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 10.20.2019


Local Author Showcase, Carthage, October 21

Unblock: A Retreat for Writers, Wimberley, October 21-24

3rd Annual Teachers, Write! Workshop, Houston, October 22-23

Beyond Biographies – Writing Educational Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books Of All Kinds, Austin, October 22-25

Heritage Auctions: Historical Manuscripts, Dallas, October 23

San Antonio Express-News Book & Author Luncheon, October 23

26th Annual Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, October 24-31

Voice & Vision: 4th Annual Texas Authors Celebration, Austin, October 24

Inkstravaganza Gala: Empowering Young Voices, San Antonio, October 24

National Black Book Festival, Houston, October 24-26

Border Regional Library Association 2019 Fall Conference, El Paso, October 25-26

Jump Start that Novel Writing Retreat, Burton, October 25-27

Texas Book Festival, Austin, October 26-27

Austin Lit Crawl, October 26

Delightfully Dirty in Dallas, October 26

2019 Writers Conference of Dallas, October 26

Buns and Roses Romance Tea for Literacy, Richardson, October 27



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, 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




BookPeople, Charlie Gilkey discussing and signing Start Finishing, 7PM

Bufalina, Austin Bat Cave presents "The Pie Who Loved Me" with Lara Prescott, author of The Secrets We Kept, 6PM


B&N - Lincoln Park, Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge book signing with Captain Tammie Jo Shults, 7PM


UNT, Terry Thorsen discussing and signing Phantom in the Sky: A Marine's Back Seat View of the Vietnam War, 6:30PM


Murder By the Book, editor Michael Bracken and contributors Chuck Brownman, James A. Hearn, Scott Montgomery, Graham Powell, William Dylan Powell, Mark Troy, and Bev Vincent reading and signing The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods, 6:30PM


Maud Marks Library, VIP Arts Houston Noir Writing Workshops, 6:45PM


Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Delivering on Promises" with Jaye Wells, 7PM




Mockingbird Branch Library, Telling Tall Tales with the Mesquite Storytellers, 6PM


BookPeople, H.W. Brands discussing and signing Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West, 7PM

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


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Ruta Sepetys and The Fountains of Silence, 7:30PM

Deep Vellum Books, Jung Young Moon reading and signing Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River (in conversation w/David Searcy), 7PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling-author Lisa Wingate and award-winning journalist Judy Christie discussing and signing Before and After, 7PM

SMU, book release symposium: luncheon, panels, and evening keynote with editors and subjects of The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush’s Decision to Surge in Iraq, 11:30AM [RSVP required]

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, Cameron Dezen Hammon discussing and signing This Is My Body, 6PM

Mongoose v. Cobra Bar, Fady Joudah and William Virgil Davis present Firsts: 100 Years of Yale Younger Poets, 7PM

San Antonio

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

San Marcos

Texas State - Alkek Library, film screening, panel discussion, and book signing with Ben Masters, author of The River and The Wall, 6:30PM


Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Marjorie Lewis reading and signing When the Men Were Gone, 7PM




BookPeople, W. Bruce Cameron reading and signing A Dog's Promise, 7PM

The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions presents "Fly As I Dare," 8PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, award-winning author James Haley reading and signing the latest installment of his Captain Putnam naval saga, The Devil in Paradise, 7PM

Interabang Books, CANCELED. H.W. Brands discussing and signing Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West, 6PM

SMU, World Affairs Council - DFW presents Marie Arana discussing and signing Silver, Sword & Stone, 6:30PM


Brazos Bookstore, Timothy Egan discussing and signing A Pilgrimage to Eternity, 6:30PM

Houston Maritime Museum, author Dr. Stephen Curley presents "In Search of Jean Lafitte: Legends, Lies, and Other Truths," 6PM


Baldwin Boettcher Library, VIP Arts Houston Noir Writing Workshops, 5PM

The Woodlands

Market Street Outdoor Stage, ARTFEEL: poetry reading with Dede Fox, Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Texas, 7PM




UT Arlington, Maverick Speakers Series: Dr. Jackson Katz, author of Man Enough: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity, 7:30PM


BookPeople, Christopher Long discussing Jacques and Jacqueline Groag: Two Hidden Figures of the Viennese Modern Movement, 7PM

Malvern Books, Vincent Cooper launches his new poetry collection, Zarzamora (with Claudia Delfina Cardona and Laura Villareal), 7PM

The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions presents "Fly As I Dare," 8PM


WTAMU, Center for the Study of the American West Garry L. Nall lecture series presents José E. Limón and “Streets of Laredo,” 7PM


Aaron Family JCC, CANCELED Lynda Loigman discussing and signing The Wartime Sisters and Renée Rosen discussing and signing Park Avenue Summer (in conversation with Andrea Peskind Katz), 7PM  

Deep Vellum Books, Cameron Dezen Hammon discussing and signing This Is My Body (in conversation with Sarah Hepola), 7PM

Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Arts & Letters Live presents John Grisham and The Guardians (in conversation with Talmage Boston), 7:30PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council - DFW presents Secretary Richard Stengel discussing and signing Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It, 6:30PM

Interabang Books, CANCELED Clara Parkes discussing and signing Vanishing Fleece, 6PM

South Dallas Cultural Center, Wordspace Dallas presents "African Diaspora – New Dialogues" featuring writer Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, 7PM

Fort Worth

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


Asia Society Texas, Jason DeParle discussing and signing A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves, 5:45PM [ticketed event]

Brazos Bookstore, H.W. Brands discussing and signing Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Shaun Hamill reading and signing A Cosmology of Monsters, 6:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Barbie O'Connor reading and signing Virgin at Sonoma, 5PM

United Way, World Affairs Council - Greater Houston presents Marie Arana discussing and signing Silver, Sword and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story, 7PM


