Next month, thousands will descend on Austin for the renowned Texas Book Festival, now in its 17th year.
Wednesday, former First Lady Laura Bush announced this year’s lineup at her Dallas home. More than 250 authors who will take part in this year’s event—including Tony Danza, Tim O'Brien, Robert Caro and Jewel.
The festival aims to keep Texas public libraries vibrant. The event has contributed more than $2.5 million to the state's libraries and reached more than 40,000 children in low income Central and South Texas schools.
"I think it's really important for children to read books, to be able to have books in their homes, and there's no greater example than if your parents read," Bush said.
The fest’s Executive Director Lidia Agraz said some Austin students will have the book festival right in their own classrooms.
"Six schools in Austin are going to receive visits from nationally-known authors that will go and read the book to the children and give them a signed copy of the book, and reinforce the curriculum that the teacher has prepared," she said.
The festival is Oct. 27 and 28 in and around the State Capitol. Visit TexasBookFestival.org for the full lineup.