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The San Antonio Book Festival lasts only a day but that one day is positively crammed with activities, from book signings and discussions to opportunities for kids and teens to explore arts-and-crafts, theater, robot racing, virtual reality and dozens of other things.

The number of authors is as high as in previous years, with about 90 participating in the fest, among them: David Bowles, Sandra Cisneros, Mark Eisner, Jim La Villa-Havelin, Stephen Harrigan, Jennifer Ziegler, Diana Lopez, David Liss, Henry Cisneros, Paula Poundstone, Bryce Milligan. Jason Reynolds, Attica Locke, Naomi Shihab Nye, and many others.

The festival takes place in and around the Central Library downtown and on the grounds of the adjacent Southwest Scholl of Art, and all programs and activities are free. To add to the fun, browse the fest’s marketplace featuring a range of boots set up by educational, arts and literary businesses and institutions.

To plan your day, go to festival.saplf.org

Photos  (from top) Clay Smith, the festival’s literary director (courtesy photo); Naomi Shihab Nye (photo by Jasmina Wellinghoff)