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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 7.15.2018

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Special Events

  • 33rd Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore, June 28-July 29
  • Barrio Writers Summer Workshop, Pflugerville, July 16-21
  • Celebration Magazine's 4th Annual Live, Laugh and Learn, Richardson, July 17
  • Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, Houston, July 18-21
  • Gemini Ink Writers Conference, San Antonio, July 20-22
  • The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, Grapevine, July 20-22
  • JStokes Writing Ministries Workshop: Preparing for Christian Publication, Desoto, July 21


Ongoing Exhibits

  • Routine Fables, Houston, May 25-July 29
  • Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books, Abilene, June 7-September 30


Sunday, July 15



Monday, July 16


  • BookPeople, RUSTY SHELTON and ADAM WITTY speaking & signing Authority Marketing: How to Leverage 7 Pillars of Thought Leadership to Make Competition Irrelevant, 7PM



  • Interabang Books, Bronson Dorsey discussing and signing LOST, TEXAS, 7:30PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Melissa Radke will discuss and sign her book EAT CAKE. BE BRAVE., 7PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Kristin Wong discussing and signing GET MONEY, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Linda Castillo will sign and discuss her newest release A Gathering of Secrets, 6:30PM



  • Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas Summer Series – Part 2, 7PM


Tuesday, July 17


  • Bullock History Museum, Artful Writing: Join Austin Public Library Foundation's Badgerdog Creative Writing Program in "Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic" exhibit and let the art inspire you to write, 10AM
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Mr. Dave, 7:15PM



  • Burrowing Owl Books, High Plains Poetry Project presents Poetry Circle, 7PM



  • Deep Vellum Books, Joe Milazzo presents Of All Places In This Place Of All Places, 7PM
  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, writer, entertainer and internet sensation Melissa Radke will discuss and sign her humorous and inspirational new book, Eat Cake. Be Brave., 7PM [numbered pass required for signing line]
  • Interabang Books, May Cobb reading and signing BIG WOODS, 7PM
  • Klyde Warren Park, The Wild Detectives presents the Locals Only Book Club: join author Kathleen Kent to discuss The Dime, 6PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Patricia Hunt Holmes reading and signing SEARCHING FOR PILAR, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Dan Stuart will sign and discuss The Unfortunate Demise of Marlow Billings, 6:30PM


San Antonio

  • The Mix, PuroSlam Poetry with DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, David Langford & Andrew Sansom discussing and signing Seasons at Selah: The Legacy of Bamberger Ranch Preserve, 5PM


Wednesday, July 18


  • Central Library, BRIAN CATLING speaking & signing The Cloven, 7PM [ticketed event]
  • The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions with Jenna Valentine, M. Burger, BedPost co-founder and producer Julie Gillis, and artist Ebony Stewart, 8PM



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Youth Poetry Slam, 7:30PM
  • Houston Public Library, Joe Holley discussing and signing Hurricane Season, 6:30PM
  • Murder By the Book, David Bell will sign and discuss Somebody's Daughter, 6:30PM


San Antonio

  • Sabina's Coffee House, Ocotillo Review summer edition reading, 6:30PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, David Hollander discussing and signing Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music, 5PM


Thursday, July 19


  • The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare, The Writer's Garret workshop: "In the Pity: Introduction to Poetry for Veterans and Military Families" with Joshua Morgan Folmar, 6PM



  • BookPeople, RACHEL HENG speaking & signing The Suicide Club, 7PM
  • BookPeople, Writers' League of Texas presents "Marketing, Schmoozing, and Building Connections as a Writer" with Dixie Evatt, Walt Gragg, Alyssa Harad, and Christina Soontornvat, 7PM
  • The North Door, The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions with Jenna Valentine, M. Burger, BedPost co-founder and producer Julie Gillis, and artist Ebony Stewart, 8PM



  • Crooked Tree Coffee Shop, Sara Triana Mitchell presents her new children's book, Love Love Bakery: A Wild Home for All, 10:30AM
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents a Reading and Conversation with Sheila Heti, author of Motherhood, and Sigrid Nunez, author The Friend, 7:30PM
  • Interabang Books, Megan Abbott reading and signing GIVE ME YOUR HAND, 7PM
  • The Wild Detective, D Magazine Summer Microfiction reading with guest authors Ben Fountain, Julia Heaberlin, Brooks Egerton, Merritt Tierce, Harry Hunsicker, Samantha Mabry, Kathleen Kent, and Will Clarke, 7:30PM



  • Friendswood Public Library, Poetry with Robin Davidson and Chuck Wemple, 7PM



  • South Irving Library, Storyteller DeeCee Cornish, 2PM



  • George W. Bush Childhood Home, Laura Bush Literacy Program Reading Event, 4:30PM
  • Sibley Nature Center, Brown Bag Lecture: Michael Eason, author of Wildflowers of Texas, 12PM


San Antonio

  • Roosevelt Library, Gemini Ink presents "Three Writers, Three Futures" featuring supper and literary talk with 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri, 2018 Women’s Advocate of the Year Anel Flores, and award-winning poet Veronica Golos, 6PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Michael C.Taylor discussing and signing The Financial Rules for New College Graduates, 5PM


Sugar Land

  • B&N - First Colony, Story time with local author Maria Ashworth, 10AM


Friday, July 20


  • BookPeople, KATIE WILLIAMS speaking & signing Tell the Machine Goodnight, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, Page by Page: On Craft & Other Writerly Pursuits: "The Art of Submitting Work: The Triumphs and Pitfalls of Putting Yourself Out There" with Tatiana Ryckman, 7PM



  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park Gallery & Visitor’s Center, Natalie Bright signing her two newest easy readers + meet the rescue horses and their trainers, 9:30AM


El Paso

  • Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 7:30PM



  • Murder By the Book, Ace Atkins will sign and discuss The Sinners, and Megan Abbott will sign and discuss Give Me Your Hand, 6:30PM


San Antonio

  • B&N - San Pedro, Eat Cake. Be Brave. book signing with Melissa Radke, 7PM


Saturday, July 21


  • Chase Tower, High Plains Writers hosts an Indie Authors & Independent Presses Panel Discussion, 10AM



  • Half Price Books, local author Troy Depue will sell and sign his fantasy book, The Diary of Mordred, 1PM



  • Blue Baker Arboretum, Austin SCWBI's Author Lunch featuring Jessica Lee Anderson, 11:30AM
  • BookPeople, DAVID BOWLES speaking & signing Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico (in conversation with Rebecca Gomez, Curator of Exhibitions & Programs at Mexic-Arte Museum), 2PM
  • BookPeople, MELISSA RADKE speaking & signing Eat Cake. Be Brave., 6PM
  • Half Price Books - S. Lamar, local author Henry Nash will sell and sign his inspirational book, Integrity Does Matter: Living a Life Above Reproach, 1PM
  • Malvern Books, celebrate the launch of Keith R. Rees’ new novel, One Night in Bangkok, 7PM



  • Winspear Opera House, AT&T Performing Arts Center presents #hearhere: Ira Glass, 8PM



  • B&N - Golden Triangle Mall, Blaise Ramsay signing Blessing Luna, 2PM


El Paso

  • Memorial Park Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Assaying the Essay" with Bill Sparks, 12:45PM



  • Galveston Bookshop, Linda Pirtle signing The Mah Jongg Murders, 2PM



  • Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • MATCH Houston, Apollo Poetry Showcase, 7:30PM
  • Murder By the Book, May Cobb will sign and discuss Big Woods, 4:30PM


Port Neches

  • Fleur Fine Books, Harold Brown signing My Son, To Whom It May Concern, 3PM



  • CityLine DFW, Sara Triana Mitchell presents her new children's book, Love Love Bakery: A Wild Home for All, 9, 10, and 11AM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Michael Cirlos signing Humans of San Antonio, 11AM


Sugar Land

  • Half Price Books, local author Tonja Eckleswill sell and sign her spiritual book, Resilience to Live: Bouncing Back from Afflictions, 12PM



  • Half Price Books, local author Lewis Ben Smith will sell and sign his faith-based historical novel, The Gnostic Library, 1PM


Sunday, July 22


  • BookPeople, ASHLEY HERRING BLAKE speaking & signing Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World, and BRANDY COLBERT speaking & signing Little & Lion, 2PM
  • The Highball Austin, Austin Poetry Slam vs Austin Neo Soul: Battle of the Slams 2018, 3PM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Sharon Ervin signs Do You Love Me?, 1PM
  • The Foundry Club, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Criminal Minds: The Elements of Crime Writing" with Kathleen Kent, 3PM
  • Half Price Books - The Mother Ship, local author Jane Giddan will sell and sign her children's book, Grackles of Green Grove Protect Their Land, and local author Chris Langlois will sell and sign his illustrated storybook, How Easy Company Became a Band of Brothers, 1PM



  • Museum of South Texas History, Sunday Speaker Series: Poetry from the Forgotten Words of Coahuiltecans, 4PM



  • Alliance Française de Houston, David Rosenfelt will sign and discuss the newest Andy Carpenter novel, Rescued, 1PM
  • Murder By the Book, Daniel Silva will sign and discuss his new book, The Other Woman, 4PM [line number required for signing]


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updated 6.10.2018

Use this calendar of recurring events and cultural emphases in Texas and those other states to plan ahead in your bookish life. We'll add dates for each year as we learn of them.



