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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 9.23.2018

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Special Events

  • Banned Books Week, September 23-29
  • Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference, San Antonio, September 27-29
  • The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival, Austin, September 27-29
  • 7th Annual LibroFest, Houston, September 29
  • 3rd Annual Pflugerville Comic Con, September 29


Ongoing Exhibits

  • Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books, Abilene, June 7-September 30
  • 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
  • The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust exhibition (from the book The Texas Liberators: Veteran Narratives from World War II), Houston, September 7-October 28


Sunday, September 23


  • BookPeople, NGOZI UKAZU speaking & signing Check, Please!: #Hockey, 2PM
  • Independence Brewing Company, Tacos of Texas #DocuSeries Launch Party (from the book of the same title), 5PM
  • Malvern Books, Texas State MFA faculty reading with Cyrus Cassells, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Debra Monroe, 1PM



  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, local author Mark Stuertz will sell and sign Secret Dallas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, and local author Michelle Rene will sell and sign Hour Glass, 1PM


Fort Worth

  • Monkey and Dog Books, author signing with Josh Funk, 1PM



  • B&N - Stonebriar, The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond book signing with Mark Brallier, 2PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Rachel Toalson reading and signing THE COLORS OF THE RAIN, 2PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Arjun Singh Sethi discussing and signing AMERICAN HATE: SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT, 5PM
  • Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Pete Gershon launches Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972-1985 with a short presentation, panel discussion and book signing with several featured artists, and a group photo opportunity for Houston artists from the era in Glassell’s atrium, TBA
  • Hobby Center, Michael Smerconish presents Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: American Life in Columns, 7PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "Writing Etiquette 101" with Joy Preble, 3PM



  • The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "What Editors Want: How to Submit Everything from Short Stories to Novels" with David LaBounty of Blue Cubicle Press, 3PM


Monday, September 24


  • BookPeople, ANNE BOGEL speaking & signing I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemas of the Reading Life, 7PM
  • UT - Mulva Auditorium, The Michener Center for Writers presents a reading with Edward P. Jones, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2003 novel The Known World, 7PM



  • Skillman Southwestern Branch, E. R. Bills discusses his books about Texas obscurities, oddities and curious events and his next book, 100 Things To Do In Texas Before You Die, 6PM
  • Warwick Melrose, World Affairs Council of DFW presents "Escape to Freedom: Social Media in the Refugee Era"  with Mohammed Al Samawi, peace activist & author of The Fox Hunt, 6:30PM



  • Cullen Performance Hall, Inprint's Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents a reading with Esi Edugyan and Meg Wolitzer, 7:30PM
  • Murder By the Book, Sara Gran will sign and discuss The Infinite Blacktop, 6:30PM
  • Talento Bilingüe de Houston, Jose Antonio Vargas, reading from his new book, Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen, 7PM



  • Valley Ranch Library, Fun Fall Events with Travel Writer Michelle Ames, 7PM


Tuesday, September 25


  • BookPeople, SARA GRAN speaking & signing The Infinite Blacktop (in conversation with Jeff Abbott), 7PM
  • LBJ Library, an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discussing her new book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times, 6PM
  • Malvern Books, 25Malvern’s Multi-Verse with Ken Fontenot, 7PM
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam Quarterfinal 2 featuring Queen Sheba, 7:15PM
  • The Writing Barn, Words and Wine with author and literary agent Alexandra Penfold, 7:30PM



  • Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, an evening of poetry about Amarillo and the American West by PEN Southwest Book Award-winning poet Chera Hammons, 7PM
  • WTAMU, Distinguished Lecture Series: Miguel Palomares, author of Dream to Achieve: A Practical Guide to Pursue Your Goals, Dreams, and Aspirations, 6PM



  • Interabang Books, Sarah Weinman discussing and signing THE REAL LOLITA, 7PM
  • SMU - McFarlin Auditorium, Tate Lecture Series: The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture with James Baker III, Leon Panetta, and David Gergen, 8PM


Fort Worth

  • Monkey & Dog Books, An Evening with Anne Bogel, creator of Modern Mrs. Darcy, 6:30PM



  • B&N - Stonebriar, A Parade of Elephants reading and signing with Kevin Henkes, 6PM



  • Blue Willow Bookstore, Max Brallier will discuss and sign his new novel THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE COSMIC BEYOND, 5PM
  • Bohemeo's, Glass Mountain September reading, 7PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Sandeep Jauhar discussing and signing HEART: A HISTORY, 7PM
  • The DeLuxe Theater, Toya and Reuben Levi will present an illustrated lecture on The Green Book: African-American Travel in the Jim Crow Era, 6:30PM
  • Miller Outdoor Theatre, David Gonzalez’ "Cuentos: Tales from Latino/x World," 11AM


