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 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 03.17.2019

Special Events:

Barrio Writers Spring Break 2019, Austin, March 21-22

2019 Friends of Fondren Library Gala, Houston, March 22

North Texas Teen Book Festival, Irving, March 22-23

2019 REELpoetry, Houston, March 22-24

2nd Annual Women on the Bayou Poetry Slam, Houston, March 23

Home Run Author Event, Arlington, March 23

WORDfest/WORDfield 2019, Hurst, March 23-24

Ongoing Exhibits:

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

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

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

The Word Embodied: Scripture as Creative Inspiration in Twentieth-Century Book Arts, Dallas, March 1-June 15



Malvern Books, celebrate the release of Larry Mayfield’s second collection, Tributaries and Stepping Stones, 1PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas-native scientist and fiction author Timothy Imholt, Phd will sell and sign the new book he’s co-authored with former Dallas Cowboys player Jay Saldi, Concusstitution: Welcome to Football, and Dallas-native Porchae Alexander will sell and sign her latest book, Spiritual Healing for the Wounded, 1PM


Brazos Bookstore, Patrick Summers discussing and signing THE SPIRIT OF THIS PLACE, 3PM



BookPeople, ANDREW RANNELLS speaking and signing Too Much Is Not Enough, 7PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, launch of Constance Squires’ new collection, Hit Your Brights: Stories, 7PM


Interabang Books, Tricia Levenseller reading and signing WARRIOR OF THE WILD, and Alexandra Christo reading and signing TO KILL A KINGDOM, 7PM


Galveston College, Galveston Reads 2019: Rachel Pearson, MD discussing and signing No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine, 7PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Tom Angleberger and Jared Chapman will discuss and sign DIDI DODO, their new collaboration for young readers, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, Briallen Hopper discussing and signing HARD TO LOVE, 7PM

Rice U, The Dirty Side of the Storm: A Post-Harvey Reading with Martha Serpas and Paul Otremba, 5PM


Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: Self-Editing Essentials with Blake Atwood, 7PM



BookPeople, SAMANTHA ALLEN speaking & signing Real Queer America, 7PM

Malvern Books, launch of mónica teresa ortiz’s new chapbook of crónicas, autobiography of a semi romantic anarchist, 7PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Roya Marsh, 7:15PM


Half Price Books Mothership, award-winning columnist and USA Today bestselling historical fiction author Susan Meissner will discuss and sign her latest novel, The Last Year of the War, 7PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council of DFW presents Brent Gleeson, Navy Seal Combat Veteran, discussing and signing Leading Through Change, 12PM

SMU - Bridwell Library, “The Artist and the Book”: Panel Discussion and Reception with Anna Lovatt, Assistant Professor of Art History at SMU, and Catherine Craft, curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 4PM

El Paso

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

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, Bryan Washington reading and signing LOT: STORIES, 7PM

Murder By the Book, S.C. Perkins will sign and discuss Murder Once Removed, 6:30PM

Warehouse Live, The Moth StorySLAM presents "Magic", 7:30PM

San Antonio

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

The Twig Book Shop, Joe Nick Patoski discussing and signing Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers, and Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas, 5PM


Cowan Center, UT Tyler presents Dan Rather, 7:30PM



BookPeople, BRYAN WASHINGTON speaking and signing Lot: Stories (in conversation with Rachel Heng), 7PM

Malvern Books, Austin edition of Why There Are Words reading series with Joe Nick Patoski, Hugh Fitzsimons III, Bronte Treat, Elizabeth Harris, Dena Afrasiabi, and Gurf Morlix, 7PM

Paramount Theatre, Woodward & Bernstein: Power, The Press, and The Presidency, 8PM

The Texas Tribune, Conversation on Activism and Journalism with DeRay McKesson and More, 2PM


LSC-Montgomery, Writers in Performance: Katherine Hoerth, award-winning poet, 7PM


The Wild DetectivesCOMMU.N.I.T.Y, a monthly talk show: poet Melania-Luisa Marte speaking with special guest Sherrie Zantea, CEO of Dallas Poetry Slam7:30PM

El Paso

Neon Rose Bar, Equinox Poetry Party, 7:30PM


Amegy Bank Tower, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Dr. Peters Hotez, author of Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism: My Journey As a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician, and Autism Dad, 6:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Susan Meissner will discuss and sign THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR, 7PM

Murder By the Book, John McMahon will sign and discuss The Good Detective, 6PM

Murder By the Book, Greg Iles will sign and discuss Cemetery Road, 7PM

San Antonio

Central Library, El Mero Weso: Heritage, Inequality, & Gentrification in San Anto’s Westside, 6:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Anthony Head discussing and signing Spirit: The Life and Art of Jesse Trevino, 5PM



BookPeople, GREG GRANDIN speaking and signing The End of the Myth, 7PM

BookPeople, WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS presents "The Author/Agent Relationship" with Jason Gallaher, Amy Gentry, Leila Sales, and Chaitali Sen, 7PM

Harry Ransom Center, Poetry and War: A Reading and Conversation with Dunya Mikhail and Brian Turner, 7PM


B&N - Lincoln Park, Cemetery Road: A Novel book signing with Greg Iles, 7PM

Deep Vellum Books, Bryan Washington reading and signing LOT: STORIES, 7PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council DFW presents Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie discussing and signing Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency, 5PM

