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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 8.13.2017

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Special Events

  • 1st Annual Marfa Poetry Festival, August 9-13
  • Friends of the Dallas Public Library Book Sale, August 11-13
  • Literary Libations Week (benefiting the Texas Book Festival), various locations, August 14-18
  • Writers' League of Texas Summer Writing Workshop, Austin, August 14-19


Ongoing Exhibits

  • Illustrator of the Century Garth Williams, Abilene, June 8–September 1
  • George Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, San Antonio, June 23-September 4
  • In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez (a Humanities Texas exhibit), Plano, August 7-September 15


Sunday, August 13


  • Malvern Books, Austin Writers Roulette presents "The Other Me," 4PM



  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, local author Farahana Kassam will sell and sign her parenting book Doing and Being, and local author Wayne Peterson will sell and sign his science fiction book Canopy of Hope, 1PM
  • The Mix Co-Working Space, Writing Workshops Dallas presents "The Sounds of Poetry: A Seminar on Poetry" with Joe Milazzo, 1PM



  • B&N - Town Square, local author Gina Rice signs Finding Christ Through Chaos: A Mother's Walk with Christ, Caring for Her Special Needs Son that Couldn't, 1PM


Monday, August 14


  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Come meet author David Collins, as well as Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, the subjects of his book Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas, 7PM



  • Stages Repertory Theatre, Tintero Readings featuring dee!colonize, 7PM


Tuesday, August 15


  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Australia's Slamalamadingdong, hosted by Peter Nevland, 7PM



  • Highland Park United Methodist Church, Howard Markel discusses and signs The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek, 6PM
  • Interabang Books, Joe Tone discusses and signs Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream, 7PM



  • Murder By the Book, Lisa Scottoline will sign and discuss Exposed, the newest book in the Rosato and Associates Series, 6:30PM


San Antonio

  • The Korova, Puroslam: In the Basement, 9:30PM


Wednesday, August 16


  • AFS Cinema, Austin City Lit: Story Bar and The Writers' League of Texas present a summer-themed Literary Story Mixer featuring short fiction, poetry, music, and more, 7PM (happy hour and lit trivia at 5PM)
  • BookPeople, RENEE CASTEEL COOK and TIFFANY HARELIK speaking & signing Best of Trailer Food Diaries, 7PM



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM
  • Houston Chronicle office, Books & Bylines Series: Chris Tomlinson, author of Tomlinson Hill, Patricia Bernstein, author of Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan, and Larry Payne, author of The Heart of Houston, discuss Texas’ race relations and race-related violence – both past and present, 7PM



  • South Irving Library, Pop Goes My Heart YA Author Event with Ashley Poston, author of Geekerella, Maurene Goo, author of I Believe In a Thing Called Love, and Sandhya Menon, author of When Dimple Met Rishi, 7PM


Thursday, August 17


  • The Grace Museum, Joe W. Specht discusses and signs his newly revised and expanded edition of Abilene in Song: The Women There Don't Treat You Mean, 7PM



  • Blanton Museum of Art, Writers' League of Texas Third Thursday: "Writing about Myth" with Sheila Black, Dr. Richard R. Flores, P.J. Hoover, and Dr. Helena Woodard, 6:30PM
  • BookPeople, JOHN CORVINO speaking and signing Debating Religious Liberty & Discrimination, 7PM
  • BookWoman, YOUTH Sexual Health Workshop Reading, 6:30PM
  • Mr. Catfish & More, NeoSoul Poetry ATX, 8PM



  • SEAD Gallery & Bookshop, Author Talk Series: Paul Hill, former NASA Director of Mission Operations, discusses and signs Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom, 6:30PM



  • Interabang Books, Anna LeBaron discusses and signs The Polygamist's Daughter, 7PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Dallas author Will Clarke reads and signs The Neon Palm of Madame Melançon, 7:30PM



  • Body Mind & Soul, An Evening of Spirit Communication with Mark Anthony, author of Evidence of Eternity and Never Letting Go, followed by a book signing, 7PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Women In Translation Month Happy Hour, 7PM
  • The Heritage Society, Andrew J. Torget, historian and professor at the University of North Texas, will give a lecture based on his book, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 12PM



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


Sugar Land

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


Friday, August 18


  • BookPeople, WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS presents Summer Writing Workshop Showcase and book signing with instructors Carol Dawson, Charlotte Gullick, Donna Johnson, Sasha West, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, poet Ching-In Chen reads and signs recombinant (with Mónica Teresa Ortiz and Jesus Valles), 7PM



