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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 9.17.2017

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Special Events

  • Permian Basin Writers Workshop, Midland, September 15-17
  • West Texas Book Festival, Abilene, September 21-23
  • Texas Tribune Festival, Austin, September 22-24
  • It’s Your Business: 2017 North Texas SCBWI Conference, Addison, September 23
  • Brazos Valley Book Festival, College Station, September 23


Ongoing Exhibits

  • Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States (a Humanities Texas exhibit), Plano, September 1-29
  • Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art, San Antonio, September 2-November 27
  • FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA!, San Antonio, September 6–26
  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature 20th Anniversary Exhibition: Celebrating 20 Years of Art, Abilene, September 14–October 27
  • Bonfire of Liberties: Censorship of the Humanities (a Humanities Texas exhibition), Keene, September 18-October 13


Sunday, September 17


  • Abilene Public Library - South Branch, West Texas Book Festival Preview Session: Abilene Author Showcase, 3PM



  • Austin Public Library - Manchaca Road, Bernadette Nason will read, discuss, and sign Tea in Tripoli: A Memoir, 2PM
  • BookPeople, MADELINE SMOOT speaking and signing The Monsters Hiding in Your Closet, and JESSICA LEE ANDERSON speaking & signing Uncertain Summer, 2PM
  • BookPeople, NATHAN ENGLANDER speaking & signing Dinner at the Center of the Earth, 5PM
  • BookWoman, M.L. Wonder reading and signing Tenth Year in the Sun, 4PM
  • Hops and Grain Brewing, celebrate Megan Giller and her new book, Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution, with chocolate, beer, and bands, 1PM
  • Malvern Books, Todd Hawkins launches his chapbook Ten Counties Away (with readings from Ken Fontenot and Judy Jensen), 1PM
  • Malvern Books, Dave Oliphant will read from and sign his new poetry collection, The Hero’s Fall I Fell For: Jazz Poems, 4PM



  • Half Price Books Mothership, local authors Kay & Rudy Seamayer will sell and sign copies of Rudy's memoir, The Last Train Out, 1PM


Monday, September 18


  • BookPeople, MELISSA DEL BOSQUE speaking & signing Bloodlines, 7PM
  • Dozen Street, Chicon Street Poets and Lit City Press present Bio Logic featuring Aaron Glover, 7PM



  • Interabang Books, C. Robert Cargill reads and signs SEA OF RUST, 7PM



  • Rice University - Stude Concert Hall, Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents Nathan Englander reading and signing Dinner at the Center of the Earth, and Nicole Krauss reading and signing Forest Dark, 8PM



  • Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Swiss Army Writer: Diversification through Screenwriting" with Daniel Wells, 7PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, J. Michael Dolan reads and signs Trumpets of Jericho, 5PM



  • Guess Family Barbecue, Texas Sports Pub Day Party: Chad Conine discusses and signs Texas Sports: Unforgettable Stories For Every Day of the Year, 6PM


Tuesday, September 19


  • BookPeople, MIKE LUPICA speaking & signing Lone Stars, 6:30PM
  • Riverbend Centre, BRENÉ BROWN discussing and signing Braving the Wilderness, 7PM [sold out]
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Deonte Scott (hosted by Jomar Valentin), 7PM



  • West Texas A&M - Kelley Student Center, Joshua Fredenburg speaks from Are You the World's Next Top Leader?, 7PM



  • Aaron Family JCC, Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien discusses and signs Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry: Obsessed!, 7PM
  • Interabang Books, Alex Lemon reads and signs FEVERLAND: A MEMOIR IN SHARDS, 7PM


Fort Worth

  • The Dock Bookshop, Fort Worth Poetry Slam and Open Mic, 8PM



  • B&N - Vanderbilt Square, Kathi Appelt signs Mogie: The Heart of the House (with a special appearance by Ronald McDonald House Dog, Mogie), 6PM
  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Mac Barnett will discuss and sign his newest picture book, I LOVE YOU LIKE A PIG, 5PM
  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Alexandra Bracken will discuss and sign her newest book, THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING, 6:30PM
  • Fix Coffeebar, Poetry Fix presents Tria Wood & Kelly Ann Ellis, 6:30PM
  • Murder By the Book, James R. Benn will sign and discuss the new Billy Boyle book, The Devouring, 6:30PM



  • Sam Houston State, Olivia Clare will read from and sign Disasters in the First World: Stories, her debut collection of short fiction, 5PM



  • Irving Library - Valley Ranch, NYT bestselling-author Alan Gratz will discuss and sign Refugee, 7PM'


San Antonio

  • The Korova, Puroslam with DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Barbara Ann Radnofsky discusses and signs A Citizen's Guide to Impeachment, 5PM


