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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 05.05.2019

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Amarillo Arts Fest, May 10-12

Comicpalooza, Houston, May 10-12

Listen to Your Mother, San Antonio, May 11

O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships, Austin, May 11

4th Annual Frisco Book Fest, May 11

 

EXHIBITS:

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, MAY 5:

Austin

B&N - Arboretum, Alex Sheen signing Because I Said I Would, 1PM

BookPeople, KATE WILLIAMS & MICHELLE CAMPBELL speaking & signing Let's Go on Safari!, 2PM

BookPeople, SEHBA SARWAR speaking & signing Black Wings (in conversation with Liliana Valenzuela), 5PM

BookWoman, a night of translated poetry with acclaimed poet and recent Guggenheim Fellow Cyrus Cassells, 4PM

Malvern Books, The Lion & the Pirate Unplugged Open Mic, 1PM

Dallas

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

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

Edinburg

Museum of South Texas History, Sunday Speaker Series: Emma Gonzalez discussing Field Mice-Memoirs of a Migrant Child, 2PM

Houston

Writespace, Workshop: "How to Outline Your Novels" with D.L. Young, 3PM

Irving

West Irving Library, NEA Big Read Irving 2019: Memoir Writing Workshop with author, editor, and public speaker Lisa Dale Norton, 1PM

Mansfield

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

Richardson

The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: Submitting to Journals & Magazines with Mag Gabbert, 3PM

The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: The Alchemy of Character with Jaye Wells, 3PM

San Antonio

Dead Tree Books, Ernest D Hernandez signing The Legend of Azul, 4PM

The Twig Book Shop, Norma Elia Cantu signing Cabanuelas, 12PM

 

MONDAY, MAY 6:

Austin

BookPeople, NOEMIE LEVY, ELLE CELESTE, TAYLOR LUSTIG, MOLLY DILLON, and JAIMIE WOO speaking & signing YES SHE CAN: 10 Stories of Hope and Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House, 7PM

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

Dallas

Architecture and Design Exchange, a book signing and evening honoring the publication of The Open-Ended City, a collection of articles written by the late architecture critic David Dillon and edited by UTA architecture historian Kathryn E. Holliday, 6PM

Bugatti Ristorante, Friends of the SMU Libraries Annual Dinner and Meeting featuring Rena Pederson and The King of Diamonds, 6PM [ticketed event]

Fort Worth

Thomas Place Community Center, Poet J. Todd Hawkins at Poets of Tarrant County May meeting, 10AM

Houston

Blue Willow Bookshop, Newbery-winning author Kelly Barnhill will discuss and sign THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, Sehba Sarwar reading and signing BLACK WINGS, 7PM

Tracy Gee Community Center, Houston SCBWI meeting: "Increase Your Text Appeal" with Aileen Kirkham, 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Francis Hicks discussing and signing The Long Ride: Learning About Life From An Outlaw Biker, 5PM

 

TUESDAY, MAY 7:

Amarillo

Amarillo Public Library, Jodi Thomas launches The Little Teashop on Main, 4:30PM

Austin

Attabar ATX, 1 Year of Hearsay Poetry! Open Mic, 8PM 

BookPeople, ERIC SILVERSTEIN speaking & signing The Peached Tortilla, 7PM [ticketed event]

Central Library, a visit with cookbook author, culinary anthropologist, and self-identified ethnogastronomer Diana Kennedy as she shares stories from her fifty years of traveling and cooking in Mexico, 12PM

Hotel Ella, Hotel Ella Salon Series: a Recent Studies Indicate Happy Hour for the Harried & Hopeful with Sarah Bird, 6PM

Malvern Books, Pterodáctilo presents: Poetry & Ptamales Party, 6PM

The North Door, Owen Egerton hosts One Page Salon with Ethan Azarian, Grant Cross, David Jewell, Jedah Mayberry, and Brad Powell, 7:30PM

The Peached Tortilla, Eric Silverstein is offering a taste of dishes directly from his highly anticipated cookbook, The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas, with a limited-time coursed Cookbook Menu, 5PM

Prohibition Creamery, Book Tips and Sips with Maya Perez and Amy Gentry, along with Texas Book Festival Literary Director Julie Wernersbach, 5:30PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Houston VIP Slam, 7:15PM

Dallas

Interabang Books, Louis Bayard reading and signing COURTING MR. LINCOLN, 7PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM

Frisco

B&N - Stonebriar, Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection book signing with Victoria Aveyard, 6:30PM [ticketed event]

