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 04.21.2019

Special Events:

12th Annual Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, McAllen, April 25-28

2nd Annual Lucky for Literacy Bubbles and Bingo Bash, Houston, April 26

Texas Institute of Letters Annual Meeting, McAllen, April 26-27

Second Well-Done Book Fair, Marfa, April 26-28

Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center presents Once Upon a Rhyme WonderWeek, Sugar Land, April 26-May 2

Austin Public Library presents Kids Block Party, April 27

Fred A. Tarpley Memorial Writers Conference, Commerce, April 27

Dallas Lit Hop 2019: Exposition Park Crawl, April 27

ATX Bookstore Crawl, April 27

Independent Bookstore Day, national, April 27

Spring LesFic Mini Festival, Austin, April 28


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

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

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



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



UTA, Preston Fassel reading from his new horror novel, Our Lady of the Inferno, followed by a Q&A and book signing, 12PM

B&N - Lincoln Park, Boxing = Life book signing with Adrian Clark, 7PM

The Sixth Floor Museum, 70 Years of Texas Television: An Evening with Bobbie Wygant, author of Talking to The Stars, 6PM


B&N - Firewheel, Sky in the Deep book signing with Adrienne Young, 6PM


Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston (MATCH), Kinder Institute for Urban Research presents Urban Reads: Mick Cornett, author of The Next American City: The Promise of Our Midsize Metros, 7PM

Rice U - Stude Concert Hall, Inprint's Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage, and Richard Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory, 7:30PM

UH Downtown, Official release of the 2019 Uproar magazine, 12PM


UTD, "My Country and My People: China Since Tiananmen" with Rowena Xiaoqing He, author of Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China, 7PM



BookPeople, author Ronna Welch & illustrator DIANA VASSAR speaking & signing The Nimble Cook, 7PM

Malvern Books, a reading from members of St. Edward’s University’s Literature, Writing and Rhetoric department featuring Alan Altimont, Timothy Braun, Amy Clements, Mary Helen Specht, Sasha West, Michael Yang, and Beth Eakman, 7PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring freshFEMMEs, 7:15PM


Checkered Past Winery, Dallas Poetry Slam presents DFW Unplugged 25th Anniversary Celebration Part 1, 8PM

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, El Día de la Lengua: Literature and Music of Latin America, 6PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Tayari Jones and An American Marriage, 7:30PM

Half Price Books Mothership, food blogger and recipe artist Christina Lane will discuss and sign her latest cookbook, Dinner Just for Two, 7PM

Heritage Auctions, Illustration Art Signature Auction, 5PM

Interabang Books, Siri Hustvedt reading and signing MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE, 7PM

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

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM

Tarrant County College - Trinity River, a reading and signing of poet Michelle Hartman's latest books, Wanton DisarrayFirst Night, and Doors, 7PM


Lark & Owl Booksellers, Local Stories - Books, Inspirations & The Writing Process featuring Bob Holt, Cynthia Bowen, Myra McIlvain, and Mary Bryan Stafford, 7PM


The Black Labrador, Houston Writers House meeting: "Submitting Short Work" with Holly Walrath, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Iona Whishaw will sign and discuss A Deceptive Devotion, 6:30PM

U Houston, School of Art presents a talk by Rainey Knudson, founder and publisher of Glasstire, 6:30PM

San Antonio

B&N - San Pedro, Wild Rescuers: Escape to the Mesa book signing with StacyPlays, 7PM

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

Sugar Land

Sugar Land Branch Library, Award-winning historical novelist Ann Weisgarber reading and signing her newest book, The Glovemaker, 7PM


Lone Star College, celebrate the release of the 2018-2019 inkling magazine, 2PM



B&N - Arboretum, Deborah Burns signing Saturday's Child: A Daughter's Memoir, 7PM

BookPeople, BECKY CROUCH PATTERSON speaking & signing Luckenbach Texas: The Center of the Universe, 7PM

Malvern Books, acclaimed Afro-Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão and translator Alexis Levitin present their third collaboration, Palávora, 7PM

The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions presents Kiss & Tell, 8PM

