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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 8.12.2018

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Special Events

  • 3rd Annual Literary Libations Week: a Lit Crawl Austin fundraiser, Austin, August 12-15


Ongoing Exhibits

  • Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books, Abilene, June 7-September 30


Sunday, August 12


  • BookPeople, A Science Party for Kids with Lindsay Patterson and Marshall Escamilla, hosts of the "Tumble Science Podcast for Kids," 2PM
  • Malvern Books, The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged inclusive open mic with Mel Finefrock, 1PM
  • Malvern Books, Austin Writers Roulette presents “Eight Reasons To…,” 4PM



  • The Foundry Club, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Achieving Catharsis" with Amber Royer, 3PM
  • Half Price Books - Mother Ship, local author Tank Gunner will sell and sign his military fiction books, Cookie Johnson, Prompts, and Prompts, Too, and local author Wayne Peterson will sell and sign his science fiction novels, Canopy of Hope and Canopy of Mystery, 1PM
  • Interabang Books, Bree Barton HEART OF THORNS, 2PM



  • B&N - Stonebriar, August Local Author Spotlight: Sheri Wilson signing Do I Have To?: Creating My Financial Plan, 12PM



  • Murder By the Book, Lisa Scottoline will sign and discuss Feared, the newest book in the Rosato and Associates Series, and Sandra Brown will sign and discuss Tailspin, 4PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "What Writers Need to Know about Author Websites" with Cynthia Childress, 3PM


Monday, August 13


  • BookPeople, BREE BARTON speaking & signing Heart of Thorns, KAYLA OLSON speaking & signing The Sandcastle Empire, and CORY PUTMAN OAKES speaking & signingWitchtown (moderated by Samantha M. Clark), 7PM


Tuesday, August 14


  • BookPeople, MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY speaking & signing The Mere Wife, 7PM
  • Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave's Story Department presents "#TimesUp," 7:30PM
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Sin, 7:15PM



  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling romantic-suspense author Sandra Brown will discuss and sign her new novel, Tailspin, 7PM
  • Hall of State - Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society presents Brown Bag Lecture: Bonnie & Clyde with John Neal Phillips, 12PM
  • Interabang Books, Mimi Swartz discussing and signing Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart, 7PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Robert Wagner discussing and signing MOBY DICK AND THE MYTHOLOGY OF OIL, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Gina Wohlsdorf will sign and discuss Blood Highway, 6:30PM
  • Warehouse Live, The Moth StorySLAM: Collaboration, 7:30PM


San Antonio

  • The Mix, PuroSlam Summer Fest Part I, 9:30PM


Wednesday, August 15


  • BookWoman, Meditation with Kelly Corbet, author of Already Here: The Matter of Love, 7PM



  • Brake & Clutch Building, Jessica Honegger, the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection, presents her new book, Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared, 6PM


El Paso

  • UTEP's Centennial Museum, Rubí Orozco Santos debuts her collection of poetry, Inventos Mios, 5:30PM



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring Alex Tha Great, 7:30PM


Thursday, August 16


  • Metrocare, The Writer's Garret and Writing Over War present In the Pity: Introduction to Poetry for Veterans and Military Families, 6PM



  • BookPeople, ARJUN SETHI speaking & signing American Hate: Survivors Speak Out (with Grassroots Leadership Austin), 7PM
  • BookPeople, Writers' League of Texas presents "Writing About Music" with Joe Gross, Kayleigh Hughes, and Omise'eke Tinsley, 7PM



  • Interabang Books, Kassia St. Clair discussing and signing THE SECRET LIVES OF COLOR, 7PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Kasey & Joe R. Lansdale will be presenting their new book, Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horrors, 7:30PM



  • The Heritage Society, Noon Lecture Series: The Chicken Ranch with author Jayme Lynn Blaschke, 12PM



  • George W. Bush Childhood Home, Third Thursday Reading Program: Laura Bush Literacy Event, 4:30PM


