As the debris is still being cleaned up in the aftermath of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, there is yet another festival in town this weekend. The Texas Book Festival convenes in the hallowed halls of the State Capitol building October 16 and 17.
The Texas Book Festival is an Austin event started in 1995 by former librarian and First Lady Laura Bush. The former first lady has always been a literacy advocate and started the ball rolling on the Texas festival to honor Texas writers and promote the love of reading.
The two-day event is free and open to the public in the unique venue of the Texas State Capitol buildings and grounds, as well as other iconic buildings in the area like the Paramount Theatre. The Austin Children’s Museum will host special events for children’s authors. The weather forecast is perfect for the nearly 50,000 people expected to attend the event this weekend.
From golf enthusiasts to wine lovers to writers, there is a little something for everyone at the festival. This year will feature over 200 authors, like event founder Laura Bush, acclaimed New York Times columnist Eugene Robinson and young adult author Meg Cabot.
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