Following the City of San Antonio’s statement today regarding COVID-19, the 8th annual San Antonio Book Festival and Lit Crawl San Antonio, which were scheduled to take place on April 4 and 3, respectively, have been canceled. While the decision is heartbreaking, the Festival supports the City in erring on the side of caution and following CDC guidelines to help contain this disease. SABF believes in the community of readers and in bringing readers and writers together in person; something magical happens when that occurs at the Festival every year. But protecting the health and safety of the community is of the utmost importance right now.
Because of the way we operate and our writers’ schedules, it is unfortunately not possible to postpone the Festival to a later date. The 2021 Festival takes place on April 10. Event cancelations are influencing the economy. We, along with our writers, partners, and vendors, are all going to feel the impact of this decision. We’ll be promoting our writers’ books in the weeks to come on our social media channels; we urge the public to buy their books via Barnes & Noble, our official bookseller, and patronize all the Festival partners who will lose business because of this cancelation.
The Festival’s singular fundraiser, the Book Appétit Literary Feast featuring Amor Towles, has been rescheduled to November 30. Table purchasers will be contacted soon.
The Festival team works hard all year long to prepare this literary celebration and we always look forward to bringing you a glorious weekend in San Antonio where 20,000 people of all ages come together to listen to writers talk about their books. Many of you will be disappointed by this news; we are disappointed, too. We thank you for your support of the San Antonio Book Festival.
Should you have any questions regarding this cancelation, please refer to our FAQs.
San Antonio Book Festival staff