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 Events@lonestarliterary.com 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 09.15.2019

SPECIAL EVENTS:

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

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

Big Texas Comicon, San Antonio, September 20-22

FenCon XVI: Gateway to the Future, Irving, September 20-22

DFW Literary SoulFEST, Fort Worth, September 21

Banned Books Week 2019, nationwide, September 22-28

 

EXHIBITS:

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

The Essential J. Frank Dobie, San Marcos, through December 1

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

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

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15:

Austin

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

Dallas

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

Edinburg

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

Frisco

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

Houston

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

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16:

Austin

BookWoman, Matthew Riemer discussing and signing We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation (in conversation with Curran Nault), 7PM

Dallas

Resource Center, World Affairs Council DFW presents Bob Satawake discussing and signing Breaking Protocol, 6:30PM

El Paso

B&N - Fountains at Farah, #ElPasoStrong Author Event with Brian Vukadinovich & R.A. Monday, 7PM

Houston

Brazos Bookstore, Dina Nayeri discussing and signing The Ungrateful Refugee, 6:30PM

Cullen Performance Hall, Inprint's Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents Colson Whitehead reading from The Nickel Boys, followed by an interview with Houston author Bryan Washington, plus a book sale and signing, 7:30PM [ticketed event]

Rice University, author Dr. Sami Schalk presents "504 and Beyond: The Disability Politics of the Black Panther Party," 4PM

Richardson

Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Strong Female Characters" with Melissa Lenhardt, 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Christopher Phillips, PhD. discussing and signing A Child at Heart: Unlocking Your Creativity, Curiosity, and Reason at Every Age and Stage of Life, 5PM

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17:

Austin

BookPeople, Lara Prescott reading and signing The Secrets We Kept (in conversation with Elizabeth McCracken), 7PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam Quarterfinal 2019 hosted by Jomar Valentin, 7:15PM

Dallas

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Tracy Chevalier reading and signing A Single Thread, 7:30PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council DFW presents "Declassified: Secret Literature" with Lea Carpenter, 6PM

Interabang Books, Esteban Rodriguez reading from and signing his poetry collection, Dusk and Dust, 6PM

El Paso

The Back Orchid Lounge, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series presents: Writers & Músicos for Migrant Justice, 9PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM

Houston

Bohemeo's, Glass Mountain reading and open mic, 7PM

The Hub, A special presentation, Q&A, and signing with Ralph Bivins on his new book, Houston 2020: America’s Boom Town – An Extreme Close Up, 8AM

Round Rock

Round Rock Public Library, get the buzz on forthcoming books with Penguin Random House at Book Buzz, 7PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam featuring DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, David Odle reading and signing Markus, 5PM

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18:

Austin

BookPeople, Rachel Brathen discussing and signing To Love and Let Go, 7PM [ticketed event]

Carver Library, Workshop: Come As You Are Writing Series: "Writing Your Truth" with Badgerdog's Mac Irvine, 6:30PM

Ransom Center, Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage, 12PM

Malvern Books, Why There Are Words Austin reading series featuring “Silver Linings” with Kathryn Schwille, Kristen Staby Rembold, Mark Solomon, Marian Szczepanski, Joanna Howerton, and Michael Cross, 7PM

Monkeywrench Books, ATX Interfaces reading and open mic featuring annalyse gelman, Loyce Gayo, and Nour Al Ghraowi, 7PM

Conroe

Lone Star College, Montgomery County Literary Council presents poet David Baker, 7PM

Dallas

George W. Bush Presidential Center, U.S. Supreme Court justice. Justice Neil Gorsuch discussing his upcoming book, A Republic, If You Can Keep It, 6:30PM [ ticketed event]

Interabang Books, Denaye Barahona discussing and signing Simple Happy Parenting, 6PM

SMU, The Bridge Builder Lectures: "The Bridge of Faith and Religion: The Necessity of Viewpoint Diversity in American Higher Education" with author Eboo Patel, 12PM [ticketed event]

SMU, The Bridge Builder Lectures: "The Bridge of Politics: Anger, Mourning and Empathy in American Politics" with author Dr. Arlie Hochschild, 7PM [ticketed event]

SMU, The Bridge Builder Lectures: "The Bridge of Racial Difference" with author W. Kamau Bell, 7PM [sold out]

Fort Worth

Texas Christian University, 7th Annual Crossroads Lecture on Faith and Public Life: activist Mary DeMuth, author of We Too: How the Church can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis, 7PM

Houston

Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam featuring Teresa Johnson, 7:30PM

Plano

B&N - Legacy West, Open-Mic Poetry Night, 7PM

San Antonio

University of the Incarnate Word, Looking back at "No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed" and Co-creating the Future": a panel including author Dr. Cynthia Orozco, 6:30PM

