So much happens at the Texas Book Festival! Here are details on three special things happening Saturday, Oct. 27:
This year, Oct. 27 is a particularly packed day, with three big events happening downtown. The producers of those events — the book festival, the Austin Film Festival, and Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva la Vida Festival and Parade — have teamed up to offer a full day of family-friendly culture and activities.
Live music, children’s art activities, retail booths and food will be available along Congress Avenue from Fourth Street to the Capitol.
At 2 p.m., the Texas Book Festival and Mexic-Arte will present author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson, Newbery Medal winners of “Last Stop On Market Street,” for a reading and signing of their new picture book, “Carmela Full of Wishes,” at the festival’s Education Pavilion (at the Frost Bank Tower patio on Fourth and Congress).
The three organizations will host a free public screening of Pixar’s Academy Award-winning “Coco” at 4 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, which will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s co-writer, Matthew Aldrich.
But what about parking? One can park for free at six different branch library locations and ride a bus for free with a Transit Day Pass.
Go to the front desk at any of the participating branch libraries between noon and 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 to get a free Capital Metro Day Pass and a Travel Guide. Participating branches: Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road (Routes 3, 803); Pleasant Hill, 211 East William Cannon Drive (Routes 1, 801); Little Walnut Creek, 835 West Rundberg Lane (Routes 1, 801); Ruiz, 1600 Grove Blvd. (Route 20); Carver, 1161 Angelina St. (Routes 2, 6); and Southeast, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Road (Route 7).
Austin360 Book Club
Our new Austin360 Book Club is reading “Good as Gone” by Austin writer Amy Gentry in October, and we are excited to present a live chat and book discussion with Gentry at the fest. Readers can join us at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 in the State Capitol, Capitol Extension Room 2.012, followed by a book signing in the Adult Signing Tent on Congress Avenue. For those who can't attend, Austin360 will stream the discussion live on Facebook. And you can join our virtual book club anytime: Search for Austin360 Book Club on Facebook. We will announce November's selection at the end of our October discussion.
Lit Crawl Austin
For the eighth year, Texas Book Festival joins the San Francisco-based Litquake to present a literary bar crawl at various venues on Austin’s east side starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Stops will feature performances, games, trivia, storytelling and more. See the schedule in this section and on the festival website.