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About the San Antonio Book Festival


The San Antonio Book Festival unites readers and writers in a celebration of ideas, books, libraries and literary culture.


The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF), a program of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF), was first presented in April 2013 with the Texas Book Festival as a lead partner. A free, open and all-day event, the Festival features more than 75 national, regional, local, and emerging authors, and welcomes more than 16,000 visitors.

Photo: The 2016 Festival Announcement


The Festival takes place downtown at the Central Library, the neighboring Southwest School of Art (SSA), and at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre. 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 Exhibitor Tent offers a lively literary marketplace for booksellers; publishers; and literacy, learning and cultural organizations. Barnes & Noble is the official Festival bookseller and CE Group manages the Festival logistics.


The literary world becomes accessible to book lovers of all ages and interests as they get up close to their favorite authors at engaging readings and panel discussions, book sales, and signings. The Festival’s vibrant programming represents the best, most recent books being offered by publishers. While showcasing esteemed national authors, SABF also draws on regional talent, adding a unique sense of place to the Festival. Moderators contribute greatly to the high quality of the programming and are also literary/civic/cultural stars themselves.

Photo: Photographer Eli Reed speaks with moderator Cary Clack about his book, Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home, at the 2015 Festival.


Funding for SABF comes from The City of San Antonio, foundations, corporations, and private donations. All donations go directly towards putting on the Festival, and support SABF's educational and community outreach and visits to the Festival for students in low-income schools; a fiction writing contest for 7th/8th graders and high school students; children’s and family activities at the Festival; tents for programming, technology, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and an exhibitor marketplace; and, special events for participating authors, author travel and accommodations. Support at any level helps keep the Festival free.

Who We Are

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution with a Board of Directors of almost 100 members ( view SAPLF Board), puts on the Festival. The staff of SAPLF (view SAPLF Staff) works with the Book Festival staff, which includes Executive Director, Literary Director, and Managing Director. SABF also has an Advisory Committee, Programming Committee, and Event Planning Committee, which consists of over 40 Volunteer Chairs who oversee 400 event volunteers.

Photo: An eager young reader carries her book tote at the 2015 Festival.

SABF Staff

Tracey Ramsey Bennett, President, Library Foundation
Katy Flato, Executive Director, Book Festival
Clay Smith, Literary Director, Book Festival
Sherry Layman, Managing Director, Book Festival
Lacey Fischer, Director of Development, Library Foundation
Carol Berman Black, Donor Communication Office Manager, Library Foundation
Loni Dear, Executive Accountant, Library Foundation
Alex Layman, Coordinator, Book Festival 
Brianna Kirk , Special Events Manager, Library Foundation  
Gabrielle Marcus , Volunteer Manager, Book Festival

Advisory Committee

Wendy Atwell
Yvette Benavides
Darryl Byrd
Cary Clack
Sally Dooley
Michael Fischer, Ph.D
Jill Giles
Carolyn H. Labatt
Kaye Lenox
David Liss
Monika Maeckle
Connie McNab
John E. Newman, Jr.
Guillermo Nicolás
Naomi Shihab Nye
Paula Owen
Brad Parman 
Aaronetta Hamilton Pierce
Robert Rivard
Kate Rogers
Dr. Ricardo Romo
Ramiro Salazar
John Phillip Santos
Banks M. Smith
Michael Soto, Ph.D  
Jordan Vexler
Linda Whitacre

Management Committee

Shannon Murphy-Sachanowicz, SAPLF Board Chair
Susan Altgelt
Cathy Obriotti Green
Tim Johnson
Samuel Newman
Shannon Stephens
Jordan Vexler