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 08.25.2019


Hub City Comic Con, Lubbock, August 23-25

Russian Cultural Center 9th Annual Book Fair, Houston, August 25-30

Brenham BookFest 2019, September 1



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

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

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

Modernist Networks: The Annette Campbell-White Collection, Austin, August 24-January 5

Humanities Texas exhibit: Shakespeare, Austin, September 1-October 1




BookPeople, Deborah Tobola reading and signing Hummingbird in Underworld (in conversation with Lindsay Bing), 5PM

BookWoman, Rachel Monroe discussing and signing Savage Appetites: Four True Crime Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession, 3:30PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Christopher Soden signing his collection of theater critiques My Heart Goes Crack?, and local author Devoreaux Walton signing her self-help book Je Ne Sais Quoi, 1PM

El Paso

Neon Rose Bar, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series presents: Flourish - Spoken Word, 8PM


Writespace, Workshop: "Author Platforms and Branding: A Hands-On How To" with Dr. Cynthia Childress, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Jan Seides signing Unsung, 12PM




Brazos Bookstore, Rachel Monroe discussing and signing Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Ilona Andrews reading and signing Sapphire Flames, 6:30PM




BookPeople, Karen Olsson discussing and signing The Weil Conjectures, 7PM

The Brewtorium, Austin Liti Limits featuring Ron Seybold and K Wendt, 7PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam Indy Championship (hosted by Christopher Michael), 7:15PM


The Wild Detectives, Stone Soup Poetry Workshop with the Writer's Garret, 7PM

El Paso

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

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


The Black Labrador, Houston Writer's House monthly meeting, guest speaker TBA, 6:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Caroline Fredrickson discussing and signing The Democracy Fix, 6:30PM

San Antonio

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

The Twig Book Shop, Kenneth F. Brown discussing and signing What If?, 5PM




BookPeople, Téa Obreht reading and signing Inland, 7PM [ticketed event]

Cepeda Branch Library, Sharing Stories/Sharing Humanity: A Writing Workshop with Mindy Reed, 7PM

Terrazas Branch Library, Aural Literature August 2019 Reading with Chicon Street Poets, 7:30PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now: Compliment Death Match featuring Salt Lake City Slam Team, 7:30PM

The Menil Collection, Noted photographer and co-founder of FotoFest Fred Baldwin reading and signing his memoir, Dear Mr. Picasso: An Illustrated Love Affair with Freedom, 7PM

The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park, Brazos Bookstore presents Summer of Walt Whitman Finale Party: Bayou Nature Walk with Laura Conely, founder of Urban Paths, 6:30PM




B&N - Arboretum, Ilona Andrews signing Sapphire Flames: A Hidden Legacy Novel, 7PM


Haynes and Boone, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presents James M. Olson, author of To Catch A Spy, 6:30PM [sold out]

El Paso

B-17 Bombers Oyster Pub, Last Thursdays El Paso presents: The Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM

Fort Worth

B&N - Hulen Center, Annie Hurley discussing and signing Annie, the Girl Nobody Wanted, 6PM

Cat City Grill, Storytelling: Women in Focus: Real Stories, 5:30PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Teresa Sabankaya discussing and signing The Posy Book: Garden Inspired Bouquets That Tell a Story, 7PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Devney Perry Live Author Takeover!, 8PM




BookPeople, David Lagercrantz reading and signing The Girl Who Lived Twice (in conversation with Chandler Baker), 7PM [ticketed event]

MonkeyWrench Books, 2nd Annual Solidarity Party, 8PM


Deep Vellum Books, Deep Vellum Publishing’s Dallas poet chapbook launch with Edyka Chilomé, Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi, and Mike Soto, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Rudy Francisco, 8PM




B&N - Arboretum, Allen Steadham signing Jordan's World, 2PM

B&N - Sunset Valley, Author signing: Leila Sales, September Scott, Linsey Miller, and Susan Ochoa Ruiz, 11AM [kids and YA event]

B&N - Sunset Valley, Author Signing: Joan Moran, Lily Lewis, and Christopher Brown, 1PM

B&N - Sunset Valley, Author Signing: Charles Erlandson Jr., April Giauque, Lily Tanzer, and Rhonda Erwin, 3PM

Austin Books & Comics, DC artist David Marquez signing Batman Superman #1, 1PM

BookPeople, Story time: local author Lee Zarniaku reading Ellie’s Car Kindergarten, 10:30AM

BookPeople, Tough Guys and Dangerous Dames: A Discussion of Hard-boiled Fiction with Jeff Vorzimmer, Rick Ollerman, Josh Stallings, Mark Bryant, and Joe Lansdale (in conversation with Scott Montgomery), 2PM

Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, Jim Cole signing Never Cry Again, 11AM


Boys Ranch, Trinity Arts Writers Workshop: "Swiss-Army Writer: Screenwriting and Film Development for Authors and Writers" with Daniel Wells, 10AM


B&N - Lincoln Park, Sweeten Your Day The Healthy Way book signing with Allison Catalani, 4PM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "When I Was Cruel" with Sandra Torrez, 12:45PM


Murder By the Book, David Lagercrantz reading and signing The Girl Who Lived Twice, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Lewis E. Cook signing Joe's Alamo Unsung, 3PM

Rockefellers Houston, Write About Now hosting Slam Mania II: Buddy Wakefield vs. Rudy Francisco, 7:30PM


Patchouli Joe's Books & Indulgences, Grand Opening, 10AM


B&N, Savant book signing with John D. Richmond, 2PM

San Antonio

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


B&N - Town Square, Dawn Milson signing Invisible to Invincible, 1PM


B&N, Joy K. Massenburge signing A Heart Surrendered, 1PM




B&N - Lincoln Park, Former Dallas Maverick Walter Bond signing Swim!: How a Shark, a Suckerfish, and a Parasite Teach You Leadership, Mentoring, and Next Level Success, 1PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, local children's author Kimberly Lawrence signing Calibound, and local suspense author Allen Goodness signing Heaven's Hitman, 1PM


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


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.