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 03.31.2019


17th Annual Austin Edible Book Festival, April 1

Beall Poetry Festival, Waco, April 3-5

Austin International Poetry Festival, Austin, April 4-7

North Texas Book Festival, Denton, April 6

7th San Antonio Book Festival, April 6

NETWO Spring Conference, Mt. Pleasant, April 6

Austin Poetry Slam Grand Slam Finals, April 7

Space City Grand Slam, Houston, April 7


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

Texas Writers: a traveling exhibit by Humanities Texas, San Antonio, April 3-30



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



BookPeople, JENNIFER DUBOIS speaking & signing The Spectators, 7PM

Malvern Books, the release of the second volume of Marfa-based NECK, featuring readings from Travis Klunick, Caroline Kanner, Corey Miller, and Katherine Noble, 7PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Texas Bound II: ROSAURA CRUZ reads “Go Boom” by Elizabeth Hamilton; LYDIA MACKAY reads "Survivor Honeymoon" by Amanda Eyre Ward; and BRAD LELAND reads “In the Bar” by Robert Garner McBrearty and “The Dead Languages” by William Humphrey, 7:30PM


Brazos Bookstore, Kurt Eichenwald discussing and signing A MIND UNRAVELED, 7PM

Murder By the Book, C.J. Box will sign and discuss the newest Joe Pickett novel, Wolf Pack, 6:30PM

Tracy Gee Community Center, SCBWI: "Writing on Spec for the Young Adult Romance Market" with Christina Mandelski, 7PM

Writespace, Workshop: "How to be Genuinely Funny in Your Writing" with Adam Holt, 6PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Beatbox Poet Myles Bullen, 7PM


White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Elisabeth Hasselbeck discussing and signing Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom, 7PM



BookWoman, Gregg Shapiro reading and signing More Poems About Buildings and Food, 7PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam Semi-Finals 2019 hosted by Glori B., 7:15PM


Interabang Books, Wesley Prep, Bonton Farms, and Cafe Momentum present OUR COMMON TABLE, 7PM

SMU, Tate Lecture Series: Amy Cuddy, author of the best-selling book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, 8PM

The Wild Detectives, Joe Milazzo interviews José Garay Boszeta, translator of the first English translation of Symbolics by José María Eguren, 7:30PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM


B&N, Viral Parenting: A Guide to Setting Boundaries, Building Trust, and Raising Responsible Kids in an Online World book signing with Mindy McKnight, 7PM


Brazos Bookstore, Rachel Harris reading and signing EYES ON ME, 7PM

HCC Eastside Campus, Veterans' Voices in Houston: reading and discussion series, 6PM

Murder By the Book, Joe Lansdale will sign and discuss The Elephant of Surprise, 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam: Anything Goes Slam, 9:30PM

San Marcos

Texas State - Flowers Room, book signing with Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!, 3:30PM


B&N, Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11 book signing with James Donovan, 7PM



BookPeople, JOE R. LANSDALE speaking & signing The Elephant of Surprise, 7PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, Kyle Bryant discussing and signing Shifting Into High Gear: One Man's Grave Diagnosis and the Epic Bike Ride That Taught Him What Matters, 6PM

JCC Dallas, Tycher Library Spring Read: Mark Sarvas reading and signing Memento Park, 7PM


UNT on the Square, 2019 UNT Rilke Prize winner reception: wine, cheese, and Q&A with poet David Keplinger, 6:30PM

El Paso

UTEP, Veterans' Voices in El Paso: reading and discussion series, 5:30PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now: Poetry Slam featuring Shay Alexi , 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, James Donovan discussing and signing SHOOT FOR THE MOON, 7PM

Menil Collection, Robin Coste Lewis for a reading from her National Book Award-winning poetry collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus,7PM

San Antonio

Culture Commons Gallery, 30 Poems for the Tricentennial: Two Readings in Collaboration with the City of San Antonio, 6:30PM

Radius Center, Rus Bradburd reads from his latest memoir, All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed: A Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago’s West Side, 6:30PM [ticketed event]

The Twig Book Shop, Krystal White, Ph.D. discussing and signing The Letter Code: Deciphering Why You Love the Way You Love, 5PM



BookPeople, MATTHEW GRAY GUBLER presenting Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself, 7PM [voucher required for photo op]

Bullock Museum, High Noon Talks: Jessica Lee, the Executive Director of the Shumla Archeological Research and Education Center, discussing the oldest "books" in North America, the Lower Pecos Canyonlands murals painted more than 4,000 years ago, 12PM

Ransom Center, Flair symposium's keynote, New York Times bestselling writer Joyce Maynard will reflect on her correspondence, at age 18, with J.D. Salinger, 6:30PM

UT - Benson Latin American Collection, Cantos y Cuentos: An Evening with Tish Hinojosa & Lourdes Pérez, 7PM

UT, Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series featuring novelist Kendra Fortmeyer, 7PM


Dallas Central Library, "A Conversation About Speaking Up" with Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Shout, 7PM

Deep Vellum Books, Beowulf Sheehan presents AUTHOR, 7PM


UNT, a reading and book signing with the 2019 UNT Rilke Prize winner, poet David Keplinger, 8PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Ally Condie will discuss and sign THE LAST VOYAGE OF POE BLYTHE, her new book for young adults, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Dennis Webb discussing and signing ANNALS OF THE DEEP SKY, 7PM

