The most comprehensive listing of book and author events, festivals, readings, lectures, and signings in the Lone Star State

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The most comprehensive listing of book and author events, festivals, readings, lectures, and signings in the Lone Star State

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Bookish goings-on in Texas

compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life

by Texas Book Lover

FOR THE WEEK OF 01.27.2019

Special Events:

Visiting Literary Scholar in Residence with Meir Shalev, Houston, January 27-30


4th Annual World Languages and Literatures International Film Festival, Dallas, January 29-February 26


Bookworm Festival, Jersey Village, February 2


International Bilingual Book Festival, Houston, February 2


Ongoing Exhibits:

Finding Sophie Blackall Exhibition, Abilene, October 11-February 1


30 Poems for the Tricentennial: A Poetic Legacy, San Antonio, December 3-April 25


Inside Books Archive Exhibit, Austin, January 15-February 22


Women of Flatbed: A Retrospective, Austin, January 17-April 28


Fact, Fiction, and the New World: The Role of Books in the Making of America, Austin, February 1-March 1


Monday, January 28:


Blanton Museum, Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny, in conversation with Karl Rove, 6PM


BookPeople, NICK BRUEL speaking & signing Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble, 6PM



Half Price Books - Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Jame Rollins will discuss and sign his newest novel, Crucible, 7PM


Interabang Books, Benjamin Markovits reading and signing A WEEKEND IN NEW YORK, 7PM



Brazos Bookstore, Leonardo Gonzalez discussing and signing NANAS, 7PM



Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Acquiring an Agent" with PJ Gover, 7PM



Pickett House Restaurant, Tyler County Heritage Society Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet featuring Charles Kruvand, author of Riverwoods: Exploring the Wild Neches, 5:30PM


Tuesday, January 29:


BookPeople, LINCOLN PEIRCE speaking & signing Max & The Midknights, 6PM


Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam: Freshman Class Team Selection Slam, 7:15PM



Interabang Books, Patrick Ness reading and signing AND THE OCEAN WAS OUR SKY, 7PM


Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM



Bohemeo's, Glass Mountain reading, 7PM


Brazos Bookstore, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma reading and signing HOUSE OF STONE, 7PM


San Antonio

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


Wednesday, January 30:


BookPeople, PATRICK NESS speaking & signing And The Ocean Was Our Sky, 7PM


Terrazas Library, Chicon Street Poets present the Aural Literature January Reading, 7:30PM



Angelika Film Center & Cafe, Highland Park LitFest presents Flick Fest for LitFest (a fundraiser), 6:15PM



Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry: Black Excellence Open Mic hosted by Ebony Stewart, 7:30PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Lincoln Peirce will discuss and sign MAX AND THE MIDKNIGHTS, 5PM


Murder By the Book, April Henry will sign and discuss The Lonely Dead, 6:30PM


United Way of Greater Houston, the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Michael Pullara discussing and signing The Spy Who Was Left Behind, 6:30PM


Thursday, January 31:


BookPeople, WILLIAM KELLY & ROBERT PITMAN speaking & signing Confronting Underground Justice: Reinventing Plea Negotiation for Effective Criminal Justice Reform, 7PM


UT, Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series: poets Jennifer Chang and Henk Rossouw, 7PM


Spiderhouse Ballroom, Storytelling: Testify presents "Faith" with Kay Anderson, Johnny Anzollitto, Doug Greco, Holly Lorka, and Carol Ramsey, 7:30PM



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



Half Price Books - Mother Ship, Collectible Conversations: Book Collecting Show & Tell and Q & A with Steve Leach, 6PM


Interabang Books, Joseph Finder reading and signing JUDGMENT, 7PM


SMU, Angeline Lillard, Ph.D. discussing and signing Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, 7PM


The Wild Detectives, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King will discuss Beneath a Ruthless Sun with culture critic Chris Vognar, 7:30PM


Wilshire Baptist Church, Half Price Books Book Club 2019 presents social justice advocate, journalist, and author Stephanie Land, who will discuss and sign copies of her debut memoir, Maid, a beautiful and gritty account of poverty and motherhood (A portion of proceeds from this ticketed event will benefit CitySquare, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship.), 7PM


El Paso

B-17 Bombers Oyster Pub, The Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM



Brazos Bookstore, Ty Cashion discussing and signing LONE STAR MIND, 7PM


Children’s Museum of Houston, Free Family Nights: Chitra Soundar reading Pattan's Pumpkin: An Indian Flood Story, 5PM


