meeting everyone and can’t wait to read your posts!

    • Yes – I prefer them as well, though the further I get from BEA, the more I want to go back!

  • Trish

    🙁 Would love to join y’all but that’s readathon day and it always comes first (especially when a 3.5 hour drive is involved). Can’t wait to hear your report, though!

    • I understand. I haven’t been able to join in a readathon yet. Maybe in the spring.

      It’s a 4.5 hour drive for me, but I always have such a great time. I love it all – the atmosphere, the books, the authors, the bloggers, the city. Fantastic. Plus, it’s getting to be a family tradition because my mom and dad meet up and go with me.

      Have a great readathon. I’ll look forward to catching your cheering video!