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 07.07.2019


Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore, June 27-July 28

Barrio Writers Summer Workshop for teens, Pflugerville, July 8-12

Camp Spitfire: Creative Writing Summer Camp for Kids, Austin, July 8-19

Summer Camp: Art & Writing Workshop, Nacogdoches, July 9-12

Poetry Society of Texas Annual Summer Conference, Denton, July 11-13

Kensington Cozy Con, Houston, July 13

Read Between the Wines, Grapevine, July 13

Writers' League of Texas Summer Writing Retreat, Kerrville, July 14-19



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, the Lion and the Pirate Unplugged, an inclusive open mic, 1PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam presents The Battle of the Slams 2019!, 3PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, local author T.D. Walker signing her poetry collection Small Waiting Objects, and local children's author Kena Sosa signing The Unhuggables, 1PM


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

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Amy Bearce signing Shortcuts, 12PM




B&N - Lincoln Park, Never Play Dead: How the Truth Makes You Unstoppable book signing with Tomi Lahren, 7PM


Murder By the Book, Riley Sager reading and signing Lock Every Door, 6:30PM

Tracy Gee Community Center, Houston SCBWI meeting: "Changing Course: Finding Direction in the Arts" with entrepreneurial artist Joe Balat, 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Noelle Salazar reading and signing The Flight Girls, 5PM




BookPeople, Riley Sager reading and signing Lock Every Door (in conversation with May Cobb), 7PM

The Brewtorium, Austin Liti Limits featuring authors James L. Haley and Charlotte Gullick reading from their latest work, 7PM

Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave Story Department presents "The Best Part," 7:30PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam presents a Housewarming Slam, 7:15PM

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

Scholz Garden, Austin Sierra Club meeting featuring Ed Crowell discussing and signing Barton Creek, 7PM

Cedar Hill

Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group meeting featuring playwright and award-winning short story author David Douglas, 7PM


Chocolate Secrets, LitNightDallas Reading Series features authors from D Magazine's July Short Story Issue, 7PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Noelle Salazar reading and signing The Flight Girls, 7PM

Hall of State at Fair Park, the Dallas Historical Society Brown Bag Lecture: Dr. Lindsay Baker discussing Gangster Tour of Texas, 12PM

El Paso

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

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


Houston Maritime Museum, "WWII's First Hero: the Story of Doris Miller" with author Thomas W. Cutrer, Miller's biographer, 6PM

Katy Budget Books, BookCulture: New Zealand, 11AM

Murder By the Book, Spencer Quinn reading and signing Heart of Barkness, 6:30PM

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

San Antonio

B&N - Northwoods, Dragonfly book signing with Leila Meacham, 7PM

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




BookPeople, Russell Gold discussing and signing Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy, 7PM


Texas A&M-Commerce Alumni Center, Silver Leos Writers Guild featuring JoDee Neathery, author of A Kind of Hush, who will discuss her experiences as a first-time author through her presentation, “Life in a Box: The Inspiration, the Journey, and the Leap of Faith,” 1PM


Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors Live: Jeff Guinn presents The Vagabonds, 7PM [ticketed reception 6PM]

The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight Poetry Reading featuring Princess McDowell and Gabby Edwards, 7:30PM


Embassy Suites, Poetry Master Class: "Finding Your Voice(s): Writing Outside Yourself" with poet/singer-songwriter Nathan Brown, 9:30AM

El Paso

B&N - Fountains at Farah, Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration book signing with Alfredo Corchado, 6:30PM


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

Brazos Bookstore, Robert Fieseler discussing and signing Tinderbox, 6:30PM




B&N - Arboretum, Author and Beto O'Rourke campaign photographer Casey Chapman-Ross signing True to Form, 7PM

BookPeople, Sharon Lamb discussing and signing The Not Good Enough Mother, 7PM

BookWoman, Second Thursday Poetry Open Mic featuring Susan Niz, 7:15PM

Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, Free writer's workshop with author Sugar Ray Destin, Jr., 7PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night with M. Ward Leon (Blood of the Beast), Jesse Guerra Carrillo (When Enchiladas Fly), and J. Darris Mitchell (Fireflies and Cosmos: Interstellar Spring Book 1), 7PM


Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc., Poetry Smash # 8 presents "In The Words Of A Sistah: Just Fine," 7:30PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Elaine Welteroth, author of More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), in conversation with Brandon Maxwell, award-winning designer and Project Runway judge, 7PM [SOLD OUT]

Fort Worth

B&N - Hulen, Jeff Guinn discussing and signing The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's Ten-Year Road Trip, 6:30PM


