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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 3.19.2017

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Special Events

  • 21st Annual ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, San Angelo, March 23-24
  • 2017 San Antonio Conservation Society Publication Awards, March 24
  • Bayou City Poetry Slam Festival, Houston, March 24-25
  • Building a Writing Life! A weekend writing retreat led by ire'ne lara silva, Maxwell, March 25-26

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
  • Cartooning Texas: One Hundred Years of Cartoon Art in the Lone Star State, Del Rio, March 1–31
  • Texas Writers: Humanities Texas Exhibition, Salado, March 3–31
  • The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective Exhibition, Austin, March 4–April 2
  • Everyday People: The Art of James E. Ransome (a National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature exhibition), Abilene, March 9-May 8


Sunday, March 19


  • 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op, Revel Unclassified: arts-infused Sunday brunch and collaborative storytelling with musicians, writers, and artists, 12:30PM



  • Half Price Books Mothership, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, all day
  • Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors LIVE! presents Lisa See, author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, 7PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, wine reception for the unveiling of the Rice Design Alliance Curated Architectural Book Section, 5PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: Memoir 101 with Holly Ordway, 11:30AM


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Lucy A. Warner reads and signs Zap! Boom! Pow! Superheroes of Music, 11AM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Mary Fillmore reads and signs An Address in Amsterdam, 5PM


Monday, March 20


  • Abilene Public Library, Texas Author Series: Johnnie Lou Avery Boyd discusses and signs MizHat: The Life Journey of Roy Helen Herndon Mingus Ackers, 12PM



  • BookPeople, WILL SCHWALBE speaking and signing Books For Living, 7PM



  • SMU Tower Center, "The American Dream in the Age of President Trump" with Dr. Calvin C. Jillson, author of The American Dream in History, Politics, and Fiction, 12PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Kathy Hepinstall will discuss and sign THE BOOK OF POLLY, 7PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, poet Stan Crawford reads and signs RESISTING GRAVITY, and poet Varsha Saraiya-Shah reads and signs VOICES, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Meg Howrey will sign and discuss The Wanderers, 6:30PM


North Richland Hills

  • North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book with Lisa See, author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, 12:45PM [ticketed reception at 12PM]



  • Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "The Dramatic Dilemma" presented by Shawn Scarber, 7PM


Tuesday, March 21


  • BookWoman, BENJAMIN ALIRE SÁENZ speaking and signing The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, 7PM
  • LBJ Library, Future Forum: UT System Chancellor Admiral William H. McRaven (Ret.), author of the forthcoming Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World, will discuss US national security, 3PM
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam Quarterfinals 4 Hosted by Jomar Valentin, 7PM



  • Benbrook Public Library, Presentation: The Seven Deadly First-Page Sins: An Editorial Exorcism with Laura Maisano and Tex Thompson, 6:30PM



  • British Beverage Co., Art House Dallas presents For the Love of Words, 6:30PM
  • Craft and Growler, Deep Vellum Books hosts Literary Trivia Night! (all proceeds benefit Deep Vellum Publishing), 7PM
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Pulitzer Prize–winning author and photojournalist Paul Watson discussing and signing Ice Ghosts, 7:30PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Colin P. Cahoon reading and signing The Man With the Black Box, 7:30PM


Fort Worth

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



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Will Schwalbe will discuss and sign BOOKS FOR LIVING, 7PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Cassandra Rose Clarke reads and signs STAR’S END, 7PM
  • Fix Coffeebar, Poetry Fix featuring Rebecca Oxley & Gerald Cedillo, 6:30PM
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science, HMNS Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Pascal Lee, author of Mission: Mars, winner of the 2015 Prize for Excellence in children’s science (followed by a book signing), 6:30PM
  • Murder By the Book, Lyndsay Faye will sign and discuss The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, 6:30PM
  • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, an evening with Colson Whitehead, National Book Award-winning author of The Underground Railroad, 6:30PM [ticket required]


San Antonio

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


Wednesday, March 22


  • BookPeople, YA Author DANIELLE PAIGE speaking and signing The End of Oz (In Conversation With REGAN PERUSSE of the Peruse Project), 7PM



  • Aaron Family Jewish Center - Schultz Rosenberg Campus, Roger Horowitz discusses and signs Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food, 7PM



  • Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM
  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Educators’ Night with Leopoldo Gout, author of GENIUS: THE GAME, 5PM
  • Murder By the Book, Kathy Hepinstall will sign and discuss The Book of Polly, 6:30PM


