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 10.13.2019


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

Houston Poetry Fest 2019, October 11-13

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

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

Illustration Art Signature Auction, Dallas, October 15

16th Annual Lone Star Storytelling Festival, Frisco, October 17-18

Fandemic Comic Con, Houston, October 18-20

Houston Literary Awards Gala, October 19

Mid-Cities Teen Book Fest, North Richland Hills, October 19

Tweens Read, Pasadena, October 19

El Paso Community College Literary Fiesta, October 19

11th Annual Georgetown Poetry Festival, October 19

Fall Foliage Festival, Canadian, October 19



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




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




Abilene Public Library, SCBWI-North Texas Abilene Area Meet-Up: First 200 Words - Drawing Your Reader In, 5:45PM


BookPeople, KUT Book Club conversation about Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact with author Asher Price, 7PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Benjamin Moser and Sontag: Her Life and Work (in conversation with Ben Fountain), 7:30PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, a conversation with Paul Theroux, author of On the Plain of Snakes, and KERA's Krys Boyd, 7PM

UT Dallas, Athenaeum Review Issue 3 release party, 5:15PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Elin Hilderbrand reading and signing What Happens in Paradise, 7PM

Private home, Conversations from a Page hosting a literary salon with Elin Hilderbrand for her new release, What Happens in Paradise, 8:30AM




BookPeople, Paul Theroux discussing and signing On the Plain of Snakes, 7PM

Central Presbyterian Church, BookPeople presents Leigh Bardugo discussing Ninth House, 7PM [ticketed event]

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam hosted by Peter Nevland, 7:15PM

University of Texas, Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series presents Brian Van Reet reading and signing Spoils, 7PM

Writers' League of Texas office, Workshop: "Crafting an Effective Novel Synopsis" with Richard Santos, 6PM


Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council DFW presents Brigadier General Robert Spalding (Ret.) discussing and signing Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept, 6:30PM

Interabang Books, Marc Grossberg reading and signing The Best People, 6PM

El Paso

The Black Orchid Lounge, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


The Ballroom at Bayou Place, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Sean Spicer discussing and signing The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Lara Prescott reading and signing The Secrets We Kept, 6:30PM

The Printing Museum, WiVLA 25th Anniversary Pop-Up Market and Fundraiser, 5PM


Sam Houston State, Zach VandeZande, a former MA student at SHSU, returns to read from his new collection of short stories, Liminal Domestic, 5PM

San Antonio

The Alamo, San Antonio Book Festival presents Get Lit with Stephen Harrigan and Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, 6PM

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


Baylor University, the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society commemorates the 50th anniversary of Keston College and the Michael Bourdeaux Keston Library and Archives by launching Voices of the Voiceless: Religion, Communism, and the Keston Archive, 3:30PM




BookPeople, Cleo Wade discussing and signing Where to Begin, 7PM [ticketed event]

LBJ Library, an evening with best-selling Texas authors S.C. Gwynne (Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War) and Stephen Harrigan(Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas) (moderated by Elizabeth Crook), 6PM [ticketed event - "Friends" members only]

Monkeywrench Books, ATX Interfaces: Reading & Open Mic featuring Hazem Fahmy, Audrea Diaz, and Sahib Chandnani, 7PM

St. Edward's University, Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series presents Jennifer duBois, author of The Spectators, 6PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Pico Iyer and his memoir Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells, 7:30PM

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors LIVE! presents Jojo Moyes and The Giver of Stars, 6PM

Interabang Books, Shea Serrano discussing and signing Movies and Other Things, 7PM

UT Dallas, an evening with poet, author, editor, translator, and critic A.M. Juster, 7:30PM


B&N - Stonebriar, Penguin Teen Game Night with authors Rosaria Munda (Fireborne), Tochi Onyebuchi (War Girls), and Natalie C. Parker (Steel Tide), 6PM [ticketed event]


John Cooper School, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Sean Spicer discussing and signing The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President, 7PM

Murder By the Book, James R. Benn reading and signing When Hell Struck Twelve, 6:30PM

Rice University, Dr. Sophie Esch discussing Modernity at Gunpoint, 7PM

North Richland Hills

North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book with Jojo Moyes and The Giver of Stars, 1:30PM [ticketed reception 12:30PM]


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




Austin Book Arts Center, Kyle Schlesinger letterpress presentation, 7PM 

BookPeople, Markus Zusak reading and signing Bridge of Clay, 7PM [ticketed event]

BookPeople, Writers' League of Texas October Third Thursday: "Writing Great First Pages and Chapters" with Salima Alikhan, Robert Ashcroft, Bridget Farr, and Stacey Swann, 7PM

BookWoman, Patricia Eagle discussing and signing Being Mean––A Memoir of Sexual Abuse and Survival, 7PM

Mercury Hall, American Short Fiction presents "The Stars at Night 2019," 8PM [ticketed event; VIP party 7PM]

Texas Exes Alumni Center, Asher Price discussing and signing Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact, 3:30PM


Lone Star College - Montgomery, Poets reading from the anthology By the Light of a Neon Moon: Poetry Out of Dance Halls, Honky Tonks, Music Halls, and Clubs, 7PM


