Update: San Antonio Book Festival scheduled for April is canceled

Next year’s gathering scheduled for April 10, 2021

San Antonio Book Festival

SAN ANTONIO – In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the City of San Antonio’s announcement today, the San Antonio Book Festival announced all events taking place during the 8th Annual San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) weekend (April 2-4) including Lit Crawl and the festival itself are being canceled.

The Book Appétit Literary Feast featuring Amor Towles will be postponed to November 30, still at the Witte Museum.

“The festival fully supports the City of San Antonio’s decision on erring on the side of caution and will follow its guidelines to help contain this disease,” said the San Antonio Book Festival team. “The festival strongly believes in fostering the literary community, bringing writers and readers together in person, but protecting the health and safety of the community is of the utmost importance right now.”

Listed below is the official statement from the San Antonio Book Festival:

"Many of our writers need to fly to San Antonio from other parts of America, requiring flights and hotel stays. Public health experts across the board state that social distancing, including limiting nonessential travel, is crucial to minimizing the virus, which influenced our decision to cancel. Due to the nature of operations and writers’ schedules, it’s unfortunately not possible to postpone the festival to a later date but the festival looks forward to next year’s gathering scheduled for April 10, 2021.

The festival wants to be considerate of all of the authors that have books to promote and sell, particularly those writers launching their debut books. In an effort to offset the cancellation, people are encouraged to support the authors by buying their books and amplifying the books on social media channels.

Over the past year, the festival team has dedicated so much time and energy getting ready for everyone to arrive in San Antonio and to continue creating a community of people who know that writers have something unique to contribute to the city and world. While the gathering will not happen in person, the hope is that communities stay safe and continue to promote the literary community throughout the year," said the San Antonio Book Festival team." - San Antonio Book Festival team

For more information and for a full FAQ page, visit the festival website at sabookfestival.org.

Original story:

Parents, if you have kids, the 8th Annual San Antonio Book Festival is a great activity for the whole family -- and it’s free.

The festival will take place on Saturday, April 4 at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art.

San Antonio Book Festival attendees can expect a full day with author discussions, author presentations, book sales, book signings, children’s activities, teen activities, and food trucks.

“A book gives a kid to develop their own imagination,” said Clay Smith, SABF’s literary director. “A kid who is drawn in even by a really simple story will read more, and then that kid is more likely to be a reader as an adult.”

Be a reader yourself and set an example for your kids to show them that reading can be fun.

For more information, visit sabookfestival.org.

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