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 09.22.2019


Big Texas Comicon, San Antonio, September 20-22

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

Banned Books Week 2019, nationwide, September 22-28

Texas Tribune Festival, Austin, September 26-28

American Christian Fiction Writers Annual Conference, San Antonio, September 26-29

Pachanga de Palabras, San Antonio, September 28

4th Annual Pflugerville Lib Con, September 28

Monster-Con, San Antonio, September 28-29



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

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




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


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 Stephens, 2PM


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


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




BookPeople, Amy Chaplin discussing and signing Whole Food Cooking Every Day, 7PM

BookWoman, Dr. Faith Harper discussing and signing Unfuck Your Brain: Using Science to Get Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-Outs, and Triggers, 7PM

The LINE Hotel, American Short Fiction presents Lit City with Jamel Brinkley and Rachel Heng, 7PM


SMU, "The New Lone Star: Societal Revolution and Political Realignment" with author and journalist Richard Parker, 12PM

SMU, Arts & Letters Live: Margaret Atwood discussing The Testaments with Krys Boyd of KERA, 7:30PM [ticketed event - VIP sold out]

Fort Worth

Northwest Library, Banned Books Film Series: The Color Purple, 5PM


B&N - Stonebriar, The Beast book signing with Ally Condie, 6PM


Alley Theatre, Banned Books Week: Banned Together: scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, 7:30PM

The Ballroom at Bayou Place, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis discussing Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, 7PM [ticketed event - sold out]

Blue Willow Bookshop, author Bob Shea and illustrator Zachariah OHora reading and signing their picture book, Who Wet My Pants?, 5PM [kids event]

Christ Church Cathedral, Brazos Bookstore presents Marie Forleo discussing Everything Is Figureoutable, 7PM [sold out]

San Antonio

Trinity University, "Mothers, Daughters And Butterflies": a reading with Reyna Grande, followed by a book signing, 6PM

Twig Book Shop, Oonagh Duncan discussing and signing Healthy as F*ck: The Habits You Need to Get Lean, Stay Healthy, and Kick Ass at Life, 5PM




Central Presbyterian Church, Book People presents Marie Forleo discussing Everything Is Figureoutable (in conversation with Rachel Hollis), 7PM [sold out]

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam hosted by Christopher Michael, 7:15PM

Ransom Center, Oscar Cásares reading Where We Come From, followed by a book signing and reception, 4PM

UT, the Michener Center for Writers presents a reading with Joanna Klink, 6PM


Lamar University, “From Thursday Night Lights to Black Man in the Huddle” with author Robert D. Jacobus, 5:30PM


Interabang Books, Heather Harper Ellett reading and signing Ain't Nobody Nobody, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, The Writer's Garret presents a Stone Soup poetry workshop, 7PM

El Paso

B&N - Fountains at Farah, Louis Bodnar signing El Paso Sunrise, 10AM

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

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM

East Berry Library, Banned Books Film Series: The Color Purple, 5:15PM


The Black Labrador, Houston Writers House meeting with guest speaker, 6:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Trenton Lee Stewart reading and signing The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages, 5PM [kids event]

Brazos Bookstore, Leigh Richards reading and signing Messages from Mooseville, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Joelle Charbonneau reading and signing Verify, 6:30PM

San Antonio

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

Trinity University, Willson Lectureship Series: "Racism as Sin: Confessions of a Southern Church Leader" with professor and author William H. Willimon, 7PM

Westfall Library, "Being the Backbone: The Military Spouse Today & Yesterday" with Marian McCarthy, author of Beneath the Wild Blue, 2PM




Spiderhouse Ballroom, the Library Foundation presents Banned Books Bash, a variety show celebrating the right to read, 7PM [ticketed event]

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


B&N - Preston/Royal, Kevin P. Gilheany signing Minding the Helm: An Unlikely Career in the U.S. Coast Guard, 5PM

The Dallas Institute, "The Border: Epicenter of Our Homelands" with journalist and author Alfredo Corchado in conversation with Tom Huang of the Dallas Morning News, 6PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson discussing and signing Land of Wolves, the latest book in his Longmire mystery series, 7PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council DFW presents the 2019 Mel Kusin National Security Lecture: Michael O’Hanlon discussing and signing The Senkaku Paradox: War Over Small Stakes, 6PM [ticketed event]

