May. 20, 2014

Texas Teen Book Festival Hosted at St. Edward's University Welcomes James Dashner of Maze Runner Fame

AUSTIN—Young Adult genre rock star author James Dashner, creator of the wildly popular Maze Runner series, will be the headliner of the Texas Teen Book Festival Oct. 18 at St. Edward’s University.

Dashner’s latest novel is The Eye of Minds, a novel set in a world of hyper-advanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming. He is also the author of the 13th Reality series.

Texas Teen Book Festival.

“We couldn't be more excited to announce James Dashner as our headlining author,” says Heather Schubert, librarian and founder, along with BookPeople, of what was originally called the Austin Teen Book Festival. “And we are so excited about The Maze Runner movie release in September. This year's festival is going to be the most interactive and wild yet, and we have an amazing list of all-star YA authors to prove it!” Schubert says. 

Now under the auspices of the Texas Book Festival, the Texas Teen Book Festival is one of the largest gatherings of YA authors and readers in the nation, with more than 40 authors and 4,000 fans attending in 2013. The Texas Teen Book Festival is presented in conjunction with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, BookPeople, and venue sponsor St. Edward’s University.

The Texas Teen Book Festival will “bookend” the Texas Book Festival, scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26 in and around the state Capitol, with more than 40,000 expected to attend.

“I was lucky enough to attend the Austin Teen Book Festival right after The Maze Runner first came out, and to now return as the headliner for the Texas Teen Book Festival is exciting and surreal. I'm very honored, and I plan to enjoy every single second of my time there!” Dashner says.

“YA lit is a lot of fun, but in the end, everyone involved with the Texas Teen Book Festival is quite serious about engaging teen readers and about educational outcomes,” says Texas Book Festival Executive Director Lois Kim. “We’re very fortunate that St. Edward’s was willing to embark on this adventure with us. It’s the perfect location for the Festival because a university campus is where we want all teens to end up,” Kim says.

“Our partnership with Texas Teen Book Festival provides us the opportunity to help inspire thousands of young readers who will visit St. Edward’s in October,” says Mischelle Diaz, the university’s director of communications. “We hope that our vibrant campus and the impressive lineup of authors will encourage students to think about higher education as a pathway for making a difference in their world.”

Both the Texas Book Festival, held in and around the State Capitol, and the Texas Teen Book Festival are free and open to the public thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and volunteers.

About the Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by first lady Laura Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of volunteers, the nonprofit Texas Book Festival promotes the joys of reading and writing through its annual Festival weekend, the one-day Texas Teen Book Festival, the Reading Rock Stars program, grants to Texas libraries, youth fiction writing contest, and year-round literary programming. The Festival is held on the grounds of the Texas Capitol each fall and features more than 250 renowned authors, panels, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and nearly 1,000 volunteers, the Festival remains free and open to the public. See more at,, #txbookfest; and, #ttbf14.