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 03.24.2019

Special Events:

WORDfest/WORDfield 2019, Hurst, March 23-24

54th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Lectures, Arlington, March 29

Book2Eat: 4th Annual Houston Edible Book Festival, March 30

Brazos Valley Book Festival, Bryan, March 30

Tables of Content, Dallas, March 30

Teen Book Con, League City, March 30

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

Sunday, March 24:


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


WORDfest/WORDfield 2019, Hurst, March 23-24


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

Monday, March 25:


B&N - Arboretum, The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being book signing with Simone Davies, 7PM

BookPeople, JIM DONOVAN speaking & signing Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11, 7PM 


B&N - Lincoln Park, How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices book signing with Greg Bustin, 7PM

Fort Worth

TCU, a public lecture by Stephen R. Platt, award-wining author of Imperial Twilight, 5PM


Murder By the Book, Jacqueline Winspear will sign and discuss The American Agent and What Would Maisie Do?, 6:30PM

Rice U, Gray/Wawro Lecture Series: Anita Hill, 6PM

Rice U, Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring poets Carmen Giménez Smith and Fady Joudah, 7:30PM


UGRA Lecture Hall, David K. Langford discussing and signing Seasons at Selah: The Legacy of Bamberger Ranch Preserve, 6:30PM


UTD, Creative Writing Speaker: Hector Cantú, co-creator of the BALDO comic strip, 7PM

Tuesday, March 26:


UTA - Texas Hall, Maverick Speaker Series presents Anna Deavere Smith, 7:30PM


B&N - Sunset Valley, A Parliament of Bodies book signing with Marshall Ryan Maresca, 7PM

BookPeople, ROGER MCNAMEE speaking & signing Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, 7PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam Quartefinal 4 featuring Sam Slupski, 7:15PM


Checkered Past Winery, DFW Unplugged (Open Mic. Poetry, Music), 8PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live hosting Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, now a film by Richard Linklater, will discuss the book to film process, 7:30PM

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors LIVE! Presents Gretchen Rubin, author of Outer Order, Inner Calm, 6PM

Interabang Books, Susan Robb discussing and signing Called: Lessons from Six Biblical Characters, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, The Writer's Garret conducts a Stone Soup poetry workshop, 7PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM


The Black Labrador, Houston Writers House social featuring "Humor in Writing" with Adam Hold, 6:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Salvatore Scibona reading and signing THE VOLUNTEER, 7PM

HCC Eastside Campus, Veterans' Voices in Houston: Veterans, their family and friends, and other interested civilians are invited to participate in the Veterans’ Voices reading and discussion series, 6PM

Houston Design Center, Texas Design Week: designer Bunny Williams presentation and signing of Love Affairs With Houses, 1PM

Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Patton Oswalt reading from and discussing his late wife Michelle McNamara’s true crime thriller, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (in conversation with Michael Hagerty), 7:30PM [ticketed event]

River Oaks Bookstore, Dr. Scott Solomon discussing and signing Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution, 6PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam Finals! judged by San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla, 9:30PM

Wednesday, March 27:


Central Presbyterian Church, PATTON OSWALT speaking and signing I'll Be Gone in the Dark (in conversation with Suzy Spencer), 7PM [SOLD OUT]

Easy Tiger at the Linc, Thank You For Smoking by Paula Disbrowe cookbook launch party, 5PM

Terrazas Branch Library, Aural Literature March Reading with the Chicon Street Poets, 7:30PM


JCC Dallas, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin discussing and signing THE HOME EDIT: A GUIDE TO ORGANIZING AND REALIZING YOUR HOUSE GOALS, 7PM

SMU - Dedman Law, Evan Thomas discussing and signing First: Sandra Day O'Connor, 3PM

Ursuline Academy, World Affairs Council of DFW hosting Evan Thomas discussing and signing First: Sandra Day O'Connor, 6PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring Samantha Slupski, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Tsitsi Dangarembga reading and signing THIS MOURNABLE BODY, 7PM

North Richland Hills

North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book with Gretchen Rubin, author of Outer Order, Inner Calm, 1PM [preceded by a ticketed reception at 12PM]

San Antonio

Trinity U, The Flora Cameron Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs: Doris Kearns Goodwin, 7:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Joe Bax discussing and signing Meadowbrook: The Neighborhood That Made Me, 5PM

Thursday, March 28:


B&N - Arboretum, Every Word You Cannot Say with poet Iain S. Thomas, 7PM

BookPeople, AYSER SALMAN speaking & signing The Wrong End of the Table, 7PM


Burrowing Owl Books, Notes on Translations: Rilke & Beowulf with the High Plains Poetry Project, 7PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Megan Griswold will discuss and sign her memoir The Book of Help: A Memoir of Remedies, 7PM

