This past Thursday was the first official meeting of the volunteer Chairs for the Texas Book Festival. Our first business meeting is mostly a get together to meet any new Chairs, find out what everyone’s in charge of, see the preliminary layout of tents and rooms, and see what we can squeeze out of Clay, who’s in charge of authors.
We got nothing out of Clay, except that he has about half of the authors lined up. Clay works hard to bring both big named authors and upcoming authors to the Festival. In addition to phone calls, emails, in person talks, he spends about a month in New York every year talking to agents and editors and authors.
If you live in Texas or plan a trip to Austin, put October 16 and 17 on your calendar. This will be the 15th year for the Texas Book Festival. It’s held on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol, the streets surrounding the capitol and in nearby venues. Since 1995, the Festival has contributed more than $2.5 million in grants to Texas public libraries.
In case you’re wondering what it costs for you to spend the weekend with 200 authors, the answer is nothing. It’s free to the public.
If you live nearby or are coming, consider volunteering a couple of hours. Running the Festival takes over a thousand volunteers who can go online and pick what they’d like to do and when. The volunteer needs will go online probably next month, so keep an eye on the Texas Book Festival site. (And look for the Austin Museum of Art - the venue that I chair. I’ll be submitting my time slots and number of volunteers I’ll need.)
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