Murder By the Book, Gregg Hurwitz will sign and discuss Out of the Dark, 6:30PM


Poison Girl, Poison Pen Reading Series with readers Obi Umeozor, Loyce Gayo, and Charlotte Wyatt, 8:30PM


San Antonio

Gemini Ink, Spring Launch Party featuring a reading by teaching artist and poet Christopher “Rooster” Martinez, 6PM


Friday, February 1:


BookPeople, MYRA MCILVAIN speaking & signing Waters Plantation, 7PM


BookWoman, Jess Hagemann reading and signing Headcheese, 7PM



Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: On The Run Slam , 7:30PM


Interabang Books, Dr. Frank Sileo reading, discussing, and signing BEE STILL: AN INVITATION TO MEDITATION and BEE CALM: THE BUZZ ON YOGA , 4PM



Brazos Bookstore, Alex Temblador reading and signing SECRETS OF THE CASA ROSADA, 7PM


Discovery Green, Youth Performance Poetry Sessions, 6:30PM


HPL Express Southwest Library, Houston Poet Laureate youth workshop, 3:30PM


Murder By the Book, Joseph Finder will sign and discuss Judgment, and Ian Rankin will sign and discuss In a House of Lies, 6:30PM


Marble Falls

Marble Falls Public Library, Ken Roberts discussing and signing Cedar Choppers: Life on the Edge of Nothing, 11AM


San Antonio

B&N - San Pedro, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive book signing with Stephanie Land, 7PM


Saturday, February 2:


BookPeople, CRYSTAL DUFFY speaking & signing Twin to Twin: From High-Risk Pregnancy to Happy Family, 5PM


Malvern Books, an evening reading with Barbara Henning, Maureen Owen, and Ashley Smith Keyfitz, 7PM


St. Edward's University, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "That's Easy for You to Say: Writing Effective Dialogue" with David Eric Tomlinson, 10AM



Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents "Selected Shorts: All in the Family" with readers Joshua Malina, Melora Hardin, and Kaneza Schaal, 7:30PM


Interabang Books, Love poetry? Love somebody? Love LOVE? ... or just need a one-of-a-kind gift for Valentine’s Day or another occasion? Let the poets of Typewriter Rodeo write you a poem, right on the spot, typed by hand on their vintage typewriters, 2PM



Museum of South Texas History, "Shenanigans on the Rio Grande" with local author Susan LeMiles, 1PM


El Paso

Memorial Park Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop, 12:45PM



B&N - River Oaks, Eric Huffman signing 40 Days of Doubt, 1PM


Brazos Bookstore, Maurice Carlos Ruffin reading and signing WE CAST A SHADOW, 7PM

Half Price Books - North Oaks, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last


Houston Public Library, Art of Children's Books Illustration opening reception, 12PM


Murder By the Book, Christina Dodd will sign and discuss What Doesn't Kill Her, 4:30PM


Port Neches

Fleur Fine Books, Meet & greet and book signing with Christian YA mystery/adventure author Aaron Zook, 3PM


San Antonio

B&N - San Pedro, Brian Salmon discussing and signing The Birth Guy's Go-To Guide For New Dads, 1PM


The Twig Book Shop, Christina Montoya signing The Sacred Roots of Ofelia Rosas, 1PM


Sunday, February 3:


BookPeople, KIMMIE RHODES speaking & signing Radio Dreams: The Story of An Outlaw DJ and a Cosmic Cowgirl, 2PM


BookPeople, KIRSTEN BRUNNER & BRIAN SALMON speaking & signing The Birth Guy's Go-To Guide for New Dads: How to Support Your Partner Through Birth, Breastfeeding & Beyond, 5PM


Malvern Books, The Lion & the Pirate Unplugged: an inclusive open mic for poets and musicians, 1PM



Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas-native DeLayne Haga will sell and sign copies of her inspirational memoir, His Love Carries Me: A Caregiver’s Story of Faith, Hope, & Love, and Dallas-native Claudette Esmerelda will sell and sign copies of her children’s book, Leah is Seen, 1PM



Writespace, Workshop: "Digging the Well: Building Emotional Content in Our Stories" with Allegra Hyde, 3PM



Half Price Books, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last



The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "The Mystical Art of Writing a Killer Query Letter" with Harry Hunsicker, , 3PM


San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Gil Dominguez signing It Happened in San Antonio, 12PM