This week marks the start of the San Antonio Book Festival (SABF), the signature program of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. This free, family-friendly event celebrates first-time novelists and established writers and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas and imagination.

In honor of our city’s 300th Anniversary, I’m ranking SABF No. 30 in my 300 Reasons to Love San Antonio list.

The festivals draws more than 20,000 festival goers to downtown San Antonio for author presentations, panel discussions, book sales, signings, children’s and teen activities and food trucks. SABF features the popular Book Appétit Literary Feast at the Witte Museum on April 5; renowned storytelling show The Moth at the Majestic Theatre on April 5, Book It! luncheons with festival authors at Club Giraud on April 6 and GET LIT with Susan Page at Trinity University on April 7. Susan, the award-winning USA Today Washington bureau chief, has covered six White House administrations and 10 presidential elections. Her latest book is titled The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty. My sister Mary Thorsby and I are treating our mom to that one!

Along with Susan, SABF has invited 100 other local, regional and national authors to appear at the 7th annual festival. This year’s lineup includes nationally renowned authors such as An American Marriage novelist Tayari Jones, recent Newbery Medal winner Meg Medina, historian Douglas Brinkley and many more.

The main program takes place Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art. Children’s theater performances, a technology area, interactive play, art stations and a selection of the city’s famous food trucks will all be part of the day.

Nicely done, San Antonio Public Library Foundation! What an incredible program for our city!