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Bookish Texas • Events around the state, week of 10.14.2018

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Special Events

  • Inkstravagaza Gala: The Writers Life, San Antonio, October 18
  • Teachers, Write! Workshop for Language Arts Teachers, Houston, October 18-19
  • Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival, Bryan, October 18-20
  • West Texas Book Festival, Abilene, October 18-20
  • Indiepalooza, Houston, October 19-20
  • The Dallas Area Writers Group (DAWG) Presents“Write to Publish: Climbing Toward Success!”, DeSoto, October 20
  • Mid-Cities Teen Book Fest, North Richland Hills, October 20
  • Fort Worth BookFest, October 20
  • EPCC Literary Fiesta, El Paso, October 20
  • San Anto Zine Fest, October 20
  • 13th annual Buns & Roses Romance Tea for Literacy, Richardson, October 21


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
  • 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
  • Texas Writers exhibition, Fort Stockton, October 1-22
  • Traversing Dimensions: An Exploration of Diversity in Science Fiction, Austin, October 1-31
  • Finding Sophie Blackall Exhibition, Abilene, October 11-February 1


Sunday, October 14


  • BookPeople, DON ZOLIDIS speaking & signing The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig, 2PM
  • BookWoman, Reading & Fundraiser: Kallisto Gaia Press, 4PM
  • Malvern Books, Amber Elby releases her new novel, Double Double Toil, the sequel to Cauldron’s Bubble, 2PM
  • Malvern Books, Austin Writers Roulette present "Otherworldly Intrigues," 4PM
  • The Writing Barn, Workshop: Sentence-Level Strategies for Big Story Problems, 3PM



  • Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live hosts Caroline Fraser, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning historical biography Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, 3PM
  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, local author Blaise Ramsay will sell and sign her fantasy romance novel, Blessing of Luna, and local author Sean Wright will sell and sign his children's book series Mary & Jerry Canary, 1PM
  • Interabang Books, Deedie Runkel discussing and signing SCONE BY SCONE, 2PM



  • Toms Daiquiri, American Literary Review Graduate Student Reading, 6PM


El Paso

  • Literarity Book Shop, The Women of Smeltertown – A Presentation, Discussion & Signing, 3PM



  • Dr. Pepper Arena, Dav Pilkey's Howl with Laughter Tour, 2PM



  • Inprint Houston, Tintero Projects: Fall Writing Workshop Series featuring Natasha Carrizosa, 6PM
  • Last Concert Cafe, TZ Press presents the Fall Shindig, 7PM
  • Screwed Up Records & Tapes, Houston Rap Tapes book launch, 12PM



  • The Drawing Board, "Writing Workshops Dallas: 9 Keys to Dynamic Storytelling" with Mike Farris, 3PM


San Antonio

  • Landa Library, Author Visit: Martha Miller discussing and signing Times New Roman: How We Quit Our Jobs, Gave Away Our Stuff, and Moved to Italy, 3PM
  • Trinity U - Taylor Hall, Hugh Fitzsimons, a third-generation rancher from Dimmit County, Texas, discussing and signing A Rock between Two Rivers: Fracturing a Texas Family Ranch, 2PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Edward Alderette signing An Alzheimer's Journey, 12PM
  • Woodlawn Theatre, Voices of Recovery Public Reading with participants from Gemini Ink's Writers in Communities two-day workshop for cancer survivors, family and friends, 6:30PM


Monday, October 15


  • BookPeople, MARION WINIK speaking & signing The Baltimore Book of the Dead, 7PM
  • UT - Joynes Reading Room, a reading of fiction by LENI ZUMAS, 7PM



  • Sunrise Records, Houston Rap Tapes book launch, 7PM



  • Interabang Books, Iman Mahoui & Sajjad Shah discussing and signing MUSLIMS OF THE WORLD, 7PM



  • Archway Gallery, Gulf Coast presents An Evening with Three Irish Poets: Conor O'Callaghan, Elaine Feeney, and Jessica Traynor, 6:30PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera reading and signing WHAT IF IT’S US, 7PM



  • Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Fire Up Action Scenes" with Scott Bell, 7PM


