Matthew Patin, an Austin-based independent book editor, writer, and literary consultant, has been named literary director of the Texas Book Festival, the organization announced today.
In addition to curating the festival’s author lineup, Patin will be responsible for directing the organization’s year-round literary programming.
Patin has previously been an adviser to the festival’s Lit Crawl event and a panel moderator among other volunteer positions.
A graduate of the University of Texas’ Moody College of Communication, Patin began his career in books, publishing, and the arts more than fifteen years ago as an author assistant, then interned at both the Austin Chronicle and aGLIFF, an Austin film festival. He afterward served in communications and editorial roles at, respectively, Greenleaf Book Group in Austin and HarperCollins in New York.
Since 2009 he has edited, collaborated with, or advised nearly 200 fiction and nonfiction authors, including award winners and bestsellers.
“We are so delighted to welcome Matt as TBF’s next Literary Director,” says executive director Lois Kim. “He brings a deep editorial sensibility to the curatorial aspects of the job as well as extensive publishing and communications experience.”
The 25th Texas Book Festival happens Nov. 7-8, 2020.