If you live in Texas or will be visiting the Austin area on Halloween weekend, now is the time to volunteer to work at the Texas Book Festival. Now’s the time because it’s still early enough that the opportunities are wide open.
It takes around 900 volunteers to pull off the festival. You can work one or multiple shifts. You can choose what and where you want to work. You can work in the children’s tent, inside the capital, over in the Austin Museum of Art (with me). You can be an Author Escort or a monitor. You can work the Entertainment Tent or the Cooking Tent or the Austin Museum of Art (with me). You can work the signing tent, the volunteer tent, the bookseller’s tent, or the Austin Museum of Art (guess who heads up that venue?). You can ask to work where your favorite author is speaking.
You get to wear a special t-shirt identifying yourself as a Volunteer. You get to help set up and break down (and, man, do I appreciate those who help me set up and break down!), if you choose those shifts. You get free coffee as a volunteer. And once your shift is over, you can wander around, meeting people, watching panels and bands, buying books and getting autographs. Plus, you help out Texas libraries.
To whet your appetite for the Festival, be sure you check out the list of scheduled authors.
If you’re there and don’t volunteer for a shift at the Austin Museum of Art (with me), at least stop by and say hello.
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