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

Bookish Texas • Events Around the State

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 02.10.2019

Special Events:

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

ConDFW XVIII, Fort Worth, February 15-17

Richardson Storytelling Festival 2019, February 16

San Antonio Pop Con, February 16

Teen Bookfest by the Bay, Corpus Christi, February 16

Ongoing Exhibits:

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

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites Features Seven Beloved Children’s Books, Midland, February 2-April 18

Our People: The Life and Works of Author Angela Shelf Medearis, Austin, February 2-June 22

Worlds of W O N D E R: David Ezra Stein, Abilene, February 14-May 18

Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton, Austin, February 17-May 26

Monday, February 11:


BookPeople, Sarah Bird joins KUT Book Club to discuss A Love Letter to Texas Women, 7PM

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse: Reading & Open Mic, 7PM


Ballroom at Bayou Place, Madeleine Albright, the United States' first woman Secretary of State, discussing and signing Fascism: A Warning, 7:30PM [ticketed event]

Brazos Bookstore, Soraya Chemaly discussing and signing RAGE BECOMES HER, 7PM

Tuesday, February 12:


Chez Zee American Bistro, Author Series: Joy Selak book launch for Cee Gee's Gift, 6PM 

Chicon Street Poets, Living Room Lit and Spoken Word Open Mic, 7:15PM

Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave Story Department presents "No Me Queda Más," 7:30PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring IWPS Champ Mike Ting, 7:15PM

Cedar Hill
Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group meeting: "Show, Don't Tell" with Erin Lee Golden, 7PM


Aaron Family JCC, Dallas Jewish Bookfest presents Pam Jenoff, author of The Lost Girls of Paris, 7PM

Deep Vellum Books, Vellum Ouroboros - A Poetry Open Mic Salon, 6PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Reading Time Out with the Dallas Mavericks, 4PM

Lakewood Library, Dallas author Harry Hunsicker discussing and signing Texas Sicario, 6:30PM

El Paso

VA Clinic, Tumblewords Project workshop series for veterans and their families, 3PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Robin LaFevers will discuss and sign COURTING DARKNESS, her new book for young adults, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Lee Goldberg will sign and discuss his new Ian Ludlow thriller, Killer Thriller, 6:30PM

Warehouse Live, The Moth StorySLAM "Love Hurts," 7:30PM


Alamo Drafthouse, AIR Time featuring storyteller, oral historian, writer, and educator Decee Cornish, 7PM

San Antonio

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

The Twig Book Shop, Charlotte Sullivan Wild reading and signing THE AMAZING IDEA OF YOU, 5PM

Wednesday, February 13:


UT, Lost Arts Collaborative Workshop: Poetry, 12PM


Alamo Drafthouse - Mueller, grand opening of the new Aldrich Street Lending Library; visitors are encouraged to stop by to see the library and help fill its shelves by donating books, magazines, DVDs, and games, 5:30PM

Austin Central Library, JOE NICK PATOSKI speaking & signing Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers & Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas (in conservation with Michael Barns of the Austin American-Statesman), 7PM [ticketed event]

B&N - Arboretum, Pillow Thoughts II (B&N Exclusive Edition) book signing with Courtney Peppernell, 7PM

BookPeople, Author JASMINE GUILLORY hosting a Galentine's Day party and discussion (in conversation with Kayleen Schaefer), 7PM [ticketed event]

Harry Ransom Center, Poetry on the Plaza: Black History Month, 12PM

UT, Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series featuring philosophy scholar and author Paul Woodruff, 7PM


Interabang Books, Karen Aberle discussing and signing LOVE’S INVISIBLE DANCE, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, Poetry reading: Inner Moonlight featuring Emmy Piercy and Aaron Glover, 7:30PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry: Petty Weight Championship Slam featuring Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Michael Ting, 7:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Chris Cander will discuss and sign her new novel THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Roja Chamankar reading from and signing her poetry collection DYING IN A MOTHER TONGUE, 7PM

San Antonio

St. Philip's College, Lila Cockrell discussing and signing Love Deeper Than a River, 4PM

The Twig Book Shop, Brad Taylor discussing and signing Intentional Success: The Power of Entrepreneurship-How to Build an Extraordinary Small Business, 5PM

South Padre Island

Paragraphs on Padre, Meet the Author Series: Book signing, discussion and reception with Lynn McLaughlin, author of Child of the System: Life as Adult Lynn, 1PM

Thursday, February 14:


NCCIL, Exhibition Opening and Gallery Talk: Take a stroll through the NCCIL gallery with David Ezra Stein as he shares exclusive personal stories and insights about his artwork, 6:30PM


BookWoman, Second Thursday Poetry Open Mic: A Celebration of Love, 7PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night: a book launch for Scott Semegran’s new novel, To Squeeze a Prairie Dog: An American Novel, and Larry Brill will be reading from his latest novel, the romantic comedy Déjà vu All Over Again, 7PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, The Power of Love: An Evening of Poetry, Spoken Word, and Music, 7PM


Independence High School, Angie Thomas, author of the best-selling The Hate U Give, discussing and signing her new novel, On the Come Up (in conversation with Rose Brock, editor of the anthology Hope Nation), 6:30PM [ticketed event]


Gallery 201, Laredo Border Slam hosts your Valentine's Date Night, 9PM

Friday, February 15:


NCCIL, Luncheon with David Ezra Stein: Enjoy a meal with David while surrounded by his artwork in the NCCIL gallery, 11:45AM [ticketed event]

