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 09.01.2019


Latinidades: A Festival of Solo Shows, Dallas, August 29-September 8

Brenham BookFest 2019, September 1

Langdon Review Weekend 2019, Granbury, September 4-7

North Richland Hills Authors & Arts Gala, September 6

National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, Lubbock, September 6-8

Zine Fest Houston 2019: Zine Cuisine, September 7

Hay Festival Forum Dallas Literary Festival, September 7-8



"The Stars Are Ours: Infinite Diversities in Science Fiction and Fantasy," College Station, through September 20

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




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



Fort Worth

Commonplace Books, the release of Greg Hoetker's novel, A Leg in Oklahoma City, 6:30PM




Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam: New Poem Slam featuring Angelica Maria Aquilera, 7:15PM

The North Door, Owen Egerton's One Page Salon featuring Gary Warner Kent, Staton Elisabet Joyce, Francois Pointeau, Wendi Aarons, and Joe O'Connell, plus BYOP, 7:30PM


Interabang Books, Beth Mills reading and signing Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen, 6PM [kids event]

Pan African Connection, a book signing with Derrick Barnes, bestselling and award-winning author of CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut, 7PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, David Shannon will discuss and sign his new picture book, Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, Timothy Faust discussing and signing Health Justice Now, 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam Season Opener, 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Clyta Coder discussing and signing Mountains, Rainbows and an Occasional Moose, 5PM




BookPeople, Timothy Faust discussing and signing Health Justice Now, 7PM

Bullock Museum, High Noon Talks: Cecilia Garcia-Akers discussing her biography of her father, Hector P. Garcia, 12PM

Cheer Up Charlies, Austin Bat Cave's 2nd Annual Buzzed Spelling Bee, 7PM [fundraiser]

Malvern Books, the launch of visiting poet Sarah Herrin’s chapbook, The Oceanography of Her (with poets Aimee Mackovic and Christia Madacsi Hoffman), 7PM


Interabang Books, Special story-time guest: Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail reading and signing Alis the Aviator, 11AM

SMU Perkins School of Theology, “Indian Literature in Conversation with the Contemporary World: Reflections on History, Religion, Theology, Writing, and Politics" with novelist Chandrahas Choudhury, 1:30PM [registration required]


Avant Garden, Write About Now: LatinX Mic featuring Angelica Maria Aguilera, 7:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Ryan T. Higgins will discuss and sign his new picture book, Bruce's Big Storm, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, Chris Shepherd discussing and signing Cook Like a Local, 6:30PM

Lone Star College - North Harris, Makerspace: Making Zines Workshop, 1PM


Pflugerville Public Library, Fiction Writing Series, Part IV: Page Turners: Angst & Danger in YA & Romantic Fiction with Tracey Lander-Garrett, 6PM

San Antonio

Brook Hollow Branch Library, Monthly Story Nite with San Antonio Storytellers Association, 5:30PM




Austin Central Public Library, BookPeople presents Asher Price discussing and signing Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact (in conversation with Ken Dabbs and Alfred Jackson), 7PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, a reading from final year students in The Michener Center for Writers and the New Writers Project M.F.A. programs in creative writing at UT Austin, including Shaina Frazier, Loan Tran, Darby Jardeleza, Max Seifert, Desiree Evans, and others TBA, 7PM


Interabang Books, Joseph Reid reading and signing False Horizon, 6PM

Moody Performance Hall, Arts & Letters Live: Salman Rushdie presents Quichotte (in conversation with author Jaina Sanga), 7:30PM [ticketed event]


UNT, Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series presents bestselling author and cultural critic Roxane Gay, 7:30PM


Houston Public Library - Main Branch, Rare Books Room Showcase, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Lisa Haneberg will sign and discuss Dead Pelican, 6:30PM


Bowden Center, the Keller Public Library presents the "2019 Keller Reads: One Book One City" with Jason Fagone, author of The Woman Who Smashed Codes, 6PM


Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Program Reading Series presents Marcus Burke, author of Team Seven, Sara Ryan, author of Excellent Evidence of Human Activity, and Jennifer Buentello, managing editor of Iron Horse Literary Review, 7:30PM

San Antonio

Launch SA, Workshop: Creative Writing For Entrepreneurs: Access Your Hidden Talent and the Power of Words, 10:30AM




First Baptist Church, BookPeople presents Salman Rushdie and Quichotte (in conversation with Maya Smart), 7PM [ticketed event]

Fort Worth

Commonplace Books, An evening of intimate singing and storytelling by Texas songwriter Joseph Neville, 5PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, the launch of Katharine McGee's new book for teens, American Royals, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Caleb McDaniel discussing and signing Sweet Taste of Liberty, 6:30PM

Inprint House, First Friday Poetry Reading Series presents Melissa Studdard, 8:30PM

UTHealth Brown Foundation, The Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library host their annual Book and Author fundraiser, featuring Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, who will discuss his book, Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician, and Autism Dad, 7PM


Crowley Theater, a book launch event for Marfa Garden, 6PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Timothy Faust discussing and signing Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next, 5PM




Austin Book Arts Center, Fall Open House, featuring Kyle Durrie of Power and Light Press of Silver City, New Mexico, and her “Moveable Type” truck, 10AM [Durrie scheduled for 2PM]

BookPeople, Maura Thomas discussing and signing Attention Management, 2PM

BookPeople, W. Caleb McDaniel discussing and signing Sweet Taste of Liberty, 5PM

Malvern Books, The Lion & The Pirate Open Mic with Spirit Thom & The Old Hats, 7PM


Interabang Books, Sean Easley reading and signing The Key of Lost Things, 2PM [kids event]

Pan African Connection, S.D. Booker discussing and signing A Toast to the Men, 3PM


B&N - Golden Triangle Mall, Carlo Cavazutti signing Showdown in Beantown, 2PM

El Paso

B&N - Fountains at Farah, Hunting the Caliphate book signing with Dana J.H. Pittard and Wes J. Bryant, 11AM

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Things I Didn't Know I Loved" with author Robin Scofield, 12:45PM


Galveston Bookshop, Lisa Haneberg signing Dead Pelican: A Spy Shop Mystery, 2PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Varsha Bajaj launches Count Me In, her novel for middle-grade readers, 3PM

Bracewell Neighborhood Library, Public Poetry Library Reading Series featuring Matty Layne Glasgow, Choonwha Moon, Dulcie Veluthukaran, and John Plueker, 2PM

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, Christopher Brown will signed and discuss Rule of Capture, 4:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Ratcheting Up the Tension" with Stephanie Jaye Evans, 9:30AM

San Antonio
Dead Tree Books, Carlos Nicolas Flores signing Sex as a Political Condition: A Border Novel, 2PM

DoSeum, Guest Author Series presents Catherine Stier, 12:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Elizabeth Bissonette signing Bijou Looks For A Forever Home, 11AM


B&N - Town Square, Deanna King signing Gracie's Stories, 1PM


Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, local author J.H. Reynolds releases the third book his Monsterstreet Series, 10AM




BookPeople, Kathryn Gonzales and Karen Rayne discussing and signing Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You, 2PM

Malvern Books, a reading from the collection America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience with co-editor Murray Silverstein, Miriam Bird Greenberg, Jesús I. Valles, and Abe Louise Young, 4PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, self-help author Debbie Van Allen signing Do It First, Do It Right, 1PM


Harvest House, Spiderweb Salon presents Denton Zine & Art Party 2019, 3PM

Fort Worth

Fort Worth Central Library, Banned Books Film Series: Fahrenheit 451, 2PM 


Books Ink, Book lovers and their friends will be walking over the harbor bridge on the 100th official BridgeWalk, 8:30AM

Sugar Land

Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Newsman Dave Ward discussing and signing his memoir, Good Evening, Friends: A Broadcaster Shares His Life, 1:30PM


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.