Tuesday, October 16


  • BookPeople, DEBORAH HARKNESS speaking & signing Time's Convert, 7PM [ticketed event]
  • Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Xavier CoolKid, 7:15PM



  • WTAMU - Cornette Library, WTAMU Faculty Poetry Reading, 7PM



  • Deep Vellum Books, Houston Rap Tapes book signing, 7PM
  • Interabang Books, Gary Myers discussing and signing HOW ’BOUT THEM COWBOYS?, 7PM
  • Klyde Warren Park, The Wild Detectives' Locals Only Book Club hosts Harry Hunsicker and The Devil's Country, 6PM
  • SMU, Tate Lecture Series with Jon Meacham, 8PM [ticketed event - SOLD OUT]



  • Brazos Bookstore, Ófeigur Sigurðsson reading and signing ÖRÆFI: THE WASTELAND, 7PM
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Brazos Bookstore presents Ron Chernow discussing and reading from Grant, 7:30PM [ticketed event]
  • Murder By the Book, Joe Ide will sign and discuss Wrecked, 6:30PM
  • Stages Repertory Theatre, Tintero Projects Open Mic and reading featuring Hugo E. Rodriguez, 7PM


San Antonio

  • The Mix, PuroSlam featuring DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM


Wednesday, October 17


  • BookPeople, VERNE LUNDQUIST speaking & signing Play by Play: Calling the Wildest Games in Sports—from SEC Football to College Basketball, the Masters and More, 7PM
  • Chez Zee American Bistro, Chez Zee Author Series with Sarah Bird discussing her new book, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, 6PM



  • B&N - Lincoln Park, How 'Bout Them Cowboys?: Gary Myers and Ed Werder in conversation, 7PM
  • Interabang Books, Tui Snyder & ER Bills discussing and signing 100 THINGS TO DO IN DFW/TEXAS BEFORE YOU DIE, 7PM
  • The Wild Detectives, Meet author Victor Prince as he presents his book The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain, 5:30PM
  • UT - Dallas, Ófeigur Sigurðsson, author of Öræfi: The Wasteland, in conversation with Shelby Vincent, 7PM



  • River Oaks Bookstore, M. Laura Nasi, MD discussing and signing Cancer as a Wake-Up Call: An Oncologist's Integrative Approach to What You Can Do to Become Whole Again and Alejandro Chaoul discussing and signing Tibetan Yoga for Health & Well-Being: The Science and Practice of Healing Your Body, Energy, and Mind, 5PM
  • University of Houston - MD Anderson Library, Poetry & Prose, 5:30PM



  • B&N - Legacy West, Master Sommelier wine tasting and book signing With Melissa Monosoff, 6PM
  • Congregation Anshai Torah, Dallas Jewish Bookfest presents Mohammed Al Samawi discussing and signing The Fox Hunt, 7PM


Round Rock

  • Piranha Records, Houston Rap Tapes in-store, 7PM


San Antonio

  • Trinity U - Fiesta Room, Poetry and Politics: An Evening With Remi Kanazi, 7PM


Thursday, October 18


  • BookPeople, WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS presents "The Craft of Great Mysteries and Thrillers," 7PM
  • BookWoman, Ellen Rozman speaking and signing Full of Shit, 7PM
  • First Baptist Church, ANNE LAMOTT speaking and signing Almost Everything: Notes on Hope, 7PM [ticketed event - SOLD OUT]
  • Harry Ransom Center, Michael Ondaatje presents selections from Warlight, 6PM


Corpus Christi

  • PRODUCE®, Houston Rap Tapes book launch, 7PM



  • Aaron Family JCC, Dallas Jewish Bookfest presents Mitch Albom discussing and signing The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, 7PM
  • B&N - Lincoln Park, Play by Play: Calling the Wildest Games in Sports-From SEC Football to College Basketball, The Masters, and More book signing with Verne Lundquist, 7PM
  • Deep Vellum Books, Ófeigur Sigurðsson reading and signing The Wasteland (with David Searcy), 7PM
  • SMU, The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World: Robert Kagan, Washington Post columnist and author, 5:30PM


