Austin's Texas Book Festival to go virtual in fall

The Texas Book Festival will take place virtually from Oct. 31 to Nov. 15. (Courtesy Bob Daemmrich Photography)
The Texas Book Festival will take place virtually from Oct. 31 to Nov. 15. (Courtesy Bob Daemmrich Photography)

The Texas Book Festival will take place virtually from Oct. 31 to Nov. 15. (Courtesy Bob Daemmrich Photography)

The Texas Book Festival, an event that normally brings tens of thousands of people to downtown Austin, will take place entirely online this fall.

Organizers announced two weeks of online programming will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 15. This is the first time since the event was created in 1995 that the event will not take place in person.


“Going virtual opens all sorts of doors for creative programming, author participation, and reader engagement,” TBF Literary Director Matthew Patin said in a media release. “Yes, converging downtown is out of the picture this fall, and we’d be lying if we said we won’t miss that in-person magic. But there’s plenty of magic to be found online, too."

According to the release, the 2020 festival will feature virtual events with more than 125 authors, including programming for adults and children.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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