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 05.26.2019


Writefest, Houston, May 27-June 2

Dallas Festival of Books & Ideas, May 28-June 1

Friends of the Dallas Public Library Book Sale (supporting summer reading programs), May 31-June 1

Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library Book Sale, May 31-June 2

Agave Festival, Marfa, June 1-9

Authors in the Parks, various locations, June 1

18th Annual Book History Workshop, College Station, June 2-7


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

The Word Embodied: Scripture as Creative Inspiration in Twentieth-Century Book Arts, Dallas, March 1-June 15



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



Hall of State at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society presents a Historic City Tour: "Running with Bonnie and Clyde," with author John Neal Phillips, 9AM

San Antonio

Dead Tree Books, Memorial Day Poetry Readings, 12PM



BookPeople, VIRGINIA REEVES speaking & signing The Behavior of Love, 7PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam presents the 2019 Southern Fried Scrimmage, 7:15PM


Checkered Past Winery, Dallas Poetry Slam presents DFW Unplugged, 8PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Stay Sexy & Read interactive event celebrating the release of Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How to Guide from the creators of the #1 podcast “My Favorite Murder,” 7PM

Interabang Books, Terry Shames reading and signing A RISKY UNDERTAKING FOR LORETTA SINGLETARY, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, Writer's Garret present the Stone Soup Poetry Workshop, 7PM

The Writer's Garret, Rail Writers Open House for new teaching artists who have an interest in facilitating workshops and chaperoning DART rides for youth ages 5-18, 6PM

El Paso

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

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM


The Black Labrador, Houston Writers House meeting featuring Tex Thompson and "The Gift of Place: Making Space for Your Next Extraordinary Breakthrough," 6:30PM

San Antonio

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

The Twig Book Shop, Jo Watson Hackl reading and signing Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, 5PM



Central Presbyterian Church, BookPeople presents ADMIRAL WILLIAM MCRAVEN speaking and signing Sea Stories, 7PM [ticketed event]

Terrazas Branch Library, Chicon Street Poets presents Aural Literature May Reading, 7:30PM


Interabang Books, Scott Pelley discussing and signing TRUTH WORTH TELLING, 7PM

El Paso

Fountains at Farah, Author signing event with Jeff Snyder Constance Moore Ophelia Phillip Tasha Askew Lisa Capreilli Eli Greenbaum, 5PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring Meta-Four Houston, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Virginia Reeves reading and signing THE BEHAVIOR OF LOVE, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Terry Shames will sign and discuss A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary, and Carolyn Haines will sign and discuss Game of Bones, 6:30PM



BookPeople, EMMA BERQUIST speaking & signing Missing, Presumed Dead, 7PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Abbigail N. Rosewood will discuss and sign her novel IF I HAD TWO LIVES, 7PM

Brasil, AIA Houston presents a talk comparing two cases of research, advocacy, and preservation of modern built heritage in U.S. cities, drawing on recent books, Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston and Imagining the Modern: Architecture and Urbanism of the Pittsburgh Renaissance, 6PM

Brazos Bookstore, State of the Art: A Discussion on Art Criticism organized by Gulf Coast, 6:30PM


South Irving Library, Retired City of Irving police officer Doug Hutchison and his wife Carol discussing and signing Behind the Texas Badge (proceeds to Texas chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and Texas Game Warden Association's Great Fall Huntventure, a program for the children of fallen officers), 7PM

San Antonio

Carmen De la Calle, Meditations on the Mind and Mouth: Jazz and Poetry with a Purpose featuring Andrea “VOCAB” Sanderson, 7:30PM



BookPeople, LORENE CARY speaking & signing Ladysitting, 7PM

BookWoman, Book Talk & Reading: Misogyny, Projective Identification, and Mentalization by Karyne Messina, 7PM

George Washington Carver Museum, KAZI Book Review 10th Anniversary: Hopeton Hay in conversation with Dr. Randal Jelks, author of FAITH AND STRUGGLE IN THE LIVES OF FOUR AFRICAN AMERICANS: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, and Muhammad Ali, 6:30PM

