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 09.29.2019


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

Monster-Con, San Antonio, September 28-29

38th Annual American Journalism Historians Association National Convention, Dallas, October 3-5

SCBWI - North Texas Fall Retreat, Waxahachie, October 4-6

Waco WORDFEST, October 4-6

West Texas Book Festival, Abilene, October 4-6

Boerne Book & Arts Festival, October 5

Houston Loves Books: An Indie Romance Book Binge, October 5

Red River County Public Library’s Author Showcase, Clarksville, October 5

San Anto Zine Fest 2019, San Antonio, October 5

Houston Indiepalooza, October 5-6



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, 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




BookPeople, Raymond Caballero discussing and signing McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks (in conversation with Mayor Steve Adler), 7PM


Cleburne Public Library, Julie Kibler reading and signing Home for Erring and Outcast Girls, 6:30PM


First United Methodist Church, Arts & Letters Live presents Kristin Hanna, author of The Great Alone (in conversation with author Kathleen Kent), 7:30PM [ticketed event]


Brazos Bookstore, Philip Boehm discussing and signing his new translation of Darkness At Noon (in conversation with Christian Emden), 6:30PM

Meadow Wood Elementary School, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Max Brallier reading and signing The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade, 5PM [kids event]


South Library, Dear Sweet Pea launch party with Julie Murphy, 7PM

San Antonio

Southwest School of Art, San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla discusses his exhibit, "FRONTEXTOS," 6PM

University of the Incarnate Word, "Borders and Identity": a discussion with Norma Elia Cantú, author of Cabañuelas, 5:30PM




BookPeople, Max Brallier reading and signing The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade, 6PM [kids event]

BookWoman, Soul Notes II: poetry and sound meditation with g'beda Tonya Lyles, 7PM

Bullock Museum, a conversation between Stephen Harrigan and Dan Rather about Harrigan's new book, Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, 7PM

Central Presbyterian Church, BookPeople presents Jacqueline Woodson discussing Red at the Bone (in conversation with Maya Smart), 7PM [ticketed event]

Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, YA author Cy Young signing Death Load Onions, 1PM

Lazarus Brewing Co., LOGOS no. 15 featuring poets Victoria Prescott and Chucky BLK, 7:15PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam, 7:15PM

The North Door, 6th anniversary of Owen Egerton's One Page Salon, 7:30PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Casey Gerald presents There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir, 7:30PM [ticketed event]

Half Price Books, Syfy science columnist and sci-fi author Wil McCarthy discussing and signing Antediluvian, 7PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council of DFW presents Josh Campbell discussing and signing Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The FBI Today, 6:30PM

UT Dallas, EODIAH Fellow Talks with Kent Boyer (Ekphrastic Poetry and Abstract Expressionism: “Why I Am Not A Painter” by Frank O’Hara 1956) and Eman Al-Habashneh (A Relentless Quest for Identity), 4PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, Fierce Reads Fall 2019 Tour: Sara Faring (The Tenth Girl), - L.L. McKinney [A Dream So Dark (The Nightmare Verse Book 2)]Margaret Owen (The Merciful Crow), and Katie Rose Pool (There Will Come a Darkness), 7PM

The Menil Collection, Book Launch and Discussion: Cy Twombly, Treatise on the Veil, 1970, 6PM

San Antonio

Central Library, Meet the Poet: Chibbi Orduña, member of PuroSlam and founder of Laredo Border Slam, 6PM

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

The Twig Book Shop, Raymond Caballero discussing and signing McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks (in conversation with San Antonio Express-News columnist Elaine Ayala), 5PM

The Witte Museum, the DoSeum presents the 10th Annual Outside the Lunchbox Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Dr. Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World, 11:30AM [ticketed event]




BookPeople, Josh Campbell discussing and signing Crossfire Hurricane, 7PM

Bullock Museum, High Noon Talks: Mary S. Black discussing Secrets in the Dirt: Uncovering the Ancient People of Gault, 12PM

Malvern Books, an evening with Austin-based poet Usha Akella (in conversation with Chaitali Sen), 7PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Max Brallier reading and signing The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade, 6PM [sold out]

SMU, a lecture by Arthur C. Brooks, author of Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt, 6PM

SMU, Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics With Gretchen Carlson, author of Be Fierce and Getting Real, 8PM


University of North Texas, UNT Visiting Writers Series presents Laird Hunt, 8PM


Amegy Bank Tower, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Fatima Bhutto discussing and signing New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop, 6:30PM [Use code "WAC10" for $10 off your ticket.]

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

Palmer Memorial Episcopal ChurchBrazos Bookstore presents Kristin Hannah discussing The Great Alone (in conversation with Katherine Center), 7:30PM [ticketed event]

Murder By the Book, David Rosenfelt reading and signing the newest Andy Carpenter novel, Dachshund Through the Snow, 6:30PM

San Antonio

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, Chicanas Read the Poetry of Healing, 7PM

Igo Library, Igo Mystery Club Author Event with Susana K. Marsch, 6:30PM




BookPeople, Naomi Klein discussing and signing On Fire (in conversation with Andrea Valdez of the Texas Observer), 7PM [ticketed event]


WTAMU, Poetry Reading: “Language, Literature and Loss” with Jenn Givhan and Vanessa Angélica Villareal, 6PM


Anjelika Dallas Theater 7, Dallas Videofest's Docufest presents a screening of the new Flannery O'Connor documentary, Flannery, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, poet Joe Milazzo presents From Being Things, To Equalities In All, 7:30PM


