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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 11.12.2017

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Special Events

  • Odessa Shakespeare Festival, November 17-18
  • 2017 Wizard World Comic Con Austin, November 17-19


Ongoing Exhibits

  • Fact, Fiction, and the New World: The Role of Books in the Making of America (a Humanities Texas exhibition), Midland, October 1-December 1
  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature exhibition: The Illustrations of Melissa Sweet, Abilene, November 9–January 27
  • Lone Star imPRESSions: A History of Small Press in Texas, Austin, October 27-November 30
  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature exhibition: The Illustrations of Melissa Sweet, Abilene, November 9-January 27


Sunday, November 12


  • BookPeople, KRYSTEN RITTER signing Bonfire, 2PM  [voucher required]
  • Malvern Books, Austin Writers Roulette presents "Reinvented Past," 4PM



  • Half Price Books Mothership, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • Interabang Books, Workshop: The Writers Bloc presents "Getting Your (Writing) Groove Back!" with Kathleen Baldwin and Patience Griffin, 5PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Backyard Story Night: Dallas Edition, 7PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Steve Schafer reads and signs THE BORDER, 5PM
  • Katy Budget Books, Mary Lindsey and C.C. Hunter sign their newest YA paranormal titles, Haven and The Mortician's Daughter, respectively, 4PM
  • Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, Inprint Houston's Cool Brains! with Katherine Paterson, two–time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, whose newest novel is My Brigadista Year, 3PM


Monday, November 13


  • BookPeople, HEROES & VILLAINS book party: MARISSA MEYER speaking & signing Renegades (cosplay rewarded), 7PM [ticketed event]
  • Dozen Street, Chicon Street Poets hosts "The Mic is Yours" with featured reader Christopher Michael, 7PM
  • Half Price Books - North Lamar, Vanessa Spina will discuss and sign her diet book, Keto Essentials, 7PM
  • The Long Center, an evening with Annie Leibovitz, who will present a selection of defining works from her newly published Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005 – 2016, 7:30PM



  • Aaron Family JCC, Steve Dorff presents I Wrote That One, Too...: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney, 7PM
  • Interabang Books, Norm Diamond discusses and signs WHAT IS LEFT BEHIND: STORIES FROM ESTATE SALES, 7PM



  • The Kitchen Chick, Lisa Fain (aka The Homesick Texan) will discuss and sign Queso! Regional Recipes For The World’s Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip, followed by a queso crawl, 5:30PM



  • Stude Concert Hall, Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series hosts VIET THANH NGUYEN, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizers (in conversation with William Broyles, founder of Texas Monthly), 7:30PM [sold out; live-stream at Houston Public Media]


Tuesday, November 13


  • BookPeople, JAMES HALEY speaking & signing A Darker Sea, 7PM
  • South Congress Hotel, Austin Bat Cave Story Department’s second annual Eat Your Words event, 6PM
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam Hosted by Tova Charles, 7PM
  • UT - Department of French & Italian, Deep Vellum Publishing’s Will Evans and translator Adria Frizzi discuss the art of translation, 4PM


Cedar Hill

  • Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group meeting with novelist David Haynes, 7pm



  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Lisa Fain (aka The Homesick Texan) will discuss and sign Queso! Regional Recipes For The World’s Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip, 5PM



  • Interabang Books, Juli Berwald discusses and signs SPINELESS: THE SCIENCE OF JELLYFISH AND THE ART OF GROWING A BACKBONE, 7PM
  • SMU - McFarlin, Arts & Letters Live hosts Annie Leibovitz presenting a selection of defining works from her newly published Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005–2016, 7:30PM


El Paso

  • The Black Orchid Lounge, The Barbed Wire Open Mic Series featuring A.N.T., 8PM



  • B&N - Stonebriar, Mary Lindsey signs Haven, and Victoria Scott signs Violet Grenade, 7PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Joe Holley and Peter Brown discuss and sign HOMETOWN TEXAS, 7PM
  • Cafe Brasil, Austin author Chelsey Clammer reads and signs her essay collection, CIRCADIAN, 7PM
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Lois Farfel Stark discusses and signs her newest book, The Telling Image, 6:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Laura Bohn discusses and signs Laura Bohn: Ways of Seeing, 5PM
  • Wilchester Elementary School, Jeff Kinney will sign the newest book, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE GETAWAY, 4:30PM [sold out]


