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 07.28.2019


2nd Annual Talleres Huitzilopochtli, Edinburg, July 30

Heritage Auctions: Comics & Comic Art, Dallas, August 1-3

Writer Reboot Intensive 2019, Austin, August 1-4

ArmadilloCon 41, Austin, August 2-4

Houston Shakespeare Festival, August 2-11

East Texas Book Bash, Tyler, August 3

WORDFest SW, Burleson, August 3



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

The Art of Texas: 250 Years (from the eponymous book), San Antonio, through August 25

Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations, Midland, July 5-October 5

Art + Words: Marlo Saucedo and Leslie Gaworecki, Bryan, July 18-September 18




BookPeople, Kris Lackey reading and signing Greasy Bend, and Bill Kring reading and signing Degüello, 2PM

Coldtowne Theater, Austin Film Festival presents Pitch Day workshop and party, 12PM

Malvern Books, celebrating the launch of Ron Seybold’s memoir, Stealing Home, 1PM

Malvern Books, a reading and exhibit celebrating the launch of the latest issue of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review with keynote poet Alex Lemon, 4PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, children's author Charles B. Rowe signing The Adventures of Hank and Friends, and Dez Tovar signing her thriller The Bellowing Hollers, 1PM

El Paso

Home of Mary and Mark Mooney, Tumblewords Project Mid-Summer Salon to honor and thank their July writer-in-residence, Carlos Nicolas Flores, 5PM [text or message RSVP to (915) 328-4061]

San Antonio

Tobin Center, Iyanla Vanzant: Acts of Faith Remix Tour, 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, Terry L. Braddock signing The Stump: My Way Out of Chicago's South Side, 12PM




Howson Branch Library, Star Party with Lindsay Leslie, author of Nova the Star Eater, 2PM


Archway Gallery, Writing Workshop with Houston Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz, 6PM




Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam Hosted by Peter Nevland, 7:15PM

Paramount Theatre, Hank Green discussing an signing his bestselling debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, 7:30PM [ticketed event]

El Paso

The Station, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Beat the Heat: book recommendations with Liz Sullivan of Random House and Brian Contine of Penguin, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Kid’s Creative Writing Workshop with Kathi Appelt, 3PM

Brazos Bookstore, Kathi Appelt reading and signing Angel Thieves, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Jack Carr reading and signing True Believer (in conversation with Tom Abrahams), 6:30PM

Notsuoh, Canción Cannibal Cabaret Summer Tour with poet Amalia Ortiz, 8PM


South Irving Library, A Universe of Stories YA Author Panel featuring Rhoda Belleza, Rachel Caine, Hafsah Faizal, Katharine McGee, and Ashley Poston, including an audience Q&A, book sales, and signings (Join the authors earlier 2PM for an afternoon party with snacks and crafts), 7PM




BookPeople, Stephen Hunter reading and signing Game of Snipers, 7PM

Terrazas Branch Library, Chicon Street Poets presents the Aural Literature July Reading, 7:30PM


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

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Jack Carr reading and signing his latest political thriller, True Believer, 7PM


Lark and Owl Booksellers, Children's Writing Workshop with author Nikki Loftin, 3PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam featuring Clementine von Radics, 7:30PM

Spring Forest Middle School, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Hank Green reading and signing An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (in conversation with Cory Doctorow), 7PM [ticketed event]

North Richland Hills

North Richland Hills Library, Sci-fi and space-themed edible book contest (10AM deadline to drop off your entry), 6PM

San Marcos

House With The Big Windows, Canción Cannibal Cabaret Summer Tour with poet Amalia Ortiz, 9PM




BookWoman, Kayleigh Williamson discussing and signing Cool to Be Me, 6:30PM

Malvern Books, translator Sam Bett introducing and reading from his new book, a translation of Yukio Mishima’s novel Star, joined by poets Sarah Matthis, Wayne Dean, Taylor Davis, Dion K. James, and Stephanie Davison, 7PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling travel author Matthew Kepnes discussing and signing Ten Years a Nomad, 7PM