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19:

Arlington

University of Texas, 2nd Annual Human Library, 12PM

University of Texas, Maverick Speakers Series: "The State of the American Presidency" with Bob Woodward, 7:30PM [ticketed event]

Austin

BookPeople, Bridget Farr reading and signing Pavi Sharma's Guide to Going Home, 6:30PM [kids event]

BookPeople, Writers' League of Texas presents "Learning to Write by Watching TV?" with Wendi Aarons, Samantha M. Clark, Eugene Fischer, and Scott Von Doviak, 7PM

BookWoman, Hilah Johnson discussing and signing The Little Local Texas Cookbook, 7PM

grayDUCK Gallery, The Literary Witches Oracle launch party with Taisia Kitaiskaia and Katy Horan, 7PM

LBJ Library, the Tom Johnson Lectureship presents U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, discussing A Republic, If You Can Keep It, 6PM

Plaza Colombian Coffee, Corazón, a fundraiser for Resistencia Bookstore/Red Salmon Arts: silent arts and crafts auction and readings featuring Carmen Tafolla, Oscar Casares, Natalia Sylvester, ire’ne lara silva, Alejandro Puyana, Leticia Urieta, and Marilyse Figueroa, 7PM

Ransom Center, "Why Should We Read Ezra Pound?" with author Daniel Swift, 4PM

College Station

Texas A&M, Halbert W. Hall Speaker Series on Science Fiction and Fantasy: Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Rebecca Roanhorse presenting “Diverse Voices in Speculative Short Fiction,” 5:30PM

Corpus Christi

Texas A&M, Windward Review reception, reading, and open mic, 6PM

Dallas

Ashton Gardens, TWU Nancy P. and Thaddeus E. Paup Lecture Series: author and former Secret Service agent Kathryn Childers, 7:30AM

Interabang Books, Lara Prescott reading and signing The Secrets We Kept, 6PM

UT Dallas, Anlin Ku Lecture Series: "The Woman Who Could Not Forget" with Dr. Ying-Ying Chang discussing her daughter, author Iris Chang, and her works, 7:30PM

Houston

Brazos Bookstore, an evening of poetry with Joseph Campana and David Baker, 6:30PM

Gallery Sonja Roesch, official book release of Ariane Roesch's memoir and how-to guide, How to Build: a House, a Life, a Future, 6PM

Private home, Conversations from a Page hosting the Houston book launch for Mary Laura Philpott's I Miss You When I Blink and Katherine Center's Things You Save in a Fire, 8:30AM

Lubbock

Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Program Reading Series presents Nick White, 7:30PM

San Antonio

Gemini Ink, Gemini Ink Literary Programs Director Patrick Stockwell launches The Light Here Changes Everything, 2018 winner of Texas Review Press’s Clay Reynolds Novella Prize (with special guest reader Florinda Flores-Brown), 7PM

Parman Library, "Legendary Monsters in Texas" with author Ken Gerhard, followed by a book signing, 6:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Kathryn Schwille discussing and signing What Luck, This Life, 5PM

San Marcos

Texas State University, the Lindsey Literary Series presents a reading with Luis J. Rodríguez, 3:30PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Lilly Wilde Author Takeover, 7PM

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20:

Alpine

Front Street Books, Raymond Caballero reading and signing McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks, 6PM

Arlington

University of Texas, Friends of the Libraries presents Julie Kibler, author of Home for Erring and Outcast Girls, 7:30PM

Austin

BookPeople, Jonathan Safran Foer discussing and We Are the Weather (in conversation with Megan Kimble from the Texas Observer), 7PM [ticketed event]

Dallas

Dallas Baptist University, Arts & Letters Live and the World Affairs Council DFW present General Jim Mattis, 26th United States Secretary of Defense, discussing and signing Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, 7:30PM [ticketed event]

Deep Vellum Books, poet Amanda Galvan Huynh reading and signing Songs of Brujería, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Wayne Henry, 8PM

The Wild Detectives, punk rock legend John Doe (X) reading and discussing his latest book, More Fun in the New World, 7:30PM

El Paso

Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Series Open Mic, 8PM

Houston

Brazos Bookstore, Gretchen Hirsch discussing and signing Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Nevada Barr reading and signing What Rose Forgot, 6:30PM

Kyle

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, the KAP reading series presents Luis J. Rodríguez, 7:30PM

Port Neches

Fleur Fine Books, Dan Schilling author meet & greet, 5PM

San Antonio

Franky Diablos, PuroSlam Roadshow, 7PM

Our Lady of the Lake University, Anthony Head discussing and signing Spirit: The Life and Art of Jesse Treviño, 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, W. Caleb McDaniel discussing and signing Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America, 5PM

