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

Don't see your book or literary event here? Email at with your complete info two weeks in advance of the issue in which your event is scheduled, and we'll include it.


Bookish goings-on in Texas

compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life

by Texas Book Lover

FOR THE WEEK OF 02.17.2019

Special Events:

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

“Crossing Borders: Connecting the Past, Present and Future” workshop, San Antonio, February 18-22

2nd annual First Impressions Festival for Local Playwrights, Dallas, February 20-23

23rd Annual ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, San Angelo, February 21-22

Heritage Auctions: Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction, Dallas, February 21-23

33rd Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Alpine, February 22-23

Southwest Book Awards Banquet, El Paso, February 23

11th annual RAW: Research, Art, Writing Conference, Richardson, February 23

3rd Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, Austin, February 23

15th annual Friends of Belton Library Book and Author Luncheon, Belton, February 23

Library Palooza: That Author Thing, San Antonio, February 23

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 18:


BookPeople, JEREME ZIMMERMAN speaking & signing Brew Beer Like A Yeti (co-sponsored by edible Austin with beer from ABGB), 7PM


Barrel & Pie, The Legacy Valentine’s Day Issue Reading, 8:30PM

Cedar Hill

B&N, The Dream King: How the Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. Is Being Fulfilled to Heal Racism in America book signing with Will Ford and Matt Lockett, 5PM


SMU Center for Presidential History, Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar presents her groundbreaking findings from her award-winning book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, 6PM


Brazos Bookstore, Nishta Mehra discussing and signing BROWN WHITE BLACK, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Charles Finch will sign and discuss The Vanishing Man, 6:30PM

San Antonio

Our Lady of the Lake U, Social Justice Reading Series: author and advocate Reginald Dwayne Betts will read from his work, 7PM

Tuesday, February 19:


BookPeople, CHARLIE JANE ANDERS speaking & signing The City in the Middle of the Night, 7PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam Hosted by SC Says, 7:15PM


Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council DFW presents James M. Lindsay discussing and signing The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership, 6PM

El Paso

The Black Orchid Lounge, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM

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, Ann Weisgarber launches her new novel, THE GLOVEMAKER, 7PM

Fix Coffeebar, Poetry Fix presents Fady Joudah and Angelique Jamail, 6:30PM

San Antonio

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

The Twig Book Shop, Billy Copeland discussing and signing Growing Up Lucky, 5PM


B&N, Meet the Author: Dr. Gregory Williams, 6PM


The Storybook Garden, Meet the Author: Rachel Vail, multiple-award-winning author of more than 30 books for young people, 6:30PM

Wednesday, February 20:


BookPeople, ADAM HIGGINBOTHAM speaking & signing Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster, 7PM

The Writing Barn, Workshop: "The Logic of Storytelling" with Leila Sales, 6:30PM


Interabang Books, Story Time with WORDY BIRDY author Tammi Sauer, 10;30AM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring UH CoogSlam, 7:30PM

Junior League, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents James Lindsay discussing and signing The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership, 6:30PM

Katy Budget Books, Victoria Scott signs her newest young adult thriller, We Told Six Lies, 5PM

Murder By the Book, Lisa Gardner will sign and discuss Never Tell, and Karen Rose will sign and discuss Say You're Sorry, 6:30PM

U Houston - MD Anderson Library, Poetry & Prose featuring Chinelo Okparanta & Hayan Charara, 5:30PM


UT, Dr. Thomas Guderjan discussing and signing The Value of Things: Prehistoric to Contemporary Commodities in the Maya Region, 11:30AM


Baylor U, The Texas Collection hosts Dr. T. Michael Parrish discussing and signing Doris Miller, Pearl Harbor, and the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement, 6PM

Thursday, February 21:


BookPeople, W. K. STRATTON speaking & signing The Wild Bunch in conversation with Steve Harrigan (co-sponsored by SXSW), 7PM

BookPeople, WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS presents "Writing about Mental Health" with Laura Creedle, Saundra Goldman, and Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, 7PM

BookWoman, Austin Interfaces: Reading & Open Mic featuring local writers Katelin Kelly, Zoë Fay-Stindt, and Alana Torrez (with fields magazine), 7PM

Harry Ransom Center, Mark Dery presents an illustrated lecture based on his new book, Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey, 7PM

Milwood Branch Library, Love Month Author Visit - Kat Kronenberg, 3:30PM

Wexel Art Displays, pop up art featuring original art for purchase by Turk Pipkin and Darden Smith, readings from both artists' new book, music, drinks, and framed art, 6PM


Half Price Books Mothership, New York Times bestselling political thriller author Mark Greaney will discuss and sign his latest novel, Mission Critical, 7PM

Highland Park High School, The 23rd annual Highland Park Literary Festival keynote address by international award-winning novelist and NY Times bestselling author Dr. Nnedi Okorafor, 7PM

South Dallas Cultural Center, African Diaspora: New Dialogues featuring Poet, sound artist, and scholar Duriel E. Harris and Dallas painter and poet Nero (hosted by Dallas poet and DJ RonAmber Deloney, 7:30PM

SMU - Fondren Library, Gartner Lecture Series: Professor Florence Kelley discussing and signing The Second Coming of the KKK, 5PM

