Mar 6, 2024 - Culture

Big authors coming to the San Antonio Book Festival this year

Hanif Abdurraqib speaks at a panel wearing a black and white flannel shirt and a hat.

Hanif Abdurraqib is coming to the San Antonio Book Festival. Photo: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon

Some big names in literature are heading to the San Antonio Book Festival this spring.

The big picture: Nearly 100 authors will gather at the Central Library and UTSA's Southwest Campus for the free festival on April 13.

Zoom in: The full lineup, announced Wednesday, includes:

Bring the kids to hear from some family-friendly authors:

  • Xelena González and Adriana M. Garcia will read from "Remembering," a children's book in which a family remembers a beloved pet dog through Dia de los Muertos.
  • There will also be a free performance from Magik Theatre and interactive activities for kids from The DoSeum and others.

By the numbers: The festival typically draws anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 attendees, organizers say.

What they're saying: "In a city with many festivals, this one is different — a free, family-friendly event designed to motivate all ages to get excited about books and reading," executive director Lilly Gonzalez said in a statement.

If you go: The festival runs from 9am-5pm on April 13. A more detailed schedule will be released in late March.

  • There will be food trucks on-site.
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