Front Street Books,  DAVID W. KELLER, senior project archaeologist at the Center for Big Bend Studies at Sul Ross State University, discussing and signing In the Shadow of the Chinatis, 6PM


First Baptist Church, ANGIE THOMAS speaking and signing On the Come Up (in conversation with Maya Smart), 7PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, Join Newfound journal contributors and chapbook winners for a reading featuring M.J. Gette, Rodney Gomez, Catherine Pikula, and Octavio Quintanilla, 7PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, George Arnold signs Ramblin' Rogue and his CIA Cats series, 2PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Everything Is Love Slam, 7:30PM

El Paso

Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Series Open Mic Night, 8PM


Lawndale Art Center, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Analicia Sotelo, Grace Wagner, Stalina Villareal, and Laura Biagi, 7PM

Murder By the Book, 2019 Irregulars Open House: champagne, snacks, and upcoming books recommendations, 5PM


Icehouse Theater, LHUCA Literary Reading Series presents poet Diana Khoi Nguyen, 7PM


Crowley Theater, Joe Nick Patoski discussing and signing Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers, and Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas, 6PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, David Ravelo reading and signing There Love Lies, 5PM

Saturday, February 16:


Front Street Books, Joe Nick Patoski, former senior editor for Texas Monthly and a one-time reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, discussing and signing Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers, and Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas, 3PM


ACC - Highland, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Defamation and Invasion of Privacy for Memoirists and Fiction Writers" with Melynda Nuss, 10AM

B&N - Lakeline, Story time: local artist The Impossible Winterbourne presents The Alphabots, 11AM

BookPeople, Austin SCBWI Monthly Meeting: Author Cynthia Leitich Smith - Asking Myself the Tough Questions & 2018 Crystal Kite Award Presentation, 10AM 

Twin Oaks Library, Austin Poetry Society meeting featuring spoken-word artists Lisa Grant Davis and Jennine Krueger, 1:30PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, George Arnold signs Ramblin' Rogue and his CIA Cats series, 11AM


North Oak Cliff Public Library, Community Book Club Event: a discussion of Reyna Grande’s book, A Dream Called Home, moderated by Liz Cedillo-Pereira and Dallas author Fabiana Elisa Martínez), 11AM

El Paso

B&N - Sunland Park, Copper Stain book signing with Elaine Hampton and Cynthia C. Ontiveros, 2PM

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Shrinking the Page: The Art of Erasure Poetry" with Gustavo Enriquez, 12:45PM


Galveston Arts Center, Robert Craig Bunch will discuss and sign The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists (in conversation with Galveston-based artist Robert Dampier whose work is featured in the book), 2PM

Galveston Bookshop, Gini Brown and Leslie Watts signing Tuesday Night Love Letters, 2PM


BakerRipley Leonel Castillo Community Center, Space City Slam Preliminary #3: Compete for your chance to join the internationally-renowned Meta-Four Houston youth slam team, 10AM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Crystal Duffy will discuss and sign her book TWIN TO TWIN, 11AM

Bohemeo's, Joseph Machado launches Soup With the Moon: Unrelenting Poetry (benefiting Iconoclast Artists), 2PM

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

Isles Eatery and Rhum Bar, Soular Nights, a Night of Romance hosted by Poet Goddess Fe and Travis M, 7PM

Martini Blu Jazz Cafe, Zen Ase Poetry presents "Laughz & Lyrics: Brillianz," 7PM

Murder By the Book, Laura Benedict will sign and discuss The Stranger Inside, 4:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "How to Write Amazing Dialogue" with Joshua Dewain Foster, 1PM


B&N - Legacy West, Patrick Kilpatrick signing Dying for a Living: Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot, 7PM

San Antonio

Chapel of the Incarnate Word, An Evening of Storytelling & Song with David Haas, 7PM

Dead Tree Books, M.A. George signing Shift, 2PM

Gemini Ink, Poets & Coffee with Alexandra van de Kamp, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Charlotte Sullivan Wild reading and signing THE AMAZING IDEA OF YOU, 11AM

Sugar Land

First Colony Branch Library, Houston Writers Guild Flash Fiction Workshop with Andrea Barbosa, 1PM


B&N, Astronaut Dave Williams signing Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe, 2PM

Sunday, February 17:


B&N - Arboretum, Ed Brenegar signing Circle of Impact, 2PM

Blanton Museum of Art, "Words/Matter: Latin American Art & Language" opening day, 1PM

Lions Municipal Golf Course, FORE the Kids: A Golf Benefit for Austin Bat Cave, 11AM

Malvern Books, award-winning author Michael Blumlein reading and signing All I Ever Dreamed,  1PM

Malvern Books, Kallisto Gaia Press presents The Ocotillo Review Volume 3.1, 4PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, George Arnold signs Ramblin' Rogue and his CIA cats series, 10AM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas-native Kay Merkel Boruff will sell and sign her Vietnam War memoir, Z.O.S.: A Memoir of Air America and The CIA in Southeast Asia, and Dallas-native Ron Leath will sell and sign his novel Kevin’s Chronicles, 1PM


B&N - Town & Country, Hearts, Tears & the Journey of Life book signing with Tarif Youssef-Agha, 12PM

Brazos Bookstore, kids' event: Tammi Sauer reading and signing WORDY BIRDY MEETS MR. COUGAR PANTS, 3PM

The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Writing Better Villains" with JR Forasteros, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Charlotte Sullivan Wild reading and signing THE AMAZING IDEA OF YOU, 12PM