The San Antonio Book Festival has its inaugural run as a solo event this weekend. Last year the burgeoning book fest partnered with Austin's annual Texas Book Festival by adding a series of events locally.
This year, with 90 national and local authors, organizers are confident the event will again be a success and will top their 4,000 person attendance last year. Organizers want to turn San Antonio into a literary destination.
All of their efforts come together this Saturday, April 5. The number of authors in a single day's worth of events means they needed more space than the Central Public Library could afford, so the festival has spread out to additional spaces in the Southwest School of Art and a "literary death match" at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater.
These "death matches" have become real draws, pitting known authors against one another in fictional read-offs. Listen here to find out more about them.
Do you think of San Antonio as a literary destination? Do you want it to become one?
- Katy Flato, director of the San Antonio Book Festival
- Tracey Bennet, president of the San Antonio Public Library Association
*This is the first segment in the April 3 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM -- audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.