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 09.08.2019


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

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

Hay Festival Forum Dallas Literary Festival, September 7-8

Texas Word Wrangler, Giddings, September 12-14

The Tom Bird Method Retreat: Write Your Book In a Weekend, Houston, September 12-14

Jaipur Literary Festival, Houston, September 13-14

East End Comic Fan Festival, Houston, September 13-15

Dallas Fort Worth Book & Map Show, Fort Worth, September 14-15



"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




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




Abilene Public Library, North Texas SCBWI workshop: "How to Critique and Take Criticism" with Kylie Peters, 5:30PM


BookPeople, "Crime Fiction in Any Size" with authors Edwin Hill, Puja Guha, and Carl Vonderau in conversation with Scott Montgomery, 7PM

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse: Reading & Open Mic featuring novelist Britta Jenson, 7PM


Deep Vellum Books, Timothy Faust discussing and signing Health Justice Now, 7PM

Interabang Books, Elyssa Friedland reading and signing The Floating Feldmans, 6PM

SMU, author and journalist Alfredo Corchado shares what it's like to be a binational citizen, the challenges some immigrants face, and debunk myths about life in the Texas-Mexico border, 12PM


B&N - Stonebriar, Some Places More Than Others book signing with Renee Watson, 9AM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite reading and signing Dear Haiti, Love Alaine, their new book for young adults, 7PM

Royal Sonesta, Greater Houston World Affairs Council hosts David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur, discussing and signing Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet, 7PM


South Irving Library, bestselling and award-winning author Renée Watson discussing her newest book, Some Places More Than Others, with bestselling author Julie Murphy, followed by an audience Q&A, book sales, and signing, 7PM




Austin Central Library, AIA Austin presents Design Talks with Vishaan Chakrabarti, author of A Country of Cities, 11:30AM

BookPeople, Ryan T. Higgins reading and signing Bruce's Big Storm, 6PM [kids event]

BookWoman, Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writers on #MeToo featuring readers Shelly Oria, Deb Olin Unferth, Rachel Heng, Maya Perez, and Nia KB, 6:30PM

Chez American Bistro, Chez Zee Author Series presents Lee Walker, author of Imagination House - An Entrepreneurial Life, 6PM [ticketed event]

Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave's Story Department presents "Resist," 7:30PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Andrew Horneman, 7:15PM

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

Cedar Hill

Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group meeting featuring award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin, 7PM


Chocolate Secrets, Sanderia Faye's LitNight Reading Series featuring Harry Hunsicker, Kathleen Kent, Suzanne Frank, Daniel J. Hale, and Fran Lockhart Hillyer, 7PM

Hall of State at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society Brown Bag Lecture: "Lone Star Cinema - The Film Industry in Texas" with John Slate, Dallas city archivist and published scholar of Texas film history, 12PM

SMU, "Language, Violence, and Activism: A Conversation about Mexico Today": In conjunction with Hay Forum Dallas, the Department of World Languages and Literatures hosts linguist and activist Yásnaya Elena Aguilar from Mexico and journalist John Gibler from Texas, 6PM

El Paso

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

Farmers Branch

Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute, Charles Kruvand discussing and signing Riverwoods: Exploring the Wild Neches, 7PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


B&N - Stonebriar, Dear Haiti, Love Alaine book signing with Maika and Maritza Moulite, 7PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli reading and signing their new series, Hi, Jack!, 5PM [kids event]

Warehouse Live, The Moth StorySLAM presents "Lessons," 7:30PM

San Antonio

The Mix, The PuroSlam 29 Again! Hootenanny, 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Gayle Brennan Spencer discussing and signing Haunting the Graveyard: Unearthing the Story of the Coker Settlement, 5PM




Interabang Books, Alex Counts discussing and signing Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind, 6PM

Unity of Dallas, Sangeet Millennium presents Declare World Peace: Celebration of World Music, Dance and Poetry, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight poetry reading with Mark Noble and V.P. Crowe, 7:30PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now: Poetry Open Mic featuring Alex Tha Great, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Asher Price discussing and signing Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact, 6:30PM

