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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 6.18.2017

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Special Events

  • 11th Annual African American Book Festival, Austin, June 24
  • Dallas Author Expo, The Colony, June 24


Ongoing Exhibits

  • Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, February 6–July 16
  • Sandra Cisneros: A House of Her Own Exhibition, San Marcos, February 15–July 1
  • Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art, Austin, June 5–August 13
  • Print Houston 2017, June 5–July 3
  • Illustrator of the Century Garth Williams, Abilene, June 8–September 1


Sunday, June 18


  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, all day


Monday, June 19


  • BookPeople, AMELIA GRAY speaking & signing Isadora (in conversation with Susan Quesal), 7PM
  • Dozen Street, Chicon Street Poets featuring Donna Hilbert (plus Haiku challenge and open mic), 7PM



  • Murder By the Book, Mike Maden will sign Tom Clancy Point of Contact, 6:30PM


Tuesday, June 20


  • BookPeople, SAMANTHA IRBY speaking & signing We Are Never Meeting in Real Life (in conversation with JENNY LAWSON), 7PM
  • BookWoman, Edie Jarolim discusses and signs GETTING NAKED FOR MONEY: An Accidental Travel Writer Reveals All, 7PM



  • CBS Radio Performance Showroom, DFW World Affairs Council hosts Manal al-Sharif discussing and signing Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening, 7PM
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Chuck Klosterman and the forthcoming Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century, 7:30PM
  • The Wild Detectives, A panel of local authors discusses "Publishing on Amazon: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," 7:30PM


Fort Worth

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



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Carolyn Parkhurst will discuss and sign her novel HARMONY, 7PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Jennifer Latson discusses and signs THE BOY WHO LOVED TOO MUCH, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Karen Dionne will sign and discuss The Marsh King's Daughter, 6:30PM



  • South Irving Library, Space Runners Scavenger Hunt with author Jeramey Kraatz, 2PM


San Antonio

  • The Korova, PuroSlam!, 10P


Wednesday, June 21


  • BookPeople, LISA WINGATE speaking & signing Before We Were Yours, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, second Austin edition of the Why There Are Words reading series featuring Jan Reid, M.M. Adjarian, Michael DiLeo, and Christine Albert, 7PM



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM
  • Murder By the Book, Ben Coes will sign and discuss Trap The Devil, 6:30PM



  • Half Price Books, Mike Maden signs Tom Clancy: Point of Contact, 7PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Gillian Thomas discusses and signs Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women's Lives at Work, 5PM


Thursday, June 22


  • BookPeople, Chef TERRY THOMPSON-ANDERSON speaking & signing Breakfast in Texas, 7PM
  • Carver Museum & Library, Angie Thomas discusses and signs The Hate You Give (in conjunction with the 11th Annual African American Book Festival), 6:30PM
  • Mr. Catfish & More, NeoSoul Poetry ATX, 8PM



  • Patrick Heath Public Library, Reading and Discussion with author Naomi Shihab Nye, 6PM



  • Deep Vellum Books, Nonfiction Authors Association - Dallas Chapter meeting: "The Economics of Publishing" with Glenn Yeffeth, CEO of BenBella Books, 7PM
  • Lucky Dog Books - Casa Linda, Dallas author Monica Shaw discusses and signs her debut novel, The Rainwater Secret, 7PM
  • SMU, Workshop: "How to Self-Publish Your Book -- Economically, Quickly, and Professionally" with Len Bourland, 7PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Leah Tieger will read from her new chapbook, We and She, You and Then, You Again, along with readings from local poets, courtney marie, Fatima Ayan Malika Hirsi, and Sophia Terazawa, 7:30PM



  • Architecture Center Houston (ArCH), AIA Houston, ArCH, and the Houston Public Library present Authors in Architecture: Pino Shah and Stephen Fox discuss and sign Architecture of The Lower Rio Grande Valley: An Introduction, 5:30PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, panel discussion about war fiction with three contributors to the 2017 veteran fiction anthology The Road Ahead: Fiction From the Forever War (moderated by Brian Van Reet, Houston native and author of the 2017 Iraq war novel, Spoils), 7PM
  • Four Leaf Towers, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts retired CIA operations officer Charles Goslin discussing and signing Understanding Personal Security and Risk: A Guide for Business Travelers, 6:30PM
  • McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park, Doug Hoerr will discuss and sign Movement and Meaning, which features the McGovern Centennial Park, plus a tour of the gardens, 5PM
  • Moody Center for the Arts, Celebrate the release of Gulf Coast Journal Issue 29.2, 7PM



  • Air Race Classic, Sarah Byrn Rickman will be signing Finding Dorothy Scott: Letters of a WASP Pilot, 11AM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Edie Jarolim discusses and signs Getting Naked For Money: An Accidental Travel Writer Reveals All, 5PM


