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 06.16.2019


Kitchen Dog Theater's 21st Annual New Works Festival, Dallas, June 15-29

The Moth StorySLAM's GrandSLAM Championship: THE HEAT IS ON, Houston, June 19

13th Annual African American Book Festival, Austin, June 22

Rusk County Library Festival of Words, Henderson, June 22

DFW Con: The Dallas-Forth Worth Writers Conference, Hurst, June 22-23

Austin Film Festival Writers Day Retreat, Elgin, June 23


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

Showtime: Photographs of Music Legends by Watt Casey Jr. (from his book, My Guitar Is a Camera), Lubbock, May 31-July 21

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



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



BookPeople, DOMINIC SMITH speaking & signing The Electric Hotel (in conversation with Stephen Harrigan), 7PM

El Paso

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


Blue Willow Bookshop, Sarah Bird will discuss and sign RECENT STUDIES INDICATE, her new collection of essays, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Charles Fishman discussing and signing ONE GIANT LEAP: THE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION THAT FLEW US TO THE MOON, 7PM


Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: “Speak Up! I Can’t Hear You Talk.” — Writer’s Voice with Joy Massenburge, 7:30PM


Rowlett Creek Preserve, Bibliobus presents Wildlife Tracking with Rosanne Parry, author of A Wolf Called Wander, 6PM



BookPeople, RAPHAEL BOB-WAKSBERG speaking & signing Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory7PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam Quarterfinal 1 2019-2020, 7:15PM


Tusculum Brewing Company, “Lattes on the Library:” author and poet Cyra Dumitru will discuss writing and poetry as a form of healing, 10AM


Dallas Holocaust Museum, Meet and Greet: Local Holocaust Survivor Jack Repp signing Dreams and Jealousy: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Jack Repp, 1:30PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Juneteenth Celebration and Open Mic, 8PM


Christ Church Cathedral, Brazos Bookstore presents Neal Stephenson reading, discussing, and signing Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Carolyn Kirby will sign The Conviction of Cora Burns, 6:30PM


The Cold Brew Rock Bar, Laredo BorderSlam presents The Happy Hour Slam, 6PM


Pflugerville Public Library, Storytime with Carolina Storyteller, 10AM & 11AM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, EM Rinaldi Live Author Takeover, 7PM


BookPeople, NEAL STEPHENSON speaking & signing Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, 7PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, "Why There Are Words Austin" with Lucas Schaefer, Dalia Azim, S. Kirk Walsh, Nancy Koerbel, and Michael Fracasso, 7PM


B&N - Lincoln Park, Four Seasons of Entertaining book signing with Shayla Copas, 7PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council DFW presents Jonna Mendez, Former Chief of Disguise, CIA, discussing and signing The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics that Helped America Win the Cold War, 6PM

Interabang Books, Greg Matthews discussing and signing WILD AWAKENING, 6PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now: Black Excellence Open Mic hosted by Ebony Stewart, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Patricia Roberts reading and signing PRELUDIO, 7PM


Sanford Community Center, One City/One Book: music, dinner, and Sarah Bird discussing and signing Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, 5:30PM


Pflugerville Public Library, Juneteenth: kYmberly Keeton, African American Community Archivist & Librarian for the Austin History Center, will discuss the Negro Motorist Green Book, 6PM



Austin Book Arts Center, "Between the Lines and Beneath the Spines" with book conservator and Book Whisperer Mary Baughman, plus surprise guests (Bring your own books and Mary will interpret their secrets), 6PM

BookPeople, SUSAN JANE GILMAN speaking & signing Donna Has Left the Building, 7PM

BookPeople, WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS presents "Practice Makes Pitch Perfect" with Lance Fitzgerald of The Crown Publishing Group and Becka Oliver, 7PM

BookWoman, ATX Interfaces: Reading & Open Mic featuring Faylita Hicks, Zai Sadler, and Jasmine C. Bell, 7PM


Burrowing Owl Books, A Literary Reading by Seth Wieck, 7PM


Cleburne Public Library, an evening with Julie Cantrell, author of Perennials, 6:30PM


Interabang Books, Amy Daughters discussing and signing YOU CANNOT MESS THIS UP, 6PM


Murder By the Book, Wendy Walker will sign and discuss The Night Before, 6:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, entrepreneur and author Ivo Nelson, with special guest Dana Sellers, discussing and signing The 10 principles of A LOVE Based Culture, 5:30PM


Wild Magnolias, NeoSoul presents Blaq Mic Poetry featuring Mia S. Willis, 7PM



Abilene Library South, "Who I Could Be" with author Penny Klostermann, 4:30PM


BookPeople, BRIANA SAUSSY speaking & signing Making Magic, 7PM

Vault Stone Shop & Gallery, Jane Fleming presents Ocotillo Worship: A Pop-Up Exhibit & Book Launch, 11AM


B&N - Preston/Royal, George Arnold signs copies of his Cats of the CIA series and other titles, 6PM