Maud Marks Library, WITS Gulf Coast Reads writing workshop, 4:30PM


Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Reading Series presents Jaquira Díaz, author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, 7:30PM

San Antonio

Barshop JCC, New York Times bestselling-author R.J. Palacio presents White Bird, 7PM

Trinity University, Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima presents Migrant Crossings, 4PM

The Twig Book Shop, Ben Longoria reading and signing The Forest Around the Hill, 5PM


University of Houston, American Book Review Reading Series presents A. Van Jordan, 11AM




University of Texas at Arlington, Friends of the Libraries presents mystery author Roger Broom, 7:30PM


Austin Central Library, The Library Foundation presents APL After Dark: Spooky Scary, 7PM

Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading & Open Mic: Halloween Edition, 7PM

Monkeywrench Books, Monster Mash: A Halloween Bash, 8PM

The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions presents "Fly As I Dare," 8PM

The Townsend, Vera Bank presents "Stories from the Road" featuring Oliver Steck and Dave Scher, 7:30PM


Deep Vellum Books, Pegasus Reading Series featuring Nancy Naomi Carlson, Heather Myers, Rosse Skelton, Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Finger Snaps & Laugh Tracks, 8PM

El Paso

Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Series Open Mic Night, 8PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Ruta Sepetys reading and signing The Fountains of Silence, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, David Miklos presents Countenance, and Isabel Zapata presents Empty Pool, 6:30PM

Cullen Performance Hall, Brazos Bookstore presents The Book of Gutsy Women: An Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton, 6:30PM [ticketed event - SOLD OUT]

Rudyard's Pub, Write About Now hosts the Official Buddy Wakefield book release, 7:30PM

Unity of Houston, an evening with Deepak Chopra, author of The Metahuman, 7:30PM


Muddy Water Bookstore, 2nd Annual Zombie Crawl, 5PM

San Antonio

Confluence Park, Gemini Ink presents Parabola: A Community Reading Series, 7PM

Franky Diablos, PuroSlam Roadshow, 8PM




Austin Book Arts Center, Bookbinding, 9AM [CPE for teachers]

Cepeda Branch Library, Halloween storytelling with Rick DavisGhost stories from folklore, 1PM

Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, Bill Benitez signing Relationship: Notes on Love, Mutual Respect, Boundaries, Marriage, and DivorceThe Handyman’s Guide to ProfitWoodworking Simplified, and How to Self Publish Books to Sell or Generate Leads, 1PM

Malvern Books, Christopher Carmona reading and signing El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of the Rio Grande, and Juan P. Carmona discussing and signing The Alton Bus Crash, 7PM


Nico's Comics and Games, Halloween ComicFest, 12PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, Malessia J. Poe signing Are You a Repeat of Your Generation?, 1PM

El Paso

Armijo Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "The Prose and Poetry of Ambrose Bierce" with David Evans, 1PM

Fort Worth

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

Leaves Books & Tea Shop, 2nd Annual Harry Potter Read Aloud, 9AM

UNT - Health Science Center, SCBWI-North Texas presents an Expert Speaker Panel of Published Authors and Illustrators, 1PM


Galveston Bookshop, Ervin Mendlovitz signing GalveStorm 1900: A Story of Twin Flames and The Voices of the Descendants, 2PM 

Scottish Rite Cathedral, The Witches' Ball 2019, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, An evening of poetry with Kristin Dykstra and Reina Maria Rodriguez, 6:30PM

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

Marmion Park, Houston Storytellers Guild presents "Skyline Screamers: Ghost Tales Under the Stars," 7PM

Murder By the Book, Ann Bradley reading and signing Ruth's Odyssey, 11AM

River Oaks Bookstore, Marc Grossberg reading and signing The Best People, 3PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Intro to Memoir Writing" with Pat Baldwin, 9:30AM

Writespace, Workshop: "Personal Essay: Investigating the Self" with Alex Wukman, 1PM


Josey Books, Josey Books & Records 1-Year Birthday Celebration, all day

San Antonio

Gemini Ink, "My House But Not My House: Surrealist Poetry & the Imagination": A Master Class with Laura Eve Engel, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Diane Paddison signing Work, Love, Pray and Be Refreshed, 1PM


B&N - Town Square, Devri Walls signing Venators: Promises Forged, 11AM

B&N - Town Square, Lisa Hennessy signing Knit, Pray, Share, 3PM

Sugar Land

B&N - First Colony, Rachael Tamayo signing Break My Bones, 2PM




575 Pizzeria - Hillside, Haiku Death Match, 4PM


BookWoman, TORCH Poetry Reading: Lauren K. Alleyne presents her new collection, Honeyfish, 2PM 

Malvern Books, a conversation with visiting translator Rosalind Harvey about her latest work, Juan Pablo Villalobos’s The Other Side, 4PM


B&N - Preston/Royal, Meet the authors of Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels, 3PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas-native children's author Leah Santa Maria signing her Christmas book, Always The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and Dallas-native Danna Joyce Williams signing her Christian fiction book, Rest For The Weary: Shelter From The Storm, 1PM


Inprint House, Tintero Projects presents taller de escritura con Ana Emilia Félker, 6PM

Writespace, Workshop: "In Search Of . . . The Elusive Lyric Essay" with Catherine Vance, 3PM


Josey Books, Josey Books & Records 1-Year Birthday Celebration, all day


Half Price Books, Texas-native author Doris Bell Lang signing True Heart Forgiveness: Learning to Forgive Yourself and Others & Find True Freedom, 1PM

San Antonio

B&N - Northwoods, C.A. Clark signing The Oath, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, David L. Peche discussing and signing San Antonio's Historic Hotels, 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.