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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 4.23.2017

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Special Events

  • Poetry at Round Top, April 21-23
  • National Book Awards Festival, Huntsville, April 24-25
  • KTX Poetry Slam, Killeen, April 27-28
  • 10th Annual Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, McAllen, April 27-30
  • Dionysia 2017 - The Houston Book of the Dead: How to Live, April 27-30
  • Houston Writer's Guild Annual Spring Conference, April 28-30
  • Austin Bookstore Crawl, April 29
  • Dallas Book Festival & Dallas Festival of Ideas (a combined event), April 29
  • Fort Bend County Literary & Fine Arts Festival & Parade, Katy, April 29
  • Meet the Author Day, Bryan, April 29
  • Northeast Texas Writers Organization (NETWO) Writer's Roundup, Pittsburg, April 29
  • Pflugerville Book Pfestival, April 29
  • Texas Mountain Trail Writers 25th Annual Spring Retreat, Fort Davis, April 29
  • The Work & Career of Sandra Cisneros Symposium, San Marcos, April 29
  • El día de los niños, El día de los libros, statewide, April 30


Ongoing Exhibits

  • Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, February 6–July 16
  • The Lost Generation: World War I Poetry, Denton, January 17–May 11
  • Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, Fort Worth, January 21–May 7
  • The Human Experience: From Texas to the World literacy initiative, Houston, January 18–May 18
  • Sandra Cisneros: A House of Her Own Exhibition, San Marcos, February 15–July 1
  • Everyday People: The Art of James E. Ransome (a National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature exhibition), Abilene, March 9-May 8
  • Poet-Trees on Buffalo Bayou, Houston, April 1-30


Sunday, April 23


  • BookPeople, AMY JACKSON speaking & signing Cassandra and the Night Sky, 3PM
  • Casa de Resistencia Books, Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: An Austin Reading & Book Signing Featuring Teresa Palomo Acosto, Gloria Amescua, Susana Almanza, Celeste Guzmán Mendoza, and special guest Norma Elia Cantú, 5PM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Nancy Smith Signs Churchill on the Riviera: Winston Churchill, Wendy Reves and the Villa La Pausa Built by Coco Chanel, 1PM
  • First United Methodist Church of Dallas, Arts & Letters Live hosts Chelsea Clinton discussing and signing It's Your World (in conversation with KERA's Krys Boyd), 7PM
  • Half Price Books Mothership, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, all day



  • Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, Daniel Bergner discusses and signs Sing for Your Life with the subject of the book, Opera Singer Ryan Speedo Green, 4PM
  • Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, Inprint's Cool Brains! hosts Dianne K. Salerni speaking and signing The Inquisitor's Mark, 3PM
  • Murder By the Book, Ann Cleeves will sign and discuss Cold Earth and The Crow Trap, 2PM



  • Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, As part of the Lubbock Arts Festival, Frank Sikes will sign West Texas Middleweight; Kay Ellington and Barbara Brannon will sign The Paragraph Ranch; Mary Andrews will sign the Fireborn Chronicles; plus other author events; various times


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Liza Trevino reads and signs All That Glitters, 11AM
  • The Twig Book Shop, poet Leslea Newman reads from and signs I Carry My Mother, 4PM


The Woodlands

  • B&N - Woodlands Mall, Ramona Marek signs Cats for the GENIUS, 2PM



Monday, April 24


  • Abilene Public Library, Texas Author Series: Mike Cox will discuss Texas Disasters, 12PM



  • B&N - The Homestead, Business Boutique: A Woman's Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves book signing with Christy Wright, 6PM
  • BookPeople, Founder of Whole Foods Market JOHN MACKEY speaking & signing The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity, 7PM



  • B&N - Lincoln Park, Brandon Mull to Discuss and Sign Dragonwatch, 7PM
  • I Love U A-Latte, Grand opening of the LitXPro Little Library! (with Reunion: The Dallas Review), 7:30PM
  • SMU - Hughes-Trigg, "Is Cyberwar Coming?" with Jon R. Lindsay, author of China and Cybersecurity: Espionage, Strategy, and Politics in the Digital Domain, 5:30PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Adam Bray discusses and signs STAR WARS: THE VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Karen White will sign and discuss The Night the Lights Went Out, 6:30PM


San Marcos

  • TSU - Alkek Library, The Wittliff Collections hosts Mark Busby reading, discussing, and signing Through Our Times: Occasional Poems 1960-2017, 3:30PM


Tuesday, April 25


  • BookPeople, BRIAN VAN REET speaking & signing Spoils (In Conversation With PHILIPP MEYER), 7PM
  • Malvern Books, Malvern’s Multi-Verse with poets David Jewell & Ric Lance Scow Williams, 7PM
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam, 7PM



