(Texas Book Festival)

A family looks through a festival guide at the 2017 Texas Book Festival.

The Texas Book Festival is kicking off virtually for its 25th anniversary, featuring more than 125 guests including none other than actor, UT professor, Austin resident and now author, Matthew McConaughey.


The Texas Book Festival will take place entirely online from Oct. 31 to Nov. 15. All events will be available to the public for free, featuring content for readers of all ages.

"The 25th Anniversary Texas Book Festival will be one for the record books, and not only because we will be all virtual," said TBF executive director Lois Kim in a press release. "The authors we are hosting are so talented, and we can't wait to share dozens of unforgettable conversations with everyone, everywhere."

This year the event will feature plenty of prominent figures in addition to McConaughey, including chef David Chang presenting his book "Eat a Peach: A Memoir;" Kevin Kwan, who is famously known for the novel-turned-movie "Crazy Rich Asians," presenting his new book, "Sex and Vanity;" Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson presenting "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents;" and National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez with her new novel "What Are You Going Through," among many other authors, poets, journalists artists and illustrators.

McConaughey will discuss his new memoir "Greenlights," which he describes as his "sights and scenes, nices and means, successes and failures," and was derived from a lifetime of the actor's own journals.

The festival was originally started in 1995 by former First Lady Laura W. Bush and Mary Margaret Farabee with the goal of connecting readers and authors to one another and promoting a lifetime love of reading.

The nonprofit event helps bring authors to elementary schools, gifts thousands of books to students and has awarded more than $3 million worth of grants to more than 600 libraries.

This year The Texas Teen Book Festival will take place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, followed by children's programming from Nov. 2-6, with adult programming for the remainder of the festival.

A full schedule of events can be found here.

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