Weekend of Reading

Texas Book Festival announces 2013 author lineup

Texas Book Festival announces 2013 author lineup

Texas Book Festival
Author signings, cooking, live music, and kayaking are just a few of the book fest events that fall outside the realm of panels and readings. Courtesy photo
Texas Capitol building
Forty thousand people will invade the Capitol for the 18th annual Texas Book Festival. Photo courtesy of Texas Legislature Online
Texas Book Festival
Texas Capitol building

From the Jones Center rooftop on September 10, the Texas Book Festival held a special sneak peek event for friends and festival coordinators, announcing to an eager crowd the 2013 author lineup and revealing this year's official poster design, featuring a very Texas shot of a wide-open West Texas road by photographer Randal Ford.

From October 26 and 27 at the State Capitol, more than 225 authors will read, chat, cook and even sing for an expected crowd of 40,000 adults and kids at the 18th annual Texas Book Festival.

This year, festival headliners include such recognizable names as:

- Reza Aslan (Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth)
- Mark Leibovich (This Town)
- R.L Stine (Goosebumps)
- Lawrence Wright (Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief)
- Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
- Jonathan Lethem (Dissident Gardens)
- Kami Garcia (Unbreakable)
- Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings)
- A.M. Homes (May We Be Forgiven)

As in years past, and in true Austin fashion, the weekend will be full of events outside of the typical reading-and-panel format, including rousing spirituals performed in the music tent by author James McBride (The Good Lord Bird), a kayak outing with Kevin Fedarko (The Emerald Mile) and authors toasting, hanging and reading at various East Sixth Street venues as part of the third annual LitCrawl on October 26.

The Texas Book Festival, founded in 1995 by former U.S. and Texas first lady Laura Bush and a group of volunteers, is free and open to the public. Taking over the grounds of the State Capitol each year, 1,000 plus volunteers work to give Texans and visitors from around the country a chance to indulge in a weekend of reading, listening and lounging on the lush Capitol grounds. The event celebrates and promotes authors and their contributions to a culture of literacy, ideas and imagination.

The full lineup listing all 225 authors is available here. Use the Texas Book Festival wesbite to stay informed on scheduling and start planning your weekend of literature. For information about volunteering, visit here.