  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live hosts Tom Vanderbilt discussing and signing You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice, 7:30PM
  • Hotel Crescent Court, DFW World Affairs Council hosts Graeme Wood discussing and signing The Way of the Strangers: Encounters With the Islamic State, 6:30PM


Fort Worth

  • The Dock Bookshop, Fort Worth Poetry Slam and open mic!, 8PM



  • B&N - Stonebriar, Dragonwatch book signing with Brandon Mull, 6PM



  • Black Labrador, Houston Writers House meeting: Megan LaFollett will speak on editing, 6:30PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Audrey Johns discusses and signs LOSE WEIGHT BY EATING, 7PM


San Antonio

  • The Korova, PuroSlam!, 10PM


Wednesday, April 26


  • Austin Public Library - Old Quarry, Austin Out Loud: local writers read from their work to celebrate National Poetry Month, 7PM
  • Austin Public Library - Terrazas, Aural Literature: Local writers read their own work aloud for the public, 7PM
  • BookPeople, ADAM BRAY & TRICIA BARR speaking & signing Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia, 6PM
  • The Writing Barn, Words & Wine with author and illustrator Misha Maynerick Blaise, 7:30PM



  • Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, Janis Cooke Newman discusses and signs A Master Plan for Rescue, 7PM
  • B&N - Lincoln Park, Business Boutique: A Woman's Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves book signing with Christy Wright, 6PM
  • Kettle Arts Gallery, Pegasus Reading Series featuring John Andrews, Lauren Brazeal, Glenn Shaheen, and Nadia Wolnisty, 7PM
  • Warwick Melrose Hotel, DFW World Affairs Council hosts George Friedman, author of The Next Decade: What the World Will Look Like, 5:30PM



  • Stonebriar Country Club, DFW World Affairs Council hosts George Friedman, author of The Next Decade: What the World Will Look Like, 11:45AM



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Bianca Bosker discusses and signs CORK DORK, 7PM


San Antonio

  • Rebar, Kinyo Poetry Live: "Egoless," 8:30PM


Thursday, April 27


  • BookPeople, BRIAN MCGREEVY speaking & signing The Lights, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, an evening with myth-maker and storyteller William Kuko, 7PM
  • Mr. Catfish & More, NeoSoul Poetry ATX, 8PM



  • Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors Live! hosts David Grann discussing and signing Killers of the Flower Moon, 7PM
  • Times Ten Wine Cellars, local author Monica Shaw reads and signs The Rainwater Secret, 7PM
  • The Wild Detectives, A Literary Conversation: Gender and the Fantastic in Hispanic Studies with Professor Patricia Garcia, 7:30PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, 2017 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Visiting Artist and author Jón Gnarr presents “Sour Apples: The Pleasures and Paradoxes of Climate Change in Iceland,” 7PM
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Glassell School Core Program Lecture: Hannah Feldman, author of From a Nation Torn: Decolonizing Art and Representation in France, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Holly Tucker will sign and discuss City of Light, City of Poison, 6:30PM
  • Poison Girl, Poison Pen Reading Series, 8:30PM



  • University of Houston, UHV-American Book Review reading series hosts Duane Niatum, 12PM


Friday, April 28


  • UTA - Central Library, Steve Sherwood reads and signs No Asylum, 7:30PM



  • Austin Books & Comics, signing with artist Cliff Chiang, 4PM
  • BookPeople, MIKE SCALISE speaking & signing The Brand New Catastrophe, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading Series featuring Jenny Keto, Tiffany Mendoza, and Liz Moskowitz, 7PM



  • Deep Vellum Bookstore, Naomi Jaffe reads, discusses, and signs What Are the Blind Men Dreaming, 7PM
  • Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam hosts "Finger Snaps & Laugh Tracks," 8PM
  • Winspear Opera House, Arts & Letters Live hosts writer David Sedaris, 7:30PM


Fort Worth

  • Half Price Books - Ridgmar, Adrienne Kress signs The Explorers: The Door in the Alley, 6PM



  • B&N - Westheimer, George Arnold signing Tragedy of the Commons: Dark Prophecies, 2PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Elizabeth Quila reads and signs EL AMANTE DESPIADADO and/y EL PUEBLO DE LOS AHOGADOS, 7PM


San Antonio

  • Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, National Book Launch: Las Nalgas de JLo/JLo’s Booty by Bárbara Renaud González, 6PM
  • Imagine Books & Records, Celebrate National Poetry Month: All Poetry Dali's Mustache, 8PM


