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 04.14.2019

Special Events:

National Book Awards Festival, Huntsville, April 15

Bishop Dunne Literary Festival, Dallas, April 15-17

2nd Annual East Texas Spokenword Invitational, April 20, Tyler

Oak Cliff Edition of Lit Hop 2019, Dallas, April 20


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, 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 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


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


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


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


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



BookPeople, RHETT MILLER & DAN SANTAT speaking & signing No More Poems!, 6:30PM

Central Library, Cookbook author and blogger Christina Lane launches a new book, Dinner Just for Two, 7PM

LBJ Presidential Library, An Evening With Robert A. Caro discussing his new book, Working, with moderator Stephen Harrigan, 6PM

UT, Joynes Reading Room Speaker Series featuring poet Jericho Brown, 7PM

Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Club, World Affairs Council DFW presents Douglas Brinkley discussing and signing American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space, 6PM


Brazos Bookstore, Nathaniel Rich discussing and signing LOSING EARTH, 7PM

Goethe Pop Up Houston, Author Reading: Pierre Jarawan and The Storyteller, 6:30PM

Rice U, Cagle Lecture Series presents “Protective Mimicry: Reflection on the Novel Today” with Nicholas Royle , 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Nashville recording artist & bestselling author Robert Hunter will be performing an all acoustic set of his original music and signing his novel, Relapse: A Love Story, 5PM


Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Character Development" with Amanda Arista, 7PM



BookPeople, KATE DICAMILLO & CHRIS VAN DUSEN speaking & signing A Piglet Named Mercy, 6:30PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, Free Minds presents an evening with the Spring 2019 Writing Workshop, 6:30PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Kevin Burke, 7:15PM

St. Edward's U, Visiting Writers Series presents Jericho Brown, 6PM

Texas Monthly, BookPeople presents NATHANIEL RICH speaking & signing Losing Earth: A Recent History (in conversation with Eric Benson), 7PM


B&N - Lincoln Park, Probably Someday Cancer: Genetic Risk and Preventative Mastectomy book signing with Kim Horner, 7PM

Deep Vellum Books, Vellum Ouroboros - A Poetry Open Mic Salon, 6:45PM

Half Price Books Mothership, USA Today bestselling author Chanel Cleeton will discuss and sign her latest novel, When We Left Cuba, 7PM

Hall of State at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society presents An Evening with Leonard Volk, author of Everyday, followed by a book signing, 6:30PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council DFW presents Douglas Brinkley discussing and signing American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space, 12PM

Interabang Books, Michael Pullara discussing and signing THE SPY WHO WAS LEFT BEHIND, 7PM


UTRGV, Fairy Tales for Truth and Justice: SanTana's Fairy Tales featuring artist and author Sarah Rafael García, 12:15PM

El Paso

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

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, That's My Mama: storytelling and poetry, 6:30PM

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Ashley Poston will discuss and sign THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL, her new novel for young adults, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, poet Jessica Greenbaum reading and signing SPILLED AND GONE, 7PM

JCC, Author Talk: Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz present Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails, 7:30PM

Murder By the Book, Alafair Burke will sign and discuss The Better Sister, 6:30PM

Project Row Houses, Brazos Bookstore presents Ryan Dennis, Autumn Knight, & Amy Powell discussing and signing AUTUMN KNIGHT: IN REHEARSAL, 7PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Terese Svoboda reading and signing The Great American Desert, 5PM

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

San Antonio

Coates University Center, Democracy in Chains book talk with author Dr. Nancy MacLean, 7PM

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

The Twig Book Shop, Clay Coppedge discussing and signing Texas Singularities, 5PM



BookPeople, ASHLEY POSTON speaking & signing The Princess and the Fangirl (in conversation with Shannon Brewer), 7PM

Central Presbyterian Church, BookPeople presents BRET EASTON ELLIS speaking and signing White (in conversation with Clay Smith of Kirkus Reviews), 7PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, poet and novelist Terese Svoboda presents her story collection Great American Desert, 7PM

Red Salmon Arts, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide discussion and book signing with Isabel Quintero, 7PM


Lone Star College, Writer in Performance Series featuring poet Octavio Quintanilla, 7PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Rick Bragg presents The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Mom­ma’s Table, and Helen Ellis presents Southern Lady Code, 7:30PM

Interabang Books, Matt and Ted Lee discussing and signing HOTBOX, 7PM

UTD, Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology Lecture Series: Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble will lecture from Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, 7:30PM


Golden Boy Coffee Co., Spiderweb Salon presents Choose Your Own (Poetry) Adventure with Follow the Reader, 7PM


Books-A-Million, Jeremy and Audrey Roloff signing A Love Letter Life, 7PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now: Poetry Open Mic + Kevin W. Burke's Book Release Show, 7:30PM