Interabang Books, Rashad Jennings reading and signing Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide, 6PM [kids event]

Fort Worth

Texas Christian University, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies book reception and mini-talks for current publications of faculty, 5PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring April Neal, 7:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Meg Cabot reading and signing No Judgments, 7PM

San Antonio

Johnston Library, "Being the Backbone: The Military Spouse Today & Yesterday" with Marian McCarthy, author of Beneath the Wild Blue, 6PM




Austin Book Arts Center, Tunnel Book workshop, 6PM

BookPeople, Cory Allen discussing and signing Now Is the Way, 7PM


Castroville Public Library, Banned Books Week movie: To Kill a Mockingbird, 7PM


Deep Vellum Books, Franzobel reading and signing The Raft of the Medusa, 7PM

Interabang Books, Marion Winik discussing and signing The Big Book of the Dead, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, Carlos Velázquez, el “enfant terrible” de las letras mexicanas, en la presentación de su libro de relatos, Despachador de Pollo Frito, 7:30PM [ Spanish event]

El Paso

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


Brazos Bookstore, Despina Stratogakos discussing and signing Where Are the Women Architects, 6:30PM

Poison Girl, Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Erin Belieu, Madeleine Maillet, and Anthony Sutton, 8:30PM

Rice University, Gray/Wawro Lecture in Gender, Health, and Well-being by author Deirdre Cooper Owens, 6:30PM [reception and book sales 5:30PM]


Sam Houston State, the MFA Program in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing hosts a reading with Elizabeth Cohen, 5PM


Morton Ranch High School PAC, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Rick Riordan reading and discussing The Tyrant's Tomb, 6PM [kids event - sold out]

San Antonio

Collins Garden Library, "Being the Backbone: The Military Spouse Today & Yesterday" with Marian McCarthy, author of Beneath the Wild Blue, 6:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Texas Poetry Calendar reading, 7PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Tijan Live Author Takeover, 7PM




BookPeople, Kristin Hannah reading and signing The Great Alone (in conversation with Sarah Bird), 7PM

Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading and Open Mic featuring Heather Lefebvre and Amanda Scott, 7PM


Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Banned Books Week: Banned Together: scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, 8PM


UTRGV, Celebrando Latinx Heritage Month with Amalia Ortiz, music, and poetry, 5PM

El Paso

Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Series Open Mic, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, Marion Winik discussing and signing The Big Book of the Dead, 6:30PM

San Antonio

Confluence Park, Gemini Ink presents the Parabola Community Reading Series featuring Ivelisse Rodriguez and Cyra Dumitru, 7PM

Encino Library, "Being the Backbone: The Military Spouse Today & Yesterday" with Marian McCarthy, author of Beneath the Wild Blue, 1PM

The Twig Book Shop, Jim Lavilla-Havelin and friends present a poetry reading: Enchantment of the Ordinary, 5PM




Urban Alchemy Coffee & Wine Bar, "Read Between the Wines" wine tasting and book signing with Kimberley Packard, C.A. Szarek, Mia London, Vanessa Foster, Susan Sheehey, and Amy Schultz, 3PM


BookPeople, Sandy Carson discussing and signing I've Always Been a Cowboy in My Heart, 5PM

BookWoman, Jann Aldredge-Clanton and Kendra Weddle discussing and signing Building Bridges, 5:30PM

Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, Keith Rees signing One Night in Bangkok, 2PM

Malvern Books, an evening with poets John Poch and Jacob Shores-Argüello, 7PM

Modern Rocks Gallery, Kevin Cummins signing But I Remember When We Were Young, 3PM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Ten Steps to a Leaner, Cleaner, Meaner Manuscript" with Tex Thompson, 9AM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Sparkling Sentences and Glitzy Grammar" with Tex Thompson, 1PM

Twin Oaks Branch, Celebración de la Herencia Hispana with children's author Emma Virján, 11AM


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


B&N - Lincoln Park, Ruth Chou Simons signing Beholding and Becoming, 2PM

B&N - Preston/Royal, Stacy Newton signing Creatures of the Night, 2PM

Deep Vellum Books, Banned Books Week readings and film screening with Deep Vellum Publishing, 4PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Kyle Mills discussing and signing Lethal Agent, the latest book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series, 2PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, 20th Anniversary Celebration with refreshments, live music, and CEO Sharon Anderson Wright, 6PM