Terrazas Branch Library, Aural Literature April Reading, 7:30PM


Interabang Books, Ari Seth Cohen discusses and signs Advanced Style, 7PM

Temple Emanu-El, World Affairs Council of DFW hosts David Brooks, who will discuss and sign The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, 7:30PM


UNT Student Union, North Texas Review release party, 6PM

Fort Worth

B&N - Hulen, Brooks Harrington signing No Mercy, No Justice, 6:30PM

Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Gallery, Artist Books: A Conversation with Rare Book Librarian Julie Christenson, 5:30PM


Asia Society Texas Center, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts a breakfast with Dr. Michael Mandelbaum, author of The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth, 8AM

Avant Garden, Write About Now: LatinX Mic featuring Gigi Bella, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Kathi Appelt reading and signing ANGEL THIEVES, 7PM

Hyatt Regency Downtown, The Houston Library Foundation proudly presents the Beyond the Page Luncheon with Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, 12PM

Rubinstein Jewish Community Center, Author Talk with Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, 7:30PM

Murder By the Book, Jeffrey Siger will sign and discuss The Mykonos Mob, 6:30PM

U Houston, Poetry & Prose presents a reading by Glass Mountain contributors, 5:30PM


UTD, Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology Lecture Series: The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence with Ed Finn, author of What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing, 7:30PM



Austin History Center, Andrew M. Busch, PhD, discussing his new book, City in a Garden: Environmental Transformations and Racial Justice in Twentieth Century Austin, Texas, 6:30PM

Malvern Books, The Michener Center for Writers presents an evening with acclaimed poet Cathy Park Hong, 7PM

The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions presents Kiss & Tell, 8PM


Interabang Books, Writers’ League of Texas presents Jennifer DuBois ON THE CRAFT OF WRITING: THE SPECTATORS, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, Story Collider: Dallas launch, 7PM

El Paso

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

Fort Worth
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Gallery, Spring 2019 Issue Release Party of eleven40seven, 5:30PM


Brasil Houston, Houston VIP Slam: Science & Sonnets, 6:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Nell Freudenberger reading and signing LOST AND WANTED, 7PM

Poison Girl, Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Ryan Black, Esther Lin, and Giuseppe Taurino, 8:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Ray Viator signing Houston, Space City USA, 5PM

Spring Branch Memorial Library, Celebrate El día de los niños / El día de los libros with author Kathleen Contreras as she reads from her award-winning bilingual picture book, Harvesting Friends / Cosechando amigos, 11AM


South Irving Library, El dia de los ninos / El dia de los libros, 4PM

La Porte

La Porte Public Library, Celebrate El día de los niños / El día de los libros with author Kathleen Contreras as she reads from her award-winning bilingual picture book, Harvesting Friends / Cosechando amigos, 2PM


UTD, A Reading and Conversation with Brazilian Poet Salgado Maranho and his translator Alexis Levitin, 7PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Cathlin Shahriary Live Author Takeover!, 7PM



UTA - Central Library, Friends of the UTA Libraries presents Dave Lieber, author of AMON! The Ultimate Texan, 7:30PM


BookPeople, CATHY CHAPATY speaking & signing Searching for Grasshopper, 7PM

Cherrywood Coffeehouse, Metaphorically Challenged Poetry Remix Open Mic, 7:15PM

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

The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions presents Kiss & Tell, 8PM

Renaissance Hotel, BookSpring presents Storybook Heroes Luncheon, 12PM

UT - Perry-Castañeda Library, an Evening of Indigenous Storytelling: Abiyala & Turtle Island, 5PM


Deep Vellum Books, Pegasus Reading Series featuring Lauren Belmore, Machele Johnson, Kat Moore, and Morgan Smith, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: 25th Anniversary Showcase, 8PM

Interabang Books, Anna Quindlen discussing and signing NANAVILLE: ADVENTURES IN GRANDPARENTING, 7:30PM


Brazos Bookstore, Launch Event: Music & Literature No. 9 featuring Swiss author Peter Bichsel and Canadian poet Sylvia Legris, 6PM


Dupree Theater, NEA Big Read Keynote PresentationAn evening with New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast, 5:30PM

