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 08.11.2019


Houston Shakespeare Festival, August 2-11

Heritage Auctions - Dallas: The Glynn and Suzanne Crain Science Fiction Collection Comics Sale, August 13-14

Literacy First presents the 6th Annual Study Social, Austin, August 16

Texas Sports Hall of Fame 3rd Annual Book Festival, Waco, August 17



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




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




Brazos Bookstore, Katherine Center reading and signing Things You Save in a Fire, 6:30PM




BookPeople, Christopher Brown reading and signing Rule of Capture (in conversation with Fernando A. Flores), 7PM

Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave's Story Department presents "Watch the Queen Conquer," 7:30PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Lyrite Sketch Improv, hosted by Tova Charles, 7:15PM

Palomino Coffee, Living Room Lit with Chicon Street Poets, 7:30PM

Prohibition Creamery, Texas Book Festival's Literary Libations: book discussion with Lit Crawl partners from American Short Fiction, Austin Bat Cave, Black Poets Speak Out, and Chicon Street Poets; TBF Literary Director Julie Wernersbach will give a sneak peek of some of the best and biggest books hitting shelves this fall; featuring literary-themed cocktails, 5:30PM

Cedar Hill

Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group meeting featuring author Trisha Faye, 7PM


Chocolate Secrets, LitNight Reading Series with Sanderia Faye, 7PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, food blogger and author Kyndra Holley discussing and signing her latest cookbook, Dairy-Free Keto Cooking, 7PM

El Paso

The Station, Barbed Wire Series Open Mic Night, 8PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Kristan Higgins reading and signing Life and Other Inconveniences, and Katherine Center reading and signing Things You Save in a Fire, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, An Evening with local press Anklebiters Publishing: publications will be for sale, featured readers will be curated by Anklebiters Editor in Chief Kalen Rowe and will showcase published Anklebiters authors, followed by a community open mic, 6PM

Murder By the Book, Steve Cavanagh reading and signing Thirteen, 6:30PM

Warehouse Live, the Moth StorySLAM presents "Animals," 7:30PM


Sibley Nature Center, author and photographer Bill Wright presents stories from his most recent book, People’s Lives, 6PM 

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam: La Lengua Returns, 9:30PM




BookPeople, Steve Cavanagh reading and signing Thirteen (in conversation with Chandler Baker), 7PM


Interabang Books, Dan Fesperman reading and signing Safe Houses, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight: poetry reading with Machele Johnson and Sarah Friday, 7:30PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now: Back to School 1,2,3 Minute Poetry Slam, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Reception and Seedlings zine release with Bayouth Collective and Writers in the Schools, featuring performances by local poets, readings from selected writers published in the zine, and interactive activities, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, T. Jefferson Parker reading and signing The Last Good Guy, 6:30PM




Austin Book Arts Center, 3rd Thursday Space-y Book Sculpture, 7PM

BookPeople, Writers' League of Texas presents "The Art of Personal Essays" with M. M. (Maude) Adjarian, Charlotte Gullick, and Chaitali Sen, 7PM

BookWoman, ATX Interfaces Reading and Open Mic featuring Thanh Bui, Faylita Hicks, and Heather Lefebvre, 7PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Katherine Center reading and signing Things You Save In A Fire, 7PM

Interabang Books, Vicky Skinner reading and signing We Are the Ghosts, 6PM

Fort Worth

Leaves, Writer's Bloc [sic]: As part of the Near Southside’s Third Thursday casual art walk series, Writer’s Bloc [sic] will feature photographic portraits of prominent local writers and writerly quotes from Fort Worth journalists, bloggers, and editors, 6PM


The Wind, The Willow Book Store, Sara Zimmerman signing her debut novel Cliff Jumpers, 6PM


Brazos Bookstore, Alan Paul and Andy Aledort discussing and signing Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, 6:30PM

San Antonio

McNay Art Museum, Community Conversation: sociologist Mary Robertson, author of Growing up Queer: Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity, will moderate this program, 6:30PM


Texian Books, Meet and greet with Charlie Kouba, who will sign Still Crazy: The Adventure of a Lifetime (all proceeds go to Camp Rainbow, a summer camp for those living with Type 1 diabetes), 5:30PM




Front Street Books, Jody Ginn discussing and signing East Texas Troubles, 6PM


BookPeople, Katherine Center reading and signing Things You Save in a Fire, 7PM

Waterloo Records & Video, Brian T. Atkinson launches The Messenger: The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard, 5PM


Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: 2019 Individual World Poetry Slam qualifier slam, 8PM

Interabang Books, Alan Paul and Andy Aledort discussing and signing Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, 6PM


Brazos Bookstore, Jia Tolentino discussing and signing Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, 6:30PM