Brazos Bookstore, Leslie Jamison discussing and signing Make It Scream, Make It Burn, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Heather Harper Ellett reading and signing Ain't Nobody Nobody, 6:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Brendan and Timothy McNulty signing The Meanest Man in Congress, 5PM


Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Reading Series presents poet francine j. harris, 7:30PM


University of Houston, American Book Review Reading Series presents Christine Hume, 11AM


Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, a Q&A with Jeremy Everett, author of I Was Hungry: Cultivating Common Ground to End an American Crisis, 7PM




Front Street Books, Jerry Lackey presents the Pioneers of Texas’ Frontier series, 6PM


BookPeople, Augusten Burroughs discussing and signing Toil & Trouble, 7PM [ticketed event]

BookWoman, Loving, Grieving & Surviving: Poetry of Community & Mental Health with Jen Yanez-Alaniz, Carmen Tafolla, Jen Mendoza, ire'ne lara silva and Ilza Garcia, 7PM


Tusculum Brewing Company, cocktail reception with Stephen Harrigan, author of Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, 6PM [ticketed event]


Interabang Books, John Eisenberg discussing and signing The League, 6PM

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, a conversation with Anne Farris Rosen, co-author of Deep South Dispatch, 1:30PM

El Paso

B&N - Fountains at Farah, Lani Sarem signing Handbook for Mortals, 5PM


Brazos Bookstore, Mark Haber reading and signing Reinhardt's Garden, 6PM

Discovery Green, WITS Youth Performance Poetry Session, 6:30PM [kids event]

Murder By the Book, Raymond Khoury reading and signing Empire of Lies, 6:30PM

San Antonio

UTSA, Creative Writing Reading Series presents Oscar Cásares, author of Where We Come From, 7PM


Half Price Books, Hugo Award winning writer Timothy Zahn discussing and signing Thrawn: Treason, 4PM




Austin Public Library, Badgerdog young authors reading, 1PM

Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, Texas-native and children's author Shannon Mokry signing The Little Purple Porcupine and Saving Gardenia, 12PM

Malvern Books, celebrate the launch of Stephanie Goehring’s chapbook, from The Water [Inaudible], as well as Malvern’s sixth birthday, 7PM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Throw More Stones: How to Build Your Character Through Conflict" with Samantha M. Clark, 10AM


Central Library, "A Haunting at the Central Library": Linda Anthony Hill, author of The Anchor is the Key, 2PM

The House of Rebirth, Velvet: The Rebirth - An Intimate Performance Series & Benefit, 8PM

Interabang Books, Muslim women author panel featuring Sara Bawany [(W)holehearted], Afshan Malik (Pieces), and Tayyaba Syed (The Blessed Bananas), 1PM


The Bearded Monk, American Literary Review Lightning Round Reading, 4PM

El Paso

Armijo Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Writing Flash Fiction and Non-Fiction to Build Longer Narrative Books" with Lex Williford, 1PM


Galveston Bookshop, Chris O’Shea Roper and Tom Linton signing Legacy of the Early Gulf Coast Cowboys, 2PM 


Blue Willow Bookshop, Ava Morgyn launches her new YA novel, Resurrection Girls, 11AM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Eddie Jackson discussing and signing his new cookbook, Game-Day Eats, 3PM

The Book Scene, Freddy Cruz signing When America Fell Silent, 1PM

Discovery Green, WITS Young Writers Workshop, 10:30AM [kids event]

Freed Montrose Library, Public Poetry Library Reading Series featuring Daniel Carrington, Dede Fox, Gabrielle Langley, and Jasminne Mendez, 2PM

Kaboom Books, Escritores Cronopios Houston presents "Letras de otoño," 6PM

Moody Center, Inprint's Poetry Buskers at Moonlight at the Moody, 7PM

Writespace, Workshop: "What We Talk About When We Talk about Clichés" with Matthew Hefti, 9:30AM

Writespace, Workshop: "Micro Essay" with Justin Jannise, 1PM


Centennial Library, a performance and book signing with John Erickson, author of the Hank the Cowdog series, 10:30AM

Haley Memorial Library, Annual Fall Storytelling Gathering, all day

San Antonio

Dead Tree Books, Reynaldo Garay signing When Eagles Fly, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, Ed Crowell signing Barton Creek, 11AM


B&N - Town Square, Jeff Morris signing Legion Rising, 1PM

Sugar Land

B&N, Sharon Hanzik signing Raccoons Don't Use Spoons, 2PM [kids event]


Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Celebrate the grand opening of Fabled Bookshop & Cafe with books, treats, and special activities, all day


B&N, 2019 Poetry Out of Bounds: a kick-off event for the Houston Poetry Fest featuring Melissa Studdard, many of the festival’s juried poets, and poets from across Texas, 1PM

The Woodlands

B&N, Lost Restaurants of Houston book signing with Paul Galvani, 1PM


Carl and Mary Welhausen Library, Writer's League of Texas workshop: "Texas Writes" with Stacey Swann and Jessica Wilbanks, 10AM




BookWoman, Kallisto Gaia Press Read-a-Thon Celebration, 4PM

Malvern Books, The Lion & the Pirate inclusive open mic, 1PM


First United Methodist Church, Arts & Letters Live: Ann Patchett presents The Dutch House, 7PM [ticketed event]

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Horror Author Panel: a special All Hallows author panel with four local horror/fantasy authors signing their works, 1PM


B&N - Stonebriar, A Tale of Magic...(B&N Exclusive Edition) book signing with Chris Colfer, 2PM


Inprint House, Taller de escritura con Raquel Abend Van Dalen (with Tintero Projects), 6PM


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

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Michael Earney signing The A to Z Book of Wildflowers, 12PM


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.