Wednesday, September 20


  • BookPeople, STEPHEN HARVILL speaking & signing 21 Secrets of Million-Dollar Sellers, 7PM
  • Harry Ransom Center, Poetry on the Plaza with Anna Wright of Actors From The London Stage, 12PM
  • Wally Workman Gallery, Bat City Review reading featuring poetry from Annelyse Gelman, Yuki Tanaka, and Jeff Boruszak, and fiction from Zain Saeed, 6PM



  • Half Price Books Mothership, J.A. Jance reads and signs Proof of Life, 7PM
  • Interabang Books, Patricia Falvey reads and signs THE GIRLS OF ENNISMORE, 7PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Pegasus Reading Series presents poets James Barrett Rodehaver, Susana Edith, Melania Luisa Marte, and Johnny Olson, 7:30PM



  • B&N - Firewheel Mall, P.J. Hoover signs Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World, 6PM



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM
  • University of Houston - MD Anderson Library, Poetry & Prose Reading Series, 5:30PM


Thursday, September 21


  • Blanton Museum of Art, Writers' League of Texas Third Thursday: "What Makes Books Sell?" with Brian Contine, Gillian Redfearn, Deanna Roy, and Julie Wernersbach, 7PM
  • BookPeople, Epic Reads YA Authors Tour: ANNIE BARROWS speaking & signing Nothing, ZAC BREWER speaking & signing Madness, KATHARINE MCGEE speaking and signing The Dazzling Heights, and KENDARE BLAKE speaking & signing One Dark Throne, 7PM
  • Mr. Catfish & More, NeoSoul Poetry ATX, 8PM



  • B&N - Lincoln Park, Proof of Life: A J.P. Beaumont Novel book signing with J.A. Jance, 7PM



  • UNT - Willis Library, Visiting Writers Series hosts a Q&A with Jaquira Díaz, 4PM
  • UNT - Business Leadership Building, Visiting Writers Series hosts a reading with Jaquira Díaz, 8PM



  • Museum of South Texas, Join Helen Kleberg Groves for cocktails and a book signing of Bob and Helen Kleberg of King Ranch, 6:30PM



  • B&N - Stonebriar Mall, I Love You Like a Pig book signing with Mac Barnett, 6PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Alex Lemon reads and signs FEVERLAND, 7PM
  • Rice University - Hudspeth Auditorium, Elif Batuman reads and signs THE IDIOT, 6:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Tony Tripodo discusses and signs The Successful CFO, 5:30PM
  • University of Houston - Downtown, Houston Poet Laureate D.E.E.P. and Grand Slam Champion The Fluent One will perform, 5:30PM



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


San Antonio

  • San Antonio Public Library - Pan American, Carolyn Zahnow discusses Beautiful Disasters: A Family's Journey Through Teen Depression, 4:30PM
  • San Antonio Public Library - Semmes, Carolyn Zahnow discusses Beautiful Disasters: A Family's Journey Through Teen Depression, 6:30PM


Sugar Land

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



  • Half Price Books, ASK THE BOOK EXPERT: Steve Leach, a.k.a. The HPB Buy Guy, will discuss identifying first editions, gauging condition and caring for your books, 6PM


Friday, September 22


  • BookPeople, ELEANOR HENDERSON speaking & signing The Twelve-Mile Straight, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading Series featuring Kimberly Alidio, Amanda Johnston, and Lisa L. Moore, 7PM



  • Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents "Finger Snaps and Laugh Tracks", 7PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, poet Conor Bracken reads from and signs HENRY KISSINGER, MON AMOUR, 7PM
  • University of Houston - Dudley Recital Hall, the Martha Suit Hallman Lecture in Music hosts Michael Klein, author of Music and the Crises of the Modern Subject, 2PM


San Antonio

  • Viva Tacoland, Gemini Ink presents readings by Fernando Esteban Flores, Kinyo, and Gerard Robledo, 6:30PM


Saturday, September 23


  • B&N - Arboretum, Story time: local author Jason Gallaher reads Whobert Whover, Owl Detective, 11AM
  • BookPeople, PAIGE BRITT speaking & signing Why Am I Me?, 2PM
  • BookPeople, PATRICK NESS speaking & signing Release, 6PM
  • Malvern Books, celebrate the launch of Christopher Carmona’s new poetry collection, 140: Twitter Poems (bilingual edition translated by Gerald Padilla), 7PM
  • St. Edward's University, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Creating Protagonists Your Readers Will Follow" with Chaitali Sen, 10AM



  • Kinokuniya, Tim Price signing Shooting for the Record, 3PM



  • Bosque Arts Center, Writers' League of Texas presents "Texas Writes": Greg Garrett speaking on "How to Write Yourself Into the Story", and Jennifer duBois speaking on "Inventing Narrative: Finding Your Way to Fiction", 10AM
  • Bosque Arts Center, Writers' League of Texas presents "Texas Writes": Meg Gardiner speaking on "Plotting to Kill: Writing Mysteries and Thrillers", and Jeremy Kraatz speaking on "Double Talk: Making Dialogue Work for You", 1PM


