CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Booklovers, bookworms, and bibliophiles of cultural, bilingual and ethnic literature, join me at the ¡Ahora Sí! Tent for the 2016 Texas Book Festival!
Saturday and Sunday, November 5 – 6, 2016
Last year, hundreds of enthusiastic book lovers volunteered their time and talent to make the Texas Book Festival a huge success. Let’s make it a successful repeat!
Volunteer sign up for the 2016 Texas Book Festival is now OPEN.
Last year at the ¡Ahora Sí tent, some sessions were presented in Spanish, still others tackled issues of race and place through different genres as they engaged in a wide-ranging discussion of Latino identity in Austin and beyond. Bilingual storytellers and illustrators presented fun and interactive presentations for children, while others participated in a Spanish-English Poetry panel.
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DALLAS—First Lady Laura Bush announced the author lineup for the 2012 Texas Book Festival at her home in Dallas today, at an event for Festival supporters. Bush is founder of the Festival, now in its 17th year and one of the nation’s premier literary events.
The vibrant lineup of more than 250 authors includes Cheryl Strayed, Tony Danza, Robert Caro, Junot Díaz, Jewel, Jeffrey Toobin, Zane, Tim O’Brien, Justin Cronin, and David Maraniss.
Headlining authors also include Naomi Wolf, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Bob Balaban, Attica Locke, Damien Echols, Marcia Clark, and Mark Danielewski. News and political junkies can hear from Robert Draper, Kurt Eichenwald, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Rachel L. Swarns, and David Westin. The author lineup is available online at www.texasbookfestival.org.
Mrs. Bush also unveiled this year’s Festival poster, by nationally recognized Texas artist Margie Crisp. Crisp lives and works in Elgin, and is the author of River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado, which is part of this year’s Festival.
On October 27 and 28, an anticipated crowd of more than 40,000 guests will enjoy the free festivities in and around the Texas State Capitol, including engaging panel conversations with the industry’s top writers, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s authors, events, and activities.
“Texas Book Festival remains a free event thanks to generous sponsors and donors, and to our 1,000 volunteers,” says Executive Director Lidia Agraz. “Volunteers are truly the soul of the Festival, doing everything from helping to select the books, to escorting the authors, to managing book signings, to planning children’s activities, and myriad other logistics that it takes to ensure that 40,000 people have a tremendous experience throughout the Festival weekend.”
A new feature of the Festival this year is expanded membership levels, with numerous benefits at each level. One of the most popular membership benefits for Festival fans at the $100 Friend level and above is the FAST PASS. The FAST PASS allows Festival-goers to avoid long lines by giving immediate access to popular author sessions and signings, in addition to other perks. All contributions are tax-deductible. See more details and sign up for membership at www.texasbookfestival.org.
In its 17-year history, the Festival has connected readers with the nation’s most accomplished writers, contributed more than $2.5 million to Texas public libraries, and reached more than 40,000 children in economically disadvantaged Central and South Texas schools, providing many with the first book of their own.
This year’s list of 250 writers who will appear at the Festival reflect the best books that American publishers are offering in 2012, ranging from literary fiction to lifestyle titles such as travel and cookbooks.
About Texas Book Festival
The Texas Book Festival is a nonprofit organization that celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by Laura Bush and a group of volunteers, the annual Festival is held on the grounds of the Texas Capitol. The Festival features readings and discussions from more than 250 renowned Texas and national authors, entertaining and informing more than 40,000 adults and children alike. Thanks to the Festival’s 1,000 volunteers, the event remains free. TBF supports Texas public libraries and literacy through its Library Grants and Reading Rock Stars programs, and also hosts year-round events across the state. Texas Book Festival members receive invitations to exclusive author events, priority seating, the latest literary news, and more. Visit www.texasbookfestival.org for more information.
Las Comadres Para Las Americas is a network of Latinas from around the world connecting to “engage in dialogues about education, employment, culture, and resources.” Founder and CEO, Nora de Hoyos Comstock has taken an informal gathering of Latinas to an international network whose mission is to “connect and empower Latinas everywhere through community building/networking, culture, learning, and technology.” Visit Las Comadres website to learn more about its events, workshops, educational and book series, as well as public policy and civic engagement training programs.
I am a part of this network and have made long-lasting friendships, have made professional partnerships, have participated in its public policy and civic engagement training programs, and continue to be a member of its national Latino book club. It is a worthy and valuable network worth the time, energy, volunteer opportunity and financial support. Take a look!
Las Comadres Para Las Americas, in collaboration with Medgar Evers College, CUNY: National Black Writers Conference, the Center for Black Literature, the Foreign Language Department and the Latino American Association present the Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference 2012.
The Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference, which will take place at the Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York on October 6, 2012, will provide Latino writers with access to published Latino authors as well as agents and editors who have a proven track record of publishing Latino writers. In addition, the CCWC will offer an insider’s perspective on how best to navigate the particular challenges and opportunities faced by Latino writers in the current publishing landscape, as well as foster a vibrant national community of writers akin to what Las Comadres has already created with its Las Comadres international network and its Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club and Teleconference Series.
Time: 8:00 am to 6 pm
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Place: Medgar Evers College
The City University of New York
1650 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, New York 11225
Register: Click here to register as Attendee, Vendor, and/or for deadlines to register
Sponsorships/Ad Requests: Click here for information
Hotel/Room Registration: Click here for information
Registration to Conference and Panels
$125 for registrations on August 1 through October 5
$150 for registrations on October 6
No refunds after August 1
Payment can be made via PayPal or check.
How to Prepare for a Writers Conference
Bring business cards. If you don’t have business cards, you can create your own using templates such as those offered by Avery.
Wear layers. Autumn weather in New York can vary, as can the temperature indoors vs. outdoors, so please dress appropriately.
Pack a writing pad and pens. Our speakers will be sharing much wisdom, and you’ll want to jot it all down.
Know who you want to know. Read the bios of each speaker to see whose experience and expertise is a good fit for you. An editor who specializes in science fiction may not be the best person to pitch if your book is a literary memoir. Click here for the speaker bios.
Prepare your pitch. If an agent or editor asks you to describe your work, you want to be able to do so concisely and confidently. Practice in front of a mirror and/or with an honest friend. Strive to pitch your book in a single sentence, in thirty seconds or less.
Collect business cards. The conference is an excellent opportunity for you to connect with a dynamic community of like-minded people. Ask for the cards of everyone you meet, offer your own, and stay in touch because connections create opportunity.
We are seeking hard-working, detail-oriented volunteers to provide service with a smile. Event planning experience a plus. In return for your time, you will have the opportunity to interact directly with the leading agents, editors, and authors in Latino publishing. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out and submit a volunteer form by clicking here.
Individuals and/or organizations offering a product or service of interest to Latino writers are welcome.
Click here to register as Vendor.