Sugar Land

  • B&N - First Colony, Storytime With Local Author Maria Ashworth, 10AM


Friday, June 23


  • BookPeople, JAN REID speaking & signing Sins of the Younger Sons, 7PM
  • Lake Austin Spa Resort, best-selling author and meditation mentor Sarah McLean shares insights from her newest book, The Power of Attention, 5:30PM
  • Malvern Books, I Scream Social reading series 2nd Birthday Bash!, 7PM



  • Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Lip Synch Battle, 8PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Gwendolyn Womack reads and signs THE FORTUNE TELLER, 7PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Will Jensen reads and signs Cities of Men, 5PM


Saturday, June 24


  • Austin Public Library - Howson, Meet the Author: former news anchor Olga Campos Benz reads and signs her novel, It’s News to Me, 1PM
  • BookPeople, MICHAEL MERSCHEL speaking & signing Revenge of the Star Survivors, 2PM
  • BookPeople, CORA CARMACK speaking & signing Roar, 6PM
  • Half Price Books - North Lamar, local author Shannon Mokry will sell and sign her children's book Bubbles and the Berry Bush, 1PM
  • Malvern Books, The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged inclusive open mic, 7PM



  • Half Price Books, local author Jane Alvey Harris will sell and sign her YA novel Riven, 11AM



  • Deep Vellum Books, Bill Ayers discusses and signs Demand the Impossible! A Radical Manifesto, 11AM
  • Deep Vellum Books, Dark Moon Poetry reading series, 7PM


El Paso

  • El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Catharsis: A Workshop on Emotional Literature" with Evan Taylor, 12:45PM


Fort Worth

  • B&N - Hulen Center, Urban Cowgirl: Decadently Southern, Outrageously Texan, Food, Family Traditions, and Style for Modern Life book signing with Sarah Penrod, 2PM



  • Galveston Bookshop, N. E. Brown signs The Altercation, the 6th installment of the Galveston Indignities series, 11AM
  • Galveston Bookshop, Birney T. “Chick” Havey signs his WWII memoir, Never Left the Battlefields, 2PM



  • Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • Half Price Books - Kirkwood, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie author Sarafia Jones–Hall and pick up her latest release, while supplies last
  • Houston Public Library - Young Branch, Author ALOUD with romance author Cydney Rax, 2PM
  • Katy Budget Books, Ivy Foster signs her inspirational children's book From A to Z: I Am Invaluable Me, 12PM
  • Murder By the Book, Haylen Beck (Stuart Neville) will sign and discuss Here and Gone, 4:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Connie Rankin discusses and signs God Gave Us Wings: A Journey to Success: Theirs, Mine, and Yours, 3PM
  • Rudyard's Pub, Public Poetry presents The PM Show: Poets & Musicians featuring poets Loueva Smith, James Trotter, and RJ Wright, and Grammy-nominated Fiddle Witch and the Demons of Doom (followed by open mic), 8:30PM
  • William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art, The Texas Aesthetic XI: The Summer Soiree Series featuring The Book as Art by Charles D. Jones, 1PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "Fiction From Facts: Mining the Media for Characters and Plots" with Marian Szczepanski, 9:30AM



  • B&N, The Wayward Astronomer book signing with Geoffrey Thomas, 1PM


San Antonio

  • B&N - La Cantera, Guest author Aurora Dawning book signing, 1PM
  • Ruiz-Healy Art, Helen Kleberg Groves will read and sign copies of her new book, Bob and Helen Kleberg of King Ranch, 2PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Lauren Patrick signs Helping Daddy Ray on the Farm, 11AM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Eric Sirotkin signs Witness: A Lawyer's Journey from Litigation to Liberation, 2PM


South Padre Island

  • Paragraphs on Padre, Reflejos de Estrella: Cuentos que sanan el alma (Star Reflexes: Stories That Heal the Soul) discussion, reception, and signing with author Blanca Dominguez, 1PM



  • B&N - Town Square, Paige Bowers signing The General's Niece, 1PM


Sunday, June 25


  • 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op, 2017 REVEL Solstice Fest: "Deeper Into the World" with cellist Joel Becktell, pianist Carla McElhaney, and poet Cecily Parks, 12:30PM
  • BookPeople, SARAH MCLEAN speaking & signing The Power of Attention, 2PM
  • Malvern Books, Liv Hadden launches The Adventures of Juice Box and Shame, 3PM
  • Malvern Books, 2017 REVEL Solstice Festival: A Blank Canvas continues with “The 3 B’s: Bach, Bukowski, and Brown” featuring cellist Joel Becktell and poet Nathan Brown, former Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma, 7PM
  • Wildflower Terrace, An Afternoon with the Author featuring Helen Ginger, author of DEADPOINT, 1PM



  • Dallas Public Library - Preston/Royal, local author Nell Taylor reads her new children's book, Potatoland and the Fable of Thunder and Lightning, 2PM
  • Deep Vellum Books, Dori Scarano discusses and signs Millie's Butterflies, 2PM
  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • The Wild Detectives, Bonehouse poetry reading, 6PM



  • Writespace, Workshop: "Building an Author Platform" with Joy Preble, 3PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Sandy Loker signs Can I Sniff My Way to Heaven?, 11AM


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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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