Interabang Books, Kay Merkel Boruff discussing and signing Z.O.S.: A MEMOIR, 7PM


UTRGV, Ire'ne lara silva & Dan Vera Reading & Platica, 4:45PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Samira Ahmed will appear in conversation with Jennifer Mathieu to discuss INTERNMENT, her new novel for teens, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Hanif Abdurraqib discussing and signing GO AHEAD IN THE RAIN, 7PM

Cafeza, Vox Storytellers: Artist Voices, 2:45PM

The Heritage Society, Noon Lecture: Giant: The Making of a Legendary American Film with Don Graham, 12PM

Houston Library, HPLQ Author Series: award-winning author and writer for comic book series Ms. Marvel, G. Willow Wilson will present her latest novel, The Bird King, 7PM

Poison Girl, Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Jennifer Chang, Chinelo Okparanta, and Tracy Thiebauld, 8:30PM


Texas Tech, Creative Writing Program Reading Series: Will Stockton and D. Gilson discussing and signing Jesus Freaks: Christian Music & Queer Masculinities, 7:30PM


George Bush Childhood, Kelly and the Great Pinewood Derby book signing, 1PM


Wild Magnolias, NeoSoul Poetry Slam featuring Wayne Henry, 8PM



Front Street Books, Lonn Taylor reading and signing Turning the Pages of Texas, 6PM


BookPeople, SCOTT WARREN speaking and signing Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Our Politics, 7PM

Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading and Open Mic, 7PM


Deep Vellum Books, Pegasus Reading Series featuring Peter Hyland, Esteban Rodríguez, Erin Slaughter, and Jess Smith, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Slam: Finger Snaps & Laugh Tracks, 8PM


Syndicate, North Texas Review Poetry & Prose Reading, 6PM

UNT, Creative Writing Faculty Reading, 7:30PM


Bohemeo's Cafe, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Eloisa Amezcua, Charlotte Wyatt, Michelle Orsi, and LeeAnne Carlson, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Jim Nelson and Joy Jones reading and signing BILLY LOVE7PM


Sam Houston State, Dick J. Reavis, award-winning Texas journalist, editor, and author of The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation, discussing the legal, political and ethical questions that surround the siege, 11AM

San Antonio

Viva Tacoland, Gemini Ink featuring prose and poetry from Andrew Porter, Gerard Robledo, and Aaron Deutsch, 6:30PM



Barrel O' Fun, Community Showcase: Austin Bat Cave, 12PM

BookPeople, STARLA MICHELLE HALFMANN speaking and signing Alphabet Kingdom, 2PM

JJ Pickle Research Campus, Austin Romance Writers of American workshop: "WIRED FOR STORY: HOW TO BECOME A STORY GENIUS" with Lisa Cron, 9AM

Monkeywrench Books, Dylan Fitzwater discussing and signing Autonomy Is In Our Hearts, 7PM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Book Publicity and Marketing 101" with Colleen Devine Ellis, 10AM

Waller Creek Conservancy, Lecture-Discussion with author Dr. Norma Cantú, 2PM

Bee Cave

B&N, Author Signing and Reading: Sunshine Cake by September Scott, music by Jeronimo Sexton, 11:30AM


Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Workshop: "Writing Our Memories, Riting Our Myth, Righting Our Lives" with Dennis Patrick Slattery, 9AM

The Writer's Garret, Workshop: "Failure for Beginners: 100 Submissions in 1 Year" with Nadia Wolnisty, 1PM


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

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "My Tiny Word" with Steven Zimmerman, 12:45PM

Fort Worth

Leaves Book & Tea Shop, Poetry Read Aloud, 10AM


Galveston Bookshop, Ruth Davis signing Thirteen Rivers: The Last Voyage of La Belle, 2PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Kathi Appelt launches ANGEL THIEVES, her new novel for teen readers, 1PM

Gregory School, Space City Slam Semifinals: Compete for your chance to join the internationally-renowned Meta-Four Houston youth slam team, 10AM

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, Kathleen Kaska will sign and discuss A Two Horse Town, 4:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "How to Write About Painful Memories" with Sharon C. Jenkins, 9:30AM

WritespaceOcotillo Review Issue Launch, 3PM


WORDfest/WORDfield 2019, Hurst, March 23-24


B&N, A Caregiver's Conversations with God book signing with Debby Worley, 2PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, The Impossible Winterbourne signing...the Alphabots, 11AM



BookPeople, ROBYN METCALFE speaking and signing Food Routes, 5PM

BookWoman, The 4 x 4 Reading: Four friends. Four poets. Four readings., 4PM

Malvern Books, an afternoon with poets Sharon Webster, David Cavanagh, and Steven Ray Smith, 2PM

Resistencia Books, Life & Legacy of Monseñor Romero, 2:30PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas-native and historical fiction author Andrew Hudson, a.k.a. Tank Gunner, will sell and sign Paomino: Afrika Korps POWs Come To Town, and Dallas-native and inspirational author Canaan Baker will sell and sign The Disciplined Dreamer1PM


JCC Houston, Jamie Bernstein discussing and signing Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, 1PM

Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, Inprint's Cool Brains presents Adam Gidwitz of The Unicorn Rescue Society, 3PM


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Book Marketing 101: Your Book Marketing Recipe for Sizzling Sales" with Shayla Raquel, 3PM

San Antonio

JCC San Antonio, Rebecca Soffer & Gabrielle Birkner discussing and signing Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome., 5PM

The Twig Book Shop, M. Ward Leon signing Blood of the Beast, 12PM

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