Heroes Grill, Dallas Poetry Slam presents April Neal , 8PM

Warwick Melrose, World Affairs Council DFS presents Elliot Ackerman, Decorated Marine War Veteran and National Book Award Finalist, discussing and signing his memoir, Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning, 4:30PM

El Paso

Literarity Book Shop, Poetry Therapy - Drink Specials and Giveaways, 6:30PM


Brazos Bookstore, Matty Layne Glasgow reading and signing her poetry collection DECIDUOUS QWEEN, 6PM



BookWoman, Book Talk: Yo Soy Único e Irrepetible with Sheila Morataya, 6PM [Spanish event]

Carver Museum, "Jump Into Writing & Publishing: A Seminar" with Angela Shelf Medearis, in conjunction with the Carver Museum's exhibition of her work and the African American Book Festival, 1PM

Malvern Books, the release of Michael Parker’s new novel, Prairie Fever (in conversation with Laura Furman), 7PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, "The Art of Writing Workshops: Poetry & Prose" with author D. Ellis Phelps, 1PM

Cedar Park

Half Price Books, local author Cindy Koch will sign her self-help fable, The Wilbur Effect, 12PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, George Arnold signs copies of his Mystery novels, Cats of the CIA books and other titles, 10AM

Dallas Contemporary, Wordspace presents "Gates: Writing and Performance" workshop with Thomas Riccio, 1PM

Dallas Contemporary, Wordspace presents "Gates: Writing and Yoga" workshop with poet Karen Minzer and yoga therapist Michelle Andrie, 3:30PM

Dallas Public Library, Juneteenth 2019: a special presentation from literary scholar Deborah Plant, editor of Zora Neale Hurston’s posthumously published book, Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, a 1927 memoir of one of the last survivors of the transatlantic slave trade, 2PM

Deep Vellum Books, Pegasus Reading Series featuring Kendra Allen, Alejandra Ramos Gómez, Simon Han, and Kevin West, 7PM

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

Meadows Conference Center, Dallas Area Writers Group Summer Workshop: "Making it Real" presented by Rachel Caine, 9AM

Pan African Connection, Shennette Garrett-Scott signing Banking on Freedom, 5:30PM

REvolution Cafe & Bookstore, Velvet - Nights in Harlem: a finely curated exhibition of poets, visual artists, jazz musicians, comedians, dancers, live painting, and more, 7PM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Love Poems For the End of the World" with Lawrence Barrett, 12:45PM

Fort Worth

Commonplace Books Fort Worth Grand Opening, All Day

The Dock Bookshop, Eartha Gatlin signing The Chronicles of Bria Twon, 2PM

Fort Worth Central Library, Juneteenth Jubilee with Deborah Plant, editor of Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, 2PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Mary Balagia will discuss and sign her picture book PATCH THE HILL COUNTRY BUNNY, 11AM

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

Montrose Library, Author Talk: Casey McQuiston reading and signing Red, White & Royal Blue, 1PM

Murder By the Book, Kay Finch will sign and discuss The Black Cat Steps On A Crack, 4:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Character Arcs and Architecture" with Tex Thompson, 9:30AM

Writespace, Workshop: "The Guide to Greaseless Self Promotion: with Tex Thompson, 1PM

San Antonio

B&N - La Cantera, Tiana Chavez reading and signing Sevi's Story, 12PM

B&N - San Pedro, Isaura Barrera signing Unwrapping Beloved's Gift, Co-Creating Soul's Song: Way Stations on the Path to Awakening Deep Love, Hope and Faith, 2PM

San Antonio Central Library, a discussion with Lourdes Rivas, bilingual queer teacher and author of children's book, They Call Me Mix, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, Susan Langlois signing Everything is Going to Be All Right, 11AM


B&N, Mickey Slimp signing How the Internet of Things is Changing Our Colleges, Our Classrooms, and Our Students, 2PM



BookPeople, NEALY FISCHER speaking & signing Food You Want: For the Life You Crave, 5PM

BookWoman, Poetry Reading & Signing with Charlotte Seley and Allyson Whipple, 3:30PM

Malvern Books, the Austin launch of Matty Layne Glasgow’s debut poetry collection deciduous qween, with readings from Matty, as well as Esteban Rodriguez, Laura Villarreal, and Alfredo Aguilar, 2PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, George Arnold signs copies of his Mystery novels, Cats of the CIA books and other titles, 10AM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, poet Kendal Richardson will sign Unconditional Love, and children's author Jordan Burk will sign his inspirational children’s book, Kelly & The Great Pinewood Derby, 1PM

Interabang Books, Shayla Copas FOUR SEASONS OF ENTERTAINING, 2PM


B&N, Special Storytime and Signing With Ricky Gazelle, 2PM


Writespace, Workshop: "Fix Your Story with Point of View" with Joy Preble, 3PM


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


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "#OwnVoices: Finding a Literary Agent & Publisher" with Alex Temblador, 3PM [FREE]

San Antonio

B&N - San Pedro, Denise B. Richter signing: 100 Things to Do in San Antonio Before You Die 2nd Edition, 1PM

The Twig Book Shop, J. G. Schwartz signing The Pearl Harbor Conspiracy, 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.