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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
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

Governing Board

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

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

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

San Antonio Book Festival Featured Events


Apr 01, 2016

7:00 pm | The St. Anthony Hotel

A Book Festival and Library Foundation Literary Feast for The Well Read and Well Fed

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Book It Luncheons

Apr 02, 2016

Noon - 1:00 PM | Club Giraud

An hour of intellectual feasting!


Literary Death Match & Festival Club Reception

Apr 02, 2016

5:30-10:30pm | Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

”...the most entertaining reading series ever.”—LA Times
After a fantastic day at the San Antonio Book Festival, head to The Empire Theatre for this celebratory conclusion to SABF, a must-attend evening of lit, libations and laughter.  Straight from Reykjavik, Edinburgh and LA, “Literary Death Match” returns to San Antonio to close the 4th Annual San Antonio Book Festival!  Generously sponsored by Ricos Products Company.

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Latest News

SABF Releases Lineup of More than 85 Authors for 4th Annual Book Festival

Feb 09, 2016

​The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) has released their list of more than 85 acclaimed national, regional and local authors who will appear at the 4th annual festival.

Save the Date for the 4th Annual Book Festival

Feb 05, 2016

Be sure to save April 2 on your calendars as a day for the books!

Announcing the 2016 Fiction Contest Finalists

Feb 01, 2016

We received 175 submissions to our 2016 Fiction Contest from 40 schools across Bexar County. Here are our ten finalists in each grade division.

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