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 05.19.2019


Fresh Reads 2019, Dallas, May 16-25

Boldface Conference, Houston, May 20-24


Our People: The Life and Works of Author Angela Shelf Medearis, Austin, February 2-June 22

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



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

BookPeople, DAVID TAYLOR speaking & 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



BookPeople, KAREN RUSSELL speaking & signing Orange World, 7PM

The Line Austin, American Short Fiction presents Lit City with Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers, and Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door, 7PM

Monday at the Park, Ed Crowell discussing and signing Barton Creek, 6:30PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere, moderated by Lois Kim, executive director of the Texas Book Festival, 7:30PM

Deep Vellum Books, Erin Jones presents Tinfoil Crowns, 7PM

El Paso

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


Brazos Bookstore, Rodrigo Hasbun reading and signing LAS PALABRAS, 7PM

Houston Public Library, Houston Poet Laureate reception honoring new Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz, 6PM

Murder By the Book, Sujata Massey will sign and discuss The Satapur Moonstone, 6:30PM


Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: Manuscript Development with Darren Sapp, 7PM

San Antonio

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


Evelyn Meador Branch Library, An afternoon with Chitra Divakaruni, author of Before We Visit the Goddess, 11AM



BookPeople, OSCAR CÁSARES speaking & signing Where We Come From, 7PM

BookWoman, Susan Kraus speaking and signing Insufficient Evidence, 7PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring the 2019 Poetry Slam Team, 7:15PM


Deep Vellum Books, Hanif Abdurraqib discussing and signing Go Ahead in the Rain, 7PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate launches the paperback release of Before We Were Yours, 7PM

Hotel Crescent Court, Program and Book Signing: "Brexit and the Future of British Politics" with Madsen Pirie, president of the Adam Smith Institute, 6PM

Interabang Books, Hafsah Faizal in conversation with Rachel Caine about her debut novel, WE HUNT THE FLAME, 7PM

Moody Performance Hall, "Freedman's Town to Botham Jean: Stories For Racial Healing," 7PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Author Matthew A. Cherry and illustrator Vashti Harrison will discuss and sign their picture book HAIR LOVE, 5PM

Emancipation Park, Legacies of Slavery: A Resource Book for Managers of Sites and Itineraries of Memory book launch, 5:30PM

Kaboom Books, Boldface Conference reading, 6PM

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Celeste Ng reading from Little Fires Everywhere and in conversation with Natalia Sylvester, 7PM

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

San Antonio

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


Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library, Meet Trenton Lee Stewart, author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series and The Secret Keepers, 6:30PM



Austin Central Public Library, HANIF ABDURRAQIB speaking & signing Go Ahead in the Rain, 7PM [ticketed event]


Interabang Books, Alessandra Comini reading and signing THE MAHLER MAYHEM, 7PM

Fort Worth

Monkey & Dog Books, Texas author F. Anthony Falcon reading and signing his children's book, Be Brave, Be Brave, Be Brave, 4PM


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

Brazos Bookstore, Oscar Cásares reading and signing WHERE WE COME FROM, 7PM

Houston Improv, May: H.A.M. presents his new book, DEMIgOD, 8PM

Houston Public Library, Austin Kleon discussing and signing Keep Going, 7PM

The Menil Collection, The Watchful Eye: A WITS Student Reading, 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Joy Selak discussing and signing CeeGee'sGift, 5PM



BookPeople, CASEY MCQUISTON speaking & signing Red, White & Royal Blue, 7PM

BookWoman, BookWoman BookGroup Discussion: Insufficient Evidence with author Susan Kraus, 7PM

Malvern Books, Evening of readings with Dimitris Lyacos, Nick Courtright, and Katy Chrisler, 7PM


Deep Vellum Books, Fernando A. Flores presents Tears of the Trufflepig, 7PM

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors LIVE! presents Rick Atkinson, author of The British Are Coming, 6PM

Interabang Books, Austin Kleon discussing and signing KEEP GOING, 7PM


Brazos Bookstore, Ray Viator discussing and signing HOUSTON, SPACE CITY USA, 7PM

Houston Public Library, Valerie Jarrett discussing and signing FINDING MY VOICE, 6:30PM

Super Happy Fun Land, Manifesto Form: An evening of music and poetry, 8PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Meghan March Live Author Takeover, 7PM



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


Deep Vellum Books, Pegasus Reading Series featuring Alexandra Corinth, Callie Gill, Allyson Jones, and Sara Ryan, 7PM

Heroes Grill, Dallas Poetry Slam: Southern Fried Send Off, 8PM

Interabang Books, Claire reading and signing Legrand Kingsbane, 7PM

El Paso

Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, Fernando A. Flores reading and signing TEARS OF THE TRUFFLEPIG, 7PM



BookPeople, story time: local illustrator Julian Hector reading and signing This is the Construction Worker, 10:30AM

BookWoman, Rumi’s Gift: Poetry and Live Music with Ari Honarvar, 6PM

The Breezz, Treasuree Cash-Kemp signing her children's book, Tyler Learns to Do Tricks!, 2PM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Ten Steps to a Leaner, Cleaner, Meaner Manuscript" with Tex Thompson, 9AM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Sparkling Sentences and Glitzy Grammar" with Tex Thompson, 1:30PM

Cedar Hill

B&N, Phantom in the Sky: A Marine's Back Seat View of the Vietnam War book signing with Terry Thorsen, 2PM


Galveston Bookshop, local authors Gini Brown and Leslie Watts signing Tuesday Night Love Letters, 2PM

Roof Garden, Iconoclast Sessions presents a summer poetry fundraiser For Speak Up Speak Out Youth Poetry Slam, 7PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, F. Anthony Falcon will discuss and sign his book BE BRAVE, BE BRAVE, BE BRAVE, 1PM

Brasil Houston, Houston VIP Workshop & Slam featuring Nova, 7PM

Friends of the Bear Creek Area Public Library, Houston Writer Guild class: How to Research Your Novel, 10:30AM

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

Katherine Tyra Branch Library, Houston Writers Guild library workshop, 10:30AM

Writespace, Writers of Color Reading and Reception, 6PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, local author Yuen Yung reading and signing The Blind Grind, 2PM


B&N - Preston/Park, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life book signing with Randy Travis, 1PM

San Antonio

B&N - San Pedro, If I Were A Park Ranger discussion and signing with Catherine Stier, 1PM

Dead Tree Books, Eric Mullin discussing Unbinding Education, 2PM



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


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.