Officials with the Texas Book Festival announced today that out of concern for the safety of authors and the community they will significantly scale back the in-person portion of this year’s annual Festival and increase the number of virtual sessions that people can participate in from anywhere.
The festival will not have in-person sessions in downtown Austin or at the Texas State Capitol this year and instead will be hosting the in-person portion in venues where organizers can better monitor attendance numbers and enact proper safety guidelines.
Adult in-person programming will at the Austin Central Library, 710 W. César Chávez St., on Oct. 31. Children’s in-person storytime will be at Symphony Square’s outdoor amphitheater, 1111 Red River St., on Oct. 30.
All in-person sessions are free, but will be limited capacity and require an RSVP for each session. RSVPs will be taken in advance and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVPs will be available online once the schedule is announced in the first week of October.
Virtual sessions will run from Oct. 23-31 and will have no attendance limit. There will be a small number of ticketed virtual sessions with the featured author’s book included in the ticket price.
The full author lineup will be announced on Sept. 22. Visit texasbookfestival.org