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 Events@lonestarliterary.com 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 04.07.2019

Special Events:

Literary Lubbock, April 11

Canadian River Valley Writers Workshop, Canadian, April 11-14

13th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon, Dallas, April 12

Poetry at Round Top, April 12-14

Writing Out of The Box - ACFW DFW Mini Con 2019, Arlington, April 13

Superheroes!: 41st Annual Lubbock Arts Festival, April 13-14

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

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

SUNDAY, APRIL 7:

Austin

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

Dallas

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

Richardson

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

MONDAY, APRIL 8:

Austin

BookPeople, WRIGHT THOMPSON speaking & signing The Cost of These Dreams, 7PM

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

Dallas

The Wild Detectives, author and award-winning playwright Octavio Solis reading and signing Retablos, 7:30PM [ticketed event]

Houston

Bayou City Event Center, Avondale House presents Challenging Autism Luncheon with Ron Suskind, author of Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, 11:30AM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Biographer Susan Page will sign her new book on Houston's beloved Barbara Bush, THE MATRIARCH, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, Douglas Brinkley discussing and signing AMERICAN MOONSHOT, 7PM

Katy

Taylor High School Performing Arts Center, book signing and meet-and-greet with Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, authors of #IMomSoHard, 7PM

Richardson

UT Dallas, French author and translator Brice Matthieussent and his English language translator,  Emma Ramadan, discussing and reading from The Revenge of the Translator, 7PM

San Antonio

Trinity U, Stieren Arts Enrichment Series: An Evening with poet Sharon Olds: A Reading with Commentary, 8PM

TUESDAY, APRIL 9:

Arlington

UTA, Dr Robert Jensen discussing The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men, 12PM

Austin

Austin History Center, Meet the Author: Joe Nick Patoski presents From Austin to ATX, 6:30PM

BookPeople, T. KIRA MADDEN speaking & signing Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls (in conversation with Maya Payne Smart), 7PM

Central Presbyterian Church, BookPeople presents CASSANDRA CLARE and WESLEY CHU speaking and signing Red Scrolls of Magic (in conversation with Katie from Mundie Moms), 7PM

Chez Zee American Bistro, Chez Zee Author Series featuring Bill Wittliff and The Devil's Fork, 6PM

Flat Track Coffee, Chicon Street Poets Living Room Lit | Spoken Word Open Mic, 7:15PM

Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave Story Department presents "Road Trip," 7:30PM

Malvern Books, Octavio Solis reading and signing Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border, 7PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Addy Lugo, 7:15PM

Canyon

WTAMU, Garry L. Nall/CSAW/DLS Lecture: Growing up Dead in Texas presented by author Stephen Graham Jones, 7PM

Cedar Hill

Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group meeting featuring "Finding Your Voice" with Rebecca Balcárcel, 7PM

Dallas

Dallas Central Library, Half Price Books presents USA Today’s Susan Page discussing THE MATRIARCH: Barbara Bush and the making of an American Dynasty with Mike Wilson, editor-in-chief of The Dallas Morning News, 7PM [ticketed event]

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live featuring Madeline Miller presenting Circe and Mary Norris presenting Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen, 7:30PM

Deep Vellum Books, Brice Matthieussent in conversation with Emma Ramadan, translator of his new novel, Revenge of the Translator, 7PM

Hall of State at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society Brown Bag Lecture: Max Krochmal, author of Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era, 12PM

Heritage Auctions Design District Annex, Art & Design Speaker Series: William Middleton, author of Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil, 6PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM

Fredericksburg

The Pontotoc Vineyard Weingarten, Writers' League of Texas: The Craft + Business of Writing Fredericksburg Edition with Becka Oliver and Michael Noll, 6PM

Houston

Amegy Bank Tower, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosting Steven Cook who will discuss and sign False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East, 7PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Danielle Paige will appear in conversation with Katharine McGee and discuss MERA: TIDEBREAKER, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Nathan Englander reading and signing KADDISH.COM, 7PM

Murder By the Book, David R. Dow will sign and discuss Confessions of an Innocent Man, 6:30PM

Irving

Heritage Senior Center, NEA Big Read Irving 2019 Kickoff: A Blast with Chast Sock Hop, 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam, 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Nashville recording artist and best-selling author Robert Hunter will be performing an acoustic set of his original music and signing copies of his novel, Relapse: A Love Story, 5PM

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10:

Austin

Austin Books & Comics, The Goon 20th anniversary signing with Eric Powell, 12PM

BookPeople, DAVID DOW speaking & signing Confessions of an Innocent Man, 7PM

Central Presbyterian Church, BookPeople presents SUSAN PAGE speaking and signing The Matriarch (in conversation with Texas Tribune's Evan Smith), 7PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, an evening with Austin Community College Performance Poet and Community Engagement Specialist Taria Person, 7PM

Dallas

Interabang Books, T Kira Madden reading and signing LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight Poetry Series: 1st anniversary poetry party!, 7:30PM