Corpus Christi

  • B&N, Hollie Overton signs The Walls, 1PM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Krystal Granzow signs Maddy Lou and Mack at the State Fair of Texas, 12PM
  • The Writer's Garret, Fall Open House with readings by Melissa T. Shultz, Richard J. Gonzales, Joe Milazzo, and Logen Cure, 11:30AM



  • B&N - Golden Triangle Mall, Local Author Cecil Miller signs The Other Side of the Mic, 1PM


El Paso

  • El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project Workshop: "Autumn Beginnings" with Sheela Wolford, 12:45PM


Fort Worth

  • Funky Town Festival, Panther City Review 2017 readings & signing, 4PM
  • Half Price Books - Ridgmar, local author Tank Gunner will sell and sign his books, Prompts and Prompts, Too, a collection of fictional war stories based on real accounts, 1PM



  • The Witchery, Old Style Conjure Workshops by Mama Starr Casas, author of Old Style Conjure: Hoodoo, Root Work, and Folk Magic, 2PM & 5PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, an afternoon of conversation with Texas children’s authors Jessica Lee Anderson, Mari Mancusi, and Joy Preble as they chat with CBAY Books editor Madeline Smoot about Anderson’s middle grade UNCERTAIN SUMMER and the anthology DRAGONS and WITCHES, 3PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Partha Nandi discussing and signing ASK DR. NANDI, 7PM
  • Campesino Coffee House, Fuente Collective presents Urgent Narratives: Unearthing The Stories Within Through Raw Journaling, 12PM
  • Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last
  • Holler Brewing Company, Writespace hosts Harvey Relief Open Mic, 7PM
  • MATCH Houston, join DiverseWorks for a collective, bilingual, choral reading of Antígona González with author Sara Uribe and Houston-based women artists, writers, activists, and organizers, 3PM
  • Murder By the Book, Ashley Weaver will sign and discuss The Essence of Malice, 6:30PM
  • Museum of Fine Arts, MFAH Artist’s Talk & Book Signing: Robyn O’Neil will discuss and sign Robyn O'Neil: 20 Years of Drawings, 4PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Davonte' Marshall discusses and signs #Defendingblackwomanhood: The Poetic Intensities of Womanology, 3PM



  • B&N - NE Mall, The Scorching book signing with Libbi Duncan, and Lauren Boehm Lynch signs Whispering Willows, 1PM



  • B&N - Creekwalk Village, Lynne Weinberger discusses and signs Six Word Memoirs on Immigration, 2PM


San Antonio

  • B&N - La Cantera, 2nd Annual B-Fest Teen Book Festival, 1PM
  • Half Price Books - San Pedro, Martha Miller will sign her travel memoir Times New Roman: How We Quit Our Jobs, Gave Away Our Stuff & Moved to Italy, 1PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, J.R. Jordan Jr. signs From Hollywood to Gruene, 11AM



  • B&N - Town Square, 2nd Annual B-Fest Teen Book Fest, 1PM


Sugar Land

  • Half Price Books, local author Willie James will sell and sign his graphic novel, Sabrina: Fall of an Alliance, 1PM


Sunday, September 24


  • BookPeople, CAROLYN OSBORN speaking & signing Durations, 2PM
  • Malvern Books, an afternoon with writer and artist Eduardo Lalo (hosted by César A. Salgado), 4PM



  • Southwestern Presbyterian Church, Houston Writers House workshop: "How to Successfully Pitch to an Agent/Editor in 15 Minutes" with Shelley K. Wall, 1PM



  • Deep Vellum Books, Other People's Poetry: Philip Levine with Richard Bailey, Austin Caraway, Dan Collins, Jolee Davis, Reverie Evolving, Rhett Forman, Lisa Huffaker, Joe Milazzo, Rachel Renea, Gayle Reaves-King, Will Richey, James Barrett Rodehaver, Carlos Salas, Lauren Smart, Kristine Spinner, and Robin Turner, 4PM
  • Half Price Books Mothership, local author English Minter will sell and sign her children's book, Filly's Day on the Farm, 1PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Backyard Story Night, 7PM



  • Frisco Public Library, Sisters in Crime North Dallas meeting: "Book Tours & Marketing Yourself" presented by Reavis Z. Wortham, 2PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach discuss and sign VIOLATED, 5PM
  • Murder By the Book, Juliana Gray will sign and discuss her new Emmeline Truelove novel, A Strange Scottish Shore, 2PM


San Antonio

  • San Antonio Public Library - Central, Bárbara Renaud González reads from Las Nalgas de J. Lo, 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)



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