#TXBookChat Series Launches with Virtual Literary Events July 9 at Texas Center for the Book

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Austin, TX

AUSTIN – The Texas Center for the Book is launching the #TXBookChat series, a new online program from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The #TXBookChat series offers brief discussions and programs with authors, librarians, and literary professionals. These informal “coffee chats” last about 30 minutes and offer a quick look into different aspects of the state’s literary world. The #TXBookChat series seeks to bring together diverse voices and perspectives.

#TXBookChat kicks off on July 9, with the first four conversations already scheduled. All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. CT.

  • July 9 – Living a Life for the Books: Join Bethany Hegedus, owner of The Writing Barn, for a discussion on research, writing, and the author life. 
  • July 23 – Texas Talking Book Program (TBP): What is the TBP and who is eligible to receive audio, braille, and large print books?
  • August 6 – Write NOW Session: Join Claire Campbell for 20 minutes of guided writing activities designed to inspire fresh content + give you tools for your regular writing practice.
  • August 20 – How to Draw from History: Developing Characters Today – Join Don Tate, author and illustrator of William Still and His Freedom Stories: Father of the Underground Railroad. Don is a prolific author and has illustrated more than 80 titles.

“The Texas Center for the Book is statewide,” said Coordinator Rebekah Manley, “and our shift to a much more online culture has helped us think creatively to connect with our readers across Texas. We are so excited to host this new virtual series.” The conversations will take place on the Zoom platform, and registration is required. Visit www.tsl.texas.gov/txbookchat to learn more about upcoming events and reserve your spot.

For more information on #TXBookChat series, contact Rebekah Manley, Texas Center for the Book Coordinator, at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov or 512-936-2505. For more information on other Texas Center for the Book initiatives visit www.tsl.texas.gov/centerforthebook.


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.

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Rebekah Manley
Texas Center for the Book Coordinator
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