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The South Texas Book Festival (STBF) is an annual celebration of literature and storytelling, dedicated to fostering a love of reading and learning within our vibrant community. With a diverse lineup of authors and a range of captivating events, the festival aims to create a welcoming space for individuals of all ages to engage with the magic of books.

Join us from Thursday, October 26th to Tuesday, October 31st at McAllen Public Library, where literacy and entertainment dance hand in hand. The 2023 South Texas Book Festival is more than an event—it's a celebration of words, a gathering of minds, and a place where the enchantment of reading takes center stage.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and bring your family and friends for an experience like no other. Let's celebrate the magic of reading together at the STBF 2023!

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Experience the power of words and imagination as the STBF takes you on an unforgettable journey through the realms of literature. From cherished local authors to celebrated national wordsmiths, our festival brings together a diverse array of talents to captivate and inspire readers of all ages.

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STBF is now a literacy event for all ages!

Imagine strolling through an atmosphere alive with creativity, laughter, and the joy of discovery. From book signings that create lasting memories to interactive zones that spark curiosity, every facet of the STBF is carefully crafted to inspire a lifelong habit of reading purely for the love of it.

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Step into a world where innovation meets celebration, where the magic of literature and entertainment converge—welcome to STBF. Renowned for its groundbreaking approach, STBF stands tall among the ranks of the world's most innovative events. As of 2019, this exceptional festival proudly carries the esteemed title of an international award-winning sensation.

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Admission is FREE, so bring your friends, your family, and your love for books to this unmissable event.


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View the 2023 STBF Press Conference online: Press Conference


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RGV youth between the ages of 5-18 have an opportunity to showcase their artwork by participating in the 2023 #STBF Youth Bookmark Design Contest! Details: Youth Contests

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We're happy to announce that Kendra Scott in La Plaza Mall is hosting another fundraiser for STBF! 20% of all sales made on Thursday, October 12th from 6-8PM will benefit the upcoming festival. You'll also be able to contribute by making online purchases by using the code: GIVEBACK-ETVOL.

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STBF is an award-winning festival! Details: Awards 


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Prepare for an exciting night of traditional casino games (blackjack, poker, roulette, slot machines), a 360° photo booth, and a delicious taquiza! Attend our Fiesta! Casino & Taquiza Night on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 6-10PM in support of the STBF. Details:   Fundraiser


Calling all champions of culture & literature! The South Texas Book Festival is in search of dedicated volunteers for our upcoming festival. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 28th, from 11AM to 6PM at Main Library. For more information, reach out to Ana at atorres@mcallen.net or give us a call at 956-681-3006. Let's come together to celebrate the magic of books! Deadline to register is Friday, September 8th.



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Interested in becoming an STBF sponsor? Please contact:

Kate P. Horan, MLS
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