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 08.04.2019


Houston Shakespeare Festival, August 2-11

Book Bonanza! 2019, Grapevine, August 9-10



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, 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




BookPeople, Matthew Kepnes discussing and signing Ten Years a Nomad, 7PM



Tracy Gee Community Center, Houston SCBWI meeting: "Creating Wonderland: The Alice in Wonderland Commission" with writer and sculptor Bridgette Mondgeon, 7PM




BookPeople, Andy Campbell discussing and signing Queer X Design, 7PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam New Ish Slam featuring Outspoken Bean, 7:15PM

The North Door, One Page Salon: host Owen Egerton with guests Robin Chotzinoff, Joel Weinbrot, David R Perkins, Adam Soto, Shelly Leuzinger, and Tim Ziegler, 7:30PM [BYOP]



B&N - Lincoln Park, Outfox reading and signing with Sandra Brown, 7PM

Interabang Books, Lisa Sandlin reading and signing The Bird Boys, 6PM


Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, Matthew Kepnes discussing and signing Ten Years a Nomad, 6:30PM


San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam Summer Showdown featuring Ayokunle Falomo, 9:30PM




Bullock Museum, High Noon Talk: History Through Comics with UT doctoral student Josh Abraham Kopin, exploring works by an Austin cartoonist named Jack Jackson, 12PM

Malvern Books, Suyi Davies Okungbowa reading and signing his new release, David Mogo, Godhunter (with Austin writer Jack Kaulfus), 7PM



Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring Queen Sheba, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, poet Janaka Stucky reading and signing Ascend Ascend, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Laura Lippman reading and signing Lady in the Lake, and Shari Lapena reading and signing Someone We Know, 6:30PM



Pflugerville Public Library, Fiction Writing Series, Part II: "Boogers and All: Creating Believable Characters with retired professor Tracey Lander-Garrett," 6PM



The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas Seminar: "The Playwrights Toolbox" with Paul Kalburgi, 10:30AM


San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Julie Kibler reading and signing Home for Erring and Outcast Girls, 5PM




BookWoman, Second Thursday Open Mic featuring poet Robin Carstensen, 7:15PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night with Joseph Reid (False Horizon) and Meg Gardiner (Into the Black Nowhere), 7PM



Sterling Municipal Library, Lisa Sandlin reading and signing The Bird Boys, 6PM



Burrowing Owl Books, High Plains Poetry Society presents a reading and Q&A with Amarillo mystery writer Natrelle Long, 7PM



Dallas Contemporary, WordSpace hosts a sequenced, performance, and spoken word showcase of artists and poets responding to Francesco Clemente’s exhibition “Watchtowers, Keys, Threads, Gates,” featuring Dallas Poetry Slam, Laney Yarber, Randall Garrett, Tammy Melody Gomez, and Abel Flores Jr., 7PM

Interabang Books, Hetal Vasavada discussing and signing Milk & Cardamom, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, Verónica Gerber Bicecci presenting her new book in which she combines visual art and literature, Migrant Words (Palabras Migrantes), 7:30PM


Fort Worth

Southwest Regional Library, Third Thursday Jazz: Spoken Word, 2PM



Blue Willow Bookshop, Julie Kibler reading and signing Home for Erring and Outcast Girls, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Dr. Jody Edward Ginn discussing and signing East Texas Troubles, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Robert Crais reading and signing A Dangerous Man, 6:30PM


San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, John Casey discussing and signing Raw Thoughts: A mindful fusion of literary and photographic art, 5PM




Front Street Books, Reavis Wortham reading and signing Hawke’s Target, 5:30PM



Deep Vellum Books, Patrick Strickland discussing and signing Alerta! Alerta!, 7PM



B&N - Vanderbilt Square, Michael Weisberg discussing both his journey of practicing medicine and his recently released novel, In The End, 6PM




B&N - Arboretum, Abigial Owen signing The Rogue King, 2PM

BookPeople, Picture Book Celebration with Carmen Oliver (Bears Make the Best Math Buddies), Kathi Appelt (Max ... Attacks!), and Varsha Bajaj (The Home Builders), 2PM

BookPeople, Christina Soontornvat reading and signing Diary of an Ice Princess, 5PM

Malvern Books, poet John Casey reading, and signing Raw Thoughts (with poet Jack Bresette-Mills), 7PM



Patrick Heath Public Library, San Antonio Romance Authors R.C. Alvarez, Patricia W. Fischer, Molly Mirren, Sasha Summers, Elizabeth Ann West, and Teri Wilson will sign their latest books, 11AM



2nd & Charles, Local Author Celebration featuring picture-book authors Christina Hammons & Shannon, 12PM



Dallas Public Library, JFK Assassination: Exploration of the Unexplained: Author Robert Groden gives insight on various JFK Assassination theories that differ from the official explanation, 2PM


El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Things I Learned" with Gene Keller, 12:45PM


Fort Worth

B&N - Hulen Center, Meet Dawn Milson, local author of Invisible to Invincible, 4PM



Galveston Bookshop, Jim Labove signing Sunrise Over Keith Lake, 2PM



Art League Houston, Writers In the Schools presents a Free Verse Open Mic, 5:30PM

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, Sameer Garach reading and signing The Bull Option, 4:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Horror Intensive: A Generative Workshop" with Charlotte Wyatt, 1PM

Writespace, Monthly Workshop Open Mic, 7PM


San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, T. Carlos Anderson signing There Is a Balm in Huntsville: A True Story of Tragedy and Restoration from the Heart of the Texas Prison System, 11AM



B&N - Town Square, Ayah Sayyed signing Sabeel and her Superheroes, 1PM



B&N, Bert Lindsey signing Quick Tender and Razor Sharp, 1PM

Half Price Books, local children’s author J.E. Lindsay Jr. signing 31 Ways To Use Leftover Pizza, 3PM



B&N, Dave Campbell signing Dave Campbell's Favorite Texas College Football Stories, 2PM




Malvern Books, Austin Writers Roulette presents "Too-Woke Insomniac," 4PM



Half Price Books Mother Ship, steampunk sci-fi author Sarah Mensinga signing Currently, and sci-fi author Alexis Lantgen signing her short story collection, Sapience, 1PM



Murder By the Book, Rhys Bowen reading and signing Love and Death Among the Cheetahs, 2PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Introducing Characters: A Hands-On How To" with Joy Preble, 3PM


San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Kristen Henry signing Guiding Questions: Productive conversations and planning for instructional coaches, administrators, and teachers, 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.