San Antonio

JW Marriott Hill Country Resort, Seamus Mullen, award-winning New York chef, cookbook author, and health and wellness expert, will share his own personal healing journey during Viva Fresh Expo’s Keynote Luncheon, 11:30AM

Our Lady of the Lake, Fajardo-Anstine gives a reading from her forthcoming book, Sabrina & Corina, followed by a discussion, Q&A, and book signing, 6:30PM

UTSA, The Creative Writing Reading Series presents poet Evie Shockley, 6PM


B&N, Shelly Brown signing Mustaches for Maddie and Squint, 6PM



BookPeople, story time with local author Lori Samocha and illustrator Lauri Johnston, sharing their book, W Is for Weird: An Austin Alphabet, 10:30AM

Malvern Books, the launch of E.C. Belli’s Objects of Hunger, winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, featuring readings from E.C. Belli, Jay Deshpande, Marina Blitshteyn, and Diana Khoi Nguyen, 7PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, The Art of Writing Workshops: poetry & prose with D. Ellis Phelps, 1PM


Interabang Books, Local authors Dan Peeler and Charlie Rose reading and signing their Dragon books + marionettes and crafts, 11AM


UNT, American Literary Review Graduate Student Reading Series, 6PM


Museum of South Texas History, Preservation Week: Pass the Pages will provide your old books with new life, 10AM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Bebop Impressionism: Breathing Between the Lines" with Richie David Marrufo, 12:45PM

Gufo di Milano, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series presents a Songwriter and Poetry Showcase Open Mic, 7PM

San Jacinto Plaza, El Paso Public Library hosts Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros, 10AM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Tales From the Hood Spoken Word Event, 7PM


Galveston Bookshop, Clay Coppedge signing Texas Singularities, 1PM


B&N - River Oaks, James Glassman signing the Houstorian Calendar: Today in Houston History, 12PM

B&N - River Oaks, Jackie Anders Phoenix signing Field of Mars, 2PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Ray Viator will discuss and sign his book HOUSTON: SPACE CITY USA, 1PM

Brazos Bookstore, Barbara Epler, president and publisher of New Directions Publishing, and translator Philip Boehm discussing New Directions, translation, and Boehm's two newest books for NDP, MALINA and THE FOX AND DR SHIMAMURA, 7PM

Carnegie Branch Library, International Poetry Celebration, 12PM

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, Pamela Fagan Hutchins will sign and discuss Sick Puppy, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, S.C. Perkins signing Murder Once Removed, 3PM

Stanaker Branch Library, celebrating El Dia de los Niños, 1:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Ten Easy Steps to Writing Timely and Provocative Stories" with Marian Szczepanski, 9:30AM


East Irving Library, Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros, 2:30PM


B&N, Cowboy book signing with Bob Holt, 2PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, One year Anniversary and Independent Bookstore Day, 10AM


Pflugerville Public Library, Annual poetry reading from entrants in the poetry month contest and members of the Pflugerville Poetry Society, 2PM

Port Neches

Fleur Fine Books, Meet & Greet with author Thomas Schulte, 3PM

San Antonio

Gemini Ink, Workshop: "Writing Place: Homelands in Literature" with Kali Fajardo-Anstine, 10AM

Love Shack Boutique, BookishAF: Pop-Up Book Fair, 3PM

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



BookWoman, Brooke Axtell reading and signing Beautiful Justice, 4PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, Dr. Michael F. Weisberg, M.D. signs In the End and The Hospitalist, 2PM

Deep Vellum Books, Michelle Tea presents Astro Baby, 6PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, fantasy thriller author Emma Christopher will sell and sign Project Starfall, and self-help author Amy Susanna Copeland will sell and sign Love & The Art of Saying No: A Journey Out of Co-Dependence, People-Pleasing, & Over-Commitment, 1PM


River Oaks Bookstore, Oh Austen the Hippo children’s reading hour & author signing with April Spotsville, 2PM


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas: "How to Find Your Plot: A Storytelling Seminar" with J.R. Forasteros, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, poet John Poch signing Texases, 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