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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 1.21.2018

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Special Events

  • FronteraFest 2018, Austin, January 16-February 17
  • How to Self-Publish Your Book -- Economically, Quickly, and Professionally, Dallas, January 23-February 6


Ongoing Exhibits

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature exhibition: The Illustrations of Melissa Sweet, Abilene, November 9-January 27


Sunday, January 21


  • B&N - Arboretum, Charlotte Reagan signing Loving Lakyn, 2PM
  • Malvern Books, launch party for issue 47 of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review! Readers will include E. Kristin Anderson, J. Scott Brownlee, Nick Courtright, Jonathan Moody, and Sasha West, 4PM



  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Award-winning author Matt de la Peña and author-illustrator Loren Long present a new illustrated classic: Love, 1:30PM
  • The Foundry Club, Writing Workshops Dallas presents "How to Self-Edit: 50 Essential Tips for Honing Every Manuscript" with Blake Atwood, 3PM
  • Half Price Books Mothership, Local Author Sunday: meet local authors and pick up their latest release, 1PM
  • Interabang Books, HPISD Day Benefiting the Highland Park Literary Festival, 12PM



  • Half Price Books - Cypress Creek, New York Times bestselling-author and popular health blogger Diane Sanfilippo will discuss her new book, The 21-Day Sugar Detox Daily Guide, 3PM


South Padre Island

  • Paragraphs on Padre, Meet the Author Series: Poet Steven Schneider reading and signing Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives, 1PM


Monday, January 22


  • BookPeople, PIERCE BROWN speaking & signing Iron Gold, 7PM [ticketed event]



  • Interabang Books, Georgia Hunter discussing and signing WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES, 7PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Anthony Graves discussing and signing INFINITE HOPE, 6:30PM



  • Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "The Secret of Clarity" with Lori Freeland, 7PM


Tuesday, January 23


  • BookPeople, ERIC BRYANT speaking & signing Not Like Me, 7PM
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Mike Rosen (Host: Christopher Michael), 7:15PM



  • Interabang Books, Writers’ League of Texas panel discussion: Building Your Writing Community: How to Find Writing Groups & Support Other Writers with Kathleen Kent, Blake Kimzey, Melissa Lenhardt, and Arianne "Tex" Thompson, 7PM



  • Black Labrador Pub, Houston Writers House meeting featuring Shelley K. Wall discussing pitching and query letters, 6:30PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, E.R. Bills and Friends reading and signing ROAD KILL 2, 7PM
  • Houston Maritime Museum, lecture with Chet Van Duzer, author of Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript. 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Nicholas Petrie will sign and discuss his third Peter Ash thriller, Light It Up, 6:30PM


San Antonio

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


South Padre Island

  • Paragraphs on Padre, Meet the Author Series: author and poet Lynn McLaughlin discussing and signing Child of the System: Little Lynn’s Story, 1PM


Wednesday, January 24


  • Interabang Books, Katherine Arden reading and signing THE GIRL IN THE TOWER, 7PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Literary Arts in Dallas: a panel discussion (part of the Dallas Cultural Plan 2018. Led by the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs), 7:30PM


Fort Davis

  • Fort Davis County Library, Ben English discussing and signing Yonderings: Trails and Memories of the Big Bend, 6PM



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Visiting Treasures from the UH Rare Books Collection, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Alafair Burke will sign and discuss The Wife, 6:30PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Mary Moorman discusses and signs Indulgences: Luther, Catholicism, and the Imputation of Merit, 5PM


Thursday, January 25


  • Austin Public Library- Central, Mayor's Book Club Author Event with Osama Alomar (The Teeth of the Comb and Other Stories) and Wendy Pearlman (We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled), 6:30PM
  • BookPeople, GARY P. NUNN speaking & signing At Home with the Armadillo, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, an evening with queer poets Jenny Johnson, Shangyang Fang, and Travis Tate, 7PM