Rice U, Leer y escribir: de dónde sale una escritora with Selva Almada, Argentine Writer (The Latin American Writer-in-Residency Series), 5PM

Rice U, Cherry Reading Series Presents: poets Jennifer Chang and Michael Collier for a reading and book signing, 6PM


Texas Tech, Creative Writing Program Reading Series featuring John Poch and his fifth poetry collection, Texases, 7:30PM

San Antonio

Gemini Ink, Workshop: “That’s How I Remember It”: Telling Your Story in Nonfiction with Russ Bradford, 6PM

McNay Art Museum, Patrice Banks, owner of Girls Auto Clinic, and an engineer, mechanic, entrepreneur, and storyteller discussing and signing Girls Auto Clinic: Glove Box Guide, 6:30PM



Front Street Books, David J. Schmidly, Ph. D., presents Vernon Bailey: Writings of a Field Naturalist on the Frontier, 5:30PM & 7PM


ACC Riverside, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "On the Craft of Writing" with David Treuer, 7PM

Central Presbyterian Church, BookPeople presents LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON speaking and signing SHOUT (in conversation with Wendy Davis), 7PM [ticketed event]

College Station

Texas A&M, Veterans' Voices in College Station: reading and discussion series, 4PM


Dallas Poetry Slam at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, 1PM

Interabang Books, Harlan Coben reading and signing RUN AWAY, 7PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Ruth Reichl will discuss her new memoir, SAVE ME THE PLUMS (in conversation with Alison Cook, restaurant critic for the Houston Chronicle), 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Josh Frank discussing and signing GIRAFFES ON HORSEBACK SALAD, 7PM

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

Jones Hall, An evening with Margaret Atwood, 7:30PM [ticketed event]


Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, KAP Reading Series featuring Cheston Knapp, managing editor of Tin House and author of Up Up, Down Down: Essays, 7:30PM

San Antonio

Empire & Majestic Theatres, Storytelling: The Moth Mainstage at the San Antonio Book Festival, 7PM

The Parish, Échale Books 2nd Anniversary Sale y Pachanga, 6PM

The Twig Book Shop, Kari Anne Holt & Sean Petrie writing personalized on-the-spot poems for  Typewriter Rodeo, 12PM



BookPeople, ED CROWELL speaking & signing Barton Creek, 2PM

BookPeople, BROOKE AXTELL speaking & signing Beautiful Justice, 5PM

Half Price Books - N. Lamar, Austin-native filmmaker and comic book writer Macon Blair will sign his latest graphic novel, Long Road to Liquor City, 2PM

Malvern Books, Writers’ League of Texas presents “The Business of Poetry: Journals, Contests, Collections, and More,” a reading and discussion with Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Sunny Leal, Lisa Olstein, and Sam Treviño, 7PM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Not Just One of the Gang: Writing Ensemble Casts" with Tracy Wolff, 10AM


Dallas Poetry Slam at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, 1PM

The Wild Detectives, Wordspace presents Dallas Lit Hop: Owen Egerton's One Page Salon featuring Heather Harper Ellett, Weina Dai Randel, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, and Manuel Luis Martinez, 7PM

The Writer's Garret, Workshop: "Writing the Wicked: Crafting Villains and Antiheroes in Speculative Fiction" with Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, 1PM

El Paso

B&N - Fountains at Farah, Matt Mendez discussing and signing Barely Missing Everything, 3:30PM

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "The Second Lives of Fools" with Rachel Cachete, 12:45PM


Galveston Bookshop, Barbara Ortwein signing In the Heart of Texas But Not Yet at Home, 2PM


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: Argentinian writer Selva Almada, 7PM

Katherine Tyra Branch Library, Houston Writers Guild Library Workshop, 10:30AM

Murder By the Book, C.S. Harris will sign and discuss the new Sebastian St. Cyr book, Who Slays the Wicked, 2PM

Murder By the Book, Harlan Coben in conversation with Meg Gardiner about his new novel, Run Away, 5:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "The Power of Writing from the Senses" with Andreana Binder, 9:30AM

Writespace, Workshop: "How to Write Your Family’s Stories" with Joyce Boatwright, 1PM


Haley Library, Patrick Dearen signing Apache Lament, 2:30PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Author Visit with Jeffery Tracey Sr., 1PM

Port Neches

Fleur Fine Books, Bill Thomas signing The Three Souls, 3PM

San Antonio

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, Latina Poets | Book Celebration, 7PM

The Parish, Échale Books 2nd Anniversary Sale y Pachanga, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Melissa Aguirre signing From Deserts to Gardens, 11AM



BookPeople, DOUGLAS BRINKLEY speaking & signing American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, 5PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged: Austin International Poetry Festival City Read, 1PM

Malvern Books, Austin Writers Roulette presents "Apology Allergies," 4PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, Mark Stuertz signs Secret Dallas, 1PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live BooksmART event: Dreamers with Yuyi Morales, 2PM

Dallas Poetry Slam at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, 1PM

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


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Writing Wickedly Good Villains" with Shayla Raquel, 3PM

San Antonio

Landa Library, Cynthia Freeman Gibbs will discuss her psychological drama, Reasonable Insanity, 3PM

San Antonio Museum of Art, 33rd PechaKucha featuring Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, 7PM

Trinity U, GET LIT with Susan Page, author of The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, 6PM

The Twig Book Shop, Billy Copeland signing Growing Up Lucky, 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.