Last month, the Texas Book Festival revealed the largest lineup in its 19-year history, promising over 275 authors in two days at the Texas State Capitol grounds. Now that the official schedule has been announced (and is live on the TBF website as of this afternoon), we are happy to report that the weekend of October 25-26 is shaping up quite nicely for all you book nerds.
Beyond the jam-packed days of author panels and readings, there will be two days of live music, cooking demonstrations and kid-friendly activities, like a Storybook Character Fashion Show, which will be held Saturday, October 25, at 11 am in the Children’s Activity Tent. (“Come dressed as your favorite storybook character and walk the runway!”)
For all the headlining authors you’re excited to see, like chef Lidia Bastianich, Martin Amis and Joyce Carol Oates, now you know the exact time and place to catch them. (And you can start planning out just how early you will need to get in line.)
The schedule also fills us in on who will be chatting with who. Multiple author panels are a festival favorite of ours, and this year promises to be full of one-of-a-kind, thoughtful conversations between diverse authors. Colson Whitehead and Doug Swanson will be discussing the thrill of poker, Tiphanie Yanique and Jess Row will look at the intersection of race and identity, and brilliant debut author Mira Jacob (The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing) will chat with emerging authors Vanessa Manko and Malcolm Brooks.
Yup, it’s going to be a good weekend. And with a record-breaking amount of authors heading to town, it’s never too early to start poring over the schedule and plotting out how to catch as many of them as you can.
The 2014 festival is free and open to the public. Visit the Texas Book Festival website to view the full list of 2014 authors and schedule, as well as information about attending, volunteering and purchasing tickets for the gala.