The Wild Detectives, Piper Weiss discussing and signing You All Grow Up and Leave Me, 7:30PM


Brazos Bookstore, Helen Zia discussing and signing LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Jasper Fforde will sign and discuss his newest release, Early Riser, 6:30PM


Jefferson Carnegie Library, Friends of Jefferson Carnegie Library is hosting a wine and cheese reception for E. R. Bills, author of 100 Things to Do in Texas Before You Die, 6PM

North Richland Hills

North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book: Lisa Gardner reading and signing Never Tell, 1PM [ticketed reception at 12PM]


Wild Magnolias, NeoSoul Poetry Slam: $200 Slam, 8PM


Haggard Library, Lisa Gardner reading and signing her new novel, Never Tell, 7PM [ticketed reception at 6PM]

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Jess Hagemann discussing and signing Headcheese, 5PM

San Marcos

Texas State U, Wittliff Collections readings hosts poet Nikky Finney, 3:30PM


U Houston, American Book Review reading series presents novelist Nalo Hopkinson, 11AM

The Woodlands

Apergy, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents James Lindsay discussing and signing The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership, 7PM

Friday, February 22:


Austin Central Library, An Evening with Leonard Pitts, Jr., 7PM

BookPeople, JASPER FFORDE speaking & signing Early Riser, 7PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, I Scream Social Galentine’s Edition, 7PM

Paramount Theatre, stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Bert Kreischer presents his "Body Shots Tour", 7PM & 9:30PM 


Deep Vellum Books, Pegasus Reading Series featuring Shannon Hardwick, Andrew Koch, Danielle Sellers, and Virginia Lee Wood, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Poetic Jam Session featuring Alfreda, 8PM

Pan African Connection, For Poets Only, Writers Workshop, 7PM


Murder By the Book, Mark Greaney will sign and discuss Mission Critical, 6:30PM


Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, KAP readings hosts poet Nikky Finney, 7:30PM


B&N, Overworld Adventure Series and Overworld Heroes Adventure Series book signing with Danica Davidson, 6PM


Crowley Theater, reading with poet and artist Sommer Browning, 6PM

Saturday, February 23:


Front Street Books, Carlton Leatherwood discussing and signing Codette, Joey and Friends: A Spirited Tale of Beloved Friends and Their Dogs, 2PM


B&N, Stain (B&N Exclusive Edition) book signing with A.G. Howard, 1PM


St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Strengthening Characters by Revealing Their Hidden Truths" with Rene S. Perez II, 10AM

BookPeople, LINDSAY LESLIE speaking & signing This Book is Spineless, 2PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, The Art of Writing Workshops: Poetry and Prose with D. Ellis Phelps, 1PM


B&N - Lincoln Park, Yolanda Johnson Author Meet & Greet, 2PM

B&N - Preston/Royal, Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah signs Is College a Lousy Investment?: Negotiating the Hidden Costs of Higher Education, 1PM

Deep Vellum Books, Fangoria Presents: Carnivorous Lunar Activities, 7PM

Interabang Books, Brad McLelland & Louis Sylvester reading and signing THE FANG OF BONFIRE CROSSING, 1PM

Majestic Theatre, stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Bert Kreischer presents his "Body Shots Tour", 7PM & 9:30PM 


The Bearded Monk, American Literary Review Graduate Student Reading, 4PM

El Paso

B&N - Sunland Park, Storytime with author Patrice Loge, 12PM

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Magic and the Body" with Rios de la Luz, 12:45PM

Gufo di Milano, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 7PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Black History Celebration: African American Read-In, 12PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Varsha Bajaj launches her new picture book, THE HOME BUILDERS, 3PM

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

Writespace, Workshop: "Start Your Novel" with Cassandra Rose Clarke, 9:30AM

Writespace, Workshop: "Creating Irresistible Narrators in Fiction" with Allegra Hyde, 1PM

San Antonio

Dead Tree Books, June Chapko signing The Estate Sale, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, Joy Sewing signing Ava and the Prince: The Adventures of Two Rescue Pups, 11AM

Sunday, February 24:


BookPeople, MEGAN GRISWOLD speaking & signing The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies, 5PM

Malvern Books, launch of Monty Jones’ poetry collection, Cracks in the Earth,  2PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, photo journalist Ekansh Tambe will sell and sign The Great Divide: A Journey Across the US-Mexican Border, and Dallas-native and murder mystery author Maggie Foster will sell and sign The Arms of Death: Book 1 of the Loch Lonach Mystery Series, 1PM

Lucky Dog Books - Oak Cliff, Dru Richman reading and signing Tall Tales and Short Stories, 3PM

El Paso

B&N - Sunland Park, All the Dreams We've Dreamed Author Event: with Rus Bradburd and the inspirational subject of the book, Shawn Harrington, 2PM


Grace United Methodist Church, An Evening of Chamber Music and Spoken Word, 6PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Writing About Your Life: An Introduction to the Personal Essay" with Mark Dostert, 3PM


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Self-Publishing Class" with Shayla Raquel, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Helen Pankowski signing Living Aware & Inspired, 12PM


Don't see your book or literary event here? Email at with your complete info two weeks in advance of the issue in which your event is scheduled, and we'll include it.