Join Us for an Open House and Author Panels During the Texas Book Festival

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, a longtime Texas Book Festival community partner, is thrilled to be open to the public throughout this year’s event, as well as serving as the site of three author panels.

The Texas Center for the Book will welcome festivalgoers to the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, where visitors can learn about the Center’s annual statewide reading and literacy programs; view the current lobby exhibit, Beyond the Badge: The Work and Records of the Texas Rangers; record an oral history interview; talk with librarians, archivists, and staff; tour the State Archives; and more!

Image: Ranger J.R. Hunnicutt standing by his horse, about 1919. J.R. Hunnicutt collection, 1968/029-178.

Special, behind-the-scenes tours of the archives’ closed stacks will take place each day at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. and are limited to 15 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special Texas Book Festival TSLAC Open House hours:
Saturday, November 11, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 12, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Note that our usual Second Saturday service is suspended, with Public Services at the Zavala Building closed for all research as we host this special event.

Since 1909, when the state founded the agency, TSLAC has supported the reading, learning, and historical preservation needs of Texas and its people. Explore the TSLAC website at and discover our online exhibits, family history research resources, Texas Center for the Book initiatives, and ongoing programs and events.

Saturday, November 11 – Texas Book Festival Author Panels

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Worth Repeating: San Antonio Stories with Paul Flahive, Tori Pool, and Burgin Streetman

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. | Glitter and Gaming: Research-Based Picture Books with Chris Barton and Don Tate

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. | Playing to Win: Professional Sports in Texas with Michael Granberry, Burk Murchison, and Jonathan Silverman

2023 Texas Great Read Youth and Adult Selections Announced

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has announced its Texas Great Read titles for 2023. The Center has chosen Nell Plants a Tree by Anne Wynter, illustrated by Daniel Miyares, as the 2023 Texas Great Read Youth Selection and West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge as the 2023 Texas Great Read Adult Selection!

Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select titles that represent the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival, an event showcasing the importance of books and reading. This year’s festival will be held August 12 in Washington, DC, and online. Check out the Library of Congress website for details.

The Texas Center for the Book invites Texans to read Nell Plants a Tree and West with Giraffes and to take part in a statewide book club by using the hashtag #TXGreatRead on social media. For more information on the 2023 Texas Great Read Program, visit

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