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 10.06.2019


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

Waco WORDFEST, October 4-6

West Texas Book Festival, Abilene, October 4-6

Houston Indiepalooza, October 5-6

Texas Design Week Dallas, October 7-11

25th Annual Women Writing the West Conference, San Antonio, October 10-13

Poetry Fest 2019, Houston, October 11-13

Border Books Bash, Mercedes, October 12

Fort Worth BookFest, October 12

Texas Teen Book Festival, Georgetown, October 12

Writers in the Field 2019, Venus, October 12

Galveston Island Book Festival, October 12

15th Annual STAPLE!: The Independent Media Expo, Austin, October 12-13

5th Annual Permian Basin Writers' Workshop, Midland, October 12-13



A Time and Place for Everything: Peter Brown, Abilene, June 6-November 1

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

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




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




BookPeople, K.A. Holt reading and signing Redwood and Ponytail, 7PM

Central Presbyterian Church, BookPeople presents Ann Patchett discussing The Dutch House, 7PM [ticketed event]


Crescent Club, World Affairs Council DFW presents Philip Zelikow discussing and signing To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth, 6:30PM [ticketed event]

SMU, the Bridge Builders Author Circle Lecture featuring Malcolm Gladwell discussing Talking to Strangers, 8PM [ticketed event]


Amegy Bank Tower, World Affairs Council - Greater Houston presents Nada Glass Bakos discussing and signing The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Charlotte Nicole Davis reading and signing The Good Luck Girls, 6:30PM

Tracy Gee Community Center, Houston SCBWI meeting: "An Agent & Author’s Perspective of Intellectual Properties: Contracts, Clauses, Foreign Rights & More" with Ann Rose, 7PM


Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Reading Series presents poet Rebecca Gayle Howell, 7:30PM




BookPeople, Debbie Dunn and Tami Lewis Brown discussing and signing Instructions Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future, 6:30PM

Flat Track Coffee, Chicon Street Poets Living Room Lit: Spoken Word Open Mic + Mingle, 7:30PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Chibbi Orduña, 7:15PM

Cedar Hill

Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group meeting featuring Kellie Coates Gilbert, 7PM


B&N - Lincoln Park, A Bitter Feast (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #18) book signing with Deborah Crombie, 7PM

Belo Mansion & Pavilion, Aberg Center for Literacy presents Legacy of Literacy Breakfast, 7:30AM

Chocolate Secrets, Sanderia Faye's LitNight Reading Series, 7PM

Deep Vellum Books, Vellum Ouroboros - A Poetry Open Mic Salon, 6:45PM

Episcopal Cathedral of St. Matthew's, historian, humorist, author, and actress Rose-Mary Rumbley presents Footsteps, an anthology of travel columns from the New York Times, 10:30AM

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors LIVE! presents Stephen Harrigan and Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, 7PM [6PM ticketed reception]

Interabang Books, James M. Fenelon discussing and signing Four Hours of Fury, 6PM


Denton County Office of History & Culture, Paula Selzer and Emmanuel Pecontal discussing and signing Adolphe Gouhenant: French Revolutionary, Utopian Leader, and Texas Frontier Photographer, 6PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM

TCU, celebrate the release of Be a Girl Champion, written and illustrated by Chloe Seraspe Reynaldo, 11AM


The Ballroom at Bayou Place, Brazos Bookstore presents Malcolm Gladwell discussing Talking to Strangers, 7PM [sold out]

Blue Willow Bookshop, Brendan Wenzel reading and signing his new picture book, A Stone Sat Still, 5PM

Warehouse Live, The Moth StorySLAM present "Spooky," 7:30PM

San Antonio

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

The Twig Book Shop, Tom Walker discussing and signing The Man in the Empty Suit, 5PM




BookPeople, Benjamin Moser discussing and signing Sontag: Her Life and Work (in conversation with Clay Smith), 7PM


The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight Poetry Reading featuring Tom Farris and Harry McNabb, 7:30PM

Fort Worth

Half Price Books - Ridgmar/Westover, Old School poetry reading featuring poet and founder of the Renegade Voices Collective, Austin Caraway, 7PM


Lark & Owl Booksellers, Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn present a book party for Instructions Not Included: How A Team of Women Coded The Future, 6:30PM [proceeds from pre-orders benefit GirlStart]


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

Brazos Bookstore, Annalee Newitz reading and signing The Future of Another Timeline, 6:30PM

San Marcos

Texas State University, Lance Scott Walker discussing and signing Houston Rap Tapes: H-Town's Hip-Hop History and his upcoming biography of DJ Screw, 6PM




BookPeople, Kevin Robbins discussing and signing The Last Stand of Payne Stewart (in conversation with Bryan Burrough), 7PM

BookWoman, Second Thursday Open Mic: poet Viktoria Valenzuela, 7:15PM

Harry Ransom Center, a reading with Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies, 6PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night with Mark Falkin, Amy Gentry, and Jeff Abbott, 7PM


B&N - Lincoln Park, How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir discussion and book signing with Saeed Jones (in conversation with Sarah Hepola), 7PM

Deep Vellum Books, Mark Haber reading and signing Reinhardt's Garden, 7PM

Interabang Books, the World Affairs Council of DFW presents James Verini discussing and signing They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate, 6PM


UNT Union, the Gay Agenda Zine Release Showcase, 7PM

Fort Worth

TCU, Sarah E. Hill discussing and signing This is Your Brain on Birth Control: Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences, 6PM


Georgetown Public Library, Robin W. Doughty discussing and signing Unnatural Texas?: The Invasive Species Dilemma, 7PM


