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About the San Antonio Book Festival

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

Who We Are

The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) is the signature program of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution with a Board of Directors of almost 100 members (view SAPLF Board). SABF has an Advisory Committee, Programming Committee, and Event Planning Committee, which consists of over 40 Volunteer Chairs who oversee 400 event volunteers.


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


The San Antonio Book Festival 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 80 national, regional, local, and emerging authors, and welcomes more than 16,000 visitors.


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.

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
Lilly Gonzalez, Communications Director, Book Festival
Shannon Stephens, Community Engagement Director, Book Festival
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
Brittainy Jones, Intern, Book Festival

Management Committee

Martin Acevedo
Carmen Goldberg
Cathy Obriotti Green
James Lifshutz
Scott Meltzer
Josie Seeligson
Jordan Vexler

Advisory Committee

Susan Altgelt
Wendy Atwell
Yvette Benavides
Cary Clack
David Martin Davies
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
Patricia Portales, Ph.D.
Octavio Quintanilla, Ph.D.
Robert Rivard
Kate Rogers
Ito Romo, Ph.D.
Jan Jarboe Russell
Ramiro Salazar 
John Phillip Santos 
Banks M. Smith 
Michael Soto, Ph.D 
Jordan Vexler 
Linda Whitacre

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

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Latest News

SABF Tote Bag Giveaway on Instagram

Jul 19, 2016

We’re giving away a 2016 SABF tote bag with Fiesta medal (and some surprise goodies) on Instagram!

C-SPAN Book TV at the San Antonio Book Festival

Jul 11, 2016

On April 2, 2016, C-SPAN’s Book TV recorded six of our SABF sessions in the Central Library’s auditorium.

Shannon Stephens Joins the Book Festival Staff

May 02, 2016

The Book Festival is pleased to announce that Shannon Stephens will be joining its staff this month as Community Engagement Director. Shannon will be assisting with all aspects of the Festival, but she will be particularly helpful with fundraising and growing our educational outreach for the Book Festival.

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