It’s fall festival season again, and this year I’m wrapped up in fond memories. Even though I won’t be able to attend this year, Texas Book Festival and its YA-focused companion were both high points of my journey through 2014. It’s a shame I only decided to attend them the year before I moved out of state . . . So dear book lovers, if you are going to be anywhere near Austin TX this fall, and have any modicum of interest in either of these two events, I encourage you to go! And if you’re particularly excited, I also encourage you to volunteer. Volunteering is one of the best ways to quickly get to the core of what an event stands for. Volunteering at the TTBF last year is something I would do again and again, had I the chance. Don’t get me started, I could talk for days about it.
This year, the event takes place on October 17-18. It’s got a really cool atmosphere. While finding parking is a nightmare downtown, TBF actually blocks off several major roads by the capitol building to make room for the immense setup. Tents everywhere! Filled with books, booths, authors, and more. And there are food trucks! (Amy’s Ice Creams will be there, and that’s basically reason enough to go.)
The author lineup this year includes Adam Silvera, Taye Diggs, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem, M.T. Anderson, and Lemony Snicket. At night on October 17, be sure to check out Litcrawl Austin, an event centered around world’s best pair: literature and alcohol.
Overachievers, sign up to volunteer here.
Don’t miss out on this one, you guys.
This year, TTBF takes place on September 26, returning to the beautiful St Edwards University campus. It’s much smaller than TBF, but no less grand. Buses of high school students come to see their favorite authors speak and sign books, and their enthusiasm gives the event an incredible energy.
Anyone who has a problem with today’s youth clearly hasn’t been to the Texas Teen Book Festival, where TEENS actually get excited about BOOKS. No, I’m not kidding you. It’s such a familiar phenomenon to me that I sometimes forget how invisible the intellectual teenager is to most of society.
Check out authors like Jenny Han, Nicola Yoon, David Levithan and Libba Bray, and don’t forget to stop by and get some new reading material from BookPeople.
Overachievers, volunteer by signing up here.
That’s all I’ve got for today, but I hope everyone has been enjoying the end of the summer season and for many, the start of new semesters! 🙂