Featuring more than ninety local, regional, and national authors


The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) is excited to announce its 2022 author lineup, which includes notable local, regional, and national authors who will be participating in the festival. This year’s lineup includes nationally renowned authors such as Julia Glass, Sandra Cisneros, Jericho Brown, Margo Jefferson, Natalie Diaz, Emma Straub and more. The free festival will take place Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art in downtown San Antonio.


2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the festival and the return to an in-person format after the event was canceled in 2020 and held virtually in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony featuring remarks by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and SABF’s director. Special performances will include poetry by Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson and Naomi Shihab Nye.


All festival writers can be found at sabookfestival.org, where a detailed festival schedule will be available in April. 


“For our 10th anniversary, we could not be more thrilled to return to being in person at the Library, which has recently been restored to its glorious ‘enchilada red’ hue,” said SABF’s Executive Director Lilly Gonzalez. “Book festivals foster a sense of community and inspire people to think beyond their individual experiences. Reading is a solitary act, and for the past two years, Texas readers have been plunged deeper into isolation, with books serving as a vital gateway to connecting with the world. It feels extra special to be able to come together for this milestone year.”


The 2022 SABF will bring together a wide variety of authors from across Texas and the nation. In addition to the in-person events, the festival will also include an all-virtual tent featuring a small number of pre-recorded sessions.


The festival will also bring plenty of Texas authors to the festival, such as Fernando A. Flores, Sarah Bird, and Stephen Harrigan. SABF is also excited to welcome local San Antonio authors to the lineup for 2022, including Phil Hardberger, Katie Gutierrez, Judge Nelson Wolff, Chef Cariño Cortez and Stephen Briseño.


Locally owned and operated bookstore Nowhere Bookshop will be the Festival’s official bookseller. The Book Festival’s singular fundraiser, the Book Appétit Literary Feast, featuring On Animals author Susan Orlean, will take place on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at the Witte Museum.


The mission of the San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) is to unite readers and writers in a celebration of ideas, books, libraries, and literary culture. SABF was first presented in April 2013. Founding partners include the San Antonio Public Library, the Southwest School of Art, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, and Texas Book Festival. This “Fiesta for the mind” is a gift to visitors and the citizens of San Antonio, free and open to all.

To learn more about the Festival, visit sabookfestival.org/