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 06.09.2019


West Texas Writers' Academy, Canyon, June 10-14

Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book Sale, June 14-16

Greater Austin Comic Con, June 15-16

Juneteenth Book Sale, Austin, June 15

McKinney Book Fest, June 15


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, 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



BookPeople, MARY MILLER speaking & signing Biloxi, 7PM

Casa de Resistencia, Reading and Conversation: Lilia Rosas discusses her new book, Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal, with Shennette Garrett-Scott, 7PM

El Paso

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


Brazos Bookstore, Stephen Markley reading and signing OHIO, 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Rose Sherman Williams with Rebecca Ebner Hoag discussing and signing Letters to Rose: A Holocaust Memoir With Letters of Impact and Inspiration, 5:30PM



Austin Central Public Library, AIA Austin presents Design Talks with author Zoë Ryan, curator of architecture and design at the Art Institute of Chicago, 11AM

Austin Central Public Library, NICOLE DENNIS-BENN speaking & signing Patsy (on conversation with Clay Smith from Kirkus Reviews), 7PM

BookPeople, RAMIT SETHI speaking & signing I Will Teach You To Be Rich, 7PM

Chez Zee American Bistro, Author Series featuring Wyatt McSpadden and Texas BBQ: Small Town to Downtown, 6PM

Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave Story Department: Under New Management, 7:30PM

Palomino Coffee, Chicon Street Poets hosts Living Room Lit, 7:15PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Glori B, 7:15PM

Cedar Hill
Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group meeting featuring novelist Ann Fields, 7PM


Hall of State at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society presents Brown Bag Lecture: June Naylor, author of Texas Landmark Cafes, 12PM

Interabang Books, Stephen Markley reading and signing OHIO, 6PM

El Paso

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

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Craft Night with author Katherine Center, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Ocean Vuong in conversation with Bryan Washington about his debut novel, ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS, 7PM

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

White Oak Music Hall, Houston Symphony presents Resilient Sounds: A Collaboration of Music, Art, Dance, Poetry, and Prose, 7:30PM


Pflugerville Public Library, Story time with Cate Berry, author of Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don't Do Bedtime, 10AM & 11AM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam Team Welcome Home Slam, 9:30AM



Austin Books & Comics, Release party: Donny Cates signing Silver Surfer Black #1, 5PM

BookPeople, ELLIOT ACKERMAN speaking & signing Places and Names, 7PM

Corpus Christi

The Exchange, Poetry Night: Pride, 8PM


Harris County Public Library, Houston Noir: An Interactive Reading Event with Houston's first poet laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda, and Houston's third poet laureate, Deborah DEEP Mouton, 7PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Mike Maden signing Tom Clancy's Enemy Contact, 7PM

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors Live presents architecture critic for the Dallas Morning News and 2018 Nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award Mark Lamster discussing and signing The Man in the Glass House: Phillip Johnson, 7PM

Interabang Books, Larry Enmon reading and signing CITY OF FEAR, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight Poetry Reading featuring Kendra Greene and Matthew Klane, 7:30PM


Spiderweb Salon HQ, LOVE IS: a spiderweb salon + PRIDEDENTON zine workshop, 7PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now: Pride Open Mic and Book Release Show featuring Chibbi, 7:30PM

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

Brazos Bookstore, Joel Edward Goza discussing and signing AMERICA’S UNHOLY GHOSTS, 7PM

Katy Budget Books, a special evening story time with Terri Sabol reading Oscar and Emmy Weather a Hurricane, 6:30PM


Opal's Table, Permian Basin Bookies Wine & Words Dinner benefiting the Recording Library of West Texas, where volunteers read for the blind and disabled, 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Art Markman discussing and signing Bring Your Brain to Work, 5PM



BookPeople, ART MARKMAN speaking & signing Bring Your Brain to Work, 7PM

BookWoman, Second Thursday Open Mic featuring poet Viktoria Valenzuela, 7:15PM


SEAD Gallery and Bookshop, Author Talk: Delores Crum presenting her debut book, 7 Simple Strategies for Successful Living, 6:30PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, a special event with humorist and comedian David Sedaris celebrating the paperback release of CALYPSO, 7PM [ticketed event]

