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Check out the Texas Book Fest, Lit Crawl and more this weekend

Staff Writer
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The Texas Book Festival always brings crowds to the Capitol and downtown Austin. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016

Texas Book Festival. Since 1996, this literary shindig has highlighted authors from across the state, the country and ultimately the world — inside and in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. Dan Rather, Jennifer Egan and Jeffrey Eugenides are just a few of the more than 280 authors previously announced for this year’s fest. Along with author talks and signings, the festival features panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, live music and activities for kids, and all of it is free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5. And go check out all our previews of the festival.

Lit Crawl Austin. This annual literary pub crawl produced by the Texas Book Festival during the weekend of the free fest features some of the country’s best writers onstage at various East Cesar Chavez venues, including Resistencia Books, Flat Track Coffee and the two neighborhood bars of Stay Gold and Weather Up. Each place will host different activities, from offbeat readings and literary games to all-ages storytelling sessions and performances — even a mini pun-off. The writers include Dan Chaon, Eileen Myles and Kristen Radtke. New this year: A second crawl, this one highlighting Latinx writers, also free and hosted by 10 local organizations. Details at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Free. Various locations in East Austin.

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest. Texas Monthly’s eight annual barbecue bonanza is bigger than ever with more than 30 barbecue joints from around the state, each one chosen off the magazine’s new list of Texas’ top 50 BBQ joints. Scarf down all the smoked meats you can handle while listening to live music by the Peterson Brothers Band, Bruce Robison, Willis Alan Ramsey and Carrie Rodriguez. There will also be cocktails, cold beer and lawn games. Participating restaurants include la Barbecue, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, and Micklethwait Craft Meats. 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 5. $10-$165. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Barkitecture. Hosted by Animal Lovers of Austin, this architectural dog-centric event showcases prototype doghouses created by Austin’s best and brightest architects, interior designers and builders. The fundraiser draws in pooches and people alike to check out and bid on these one-of-a-kind doghouses, learn about adoption and animal advocacy opportunities, shop local vendor booths, take part in a costume contest and do other fun activities. It benefits Austin Pets Alive, Lizzy’s Animal Hospice and Meals on Wheels’ PALS Program. Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 4. Jo’s Coffee, 1300 S. Congress Ave. Free to attend; sponsorships start at $500. Jo’s Coffee, 1300 S. Congress Ave.

“Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection.” The LBJ Presidential Library is featuring this exhibition of more than 200 pins and brooches worn by Albright, the former secretary of state. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Jan. 21. $3-$10. 2313 Red River St.