North Richland Hills

  • North Richland Hills Library, Writing Camp: The Business of Writing with local author Trakena Prevost, 6PM
  • San Antonio
  • The Korova, PuroSlam featuring Chicago Poet Adrienne Nadeau, 9:30PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, James McCollom discusses and signs The Last Sheriff in Texas: A True Tale of Violence and the Vote, 5PM


Wednesday, November 15


  • BookPeople, JACKSON GALAXY speaking & signing Total Cat Mojo, 7PM
  • BookWoman, A Reading and Tea Hour with Mitra Mostofi, author of This Was No Coincidence, 7PM
  • The Long Center, Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen discuss their new book, You Can’t Spell America Without Me, with Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune, 7:30PM



  • Half Price Books Mothership, Mary Lindsey reads and signs Haven, and Victoria Scott reads and signs Violet Grenade, 7PM
  • Interabang Books, Jackie Goldstein discusses and signs VOICES OF HOPE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS, 7PM
  • Latino Cultural Center, Wordspace Dallas presents an evening with award-winning poet Natalie Diaz, 7:30PM
  • SMU, "The Middle East and the Legacies of the First World War" with Michael Provence, author of The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle East, and Aimee Genell, author of Empire by Law: The Ottoman Origins of the Mandates System in the Middle East, 1840-1923, 12PM
  • SMU - Fondren Library, Presentation of the 2016 Weber-Clements Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America to David Wallace Adams for Three Roads to Magdalena: Coming of Age in a Southwest Borderland, 1890-1990 (followed by a lecture and book signing), 5:30PM



  • UNT - Willis Library, Visiting Writers Series: Padma Viswanathan Q&A, 4PM
  • UNT - Sage Hall, Padma Viswanathan reads from her bestselling debut novel, The Toss of a Lemon, 8PM



  • B&N - Stonebriar, Jonathan Stokes signs Addison Cooke and the Tomb of the Khan, 9AM



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM
  • Murder By the Book, Michelle Hodkin will sign and discuss The Becoming of Noah Shaw, and C.C. Hunter will sign and discuss The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave, 6:30PM
  • UH - MD Anderson Library, Poetry & Prose presents readings from Martha Serpas’s Eco Poetics Course, 5:30PM



  • Vidor Public Library, Alene Veatch Dunn will sign her new book Memories Of The Way It Was, 10AM


Thursday, November 16


  • BookPeople, WRITERS’ LEAGUE OF TEXAS presents "How To Find Drama in Historical Details" with James L. Haley, Dan Oppenheimer, Natalia Sylvester, and Sherry Thomas, 7PM
  • LBJ Library, Mark K. Updegrove will discuss and sign his new book The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, 6PM
  • UT - Joynes Reading Room, poetry reading by New Writers Project Visiting Poet Natalie Diaz, 7PM
  • The Writing Barn, Witchy Words and Wine with Cory Putman Oakes and Typewriter Tarot, 7:30PM



  • First United Methodist Church of Dallas, Arts & Letters Live presents Dan Rather discussing What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism with Krys Boyd of KERA’s "Think," 7:30PM
  • SMU - Fondren Library, Friends of the SMU LIbraries presents David D. Kruger discussing and signing J. C. Penney: The Man, the Store, and American Agriculture, 6PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Anthony Chaney reads and signs Runaway: Gregory Bateson, the Double Bind, and the Rise of Ecological Consciousness, 7:30PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Kwame Alexander will discuss and sign his books for young people, including SOLO, his newest YA novel, 5PM
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Bestselling author David Eagleman and Rice professor and Musiqa director Anthony Brandt discuss the science behind the creative spirit in conjunction with their new book, The Runaway Species, 7:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Beverly Barrett discusses and signs Globalization and Change in Higher Education: The Political Economy of Policy Reform in Europe, 5PM



  • Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Program Reading Series hosts award-winning poet Jasmine V. Bailey, 7:30PM



  • George W. Bush Childhood Home, Laura Bush Literacy Program Reading Event, 4:30PM
  • The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, an evening with Eric Metaxas, author of Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World, 7PM


San Angelo

  • Private residence, Dana Glossbrenner presents "One Writer’s Trip: The Lark", 3:30PM


San Antonio

  • B&N - San Pedro, Martha Miller discusses and signs Times New Roman: How We Quit Our Jobs, Gave Away Our Stuff & Moved to Italy, 2PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Kate Winkler Dawson discusses and signs Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City, 5PM

San Marcos

  • Alkek Library, Wittliff Collections hosts award-winning poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi reading from and signing her new collection, Rocket Fantastic: Poems, 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 hosts Frederick Luis Aldama, 12PM


