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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 2.12.2017

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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, Jan. 12-15, 2017)
  • Austin Book, Paper, & Photo Show



  • Black History Month
  • Lone Star Literary Life Birthday (Feb. 2 annually)
  • ConDFW (Fort Worth) February 10-12, 2017
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Alpine, February 24 and 25, 2017)



  • 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, March 4, 2017)
  • Lone Star Literary Life's Top Ten Texas Bookish Destinations (March 5 and March 12, 2017)



  • 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)
  • National Independent Bookstore Day (April)
  • BookExpo America (New York, May 31–June 2, 2017)
  • O. Henry Pun-off (Austin)
  • 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)
  • 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 Retreat, Alpine (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
  • 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)

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


Don't see your book or literary event here? Email us your complete info two weeks in advance of the issue in which your event is scheduled, and we'll include it.


Special Events

  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Children’s Book Fair, Austin, February 18-19
  • Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Austin, February 21-2
  • Johnson City Library 9th Annual Writers Conference, February 22
  • Symposium: THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION OF 1917: A CENTENNIAL VIEW, Dallas, February 22-23
  • People's Poetry Festival, Corpus Christi, February 23-25
  • Wild Wicked Weekend, San Antonio, February 23-25
  • NAACS Tejas Foco 2017, Bryan, February 24
  • Artists Writings on Materials and Techniques: EODIAH Symposium, Dallas, February 24-25
  • 31st Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Alpine, February 24-25
  • Poetry Out Loud Texas State Finals, Austin, February 25
  • 2nd Annual Southwest Regional Slam, Austin, February 25
  • SCBWI Austin Book Marketing Boot Camp, Round Rock, February 25
  • Speer Memorial Library Book Festival, Mission, February 25
  • WordWyse 2nd Annual Marketing Workshop for Authors, Mount Vernon, February 25
  • One Day Jewish University, Dallas, February 26

Ongoing Exhibits

  • Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, February 6–July 16
  • The Lost Generation: World War I Poetry, Denton, January 17-May 11
  • Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, Fort Worth, January 21-May 7
  • The Human Experience: From Texas to the World literacy initiative, Houston, January 18-May 18
  • Of Texas Rivers & Texas Art (an exhibition from the book of the same title), San Angelo, February 16-April 9
  • Sandra Cisneros: A House of Her Own Exhibition, San Marcos, February 15-July 1


Sunday, February 19


  • 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, Revel Unclassified Sunday Brunch: musicians, writers, and artists will collaborate to tell stories through music, spoken word, and visual art, 12:30PM
  • Austin History Center, discussion and book signing with the editors of Celebrating the Rag: Austin's Iconic Underground Newspaper, 2PM
  • BookPeople, Poet FRANCES SCHENKKAN speaking & signing Mr. Stevens' Secretary, 3PM
  • Half Price Books - North Lamar, local author Heather Schwartz will sell and sign Darkness Falls, 1PM
  • Malvern Books, An Afternoon with poets Ginny Wiehardt, Julie Poole & Drea Brown, 2PM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Dr. Brian King signs The Laughing Cure, 1PM
  • Deep Vellum Books, Author Visit: Joel Berg discusses and signs America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation, 4:30PM
  • Half Price Books Mothership, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, all day
  • Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West, Jane Austen Society of North Texas meeting with Dr. Gillian Dow, author of Chawton House Library, 2PM



  • Murder By the Book, Sarah Pinborough will sign and discuss Behind Her Eyes, 2PM



  • Irving Public Library: South, African American Read-In 2017: One World, Many Tales with Varian Johnson, 1:30PM


San Antonio

  • B&N - Bandera Pointe, Author Signing: From the Barrio to the Board Room with Dr. Laura Nobles Banks-Reed, 2:30PM
  • B&N - La Cantera, February Sunday Storytime: Guest Joy Fisher Hein, 12PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Charles Parish discusses and signs The Groom Wore White Socks, 11AM


Monday, February 20  PRESIDENTS DAY


  • BookPeople, Write Like An Animal Workshop with Terri Farley, author of Phantom Stallion, 10AM
  • Dozen Street, Chicon Street Poets featuring Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi + plus Haiku challenge and open mic, 7PM



  • Lone Star College - Greenpoint Center, Book Discussion with author and professor Mignette Dorsey - Speak Truth to Power: The Story of Charles Patrick, a Civil Rights Pioneer, 11:30AM



  • County Museum/Gibbs-Powell House, Gary Pinkerton discusses and signs Trammels Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North, 5:30PM



  • Irving Public Library - East Branch, Multicultural Stories with the five-time Texas State Storytelling Champion, Decee Cornish, 2:30PM



  • Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Romance Fiction: What It Is, What It Isn't, and Why Writers Need to Know" presented by Virginia Boylan, 7PM


Tuesday, February 21


  • BookPeople, ALEXANDRA BURT speaking & signing The Good Daughter, 7PM
  • Spider House Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam hosted by Jomar Valentin, 8PM


College Station

  • George Bush Presidential Library & Museum, Presidents Day with Kate Andersen Brower, author of The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House and First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies, 7PM