Thursday, March 23


  • Allen Public Library, Cultural Art Series presents Rusty Williams, author of Red River Bridge War: A Texas-Oklahoma Border Battle, 7:30PM



  • BookPeople, first Austin KissCon with Avon Books authors Sophie Jordan, Jill Shalvis, Ilona Andrews, Lorraine Heath, Lori Wilde, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Cathy Maxwell, and Cheryl Etchison, 7PM [VIP reception, voucher required, 5:30PM]
  • Malvern Books, Fantastical Fictions presents: A Discussion of Chocky with Rebecca Schwarz, 7PM
  • Mr. Catfish & More, NeoSoul Poetry ATX, 8PM
  • UT Center for Mexican American Studies, Salon Cultural: Race, Writing, and Culture featuring Natalie Diaz, Emmy Perez, John Moran Gonzalez, and Dagoberto Gilb, 7PM
  • UT Perry-Castañeda Library, 2016 Hamilton Book Awards Author Showcase with Charles Ramirez Berg (The Classical Mexican Cinema: The Poetics of the Exceptional Golden Age Films), Luis H. Zayas (Forgotten Citizens: Deportation, Children, and the Making of American Exiles and Orphans), Madeline Y. Hsu (The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority) and a presentation about Kamran Asdar Ali's book Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism 1947-1972 will be included though the author will not be in attendance, 3PM
  • UT Perry-Castañeda Library, Documenting Joy: Shifting the Narrative in Undocumented Storytelling with undocumented American poet and activist Yosimar Reyes, author of For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly…, 7PM
  • University of Texas, Michener Center for Writers, Irish novelist Colm Toibin, 7:30 PM (venue TBA)



  • Lone Star College–Montgomery, Writers in Performance Series presents Pushcart Prize-winning author Daniel Pena, 7PM



  • B&N - Lincoln Park, The Polygamist's Daughter: A Memoir book signing with Anna LeBaron, 7PM
  • Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Poetry Slam and Catalogue Release Party, 6:30PM
  • Deep Vellum Books, Writers' League of Texas presents Celebrating Texas Independents with Karen J. DeVinney (University of North Texas Press), Will Evans (Deep Vellum Publishing and Cinestate), and Matthew Limpede (Carve Magazine), 7PM
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston, MFAH Author Talk: A Conversation with Cristina García, author of Dreaming in Cuban (followed by a book signing), 7PM [VIP ticket-holder reception 6PM]
  • serj books, workshop: "Writing Out of the Wilderness: How to Craft a Memorable Story, Survive Rejection, and Forge a Path to Publication" with Blake Kimzey, 6:30PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Bilingual presentation: Carlos Velázquez reading and signing The Black Pig of Pink Literature (with Vicky Sanz), 7:30PM


El Paso

  • 501 Bar & Bistro, FrontEra Poetry Slam featuring Liz Tina, 7:30PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Richard Russo reads and signs EVERYBODY’S FOOL, 7PM
  • Merfish Teen Center Ballroom, Author Talk with Kim Friedman and Kate Siegel, author of Mother, Can You Not?, 7:30PM
  • Murder By the Book, Harry Huniscker will sign and discuss The Devil's Country, 6:30PM


Friday, March 24


  • UTA Central Library, Professor Max Krochmal discusses and signs Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era, 7:30PM



  • BookPeople, Cartoonist & Illustrator SARAH ANDERSEN speaking and signing Big Mushy Happy Lump, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading Series with local women writers, + open mic, 7PM
  • UT Hogg Auditorium, March On! A Conversation: Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell discuss their National Book Award-winning graphic memoir series, March, 11AM



  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Adam Haslett, author of Imagine Me Gone, in conversation with Will Evans of Cinestate, 7:30PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Join "The Reality Is" podcast for an evening of candid discussion highlighting the importance of the woman’s role in society, live music and poetry in celebration of Women’s History Month, 6:30PM


Fort Worth

  • The Dock Bookshop, Tamika Newhouse discusses and signs The Words I Didn't Say 2, 7:30PM



  • Murder By the Book, Randy Wayne White will sign and discuss Mangrove Lightning, 6:30PM
  • Rudyard's, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts reading series featuring Jonathan Moody, Matthew Krajniak, Melanie Brkich, and JP Gritton, 7PM


Saturday, March 25


  • B&N - Lakeline Crossing, Glyn Haynie signing When I turned Nineteen, 3PM
  • Malvern Books, poet Miriam Bird Greenberg launches In the Volcano’s Mouth, and poet Donika Kelly launches Bestiary, 7PM
  • St. Edward's University, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "How to Workshop Your Writing" with Stephanie Noll, 9AM