Interabang Books, Caroline Louise Walker reading and signing Man of the Year, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, Canción Cannibal Cabaret Summer Tour with poet Amalia Ortiz, 7:30PM


Murder By the Book, Stephen Hunter reading and signing Game of Snipers, 7PM

San Antonio

Parman Branch Library, Book signing event: Letters to Rose, with special guest Rose Williams, 6PM




Deep Vellum Books, an evening with Houston’s third poet laureate, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, author of Newsworthy, with a special appearance by Poet Rage Almighty, 7PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling thriller author Stephen Hunter reading and signing his latest novel, Game of Snipers, 7PM


Galveston Bookshop, Lisa Sandlin signing The Bird Boys, 5PM


Brazos Bookstore, Caroline Louise Walker reading and signing Man of the Year, 6:30PM


Joe A. Guerra Library, Beat the Heat Summer Reads with Len Vlahos, author of The Scar Boys, 3PM




B&N - Arboretum, Vera Worthy signing Ambition on Fleek, 2PM

BookPeople, John Doe discussing and signing More Fun In the World, 2PM

BookPeople, Jennifer Pastiloff discussing and signing On Being Human (in conversation with Meredith Walker), 5PM

Malvern Books, The Lion and the Pirate inclusive open mike (inn association with VSA Texas (The State Organization on Arts and Disability) and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest (a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities), 7PM


2nd & Charles, Local author book signing of Out of the Woods and Back Again, 12PM


Dallas Public Library, Folktales and Urban Legends featuring Dallas Storytelling Guild, Mary Jacobs (Haunted Plano, Texas), and Jerry Hestand (Hunting Apes in America: My Life as a Bigfoot Hunter), 2PM

Interabang Books, Sam Staggs discussing and signing Finding Zsa Zsa, 6PM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Panic Stricken Uncertainties" with Kit Wren, 12:45PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Gathering of Storytellers, 2PM


Hop Shop, Canción Cannibal Cabaret Summer Tour with poet Amalia Ortiz, 9PM


Bracewell Neighborhood Library, Public Poetry Reading Series featuring Mike Alexander, Hayan Charara, Mary Wemple, and Tria Wood, 2PM

Kaboom Books, Séptimo aniversario de Escritores Cronopios Houston (potluck), 6PM

Katy Budget Books, thirteen-year-old local author Cassidy Sisco signs her middle grade fantasy novel, Eever, 11AM

Murder By the Book, Lisa Sandlin reading and signing The Bird Boys, 1PM

Murder By the Book, Fiona Davis reading and signing The Chelsea Girls, 4:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Writing Noir" with Icess Fernandez Rojas, 9:30AM

Writespace, Workshop: "I'm Writing a Memoir, But I Want to Keep My Friends and Family" with Joyce Boatright, 1PM


Joe A. Guerra Library, Lucha at the Library with author/illustrator Xavier Garza and Laredo's Five Star Wrestling Academy, 2PM


Absolutely Fiction Books, J. D. Jackson discussing and signing War of Blood, 1:30PM

San Antonio

Dead Tree Books, Three Poets Converged in a Tan Bookstore with Wendy Barker (Shimmer), Jo Reyes-Boitel (Michael + Josephine), and Natalia Treviño (VirginX), 3PM

Central Library, Farce or Heroics: a reading of Sex as a Political Condition, A Border Novel by Carlos Nicolás Flores and a panel discussion chaired by Holly Dysktra on "Feminism and the Macho," 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, Eric Mullin signing Unbinding Education, 11AM




BookPeople, Lisa Sandlin reading and signing The Bird Boys, 2PM

BookPeople, Pierce Brown reading and signing Dark Age, 6PM [ticketed event]

BookWoman, Frederick Williams and Lane Denton discussing and signing Bayard and Martin: A Historical Novel About Friendship and the Civil Rights Movement, 3:30PM


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


Museum of South Texas History, Sunday Speaker Series: Author and researcher Jorge Luís García Ruíz will present “Texas. The False Origin of the Name,” 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: "Word Crafting: Zine-Building with Art and Words" with Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, 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.