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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 4.15.2018

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Special Events

  • Canadian River Valley Writer's Workshop, Canadian, April 13-15
  • El Paso Comic Con, April 13-15
  • Bishop Dunne Literary Festival with Jesmyn Ward, Dallas, April 16
  • National Book Awards Festival, Huntsville, April 16-17
  • Historical Manuscripts Auction, Dallas, April 18
  • North Texas Teen Book Festival, Irving, April 20-21
  • Poetry at Round Top, April 20-22


Ongoing Exhibits

  • 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
  • In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez (Humanities Texas), Del Rio, March 24-May 4


Sunday, April 15


  • BookPeople, DONNA JANELL BOWMAN speaking & signing Abraham Lincoln's Dueling Words, 2PM
  • BookPeople, ROBERT ASHCROFT speaking & signing The Megarothke, 5PM



  • Conejo Art Gallery, Book Brunch featuring Jodi Thomas for Canadian River Valley Writer’s Workshop, 11:30AM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Alice Parker signing Choices, Changes & Friends: 1970s After Divorce, 2PM
  • The Foundry Club, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Breaking the Writer's Block" with Mag Gabbert, 3PM
  • Half Price Books - The Mother Ship, local author Carlos Harleaux will sell and sign his poetry book Commissioned to Love, and local author Lisa Lynn will sell and sign her inspirational book Unraveled, Time to Tell, 1PM



  • Discovery Green, support young authors at the annual Writers in the Schools Blooms reading event, 1PM
  • Murder By the Book, Susan Wittig Albert will sign and discuss The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover and Queen Anne's Lace, 2PM


San Antonio

  • SAY Sí , Poetry: Voices, Vibes, and Visions with Lahab Assef Al-Jundi, 11AM
  • The Twig Book Shop, John Manguso signing The Quadrangle, 12PM



  • Hop Scholar Ale House, Suburban Disruption with Houston Poet Laureate Deborah Mouton, 6:30PM


Monday, April 16


  • BookPeople, CHARLES FRAZIER speaking & signing Varina, 7PM [ticketed event]
  • UT, Jones Reading Room Series: a fiction reading by Jeff VanderMeer, 7PM



  • Burton Memorial Library, Jodi Thomas book signing for MORNINGS ON MAIN, 3PM



  • Interabang Books, Brantley Hargrove discussing and signing THE MAN WHO CAUGHT THE STORM, 7PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, John Gibler discussing and signing I COULDN’T EVEN IMAGINE THAT THEY WOULD KILL US, 7PM
  • The Junior League, the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Mikhail Gorbachev: His Life and Times with Pulitzer Prize Winner William Taubman, 7PM



  • Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas meeting: Write Every Day with poet Nathan Brown, 7PM


Tuesday, April 17


  • BookPeople, GABRIELLE BIRKNER and REBECCA SOFFER speaking & signing Modern Loss (with literature from The Christi Center, and storytelling by the following contributors: Stephanie Noll, Carolyn Cohagen, Nishta Mehra, Paul Normandin, and Kate Caldwell, 7PM
  • Central Presbyterian Church, the Texas Book Festival and Austin Film Festival host Lawrence Wright discussing and signing God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State, 7PM
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Erica Nicole, hosted by Jomar Valentin, 7PM



  • Lone Star College, Presentation, Q&A, and Book Signing with Jan Jarboe Russell, author of The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, 6:30PM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Joe Wilkins signing Gates of the Arctic National Park: Twelve Years of Wilderness Exploration, 7PM
  • Interabang Books, Larry Enmon reading and signing THE BURIAL PLACE, 7PM
  • SMU - Owen Arts Center, William J. O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism: Award-winning financial journalist Diana Henriques, author of A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History, 3:30PM
  • The Wild Detectives, John Gibler discussing and signing I Couldn’t Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us: An Oral History of the Attacks Against the Students of Ayotzinapa, 7:30PM


El Paso

  • The Black Orchid Lounge, BorderSenses' Barbed Wire Open Mic celebrates National Poetry Month, 8PM


Fort Davis

  • Jeff Davis County Public Library, Lonn Taylor discussing and signing Marfa for the Perplexed, 6PM


Fort Worth

  • The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Month Celebration featuring Leo Hassan, 8PM



  • B&N - Stonebriar, Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story book signing with Melissa de la Cruz, 7PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, poet DF Brown reading from and signing GHOST OF A PERSON PASSING IN FRONT OF THE FLAG, 7PM
  • Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, (En)Lightning Talks Houston: Five leading thinkers have five minutes to spark your imagination on topics ranging from the impact of extended space travel to Houston’s social sculpture to the poetry of immigration, 8PM
  • Murder By the Book, Lee Goldberg will sign and discuss his first Ian Ludlow thriller, True Fiction, 6:30PM


San Antonio

  • The Mix, PuroSlam, 9:30PM
  • Tobin Oakwell Farms Library, Voices de la Luna Poetry Workshop with Lou Taylor, 6PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Marion Oettinger discussing and signing San Antonio 1718: Art From Mexico, 5PM