The Menil Collection, a memorial reading and book launch celebrating the publication of the late poet Paul Otremba’s Levee, featuring Michael Collier, Sally Keith, Tomás Morín, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Patrick Phillips, and Kent Shaw, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Deborah Crombie reading and signing A Bitter Feast, 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Linda Robinson reading and signing Death at the Sanctuary, 5PM

San Marcos

Texas State University, a reading with Carmen Machado, author of In the Dream House: A Memoir, 3:30PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Amy Daws Live Author Takeover, 7PM




BookPeople, Seane Corn discussing and signing Revolution of the Soul, 7PM 

Malvern Books, celebrate the recent launch of Paul D. Dickinson’s Junker Dreams: An Automotive Memoir (with special guest W. Joe Hoppe), 7PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand reading and signing What Happens in Paradise, 7PM

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

Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, Poets On the X+ featuring Harry McNabb, 7PM

Pan African Connection, lilD discussing and signing her debut book, Route 2: My Choice to Struggle to Succeed, 7PM


B&N - Stonebriar, Beverly, Right Here book signing with Kate DiCamillo, 6PM 


Brazos Bookstore, an evening of poetry with Diane Mehta and Kevin Prufer, 6:30PM


Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, a reading with Carmen Machado, author of In the Dream House: A Memoir, 7:30PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Victoria Wilcox discussing and signing The Saga Of Doc Holliday, 4PM




Arlington Community Church, American Christian Fiction Writers workshop: "Dynamic Setting" with Jessica White, 10:30AM


BookWoman, Book launch for HoodWitch with poet Faylita Hicks, 5:30PM


Bandera Public Library, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Texas Writes" with Carol Dawson and Charlotte Gullick, 10AM

College Station

B&N - TAMU, Dave Campbell signing Dave Campbell's Favorite Texas Football Stories, Ron Jackson signing Bebes and the Bear: Gene Stallings, Coach Bryant, and Their 1968 Cotton Bowl Showdown, and Dave South signing You Saw Me on the Radio: Recollections and Favorite Calls as the Voice of Aggie Athletics, TBA


B&N - Preston/Royal, Elizabeth Pena signing Matthew the Grumpy Baby Walrus, 1PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo reading and discussing Beverly, Right Here, 2:30PM [ticketed event]

Deep Vellum Books, Michael Noll and The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction, 7PM

Interabang Books, Fran Shelton reading and signing No Winter Lasts Forever, 1PM

Pan African Connection, Lucky Legend signing Strong Minds, Strong Athletes, 3PM

El Paso

Armijo Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Columbus Never Made it to the Lower 48" with David Evans, 1PM

Literarity Book Shop, Alfredo Corchado signing new edition of Homelands, 4PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Britney Lee reading and signing her picture book, The Boy with Big, Big Feelings, 11AM

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

Katy Budget Books, Diane Manning signing Deceitful Lies and Justice Served, 3PM

Murder By the Book, Ellie Alexander reading and signing Beyond a Reasonable Stout and A Cup of Holiday Fear, 4:30PM

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Inprint Poetry Buskers at the MFAH Fall Festival, 3PM

WITS Meeting House, Free Verse Open Mic, 5:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Mags to Riches: Magazine Writing 101" with Jody T. Morse, 1PM

Writespace, Workshop Open Mic, 7PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Indie Author Day Celebration, all day


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

San Antonio

B&N - San Pedro, Movies (And Other Things) book signing with Shea Serrano, 4PM

Collins Garden Library, Voces Cósmicas presents “Cuando Sueno”: an afternoon of poetry with Voces Cósmicas poets Fernando Esteban Flores, Jacinto Jesus Cardona, Alicia Galvan, Suzanne Green, Ed Cody, Liz Vera, and others, 2PM

Crownridge Canyon Park & Wilderness Area, Gemini Ink presents Poetry at the Park: Monarch Migration with Amalia Leticia Ortiz, 10AM

Dead Tree Books, Ruth Mini launches Sad Songs and Gray Dresses, 2PM

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, "Words, Images, & Artifacts: A Gloria Anzaldúa Archival Exhibit," 7PM

Parman Library, Author Panel: San Antonio through the eyes of local writers, 2PM

South Padre Island

Paragraphs on Padre, Meet the Author Series: W.F. Strong discussing and signing Stories from Texas, 1PM


B&N - Town Square, Rebecca Balcarcel signing The Other Half of Happy, 1PM




BookPeople, Donna Janell Bowman discussing and signing King of the Tightrope, 2PM

BookPeople, Kari Bovée reading and signing Peccadillo at the Palace, 5PM

BookWoman, Book launch for She Rode a Harley with Mary Jane Black, 4PM

Malvern Books, Austin Writers Roulette presents "Wildest Dreams," 4PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, The Dog Who Took Me Up a Mountain: How Emme the Australian Terrier Changed My Life When I Needed It Most book signing with Rick Crandall, 1PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas-native Sunni Rain signing her autism-awareness book, After Winter Must Come Spring, and Dallas-native self-help author Janet Ellis signing Wake Up!: Break The Generational Cycle And Be Yourself, 1PM

Lucky Dog Books, Texas writer Oliver Sheppard reading and signing Thirteen Nocturnes and The Void Cantos, 4PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Alan Gratz reading and signing his newest book for young readers, Allies, 1PM

Inprint House, Taller de escritura con Patricia Coral (with Tintero Projects), 6PM


Half Price Books, Texas-native author Dre Williams signing his inspirational self-help book, It's Already Done, 1PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Lisa Leader signing The Man Haters Club: A Bobby Bain Novel, 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.