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 07.14.2019


Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore, June 27-July 28

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

Gemini Ink Writers Conference: Negotiating Place, San Antonio, July 19-21

Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, Denton, July 19-21

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration, Houston, July 20

Dogwood Children’s Literacy & Arts Festival, Palestine, July 20

East Texas Writers Guild 15th Annual Summer Conference: Boot Camp for Writers, Tyler, July 20



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




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




BookPeople, Alison Gaylin reading and signing Never Look Back, 7PM


Maggiano’s Little Italy, author luncheon with New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, who will discuss and sign her latest Amish thriller, Shamed, 12PM [ticketed event]


Murder By the Book, Stuart Turton reading and signing the paperback release of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, 6:30PM


Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: Creative Characterization with Jan Morrill, 7PM


Rock Bottom Park and Pub, the Aransas Poetry Society presents a Book Chat With PW Covington, 8PM




BookPeople, Jeff Guinn discussing and signing The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's Ten-Year Road Trip, 7PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Glori B., hosted by SC Says, 7:15PM


Tusculum Brewing Company, Patrick Heath Public Library presents "Lattes on the Library" with special guest Michael J. Sullivan of St. Mary's University, author of Earned Citizenship, 10:30AM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Julien Domercq, the DMA’s Lillian and James H. Clark Assistant Curator of European Art, discussing Caravaggio’s painting Martha and Mary Magdalene (c. 1598), on loan from the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Andrew Graham-Dixon discussing his acclaimed biography, Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane, 7:30PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


Katy Budget Books, BookCulture: Greece, 11AM

Murder By the Book, Alison Gaylin reading and signing Never Look Back, and Chandler Baker reading and signing The Whisper Network, 6:30PM

San Antonio

B&N - Northwoods, Lori Chapman Longfritz signing Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force, 7PM

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

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, BN Toler Author Takeover, 7PM




Austin Books & Comics, John Lucas signing Before Houdini, 5PM

BookPeople, Chris Meroff discussing and signing Align, 7PM


Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors Live: Leila Meacham reading and signing Dragonfly, 7PM [ticketed reception 6PM]

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council of DFW presents Bud Selig, Ninth Commissioner of Baseball, discussing and signing For the Good of the Game, 6:30PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now: Muslim Open Mic featuring Ifrah Hussein, hosted by Amir Safi, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, J. Todd Scott reading and signing This Side of Night, 6:30PM

Isles Eatery and Rhum Bar, Wine Down Wednesday music and poetry featuring Coshalyn "Coco" Sullivan, 8PM


Laredo Public Library, Dr. de la Cruz discussing and signing Desafiando la pobreza, 1PM


Pflugerville Public Library, Workshop: Fiction Writing Series, Part I: Setting from Scratch: Fantasy & Sci-Fi Worldbuilding with retired professor Tracey Lander-Garrett, 6PM

Sugar Land

B&N, Elder Paula King-Harper signing Prosperous Living Daily Devotional Journal and Journal of Intention, 6PM




Austin Book Arts Center, Third Thursday: Suminagashi demonstrations, sake, haiku, 7PM

BookPeople, J. Todd Scott reading and signing This Side of Night, 7PM

BookPeople, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "What Makes Writing Poetic?," 7PM

BookWoman, ATX Interfaces Reading & Open Mic featuring Noor Al-Ahmadi, Griselda Castillo, and Meg McKeon, 7PM


Burrowing Owl Books, A Literary Reading by Jonathan Baker, 7PM


Camp Wisdom Station, The Writer's Garret Rail Writer's Community Ride, 9AM

Half Price Books, Chandler Baker reading and signing her novel, Whisper Network, 7PM

Interabang Books, Janet Finch reading and signing Chimes of a Lost Cathedral (in conversation with Lori Feathers), 6PM

Fort Worth

Fort Worth Club, , World Affairs Council of DFW presents Bud Selig, Ninth Commissioner of Baseball, discussing and signing For the Good of the Game, 11:30AM


Murder By the Book, Carter Wilson reading and signing The Dead Girl in 2a, 6:30PM


Wild Magnolias, NeoSoul presents Blaq Mic Poetry featuring Ifrah Hussein, 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Kay Merkel Boruff reading and signing Z.O.S.: A Memoir, 5PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, KL Grayson Author Live Takeover, 7PM




BookWoman, Wild Patience: a Feminist Poetry Reading featuring Lisa Moore, BK Fischer, Julie Choffel, Molly Sutton Kiefer, and others, 7PM

Malvern Books, an evening of poetry with Emily O’Neill and E. Kristin Anderson, 7PM


Brazos Bookstore, Janet Fitch reading and signing Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Kris Lackey reading and signing Greasy Bend, 6:30PM




BookPeople, Julie Von discussing and signing Spiritual Fertility: Integrative Practices for the Journey to Motherhood, 5PM

Malvern Books, the launch of Donna Dechen Birdwell’s new novel, Not Knowing, 7PM


Trinity Mills Station, The Writer's Garret Rail Writer's Community Ride, 9AM

Cedar Park

Half Price Books, Georgetown's F.C. Fox signing his novel, Jerry Haywire, 1PM


Meadows Conference Center, Dallas Area Writers Group Summer Workshop II: "Writing and Publishing Your Christian Fiction/Nonfiction Book"presented by Michelle Stimpson, 9AM 


B&N, Local author Jackie McBroom signing Historic Texas Gyms: A Tribute to Vanishing Traditions, 2PM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "A Trivial Satire for Serious Reader" with Carlos Nicolas Flores, 12:45PM


Brazos Bookstore, Brandon Brown discussing and signing The Apollo Chronicles, 3PM

Cafe Brasil, Houston VIP Workshop & Open Mic featuring Erica Nicole, 7PM

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

Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport, Robert D. Jacobus signing Black Man in the Huddle: Stories from the Integration of Texas Football, 12PM

Murder By the Book, Leila Meacham reading and signing Dragonfly, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Two Texas Authors: Thriller, Action & Mystery with Karen S. Gordon and L.A. Starks, 3PM

San Antonio

B&N - Northwoods, Oh Austen The Hippo author signing and story time, 2PM

B&N - San Pedro, Jay Smith signing The Adventures of Chewy the Chihuahua and Her Sidekick Cupcake, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, Angela Pennington signing To Every Woman There is a Season, 11AM


B&N, Terry Thorsen signing Phantom in the Sky: A Marine's Back Seat View of the Vietnam War, 1PM


Half Price Books, fantasy author Michael Scott Clifton signing his novel, The Open Portal, 3PM




BookWoman, Barbara Beery discussing and signing Bad Day Ice Cream, 2PM

Paramount Theatre, An evening with best-selling author Bill Bryson, 7PM


Dallas Contemporary, Workspace presents a spoken word open mic in conjunction with Francesco Clemente’s "Watchtowers, Keys, Threads, Gates exhibition," 3:30PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, fitness author Alice Ann Dailey signing Dailey Strengthening: 6 Keys to Balance Core Muscles for Optimal Health, and Tracey Pugh signing her parenting book, Socially Wize Parenting: The No-Fuss Simple Approach to Parenting, 1PM


Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva discussing The New Girl with Jamie Gangel, 7PM [ticketed event]

Kaboom Books, Gentle Hour 7: Houston's monthly morning reading series does evening, 6PM

Murder By the Book, Daniel Silva reading and signing The New Girl, 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.