San Antonio

  • Mark's Outing, J-Prince book signing: The Art & Science of Respect, 4PM
  • The Mix, PuroSlam featuring DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM
  • The Twig Book Store, An evening with poets Chip Dameron and Jim LaVilla-Havelin, introduced by San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla, 6:30PM


Wednesday, September 26


  • BookPeople, MAX BRALLIER speaking & signing The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond (in conversation with author Leila Sales), 6:30PM
  • BookWoman, Reading & Signing: Jasminne Méndez & Natalia Sylvester, 7:30PM
  • Long Center, The Alamo Drafthouse, BookPeople, and the Long Center, in partnership with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, will celebrate the release of book two of Neil Patrick Harris’ New York Times bestselling The Magic Misfits series and passion project, The Second Story, 7PM
  • Terrazas Branch Library, Aural Literature September Reading with the Chicon Street Poets, 7:30PM



  • Dallas Morning News Auditorium, CENSORSHIP SESSION 1: “The History of Censorship, Its Development in the West, and the Phenomenon of Banned Books,” 7PM
  • Interabang Books, Chris Barton reading and signing WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A VOICE LIKE THAT?, 7PM
  • Temple Emanu-El, World Affairs Council of DFW presents Doris Kearns Goodwin discussing and signing Leadership in Turbulent Times, 7:30PM



  • Avant Garden, Write about Now Poetry Open Mic featuring Kas, 7:30PM
  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Anne Bogel will discuss and sign her book I'D RATHER BE READING, 7PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Major Garrett discussing and singing MR. TRUMP’S WILD RIDE, 7PM
  • LSC-Atascocita Center Library, Banned Books Read Out/Speak Out, 12:30PM
  • Murder By the Book, Sarah Weinman will sign and discuss The Real Lolita, 6:30PM
  • United Way of Greater Houston, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Aisha Ahmad, author of Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power, 6:30PM


San Antonio

  • SMOKE BBQ + BREW + VENUE, Build Your Brand With Your Nonfiction Book featuring Lionel Sosa, Diana Barrios Trevino, and Diane Huth, 5:30PM


Wichita Falls

  • Midwestern State University - Moffett Library, Millie Gore will discuss censorship and present her new picture book, All is Assuredly Well, 3 pm


Thursday, September 27


  • BookPeople, WAYNE KRAMER speaking & signing The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities (in conversation with Alejandro Escovedo), 7PM
  • Central Library, The Library Foundation presents Banned Books Bash, 6PM
  • Spider House Ballroom, Testify storytellers presents 5th Anniversary: "The Same Coin: True tales from both sides," 7:30PM



  • Burrowing Owl Books, Poetry Circle with High Plains Poetry Project, 7PM



  • Dallas Center for Photography, Dallas Center for Photography Speaker Series presents Arthur Meyerson, followed by a signing of his newest book, The Journey, 7PM
  • Deep Vellum Books, Nonfiction Authors Association monthly DFW meet up, 7PM
  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, Jérémie Royer Book Signing, 7PM
  • Interabang Books, Launch Party: The Athenaeum Review, 7PM



  • UNT - Sage Hall, Visiting Writers Series featuring a reading and signing with Eduardo Corral, 8PM



  • UTRG, Gallery 2018 Launch Party, 6PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Dietmar Froehlich discussing and signing THE CHAMELEON EFFECT, 7PM
  • Carnegie Branch Library, Houston Poet Laureate Youth Workshop, 4PM
  • Poison Girl, Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Adrian Blevins, Travis Mossotti, and Bryan Washington, 8:30PM



  • Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Program Reading Series featuring Jared Yates Sexton, author of The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage, 7:30PM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Sarah Bird reading and signing Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, 6PM


Sugar Land

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


Friday, September 28


  • BookWoman, Reading + Signing: Yarn, by Pragya Bhagat + poetry by Shubh Schiesser, 6:30PM
  • Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading & Open Mic, 7PM
  • Springdale Station, BedPost Confessions storytellers present Bedpost Bar & Boogie Bash, 7PM



  • Belo Mansion, World Affairs Council of DFW presents a luncheon, discussion and book signing with the Honorable John Kerry, author of Every Day is Extra, 11:30AM