Southlake

B&N - Town Square, Frank Gertcher signing his murder mystery series, 12PM

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21:

Austin

BookPeople, Guest story time with Mary Sullivan, author of My Name Is Wakawakaloch!, 10:30AM

BookPeople, Amy Long discussing and signing Codependence (in conversation with Amy Gentry), 2PM

BookPeople, Ian Brennan discussing and signing Silenced By Sound, 6PM

Carver Library, Austin Poetry Society meeting featuring guest speaker Joyce Gullickson, poet, co-producer of the Georgetown Poetry Festival, and editor of Blue Hole, 1:30PM

Malvern Books, L.B. Deyo reading and signing The God-Damned Fool, 7PM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Layering: A Structured Approach to Revision" with Chaitali Sen, 10AM

Brady

McCulloch County Library, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Texas Writes" with Meg Gardiner and Rachel Starnes, 10AM

Dallas

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Ben Folds reading and signing his first book and memoir, A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons, 7:30PM

Interabang Books, Gerardo Delgadillo reading and signing Fractalistic, 1PM

Pan African Connection, Brandi Brown launches The Masked Verity, 1PM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Pick an e-Equanimity, Enlightenment, Emancipation" with Lucy Hopple, 12:45PM

El Paso Public Library, Meet Texas football legend and author Robert "Radar" Holt, 4:30PM

Fort Worth

B&N - Hulen Center, local author Edward Graves signing It Took What It Took, 12PM

Haltom City

Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum, Half Price Books and Scholastic present award-winning New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Dav Pilkey in celebration of the release of his newest book, Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls, 2PM [sold out]

Houston

Blue Willow Bookshop, Jennifer Mathieu launches The Liars of Mariposa Island, her new novel for teens, 1PM

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

Lawndale Art Center, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Ilya Kaminsky, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Freddy Cruz reading and signing When America Fell Silent, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Harvard-trained psychiatrists Carlin Barnes and Marketa Wills discussing and signing Understanding Mental Illness: A Comprehensive Guide to Mental Health Disorders for Family and Friends, 3PM

Writespace, Workshop: "The Ins and Outs of Great Sex Scenes" with Marian Szczepanski, 9:30AM

Writespace, Workshop: "Worldbuilding" with Charlotte Wyatt, 1PM

Irving

East Branch Library, Hispanic heritage celebration featuring author Claudia Rueda, 2:30PM

Lubbock

B&N, Robert D. Jacobus discussing and signing Black Man in the Huddle: Stories from the Integration of Texas Football, 2PM

Port Neches

Fleur Fine Books, Rie Anders author meet & greet, 3PM

San Antonio

Institute of Texan Cultures, Mary S. Black discussing and signing Secrets in the Dirt: Uncovering the Ancient People of Gault, 11AM

The Twig Book Shop, Erik Mehlen signing Did Dinosaurs Have Dentists? and Do Penguins Have Pediatricians?, 10:30AM [kids event]

Southlake

B&N - Town Square, Margaret Bryant signing Who Rescued Whom, 1PM

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22:

Austin

BookPeople, John Vercher reading and signing Three-Fifths, and Jamie Mason reading and signing The Hidden Things, 2PM 

Malvern Books, Texas State University faculty reading with Steve Wilson, Kathleen Peirce, Roger Jones, John Blair, and Cecily Parks, 4PM

Dallas

B&N - Preston/Royal, Frank Gertcher signing books from his murder mystery series, 11AM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas-native poet David Gibbons signing Frayed, and Dallas-native author Allison Catalani signing her new healthy cookbook, Sweeten Your Day The Healthy Way, 1PM

Interabang Books, Rosemary Wells reading and signing Max and Ruby and Twin Trouble, 1PM [kids event]

Fort Worth

Central Library, Banned Books Film Series: The Lord of the Rings, 2PM

Leaves, An Afternoon with Authors featuring Misty Hayes, D.H. Jonathan, Deanna King, and Lori Ann Stephens2PM

Houston

B&N - Town & Country, Healthy as F*ck: The Habits You Need to Get Lean, Stay Healthy, and Kick Ass at Life book signing with Oonagh Duncan, 1:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Finding The Right Voice in your Writing" with Joy Preble, 3PM

Richardson

Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Author Platform 101: Building Your Brand without Selling Your Soul" with JR Forasteros, 3PM

 

Don't see your book or literary event here? Email Events@lonestarliterary.com with your complete info two weeks in advance of the issue in which your event is scheduled, and we'll include it.