ArmadilloCon is a literary science fiction and fantasy convention held annually in Austin since 1978 drawing not only fans, but many established and well-known writers, artists and publishers. This sci-fi convention includes panels, readings, demonstrations, presentations, autograph sessions, art show, trade show and writers workshops. The ArmadilloCon convention has moved from a traditional late August date to July for 2012 and there will not be an ArmadilloCon in Austin in 2013 due to the 71st annual World Science Fiction Convention August 29 through September 2, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. ArmadilloCon will return to Austin for 2014. The 2012 ArmadilloCon took place on Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29.
The annual Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF) is the world's largest non-juried poetry festival. Events are free and open to the public. Festival events take place in multiple venuesin around Austin. This annual celebration of poets and poetry includes live local readings, poetry workshops, open mics, anthology competitions and readings, a poetry slam, movie presentation, poetry all-nighter and a poetry symposium. An average of 250 poets from all across Texas and from around the world register to perform in AIPF's four days of city-wide events. The Austin International Poetry Festival is usually held annually in April, which is national poetry month. However, the dates for the 2012 Austin International Poetry Festival and 20th Anniversary Celebration are Thursday September 27, Friday, September 28, Saturday September 29 and Sunday September 30, 2012.
The Austin Teen Book Festival is an annual free event sponsored by non-profit Austin Public Library Friends Foundation to promote reading and writing by young people by connecting them to local and award-winning authors. The Austin Teen Book Festival encourages interaction between aspiring writers and established authors by bringing young adult authors to Austin for book signings and appearances at the Palmer Events Center on Barton Springs Road. Parking at the Palmer Events Center is not free. The Austin Teen Book Festival is open to everyone, includes music from teen bands, food and other entertainment, and books by the authors appearing at the festival are available for sale. The Austin Teen Book festival features speakers, panels on different genres including romance, fantasy, supernatural and suspense. The date for the fourth annual Austin Teen Book Festival is Saturday, September 29, 2012. The keynote address will be by award winning novelist, screenwriter, and television writer Neal Shusterman, whose works include Everlost, Everfound, and Everwild in the Skinjacker Trilogy; the Star Shards Chronicles trilogy; The Schwa Was Here; Downsiders; and Full Tilt.
Originally a small bookstore opened in 1970 near the University of Texas called Grok Books (after the Robert A. Heinlein book Stranger in a Strange Land) today BookPeople is the largest independent bookstore in Texas. Located adjacent to the Whole Foods flagship store downtown at 6th and Lamar, this multi story 40,000 square feet bookstore sells books, magazines, audio books, cards and stationary, jewelry, gifts and arts and crafts from around the world. Voted “The Best Bookstore in Austin” by readers of the Austin Chronicle every year since 1984, BookPeople has a comfortable atmosphere filled with nooks and crannies where you can curl up in an armchair with an old favorite or a new discovery. BookPeople has frequent booksignings and events that showcase local and national authors. The store also contains BookKids (BookPeople for Kids and Teens) and a schedule of literary camps and events for young people.
The Jewish Community Association of Austin is a gathering place and community support center for Jews living in the Austin area. Located primarily on the 40-acre Dell Jewish Community Campus in Northwest Austin, the Jewish Community Association of Austin provides a wide provides a wide range of services and programs, including early childhood enrichment classes, parenting programs, programs for youth and teens, acting and dance classes, fitness classes, sport leagues, aquatics programs and support groups for families and senior adults. The Jewish Community Association of Austin also sponsors arts and cultural events with partnerships with Austin performing arts facilities, an art gallery on the campus, the Austin Jewish Book Fair and the Austin Jewish Film Festival featuring renowned authors and scholars, nationally acclaimed comedians, international films and theatrical performances. The 28th Annual Austin Jewish Book Fair is scheduled for November 3 through 12, 2011.
The dates for the 2012 Texas Book Festival at the Texas State Capital Building and Capital grounds are Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 2012. The Texas Book Festival was created in 1996 under the guidance of then Texas First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian who has made it one of her life’s missions to promote literacy and the love of reading. The goal of the Texas Book Festival is to honor Texas authors and to benefit public libraries in the State of Texas. The Texas Book Festival hosts more than 200 Texas and nationally known authors every Fall and more than 40,000 visitors enjoy author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, activities for children and musical entertainment at the State Capitol in Austin as well as in other venue locations around downtown Austin including the Paramount Theatre and United Methodist Church. The Texas Book Festival is free and open to the public.