The 23rd Texas Book Festival will take place Oct. 27 and 28 in and around the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin, it was announced Wednesday.
The 2017 Festival Weekend was the most successful on record, with 50,000 attendees and about 300 authors coming together on November 4 and 5, 2017.
The annual First Edition Literary Gala, which took place Nov. 3 of last year, raised more than $630,000 for the nonprofit organization and its literacy programs. Additionally in 2017, the TBF gave more than $100,000 in grants to Texas public libraries, and through its Reading Rock Stars literacy program, provided more than 9,300 books to students in Title I schools.
During the 2017 Festival Weekend, the TBF hosted a book drive campaign to support Reading Rock Stars Houston and libraries affected by Hurricane Harvey. Attendees were encouraged to donate a Reading Rock Stars book for $15, and each gift was matched with a book donation from the Tocker Foundation and the Texas Book Festival for libraries whose collections were destroyed. Attendees made nearly 400 donations, resulting in nearly 1,200 books for Reading Rock Stars and Houston/Gulf Coast libraries.
2017 also marked the first year of the organization’s partnership with BookPeople; book sales at the 2017 Festival were up 35% over the 2016 Festival.