  • GVEC boardroom, Mary O. Parker and Jeff Parker discuss Explore Texas: A Nature Travel Guide, 7PM



  • Crescent Club, DFW World Affairs Council presents Geneive Abdo, author of The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide, 6:30PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Joe Lansdale reads and signs Rusty Puppy, and Kathleen Kent reads and signs The Dime, 7:30PM


El Paso

  • The Black Orchid Lounge, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series featuring Rachel Marie, 2016 Frontera Poetry Slam Champion, 8PM


Fort Worth

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



  • Brazos Bookstore, Amanda Eyre Ward reads and signs THE NEARNESS OF YOU, 7PM
  • Houston Maritime Museum, HMM History Lecture presents Chase Untermeyer as he discusses his book Inside Reagan’s Navy, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Tracee de Hahn will sign and discuss Swiss Vendetta, 6:30PM
  • Obsidian Theater, The Shout: Matters of the Heart with poets Lupe Mendez and Gerald Cedillo, 7:30PM
  • Rothko Chapel, Poetry: Through the Spoken Word: Reflections on the Sacred Concept of the Divine with Willis, Aliki, and Tony Barnstone, 7PM


San Antonio

  • The Korova, PuroSlam with DJ Donnie Dee, 10PM



  • B&N - Town Center, Terri Farley reads and signs Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them, 6PM


Wednesday, February 22


  • UTA Central Library, Dr. Robert Jensen will discuss his book The End of Patriarchy, 1PM



  • Austin Public Library - Terrazas, Aural Literature: Local writers read their own work aloud for the public, 7PM
  • BookPeople, AMANDA EYRE WARD speaking & signing The Nearness of You, 7PM



  • B&N - Lincoln Park, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts book signing with Zelda Link, 7PM
  • Kettle Arts Gallery, Pegasus Reading Series featuring Sara Henning, Fowzia Karimi, and Robin Turner, 7PM



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Karl Jacoby discusses and signs THE STRANGE CAREER OF WILLIAM ELLIS, 7PM
  • Burke Baker Planetarium, HMNS Distinguished Lecture Series presents Dr. Priya Natarajan discussing and signing Mapping the Heavens, The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos, 6:30PM
  • Congregation Beth Israel, Stéphane Gerson discusses and signs DISASTER FALLS, 7PM
  • Lone Star College - North Harris, Book Discussion with author and professor Mignette Dorsey - Speak Truth to Power: The Story of Charles Patrick, a Civil Rights Pioneer, 2:30PM
  • Murder By the Book, Joe Lansdale reads and signs Rusty Puppy, and Kathleen Kent reads and signs The Dime, 6:30PM


San Antonio

  • Rebar, Kinyo Poetry Live: "Spursless," 8:30PM


Thursday, February 23


  • UTA Central Library, Eyewitness to Chaos: Personal Accounts of the Intervention in Haiti, 1994 public lecture and book signing by Walter Kretchik, 7PM



  • BookPeople, Joe Lansdale speaking and signing Rusty Puppy, and Kathleen Kent speaking and signing The Dime, 7PM
  • Mr. Catfish & More, NeoSoul Poetry ATX, 8PM
  • Paramount Theatre, Snap Judgment Live! storytelling, 8PM
  • Texas State Library & Archives, an evening with best-selling author Ben Fountain in correlation with the Texas Center for the Book's Read Across Texas: The Veteran Experience, 7PM



  • B&N - Lincoln Park, Pearl Harbor survivor Lt. Jim Downing signs The Other Side of Infamy, 7PM
  • SMU - Fondren Library, Texas Man of Letters: Bill Wittliff/Virgil Musick Exhibit, Panel Discussion, and Book Signing, 6PM
  • SMU - McCord Auditorium, Gilbert Lecture Series presents Heather Houser, author of Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect, 6PM


Fort Worth

  • Tarrant County College, Max Krochmal discusses and signs Blue Texas, 12PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Ann Christensen discusses and signs SEPARATION SCENES, 7PM
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit, Space City Preliminary Slam, 6PM
  • Cullen Theater, Brilliant Lectures Series presents a conversation with Harry Belafonte, author of My Song: A Memoir of Art, Race, and Defiance, 7PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Louise Riofrio discusses and signs Speed of Light, 4PM
  • University of Houston - Clear Lake (Art Gallery), UHCL Writing Center will host a public night of flash fiction and poetry, 7PM



  • Sam Houston State, 2017 Black History Month lecture series presents Jakobi Williams, author of From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago, 5:30PM



  • Texas Tech University, Creative Writing Program Reading Series presents poet Bob Holman, 7:30PM


San Antonio

  • Carmens de la Calle, A Very Jazzy Gemini Ink Black History Month Celebration featuring readings by special guests with live music by The Rene Saenz Jazz Trio, 8PM


San Marcos

  • TSU - Alkek Library, The Wittliff Collections reading series presents Elisa Albert, 3:30PM


South Padre Island

  • South Padre Island Community Center, local author and historian Steve Hathcock discusses local history, 12PM