Interabang Books, Linda Fairstein reading and signing BLOOD OATH, 7PM

El Paso

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


Brazos Bookstore, Jonathan Evison reading and signing LAWN BOY, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Caleb Roehrig will sign and discuss Death Prefers Blondes, 6:30PM

San Antonio

Trinity U, Stieren Arts Enrichment Series: author Debbie Millman, 6PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Maya Hughes Live Author Takeover!, 7PM

Friday, March 29:


54th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Lectures, Arlington, March 29

UTA, Friends of the UTA Libraries present Bobbie Wygant discussing Talking to the Stars: Bobbie Wygant's Seventy Years in Television, 7:30PM


BookPeople, NATHAN LATKA speaking & signing How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital, 7PM


Heroes Lounge, Dallas Slam: Candy's Birthday Bash, 8PM

Interabang Books, Joe R. Lansdale reading and signing THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE, 7PM

Majestic Theatre, Storytelling: Snap Judgement, 8PM

El Paso

Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series + Nicos Open Mic Series, 8PM


B&N - River Oaks, Orobosa Owie signing Be Bold, Be Confident, Be You, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Megan Griswold discussing and signing THE BOOK OF HELP, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Linda Fairstein will sign and discuss Blood Oath, 6:30PM

Saturday, March 30:


B&N - Lakeline, Local author Glyn Haynie signing Finding My Platoons Brothers: Vietnam Then and Now, 2PM

BookPeople, AMBER ROYER speaking & signing Pure Chocolate, PATRICE SARATH speaking & signing Fog Season, and NICKY DRAYDEN speaking & signing Temper, 5PM

BookWoman, Reading & Signing: Red Bricks by Anne Muccino, 5:30PM

Malvern Books, an evening with Huda Fahmy, author of Yes, I'm Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab, 7PM

West Austin Park, the Texas Book Festival presents Bilingual Story Time with the Little Hummingbird Society, 9:30AM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Crafting Scenes That Go BAM Instead of Blah Blah Blah" with Lindsey Lane, 10AM


Brazos Valley Book Festival, Bryan, March 30

Corpus Christi

Art Museum of South Texas, the Corpus Christi Literary Reading Series: Reading by Author Brad Watson, 7PM


Tables of Content, Dallas, March 30

Dallas Central Library, author Lyle Blackburn discussing Bigfoot in Texas, 1PM

Interabang Books, Cecile Richards discussing and signing MAKE TROUBLE: STAND UP, SPEAK OUT, AND FIND THE COURAGE TO LEAD, 7PM

The Writer's Garret, Workshop: "Revising Like an Editor" with Amber Helt, 1PM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "The Art of Story Telling" with Celia Aguilar, 12:45PM

Fort Worth

B&N - Hulen, Pamela Arroyo signing His Story Through a Window Told, 12PM


Book2Eat: 4th Annual Houston Edible Book Festival, March 30

Brazos Bookstore, Bartee Haile discussing and signing TEXAS ENTERTAINERS, 7PM

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

Inprint House, Escritores en la casa featuring Rodrigo Hasbún, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Mack Little will sign and discuss Progenie, and Glenn Lazar Roberts will sign and discuss Quantum Marlowe, 4:30PM

League City

Teen Book Con, League City, March 30


B&N, Fae Game Series book signing by Jill Ramsower, 2PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Author signing: Yvonne Sifuentes, 1PM


Onalaska Public Library, Writers' League of Texas presents "Texas Writes" with authors Joy Preble and Reavis Wortham, 1PM

Port Neches

Fleur Fine Books, Rosa L. Miller discussing and signing Barren: Infertility, Grief, and Mustard Seed Faith, 3PM

San Antonio

B&N - Northwoods, There's a Witch in My Dryer book signing with Linda Lee Cross, 11:30AM

Mission San Jose, Little Free Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Megan Griswold signing The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies, 11AM

San Marcos
Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, Barrio Writers Youth Zine-Making Workshop, 12PM

Sunday, March 31:


BookPeople, THE STORY PIRATES presenting Digging Up Danger, 2PM [ticketed event]

BookWoman, Book Launch: Death, Unchartered by Dorothy Van Soest, 4PM


Deep Vellum Books, And We All Breathe the Same Air - Poetry Book Launch, 2PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas-native Janet Shawgo will sell and sign Wait For Me, and Dallas-native Tom Williams will sell and sign Glory on the Hilltop: The Story of 1947 SMU Football, 1PM


Galveston Arts Center, Jay Wehnert discussing and signing Outsider Art in Texas: Lone Stars, 2PM


Brazos Bookstore, Jenny Chang, Nick Flynn, Jonathan Moody & Ryan Paradiso reading from photography and poetry journal NECK V2.0, 5PM


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Writing Opinion Essays" with Jonathan Malesic, 3PM

San Antonio

Gallery E.V.A, Book Launch: Michael + Josephine, a novel in verse by Jo Reyes-Boitel, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, John Knox signing Prescriptions to Cure American Healthcare, 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.