  • Deep Vellum Books, Pandora's Box Poetry Reading Series featuring Leah Tieger, Sebastian Hasani Paramo, and Greg Brownderville, 7PM



  • Body Mind & Soul, An Evening of Spirit Communication with Mark Anthony, author of Evidence of Eternity and Never Letting Go, followed by a book signing, 7PM


Saturday, August 19


  • Chase Building, Texas High Plains Writers workshop with Mike Akins and Tex Thompson, 9AM



  • B&N - Sunset Valley, Donna Miller discusses and signs The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk, with Broken Spoke proprietors James and Annetta White and Ben Rogers on guitar, 2PM
  • BookPeople, TAL M. KLEIN speaking and signing The Punch Escrow, 2PM
  • BookPeople, JAMES CROWLEY speaking and signing Monsterland, 6PM



  • TBA, SCBWI North Texas presents "Behind the Bluebonnet" award selection process with previous judge Gail Shipley, 11AM
  • Dallas Public Library - Highland Hills, Warren Landrum discusses and signs his book about the steps he took to become an author, 1PM
  • Interabang Books, Walt Gragg reads and signs The Red Line, 2PM


El Paso

  • El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project Workshop: "The Radical Amazement of Rumi Part 2" with Robin Scofield, 12:45PM



  • B&N - Stonebriar, Spotlight on Local Author: Autumn Carpentier signs Walking on Water, 2PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Random House Children’s Books Little Golden Bus Tour, 1PM
  • Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • Murder By the Book, Black Opal Babes Event with authors Laura Elvebak, Saralyn Richard, Zari Reede (the writing team of Zoe Tasia and Minette Lauren), and Kathleen Kaska, 4:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Jeffery Tracey reads and signs A Family Reunited, 3PM
  • Writespace, "How Do I Get Started?" Q&A with instructors Cassandra Clarke and Elizabeth White-Olsen, 9:30AM



  • B&N, White Gingerbread book signing with K.A. Townsen, 1PM



  • The Bosslight, Get Lit at the Main Pecan: bring your favorite poem, short story, or passage from a book, 7PM



  • B&N - Fairway Market, Princess Truly in I Am Truly book signing with Kelly Greenawait, 2PM



  • B&N - Town Center, George Dalton book signing, 12PM


Sugar Land

  • Fort Bend County Libraries - First Colony Branch, Houston Writers Guild workshop: "Writing in Another Realm? Explore Fantasy and Science-Fiction Writing" with Houston-area authors Dorothy Tinker, Kelly Lynn Colby, Julian Kindred, and Fern Brady, 1PM
  • Half Price Books, local author Jacory Wiley will sell and sign his children's book Vision to Dream, 1PM


Sunday, August 20


  • 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op, 2017 REVEL SOLSTICE FESTIVAL: "TODAY MY LIFE IS MINE" with poet Usha Akella and music by Z3, 12:30PM
  • Malvern Books, Martin Perlman reads and signs Thinks Out Loud, 2PM



  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, local author Erin Pace will sell and sign Carried: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Love, and local author Quinnie Nichols will sell and sign Queenish: Embracing the Empowerment of Women, 1PM
  • The Texas Theatre, Brandon Harris discusses and signs Making Rent in Bed-Stuy: A Memoir of Trying to Make it in New York City (preceded by a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing), 3PM


El Paso

  • The Glasbox, FrontEra slam poetry workshop: "The Rabbit Hole," 7PM



  • B&N - Stonebriar, Spotlight on Local Author: Dan Herod signs Nuggets of Truth, 2PM



  • Murder By the Book, Mark Pryor will sign and discuss The Sorbonne Affair, 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)



  • Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore (June 29–July 30)
  • 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)
  • “A Killer Weekend Event” and Murder Mystery Dinner, Houston (Sept. 15–16, 2017)
  • Indiepalooza, Houston (Sept. 15–17, 2017)
  • 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 6–11, 2017)
  • Texas Book Festival (Austin, Nov. 4–5, 2017)
  • Shop Small: Small Business Saturday (November)



  • World AIDS Day (Dec. 1 annually)

The most comprehensive listing of book and author events, festivals, readings, lectures, and signings in the Lone Star State


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