Friday, February 24


  • BookPeople, Restaurateur TOM GILLILAND and Chef MIGUEL RAVAGO speaking & signing Fonda San Miguel: Forty years of Food & Art, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading Series: Galentine’s Day, 7PM



  • Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Glowetry Night, 8PM
  • UT Dallas, Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology Lecture Series: The Power of Science Fiction with Nnedi Okorafor, author of Binti: Home, 7PM
  • Warwick Melrose Hotel, Elliot Ackerman discusses and signs Dark at the Crossing, 4:30PM



  • B&N - River Oaks, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts book signing with Zelda Link, 7PM
  • B&N - Westheimer, Elise Kova signing Alchemists of Loom, 5PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Krishna Dronamraju discusses and signs POPULARIZING SCIENCE, 7PM



  • Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, KAP reading series presents Elisa Albert, 7:30PM



  • Eldorado Country Club, Elliot Ackerman discusses and signs Dark at the Crossing, 11:45AM


Port Neches

  • Fleur Fine Books, Doneane Beckcom signs Eat, Drink and Be Merry through Menopause, 2PM


Saturday, February 25


  • BookPeople, NATALIE GRIGSON speaking & signing Just Call Me Is: An Introduction to Mindfulness, 2PM
  • BookPeople, Musician & Songwriter JOHN DARNIELLE speaking & signing Universal Harvester, 6PM [TICKET REQUIRED]
  • St. Edward's University, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Succeeding in the Current Self-Publishing Market" with Deanna Roy, 9AM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Colin Cahoon signs The Man With the Black Box, 1PM
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Jessi Klein, author of You'll Grow Out of It, 7:30PM
  • Half Price Books Mothership, New York Times bestselling author and Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor Bret Baier will sign copies of Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission, 2PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Elliot Ackerman discusses and signs Dark at the Crossing with Ben Fountain, 1PM
  • The Writer's Garret, Workshop: Flash Fiction, Postcard Essays, and Micro Prose: Exploring Short Forms with A. Kendra Greene, 1PM


El Paso

  • Memorial Park Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: Nancy Lorenza Green presents Inspirational Voices: Junot Diaz, 12:45PM


Fort Worth

  • Monkey & Dog Books, Rosalind Bunn will sign Thunder and a Lightning Bug Named Lou, 11AM



  • Hood County Library, Writers' League of Texas workshop: Texas Writes with Meg Gardiner and Susan Wittig Albert, 1PM


Harker Heights

  • B&N, Beyond the Quest to Become a Physician: Insightful and Inspirational Tales of Parenting, Perseverance, and Pediatrics book signing with Dr. Robert Burke, 1PM



  • B&N - River Oaks, Houston Soups and Sips cookbook signing with Erin Hicks, 1PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Ursula Werner reads and signs THE GOOD AT HEART, 7PM
  • Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release!, all day
  • Writespace, Workshop: The Power of Point of View with Joy Preble, 1PM



  • North Lake College - Central, DFW Writers Workshop: The Three Elements of a Powerful Narrative with Shawn Scarber, 2PM



  • B&N - Vista Ridge, Closure: A Novel book signing with Neil A. White, 2PM



  • B&N, Marcy McKay signs Pennies From Burger Heaven, 2PM



  • B&N, Joseph A. Willis signs Teaching Lessons: Creating a Cultural Infrastructure for Great School, 11AM



  • B&N - Creekwalk Village, By Signs and Symbols book presentation and signing With Dr. Paul Clark, 4PM


Port Neches

  • Fleur Fine Books, Gail Cawley Showalter signs Living, Learning, Loving, 2PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Bruce Henderson discusses and signs White Pages, 11AM


South Padre Island

  • Paragraphs on Padre, Meet the Author Series: Sue Boggio discusses and signs Long Night Moon, 1PM


Sugar Land

  • Half Price Books, Darrellon Prince will sign Princess Grace and the Pincushion Gang, 1PM


Sunday, February 26


  • 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, Revel Unclassified Sunday Brunch: musicians, writers, and artists will collaborate to tell stories through music, spoken word, and visual art, 12:30PM
  • BookPeople, JON LASSER & SAGE FOSTER-LASSER speaking & signing Grow Happy, 2PM
  • Malvern Books, poet G F Harper launches Savage Yard with Jenna Martin Opperman and Jim Trainer, 4PM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Yvette Grove Reads and signs Lily's Deliciously Different Day, 1PM
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Adam Gidwitz, author of The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, 3PM
  • Deep Vellum Books, Dark Moon Poetry, 7PM
  • Half Price Books Mothership, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, all day



  • Frisco Public Library, Sisters in Crime North Dallas workshop: "Writing Powerful Emotions" presented by Kathleen Baldwin, 2PM


San Antonio

  • B&N - La Cantera, February Sunday Storytime: Guest Author Shanalee Sharboneau, 12PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Rick Goff reads and signs A Gorilla Ridin' on a Half a Hot Dog, 2PM


The Woodlands

  • B&N - Woodlands Mall, Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission book signing with Britt Baier, 1PM


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