Friday, November 17


  • BookPeople, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON signing What Happened, 12PM [sold out]
  • BookPeople, JACLYN FRIEDMAN speaking & signing Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, launch of Rob Jackson’s The Witness, a collection of meditations in the form of poems and stories, 7PM



  • Deep Vellum Books, Dark Moon Poetry & Arts, 7PM
  • Heroes Lounge, Dallas Slam featuring Brent Green, 8PM
  • Interabang Books, Natalie J. Graham, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, reads from and signs BEGIN WITH A FAILED BODY, 7PM



  • B&N - Champions, Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling book signing with Jim Ross, 7PM
  • Blue Willow Bookshop, included poets read from and sign the Texas Poetry Calendar 2018, 5PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, James P. McCollom discusses and signs THE LAST SHERIFF IN TEXAS, 7PM
  • Rudyard’s Pub, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Beth Ann Fennelly, Molly McCully Brown, Theodora Bishop, and Justin Jannise, 7PM



  • Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, award-winning poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi reads from and signs her new collection, Rocket Fantastic: Poems, 7:30PM


San Antonio

  • B&N - La Cantera, Horror author Nicholas Paschall discusses and signs The Father of Flesh, 5:30PM


Saturday, November 18


  • Texas Star Trading Co., Bill Neal will sign his newest book, Death on the Lonely Llano Estacado: The Assassination of J.W. Jarrott, a Forgotten Hero, 1PM



  • The Oasis, Texas High Plains Writers meeting featuring author and founder of Texas Authors, B. Alan Bourgeois, 9:30AM



  • Mardel Christian & Education, Candace Payne will meet fans and sign her new book, Laugh It Up, 12PM
  • Half Price Books - South, local author Maddie Marcarelli will sell and sign her sci-fi book, The Journey: The Only Survivors, 1PM



  • BookPeople, LIARA TAMANI speaking & signing Calling My Name, 2PM
  • BookPeople, DAVID HANSARD speaking and signing How the Dark Gets In, and MILES ARCENEAUX speaking & signing Hidden Sea, 6PM
  • Half Price Books - North Lamar, local authors Bryan and Selah Douglas will sell and sign their book The Dimensionals!, a color comic book featuring girl superheroes and STEM-Fantasy, 1PM
  • Half Price Books - South Lamar, motivational speaker and local author Sugar Ray Destin will sell and sign his inspirational book, Claim Your Destiny!, 1PM
  • Hotel Vegas, The Canción Cannibal Cabaret, a punk rock musical written by Tejana artist/writer/activist Amalia Ortiz, and poetry readings by members of Chicon Street Poets, 7PM
  • Sharp Noggin, Cider Spoon Stories workshop: "Graphic Novels & Novel Graphics" with Jess Hagemann, 10AM
  • St. Edward’s University, Writers’ League of Texas workshop: "Taking the Mystery Out of Writing Mysteries" with Karen MacInerney, 9AM
  • University Hills Library, Austin Poetry Society Monthly Meeting featuring guest speaker Alan Birkelbach, 1:30PM



  • McWha Book Store, book signing with missionary Dorris Fortson, Sue Hamby, PhD, and Glenda Kyle, RN, 10AM



  • Interabang Books, James Haley reads and signs A DARKER SEA, 3PM
  • PDNB Gallery, Peter Brown and Joe Holley will speak about and read from their new book, Hometown Texas, 6PM
  • The Sixth Floor Museum, "What Has the Government Been Hiding? 54 Years of Secrets & the Release of the JFK Records" with author Dr. Larry Sabato and Philip Shenon (followed by a book signing), 2PM
  • The Writer’s Garret, Workshop: "Modes in Poems" with Natasha Sajé, Ph.D, 1PM


El Paso

  • B&N - Fountains at Farah, Lorena Hughes reads and signs The Sisters of Alameda Street, 2PM
  • El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project Workshop: "Ripping the Veil: Images, Incantations, and the Creative Writer" with Daniel Chacón, 12:45PM



  • Galveston Bookshop, Bartee Haile signs Unforgettable Texans, 2PM



  • B&N - River Oaks, Joan Murray signs her devotional, I MUST Pray, 2PM
  • Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • Murder By the Book, Brandon Sanderson will sign and discuss Oathbringer, 2PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Johnnie Bernhard reads and signs A Good Girl, 3PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: Technical Writing with Andreana Binder, 1PM