Hearth & Soul ATX, A Mile Above Texas book signing with Jay B. Sauceda, 5PM


Heroes Grill, Dallas Poetry Slam presents: Glowetry, 8PM

Interabang Books, the Dallas Books & Ideas Festival presents "The Literary City" with keynote speaker Oscar Cásares and a panel discussion with Sarah Hepola, Sanderia Faye, Ben Fountain, and Dr. Jaina Sanga (moderated by Lauren Smart), 7PM


Brazos Bookstore, Writefest Keynote with Phong Nguyen, 6PM


The Blind Pig, Grand Opening Speakeasy Soiree, 8PM



BookPeople, ROGER DOOLEY speaking & signing Friction, 2PM

BookPeople, S. CRAIG WATKINS speaking & signing Don't Knock the Hustle, 5PM

Casa de Resistencia, A Poetry Reading: Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros, 2PM

Malvern Books, The Lion & The Pirate Open Mic featuring Jeff Moyer and Cook & Rose, 7PM


Bachman Lake Public Library, Oral Fixation presents "Freedman's Town to Botham Jean: Stories For Racial Healing," 2PM

Deep Vellum Books, Nadia Arioli presents SIGNS TAKEN FOR WONDERS, 3:30PM

Interabang Books, Typewriter Rodeo: get your own personalized poem on the spot, 10:30AM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Other People's Lives" with Kit Wren, 12:45PM


Anya Tish Gallery, A Rosy Afternoon with sculptor William Cannings and Catherine Anspon, author of Texas Artists Today, 3PM

B&N - River Oaks, Newsman Dave Ward signing his memoir, Good Evening, Friends: A Broadcaster Shares His Life, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Walt Whitman’s Birthday Party reception, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Denizens of the Dark signing with Laura Elvebak, Cash Anthony, C.J. Sweet, Leif Carl Behmer, and L. Stewart Hearl, 1PM

River Oaks Bookstore, launch of Elina Petrova's newest poetry collection, Desert Candles, 4:30PM

San Marcos

Half Price Books, Dr. Michael Nelson Miller will sign Red, White, and Green: The Maturing of Mexicanidad, 12PM

San Antonio

B&N - Northwoods, JD Broyhill signing Alexis Snipperdoom: Power Plays, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, Irma Mathis signing A Father Takes All: Four Generations of Growing Up in Single Mother Homes - Grace Abounds, 11AM

Larder at Hotel Emma, Paula Disbrowe signing Thank You for Smoking: Fun and Fearless Recipes Cooked with a Whiff of Wood Fire on Your Grill or Smoker, 10AM


Half Price Books, Keri Baskin will sign her books The MovementThe Pursuit, and The Restoration, 3PM


Half Price Books, Christian fiction author Fred Dickerson will sign copies of his series, 1PM



BookPeople, CASSY JOY GARCIA speaking & signing Cook Once, Eat All Week, 2PM

BookWoman, Reading & Signing: Born in the Bed You Were Made by Brooklyn James, 4PM

Half Price Books - N. Lamar, Gwen and Janna Lusk reading and signing their children's book, Fishkin, 1PM

Malvern Books, release of Skye Jackson’s new chapbook, A Faster Grave, with readings by Jackson, Benjamin Aleshire, and Josh Denslow, 2PM

Malvern Books, Readings from Donna M. Johnson’s Personal Narrative Workshop, 4PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Christopher Rector will sign his memoir, The Cook: Memoirs of an Army Cook in Cold War Germany, and inspirational author Adrienne Mullins will sign her memoir, Just Being Honest: Revealing the Truth. Releasing the Shame, 1PM

Interabang Books, Jo Watson Hackl reading and signing SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MAYBE, 1PM


B&N, Treason book signing with Mike Blackwell, 2PM


Spring Forest Middle School, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Admiral William H. McRaven will discuss his new book, SEA STORIES: MY LIFE IN SPECIAL OPERATIONS, 3PM [ticketed event]


Buddy Holly Center, Watt M. Casey Jr. discussing his book My Guitar is a Camera, in conjunction with an exhibition of his photography, 2PM


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


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "How to Break into Ghostwriting" with  Blake Atwood, 3PM


Half Price Books, children's author Charles B. Rowe will sign The Adventures of Hank and Friends, 1PM


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.