El Paso

  • Literarity Bookshop, Kim Schweidel signs Folly Cove, 5PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Kim Sagwa reading and signing MINA, 7PM
  • Lawndale Art Center, a reading with poet and Guggenheim Fellow Ange Mlinko, 7PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, an evening of enlightenment and delight when Louisiana poets Bessie Senette and Clare L. Martin read their works, 5PM
  • Westchester Academy, Blue Willow Books hosts award-winning author Markus Zusak discussing and signing BRIDGE OF CLAY, 7PM [ticketed event]



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


San Antonio

  • The Twig Book Shop, Char Miller discussing and signing San Antonio: A Tricentennial History, 5PM



  • B&N - Town Square, Frank Cole signing The Eternity Elixir, 6PM


Sugar Land

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


Friday, October 19


  • Front Street Books, Lonn Taylor signing Marfa for the Perplexed, 6PM



  • All Saints Episcopal Church, Bailey Lectures: award-winning author James K. A. Smith speaks on "Augustine our Contemporary: Ancient Wisdom for a Secular Age," 7PM
  • BookPeople, ÓFEIGER SIGURDSSON speaking & signing Öraefi: The Wasteland, 7PM
  • Malvern Books, An Evening with poets Valerie Wallace, Simone Muench, and Katy Chrisler, 7:00PM



  • Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Girls Night Out, 8PM
  • Interabang Books, Elliot Ackerman reading and signing WAITING FOR EDEN, 7PM
  • Jazz Becuzz Art Center, “OFF THE TOP OF THE DOME” poetry series, 8PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Houston Poetry Fest Closing Celebration: Robin Davidson & Houston’s Favorite Poems, 7PM
  • Lawndale Art Center, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Jamel Brinkley, 7PM
  • Murder By the Book, Charles Belfoure will sign and discuss The Fallen Architect, 6:30PM
  • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Brazos Bookstore presents Anne Lamott reading from her new book, ALMOST EVERYTHING: NOTES ON HOPE, 7PM [ticketed event]
  • Writespace, Women's Voices Open Mic, 7PM



  • Marfa Book Company, Houston Rap Tapes with Lance Scott Walker, 7PM


San Antonio

  • B&N - San Pedro, Gary Myers discussing and signing How 'Bout Them Cowboys?, 6PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, Hawes Spencer discussing and signing Summer of Hate: Charlottesville, USA, 5PM


Saturday, October 20


  • ACC - Highland, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Tackling the Problem of Memory in Memoir" with Rachel Starnes, 10AM
  • All Saints Episcopal Church, Bailey Lectures: award-winning author James K. A. Smith speaks on "Augustine our Contemporary: Ancient Wisdom for a Secular Age," 9AM
  • BookPeople, A SPOOKY STORY CELEBRATION with authors Kat Shepherd and Nikki Loftin (Writing workshop & activities geared toward families and kids ages 8-12 to celebrate all things spooky!), 10:30AM
  • BookPeople, JON LASSER & SAGE FOSTER-LASSER speaking & signing Grow Grateful, 2PM
  • BookPeople, MEREDITH LEE speaking & signing Digging Up the Dead, 6PM
  • BookWoman, Poetry Launch: with the dogstar as my witness by John Fry, 6PM
  • Malvern Books, an evening of enlightenment when Louisiana poets Bessie Senette and Clare L. Martin and Austin poet Robert Okaji share their work, 7PM
  • Twin Oaks Library, Austin Poetry Society meeting featuring haiku with Agnes Eva Savich, 1:30PM



  • Patrick Heath Public Library, UTSA's Daniel Gelo and Christopher Wickham discuss their book, Comanches and Germans on the Texas Frontier, 10:30AM


College Station

  • Half Price Books, local author Erica Dubois will sell and sign her semi-autobiographical novel, The Glass Mask: Monsters Lurk Beneath, 12PM



  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, longtime Dallas Morning News sports writer and columnist Matt Wixon will sell and sign his novel, Fourth Down In Texas, 1PM
  • Interabang Books, Beth Vrabel reading and signing THE RECKLESS CLUB, 1PM
  • Interabang Books, Dotty Griffith discussing and signing ULTIMATE TORTILLA PRESS COOKBOOK, 7PM
  • The Writer's Garret, "Ekphrasis: Poetic Response to Visual Art" with Logen Cure, 1PM