  • B&N - Preston/Royal, Anthony Magyar signs Dare Ya!, 1PM
  • Museum of Biblical Art, "Art as an Apologetic" with Nancy Pearcey, author of Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, 6PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Wild Beats: The Wild Detectives 3rd Anniversary Party!, 2PM


El Paso

  • Memorial Park Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Portraits" with Victor Hernández, 12:45PM


Fort Worth

  • The Dock Bookshop, Celebrate Women's History Month at The Dock: Enjoy drumming, story telling, artistic expressions, games, food and more, plus buy a $5 bag and fill it up with books, 4PM



  • B&N - Firewheel Mall, Golden Books: 75 Years of Joyful Reading Presentation: Drs. Venita and Ben Lovelace-Chandler, share from their collection of over 20,000 Golden treasures dating from 1942 to the present, 11AM



  • B&N - Westheimer, N.B. Grant signing A Journey to Freedom Through Prayer, 12PM
  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Jennifer Hamburg launches her new novel for children, HAZY BLOOM AND THE TOMORROW POWER, 3PM
  • Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release!, all day
  • Houston Maritime Museum, William Geroux will discuss and sign THE MATHEWS MEN: SEVEN BROTHERS AND THE WAR AGAINST HITLER’S U-BOATS, 2PM
  • MECA Houston, Space City Semifinal Slam!, 10AM & 1PM
  • Murder By the Book, C.J. Box will sign and discuss the newest Joe Pickett novel, Viscious Circle, 4:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, A.J. Holdaway reads and signs Brother Wolf, 3PM
  • St. John the Divine, Suzy LaForge, author of Remembering What Matters: Stories from an Amazing Place Reveal the Unexpected Lessons of Dementia, will be the featured speaker at Interfaith Care Partners mini-conference, 8AM
  • Writespace, Workshop: Tension: How to Build It, Keep It, and Increase It with Cassandra Clarke, 9:30AM


Johnson City

  • TASTE Wine + Art, Margie Crisp and William Montgomery sign The Nueces River, 4PM



  • B&N, Ashley's Own Eats & Treats book signing with Ashley B. Smith, 2PM



  • B&N - Palms Crossing, local author Jessica Newsome discusses and signs An Unconventional Loveletter To The LGBTQ Community, 10AM
  • B&N - Palms Crossing, journaling workshop with Katherin Brittain, author of The Curandera, 2PM


Port Neches

  • Fleur Fine Books, Win Scott Eckert Meet & Greet and Book Signing, 3PM


San Antonio

  • B&N - San Pedro, six contributing authors signing When Heaven Touches Earth, 1PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Marshall Maresca reads and signs The Holver Alley Crew, 11AM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Contributors Appearance: Texas Weather: An Anthology of Poetry, Short Fiction, and Nonfiction, 2PM



  • B&N - Town Square, Susan Chapman Brown signing Of God and Genders: The Bride of Christ A Portrait of the Men and Women of the Church, 2PM


Sunday, March 26


  • 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op, Revel Unclassified: arts-infused Sunday brunch and collaborative storytelling with musicians, writers, and artists, 12:30PM
  • BookPeople, JOHN SCALZI speaking and signing The Collapsing Empire, 3PM
  • BookWoman, Susan R. Nelson Speaking & Signing The Only Light I Saw Was in Galveston: My Six Year Journey After Death, 3:30PM



  • Deep Vellum Books, Other People's Poetry: Adrienne Rich, featuring Margaret Allyson, Fran Carris, Orion Centauri, Logen Cure, Brenda Gaba, Megan Giesecke, Reivin Johnson, Jean Lamberty, Morgan Lionheart, Andrea Luttrell, Amanda Mitchell, Roberto Munguia, Gayle Reaves-King, Thoele Sarradet, Desmene Statum, Connor Stratman, Leah Teiger, Robin Turner, and Bess Whitby, 4PM
  • Half Price Books Mothership, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, all day



  • Elgin Public Library, Margi Crisp and William Montgomery discuss and sign The Nueces River, 2PM



  • Frisco Public Library, Sisters in Crime North Dallas workshop: "PLUG IN AND GET CONNECTED: Getting the Most Out of Writers Conferences" presented by Stephen Manning, 2PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Jack Davis discusses and signs THE GULF, 5PM
  • Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Author Talk: Lisa F. Smith, author of Girl Walks Out of a Bar, 7PM


San Antonio

  • San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio authors Bonnie Lyons and Deb Field, along with photographer Linda Harris, will introduce their book, Wow: Wonderful Old Women, 3PM


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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)

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