San Marcos

  • Texas State - Alkek Library, The Wittliff Collections presents poet Cyrus Cassells reading from and signing his newest book, The Gospel According to Wild Indigo, 5PM



  • Lone Star College, (Super) Heroines in Literature: Legends and Archetypes and Student Roundtable (a Humanities Texas event), 2PM


Wednesday, April 18


  • BookPeople, MEG WOLITZER speaking & signing The Female Persuasion, 7PM
  • The North Door, Bedpost Confessions presents "Undone," 8PM



  • The Wild Detectives, Noir at the Bar featuring readings from Michael Pool, Michael Bracken, Eryk Pruitt, Tim Bryant, Carlos Salas, Lyndee Walker, and Clay Reynolds, 7:30PM
  • EPCC Rio Grande, The Papagayo Project presents: Metaphorical Muze(sic) writing workshop and performance, 12:30PM



  • B&N - Stonebriar, The Fates Divide book signing with Veronica Roth, 7PM [wristband event]



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM


San Antonio

  • Artpace, Punk Ruca: A Herstory New Work By poet Amalia Ortiz, 6PM
  • Trinity U, Trinity Review spring open mic, 8PM


Thursday, April 19


  • UT Central Library, CMAS Distinguished Speakers Series: Ramón Saldívar speaking on "Author, Genre, Data: Notes Toward a Historiography of Contemporary U.S. Ethnic Fiction," 6:30PM



  • Austin Central Library, Writers' League of Texas Third Thursday: Writing about Citizenship with Dr. Kathleen Brown, Christen Smith, Irwin Tang, and Liliana Valenzuela, 7PM
  • BookPeople, NIKKI MEREDITH speaking & signing The Manson Women and Me, 7PM
  • The North Door, Bedpost Confessions presents "Undone," 8PM



  • SEAD Gallery & Bookshop, local author and professor Dr. David Flint will discuss his recently released business book, Think Beyond Value: Building Strategy to Win, 6:30PM



  • Deep Vellum Books, Kermit Schweidel discussing and signing Folly Cove, 7PM
  • Interabang Books, Lawrence Wright discussing and signing GOD SAVE TEXAS, 7PM
  • Jones Day, the World Affairs Council of DFW Global Forum hosts Lawrence Wright discussing and signing God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State, 12PM
  • Jones Day, the World Affairs Council of DFW presents Dueling Views of the Cold War’s End: A Conversation with Biographers of Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush (followed by a book signing), 6PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Carlos Manuel Álvarez Rodríguez discussing and signing La Tribu. Retratos de Cuba, 7:30PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Brantley Hargrove discussing and signing THE MAN WHO CAUGHT THE STORM, 7PM
  • Holocaust Museum Houston, Spring 2018 Public Lecture Series: Dr. Alex Alvarez, author of Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide, 6:30PM
  • Kaboom Books, Dennis Abrams reading and signing I Was Cleopatra, 7PM
  • Midtown Arts & Theatre Center Houston, Oral Fixation presents "Out from Under the Rug: True Life Tales of Abortion," 8PM
  • Murder By the Book, Alex Grecian will sign and discuss The Saint of Wolves and Butchers, and Larry Enmon will sign and discuss The Burial Place, 6:30PM



  • B&N - Vista Ridge, Mustaches for Maddie book signing with Shelly Brown, 6:30PM



  • George W. Bush Childhood Home, Laura Bush Literacy Program reading event, 4:30PM



  • The Bosslight, book signing with Galveston authors Joy Jones and Jim Nelson, 6:30PM


San Antonio

  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Voices de la Luna Monthly Literary Event featuring poet Harold Rodinsky, 6PM
  • TAMUSA, Laurie Ann Guerrero: National Poetry Month Lecture, 6:30PM
  • Trinity U, MAS Alverez Seminar: "Virgin Territory: Latinidad, Feminity & Artistic Practice" with poet Analicia Sotelo, 6PM


San Marcos

  • Texas State - Alkek Library, The Wittliff Collections hosts a reading, discussion, and book signing with National Book Award-nominated author Lauren Groff, 3:30PM


Sugar Land

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


Friday, April 20


  • Front Street Books, Lonn Taylor discussing and signing Marfa for the Perplexed, 6:30PM



  • Blanton Museum, The Michener Center for Writers presents a reading with Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of The Underground Railroad, 7:30PM
  • BookPeople, DANIEL PEÑA speaking & signing BANG, 7PM



  • Heroes Lounge, Dallas Lit Hop 2018: Ashe at Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



  • UNT, North Texas Review release party, 7PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, poet Sophie Klahr reading from and signing MEET ME HERE AT DAWN, 7PM
  • Midtown Arts & Theatre Center Houston, Oral Fixation presents "Out from Under the Rug: True Life Tales of Abortion," 8PM
  • Murder By the Book, David Ricciardi will sign and discuss Warning Light (with Meg Gardiner), 6:30PM



  • Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, a reading, discussion, and book signing with National Book Award-nominated author Lauren Groff, 7:30PM