Interabang Books, Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger discussing and signing Rare Breed: A Guide to Success for the Defiant, Dangerous, and Different, 1PM

El Paso

B&N - Sunland Park, Watching Wilder book signing with Sherry Lowell-Lewis, 12PM

B&N - Sunland Park, The Fire Keeper (A Storm Runner Novel, Book 2) book signing with J.C. Cervantes, 2PM

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "100,000 Poets for Change - Our Desert Door: Poems and Spells to Ward off Fascism" with Rachel Achete, 12:45PM

Sergio Troncoso Branch Library, Book group discussion of Sergio Troncoco's From This Wicked Patch of Dust, 2:15PM

Fort Worth

UNT Health Science Center, North Texas SCBWI Tarrant County Area Meet-up featuring an author panel Q&A with Christine Kohler, Jessica S Olson, Janee Trasler, Beth Mills, Kathryn Lay, and Diane Roberts, 1PM


B&N - River Oaks, Ramon Sosa signing I Walked on My Own Grave, 1PM

Brasil Houston, Houston VIP workshop and slam featuring Chibbi, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Rashad Jennings reading and signing Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide, 3PM [kids event]

Brazos Bookstore, (Home)land poetry with Monica Sok and Angela So, 6:30PM

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

Inprint House, Escritores en la casa: Rose Mary Salum, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Jackie Anders reading and signing Arion Rising, 4:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Getting Published with Flash Fiction" with Patricia Flaherty Pagan, 1PM


Lakehills Area Library, Writers' League of Texas presents "Texas Writes" with Donna M. Johnson and Naomi Shihab Nye, 10AM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, House of Aces, in collaboration with local singer-songwriter Hannah Swann, present a night of New Braunfels music, poetry, and art, 7PM


The Blind Pig, Open Mic Night, 7PM


4th Annual Pflugerville Lib Con, 10AM

San Antonio

Gemini Ink, "The Creativity of a Narrative Arc": a master class with Ivelisse Rodriguez, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Christina Gallegos signing The Goat Climbs High, 11AM

Sugar Land

First Colony Branch Library, Houston Writers Guild Class: How to Research Your Novel with Mack Little, 1:30PM


B&N, Allison Jeffereys signing A Woman's Guide to Surviving Divorce, 2PM


B&N, Freddy Cruz signing When America Fell Silent, 1PM




BookPeople, Paul Tough discussing and signing The Years That Matter Most, 5PM

BookWoman, Marion Winik reading and signing The Big Book of the Dead, 2:30PM

Malvern Books, Amber Elby reading and signing Trouble Fires Burn, with special guest author Carol Beth Anderson, 1PM

Malvern Books, International Translation Day: Jennifer Rose Davis discussing her new translation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano De Bergerac, plus the presentation of the Harvie Jordan fedora to Austin Area Translators & Interpreters member of the year, 4PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, Meet the authors of Brain Damaged: Two-Minute Warning for Parents, 1PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas-native poet Sara Bawany signing (W)holehearted, and Dallas-native poet Linda Ann Suddarth signing The Hidden Wilderness, 1PM

The Wild Detectives, Backyard Storytelling Night, 7:30PM [submit your story here]

El Paso

Literarity Book Shop, Sergio Troncoso reading and signing A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, 4PM

Fort Worth

Central Library, Banned Books Film Series: To Kill a Mockingbird, 2PM


B&N - Vanderbilt Square, Freddy Cruz signing When America Fell Silent, 2PM

Brazos Bookstore, Attica Locke reading and signing Heaven, My Home, 5PM [happy hour 4PM]

Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, Inprint Cool Brains! Series presents Meg Medina and Merci Suárez Changes Gears (with the bilingual Inprint Poetry Buskers and Jasminne Mendez of Tintero Projects), 3PM

Murder By the Book, Kyle Mills reading and signing Lethal Agent, 2PM


Half Price Books, children's and suspense author Deanna King signing her children’s book, Gracie's Stories, as well as her suspense novel, Twist of Fate, 1PM


Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "How to Write Flash Fiction" with Eden Elieff, 3PM


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.