Texas Teen Book Fest set for Sept. 26

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The Texas Teen Book Festival, one of the largest in the nation, announced its 2015 dates on Wednesday. The festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, at St. Edward’s University.

The festival is expected to draw more than 4,000 young adult book lovers. Last year, 29 authors spoke at St. Edward’s during the fest.

The event is produced and sponsored by the Texas Book Festival and BookPeople, with support from St. Edward’s University and Humanities Texas, and in partnership with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. It is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to be back on the beautiful campus of St. Edward’s University,” says Lois Kim, executive director of the Texas Book Festival. “It was wonderful to see the great turnout last year and so many enthusiastic teens. We anticipate TTBF 2015 being even better!”

This year’s festival will have a new event — a writing contest sponsored by Delacorte Press, which is part of Random House. Texas residents ages 11-18 are invited to submit an outline plus writing sample, between 20 and 30 pages, by July 1 to vie for in-depth editorial feedback from Delacorte professionals. Submissions will be judged in age groups 11-13 and 14-18, and three overall winners will be selected.

Headliners for the festival will be announced later.

Author: Charles Ealy

Charles Ealy edits and writes about books and movies for the Ausstin American-Statesman.

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