Texas Teen Book Festival 2015
The 2015 Texas Teen Book Festival will be held on Saturday, September 26, at St. Edward’s University in Austin. The annual festival is held in celebration of teen readers, providing an opportunity for teens to meet some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors in the country. This year’s keynote speaker is Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano, best known for her role as “Maria” on ‘Sesame Street.’
A new highlight will be the Texas Teen Book Festival Writing Contest, sponsored by Random House imprint Delacorte Press. Texas residents ages 11-18 may submit an outline and writing sample by July 1 to compete for expert editorial feedback. Three overall winners will be selected from three age groups.
Participating authors include:
- Rick Yancey
- Kaui Hart Hemmings
- Jesse Andrews
- David Levithan
- Libba Bray
The Texas Book Festival is sponsored by BookPeople, and with support from St. Edward’s University and Humanities Texas, and in partnership with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. This event is free and open to the public.
About the Texas Teen Book Festival
The Texas Teen Book Festival is a one-day event that celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting fans to visit with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors in the country. The Texas Teen Book Festival was born as the Austin Teen Book Festival in 2009, when librarian Heather Schubert partnered with BookPeople to organize a gathering at Westlake High School. Five hundred people and 16 authors attended the first year. The event continued to grow, and in 2011-2013 was sponsored by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. In 2014 the Fest became a program of the Texas Book Festival and was renamed the Texas Teen Book Festival. One of the largest gatherings of its kind anywhere, the annual Fest takes place in the fall on the campus of St. Edward’s University.