Georgetown

Lark & Owl Booksellers, Conversation with Natalia Sylvester, author of Everyone Knows You Go Home, 7PM

Houston

Brazos Bookstore, Molly Dillon, Noemie Levy, Elle Celeste, Taylor Lustig, and Jaimie Woo discussing and signing YES SHE CAN, 7PM

Italian Cultural and Community Center, New York Times best-selling author Dianne Hales presents her new book La Passione - How Italy Seduced the World, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Houston Noir launch with Tom Abrahams, Stephanie Jaye Evans, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Reyes Ramirez, Icess Fernandez Rojas, Sehba Sarwar, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, and Gwendolyn Zepeda, 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam 20 Year Anniversary, 9:30PM

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8:

Austin

BookPeople, ROBERT KNOTT speaking & signing Robert B. Parker's Buckskin, 7PM

Malvern Books, ACC Creative Writing's Rio Review literary release party, 7PM

The Peached Tortilla, Eric Silverstein is offering a taste of dishes directly from his highly anticipated cookbook, The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas, with a limited-time coursed Cookbook Menu, 5PM

Dallas

Latino Cultural Center, WordSpace presents the TransNational Impressions reading series featuring Rosemary Catacalos, 2013 Texas State Poet Laureate, 7:30PM

The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight Poetry featuring MH Clay and Opalina Salas, 7:30PM

Houston

Avant Garden, Write About Now: Poetry Slam featuring Reema Yeager, 7:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Thank-o-Rama bus tour featuring Mo Willems' beloved characters, Elephant and Piggie, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, Alan Bruton discussing and signing COLOR PROBLEMS, 7PM

Houston Public Library, FACT TO FICTION: HOUSTON NOIR panel featuring the editor of HOUSTON NOIR, Gwendolyn Zepeda, with contributors Tom Abrahams, Sehba Sarwar, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, and Stephanie Jaye Evans, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Laird Barron will sign and discuss Black Mountain, 6:30PM

San Antonio

Trinity U, Coleen Grissom and Margaret Atwood’s “Discussion of Life and Literature," 11AM [ticketed event benefits scholarship fund]

 

THURSDAY, MAY 9:

Austin

B&N - Arboretum, Paula King-Harper signing Prosperous Living Devotional, 7PM

BookPeople, LAIRD BARRON speaking & signing Black Mountain, 7PM

BookPeople, WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS presents "On the Business of Writing" with literary agent Kirby Kim, 7PM

BookWoman, Second Thursday Open Mic featuring poet, editor, educator, and life coach K. F. Anthony, 7:15PM

Central Library, Rachel Kushner will discuss The Mars Room with author Deb Olin Unferth, 7PM

Elisabet Ney Museum, Heidi Pitre: "A Permanent Record" opening day (ink drawings on vintage library cards shows how they uniquely merge art and literature, nostalgia and history, and recycling and reusing), 12PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night: Joe Giordano book launch with Kathryn Lane and Phil Hewitt, 7PM

The Peached Tortilla, Eric Silverstein is offering a taste of dishes directly from his highly anticipated cookbook, The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas, with a limited-time coursed Cookbook Menu, 5PM

Riverbend Centre, "Tell Me More" will feature a lively conversation with best-selling authors (and friends) Jen Hatmaker and Kelly Corrigan, 6PM

Dallas

B&N - Lincoln Park, Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity book signing with Cassy Joy Garcia, 7PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins will be joined in conversation by Rachel Caine, the bestselling author of The Morganville Vampires series and the Great Library series; Hawkins will also sign her novel Her Royal Highness, 7PM

Interabang Books, Tricia Barker discussing and signing Angels in the OR, 7PM

Houston

Blue Willow Bookshop, Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser will discuss and sign her new picture book LAMBSLIDE, 5PM

Murder By the Book, Hilary Davidson will sign and discuss One Small Sacrifice, 6:30PM

Irving

South Irving Library, Author Visit: Aurora Rising Tour with Jay Kristoff, Astrid Scholte, and Laure Eve, 7PM

San Antonio

Cody Library, Meet the Author: Jim Denning, 6PM

The Twig Book Shop, Sehba Sarwar reading and signing Black Wings, 5PM

Tahoka

Tahoka City County Library, brunch with Jodi Thomas, author of The Little Teashop on Main, 10AM

 

FRIDAY, MAY 10:

Austin

BookPeople, Kids Book Club with LYNDA MULLALY HUNT, author of Shouting at the Rain, 6PM

