Books and bikes go together like, well, paper and pen.
So do books and kayaks, books and yoga, and books and running.
Kudos to the Texas Book Festival, which unfolds this weekend in downtown Austin, for providing cool ways for readers to interact with their favorite authors.
At this year’s festival, the public can join featured authors for a downtown bike ride, a yoga session on the Capitol lawn, a paddle on Lady Bird Lake or a run on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail.
All the activities are free.
To sign up for the sessions, go to http://www.texasbookfestival.org/yoga-kayak-bike-run-with-the-authors/. For more information call the book festival office at 512-477-4055.
Here’s the lineup:
- Yoga – 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5; meet on the Capitol lawn near 11th Street at Congress Avenue. Class led by Modo Yoga instructors. A limited number of mats are available, or bring your own. Participating authors include Bethany Hegedus and Allison Amend.
- Kayak – 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5; meet at Congress Kayaks, 74 Trinity Street. Kayaks provided by Congress Kayaks. Participating authors include Julissa Arce, Sam Gwynne, Maya Perez, Laura Tillman, Amanda Ward, Juli Berwald, Kwame Alexander, J. Scott Brownlee, Jonathan Ogren, Xavier Garza, Kekla Magoon, Miriam Horn and Ruth Chan
- Bike – 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6; meet at BCycle station at 11th Street and Congress Avenue. Bring your own bike or rent one from BCycle for a discounted rate of $4. Participating authors include Maya Perez, Kwame Alexander, Julissa Arce, Xavier Garza, Miriam Horn, Ruth Chan, HW Brands and Larry Wright.
- Run – 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6; meet at southwest corner of Congress Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street. Three miles at conversation pace. Participating authors include Jonathan Ogren, Kevin Smokler, Richard Gonzales and Allison Amend.