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April 2018

Book It! Luncheons

April 7, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Club Giraud, 707 N. St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States

Our four Book It! authors have been revealed! Book It! Luncheons are an opportunity to sit down to an intimate lunch with a Festival author and eight companions. They’re based on the premise that everyone needs to eat while they’re at the Book Festival, so why not dine with a Festival author?  For the 6th annual SABF on April 7, we will once again offer four Book It! Luncheons at the nearby Club Giraud. All funds raised from Book It! luncheons…

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September 2018

Get Lit with Mimi Swartz

September 18, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Central Library – Auditorium, 600 Soledad
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States

The San Antonio Book Festival proudly presents Get Lit with Mimi Swartz, author of Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart. Swartz will be joined in conversation by Bonnie Petrie, bioscience and medicine reporter at Texas Public Radio. After audience Q&A, there will be book sales and signing, courtesy of The Twig Book Shop. Join us for an evening of lively conversation! 5:30 PM - Book sales & wine reception 6:00 PM - Presentation 6:45 PM - Audience Q&A 7:00…

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October 2018


Get Lit with Julián Castro

October 30, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
The Pearl Stable, 307 Pearl Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78215 United States

UPDATE 10/10: This event will be live streamed.  The San-Antonio Express-News will be at GET LIT with Julián Castro to live stream the event, which will be hosted on their Facebook page. Texas Public Radio will also be in attendance recording the event, and will available on their website following the event. UPDATE 9/25: This event is sold out. To be added to the waitlist, sign up below.  The San Antonio Book Festival proudly presents GET LIT with Julián Castro,…

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April 2019

Book Appétit Literary Feast

April 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Witte Museum Mays Family Center, 3801 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78209 United States

The Book Festival is proud to present its annual Literary Feast: the Book Appétit luncheon, featuring historian RON CHERNOW. Don’t miss this special opportunity. The singular fundraiser for the Book Festival, the 2019 Book Appétit luncheon will be held at the Witte Museum’s Mays Family Center. PLUS! Enter our special raffle to win FOUR premium tickets to see "Hamilton" at the Majestic Theatre in May! Special thanks Literary Feast Underwriters: Anne & Chuck Parrish, Ann & Chico Newman, and Katy & Ted…

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The Moth Mainstage 2019

April 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States

Tickets available via Ticketmaster and the Majestic Theatre box office on Friday, February 22. For the third year in a row, SABF is proud to bring The Moth Mainstage to San Antonio as part of Book Festival weekend. Stories are important—whether they’re told in books, like those presented at the Book Festival, or in the age-old tradition of true stories told live. Stories are what unite us. Come join us at the Majestic Theatre on FRIDAY, APRIL 5, for a memorable night…

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7th annual San Antonio Book Festival

April 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Central Library & Southwest School of Art, 600 Soledad St
San Antonio, 78205 United States

It's our 7th anniversary, and we are working hard on the 2019 Book Festival—bigger, better and more bookish than ever! Central Library & Southwest School of Art 600 Soledad St San Antonio, TX 78205

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Book It! with Cristela Alonzo, Sarah Bird, Helen Ellis, Beowulf Sheehan, or Lawrence Wright

April 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Club Giraud, 707 N. St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States

Our Book It! authors have been revealed! Have you made your lunch plans for April 6? Why don't you Book It! with a Festival author at Club Giraud? Book It! luncheons are an opportunity to sit down to an intimate lunch with a Festival author and eight companions. These luncheons are growing in popularity every year as more people discover what a special experience they are. For the 7th annual SABF on April 6, we are offering five opportunities to…

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Get Lit with Susan Page

April 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Trinity University Chapman Center, Great Hall, E Rosewood Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78212

In collaboration with Trinity University Press, the San Antonio Book Festival proudly presents GET LIT with Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today and the author of The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty. Page will be joined in conversation by Karen Tumulty, political columnist for The Washington Post. Barbara Pierce Bush was one of the country's most popular and powerful figures, yet her full story has never been told...until now, with this vivid biography of…

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October 2019

Get Lit with Stephen Harrigan

October 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205

In partnership with THE ALAMO, the San Antonio Book Festival proudly presents GET LIT with Stephen Harrigan, New York Times best-selling author of Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas. Harrigan will be joined in conversation by Clay Smith, SABF's Literary Director. Written in fast-paced prose, rich with personal observation and a passionate sense of place, Big Wonderful Thing calls to mind the literary spirit of Robert Hughes writing about Australia or Shelby Foote about the Civil War. Like those volumes, it is…

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February 2020


February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Say Sí, 1518 S. Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78204 United States

Be the first to hear the full author lineup for the 8th annual San Antonio Book Festival! You'll learn which authors are coming to the Festival on April 4, get the behind-the-scenes scoop on building the lineup from our Literary Director, and be able to purchase your books so you can start reading your faves!  The lineup announcement party is FREE and OPEN TO ALL. Ride sharing is encouraged (Uber, Lyft, etc.). There is some first-come, first-served parking available at…

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August 2020

A Conversation with Sheryl Sculley

August 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The San Antonio Public Library, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, and the San Antonio Book Festival proudly presented A Conversation with SHERYL SCULLEY, featuring the former City Manager's new book, Greedy Bastards: One City's Texas-Size Struggle to Avoid a Financial Crisis. Former City Council member Rey Saldaña moderated the event. How to get a copy of the book: Books are available to check out from the San Antonio Public Library. You can also purchase a signed copy from The…

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September 2020

Get Lit with Maria Hinojosa

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Diane Guerrero, © Jeffrey Mosier About the moderator: Diane Guerrero appeared on the hit shows Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. She was just 14 years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., she was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for…

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