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20221026 south texas book festival webAfter two years of celebrating virtually, McAllen Public Library is excited to welcome the community to its in-person ninth annual South Texas Book Festival, which will span several days, taking place from October 27 and running through October 31, at the McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd St. The festival is free and open to the public and will feature a diverse group of national, regional, and local authors who will participate in readings and panel discussions, as well as crafts, food trucks, and other fun activities.

“The City of McAllen is proud of the services and programming that the award-winning McAllen Public Library system offers to our community,” said McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos.

This year, the festival will include a special night just for the over 18 crowd with a Killer Verse: A Night of Dark Poetry on Thursday, October 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Roosevelt’s at 7 Bar & Grill, 821 N. Main St.

The STBF kicks off at the Main Library on Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with various author readings and discussions. There will also be a special Halloween evening celebration just for the kiddoes, with a Trick-or-Treat Trail on Monday, October 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. also at the Main Library.

According to Kate Horan, MPL Director, the South Texas Book Festival is one way the McAllen Public Library engages the community. The festival welcomes all ages to this free event. It will be a full day of authors, readings, book signings, crafts, food trucks, and a lot of fun.

The international-award winning South Texas Book Festival ranks high among some of the most innovative events worldwide. McAllen Public Library recently won 20 Pinnacle Awards including the Grand Pinnacle for the South Texas Book Festival, for marketing, publicity, and communication at the 65th Annual International Festivals and Events Association Convention and Awards Ceremony, held last month in McAllen, as well as the Branding Iron Award from the Texas Library Association.

“I would like to give special thanks to our sponsors, H-E-B Helping Here, the McAllen Orthodontic Group, and the McAllen Public Library Advisory Board for their generous contributions to the South Texas Book Festival, which allows us to host this event for free for our community,” concluded Horan.