The Texas Book Festival just got a little more local.
Fans look on as R.L. Stine speaks about his career with Edward Carey at the The Paramount theater during the Texas Book Festival on Sunday, Nov.6, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMANRicardo Brazziell
Starting in 2017, BookPeople will serve as the official and main bookseller for the Texas Book Festival, a role that was previously held by Barnes and Noble, festival representatives announced Tuesday.
Additionally, for the first time ever, people who cannot attend the Festival will be able to pre-order signed copies of select Festival authors’ books and pick them up at BookPeople after the Festival Weekend or have them shipped anywhere in the world.
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BookPeople will partner with TBF year-round as the bookseller for literary events, including the 2017 Festival Weekend, the Texas Book Festival Gala, and any TBF events in Austin at which book sales will occur.
The 2017 TBF lineup will feature roughly 275 writers, including journalists, artists, scientists, and more.
Book sales for participating writers will be available at a main adult book sales tent, a children’s book sales tent, and a cooking tent.
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There will also be book sales at designated indoor venues, including First Baptist Church, the Omni Hotel, First United Methodist Church, and Central Presbyterian Church.
A percentage of book sales from the Festival Weekend will go back to TBF to support its mission and programs.
Beyond the Festival Weekend, BookPeople and TBF will partner often on year-round events, including a day of sales at BookPeople where a percentage of sales for the day will benefit a specific TBF outreach program.
Spread throughout the grounds of the State Capitol and along Congress Avenue, the 2017 Texas Book Festival Weekend will take place on November 4 and 5.