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Austin Film Festival and Texas Book Festival Come Together in 2011

Photo by KUT News
People listen to Laura Bush speak at the Texas Book Fest in 2010. The Book Festival and the Austin Film Festival will join forces for some events this year.

Aficionados of books and film will have a golden opportunity to meet authors and screenwriters at the same time throughout the year and culminating in a joint festival this fall. The Austin Film Festival (AFF) will run October 20-27 in conjunction with the Texas Book Festival (TBF) October 22-23. Barbara Morgan, Executive Director of the Austin Film Festival, says both nonprofit organizations will benefit writers in the Austin community.

“The [Texas] book festival and the Austin Film Festival actually have a lot in common in that we both focus on writing,” Morgan told KUT. “We’ve been crossing audiences and events for years. It just made sense that we would, since were both so close together in time that we would finally do some more jointly and present a number of events.”

Leading up to this fall's festivals, AFF and TBF are partnering to hold a series of events.  The first one is scheduled for February 16 at the AT&T Convention Center on the UT Campus.  Screenwriter James V. Hart will discuss his script for the movie, "Hook," along with a screening of the movie.