B&N, We Hunt the Flame (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Sands of Arawiya Series #1) book signing with Hafsah Faizal, 7PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Abbi Waxman reading and signing The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, 7PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Al Jackson live author takeover, 7PM




BookPeople, Chuck Wendig reading and signing Wanderers, 7PM

Malvern Books, interview series "Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice": Chaitali Sen speaking with Raj Patel, co-author of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet, 7PM


Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Battle Of The Republic: Five Texas slam teams do battle in a four-round poetry slam, hosted by Austin NeoSoul Slammaster Christopher Michael, 8PM

Margo Jones Theatre at Magnolia Lounge, Naked Girls Reading: Banned Books, 8PM


Inprint House, First Friday Reading Series 44th Anniversary featuring poet Cindy Huyser, 8:30PM

Murder By the Book, Ace Atkins will sign and discuss The Shameless, 6:30PM


B&N - Legacy West, Bill Blalock signing Live Your Legacy Now, 7PM


Books Ink, Poetry Night, 7PM




BookPeople, Austin SCBWI Monthly Meeting: "What I Learned From My Debut Year" with Cate Berry, Samantha M Clark, Kendra Fortmeyer, and Vanessa Roeder, 10AM

BookPeople, Bob Shea reading and signing Unicorn is Maybe Not So Great After All, 2PM

BookPeople, Frances de Pontes Peebles reading and signing The Air You Breathe (in conversation with Dalia Azim of the Blanton Museum), 5PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, Second Saturday Author Signing featuring local poet Bette Lafferty, author of An Offering of Love, 11AM


B&N - Lincoln Park, Dave Campbell signing Dave Campbell’s Favorite Texas College Football Stories, 2PM

Grauwyler Park Branch Library, Storytelling: "Tall Tales and High Heels," 1PM

Interabang Books, Interabang's second birthday party with cake (1:30PM), happy hour (5PM), and two special story times with guest author Nancy Churnin, 11AM & 2PM

Interabang Books, Casey Chapman Ross True discussing and signing To Form: A Heartfelt Collection From Beto O’Rourke’s U.S. Senate Campaign, 4PM

Lake June Station, The Writer's Garret presents a Rail Writer's Community Ride, 9AM

Stamping Ground Comedy Theater, Storytelling: Women of Candor presents Black Girl Magic, 8PM & 10PM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Why Don't You Write Something Positive?" with Carlos Nicolas Flores, 12:45PM


Galveston Bookshop, Ann Weisgarber signing The Glovemaker, 3PM


Owl and Lark Booksellers, story time and book signing with Jason Gallaher, author of Whobert Whover: Owl Detective, 2PM


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

Blue Willow Bookstore, Elizabeth Eulberg (Past Perfect Life), Brigid Kemmerer (Call It What You Want), and Becky Wallace (Stealing Home) will discuss and sign their newest books, 3PM

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

Murder By the Book, Chuck Wendig reading and signing Wanderers, 4:30PM


Pflugerville Public Library, Barrio Writers Workshop Reading, 12PM

San Antonio

Dead Tree Books, Norma Elia Cantu signing Cabañuelas, 2PM

San Antonio Central Library, local author Gil Dominguez discussing and signing It Happened in San Antonio, 3PM

The Twig Book Shop, Austin Brown II and Mike Capron signing Poet Lariat, 11AM

South Padre Island

Paragraphs on Padre, Meet the Author Series: Judith Garrett Segura reading and signing her poetry collection, What Life Is, 10AM


B&N, Lisa Lewis signing Feed the Baby Hummus: Pediatrician-Backed Secrets from Cultures Around the World, 1PM


B&N, Gulf Coast Poets meeting featuring Michelle Hartman, 10:30AM




WORD presents Wordworks: a collaborative afternoon featuring a series of round-table breakout sessions for North Texas writing program administrators, 12PM [RSVP for address]


BookWoman, Mindy Reed reading and signing This is the Dawning: A Woodstock Love Story, 3PM

Malvern Books, Kallisto Gaia Press presents The Ocotillo Review Volume 3.2, 4PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, children's author Carole Gilbert signing The Rowdy Sisters, and sci-fi author R.L.M. Sanchez signing books from Virion, his latest series, 1PM


Dan's Silverleaf, SEVEN YEAR ITCH: Spiderweb Salon's Birthday Party, 5PM


Deluxe Theater, Party for Poetry | Meta-Four Send-off, 5PM

Murder By the Book, Dean "Miranda" James will sign and discuss The Pawful Truth, 2PM

Unwine, The Poetic Den presents "Spits Sips & Smokes," 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Edward Polansky signing Oscar the Osprey: The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights, 12PM


B&N, Deanna King signing Twist of Fate-A Jack West Novel, 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.