Texas Book Festivals 2017
NOTE: TBA links may have out-dated information.
MARCH 4: NORTH TEXAS TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL, IRVING
The NORTH TEXAS TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL strives to connect our reading community, adding dimension to the reading experience through diverse author panels and dynamic discussions in a safe and fun environment.
MARCH 6-12: WRITEFEST, HOUSTON
Writefest’s weeklong festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Thursday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by writers and literary journal editors, a Literary Journal Fair, and author readings.
MARCH 9-12: TEXAS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL, DENTON
APRIL 1: TEENBOOKCON, HOUSTON
TeenBookCon focuses on connecting TEENS with authors. Author announcements for TeenBookCon 2017 will begin in December 2016.
APRIL 3-8: BAYOU CITY BOOK FESTIVAL, HOUSTON
Author applications open
This is a new initiative of Lone Star College’s Center for Civic Engagement. The Center desires to effectively and efficiently integrate literacy and literary works within the lives of their students and the wider Houston-area.
APRIL 6-9: AUSTIN INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL, AUSTIN
APRIL 8: SAN ANTONIO BOOK FESTIVAL, SAN ANTONIO
Exhibitor registration open
SABF, by the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Books are brought to life through author presentations, panel discussions, and children’s activites.
APRIL 15: NORTH TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL, DENTON
Author registration open
The North Texas Book Festival, Inc. was organized in 2000 by a group of individuals, led by children’s author Lynn Sheffield Simmons, to help school and public libraries and literacy programs in the North Texas area.
APRIL 19-22: TEXAS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE, SAN ANTONIO
TLA proudly presents the largest statewide library conference in the country. Featured speakers, attending authors, unit meetings, and other conference highlights and events will be added to the conference website and broadcast on TLA social media as finalized. Meanwhile, start planning your visit to San Antonio for TLA 2017.
APRIL 21-23: POETRY AT ROUND TOP, ROUND TOP
Registration opens in February
This annual festival presents the nation’s most exciting and prominent poets over three days of readings, workshops, and conversations on craft. Located on the gorgeous Festival Hill campus between Austin and Houston.
JUNE 8-10: CHILDREN’S ART & LITERACY FESTIVAL, ABILENE
The CALF showcases our arts groups and beautiful historic downtown, and promotes art and literacy. This year the festival celebrates the art of Garth Williams.
JUNE 24: AUSTIN BLACK BOOK FESTIVAL, AUSTIN
The Austin African American Book Festival works to promote empowerment through literature. We are a community event that brings readers and writers together and produces and facilitates collaboration, dialogue, creativity and activism.
AUGUST TBA: EAST TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL, TYLER
OCTOBER 7-8: WORDFEST, WACO
WordFest is a festival within a festival, part of the Waco Cultural Arts Fest, offering an exciting variety of events for written & spoken-word artists of all ages, styles, languages, genres, and levels.
OCTOBER 26-28: NATIONAL BLACK BOOK FESTIVAL, HOUSTON
Author registration open
The National Black Book Festival (NBBF) is an annual event, sponsored by Cushcity.com, the world’s largest African-American retailer online. The event attracts a wide array of authors, publishers, book clubs, libraries and individual readers from the Southwest U.S. and nationwide. The 10th annual National Black Book Festival will be held at Fallbrook Church, 12512 Walters Rd., in Northwest Houston and is sponsored by Cushcity.com, one of the leading Web sites promoting African-American literature.
FALL TBA: WEST TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL, ABILENE
Don’t miss the week-long celebration of authors & books in Abilene in the annual festival that connects the community with a host of literary events. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Abilene Reporter-News. Most events are FREE to attend, with the exception of the Cookbook Gala, Culinary Cuisine Luncheon, and the Boots & Books Luncheon.
FALL TBA: LAREDO BOOK FESTIVAL, LAREDO
FALL TBA: TWEENS READ, HOUSTON