San Antonio

University of the Incarnate Word, Distinguished Speaker Lecture: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King discussing and signing Beneath a Ruthless Sun, 7PM




University of Texas, Half Price Books presents Neil Patrick Harris discussing The Minor Third plus a magic performance, 7PM [ticketed event - includes a signed copy]


BookPeople, Patrick Radden Keefe discussing and signing Say Nothing, 7PM

BookWoman, Second Thursday Open Mic featuring poet Gabrielle Langley, 7:15PM

Lazarus Brewing Company, LOGOS Poetry Collective presents an evening of poetry and conversation featuring U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye and Texas Poet Laureate Carrie Fountain, 7:30PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night featuring David Odle, reading from Markus, and Dustin McKissen, reading from The Poor and The Haunted, 7PM


Interabang Books, Andrew Gross reading and signing The Fifth Column, 6PM

SMU, "A Half Century of an Evolving Congress: Observations from the Inside and Out" with Donald Wolfensberger, author of Changing Cultures in Congress: From Fair Play to Power Plays, 12PM

Fort Worth

Ella Mae Shamblee Library, Banned Books Film Series: The Color Purple, 5PM


Brazos Bookstore, Conor Bracken reading from and signing his poetry collection Scorpionic Sun, [reception at 5:30PM]

River Oaks Bookstore, Diane Manning discussing and signing Deceitful Lies: The Investigations of Reporter Melinda Henderson Volume I, 5PM

Wilchester Elementary School, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Drew and Jonathan Scott, better known as the Property Brothers, reading and signing their new picture book Builder Brothers, Better Together, 5PM [ticketed event]

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Diane Gonzales Bertrand reading and signing The Story Circle, and Mobi Warren reading and signing The Bee Maker, 5PM

Our Lady of the Lake University, poetry and comedy with Javier Ávila's "The Trouble with My Name," 6:30PM


University of Houston, American Book Review Reading Series presents poet and essayist Ladan Osman, 11AM



Front Street Books, Jim Fissel, Martha Hughes, Jim Martinez, Mary Lou Saxon, and Dallas Baxter discussing and signing Marfa Garden: The Wonders of Dry Desert Plants, 6PM


BookPeople, Atticus discussing and signing The Truth About Magic, 7PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, "Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice" with Chaitali Sen, featuring Oscar Cásares, author of Where We Come From, 7PM


Deep Vellum Books, Pegasus Reading Series with poets John Poch, Corey Marks, Loretta Diane Walker, and Clara Bush Vadala, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Girls Night Out featuring Crush, 8PM

Interabang Books, Steve Luxenberg discussing and signing Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, 6PM

Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, Poets on the X+ Reading Series & Open Mic featuring V.P. Crowe, 7PM

El Paso

Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Series Open Mic, 8PM

Fort Worth

Ridglea Library, Banned Books Film Series: The Great Gatsby, 3PM


Brazos Bookstore, Sarah Adleman reading from and signing her poetry collection The Lampblack Blue of Memory: My Mother Echoes, 6:30PM

Mind, Body & Soul, Workshop: EFT Healing For Animals and Their Humans with Joan Ranquet, author of Energy Healing for Animals, 10AM

Murder By the Book, Andrew Gross reading and signing The Fifth Column, 6:30PM


Bella la Brew, Aransas County Poetry Society Open Mic featuring Eddie Vega, 6PM




Austin History Center, Meet Ed Crowell, author of Barton Creek, 2PM

B&N - Arboretum, Neil Bockoven signing Moctu and the Mammoth People: An Ice Age Story of Love, Life, and Survival, 2PM

BookPeople, SCBWI Monthly Meeting - The SWEET SPOT: Writing Chapter Books that are "Just Right" for young readers with Christina Soontornvat, plus Crystal Kite Award presentation, 10AM

BookPeople, P.J. Hoover reading and signing The Hidden Code, 2PM

BookPeople, Neil Bockoven reading and signing Moctu and the Mammoth People, 5PM

Malvern Books, the launch of Esteban Rodríguez’s debut poetry collection, Dusk & Dust, with Leanna Petronella, Saul Hernandez, and Gabino Iglesias, 7PM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "The Agent Search: Tips, Tricks, and Timeless Advice" with Becka Oliver, 9AM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Publishing 101: What Authors Need to Know about the Publishing Business" with Leila Sales, 1:30PM

College Station

TAMU Memorial Student Center, Dave South signing You Saw Me On the Radio: Recollections and Favorite Calls as the Voice of Aggie Athletics, ?