Interabang Books, Thatcher Wine discussing and signing For the Love of Books, 6PM

SMU, lecture by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, author of Charles Dickens and His Circle, 6PM


Brazos Bookstore, Marc Grossberg reading and signing The Best People, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, John Connolly reading and signing the new Charlie Parker book, A Book of Bones, 6:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, poet Julia Guez reading and signing In an Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also a Frame, 5PM


Wolfmueller's Books, Steven L. Davis signing The Essential J. Frank Dobie, 4PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Susan Schulten discussing and signing A History of America in 100 Maps, 5PM


Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Stephen Harrigan discussing and signing Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, 7PM




Malvern Books, Alisar Eido releases her new novel, Wake of War (with special guests Brennan Utley and Kendall Smith), 7PM


Golden Boy Coffee Co., Liminal Stories: a spiderweb showcase, 7:30PM


B&N - Stonebriar, Bridge of Clay book signing with Markus Zusak, 7PM


Lawndale Art Center, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Corey van Landingham and Christopher Kempf, 7PM

MATCH Houston, Glasstire presents OFF ROAD: Conversations with Artists Offline featuring Houston-based artist Vincent Valdez and writer and MacArthur Fellow John Keene, 7PM

University of Houston, Creative Writing Program Poetry & Prose New Student Reading, 5:30PM


Bella la Brew, October Poetry Open Mic, 6PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Karen Keilt & Tyra Manning discussing and signing The Parrot's Perch & Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life Through Storytelling, 5PM




Asian American Resource Center, Workshop: Asian Pacific American Zine-Making, 1PM

BookPeople, SCBWI-Austin Monthly Meeting: Susan Johnston Taylor on Breaking Into Children’s and Teen Magazines, 10AM

BookPeople, Meredith Davis discussing and signing Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl's Brave Fight to Walk, 2PM

BookPeople, E.R. Bills discussing and signing The San Marcos 10: An Antiwar Protest in Texas, 5PM

Malvern Books, poet Logan Fry releases his new collection, Harpo Before the Opus (with poet Caroline Gormley), 7PM

Corpus Christi

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi Literary Reading Series hosts Lisa See, author of The Island of Sea Women, 7PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, Gwendolyn Jones-Campbell signing According to Thy WordSouthern Style, and A Day at the Fair, 2PM

Deep Vellum Books, Athenaeum Review Issue 3 launch party, 7PM

Interabang Books, Matthew Louis discussing and signing Mission Transition, 6PM

Pan African Connection, The PH Balance Open-Mic, 6:30PM

El Paso

Armijo Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "The Book of Delights" with Kit Wren, 1PM

Fort Worth

Commonplace Books, Jason Graff releases his new novel, Stray Our Pieces, 2PM

Texas Wesleyan University, A Time to Heal Symposium: Dr. Mathew Knowles discussing and signing Racism from The Eyes of a Child, 9AM


B&N - River Oaks, Adan Medrano signing Don't Count the Tortillas, 1PM

Brazos Bookstore, story time with Cheryl Pilgrim, author of Big and Little, 10:30AM

Brazos Bookstore, Teen Creative Writing Workshop with Julia Guez, 1PM

Brazos Bookstore, poet Julia Guez reading and signing In an Invisible Glass Case which Is also a Frame, 6PM

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

Murder By the Book, Rachael Tamayo reading and signing Break My Bones, 4:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Writing and Drawing: A WIVLA Collaboration" with Andreana Binder and Marie Casamayor, 9:30AM

San Antonio

B&N - Northwoods, M.L. Blackburn signing Bethel Island: Saving Earth, 2PM

B&N - San Pedro, Tammie Jo Shults signing Nerves of Steel, 2PM

Dead Tree Books, G.R. Williamson signing Hell Bound, 10:30AM

The Twig Book Shop, Ava Morgyn signing Resurrection Girls, 11AM


B&N - Town Square, Dawn Milson signing Invisible to Invincible, 1PM

B&N - Town Square, John Richmond signing Savant, 4PM




BookPeople, Bethany Hegedus and Tonya Engel reading and signing Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou, 2PM [kids event]

BookPeople, Mark Barr reading and signing Watershed, 5PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, Deanna King signing Gracie's Stories and Twist of Fate, 2PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas native Perry Cockerell signing his historical novel, Tatiana's War, and Dallas native YA thriller author Paul Slavonik signing Legacy Drive, 1PM

UT Dallas, Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series presents Dr. Mark Roseman, author of Lives Reclaimed: A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany, 2PM

The Wild Detectives, Backyard Story Night-Dallas Edition presents "Bones," 7:30PM

El Paso

Literarity Book Shop, Daniel Chacón reading and signing Kafka in a Skirt: Stories From the Wall, 3PM


Inprint House, Tintero Projects presents taller de escritura con Mauricio Patrón Rivera, 6PM

Writespace, Workshop: "How to Finish Strong" with Dr. Cynthia Childress, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, David Mizejewski discussing and signing National Wildlife Federation(r) Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife, 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.