  • B&N - NE Mall, Meet & Greet and book signing with Alan Elliott, author of Willie the Texas Longhorn, and Meet & Greet and book signing with Neil A. White, author of Closure: A Novel, 1PM


Port Neches

  • Fleur Fine Books, Meet & Greet with author Jake "Buddy" Saunders, and Meet & Greet and book signing with author Will Murray, 3PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Pam Canington signs I Went, I Saw, I Shared, 11AM


Sugar Land

  • Half Price Books, local author Elizabeth Dettling Moreno will sell and sign her children’s book, Sancho the Silly Billy Goat, 1PM [plus story time at 3PM]


Sunday, November 19


  • BookPeople, DAVE ENGLEDOW speaking & signing The Little Girl Who Didn’t Want to Go to Bed, 2PM
  • BookWoman, Poetry a’ Plenty: TORCH Reading Series featuring Natalie Graham, 2PM
  • BookWoman, A Poetry Reading with Natasha Sajé and Cyrus Cassells, 4PM
  • 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative, Nathan Brown reads from his new poetry collection, An Honest Day’s Prayer, 12:30PM
  • Westbank Community Library, Sam Bond’s Book Release Party for Operation Pharaoh’s Curse, 1PM



  • Half Price Books Mothership, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last



  • Brazos Bookstore, David Biespiel discusses and signs EDUCATION OF A YOUNG POET, 5PM


San Antonio

  • B&N - La Cantera, San Antonio Romance Authors signing with Priscilla Oliveras, J. Kenner, Holly Castillo, and LM Gonzalez, 2PM


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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.



  • National Book Month
  • National Book Week (third full week of January)
  • Book Publishers Day (Jan. 16 annually)
  • Pulpwood Queen's Girlfriend Weekend (Nacogdoches)
  • Austin Book, Paper, & Photo Show



  • Black History Month
  • Lone Star Literary Life Birthday (Feb. 2 annually)
  • ConDFW (Fort Worth)
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Alpine)



  • Women's History Month
  • Freedom of Information Day (March 16 annually)
  • Children's Picture Book Day (March 28 annually)
  • North Texas Teen Book Festival (Irving)
  • Lone Star Literary Life's Top Ten Texas Bookish Destinations



  • National Poetry Month
  • D.E.A.R., "Drop Everything and Read" Month
  • National Library Week (April 9–15, 2017)
  • 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 (April 21–23, 2017)
  • NETWO Spring Conference
  • Houston Writers' Guild Conference
  • San Antonio Book Festival (Sat, April 8, 2017)
  • Texas Institute of Letters Annual Meeting (April  8, 2017, El Paso)
  • West Texas Trail Writers (Fort Davis, April 29, 2017)



  • Texas Writers Month
  • Children's Book Week (May 1–7, 2017)
  • National Independent Bookstore Day (last Saturday in April annualy)
  • BookExpo America (New York, May 31–June 2, 2017)
  • O. Henry Pun-off (Austin, May 13, 2017)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Writers Conference (Dallas, May 6-7)



  • GLBT Books Month
  • Bloomsday (James Joyce's Ulysses, June 16 annually)
  • CALF (Children's Art & Literacy Festival), Abilene (June 8-10, 2017)
  • Western Writers of America Convention (Kansas City, MO, June 21-24, 2017)
  • Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference (Austin, June 30-July 2, 2017)
  • Annual Austin African-American Book Festival (June 24, 2017)
  • International Christian Retail Show (June)
  • Lone Star Literary Life's Second Annual Readers’ Choice Top Ten Texas Bookstores (June 4 and June 11, 2017)



  • Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore (June 29–July 30)
  • Writers' League of Texas Summer Writing Wokrshop, Austin (July)
  • Macondo Writers’ Workshop (San Antonio, July)



  • 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)
  • “A Killer Weekend Event” and Murder Mystery Dinner, Houston (Sept. 15–16, 2017)
  • Indiepalooza, Houston (Sept. 15–17, 2017)
  • Permian Basin Writers' Workshop, Midland
  • West Texas Book Festival,  Abilene (September)
  • NF 4 NF: Nonfiction for New Folks Writing Conference for Nonfiction Children's Writers (Rosenberg, September)



  • 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)
  • Houston LibroFEST, October
  • Lubbock Book Festival, Sat., Oct. 28
  • North Texas Book & Paper Show (Grapevine)




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



  • World AIDS Day (Dec. 1 annually)






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