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The San Antonio Book Festival returns to Central Library in April

The annual book fest announced its author lineup and we couldn’t be more excited.


Shop from local authors at the San Antonio Book Festival.

Photo by the San Antonio Book Festival

Now in its 12th year, the San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) returns Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Library + the Southwest School of Art. Expect a fun-filled day that celebrates national + local authors with literary entertainment for all. The best part? It’s entirely free — aside from that tote bag full of books you’re going to buy.

A little history

SABF’s inaugural event took place in April 2013 as a way to unite readers + writers as they share ideas, books, and literary culture. The event has featured anywhere from 75 to 100 authors from around the country. SABF has also welcomed 20,000+ visitors and generates more than $1 million for the city’s economy. Attendees can expect:

  • Author presentations
  • Panel discussions
  • Books sales + signings
  • Art stations
  • Festival marketplace
  • Local food trucks + more

Since its inception, nearly 3,500 people have volunteered at SABF. | 📸 : San Antonio Book Festival

Photo by San Antonio Book Festival

This year, SABF will feature nearly 100 local, regional, and national authors. Here’s a few that we want to meet:

  • Becky Albertalli | If you haven’t picked up a copy of her co-written LGBTQ+ rom com with Adam Silvera “What If It’s Us,” then this is your sign to do so.
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia | If you’re in the mood for something more chilling, then check out this author’s gothic horror novel “Mexican Gothic.”
  • Al Rendón | This San Antonio legend needs no introduction, but if you want to see his legendary photographs then be sure to pick up a copy of “Mi Cultura: Bringing Shadow into Light.”
  • Saúl Hernández | This queer writer from the 210 has earned accolades for his poetry like the Pleiades Prufer Poetry Prize, his first poetry collection is “How to Kill a Goat & Other Monsters.”

Pro tip: Authors are holding autographing sessions at the Book Sales & Signing tent, but your book must be purchased at the event for it to be signed.

Happy reading, SATX.