B&N - River Oaks, Josh Altman discussing and signing The Altman Close: Million-Dollar Negotiating Tactics from America’s Top-Selling Real Estate Agent, 7PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Andrea Beaty will discuss and sign ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS, her new book for young readers, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, e.E. Charlton Trujillo reading and signing FAT ANGIE: REBEL GIRL REVOLUTION, 7PM

San Antonio

Trinity U, a public lecture by Nancy McLean, Ph.D., whose most recent book, Democracy in Chains, was a finalist for the National Book Award, 7PM



Brazoria County Historical Museum, Anthony Head discussing and signing Spirit: The Life and Art of Jesse Treviño, 6:30PM


Blanton Museum of Art, Writers' League of Texas presents "Words/Matter: Visual Art and the Written Language" with mónica teresa ortiz, José Skinner, and Annar Veröld, 7PM

BookPeople, NISHTA MEHRA speaking & signing Brown White Black, 7PM

BookWoman, Reading & Music: Tish Hinojosa & Monica Muñoz Martinez, 7PM

Hearth & Soul ATX, A HAPPY Hour with Sarah Bird and her new book, Recent Studies Indicate, 5PM


Interabang Books, Scott Warren discussing and signing GENERATION CITIZEN, 7PM

Majestic Theatre, Chelsea Handler discussing Life Will Be the Death of Me, 8PM


Dan's Silverleaf, Spiderweb Salon presents RADIO POETS LIVE!, 6PM


Archway Gallery, Archway Readers Special Edition featuring cinepoems, 6PM

Asia Society Texas Center, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Manal al-Sharif, author of Daring to Drive: a Saudi Woman's Awakening, 6:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Kate DiCamillo will discuss and sign her newest book, A PIGLET NAMED MERCY, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, The Lee Brothers discussing and signing HOTBOX, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Helen Ellis will sign Southern Lady Code: Essays, 6:30PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Story time: Jacky Lamenzo reading Addy Wants to Fit In, 10:30AM


Wild Magnolias, NeoSoul presents Blaq Mic Poetry featuring Erica Nicole, 8PM

San Marcos

Texas State, Wittliff Collections reading series featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen, 3:30PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Jana Aston Live Author Takeover!, 7PM


Sanchez Public Library, The Storybook Garden presents: Meet Adam Gidwitz and David Bowles, authors of Chupacabras of the Rio Grande, 6PM



BookPeople, AARON FRANKLIN speaking & signing Franklin Steak, 7PM [ticketed event]

BookWoman, Austin Interfaces Reading & Open Mic with fields magazine, 7PM

Moody Theater, Chelsea Handler discussing Life Will Be the Death of Me, 8PM


Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Double Feature with Jus' Marvin & DK Vintage, 8PM

El Paso

Literarity Book Shop, Poetry Therapy - Drink Specials and Giveaways!, 6:30PM


Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, KAP reading series featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen, 7:30PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Story time: Catherine Stier presents IF I WERE A PARK RANGER, 10:30AM



B&N - Arboretum, Meet Joan Moran, author of An Accidental Cuban, 2PM

BookPeople, CLAY COPPEDGE speaking & signing Texas Singularities, 2PM

BookWoman, Queer(ing) Religion / Religion for Queers: Poetry with poets John Fry, jo reyes-boitel, and D. Gilson, 6PM

Carver Branch Library, Austin Poetry Society meeting featuring Diana Conces, 1PM


Interabang Books, Stassi Schroeder meet & greet (photo op!), 6:30PM

The Wild Detectives, Wild Beats: The Wild Detectives 5th anniversary party, 2PM


B&N, Local Author Signing with Gerald Middleton: From Hood to Good, 2PM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Returning Home and Elsewhere" with Mónica Gómez, 12:45PM

Star City Studio, Noche de Bohemia, Vol. 2: A Night of Poetry and Music, 8PM


Alice McKean Young Neighborhood Library, VIP Arts Houston presents The Colony Summit Quarterly Meeting for Writers of Color with Houston's Poet Laureate Deborah DEEP Mouton and notable author Lupe Mendez, 10:30AM

Brazos Bookstore, Ronna Welsh discussing and signing THE NIMBLE COOK, 7PM

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

Hobby Airport, Inprint Poetry Buskers @ Hobbyfest, 11:30AM

Murder By the Book, Gwendolyn Womack will sign and discuss The Time Collector, 3PM

Murder By the Book, Kevin Hearne and Delilah Dawson will sign and discuss No Country for Old Gnomes, and Rachel Caine will sign and discuss Wolfhunter River, 6:30PM

Revention Music Center, Chelsea Handler discussing Life Will Be the Death of Me, 8PM

U Houston Downtown, poet Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton book launch for Newsworthy, 6:30PM

San Antonio

Peacock Alley, celebrate the first and largest public art project to ever be installed on a historic building in downtown San Antonio, featuring photos from Humans of San Antonio by Michael Cirlos, 5PM

The Twig Book Shop, Makenna Lee signing Love Fiesta Style, 11AM



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


Discovery Green, WITS hosts Poetry & Pose at Discovery Green, 11AM


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