Interabang Books, Lisa Lewis discussing and signing FEED THE BABY HUMMUS, 6PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Story time: Megan and Jorge Lacera share their picture book ZOMBIES DON'T EAT VEGGIES!, 10AM

Brazos Bookstore, Elliot Ackerman discussing and signing PLACES AND NAMES, 7PM

Italian Cultural & Community Center, Louis F. Aulbach and Linda C. Gorski of the Houston Archaeological Society present "Ostia Antica, The Port City of Ancient Rome," followed by a book sale and signing, 7PM 

Murder By the Book, Mike Maden signing Tom Clancy Enemy Contact, 6:30PM


The Bosslight, an evening with 81-year old East Texas writer Glenda Watters and her book My Life Takes Up Too Much Of My Time, 6PM


Muddy Water Bookstore, Poetry Reading, 7PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Penelope Ward Live Author Takeover, 7PM



BookPeople, DAVID SEDARIS speaking and signing Calypso, 6PM [ticketed event]

BookWoman, Reading & Workshop: Building Polyam-Fam! (Biological or Chosen) with Koe Creation, 7PM


Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Girls Night Out featuring Mia Willis, 8PM

Mighty Fine Arts, Wordspace presents Poets On X+ Free For All, 7PM


Brazos Bookstore, Tembi Locke discussing and signing FROM SCRATCH, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Nina Laurin will sign and discuss The Starter Wife, 6:30PM

San Antonio

Continental Cafe and Event Center, 2nd Verse San Antonio presents HTX Slam Team: Sophia Mae Lisud Conopio, Saida Carter, Marie Brown, and David Baumgardner, 9PM



Cepeda Branch Library, Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle, 1PM


Dallas Public Library, "Exploration of the Unexplained: Ghost Stories" with author Oscar Mendoza, 1PM

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, presenting theSkimm’s debut book, How To Skimm Your Life, 6:30PM

Interabang Books, Stewart Cohen discussing and signing SEEING RED, 6PM

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

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Divided Time" with Zyme Oné, 12:45PM


Galveston Bookshop, A. Hardy Roper and his newest Parker McLeod thriller, Bad Moon Rising, 2PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Spring Forest Middle School student Alex Zhang will discuss and sign his novel SPARK, 3PM

Brazos Bookstore, Rosanne Parry reading and signing her children's book A WOLF CALLED WANDER, 3PM

Cafeza, Vox Culture is hosting its fourth annual storytelling event aimed at raising awareness and giving a voice to social issues impacting the Houston community, 2:45PM

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

Murder By the Book, Larry Enmon will sign and discuss City of Fear, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Jillian Coburn discussing and signing her memoir, My Ugly Truth: Life Beyond Abuse, 3PM

Port Neches

Fleur Fine Books, Denise LeBlanc signing and discussing He Was: A memoir of a father's journey through the stages of Alzheimer's, written from the heart of his daughter, 3PM

San Antonio

B&N - La Cantera, Poetry Summer: Sharon Ankrum, Cyra Dumitru, and Wendy Barker, 3PM

San Antonio Central Library, Meet the Author: Oscar Cásares discussing and signing Where We Come From, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, Brian Salmon signing The Birth Guy's Go-To Guide for New Dads: How to Support Your Partner Through Birth, Breastfeeding, and Beyond, 11AM


B&N, Betty Hamilton signing Twilight Never Sleeps, 2PM


Half Price Books, mystery author Deanna King will sign Twist of Fate, 1PM



Malvern Books, Bloomsday: celebration of the life of James Joyce, with short readings from Ulysses (sign up in store on the day if you’d like to read) and suitably Irish snacks, 2PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Mary King will her satirical novel Personal Appearances Are Everything, and children's author Kimberly Lawrence will sign Calibound, 1PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Kelly Mack McCoy signing Rough Way to the Highway, 12PM


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.