Texas Book Festival

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A person reading a book at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.

The Texas Book Festival is a free annual book fair held in Austin, Texas. The festival was established in 1995 by Laura Bush, then the First Lady of Texas, and Mary Margaret Farabee, wife of former State Senator Ray Farabee. The festival benefits the state's public library system, promotes the joy of reading, and honors Texas authors. With the assistance of Honorary Chairman and librarian, Mrs. Bush, and a task force, the festival has grown, hosting more than 2,000 authors since its introduction.[1]

Each year, the festival honors a writer with the "Bookend Award" for outstanding contribution to the literature of Texas. In addition to the award event, the festival includes children's books, crafts, and costumed characters.[2]


  1. ^ "Texas Book Festival". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  2. ^ "Texas Book Festival (Austin, TX)". National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 

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