The Texas Book Festival will hold a hybrid festival in fall 2021, featuring both in-person and online events, festival planners announced May 17. It will run from Oct. 25-31, with online events ramping up to the weekend's in-person activities held at the Texas Capitol and on Congress Avenue, including the annual First Edition Literary Gala to be held Oct. 29.

The festival was held virtually in 2020 due to health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Festival-goers have shared with us how eager they are to see us return downtown, safety permitting,” said Matthew Patin, literary director for the festival. “Encouraged by growing vaccination numbers and only after many conversations with authors, publishers, attendees, partners, other event organizations and the city of Austin, we’re eager as well. We’ll never abandon what we learned about virtual, though—readers told us they enjoyed that, too. Stepping into the hybrid space provides everyone the opportunity to participate in a big, vibrant, diverse festival program."

An lineup of authors has not yet been announced. The 2020 lineup included Matthew McConaughey, Isabel Wilkersoon, Natasha Trethewey and other prominent figures in publishing.

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