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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 6.17.2018

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Special Events

  • Southern Fried Poetry Slam, San Antonio, June 12-17
  • Greater Austin Comic Con, June 16-17
  • Meet Valley Authors Night, McAllen, June 22
  • 12th Annual Austin African American Book Festival, June 23


Ongoing Exhibits

  • Routine Fables, Houston, May 25-July 29
  • Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books, Abilene, June 7-September 30


Sunday, June 17   FATHER'S DAY


  • BookPeople, DAVID SEDARIS speaking and signing Calypso, 6PM [ticketed event]



  • Half Price Books - The Mother Ship, POWER MOMS LOCAL AUTHOR PANEL: POWER Moms is a collection of self-help stories written by 12 mothers, including Sherrie Walton, Jaquithia Stinson, Tashara Robinson, Dr. LaTonya Woodson, Shantania Leggins, Mary Smith, Dr. Kanini Brooks, Trina Smith, Shirley Walker-King, Shakeena Brantley, Katrina Hudson and Anita Bowman Roussel, with inspiring stories to tell, 1PM



  • J&J's Pizza On the Square, Spiderweb Salon presents Spidercon, 5PM



  • Half Price Books - North Oaks, Leanne Vogel will discuss and sign The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain Confidence, 3PM
  • Murder By the Book, The Belles and Brujas Tour: Zoraida Córdova, Dhonielle Clayton, Jaime Questell, Mari Mancusi, and Katharine McGee, 2PM


Monday, June 18


  • BookPeople, EDGAR CANTERO speaking & signing Meddling Kids, 7PM



  • Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Ellen Meacham discussing and signing Delta Epiphany: RFK in Mississippi, 7PM
  • The Wild Detectives, award-winning journalist and immigration expert Alfredo Corchado in conversation with the Dallas Morning News’ Tom Huang about his new book, Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration, 7:30PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Jay Wehnert discussing and signing OUTSIDER ART IN TEXAS: LONE STARS, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Matthew Pearl will sign and discuss his new release, The Dante Chamber, 6:30PM


Tuesday, June 19


  • BookPeople, MATTHEW PEARL speaking & signing The Dante Chamber, 7PM [ticketed event]
  • Malvern Books, 6th Austin edition of the Why There Are Words reading series featuring readers Elizabeth Crook, Spike Gillespie, Alyce Guynn, and Ray Bonneville, 7PM
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Write About Now, 7PM



  • Interabang Books, Terry Brooks reading and signing THE FALL OF SHANNARA: THE SKAAR INVASION, 7PM
  • Moody Performance Hall, Oral Fixation presents "All Over the Map," 8PM
  • Warwick Melrose Dallas, The World Affairs Council of DFW and the Dallas Democratic Party host Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes discussing and signing The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House, 6:30PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Mark Haskell Smith reading and signing BLOWN, 7PM


San Antonio

  • The Mix, PuroSlam Poetry ft. DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Natalia Sylvester reading and signing Everyone Knows You Go Home, 6PM



  • Dickens County-Spur Public Library, Special appearance by S.J. Dahlstrom, author of the Wilder Good series, 10AM


Wednesday, June 20


  • B&N - Arboretum, How to Stop the Summer Reading Slide Discussion Panel and book signing with authors Taryn Bashford, Jo Whittemore, Don Zolitis, Samantha Clark, Vicky Skinner, and A.M. Rose, 7PM
  • BookPeople, TERRY BROOKS speaking & signing The Skaar Invasion, 7PM [ticketed event]
  • Malvern Books, Mark Haskell Smith reading and signing his new novel, Blown, hosted by Austin author Jill Alexander Essbaum 7PM



  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live, in honor of World Refugee Awareness Day, hosts Clemantine Wamariya reading and signing The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After, a narrative about her survival after the Rwandan genocide, 7:30PM



  • Avant Garden, Meta-Four Houston at Write About Now Youth Poetry Slam, 7:30PM
  • Murder By the Book, Cara Black will sign her Aimee Leduc prequel, Murder On The Left Bank, 6:30PM


San Antonio

  • Trinity University, 300 Years of San Antonio and Bexar County Book Launch, 10AM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Kelly Smith discussing and signing Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving a Toxic Relationship Behind, 5PM


Thursday, June 21


  • BookPeople, WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS presents "PRACTICE MAKES PITCH PERFECT" with Lance Fitzgerald, Vice President and Director of Subsidiary Rights for The Crown Publishing Group at Penguin Random House, and WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver, 7PM
  • Monkeywrench Books, Womanist Read-In, 6PM



  • Burrowing Owl Books, A poetry reading with Chera Hammons, whose collection The Traveler's Guide to Bomb City just won the 2017 PEN Southwest Book Award, 7PM