Houston

Alliance Francaise De Houston, Brazos Bookstore presents Brice Matthieussent reading and signing Revenge of the Translator, 7PM

Avant Garden, Write About Now: Poetry Open Mic featuring Julian Randall, 7:30PM

Murder By the Book, Kris Frieswick will sign and discuss The Ghost Manuscript, 6:30PM

Rice U, Joseph Campana reads from his latest collection, The Book of Life, 7PM

Huntsville

Sam Houston State, a reading and book signing with Lacy M. Johnson, two-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, 5PM

San Antonio

Palo Alto College, POESÍA BILINGÜE featuring current San Antonio Poet Laureate Dr. Octavio Quintanilla and former Texas and San Antonio Poet Laureate Dr. Carmen Tafolla, 6PM

THURSDAY, APRIL 11:

Arlington

UTA, Dr. Zulfikar Hirji discussing and signing Islam: an Illustrated Journey, 11AM

Austin

BookPeople, SLOANE CROSLEY speaking & signing Look Alive Out There, 7PM [ticketed event]

BookWoman, Second Thursday OPEN Mic featuring Lucy Griffith, 7:15PM

Harry Ransom Center, Rachel Cusk reading from Kudos, 6:30PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night with Brice Matthieussent, 7PM

Canyon

WTAMU, An Evening with Tim Seibles: A Poetry Reading, 7PM

Cypress

Lone Star College, Spring 2019 Poetry Slam, 7PM

Dallas

Half Price Books, former Dallas Cowboys and Texas A&M Aggie Martellus Bennett reading and signing Dear Black Boy, 5PM 

Interabang Books, David Dow reading and signing CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, Super Bowl Champion and former Dallas Cowboy Martellus Bennett presents his upcoming book, Dear Black Boy, 7:30PM

Denton

UNT, First Year Writing Program presents Marilynne Robinson, 7:30PM

Houston

Brazos Bookstore, Hugh Fitzsimons discussing and signing A ROCK BETWEEN TWO RIVERS, 7PM

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library, Pure Grass: An Evening with Walt Whitman by Bruce Noll, 7PM

San Antonio

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

The Twig Book Shop, Joy Jones & Jim Nelson reading and signing Troves of Zack Love and Billy Love: a Pebble in the Sand, 5PM

Sterling City

Sterling City Public Library, Writers' League of Texas workshop: Texas Writes with Meg Gardiner and Michael Hall, 10AM

Sulpher Springs

The Bookworm Box, BB Easton Live Author Takeover!, 7PM

Victoria

U Houston, American Book Review reading series featuring Julie Iromuanya, 11AM

FRIDAY, APRIL 12:

Austin

Austin Central, Celebrating National Library Week with an afternoon with Louis Sachar, 2PM

First United Methodist Church, BookPeople presents ABBY WAMBACH speaking about WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game, 7PM [ticketed event]

Red Salmon Arts, Fairy Tales for Truth & Justice: A SanTana's Fairy Tales Performance & Installation featuring artist and author Sarah Rafael Garcia, 7PM

Dallas

B&N - Lincoln Park, He Said, She Said: Lessons, Stories, and Mistakes from My Transgender Journey book signing with Gigi Gorgeous, 7PM

Deep Vellum Books, Melissa Duclos in conversation with Kimberly King Parsons about Duclos's new novel, Besotted, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Rail Writer's Fundraiser, 8PM

Interabang Books, Jeffrey Siger reading and signing THE MYKONOS MOB, 7PM

Denton

UNT, Visiting Writers Series presents a reading and book signing with Marilynne Robinson, 2PM

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

Houston

Body, Mind & Soul, An Evening of Spirit Communication with Mark Anthony, followed by a book signing, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Rachel Cusk reading and signing The Outline Trilogy, 7PM

Lawndale Art Center, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Justin Torres, Erika Jo Brown, Dallas Saylor, and Brenden Oliva, 7PM

U Houston, 2019 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, 10PM

Port Neches

Fleur Fine Books, Meet & Greet with Joe R. Lansdale who will be signing The Elephant of Surprise, 5PM

San Antonio

B&N - Northwoods, Meadowbrook: The Neighborhood That Made Me book signing with Joe Bax, 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, The Larger Geometry: poems for peace reading, 5PM

South Padre Island

Paragraphs on Padre, Nashville recording artist and best-selling author Robert Hunter will be performing an acoustic set of his original music and signing copies of his novel, Relapse: A Love Story, 5PM

Southlake

B&N, Tracy Richardson signing The Field, 6PM

Waco

Baylor U, Armstrong Browning Library & Museum proudly presents "Celebrating Elizabeth Barrett Browning Through Cinematic Virtual Reality," 3:30PM

SATURDAY, APRIL 13:

