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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 2.18.2018

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Special Events

  • Humanities Texas presents Texas Storytime: A Family Reading Program, Midland, February 8-March 15
  • First Impressions Festival for Local Playwrights, Dallas, February 21-23
  • 22nd Annual ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, San Angelo, February 22-23
  • People's Poetry Festival, Corpus Christi, February 22-24
  • Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, Austin, February 24
  • Poetry Out Loud Finals, Austin, February 24
  • Wild & Wonderful Evening: 4word Gala & Dinner featuring Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, Dallas, February 24


Ongoing Exhibits

  • Fact, Fiction, and the New World: The Role of Books in the Making of America (a Humanities Texas Exhibition), Keene, January 29–February 23
    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


Sunday, February 18


  • BookPeople, ELIZABETH H. CLARE speaking & signing The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900, 2PM
  • BookPeople, poet ANALICIA SOTELO speaking & signing Virgin, 5PM
  • BookWoman, Serving the Broccoli Gods: a reading with Mary Purdy, 4PM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Sarah Beth Marr signs Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God's Lead, 1PM
  • The Foundry Club, Writing Workshops Dallas presents: "Should I Self-Publish or Seek Traditional Publishing?" with Blake Atwood, 3PM
  • Half Price Books Mothership, 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 book, Canopy of Hope, 1PM



  • Writespace, Workshop: "From the Page to the Stage: How to Read Your Writing Aloud" with Cynthia Childress, 9:30AM


Monday, February 19


  • Abilene Public Library - Downtown, Texas Author Series: Michael Hurd discussing and signing Thursday Night Lights, 12PM



  • The Forum, Ambassador Swanee Hunt discussing Rwandan Women Rising, 5:30PM
  • Interabang Books, Susan Dennard reading and signing SIGHTWITCH, 7PM
  • Belo Mansion, World Affairs Council of DFW hosts former Mexican president Vicente Fox discussing and signing Let’s Move On: Beyond Fear and False Prophets, 12PM
  • UT Dallas, former Mexican president Vicente Fox discussing and signing Let’s Move On: Beyond Fear and False Prophets, 5:30PM



  • Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Story Structure" with Monalisa Foster, 7PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Robb Carlos discussing and signing We Are G.O.D. Guiding Our Direction, From Journal to Journey, 5PM



  • B&N - Town Square, Mike Gleason signing and discussing his Hideout Kids series, 2PM


Tuesday, February 20


  • UT Arlington - Texas Hall, Maverick Speaker Series presents best-selling author and sustainable food advocate Michael Pollan: "One Writer's Trip: From the Garden to the Plate and the Beyond," 7:30PM



  • BookPeople, SUSAN DENNARD speaking & signing Sightwitch: A Tale of the Witchlands, 7PM
  • Half Price Books - North Lamar, cookbook author and "Peace, Love and Low Carb" blogger Kyndra Holley will discuss and sign her new book, Keto Happy Hour: 50+ Low-Carb Craft Cocktails to Quench Your Thirst, 7PM
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Paulie Lipman, 7:15PM


College Station

  • TAMU - George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, Jeffrey Engel discussing and signing When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War, 6PM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Story time: Mary Virginia McCorm Pittman reads from Four-Legged Heroes, 11:30AM
  • Crescent Club, World Affairs Council of DFW hosts Alyssa Ayres discussing and signing Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World, 6:30PM
  • Interabang Books, Michelle Staubach Grimes launches her newest children's book, PIDGE TAKES THE STAGE, 6PM
  • SMU, the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies presents Jack E. Davis and The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, winner of the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, 5:30PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Suzanne Asaff Blankenship, author of How To Take Care of Old People Without Losing Your Marbles, moderates a panel on elder care, which includes Nadine Roberts Cornish, author of Tears In My Gumbo – The Caregiver’s Recipe for Resilience, 7:30PM


El Paso

  • The Black Orchid Lounge, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series featuring Rencho, 8PM



  • Bohemeos, Glass Mountain winter reading, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Tracee de Hahn will sign and discuss A Well-Timed Murder, 7PM


San Antonio

  • The Mix, Puroslam with DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM


Wednesday, February 21


  • BookPeople, ANDRÉ ACIMAN speaking & signing Call Me By Your Name, 7PM [ticketed event]
  • Harry Ransom Center, Early Digital Facsimiles: Sarah Werner, who previously served as Digital Media Strategist at the Folger Shakespeare Library and author of the forthcoming Studying Early Printed Books, 1450–1800: A Practical Guide, will discuss the rise of digitization and its impact on the study of early modern books, 4:30PM



  • The Published Page Bookshop, Writer's Gathering, 6PM



  • B&N - Lincoln Park, Every Day MTI Edition book signing with David Levithan, 7:30PM
  • Deep Vellum Books, Pegasus Reading Series: Poetry, 7PM



