Sure, we lap up the speeches, panels and cooking demonstrations, and intensely browse the Texas Book Festival’s big top, which handles sales of the latest volumes by featured authors. Yet we also spend a great deal of time in the exhibitors’ tents, where one can unearth the latest treasures from bookstores, small presses, author groups and independent writers. Here's a guide to some of the people and places that will be represented at this most literary of bazaars. Take it slowly and enjoy.

Selected 2019 Texas Book Festival exhibitors

Alamo Bay Press: A rarity these days: an ambitious publisher of books with “high literary merit that celebrate life, the arts and progressive causes.” (Pavilion Tent)

Austin American-Statesman: Yes, your daily newspaper is part of this carnival of reading and writing. Also stop by the Austin360 writing wall and add your creative touch. (Congress Avenue)

Austin Community College: The creative writing department at ACC is always up to something interesting. Meet the authors of the future. (Exhibitor Tent No. 1)

Austin Public Library: With the opening of its new central location on the lake, the city’s library system has reenergized its entire line of activity. (Exhibitor Tent No. 1)

Austin Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators: The Austin chapter of the respected professional group is always worth your time. (Exhibitor Tent No. 2)

Baylor University Press: Many large universities have given up on publishing, but Baylor perseveres, especially with books about faith and history. (Exhibitor Tent No. 3)

BookWoman: This Austin feminist bookstore is the longest-running exhibitor at the festival. (Exhibitor Tent No. 4)

Chronicle Books: No, not associated with the Austin Chronicle or the Houston Chronicle; it has been a San Francisco-based publisher of books for adults and children since 1967. (Exhibitor Tent No. 3)

Cinco Puntos Press: We love this El Paso-based press! It always presents fresh authors with focused points of view. (Exhibitor Tent No. 4)

Cuentology: Books in Spanish for kids, powered by a great slogan: "Bicultural, Bilingual, Biliterate.” Cuentology plays a key role in the literary world. (Congress Avenue)

Half Price Books: Best known for used books and music sold in vast quantities, the Texas chain has been a part of our literary ecology since 1972. (Exhibitor Tent No. 3)

Kinokuniya Bookstore: A Japan-based retailer of Asian books and magazines with an outlet on Airport Boulevard. (Exhibitor Tent No. 3)

Malvern Books: How lucky are we in Austin to have this gem of a bookstore that specializes in fiction and poetry from independent publishers? (Exhibitor Tent No. 4)

Myra Hargrave McIlvain: One of the state’s most engaging authors, she has been writing history and historical fiction about Texas for a long time. (Pavilion Tent)

Omiokun Books: We can’t wait to see the new books from this South Florida publisher that seeks to empower underrepresented communities. (Pavilion Tent)

Romance Writers of America: The name speaks for itself. The association helps out authors ranging from absolute beginners to superstar bestsellers such as Nora Roberts and Judith McNaught. (Exhibitor Tent No. 1)

San Antonio Book Festival: We support our sister city to the south’s lively literary scene by keeping up with its growing fest. (Exhibitor Tent No. 4)

Street Books ATX: If you haven’t already encountered this book bicycle in your neighborhood, you are in for a treat. (Exhibitor Tent No. 2)

Texas A&M University Press: As in all things, the institution of higher education in College Station competes honorably with our hometown university as a publisher while leading a consortium of other Texas publishers. (Colorado and 11th streets)

Texas Highways Magazine: A rejuvenated editorial strategy has uplifted this beloved statewide travel publication. (Exhibitor Tent No. 4)

Texas Library Association: Since the book festival benefits the state’s libraries, this is a natural stop on your tour. (Exhibitor Tent No. 1)

Texas Observer: Once the lonely voice of Texas progressivism, this nonprofit publication runs in the fast lane of the political rat race these days. (Exhibitor Tent No. 3)

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Located in the severe but stately Zavala Building just east of the State Capitol, this is one of our essential archives. (Exhibitor Tent No. 1)

Texas Tech University Press: Competes with UT Press and Texas A&M Press for producing some of state’s best regional titles. (Exhibitor Tent No. 3)

Trinity University Press: Often some of the most elegant and eloquent Texas books come out of this San Antonio publisher. (Exhibitor Tent No. 3)

University of Texas Press: The heavy hitter on the local scene, UT Press has a major hit in Stephen Harrigan’s “Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas.” (Exhibitor Tent No. 4)

Waterloo Press: The imprint of the Austin History Center Association, which is the nonprofit partner of the city-run Austin History Center. Say hi to me here all weekend. (Exhibitor Tent No. 5)

Women’s Storybook Project of Texas: This group connects children with their incarcerated moms through literature. (Exhibitor Tent No. 2)

Writers’ League of Texas: Based in Austin, this group supports Texas writers at all stages of their careers as well as literary life in general. (Exhibitor Tent No. 3)