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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 11.18.2018

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Special Events

  • No special events this week


Ongoing Exhibits

  • Literary Frontiers: Historical Fiction & the Creative Imagination, San Marcos, August 1-December 14
  • “Dawoud Bey: Forty Years in Harlem” photography exhibition (from the book Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply), Austin, August 29-December 8
  • Finding Sophie Blackall Exhibition, Abilene, October 11-February 1
  • Texas Writers (a Humanities Texas exhibition), Livingston, November 1-30


Sunday, November 18


  • BookPeople, JACK W. LONDON speaking & signing French Letters: Children of a Good War, 6PM
  • BookWoman, Reading & Signing: A History of Travis Heights with Lori Duran, 4PM
  • Malvern Books, Meet & Greet with LesFic authors Jaycie Morrison and Barbara Ann Wright, 1PM
  • Malvern Books, the launch of Steve Wilson’s new poetry collection (with readings and book signings from Steve and fellow Finishing Line Press and Prudence Arceneaux), 4PM



  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, Jaclyn Amend will read from and sign her books, Goodnight Lakewood and Goodnight Park Cities, as part of a special Sunday story time and assist children in a special craft related to the book, 3PM
  • Interabang Books, Scott Ryan discussing and signing THE LAST DAYS OF LETTERMAN, 1PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Kayla Olson reading and signing THIS SPLINTERED SILENCE, 3PM
  • Houston Public Library, Join the National Book Foundation at the Houston Public Library as they launch a new campaign and celebration focused on the literary legacy and seminal works of James Baldwin, 2PM
  • XFINITY Fireplace at Memorial City Mall, The band Why Don’t We will play an acoustic set, then sign copies of their new book WHY DON’T WE: IN THE LIMELIGHT, 12:30PM [ticketed event]


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Rebecca Caprara signing The Magic of Melwick Orchard, 12PM


The Woodlands

  • B&N - Woodlands Mall, author signing: Winds of Change, 1PM


Monday, November 19


  • BookPeople, GINGER JOHNSON, REBECCA CAPRARA, SEAN EASLEY, and SAMANTHA M. CLARK speaking & signing The Splintered Light, The Magic of Melwick Orchard, The Hotel Between, and The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast, respectively, 6:30PM



  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: David Grann, author of The White Darkness, 7:30PM
  • First United Methodist Church, An evening with Dr. Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, 7:30PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Jarrett Krosoczka will discuss and sign HEY KIDDO, his graphic novel for young adults, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Brandon Sanderson will sign and discuss Skyward, 6:30PM



  • Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Memoir Publishing" with Alice Parker, 7PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Pete Gershon discussing and signing Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972-1985, 5PM


Tuesday, November 20


  • UTA, Maverick Speaker Series: Naomi Oreskes, author of The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change, 7:30PM



  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam Hosted by Peter Nevland, 7:15PM


El Paso

  • San Vicente Family Health Center, Arts and Health: "Sky, Sea and Sand" fine photography with a word performance reading provided by Tumblewords Project, 5:30PM


San Antonio

  • The Mix, PuroSlam presents PuroBattle: Vets vs Rookies, 9:30PM


Wednesday, November 21


  • Write About Now, Wansgiving Potluck & Poetry Open Mic, 7:30PM


Thursday, November 22  HAPPY THANKSGIVING

  • No public events scheduled today


Friday, November 23  BUY A BOOK ON BLACK FRIDAY


  • Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Black Friday Sale, 8PM


El Paso

  • Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Open Mic Night, 8PM



Bee Cave

  • B&N - Hill Country Galleria, Author Signings: Recipes From A Daughter Of The World by Shama Verma, Every Christian's Call by Kevin Almond, and LaLa Feels Blah-La by Tela Kayne, 2PM



  • Burrowing Owl Books, Jodi Thomas signing Mistletoe Miracles, 12PM



  • Galveston Bookshop, E.R. Bills signing 100 Things to Do in Texas Before You Die, 2PM



  • Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • Katy Budget Books, Annual Small Business Market, 9AM
  • Murder By the Book, Small Business Saturday with Guest Booksellers William Dylan Powell and S.C. Perkins, 1PM



  • B&N, The Texas Nutcracker book signing with Jennifer Coleman, 2PM


San Antonio

  • B&N - San Pedro, Contributing author Jax Cortez signing Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think, Act & Be Happy, 1PM
  • Dead Tree Books, Meet the Author - Brenda Haire, 2PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Debbie K. Lum reading and signing I Can Handle Him, 11AM


Sunday, November 25


  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Jason Salas signing The Sugar Skull Ghost Thief, 12PM


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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)



  • Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore (33rd season, 2018)
  • Poetry Society of Texas Annual Conference (49th annual conference, The Woodway, Austin, July 12–14, 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)
  • Armadillo Con, Austin (40th annual, August 3-5, 2018)
  • Texas Christian Writers' Conference (26th annual, Houston, August 4, 2018)
  • Texas Christian Writers’ Conference (Houston, August 4, 2018)
  • Lone Star Literary Life's Annual Readers’ Choice Top Ten Texas Bookstores



  • 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)
  • South Texas Book Festival (formerly McAllen Book Festival, Nov. 10, 2018)



  • World AIDS Day (Dec. 1 annually)
  • Laredo Book Festival (Dec. 7, 2017)







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