  • Highland Park United Methodist Church, Friends of the SMU Libraries present Lea Berman and TREATING PEOPLE WELL, 6PM
  • Hotel Crescent Court, Max Boot discussing and signing The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam, 6:30PM
  • Interabang Books, Mandy Mikulencak reading and signing THE LAST SUPPERS, 7PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Simón Elías Barasoain discussing Alpinismo Bisexual, 7:30PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Katherine Arden reading and signing GIRL IN THE TOWER, 7PM
  • Half Price Books - North Oaks, popular blogger and author Suzanne Ryan will discuss her new book, Simply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss, with 100+ Easy Low-Carb Recipes, 7PM
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Dr. James M. Adovasio lectures from The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Pre-History, 6:30PM
  • Poison Girl Bar, Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Alex McElroy, Kerry Beth Neville, and Javier Zamora, 8:30PM
  • The Printing Museum, Open House: The Print Museum reopens!, 6PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Gay Gaddis discussing and signing Cowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business and Life, 5PM


Sugar Land

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


Friday, January 26


  • BookPeople, GAY GADDIS speaking & signing Cowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business and Life, 7PM
  • LBJ Library, an evening with former White House Social Secretaries Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard as they discuss their joint book, Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life, 6PM
  • Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading and Open Mic featuring Charlotte Gullick, Aimée Mackovic, and Vivé Griffith, 7PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Writers' League of Texas Panel Discussion: "What Makes Books Sell?" with ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Benjamin Rybeck, and Marina Tristán, 7PM


North Richland Hills

  • North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book: Laura Bush's Social Secretary Lee Burman, 1PM


Saturday, January 27


  • Half Price Books - North Lamar, local author Therone Shellman will sell and sign his spiritual book, Third Eye Awakening, 1PM
  • Malvern Books, the Austin Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hosts We Are ALL America! Open Mic Night, 7PM
  • Resistencia Bookstore, Austin Barrio Writers release the Barrio Writers 8th Edition anthology, 2PM
  • St. Edward's University, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Crafting Story Openings That Will Capture Readers" with Lindsey Lane, 9AM



  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Chef Mary Chamberlin Book Signing & Demo, 11AM
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Selected Shorts: For Better and For Worse: Tales of Marriage with guest readers Michael Cerveris, Jane Kaczmarek, and Maria Tucci, 7:30PM


El Paso

  • El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project Workshop: "Micro Fiction: The Shortest Story" with Tafari Nugent, 12:45PM


Flower Mound

  • Flower Mound Public Library, Former U.S. Women's Chess Champion Dr. Alexey Root will sign Prepare With Chess Strategy, plus simultaneous chess exhibition. Players who defeat Root in chess win a copy of the book, 2PM



  • 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, K.M. Pohlkamp will discuss Locusta, the world's first serial killer from Gaul and poisoner of Emperor Claudius. Locusta was the inspiration for her novel, Apricots and Wolfsbane, 4:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Preston Pierott discussing and signing Cheat Codes to High School: Written by a Student, 3PM


San Antonio

  • Dead Tree Books, Meet the Author: Abraham Moreno, 2PM
  • Half Price Books - Huebner, Bowie Ibarra signing El Aire vs. The Mummies of San Uvalde, 12PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Jessie Simpson and Al Rendon discussing and signing The King William Area, 11AM


Sunday, January 28


  • Malvern Books, Kallisto Gaia Press presents The Ocotillo Review Volume 2.1 (Numerous poets and writers will read excerpts of their work from this edition, including Gloria Amescua, Catherine Castoro, Karen Collier, Marilyn Duncan, Gayle Guernsey, Stephen Hamilton, Lindsey Lane, and Allyson Whipple), 4PM



  • First Presbyterian Church, Arts & Letters Live presents Ronald C. White, Jr. and A. Lincoln, 4PM
  • The Foundry Club, Writing Workshops Dallas presents: Seminar on Getting to THE END with David Eric Tomlinson, 3PM
  • Half Price Books Mothership, local author Cristee Cook will sell and sign her children's book, Your Hands Can Change the World! and local author Richard Armstrong will sell and sign his thriller, The Counsel of the Wicked, 1PM



  • River Oaks Bookstore, Tarif Youssef-Agha discussing and signing The Chronicles of the Syrian Revolution: The Orphan Uprising the Entire World Betrayed, 3PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "Writing Young Adult Fiction" with Joy Preble, 10AM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Marnie Olson signing Grateful, 12PM


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updated 1.7.2018

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)
  • 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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