B&N - Arboretum, Daniel Duke signing Jesse James and The Lost Templar Treasure, 2PM

BookPeople, Austin SCBWI Monthly Meeting: "An Unlikely Path to Publication" with author Xelena Gonzalez and illustrator Adriana Garcia, 10AM

BookPeople, Alan Paul and Andy Aledort discussing and signing Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, 2PM

BookPeople, David Marlett reading and signing American Red, 5PM

Malvern Books, Women in Translation Month celebration with readings and discussion from award-winning poet and acclaimed Spanish translator Liliana Valenzuela, who will read from Puro Amor by Sandra Cisneros, and Marian Schwartz, who translates Russian classic and contemporary fiction, history, biography, criticism, and fine art, will read from The Man Who Couldn’t Die: The Tale of an Authentic Human Being by Olga Slavnikova, 7PM


2nd & Charles, Local Author Celebration: Erica Babino discussing and signing Rolling into Peace: Speaking in Green and the upcoming Petey Peacemakers: Speaking in Green, 12PM


B&N - Lincoln Park, Meet Genie Massey, author of Murdered Without Cause, 1PM

Interabang Books, M.G. Velasco reading and signing Cardslinger, 1PM [kids event]

Lucky Dog Books - Oak Cliff, Local seventeen-year-old author Thomas Venters reading and signing Crooked, 1PM

Meadows Conference Center, Dallas Area Writers Group Summer Writing Series Workshop 3: - "Want to Write a Children's Book?" with Janee Trasler, 9AM

Pan African Connection, The PH Balance Open-Mic, 6:30PM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Your Going Out and Your Coming In: Impressions of Travel Through Creative Writing" with P. W. Covington, 12:45PM


Galveston Bookshop, D. Edward Williams signing Sandcastle of Pirates Beach: War of the Sky-Lords, Book One, 2PM


B&N - River Oaks, RJ Nevens signing Walking Point, 11AM

B&N - River Oaks, Neil Bockoven signing Moctu and the Mammoth People, 2PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, First annual Bookstore Romance Day, all day [cocktails at 4PM]

Blue Willow Bookshop, Angelique Jamail reading and signing her new book of poetry, The Sharp Edges of Water, 3PM

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

Katy Budget Books, First annual Bookstore Romance Day with Sara K. Parker signing Security Measures, 1PM

Murder By the Book, C.J. Box reading and signing The Bitter Roots, 4:30PM

Visionary Heights, A reading, party, and celebration of The Ocotillo Review, plus poets and writers may submit their work directly to staff on-site, 7PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Writing Intense Emotion Without Melodrama" with Onyinye Ihezukwu, 1PM


Cultura Beer Garden, Laredo Border Slam meeting and elections, 3PM

San Antonio

B&N - La Cantera, Meet Rolf Stibbe, author of The Isle of the Dragon, 2PM

B&N - La Cantera, Thank You for My Service book discussion and signing with Mat Best, 5PM

San Antonio Central Library, FlowerSong Books Showcase: Gemini Ink presents FlowerSong Books' Small Press Showcase, featuring Reyes Cardenas, Gris Munoz, Daniel Garcia Ordaz, Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros, jo reyes-boitel, Eddie Vega, and FSB publisher Edward Vidaurre, 2PM

The Cherrity Bar, Puroslam and the Circle School present a Saturday night poetry slam, 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, Dr. Jay Smith signing The Adventures of Chewy the Chihuahua and Her Sidekick Cupcake, 11AM


B&N - Town Square, Lisa Lynn book signing, 1PM


B&N, Fred Wiesen signing Jesus in His Glory, 1PM

The Woodlands

B&N, Dr. Lynette Louise (aka The Brain Broad) book signing, 1PM



BookPeople, Jody Ginn discussing and signing East Texas Troubles, 2PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas native T.F. Hanlon signing his self-help book, The Final Pattern: The Critical Need for Critical Thinking, and Dallas native Deanna King signing her mystery, Twist of Fate, 1PM

El Paso

B&N - Fountains at Farah, Teresa Sabankaya discussing and signing The Posy Book, 2PM


Brazos Bookstore, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail reading and signing Alis the Aviator, 3PM [kids event]

Writespace, Workshop: "Poetry: How Form Informs Meaning" with Dr. Cynthia Childress, 3PM


B&N - Palms Crossing, Meet Jaime Farias & Cristina Farias, authors of The Money Funnel System: The Common Sense Guide to Financial Organization, 2PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, BYOP (Bring Your Own Poetry), 4PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Dr. Tamara Pizzoli signing Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO, 12PM

The Twig Book Shop, Katherine Center reading and signing Things You Save in a Fire, 5PM


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.