Saturday, April 29


  • Austin Books & Comics, Fabian Rangel Jr signs 'Namwolf, 12PM
  • B&N - Arboretum, Barbara Youngblood Carr Will Read From and Sign Collections of Her Poetry, 2PM
  • BookPeople, 4th Annual Indie Bookstore Day Celebration: special story time and author event, 12PM
  • BookPeople, BIANCA BOSKER speaking & signing Cork Dork, 5PM
  • Malvern Books, An Evening with poets Brad Richard, W. Joe Hoppe & Abe Louise Young, 7PM
  • St. Edward's University, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Playing with Poetic Voice: How to Discover Your Own Voice by Borrowing from Your Favorite Poets" with Tomás Q. Morín, 9AM



  • B&N - Lincoln Park, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth book signing with Jen Sincero, 7PM
  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Beverly Bryann Signs The Best Cocktail Hour War Stories, 1PM
  • Warwick Melrose Hotel, DFW World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Cal Jillson discussing and signing The American Dream: In History, Politics, and Fiction, 9:30AM



  • B&N - Golden Triangle, Local Author Brittney Kristina signing Forsaken, 2PM


El Paso

  • Memorial Park Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Mind Breaths" with Richie David Marrufo, 12:45PM
  • Rock House Cafe and Gallery, National Poetry Month reading: BorderSenses Presents The Barbed Wire Open Mic Series featuring Poets from the Tumblewords Project, 8PM



  • Alley Theatre, Glasstire OFF ROAD hosts a conversation between photographer Catherine Opie and writer Eileen Myles, 4PM
  • B&N - Westheimer, Steve Copling signs Sage Alexander and the Hall of Nightmares, 2PM
  • Blue Willow Bookshop, 4th Annual Indie Bookstore Day Celebration with giveaways & CAKE, 9:30AM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Special story time, WITS, Summer of Austen, & drunk coloring for 4th Annual Independent Bookstore Day, 12PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Inprint Poetry Workshop Reading, 7PM
  • Katy Budget Books, Spring Market on 4th Annual Independent Bookstore Day, 9AM
  • Last Concert Cafe, Transcendent Zero Press brings you Shindig Bazaar, featuring a wonderful selection of poets and bands from the Houston area, 5PM
  • Murder By the Book, Lisa Haneberg will sign and discuss Toxic Octopus, 4:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Robert Flatt discusses and signs Healing Art: Don’t Let Anything Ruin Your Day, 3PM
  • Rudyard's Pub, The PM Show: Poets & Musicians, 8:30PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "Writing About Your Life: Blogging & Publishing Personal Stories" with Leslie Contreras-Schwartz, 2PM



  • B&N, Six B's Hitchin' Post book signing with Julie Barker, 1PM



  • Absolutely Fiction, 4th Annual Indie Bookstore Day Celebration with exclusive merchandise and door prizes, 9AM



  • B&N - Preston/Park, Stephenie Barker reads and signs The Little Copper Penny, 2PM


San Antonio

  • San Antonio Public Library - Collins Garden, Voces Cósmicas Poetry Reading, 2PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Amy Stone discusses and signs Cornyation San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition, 11AM
  • UTSA Downtown, Nezahualcoyotl, Aztec Poet King, Alive at 615 years, 10AM


Sugar Land

  • Half Price Books, local author Marie Abega will sell and sign My Self Love Book: I am Beautiful Inside & Out, 1PM


Sunday, April 30


  • BookPeople, JEN SINCERO speaking & signing You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth, 3PM
  • Malvern Books, Poets Resist: The First 100 Days, 1PM
  • Malvern Books, An Afternoon with poets Steve McCaffery & Karen Mac Cormack, 4PM
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Amy Jackson reads and signs Cassandra and the Night Sky, 1PM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Jon Lasser Signs His Children's Book Grow Happy, 1PM
  • Half Price Books Mothership, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, all day
  • The Wild Detectives, kickoff for Women Galore, the feminist literary arts festival, 11AM
  • Writer's Garret, Workshop: "Strategies in Writing the First Ten Pages" with Weina Dai Randel, 1PM



  • Katy Budget Books, Terri Majors signs Hitch Your Wagon to a Star, 2PM
  • Murder By the Book, John Sandford will sign and discuss the latest Lucas Davenport book, Golden Prey, 4PM


San Antonio

  • Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, Stone In the Stream: Haiku walk and writing, 12PM
  • SAY Si, Voices and Vibes featuring Amanda Flores, 11AM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Tracey Mash discusses and signs Morning Glories, 11AM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Dr. Vernon James discusses and signs A Child is Waiting, 4PM


San Marcos

  • TSU Alkek Library, The Wittliff Collections presents a Sandra Cisneros reading, interview, and book signing, 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)



  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Texas Book Festival (Austin, Nov. 4–5, 2017)
  • Shop Small: Small Business Saturday (November)



  • World AIDS Day (Dec. 1 annually)

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