El Paso

  • Memorial Park Library, Tumblewords Workshop: "Stories from The Pocketbook Monologues" with Juba the Griot aka Sarah Addison, 12:45PM



  • Blue Willow Bookshop, Crystal Allen will discuss and sign her new novel for children, THE MAGNIFICENT MYA TIBBS: MYA IN THE MIDDLE, 1PM
  • Brazos Bookshop, Elliot Ackerman reading and signing WAITING FOR EDEN, 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, Julie Maloney will sign and discuss A Matter of Chance, 1PM
  • Murder By the Book, Amy Stewart will sign and discuss her novel Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit, 4:30PM
  • River Oaks Bookstore, Gary Myers discussing and signing How 'bout Them Cowboys? Inside the Huddle with the Stars and Legends of America's Team, 3PM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "Scrivener 101" with Cassandra Rose Clarke, 9:30AM
  • Writespace, Workshop: "Writing the Immigrant Experience" with Onyinye Ihezukwu, 1PM



  • B&N, Kurt Caswell will be signing Laika's Window, 2PM



  • B&N - Preston/Park, Haunted Plano book signing with Mary Jacobs, 2PM


San Antonio

  • Avenida Guadalupe, Poetry: Una Noche En La Gloria celebrates 10 years of showcasing contemporary art in the cultural zone, 7:30PM
  • B&N - San Pedro, Billy M. Copeland signing Growing Up Lucky: A Young Magician's Travels in the American Civil War, 4PM
  • Bihl Haus, Poetry Reading by Anthony The Poet in conjunction with the "American History Does Not Begin with the White Man: Indigenous Themes in the Work of Mel Casas" exhibition, 2PM
  • Friends of Sound Records, Houston Rap Tapes book launch, 6PM
  • The Historic Wong Grocery Company Building, Save the Butter Tubs global release party with Brenda Haire, 4PM
  • The Twig Book Shop, R. L. Toalson signing The Colors of the Rain, 11AM



  • Sutton County Library, Writers' League of Texas presents Texas Writes with Nan Cuba and Donna M. Johnson, 10AM



  • B&N - Town Square, Pamela Taylor signing Second Son, 1PM



  • Becker Vineyards, Mike Marvins discussing and signing The Texas Hill Country: A Photographic Adventure, ?


Sunday, October 21


  • B&N - Arboretum, Gary Myers discussing and signing How 'Bout Them Cowboys?, 12PM
  • BookPeople, TERRY H. WATKINS speaking & signing Darling Girl, 2PM
  • BookPeople, W.F. STRONG speaking & signing Stories From Texas: Some of Them Are True, 5PM
  • Malvern Books, an afternoon with authors A. R. Ashworth, K. P. Gresham, and Helen Foster sharing excerpts from recent novels, 3PM
  • Texas French Bread, Eat Your Words with Austin Bat Cave, 6PM



  • Half Price Books Mother Ship, local author Donna Renay Patrick will sell and sign her inspirational book, At All Times: Devotionals for Praise and Worship to Empower You for Daily Living, and local author Robert A. Kittrell will sell and sign his western novel, Sundown Over Texas, 1PM
  • Interabang Books, Mark Falkin reading and signing THE LATE BLOOMER, 2PM
  • Majestic Theatre, an evening with poet and illustrator Rupi Kaur, 8PM
  • The Writer's Garret, "Reflecting Real Diversity in Your Writing" with Richard J. Gonzales, 1PM


El Paso

  • Literarity Bookshop, Homelands – A Conversation with Author Alfredo Corchado, 2PM



  • Brazos Bookstore, Lance Scott Walker discussing and signing HOUSTON RAP TAPES, 5PM
  • Inprint Houston, Tintero Projects: Fall Writing Workshop Series featuring Leslie Contreras-Schwartz, 6PM



  • The Drawing Board, "Writing Workshops Dallas: , 3PM
  • Hyatt Regency North Dallas, Buns and Roses Romance Tea with Jodi Thomas, 2PM


San Marcos

  • The Wittliff Collections, book release event featuring Bill Wittliff’s Devil’s Fork, 2PM



  • Becker Vineyards, Mike Marvins discussing and signing The Texas Hill Country: A Photographic Adventure, ?


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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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