The Festival takes place downtown at the Central Library (600 Soledad Street) and the neighboring Southwest School of Art.
The Festival is a day-long event that unites readers and writers alike. Author presentations are held indoors while outdoors the Festival grounds are active with book sales, signings, children’s story time and learning projects, family activities, and a technology area. Food trucks offer a variety of eats; special tents feature live music and recipe demonstrations by cookbook authors. The large Festival Marketplace offers a lively setting for booksellers, publishers, literary-minded nonprofits, and local artists and craftmakers.
The Festival is FREE and OPEN to ALL!! Certain events, such as The Moth, Book Appétit, and Book It Luncheons, are ticketed. Visit our website near Festival time for more information about these special events.
Take a look at our detailed parking page for maps and directions on how to get to the Festival.
The number of authors coming to the Festival changes every year. In 2018, we had more than 90 authors.
The San Antonio Book Festival accepts submissions of books published within the past 12 months in various genres. These submissions are then looked over by our Literary Director and Selection Committee and combed through for final selections. Self-published books are not considered. For further details on what is accepted and how to submit a book for consideration, go to our Submit a Book page.
We have many book signing opportunities each year during the Festival. Authors typically hold signing sessions immediately following their scheduled panels. Keep an eye on the schedule for further details.
Applications to participate as an exhibitor or vendor are no longer accepted. You can read about our updates to the Festival Marketplace here.
We rely on volunteers to put the Festival together. Please consider volunteering with us! Learn more about volunteering and registration here.
There are many outreach opportunities through the Festival that allow students and children to participate, such as through author introductions, and volunteering. A full list can be found here.
The San Antonio Book Festival runs on your donations! The more you donate, the bigger and better we can make the Festival in all the years to come. Donations also assist in our many educational outreach programs. Click here for information on how to donate.
Around the time of the Book Festival, we offer ticketed events, such as The Moth and Book It luncheons with Festival authors. Our annual Book Appétit Literary Feast is our signature fundraising event and features Festival authors. We also offer a GET LIT event in the fall and are always looking for event partnerships throughout the year. You can sign up to receive our newsletter so we can remind you about upcoming events.
Every year, the Festival sells tote bags, t-shirts, and other items at the Book Festival. Visit the Book Festival/Library Foundation booth to get your SABF merchandise!
2019: April 6
2020: April 4
2021: April 10
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