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 05.05.2019


Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction, Dallas, May 14

Fresh Reads 2019, Dallas, May 16-25

5 Book Dive Presents: The 2019 Summer Reading Splash, Austin, May 18

Spring Book Fling, Fort Worth, May 18

10th Annual Children's Book Celebration, Houston, May 18

Local Author Fair, Spring, May 18

3rd Annual Spring Fling, Sulphur Springs, May 18

Austin 2019 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference, May 18-19


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



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


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


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



BookPeople, TREVOR ROMAIN speaking & signing Connecting with Kids in a Disconnected World, 7PM

St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, The Austin Center for Grief & Loss presents Paula D'Arcy reading from Winter of the Heart: Finding Your Way Through the Mystery of Grief, 7PM


First United Methodist Church Dallas, Dallas Arts & Letters Live presents Acclaimed scientist and historian Jared Diamond discussing his new book, Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, 7:30PM

El Paso

VA Clinic, Tumblewords Project Writing workshop for Veterans, their families, and civilians, 3PM


Brazos Bookstore, Ching-In Chen, Amanda Galvan Huynh, & Addie Tsai presenting OF COLOR: POETS’ WAYS OF MAKING, 6PM

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Marc Agronin discussing and signing The End of Old Age: Living a Longer, More Purposeful Life, 1PM

Murder By the Book, Mary Kay Andrews will sign and discuss Sunset Beach (in conversation with Katherine Center), 6:30PM



BookPeople, CHRIS PAVONE speaking & signing The Paris Diversion, 7PM

BookWoman, Jillian Coburn reading and signing My Ugly Truth: Life Beyond Abuse, 6:30PM

Chez Zee American Bistro, Chez Zee Author Series featuring Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Swartz, author of Ticker: The Quest for an Artificial Heart, 6PM

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

Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave Story Department presents "For the Record," 7:30PM

Malvern Books, Fernando A. Flores launches his debut novel, Tears of the Trufflepig, 7PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam hosted by and featuring Tova Charles, 7:15PM

Cedar Hill

Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group with David Eric Tomlinson, author of The Midnight Man, 7PM


Crescent Club, Farah Pandith discussing and signing How We Win, 6PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Gary John Bishop will discuss and sign Stop Doing That Sh*t, 7PM

El Paso

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

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, Felicity Castagna reading and signing NO MORE BOATS, 7PM

Fix Coffeebar, Poetry Fix Presents Loueva Smith and The Fabulous Billie Duncan, 6PM

Houston Maritime Museum, Bob Davis discussing and signing Gusher!, 6PM

Murder By the Book, Kristy Woodson Harvey will sign and discuss The Southern Side of Paradise, 6:30PM

San Antonio

Central Library, local artist Jesse Treviño and author Anthony Head discussing Spirit: The Life and Art of Jesse Treviño (moderated by Bob Rivard), 6:30PM

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

The Twig Book Shop, Poetry: Naomi Shihab Nye and Lucy Griffith, 5PM



BookPeople, LARA PRIOR-PALMER speaking & signing Rough Magic, 7PM

Malvern Books, Echo Literary Magazine launch, 7PM


Deep Vellum Books, Felicity Castagna presents NO MORE BOATS, 7PM

Interabang Books, Brigitte Gawenda Kimichik and JR Tomlinson discussing and signing PLAY NICE, 7PM

World Affairs Council Offices, Katherine Brown discussing and signing Your Country, Our War: The Press And Diplomacy in Afghanistan, 6PM


Amegy Bank Tower, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Pulitzer Prize-winner C.J. Chivers discussing and signing The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, 7PM

Avant Garden, Write About Now: Poetry Open Mic featuring Lupe Mendez, 7:30PM

B&N - River Oaks, Cooking with Miss Quad: Live, Love, Laugh, and Eat book signing with Quad Webb, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Michael Koryta will sign and discuss If She Wakes, and Chris Pavone will sign and discuss The Paris Diversion, 6:30PM

Revention Music Center, Tell Me More: a lively conversation with best-selling authors (and friends) Jen Hatmaker and Kelly Corrigan, 7PM



BookPeople, ERIC GORGES speaking & signing A Craftsman's Legacy (in conversation with Khiem Nguyen), 7PM

BookPeople, Writers' League of Texas presents "Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy," 7PM 

BookWoman, ATX Interfaces Reading + Open Mic hosted by Nia KB (with fields magazine), 7PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Kristy Woodson Harvey will discuss and sign The Southern Side of Paradise, 7PM

Interabang Books, Jordan Lee Dooley discussing and signing How to overcome pressure and OWN YOUR EVERYDAY, 7PM