B&N - Preston/Royal, April Spotsville signs Oh Austen the Hippo, 1PM [kids event]

Interabang Books, Jared Chapman reading and signing Didi Dodo Future Spy: Robo Dodo Rumble, 1PM [kids event]

Interabang Books, W. Caleb McDaniel discussing and signing Sweet Taste of Liberty, 6PM

Pleasant Groove, Poetry Open Mic featuring McAllen Poet Laureate Edward Vidaurre, 6PM

2616 Commerce Event Center, Dallas Hope Charities presents Brunchin' in N'awlins with Matthew Riemer, co-author of We Are Everywhere, 10:30AM [ticketed event includes a signed copy of the book]

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "The Shape of Friendship" with Lucy Hopple, 12:45PM


Art League Houston, WITS: Free Verse Open Mic, 5:30PM

B&N - River Oaks, Greg Upah signing Sales Talks, 1PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Kallisto Gaia Press presents Texas Poets reading and signing the 2020 Texas Poetry Calendar, 4PM

Brazos Bookstore, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham reading and signing Best Friends, 3PM [kids events]

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

Mind, Body & Soul, Workshop: Animal Communications for Beginners with Joan Ranquet, author of Communication with all Life, 10AM

Murder By the Book, William Kent Krueger reading and signing This Tender Land, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Billy M. Copeland discussing and signing Growing Up Lucky: A Young Magician's Travels in the American Civil War, 1PM 

River Oaks Bookstore, Deanne Wagner White signing How Can They Ever Get Along?, 4PM [kids event]

Writespace, Workshop: "Guided Art and Writing Tour at Sawyer Yards Second Saturday" with Holly Walrath, 1PM


LaMadeleine, North Texas SCBWI workshop: "All About Submissions" with Rosie Pova, 11AM

San Antonio

Dead Tree Books, Meet and Greet with author J.W. Orchard, 2PM

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, Second Saturday Convivio: Parenthood, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Robin Singh signing Servant: How It Was Written, 11AM


B&N - Town Square, Charles W. Page book signing, 1PM


B&N, Gulf Coast Poets meeting featuring Leila Merrill, 10:30AM

The Woodlands

B&N, Little Autumn Rose: A Day in the Secret Forest book signing, 1PM




BookPeople, Shannon Hale and Leuyen Pham reading and signing Best Friends, 2PM [ticketed event]

BookWoman, Cathy Chapaty reading, signing, and discussing Searching for Grasshopper: A Martial Artist's Quest for Peace, 3:30PM

Casa de Resistencia, poet Mónica Teresa Ortiz at "Before the Borders: A Community Arts Event," 11AM

Malvern Books, an afternoon with Bat City Review, 4PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, local author Lyndsey Rhea signing The Uprising of the Unbound, and local author Alan Burton signing Go to the Games with Humble: Kern Tips and the Golden Age of SWC Radio, 1PM

The Wild Detectives, a performance in which sound and poetry converge with Barbara Lázara and Sara Raca, 7PM


Museum of South Texas History, Sunday Speaker Series: author Juan P. Carmona discussing The Alton Bush Crash, 2PM

El Paso

B&N - Fountains at Farah, King Here: Never Too Old, Too Rich Or Too Anything to Meet Jesus book signing with Trish Porter Topmiller, 1PM

Fort Worth

Central Library, Banned Books Film Series: The Great Gatsby, 2PM


B&N - Stonebriar, Frankly in Love book signing with David Yoon, 2PM


Congregation Emanu El, The Progressive Forum presents Bill McKibben, principal creator of the climate movement and author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?, 7:30PM [ ticketed event; book signing follows]

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Inprint celebrates the stories of our elders: a reading, 2PM

Mind, Body & Soul, Workshop: Animal Communications for Beginners with Joan Ranquet, author of Communication with all Life, 10AM


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.