This year’s Texas Book Festival, overtaking Austin’s Capitol grounds for the weekend of Oct. 25-26, will host more than 280 writers and their more or less freshly published books—the largest lineup in the festival’s storied 19 year history.
Since nobody could possibly take it all in—though please do have fun trying—a bit of guidance may be called for, and for that you’ve come to the right place.
Over the coming week we’ll be posting here a round-up of several dozen festival books the Observer has covered over the course of the past year (with links to the original reviews), a feature on independent Texas publishers represented at the festival, and a highly subjective collection of recommendations from Observer editors and writers.
We’ll be posting that material here between now and the festival’s opening day, so bookmark the page and check back often.
The Observer will be at the Texas Book Festival this year. Visit our booth (#403) for discounts on books, merchandise and subscriptions.
There must be a million ways to approach the 2014 Texas Book Festival. You could pick a theme and follow it around the Capitol grounds, for instance, or you could plant yourself in an extension room somewhere and watch whatever comes your way. Or you could compile a highly subjective, entirely idiosyncratic, don’t-even-bother-feeling-compelled-to-justify-it schedule of stuff that just plain strikes your fancy. Here’s ours.
Declaration of Independents
An estimated 40,000 literature lovers will descend on the Texas statehouse this weekend for the Texas Book Festival. For the state’s independent presses, there may be no better chance all year to court new readers. Read the full story.
The 2014 Texas Book Festival in Reviews
When the Texas Book Festival announced its 2014 lineup earlier this month, we were pleased, in the manner of the prescient, to note that the Observer has treated no fewer than 20 of these authors—plus one filmmaker—either online or in the magazine’s pages over the course of the last year or so.
If any of the following books or authors (listed below in alphabetical order) are on your must-see list this coming weekend, here’s a handy list of links to our review and the relevant Texas Book Festival event pages: