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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 3.11.2018

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Special Events

  • Beall Poetry Festival, Waco, March 21-23
  • Houston Public Library Foundation 2nd Annual Beyond the Page Benefit Luncheon, March 22
  • New Visions, New Voices: Spring Playwriting Festival, Dallas, March 22-25
  • A Conference on the Tricentennial, San Antonio, March 23-24
  • Kidlit Marches for Kids: March for Our Lives, March 24
  • Teen Book Con, League City, March 24
  • Galveston Island Book Festival, March 24
  • WORDfest, Hurst, March 24
  • 2nd Annual "Write This Way" Indie Author Fest, Dallas, March 24


Ongoing Exhibits

  • OK, I'll Do It Myself: Narratives of Intrepid Women in the American Wilderness, Selections from the Caroline F. Schimmel Collection, Dallas, January 18-March 28
  • Texas Writers Traveling Exhibition (Humanities Texas), San Antonio, February 26-March 30
  • Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards (NCCIL exhibition), Abilene, February 8-May 19
  • HOMETOWN TEXAS photography exhibition, Dallas, February 17-May 5
  • Association of University Presses, Book, Jacket and Journal Show, Austin, March 19-30
  • In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez (Humanities Texas), Del Rio, March 24-May 4


Sunday, March 18


  • The Long Center, Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, and Friends present New Worlds, a joint program that showcases the core of American values in literature and music, 7:30PM



  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Elizabeth Kostova and her new novel, The Shadow Land, 2PM
  • Half Price Books Mothership, local author Therone Shellman will sell and sign his spiritual book Third Eye Awakening, 1PM


El Paso

  • El Paso International Museum of Arts, Sunday Salon: Robin Scofield reading from her most recent book, FLOW, as well as new work, 2PM



  • B&N - River Oaks, George Arnold signing Ramblin' Rogue, 10AM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Public Poetry featuring Jane Chance, Carolyn Dahl, Gabrielle Langley, Stacy R. Nigliazzo, Aleenah Spencer, and Chris Wise, 5PM
  • Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, Inprint Cool Brains! Spring Break Fest with  JUAN FELIPE HERRERA, 2PM



  • Pflugerville Public Library, Barrio Writers Teen Workshop with Leticia Urieta, 3:30PM



  • B&N - Town Square, Obsidio B&N Exclusive Edition book discussion and signing with Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, 2PM


Monday, March 19


  • Abilene Public Library, Texas Author Series: Melissa Lenhardt, 12PM



  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents "Texas Bound II": Ashley Wood reads “What Baseball Does to the Soul” by Colum McCann; Jeffrey Schmidt reads “Stranger on the Bridge” by Julia Heaberlin; Julie White reads “Leaving Cloud Drive” by Marjorie Kemper; Jeffrey Schmidt reads “Ash” by Thomas Adams; and G. W. Bailey reads “West of Nowhere” by Harry Hunsicker, 7:30PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Elizabeth Kostova will discuss and sign her new novel, THE SHADOW LAND, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, John Lescroart will sign and discuss his new Dismas Hardy novel, Poison, 6:30PM
  • Stages Repertory Theatre, Tintero Project Reading Series featuring Icess Fernandez Rojas, 7:30PM



  • Sam Houston State, Women's History Month Lecture: Dr. Dana Cooper, Professor of History, Stephen F. Austin and author or Informal Ambassadors: American Women, Transatlantic Marriages, and Anglo American Relations, 1865-1945 (New Studies in U.S. Foreign Relations), 3PM



  • Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Realities of Self-Publishing" with Barbara Wilson, 7PM


San Antonio

  • San Antonio Public Library - Landa, Women's History Month: author Kelly Grey Carlisle presents "Pistol-Packing Annie, A Frenchwoman, and the Women's Army Corps", 6PM


Tuesday, March 20


  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Presentation by award-winning artist Javaka Steptoe, 6PM



  • BookPeople, FARRAH PENN speaking & signing Twelve Steps to Normal, 7PM
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam hosted by Jomar Valentin, 7PM
  • UT - Avaya Auditorium, The Michener Center for Writers presents poet Jane Miller, 7:30PM



  • Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, WTAMU's Center for the Study of the American West presents award-winning Western author John Erickson speaking on "Prairie Gothic: Writing Regional History", 7:30PM



  • Half Price Books - The Mother Ship, former Navy SEAL Jack Carr will discuss and sign his new political thriller, The Terminal List, 7PM


El Paso

  • The Black Orchid Lounge, Barbed Wire Open Mic (a BorderSenses event), 8PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Joelle Charbonneau will discuss and sign her novel for teens, TIME BOMB, 7PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Robert Locander, Richard Shaw, and Kevin Bailey discussing and signing HOW TEXAS POLITICS REALLY WORKS, 7PM


San Antonio

  • Hotel Emma Library, Readings at Emma: "When Words Sing: An Evening of Poetry" with San Antonio Poet Laureate Jenny Browne, 6:30PM
  • The Mix, Puroslam with DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM



  • B&N - Town Square, Dianna De La Garza signing Falling with Wings: A Mother's Story, 7PM


Wednesday, March 21


  • BookPeople, KRISTIN CASEY speaking & signing Rock Monster: My Life with Joe Walsh, 7PM
  • ESB Mex-Am Cultural Center, Voces en Contexto with Natalia Sylvester, author of Everyone Knows You Go Home, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, fifth Austin edition of the Why There Are Words reading series with Brittani Sonnenberg, Steve Brooks, Domingo Martinez, and Kendra Tanacea, 7PM



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM
  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Brendan Wenzel will discuss and sign his newest picture book, HELLO, HELLO, 6PM
  • Murder By the Book, Steve Berry will sign and discuss his new Cotton Malone thriller, The Bishop's Pawn, 6:30PM



  • South Irving Library, Debut author and BuzzFeed writer Farrah Penn discussing and signing her YA novel, 12 Steps to Normal, with #1 NY Times bestselling author Julie Murphy (Dumplin'), 7PM


Thursday, March 22


  • UTA - Central Library, Brief Histories Story Challenge, 12PM



  • BookPeople, NEAL SHUSTERMAN speaking & signing Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2), 7PM
  • Malvern Books, St. Edward’s University’s Literature, Writing and Rhetoric department reading with Alan Altimont, Amy Clements, Mary Helen Specht, and Michael Yang, 7PM
  • UT, Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series presents a "Beyond Borders Talk" with translator Kareem Abdulrahman, 6PM



  • Layland Museum of History, The Published Page Bookshop presents "The Care and Repair of Old Books," 6PM



  • Dallas Heritage Village, E.R. Bills will present his research and his book, Texas Far and Wide: The Tornado with Eyes, Gettysburg’s Last Casualty, The Celestial Skipping Stone, and Other Tales (book signing will follow), 6:30PM
  • Maggiano’s NorthPark Center, Luncheon: Half Price Books hosts Steve Berry discussing and signing The Bishop's Pawn, 11:30AM [ticketed event]
  • Interabang Books, Simone St. James reading and signing THE BROKEN GIRLS, 7PM



  • Spiderweb Salon HQ, Angsty Zine workshop, 7PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Chelsea Clinton will sign her new picture book, SHE PERSISTED AROUND THE WORLD, 6PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Michael Noll discussing and signing THE WRITER’S FIELD GUIDE TO THE CRAFT OF FICTION, 7PM
  • Katy Budget Books, discussion and signing with YA authors CC Hunter (This Heart of Mine) and Farrah Penn (Twelve Steps to Normal), moderated by author Aminah Mae Safi (Not the Girls You’re Looking For), 6PM
  • Murder By the Book, John Hart will sign and discuss The Hush, 6:30PM
  • Serene Beans, Meet & Greet with Farrah Penn, author of Twelve Steps to Normal, 4PM



  • Texas Tech, Creative Writing Program Reading Series presents poet Melissa Range, author of Scriptorium, a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series, 7:30PM



  • The Bosslight, Mystery Book Club: Tim Bryant will answer questions about his first novel, DUTCH CURRIDGE, 6:30PM


San Marcos

  • Texas State - Alkek Library, Wittliff Collections hosts a reading, discussion, and book signing with poet, essayist, translator, editor, and attorney Martín Espada, 3:30PM


Sugar Land

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



  • University of Houston-Victoria, American Book Review Reading Series presents Debra Di Blasi, 12PM


Friday, March 23


  • BookPeople, Greg Boyle speaking & signing Barking to the Choir, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, I Scream Social reading series featuring women-identified writers, 7PM



  • UNT, Creative Writing faculty reading with Scott Blackwood, Bruce Bond, Jehanne Dubrow, Bonnie Friedman, Corey Marks, Miro Penkov, John Tait, and Jill Talbot, 7:30PM



  • B&N - River Oaks, The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women book signing with Kate Moore, 7PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Houston debut of Music & Literature, the international magazine dedicated to publishing and celebrating outstanding artists from around the world, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Simone St. James will sign and discuss The Broken Girls, 6:30PM
  • Rudyard's Pub, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Allegra Hyde, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Josie Mitchell, and Annie Shepherd, 7PM



  • Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch, One Romantic Evening and Salon: award-winning Texas romance authors Lorraine Heath, Cindy Dees and Angi Morgan will read selections from their works and discuss them with the audience (moderated by author Elizabeth Essex, president of Dallas Area Romance Authors), 6:30PM



  • Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, A reading, discussion, and book signing with poet, essayist, translator, editor, and attorney Martín Espada, 7:30PM


San Antonio

  • Mission San Jose, "Then and Now: The Arts and Culture in San Antonio": the San Antonio Chamber Choir will present poetry of a local poet to music, in addition a local artist will paint a mural as the world premiere of this music unfolds, 6PM [an SA300 event]
  • The Movement Gallery, Raspa Magazine's Rough Nights Reading Series featuring Anel Flores, August Huerta, Joe Jiménez, and Mónica Teresa Ortiz, 7PM
  • Viva Tacoland, Gemini Ink reading series featuring Jesse Cardona, Fernando Esteban Flores, Pablo Miguel Martínez, and Mobi Warren (followed by open mic), 6:30PM


Saturday, March 24


  • Texas Star Trading Company, Gary P. Nunn will sign his autobiography, At Home with the Armadillo, 1PM



  • B&N - Arboretum, Elizabeth H. Clare signing The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900, 2PM
  • B&N - Lakeline, Kathy Mursch signing The Secret Language of Angels, 2PM
  • BookPeople, CAROLYN COHAGAN speaking & signing Time Next, 2PM
  • BookPeople, ANTHONY GRAVES speaking and signing Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement and 12 Years on Death Row Failed to Kill My Soul, 6PM
  • Central Austin, Austin chapter of Romance Writers of America workshop: "Characters as Architects, Not Architecture" with Chuck Wendig, 9AM [location provided upon registration]
  • Half Price Books - Parmer Crossing, local author Shannon Mokry will sell and sign her children's books Bubbles and the Berry Bush and Escaping Gardenia, 1PM
  • Half Price Books - South Lamar, local author Kevin Perizzolo will sell and sign his book As I See It, and local author A.J. Jaafari will sell and sign his fantasy book First Empress of Mortar, 1PM
  • St. Edward's University, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "The Self-Publishing Go Bag: What You Need to Know to Get Started" with Lori Ryan, 10AM



  • B&N - Lincoln Park, Amy Nelson Hannon of Euna Mae's signs her cookbook Love Welcome Serve: Recipes that Gather and Give, 3PM
  • Interabang Books, Vivian Thomson discussing and signing CLIMATE OF CAPITULATION, 7PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Gentrified Dallas: Georgeen Theodore, Tobias Armborst, and Daniel D’Oca from New York firm Interboro Partners present their book The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion, 1:30PM


Fort Worth

  • The Dock Bookshop, Women's Herstory Month Celebration with the authors of Power Moms, 4PM
  • Half Price Books - Ridgmar, local author Misty Hayes will sell and sign her fantasy book The Outcasts: The Blood Dagger Volume 1, 1PM



  • Galveston Bookshop, Local author LuLynne Streeter signs Frozen Lives, her biography of Karl and Anna Kuerner, neighbors of Andrew Wyeth and frequent subjects of his paintings, 2PM



  • B&N - Vanderbilt, Dr. Samuel Axelrad signing Peaceful Bones, 1PM
  • Body, Mind & Soul, An Evening of Spirit Communication with Mark Anthony, followed by a book signing, 7PM [ticketed event]
  • Brazilian Arts Foundation, Houston VIP National Poetry Slam Team hosts a writing workshop followed by a poetry slam, 7PM
  • Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • Katy Budget Books, Local author Pastor Ann Loutfi signs Across a Field of Angels, 1PM
  • Maggiano's Little Italy, Murder By the Book hosts a brunch with author Elizabeth George, 11:30AM [ticketed event]
  • MECA Cultural Center, Space City Semifinal Slam, 10:30AM
  • Murder By the Book, Elizabeth George will sign and discuss the newest Inspector Lynley book, The Punishment She Deserves, 4:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Russell Sanders reading and signing Titanic Summer, 3PM
  • Rothko Chapel, Anniversary of Archbishop Óscar Romero's Martyrdom: Music and Spoken Word, 4PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "How to Win Writing Contests" with Patricia Flaherty Pagan, 9:30AM


Iowa Park

  • Tom Burnett Memorial Library, Writer's League of Texas presents "Texas Writes" with feature presentations from authors Kathleen Kent and Jeramey Kraatz, 10AM



  • B&N, I Know Him: Risking It All So That All May Know book signing with Rachel Sweatt, 1PM
  • B&N, Prayer Matters book signing with Marily Wragg, 2:30PM



  • B&N, Susie Jackson signing If You Were A Commandment, 12PM



  • B&N - Creekwalk Village, Dr. Len Zwelling reading and signing Congressional Malpractice, 12PM


Port Neches

  • Fleur Fine Books, Meet & Greet with Gary Brice, author of The Birds, Their Carols Raise, 3PM


San Antonio

  • Dead Tree Books, Poetry Day: Dead Tree Books is celebrating poetry month by inviting all local poets, young and old, published and not yet published, to share their work, 2PM
  • Mission San Jose, "Then and Now: The Arts and Culture in San Antonio": the San Antonio Chamber Choir will present poetry of a local poet to music, in addition a local artist will paint a mural as the world premiere of this music unfolds, 6PM [an SA300 event]
  • The Twig Book Shop, Mary Moorman signing Indulgences: Luther, Catholicism, and the Imputation of Merit, 11AM


South Padre Island

  • Paragraphs on Padre, Meet the Author: Pino Shah and Eileen Mattei discuss and sign Brownsville Architecture: A Visual History, 1PM



  • Copperfield's Books, Fundraiser Sale Benefiting Barbara Bush Library, 10:30AM


Sugar Land

  • Half Price Books, local author Jerry Poscovsky will sell and sign his children's book Hippidi & Dippidi, 12PM



  • Argos Brewhouse & Bookseller, Open Mic Night, 7PM



  • B&N - Baybrook, Meet the Author: Astronaut Clayton Anderson takes readers on an A to Z flight through the alphabet, 1PM


Sunday, March 25


  • B&N - Arboretum, Kathy Mursch signing The Secret Language of Angels, 2PM
  • BookPeople, GALEN STRAWSON speaking & signing Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, The Self, Etc., 2PM



  • Half Price Books Mothership, local author Amy Winfield will sell and sign her children's book Cautious Fred, and local author English Minter will sell and sign her children's book Filly's Day on the Farm, 1PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Backyard Story Night: Dallas edition, 7PM



  • Body, Mind & Soul, An Evening of Spirit Communication with Mark Anthony, followed by a book signing, 7PM [ticketed event]


San Antonio

  • Institute of Texan Cultures, "Ballads of the Borderland" is a sweeping tale of our cultural history–weaving together powerful texts of John Phillip Santos and Carmen Tafolla with the spirited stores and artifacts of those who lived the tale and helped mold our cultural mosaic (with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and SOLI Chamber Ensemble), 3PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Barbara Nye reading and signing Somewhere a Bell is Ringing, 12PM [children's event]


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updated 2.18.2018

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, May 13, 2017)



  • 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)
  • Lone Star Literary Life's Annual Readers’ Choice Top Ten Texas Bookstores (June 3 and June 10, 2018)



  • Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore (33rd season, 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 Fest (Tyler, August)
  • Flor de Nopal Literary Festival, Austin
  • Texas Christian Writers’ Conference



  • 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)
  • “A Killer Weekend Event” and Murder Mystery Dinner, Houston (Sept. 15–16, 2017)
  • Permian Basin Writers' Workshop, Midland
  • West Texas Book Festival,  Abilene (third week of September)



  • 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, Austin (Sat., Oct. 7, 2017)
  • Indiepalooza, Houston (October 2017)
  • Houston LibroFEST, October
  • Lubbock Book Festival (Sat., Oct. 28, 2017)
  • North Texas Book & Paper Show (24th annual, Fort Worth, Oct. 7, 2017)



  • Native American Heritage Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • University Press Week (November 6–11, 2017)
  • Texas Book Festival (since 1995; Austin, Nov. 4–5, 2017)
  • Shop Small: Small Business Saturday (November)
  • McAllen Book Festival (Nov. 11, 2017)



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







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