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM
  • Half Price Books - Westheimer, cookbook author and "Peace, Love and Low Carb" blogger Kyndra Holley will discuss and sign her new book, Keto Happy Hour: 50+ Low-Carb Craft Cocktails to Quench Your Thirst, 7PM
  • University of Houston - MD Anderson Library, Poetry & Prose presents Henk Rossouw and Novuyo Tshuma, 5:30PM



  • B&N, Mike Gleason signing Hideout Kids Series, 4PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Rohn Bayes, 2017 K. Walker Morgan Poet Laureate of St. Phillips College, reading and signing What I Want to Say to You: 29 Poems, 5PM


Thursday, February 22


  • BookPeople, STEVEN SAYLOR speaking & signing The Throne of Caesar, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, Austin Community College’s Creative Writing Department introduces the winners of their 2016 Balcones Prize: fiction winner Tara Laskowski (Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons) and poetry winner Jacqueline Allen Trimble (American Happiness), 7PM
  • Monkeywrench Books, Peter Gelderloos discussing and signing Worshiping Power: An Anarchist Vision of Early State Formation, 7PM


College Station

  • TAMU - Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, "How to Become a Star Writer" by Skip Hollandsworth, author of The Midnight Assassin, 1PM



  • Highland Park High School, Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master's Son, delivers the Highland Park Literary Festival keynote address, followed by a book signing, 7PM
  • SMU, lecture by women's health advocate Judy Norsigian, author of Our Bodies Ourselves, 3:30PM


El Paso

  • B&N - Sunland Park, Meet Crazy Horse family members and W. Matson, author of Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life & Legacy, 5PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, David Lazar discussing and signing I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Mark Greaney will sign and discuss Agent in Place, 6:30PM
  • Poison Girl, Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Robert Boswell, Cait Weiss Orcutt, and Outspoken Bean, 8:30PM


San Antonio

  • The Alamo Gift Shop, Wade Dillon will sign his children's books, 9AM
  • B&N - La Cantera, Matthew Pollard discussing and signing The Introvert's Edge, 7:30PM
  • B&N - San Pedro, Martha Miller discussing and signing Times New Roman: How We Quit Our Jobs, Gave Away Our Stuff & Moved to Italy, 2:30PM
  • San Antonio Central Library, A Public Platica on the current state of the literary arts in San Antonio, with the debut and signing of Literary San Antonio, featuring Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto Bryce Milligan, Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos, San Antonio and Texas Poet Laureate Jenny Browne, journalist and cultural historian Cary Clack, and San Antonio book collector extraordinaire Bill Fisher, 6:30PM
  • Texas A&M - SA, Writer’s Lecture Series featuring Laurie Ann Guerrero: On Being Deliberate, Afraid of Nothing, 6:30PM


San Marcos

  • Texas State - Alkek Library, the Wittliff Collections presents a reading and signing with Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 3:30PM


Sugar Land

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


Friday, February 23


  • Front Street Books, Ben H. English discussing and signing Yonderings: Trails and Memories of the Big Bend, 6PM



  • BookPeople, MATTHEW POLLARD speaking & signing The Introvert's Edge, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading & Open Mic: Galentine’s Edition, 7PM
  • pump project, Bat City Review reading series featuring Paz Pardo, Annelyse Gelman, Danielle Wheeler, Nouri Zarrugh, and Veronica Martin, 6PM



  • Half Price Books Mothership, New York Times bestselling-author Mark Greaney will discuss and sign his new thriller, Agent in Place: A Gray Man Novel, 7PM
  • Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Sexual Avengers: Glowetry Edition, 8PM



  • B&N - Houston, Anthony Graves discussing and signing Infinite Hope, 7PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Daniel Horowitz discussing and signing HAPPIER?, 7PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Ann Leis and Gail Klein reading and signing Music of the Butterfly: A Story of Hope, 5PM



  • Sam Houston State, lecture from Dr. Suzy Kim, Professor of Korean Studies at Rutgers University and author of the award-winning book, Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 10:30AM



  • Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, a reading and signing with Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 7:30PM



  • B&N, Superhero Therapy book signing with Dr. Janina Scarlet, 6:30PM


San Antonio

  • Jo Long Theatre, Blackbird, Fly: Marc Bamuthi Joseph and DBR, both sons of Haitian immigrants, weave movement, music, and spoken word into a richly layered multi-sensory evening, 8PM
  • UTSA, Creative Writing Program Reading Series presents Karen Tei Yamashita, author of National Book Award-nominated novel, I Hotel, 7PM