Red Pegasus Games & Comics, Sarah DeLaine and Nicholas Aflleje signing Little Girls (plus live music), TBA

South Dallas Cultural Center, Wordspace Dallas presents African Diaspora-New Dialogues featuring poet Roger Reeves, 7:30PM

The Wild Detectives, Pecha Kucha: Second Thoughts, 7:30PM


B&N - Stonebriar, Nexus book signing with Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings, 7PM


Murder By the Book, Jeffery Deaver will sign and discuss The Never Game, 6:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Apple Gidley discussing and signing Transfer, 5PM

Tony's, Wine & Wanderlust with Gina & Scott Gaille, authors of Strange Tales of World Travel, 6PM 

North Richland Hills

North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book with Jennifer McMahon, author of The Winter People and Burntown, 1PM [ticketed reception 12PM]


Wild Magnolias, NeoSoul Poetry Slam: Blaq Mic Poetry featuring RJ Wright, 8PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Jaci Wheeler Live Author Takeover, 7PM



Front Street Books, Sarah Bird discussing and signing Recent Studies Indicate: The Best of Sarah Bird, 6PM


Austin Books & Comics, Sarah DeLaine and Nicholas Aflleje signing Little Girls (plus live music), TBA

Central Presbyterian Church, ANI DIFRANCO speaking and signing No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir (in conversation with Austin Chronicle's Rachel Rascoe), 7PM [sold out]

Malvern Books, Rubén Degollado launches his new novel, Throw (with ire’ne lara silva, Natalia Sylvester, and Gerard Robledo), 7PM

El Paso

Literarity Book Shop, Poetry Therapy, 6:30PM


Murder By the Book, Liv Constantine will sign and discuss The Last Time I Saw You, and Samantha Downing will sign and discuss My Lovely Wife, 6:30PM


South Irving Library, Author Visit: We Hunt the Flame launch party with Hafsah Faizal, 7PM

Marble Falls

Marble Falls Public Library, Maya Perez on The Golden Ages of Television, 11AM


B&N - Palms Crossing, Meet the Author: Iona Cordero, 9AM

San Antonio

Dead Tree Books, Nancy Oakley signing Cup of Tea, 3PM

The Twig Book Shop, Dr. Edward Burger, President of Southwestern University, discussing and signing Making Up Your Own Mind: Thinking Effectively through Creative Puzzle-Solving, 5:30PM



Carver Branch Library, Austin Poetry Society annual awards ceremony, 1:30PM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Form Follows Function: Narrative Design for Fiction" with Nan Cuba, 10AM


Crossroads Christian Church, Stage Writers Festival, 8PM


B&N - Lincoln Park, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life book signing with Randy Travis, 3PM

Deep Vellum Books, A Night of Translation with Sean CotterCurl, 7PM

El Paso

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

Fort Worth

B&N - Hulen, Meet Terry L. Thorsen, author of Phantom in the Sky: A Marine's Back Seat View of the Vietnam War, 2PM


Galveston Bookshop, Bartee Haile signing Texas Entertainers, 2PM


Brazos Bookstore, Sylvia Quan discussing and signing NOURISHING WISDOM FOR LIFE, 6PM

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

Isles Eatery and Rhum Bar, I.A.G and Sean Johnson Arts present 2nd Annual Painting Poetry, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Darrell Lee will sign and discuss The Apotheosis, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Marion Montgomery discussing and signing When Life Happens: Dare Stretch Prosper Becoming Your Best You...Despite Life's Difficulties, 3PM

Writespace, Workshop: "How to Research Your Novel" with Marian Szczepanski, 7PM


West Irving Library, Marjorie Herrera Lewis signing When the Men Were Gone, 2PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, F. Anthony Falcon signing Be Brave, Be Brave, Be Brave: A True Story of Fatherhood and Native American Heritage, 11AM

Sugar Land

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


Wimberley Village Library, Writers' League of Texas presents a Texas Writes workshop with Jennifer DuBois and Sasha West, 10AM



B&N - Arboretum, Meet children's author Kate Gilman Williams, 2PM

BookPeople, DAVID TAYLOR speaking and signing Night Watch, and JOAN MORAN speaking & signing An Accidental Cuban, 2PM

BookPeople, TONY HORWITZ speaking & signing Spying on the South, 6PM

Malvern Books, the launch of Hill Country Birds and Waters: Art and Poems, featuring poetry by Jim Blackburn and artwork by Isabelle Scurry Chapman, 1PM


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


Writespace, Workshop: "Crafting Surprise Scenes" with BC Oliva, 3PM


The Drawing Board, Dallas Writing Workshops seminar: "Secrets to Conquering the Writer’s Conference" with Whitney Davis, 3PM


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.