  • Brazos Bookstore, poet Henk Rossouw reading from and signing XAMISSA, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Ilona Andrews will sign and discuss Magic Triumphs, and Grace Draven will sign and discuss Phoenix Unbound, 6:30PM


San Antonio

  • Trinity University, Black Dove: an evening with Ana Castillo, 6PM


Saturday, September 29


  • BookPeople, PETE GERSHON speaking & signing Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972-1985, 6PM
  • Malvern Books, Page by Page: On Craft & Other Writerly Pursuits, 7:30PM
  • St. Edward's University, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Memoir in Miniature: The Art of the Personal Essay" with M. M. Adjarian, 10AM
  • Stephen L. Clark Gallery, Kenny Braun signs As Far As You Can See, 6PM


El Paso

  • Memorial Park Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: 100 Thousand Poets for Change with Rubi Orozco Santos, 12:45PM


Fort Worth

  • Half Price Books - Ridgmar, local author Earlina Green will sell and sign her self-help book, The Beginner's Guide to Finding Your Brave, 1PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Join author Vanessa Roeder for a special storytime with her picture book LUCY AND THE STRING, 11AM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Kendra Fortmeyer reading and signing HOLE IN THE MIDDLE, 7PM
  • 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, Scott Von Doviak will sign and discuss Charlesgate Confidential, 1PM
  • Murder By the Book, Kyle Mills will sign and discuss Red War, 4:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, William Dylan Powell discussing and signing 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die, 2nd Edition, 3PM
  • Temple Emanu El, Progressive Forum lecture series: Former Secretary of State and five-term US Senator John Kerry, author of Every Day is Extra, 7PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "What Writers Need to Know about Publishing" with Elizabeth White-Olsen, 9:30AM
  • Writespace, join Writespace and the Houston Flood Museum for a special Remembering Harvey Open Mic, 7PM



  • Kaufman County Library, Writers' League of Texas presents "Texas Writes" with authors Charlotte Gullick and Joe Milazzo, 10AM



  • Laredo Public Library, The Amazing Watercolor Fish book release, 2PM



  • B&N, Jodi Thomas signing MISTLETOE MIRACLES, 2PM



  • Centennial Library, Permian Basin Bookies meeting featuring “How to avoid the Seven Deadly Sins of Writing" with Nancy Robinson Masters, 10AM



  • Dee's Art Venue, Permian Basin Poetry Society Presents: 100 Thousand Poets for Change, 12PM


Port Neches

  • Fleur Fine Books, Road Kill 3 Book Release Party, 2PM


San Antonio

  • Centro De Artes, 100 Thousand Poets for Change San Antonio: Women Speak!, 11AM
  • Freetail Tasting Room, Gemini Ink presents Freetail Slam Series featuring Anthony the Poet, hosted by Shaggy, 8PM
  • Trinity University, Gemini Ink presents "Face Your Fears: A Memoir-Writing Workshop" with Ana Castillo, 10AM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Diane Huth signing Reinvent Your Career: Beat Age Discrimination to Land Your Dream Job, 11AM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Sue Presnall Dyke signing Banking on Cattle: Texas Settlers Growing with the West, 2PM



  • B&N - Town Square, John D. Richmond signing Totally Lost: A Brutally Honest Assessment of Raising a Child on the Autism Spectrum, 1PM


Sunday, September 29


  • BookPeople, MATTHEW CORDELL speaking & signing King Alice, 3PM
  • BookPeople, CLINT HARP speaking & signing Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story, 7PM [ticketed event]
  • Half Price Books, local author Jonathan Dade will sell and sign his book The Church and the Community, 12PM
  • Malvern Books, Lowell Mick White & Chip Dameron Book Launches, 1PM
  • Malvern Books, International Translation Day Celebration, 5:30PM



  • Deep Vellum Books, How Not to Be Intimidated by Poetry with Lisa Huffaker, 12PM
  • Deep Vellum Books, Poetry with Cristina Rivera Garza and Sabrina Orah Mark, 6PM
  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, local author Kena Sosa will sell and sign her children's book, The Unhuggables, 1PM
  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, Kyle Mills Book Signing, 5PM
  • The Mayfair on Turtle Creek, Dallas author Jeffrey Eaton signing Murder Becomes Mayfair, 3PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Gabriela Wiener discussing and signing SEXOGRAPHIES, 4PM



  • The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Author Platform 101: Building Your Brand without Selling Your Soul" with JR. Forasteros, 3PM


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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)
  • McAllen Book Festival (Nov. 10, 2018)



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







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