The Festival takes place downtown at the Central Library (600 Soledad Street), the neighboring Southwest School of Art, and the Majestic Theatre.
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 2016, we had more than 90 authors. This year we have 100+ authors confirmed to attend.
The San Antonio Book Festival accepts submissions of books published within the past 18 months in various genres. These submissions are then looked over by our Literary Director and Programming 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.
There are many outreach opportunities through the Festival that allow students and children to participate, such as through author introductions, volunteering, and submitting entries to the annual Fiction Contest. 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 Literary Death Match and Book It luncheons with Festival authors. Our annual Book Appétit Literary Feast is our signature fundraising event and features Festival authors. We also try to offer a free 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, Fiesta medals, and other great souvenirs at the San Antonio Public Library Foundation booth. Be sure to look for the SAPLF booth at the Festival.