Web extra: Mary Margaret Farabee, one of the Texas Book Festival founders, gives a brief history of the organization. Audio produced by Mike Lee.
Politics, Fiction, Cooking, Young Adult, Sports – book genres of all kinds will be represented at the 2012 Texas Book Festival. The Festival will haunt the State Capitol grounds the weekend before Halloween, October 27-28.
KUT has already been hard at work speaking with some of the authors who are appearing at this year’s festival. Scroll down to hear those extended interviews and learn more about the authors and their works
The Texas Book Festival was established in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of literacy. Mrs. Bush created a task force to plan the book festival to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading and serve to benefit the state’s public libraries. The first Festival took place at the Capitol in November 1996; the Festival has quickly evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country, annually hosting over 200 Texas and nationally known authors. More than 40,000 visitors participate annually in a weekend of author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, and musical entertainment at the State Capitol in Austin. via Texas Book Festival