The Texas Book Festival, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has named Matthew Patin its new literary director.
Patin is a book editor, writer and literary consultant and has served the festival in various roles since 2014. He will join the festival’s staff in February. The literary director is responsible for directing year-round literary programming for Texas Book Festival.
Former literary director Julie Wernersbach served from 2016 to 2019 before departing to pursue other opportunities.
Patin graduated from the University of Texas’ Moody College of Communication in 2006. He began his career in the publishing field more than fifteen years ago as an author assistant, then interned at both the Austin Chronicle and AGLIFF, an Austin film festival geared toward LGBTQ programming. He later did stints in communications at Greenleaf Book Group in Austin and in editorial at HarperCollins in New York.
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In 2012, after working for three years inside a graduate MBA program as an entrepreneurship-curriculum designer and producer, Patin left to work with authors, publishers, and book packagers as a full-time independent editor. Since 2009, he has edited, collaborated with or advised almost 200 fiction and nonfiction authors, including award winners and bestsellers.
Patin serves on the board of directors of the youth writing program Austin Bat Cave and has contributed to Kirkus Reviews and the Austin Chronicle, among other outlets.
The 25th Texas Book Festival will take place Nov. 7 and 8 on the Capitol grounds. Book submissions are now open for this year’s festival. Go to texasbookfestival.org for more information.