BookPeople, DR. JOHN GILLIS, JR and DR. LYNETTE GILLIS speaking & signing Powerhouse, 7PM

Malvern Books, Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice with poets ire’ne lara silva and Marilyse Figueroa, 7PM

The Peached Tortilla, Eric Silverstein is offering a taste of dishes directly from his highly anticipated cookbook, The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas, with a limited-time coursed Cookbook Menu, 5PM

Dallas

Deep Vellum Books, poet Roja Chamankar reading from and signing Dying in a Mother Tongue, 7PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, popular book-loving YouTube personality Christine Riccio discusses her debut novel, Again, but Better, with fellow popular booktuber Jesse the Reader, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Masterpiece hosts Girls Night Out, 8PM

Margo Jones Theatre, Naked Girls Reading: Legalize It, 8PM

Mighty Fine Arts, Wordspace presents Poets on X+ showcase and open mic featuring Joey Cloudy, 8PM

Houston 

Murder By the Book, Robert Knott will sign and discuss Robert B. Parker's Buckskin, 6:30PM

San Antonio

Dead Tree Books, An Evening with Houston food writer David Leftwich, 6PM

The Twig Book Shop, Wendy Barker & Octavio Quintanilla Poetry Reading, 5:30PM

 

SATURDAY, MAY 11:

Austin

B&N - Arboretum, Eric Silverstein signing The Peached Tortilla, 2PM

BookPeople, CARMEN OLIVER speaking and signing A Voice for the Spirit Bears, and DEBBIE GONZALES speaking and signing Girls with Guts, 2PM

BookPeople, E. LEE WALKER speaking & signing Imagination House, 6PM

Malvern Books, Austin Audio Fiction: Introduction to Local Fiction Podcasts, 7PM

The Peached Tortilla, Eric Silverstein is offering a taste of dishes directly from his highly anticipated cookbook, The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas, with a limited-time coursed Cookbook Menu, 5PM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Creating Buzz for Your Book" with Isobella Jade, 10AM

Boerne

Patrick Heath Public Library, Second Saturday Author Signing with Shawn Settle, 11AM

Dallas

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Mo Willems’ characters Elephant, Piggie, Knuffle Bunny and Pigeon bring the Thank-o-Rama! Bus Tour, 11AM

Interabang Books, Bill Wright discussing and signing THE WHOLE DAMN CHEESE, 1PM

Pan African Connection, The Purge: Mental Awareness Open-Mic, 6:30PM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Writing Short" with Carol Cross, 12:45PM

Fort Worth

Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Monkey and Dog Books hosts a story walk: celebrate National Public Gardens Week with award-winning children's book writer Dianna Hutts Aston, author of A Butterfly Is Quiet, 10AM

Frisco

B&N - Stonebriar, Story time: Lambslide with Robin Preiss Glasser, 11AM

Highland Village

B&N, Meet Author Patricia Bell, 2PM

Houston

Blue Willow Bookshop, Cassy Joy Garcia will discuss and sign COOK ONCE, EAT ALL WEEK, 1PM

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

McGovern-Stella Link Library, Stella Link Reopening Celebration, 1PM

Murder By the Book, Book signing with Melissa Algood, 1PM

Murder By the Book, Darynda Jones will sign Summoned to Thirteenth Grave, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Sam Brown signing Unique Eats and Eateries of Houston, 3PM

Writespace, Monthly Workshop Open Mic, 7PM

Richardson

Chocolate Angel, Fresh Fiction Afternoon Tea with Magan Vernon, 4PM

San Antonio

Pearl Studio, Gemini Ink presents "From Seed to Page: Developing New Ideas for Writing About Food" with David Leftwich, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Danielle Ledezma signing Izzy in El Mareo, 11AM

South Padre Island

Paragraphs on Padre, book signing and discussion with G.G. Hesterberg, author of Stories by the Seashore, 10AM

Webster

B&N, Gulf Coast Poets meeting featuring Ce Jac, 10:30AM

 

SUNDAY, MAY 12:

Austin

The Peached Tortilla, Eric Silverstein is offering a taste of dishes directly from his highly anticipated cookbook, The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas, with a limited-time coursed Cookbook Menu, 5PM

Dallas

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

Houston

Congregation Emanu El, The Progressive Forum presents An Evening with Pulitzer Prize-winner Jared Diamond, who will discuss his book, Upheaval:Turning Points for Nations in Crisis3PM

 

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.