The San Antonio Book Festival return this weekend

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The festival will kick off with a special opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. | 📸 : San Antonio Book Festival

Now in its 10th year, the San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) returns this Sat., May 21 to the Central Library + Southwest School of Art for a fun-filled day that celebrates national + local authors with literary entertainment for all.

📚 This free, daylong event will include:

  • Author presentations
  • Panel discussions
  • Books sales + signings
  • Theater performances
  • Family-friendly technology area
  • Art stations
  • Festival marketplace
  • Local food trucks + more

📚 The history

  • SABF’s inaugural event took place in April 2013 as a way to unite readers and 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.
  • In 2019, SABF became its own nonprofit organization from the San Antonio Library Foundation.
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The official 2022 festival map. | Graphic by San Antonio Book Festival

This year, SABF will feature 60 interactive sessions. Here are a few of our favorites:

📚 City Editor Rossi’s picks

  • La Tamalerita | 10-10:30 a.m. | H-E-B Children’s Gazebo | Kick off the San Antonio Book Festival with Chef Cariño Cortez and Paloma Cortez, who will read from “Camilla La Magica” and offer up gift bags with surprises.
  • Phil Hardberger Park: Deep In The Heart Of San Antonio | 12:30-1:15 p.m. | Rogers Hall | Learn about this new book through its photos and essays that chronicle the daily activities of the park, its history, and the magnificent flora + fauna that reside there.
  • Sin Frontera: A Reading With Latinx & Indigenous Writers From ASU | 5 p.m. | Festival Marketplace | This event features rising fiction writers and poets whose works expand our notions of the borderlands to include bordered bodies of water, memory, family, and love.

📚 City Editor Ivan’s picks

  • Sandra Cisneros Presents: Writing as a Second Act | 10-11 a.m. | The Russell Hill Rogers Tent | Sandra Cisneros returns with a conversation curated right from her bookshelf.
  • Trans Literature and Art | 3-4 p.m. | SABF Virtual Tent | (This is a pre-recorded session) Authors Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Eileen Myles, Denne Michele Norris, and Torrey Peters pay homage to the beauty and resiliency of queer and transgender art while discussing the importance of it in their own liberation.
  • Living That Border Life | 10:40-11:10 a.m. | H-E-B Children’s Gazebo | Author David Bowles reads from “My Two Border Towns/Mis Dos Pueblos Fronterizos” — a bilingual storytime.
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Since its inception, nearly 3,500 people have volunteered at SABF. | 📸 : San Antonio Book Festival

For more information, visit SABF’s website and make sure to build your own #SABookFest schedule, too.

Happy reading, SATX.

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