  • Book Publishers Day (Jan. 16 annually)
  • Pulpwood Queen's Girlfriend Weekend (since 2000; Nacogdoches, Jan. 11–14, 2018)
  • Austin Book, Paper, & Photo Show (Jan. 20–21, 2018)



  • Black History Month
  • Lone Star Literary Life Birthday (Feb. 2 annually)
  • Bookworm Festival (Houston, Sat., Feb. 3, 2018)
  • Teen Bookfest by the Bay (Corpus Christi, Feb. 17, 2018)
  • Angelo State University Writers’ Conference, San Angelo (22nd annual; Feb. 22–23, 2018)
  • ConDFW (since 2001; Fort Worth, Feb. 18–19, 2018)
  • People's Poetry Fest (3rd annual, Corpus Christi, Feb. 22–24, 2018)



  • Women's History Month
  • Freedom of Information Day (March 16 annually)
  • Children's Picture Book Day (March 28 annually)
  • Lone Star Literary Life's Top Ten Texas Bookish Destinations
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Alpine, 32nd annual, March 2–3, 2018)
  • Sin Fronteras International Book Festival (2nd annual, McAllen, March 3, 2018)



  • National Poetry Month
  • D.E.A.R., "Drop Everything and Read" Month
  • National Library Week (April 8–14, 2018)
  • National Friends of Libraries Week
  • International Children's Book Day (April 2 annually)
  • Children's Book Day, El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día) (April 30 annually)
  • World Book Day (Shakespeare's birthday, April 23 annually)
  • Bayou City Book Festival (Friendwood, April 3-8, 2017)
  • Austin International Poetry Festival (April 6-9, 2017)
  • Books in the Basin (Odessa, April)
  • Poetry at Round Top (17th annual, April 20–22, 2018)
  • NETWO Spring Conference
  • Houston Writers' Guild Conference
  • Mansfield Reads! (Mansfield)
  • San Antonio Book Festival (Sat, April 7, 2018)
  • Texas Institute of Letters Annual Meeting (April 6–7, 2018, San Antonio)
  • North Texas Teen Book Festival (Irving, April 20–21, 2018)
  • West Texas Trail Writers (April 29, 2017)



  • Texas Writers Month
  • Children's Book Week (Apr. 30–May 6, 2018)
  • National Independent Bookstore Day (last Saturday in April annually)
  • BookExpo America (New York, May 30–June 1, 2018)
  • O. Henry Pun-off (since 1978; Austin, annually in May)



  • GLBT Books Month
  • Bloomsday (James Joyce's Ulysses, June 16 annually)
  • CALF (Children's Art & Literacy Festival), Abilene (June 7-9, 2018)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Writers Conference (Dallas, June 9–10, 2018)
  • Western Writers of America Convention (Billings, MO, June 20-23, 2018)
  • Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference (Austin, June 29-July 1, 2018)
  • Annual Austin African-American Book Festival (June 23, 2018)
  • International Christian Retail Show (June)



  • Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore (33rd season, 2018)
  • Poetry Society of Texas Annual Conference (49th annual conference, The Woodway, Austin, July 12–14, 2018)
  • WLT Summer Writing Workshop, Austin (July)
  • Romance Writers of America conference (Denver, July 18–21, 2018)
  • Macondo Writers’ Workshop (since 1995; San Antonio, July 24–29, 2018)



  • East Texas Book Bash (Tyler, August 4, 2018)
  • Texas Christian Writers’ Conference (Houston, August 4, 2018)
  • Lone Star Literary Life's Annual Readers’ Choice Top Ten Texas Bookstores



  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15 annually)
  • Banned Books Week (last week of September annually)
  • National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Lubbock (second weekend in September annually; 30th annual, Sept. 7–9, 2018)
  • Indiepalooza, Houston (September 14–16, 2018)
  • West Texas Book Festival,  Abilene (third week of September; not held in 2018)



  • National Book Month
  • LGBT History Month
  • National Friends of Libraries Week (late October annually)
  • Teen Read Week (third week of October annually)
  • Texas Teen Book Festival, St. Edward’s University, Austin (Sat., Oct. 8, 2018
  • Houston LibroFEST, October
  • Permian Basin Writers' Workshop (Midland, Oct. 13–14, 2018)
  • North Texas Book & Paper Show (24th annual, Fort Worth, Oct. 13–14, 2018)
  • Lubbock Book Festival (not held in 2018; will return in 2019)
  • Texas Book Festival (since 1995; Austin, Oct. 27–28, 2018)



  • Native American Heritage Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • University Press Week (November 6–11, 2017)
  • Shop Small: Small Business Saturday (November)
  • McAllen Book Festival (Nov. 10, 2018)



  • World AIDS Day (Dec. 1 annually)
  • Laredo Book Festival (Dec. 7, 2017)







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