San Antonio

  • Culture Commons Gallery, Thirty Poems for the Tricentennial, A Poetic Legacy Exhibit, 6PM


Sugar Land

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


Friday, August 17


  • BookPeople, SHARI RAMMING speaking & signing the third volume in her poetry trilogy, Heart's Truth, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, Chaps and Broads: a night of broads reading chap(book)s and broad(side)s featuring Claire Bowman, Julie Howd, Vanessa Couto Johnson, Bridget Brewer, Stephanie Goehring, and Julie Poole, 7PM
  • Monkeywrench Books, benefit party to keep the doors open for MWB, 6PM



  • Deep Vellum Books, local poets Nadia Wolnisty and Paul Koniecki launch YOU GOTTA LET IT GO BEFORE IT TAKES YOU OVER, 7PM
  • Jazz Becuzz Art Center, "Off the Top of the Dome" poetry series, 8PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, poet Victoria Surliuga reading from and signing SHADOW, 6PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Vincent Di Blasi reading and signing Creating Cassandra, 5PM


Saturday, August 18


  • Austin History Center, Chuck Parsons discussing and signing Ben Thompson: Portrait of a Gunfighter, 2PM



  • Interabang Books, Suzanne Crowley reading and signing FINDING ESME, 1PM


El Paso

  • Memorial Park Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "The Radical Amazement of Rumi IV" with Robin Scofield, 12:45PM


Fort Worth

  • Funky Town Festival, Panther City Review 2018 launch, 4PM
  • Monkey & Dog Books, George Goldthwaite will read from and sign Survival on Mystery Mesa, as well as reveal the cover art for his next book, 1PM



  • Galveston Bookshop, Ross A. Garcia signing View Through a Faceplate Window: Adventures of a Navy Master Diver, 2PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Special story time with Jason Gallaher reading Whobert Whover, 10:30AM
  • Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • Katy Budget Books, StoryCulture Awards Ceremony: Winners of the StoryCulture Short Story Contest will be announced and presented with a bound copy of the collection of selected short stories, 4PM
  • Murder By the Book, William Dylan Powell will sign and discuss 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die, 2nd Edition, 4:30PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "Jumpstart Your Writing with Dungeons & Dragons" with Cassandra Rose Clarke, 9:30AM



  • Friends of the Irving Public Library Warehouse, Back to School Library Sale, 9AM



  • B&N, Somataesthesis: Gashes (I) book signing with Natasha Dee, 2PM



  • Pflugerville Public Library, Pflugerville Poetry Society, 11AM


Port Neches

  • Fleur Fine Books, Kasey & Joe R. Lansdale will be presenting their new book, Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horrors, 2PM


San Antonio

  • Dead Tree Books, Shawn Settle signing Trust Me, 1PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Hector Pacheco signing Canary Islanders of San Antonio, 11AM


Sulphur Springs

  • The Bookworm Box, 5 Author Signing: Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Daryl Banner, Tammara Webber, and Fisher Amelie, 1PM



  • B&N, John L. Lansdale signing Long Walk Home, 12PM


Sunday, August 19


  • Half Price Books - N. Lamar, local authors Angela Castillo and Jamie Foley will sell and sign The Busy Moms Guide to Writing, 1PM



  • The Foundry Club, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "That's Easy For You to Say: Writing Effective Dialogue" with David Eric Tomlinson, 3PM
  • Half Price Books - Mother Ship, local author Dr. Christy Lock Suttonwill sell and sign Genetic Testing: Defining Your Path to a Personalized Health Plan, and local author Alyssa Vaughn will sell and sign The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory, 1PM



  • Katy Budget Books, Author Signing: Lily Blackwood (The Warrior of Clan Kincaid), Shana Galen (An Affair with a Spare), and Sophie Jordan (The Duke Buys a Bride), 3PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, H. Rick Goff signing A Line in the Water, 12PM


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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)
  • Armadillo Con, Austin (40th annual, August 3-5, 2018)
  • Texas Christian Writers' Conference (26th annual, Houston, 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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