  • Absolutely Fiction, Joy and Jim will be here to sign and talk about their newest book, Billy Love: A Pebble in the Galveston Sand, 5:30PM


San Antonio

  • Viva Tacoland, Gemini Ink Reading Series: a themed reading on the myth, mystery, and madness of San Antonio (followed by an open mic), 6:30PM



  • B&N - Baybrook, Meet Erin Parekh, author of Behowl the Moon, 11AM


Saturday, April 21


  • BookPeople, SCOTT and JENNY JUREK speaking & signing NORTH, 6PM
  • Little Walnut Creek Library, Austin Poetry Society meeting: Found Poetry Workshop by Barbara Gregg, 1:30PM
  • St. Edward's University, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Historical Fiction 101: Mastering Research and Drama" with James L. Haley, 10AM



  • Jefferson Theatre, Meet & Greet with Joe R. Lansdale, author of the Hap and Leonard series, followed by a book signing (hosted by Fleur Fine Books), 5:15PM



  • McWha Book Store, book signing with Christian evangelist, minister, author, and artist Dee Levens, 10AM



  • Hutchison County Library, Jodi Thomas talk and signing for MORNINGS ON MAIN, 2PM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Lance Alston signs Wealthfulness: Simple Steps to Financial Health and Happiness, 2PM
  • Common Desk, Dallas Lit Hop 2018: Poets Prom, 8PM [red carpet at 7PM]
  • Texas Theatre, De Colores 1-year anniversary celebration with a LIVE podcast recording with Shea Serrano, New York Times bestselling author of Basketball (And Other Things), 7PM
  • The Writer's Garret, Workshop: "World Building in Speculative Fiction" with Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, 1PM


El Paso

  • El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Muze(sic) of the Moment" with Richie David Marrufo, 12:45PM
  • Star City Studios & OM Gallery, Noche de Bohemia: A Night of Music and Poetry, 8PM



  • B&N - River Oaks, Jackelyn Viera Iloff signing What if You Could? Find Faith in the Face of Fear, 2PM
  • B&N - Vanderbilt Square, Meet Artist Relford, author of The Untold Testimony, 2PM
  • Half Price Books - North Oaks, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • Murder By the Book, C.S. Harris will sign and discuss the new Sebastian St. Cyr book, Why Kill The Innocent, 4:30PM
  • Platinum Title Partners, Houston Writers House presents: "Colonel Mustard in the Conference Room With His Pants Down: Workplace Investigations" with Pamela Fagan Hutchins, 1PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Lakesha C. Bradford discussing and signing In Case You Forgot: Reminders That God Is..., 3PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "Writing About Your Life: Blogging and Publishing Personal Stories" with Leslie Contreras Schwartz, 1PM



  • Black World Books, Financial Parenting workshop and book signing with Sheena Robinson, 1PM



  • B&N, Professor Sean Graham signing American Snakes, 11:30AM [snakes will be in attendance]


San Antonio

  • Dead Tree Books, Jan Notzon reading and signing The Id Paradox, 3PM
  • Gemini Ink, Poetry’s Vast Spaces: Exploring the Boundaries of Contemporary Poetry workshop with Aaron Deutsch, 10AM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Ron Bates signing The Unflushables, 11AM


South Padre Island

  • Paragraphs on Padre, writing workshop with national award-winning author Paula Bosco Damon, 1PM


Sugar Land

  • Fort Bend County Libraries - Sugar Land Branch, Sheba Akhtar, author of Of Colour and Form and numerous articles on art and architecture, will discuss Ancient Empires: Egypt (first in a new series), 2PM



  • UT, Earth Day Speaker: Dr. Brian Chapmen will discuss his recent book, The Natural History of Texas, and several endangered species based on the the upcoming book, Texans on the Brink, 6PM



  • Half Price Books, local author George Dalton will sell and sign his western novels, 12PM


Sunday, April 22


  • BookPeople, LAURIE KILMARTIN speaking & signing Dead People Suck, 5PM



  • EarthX at Fair Park, the World Affairs Council of DFW hosts Varun Sivaram discussing and signing Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet, 1PM
  • The Foundry Club, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Telling Your Story: A Creative Workshop for Nonprofits" with Robin Myrick, 3PM
  • The Foundry Club, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Writing Villains as the Mirror of Heroes" with Amber Royer, 4PM
  • Half Price Books - The Mother Ship, local author Joe Pappalardo will sell and sign his aeronautical book Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight, 1PM
  • Interabang Books, Steve Copling reading and signing SAGE ALEXANDER AND THE BLOOD OF SETH, 2PM


El Paso

  • B&N - Sunland Park, Arlie Holmes Signing Murder: A Perfect End to Life, 12PM



  • Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, Inprint's "Cool Brains" hosts Kwame Alexander reading, discussing, and signing Rebound, 3PM


San Antonio

  • Cody Library, Book Discussion with the Author: Isaura Barrera and Skilled Dialogue, 2PM
  • SAY Sí, Voices, Vibes and Visions with poet Glo Armmer, 11AM


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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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