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About the San Antonio Book 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, Assistant Managing 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

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
Jan Jarboe Russell
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

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


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. Check out a full list of past Festival authors here

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

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Latest News

SABF is in 149 days!

Nov 03, 2015

The San Antonio Book Festival is just around the corner and we are so thankful to those who have helped get the Book Festival where it is today.

2016 SABF Fiction Contest is Now Live!

Sep 23, 2015

Get involved in the 3rd annual San Antonio Book Festival’s Fiction Contest.

The San Antonio Book Festival Made Waves This Year!

Aug 11, 2015

Several local news media outlets got caught up in the excitement at this year’s San Antonio Book Festival and shared their experiences in these articles.

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