  • The Wild Detectives, Taryn Bashford signing her new book, The Harper Effect, 3PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Mark Haskell Smith returns to present his new novel, Blown, 7:30PM
  • The Writer's Garret, Workshop: "IN THE PITY: AN INTRODUCTION TO POETRY For Veterans and Military Families" with Joshua Morgan Folmar, 6:30PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Special Story time with Stephanie Ledyard, author of Pie Is for Sharing, 10AM
  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Alex Hutchinson will discuss and sign his book ENDURE, 7PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Joe Crespino discussing and signing ATTICUS FINCH: THE BIOGRAPHY, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Terry Brooks will sign and discuss The Skaar Invasion, 6:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, poet Rose Bruno Bailey reading and signing Camellia in Snow, 5PM



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


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Dawson Barrett discussing and signing The Defiant: Protest Movements in Post-Liberal America, 5PM


Sugar Land

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


Friday, June 22


  • BookPeople, MARTIN WALKER speaking & signing A Taste for Vengeance, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading Series 3rd birthday bash!, 7PM



  • Interabang Books, Silas House reading and signing SOUTHERNMOST, 7PM


El Paso

  • Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 7:30PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Natalia Sylvester reading and signing EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME, 7PM



  • B&N - Legacy West, The Moscow Deception: An International Spy Thriller book signing with Karen Robards, 7PM


Saturday, June 23


  • BookWoman, Nasty!: A Reading and Signing by Fierce Women Writers including Rhonda Jackson Joseph, Melissa Moralez, Rachel Stevens, and Kim Vodicka, 6PM
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Class: Native Host Plants for Texas Butterflies (and Moths) Class with Jim and Lynne Weber, authors of Native Host Plants for Texas Butterflies, 9AM



  • The Published Page Bookshop, Heath Dollar reading and signing Waylon County: Texas Stories, 4PM



  • Interabang Books, Special Story Time with Jen Betton and HEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG , 10:30AM


El Paso

  • Memorial Park Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Writing in Heat" with Mónica Gómez, 12:45PM



  • Galveston Bookshop, Houston author Mark Lardas signing The Cruiser Houston (Images of America), 2PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Aki Yamaguchi will discuss and sign her photo memoir HEART DOG: ANGEL IN DISGUISE, 1PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Writespace presents a Summer Solstice Reading and Open Mic, 6PM
  • Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • Katy Budget Books, Mae Edwards signs Stolen Options, an autobiography, 2PM
  • Murder By the Book, Levis Keltner will sign and discuss Into That Good Night, 4:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Francine Page reading and signing Logan Thee Forsaken, 3PM
  • Winter Street Studios, Book launch: Erin Faith Allen presents The In Between: A Travel Memoir, 7PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "What Writers Need to Know about Contacting Agents and Editors" with Katharine Shilcutt, 9:30AM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "Lyric Essay: The Best-Kept Secret of Savvy Writers" with Leslie Contreras-Schwartz, 1PM


San Antonio

  • B&N - San Pedro, Adrian Davila signing Cowboy Barbecue: Fire & Smoke from the Original Texas Vaqueros, 1PM
  • Central Library, Workshop: "Testimonio: A Writing Workshop of the Body" with Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros, 11AM
  • Felkiz Modern, Michael Cirlos signing Humans of San Antonio, 11AM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Mary Virginia McCormick Pittman signing Four Legged Heroes, 11AM


South Padre Island

  • Paragraphs on Padre, An afternoon with award-winning children's author Patty York Raymond, 1PM



  • B&N - Town Square, Jane Alvey Harris signing Secret Keeper, 2PM


Sugar Land

  • Half Price Books, local author Andre Huu will sell and sign his memoir The Round of Your Life: A Book on Golf and Life, 12PM


Sunday, June 24


  • BookPeople, JAY BRANDON speaking and signing Against the Law, and MANNING WOLFE speaking and signing Music Notes, 2PM
  • Malvern Books, launch of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review Issue 48, 4PM



  • The Foundry Club, Writing Workshops Dallas Seminar: "Book Marketing 101: A Recipe for Sizzling Sales" with Shayla Raquel, 3PM
  • Half Price Books - The Mother Ship, local author Maddie Marcarelli will sell and sign her novel The Journey, and local author Morrighan Lynne will sell and sign her spiritual book The Spirited Human: Proactive Tools for a Reactive World, 1PM


San Antonio

  • Landa Library, Denise Barkis Richter presents 100 Things To Do in San Antonio Before You Die, 3PM


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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)
  • 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 Bash (Tyler, August 4, 2018)
  • Texas Christian Writers’ Conference (Houston, August 4, 2018)



  • 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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