Saturday, February 24


  • Art on 5th Gallery, Book release party: international street artist The Impossible Winterbourne releases The AlphaBots, 7PM
  • Blue Baker Arboretum, SCBWI-Austin MG Book Club chat with author Tara Dairman about her novel The Great Hibernation and writing for a MG audience, 11:30AM
  • BookPeople, MICHAEL RYAN speaking & signing A Taste for the Beautiful, 2PM
  • BookWoman, TORCH Wildfire Reading series featuring Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble, author of American Happiness, winner of the 2016 Balcones Poetry Prize, 7PM
  • ACC Highland Campus, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Giving Your Manuscript a Voice with Dialogue" with Natalia Sylvester, 9AM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Denise King signs I Remember ... When God Showed Up: A Journey of Faith, 1PM
  • The Writer's Garret, workshop: "Writing Past Cliché: Diverse Lit for Diverse Audiences" with Richard J. Gonzalez, 1PM



  • Tom's Daiquiri, American Literary Review reading series featuring M.J. Arlett, Rebecca Bernard, Sebastian Paramo, and Ross Wilcox, 6PM


El Paso

  • El Paso Public Library - Esperanza Moreno, Award-winning author Alexandra Diaz discussing her critically-acclaimed young adult lit, 3PM
  • El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project Workshop: "To Tell the Tale" with musician and singer McKinley Cougar, 12:45PM


Fort Worth

  • The Dock Bookshop, Dock Speaker Series: Dr. Ali Al-Mansour speaking and signing Cryptocurrency Glossary 4 Teens and Black Americans at The Crossroads, 4PM
  • Half Price Books - Ridgmar, local author E.R. Bills will sell and sign his books of Texas lore, 1PM



  • Half Price Books, local author David Huntley will sell and sign Death Watch Beetle: A Historical Post World War II Spy Thriller, 1PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Lincee Ray will discuss and sign her new book, WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS, 11AM
  • Contemporary Arts Museum, WITS Space City Preliminary Slam: young Houston poets, spoken word artists, and emcees, ages 13-19, compete for your spot on the Meta-Four Houston youth slam team, ranked #5 in the world, 12:30PM
  • Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release!, while supplies last
  • Katy Budget Books, local author Preston Pierott signing Cheat Codes to High School, 2PM
  • Murder By the Book, Steven Saylor will sign and discuss The Throne of Caesar, 4:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Diann Mills reading and signing High Treason, 3PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "How to Self-Publish" with DL Young, 9:30AM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "Speculative Fiction Critique" with Cassandra Rose Clarke, 1PM
  • Writespace, From the Page to the Stage Reading & Open Mic, 7:30PM



  • Pflugerville Public Library, Poetry Writing Workshop with Tracey Lander-Garrett, 2PM


Port Neches

  • Fleur Fine Books, Author Meet & Greet Event: James H. Longmore, 3PM



  • Four Bullets Brewery, Brianna Ruelas, local Richardson author, singer/songwriter, and vocal coach celebrates the release of Performing Artist Pathway, 12PM


San Antonio

  • Dead Tree Books, Melissa Eatherington signing her poetry collection, Night Hag In the Flame, 2PM



  • B&N - Town Square, Celestina Blok signing Lost Restaurants of Fort Worth, 1PM



  • Argos Brewhouse & Bookseller, Open Mic Night, 7PM



  • Carl & Mary Welhausen Library, Writers' League of Texas presents "Texas Writes" workshops with authors Nikki Loftin and Christie Craig, 10AM


Sunday, February 25


  • BookPeople, DAVID NEFF speaking & signing Weird Homes, 2PM
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam presents The Battle of the South: A Southern Slam Team Brawl, 3PM



  • Brazos County Expo Center, Jeff and Mary O Parker, authors of Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide, will be appearing together for a signing and to teach a session at the Texas Bluebird Society's annual "Bluebird Season Kickoff," 9AM



  • The Foundry Club, Writing Workshops Dallas presents: "Writing Out of the Wilderness: A Publication Seminar - Survive Rejection, Forge a Path to Publication, & Make Yourself Findable" with Blake Kimzey, 3PM
  • Half Price Books Mothership, local author William Venema will sell and sign his military thriller, Death in Panama, and local author Ray Sharp will sell and sign his children's book, After All, Dogs Are Colorblind, Aren't They?, 1PM



  • B&N - Westheimer, poet Tarif Youssef-Agha signing his memoir, The Chronicles of the Syrian Revolution, 12PM
  • Brazilian Arts Foundation, O Brasil Secreto: Brazilian Art, Prose, and Poetry in Translation featuring Gabriela Maya, poetry in translation by D.A. Smith, and a Q & A with Houston-based painter Tony Paraná, 4PM
  • Rudyard's Pub, Public Poetry presents "The Passion Series" featuring Mark Irwin, 1PM



  • South Irving Library, Hope Nation book launch with Angie Thomas, Ally Carter, Julie Murphy, and Dr. Rose Brock, 3PM


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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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