Austin

Austin History Center, Mike Miller, author of Austin's First Cookbook, presents “How to Prepare a Possum: 19th Century Food in Austin,” 11AM

BookPeople, T.C. BOYLE speaking & signing Outside Looking In, 3PM [ticketed event]

BookPeople, PAULA DISBROWE speaking & signing Thank You for Smoking, 6PM

Howson Branch Library, Local Author Day with Lindsay Leslie (11AM), Mark Pryor (2PM), and Anne Keene, 3PM

Malvern Books, No Love Signs: Readings by Melissa Duclos, Mo Daviau, and Josh Denslow, 7PM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Structure in Narrative Nonfiction: Putting the Pieces Together" with Michael Hall, 9AM

Canadian

Canadian River Art Center, Literature & Lattes featuring Jodi Thomas, 6PM

Cleburne

The Published Page Bookshop, Meet Texas storyteller Weldon Reed who will be signing Tales of Old Texas, or The Adventures of Bull Frog, 1PM

Dallas

B&N - Preston/Royal, Tracy Richardson signing The Field, 2PM

Dallas Central Library, Join WordSpace for a Dallas Lit Hop Event at DALLAS YOUNG MAKERS CLUB featuring a youth poetry, story-writing and calligraphy workshop, 10:30AM

Deep Ellum Art Company, Wordspace presents a Dallas Lit Hop 2019 Performance Showcase, 4PM

The Wild Detectives, Bard's Birthday Bash: To Know, or Not to Know, 7PM

Dublin

Dublin Public Library, Writers' League of Texas workshop: Texas Writes with Charlotte Gullick and Karen Witemeyer, 10AM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Igniting the 12 Senses" with Robin Scofield, 12:45PM

Galveston

Galveston Bookshop, William Warren signing Murder on Galveston Bay, 2PM

Houston

B&N - River Oaks, James Martin signing M.U.T.T. Night Jackal, 4PM

Body, Mind & Soul, An Evening of Spirit Communication with Mark Anthony, followed by a book signing, 7PM

Discovery Green, annual Writers in the Schools Blooms reading event, 11:30AM

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

Hogg Middle School, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Abby Wambach will appear in conversation with Jen Hatmaker to discuss her new book, WOLFPACK, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Patrice Sarath will sign and discuss Fog Season, and Amber Royer will sign and discuss Pure Chocolate, 4:30PM

Writespace, Monthly Workshop Open Mic, 1PM

Irving

East Branch Library, NEA Big Read Irving 2019: One-Panel Cartoon with Julio Suarez (Session 1), 2PM; NEA Big Read Irving 2019: One-Panel Cartoon with Julio Suarez (Session 2), 3:30PM

McAllen

B&N - Palms Crossing, Meet The Author: Ruben Degollado, 3PM

Port Neches

Fleur Fine Books, Meet & Greet with Dr. Kelly Weeks who will be signing Illustrated Mythos, 3PM

Richardson

Chocolate Angel, Fresh Fiction Afternoon Tea with Tally Adams, 4PM

San Antonio

B&N - Northwoods, Noah Green: Junior Zookeeper and the Garage Sale Pet book signing with Carolyn Leiloglou, 1PM

Igo Library, Arlene Gonzales reading from Out of the Dark, 2PM

Las Palmas Library, National Poetry Month Open Mic, 2PM

San Pedro Creek Culture Park, Writers Take a Walk: Poets, writers, and journalists are invited to explore art and nature at the new San Pedro Creek Culture Park, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Cynthia Freeman Gibbs signing Reasonable Insanity, 11AM

The Twig Book Shop, Lucy Warner signing Zap! Bam! Now! Superheroes of Music, 2PM

San Marcos

Texas State, French author and translator Brice Matthieussent and his English language translator,  Emma Ramadan, discussing and reading from The Revenge of the Translator, 4PM

Sugar Land

First Colony Library, Houston Writers Guild Library Workshop, 1PM

Webster

B&N, Gulf Coasts Poets meeting featuring Ken Jones, 10:30AM

SUNDAY, APRIL 14:

Austin

BookPeople, RUSS WHITLOCK speaking & signing The Texas White House, 2PM

BookPeople, ROBERT A. CARO speaking & signing Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing, 5PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, Pierre Jarawan reading and signing The Storyteller, 4PM

Dallas

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live featuring Susan Choi presenting Trust Exercise and Nell Freudenberger presenting Lost and Wanted, 3PM

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

Denton

Dan's Silverleaf, Spiderweb Salon presents a Happy Hour Poetry Workshop, 2PM

Houston

JCC Houston, Brunch and Conversation with Ariel Burger, author of Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom, 10:30AM

Irving

Valley Ranch Library, NEA Big Read Irving 2019: Chai Tea and Tai Chi, 2PM

Mansfield

Half Price BooksLocal Author Sundays: Meet local indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Bartee Haile signing Texas Entertainers: Lone Stars in Profile, 12PM

 

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