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 06.02.2019


Agave Festival, Marfa, June 1-9

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

Children's Art & Literacy Festival, Abilene, June 6-8

48th Texas Folklife Festival, San Antonio, June 7-9

Fresh Fiction's annual Boas & Tiaras Afternoon Tea and Fresh Fiction Awards, Allen, June 8

Wimberley Book Festival, June 8

Heritage Auctions - Dallas: European Comic Art, June 8-9


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

A Time and Place for Everything: Peter Brown, Abilene, June 6-November 1



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



BookPeople, TERRY SHAMES speaking & signing A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary, and SC PERKINS speaking & signing Murder Once Removed, 7PM

El Paso

VA Clinic (N. Piedras), Tumblewords Projects: Writing workshop for veterans, their families, and civilians, 3PM



BookPeople, SARAH DESSEN speaking & signing The Rest of the Story, 7PM [ticketed event]

The North Door, Writers' League of Texas presents One Page Salon with poet/nonfiction writer Cristin O'Keefe Aptowitz, Texas Monthly reporter Michael Hall, poet/novelist/essayist ire'ne lara silva, and Texas Book Festival literary director Julie Wernersbach, 7:30PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam: New S*it Slam featuring Mia Willis, 7:15PM


Interabang Books, Ron Tyler discussing and signing WESTERN ART, WESTERN HISTORY, 6PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, Randal Maurice Jelks discussing and signing FAITH AND STRUGGLE IN THE LIVES OF FOUR AFRICAN AMERICANS, 7PM


Lubbock Christian University, “Apprenticeship In Art — Two Writers” with John R. Erickson (Hank the Cowdog) and S. J. Dahlstrom (Wilder Good), 7PM


Crowley Theater, David W. Keller discussing and signing In the Shadow of the Chinatis: A History of Pinto Canyon in the Big Bend, 6PM



Austin Central Public Library, BookPeople presents RICK ATKINSON speaking & signing The British Are Coming (in conversation with Clay Smith from Kirkus Reviews), 7PM

BookPeople, CHRIS GUILLEBEAU speaking & signing 100 Side Hustles, 7PM

Bullock Museum, High Noon Talk: Texas Monthly contributor Jay B Sauceda discussing and signing Texas From Above, 12PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring Mia Willis, 7:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Sarah Dessen will discuss and sign THE REST OF THE STORY, her new book for young adults, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Clay Risen discussing and signing THE CROWDED HOUR, 7PM

Clear Lake Freeman Library, Houston Noir reading, discussion, and signing with award-winning novelist and fifth-generation Texan Stephanie Jaye Evans, Clear Lake local and long-time law enforcement officer Larry Watts, and editor and Houston’s first poet laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Martin Walker will sign and discuss the latest Bruno book, The Body In The Castle Well, 6:30PM

Spring Forest Middle School, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Teri Turner discussing and signing her new Whole 30 endorsed cookbook, NO CRUMBS LEFT, 7PM [ticketed event]

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Lacy Johnson discussing and signing The Reckonings, 5PM



National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Gallery talk and book signing with illustrator Peter Brown, 7PM


Austin Central Library, Just for Teens: Writer's Masterclass with Sheenika Medard of the Speak Piece Poetry Project, 2PM

BookPeople, JAMES FENELON speaking & signing Four Hours of Fury, 7PM

Malvern Books, a reading with Micah Bateman, Ash Smith, Daniel Eduardo Ruiz, and Matthew Klane, 7PM


B&N - Stonebriar, The Haunted book signing with Danielle Vega, 7PM


Brazos Bookstore, Happy Hour with Lacy M. Johnson, author of THE RECKONINGS, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, MBTB Recommends: Publishing Insiders Edition with Penguin Random House sales reps Brian Contine, Liz Sullivan, and Emily Smolarek, UT Press sales rep Gianna LaMorte, and Hachette sales rep Jan Coco Day, 6PM

Spring Branch Memorial Library, Houston Noir reading, discussion, and signing with award-winning novelist and fifth-generation Texan Stephanie Jaye Evans and editor and Houston’s first poet laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda, 6:30PM

San Marcos

Half Price Books, They Lit: a regional reading and book signing tour featuring emerging southern womxn authors, 7PM



National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature: "Welcome to the Jungle": dinner with award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown, 6:30PM


BookPeople, MATTHEW INMAN speaking & signing Why My Cat Is More Impressive Than Your Baby, 7PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, Reading for S. Kirk Walsh’s Workshop of Fiction Writers, 7PM


Discovery Green, WITS presents Youth Performance Poetry Sessions, 6:30PM

Inprint House, First Friday Reading Series Presents featuring Toni Holland, 8:30PM



BookPeople, Austin SCBWI Monthly Meeting: Mentor Texts as Writing Teachers by author Donna Janell Bowman, 10AM

BookPeople, Guest Story Time with F. ANTHONY FALCON, author of Be Brave, Be Brave, Be Brave: A True Story of Fatherhood and Native American Heritage, 10:30AM

BookPeople, Author GREG GARRETT speaking & signing his books (in conversation with KUT's Jennifer Stayton), 5PM

Malvern Books, the launch of Lance Myers’s Why So Much?, the first publication of Austin-based publishing company Persistence of Vision, with readings from Myers and W. Joe Hoppe, 7PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, Second Saturday Author Signing: San Antonio author Martha Miller signing her memoir, 11AM


Interabang Books, Shannon Bream discussing and signing FINDING THE BRIGHT SIDE, 2PM

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

The Writer's Garret, Summer of Poetry Submit-a-thon, 1PM


B&N, Local Author Signing: Mike Blackwell, author of Treason, 2PM

Recycled Books, Author Maggie Foster signing Viking Vengeance, 11AM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Gritos: on finding the sources of our voices" with ire’ne lara silva, 12:45PM


Galveston Bookshop, Ellen Mansoor Collier signing Deco Dames, Demon Rum and Death, 3PM


Art League Houston, WITS Free Verse Open Mic for teens, 5:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, S.C. Perkins will discuss and sign her new novel MURDER ONCE REMOVED, 3PM

Brazos Bookstore, Mary Miller reading and signing BILOXI, 7PM

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

Murder By the Book, Bev Vincent will sign and discuss Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Alex Zhang discussing and signing Spark, 4PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Revising Your Personal Essay for Publication" with Cameron Dezen Hammon, 1PM

Writespace, Monthly Workshop Open Mic, 7PM

Port Neches

Fleur Fine Books, L. Beam Author Meet & Greet Event, 3PM

San Antonio

B&N - San Pedro, Reaper: Threat Zero: A Sniper Novel book signing with Nicholas Irving, 2PM 

The Twig Book Shop, Traci Smith signing A Reason, A Season, A Lifetime, 11AM


B&N, Gulf Coast Poets meeting featuring Jane Chance, 10:30AM

B&N, Kinda Like Grace: A Homeless Man, a Broken Woman, and the Decision That Made Them Family book signing with Ginger Sprouse, 2PM



BookPeople, T. CARLOS ANDERSON speaking & signing There Is a Balm in Huntsville, 7PM

BookWoman, Reading & Signing: Cabañuelas by Norma Elia Cantú, 3PM

Malvern Books, Austin Writers Roulette presents "Volcanic Summer - Under Normal Circumstances this Would Have Never Happened," 4PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Valerie Dickson will sign her devotional Total Wellness: Healing for the Mind, Body, and Soul: 50 Days of Healing Promises, and Crystal Gore will sign her romantic thriller Don't Look Back, 1PM


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Legal Issues for Writers" with Mike Farris, 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.