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 10.27.2019


Texas Book Festival, Austin, October 27

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

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture 2019 Education Forum, October 28-29

50th Anniversary Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, Dallas, October 31-November 3

Dobie Dichos, Oakville, November 1

Alamo City Comic Con, San Antonio, November 1-3

iWrite Anniversary Luncheon and Book Signing, Houston, November 2

2019 Comic Indie Con, Houston, November 2

Jewish Book & Arts Festival, Houston, November 2-13

Tyler Comic Con, November 2-3



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




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




BookPeople, L.A. Chandlar reading and signing The Pearl Dagger, Mark Coggins reading and signing The Dead Beat Scroll, Heather Harper Ellett reading and signing Ain't Nobody Nobody, 7PM

Ground Floor Theatre, The Bulb Story Slam, 7:30PM


Checkered Past Winery, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Buddy Wakefield, 8PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Andy Griffiths will reading and signing The 117-Story Treehouse, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, Saeed Jones discussing and signing How We Fight for Our Lives, 6:30PM

Jung Society, An Evening of Poetry with francine j. harris and Meg Day, 7PM

Mongoose vs. Cobra, Brazos Bookstore presents Jung Young Moon reading and signing Seven Samurai Swept Away In a River (in conversation with Taylor Davis Van-Atta, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Steph Cha reading and signing Your House Will Pay, 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Jeanie Sanders discussing and signing Book of the Dead, 5PM

The Woodlands

B&N, Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge: The Left's Plot to Remake America book signing with Jeanine Pirro, 6PM




BookPeople, Ryan Holiday discussing and signing Stillness Is the Key, 7PM [ticketed event]

BookWoman, poet Evangeline reading and signing Love Letters from an Insomniac, 7PM

Cheer Up Charlies, Bat City Review Monster Mash, 7PM

Hogg Memorial Auditorium, Five-time No. 1 New York Times bestselling-author Brené Brown joining the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation for a conversation called "Daring Athletes: Embracing Courageous Leadership in the Age of Toughness," 6:30PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam Halloween Show with Jomar Valentin and featuring ATX Drag Superstars, 7:15PM


Barrel & Pie, The Legacy reading: “Weird Stories and Dark Tales,” 9PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM

TCU, Green Honors Chair Public Lecture: Dr. Ayanna Thompson, author of Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars, 5PM


Bohemeo's, Glass Mountain reading and open mic, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Josh Campbell discussing and signing Crossfire Hurricane, 6:30PM

Congregation Beth Israel,  River Oaks Bookstore presents CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley discussing his latest book, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Amazing Space Race, 7PM

Cullen Performance Hall, Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents Ta-Nehisi Coates discussing The Water Dancer, 7:30PM [ticketed event - SOLD OUT]

Houston Museum of Natural Science, Lord Brown discussing Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilization, 6:30PM [ticketed event]

The Montrose Center, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Adam Rippon discussing his new memoir, Beautiful On the Outside, 7PM [ticketed event]

Murder By the Book, Yrsa Sigurdardottir reading and signing The Reckoning, and Michael Stanley reading and signing Shoot the Bastards, 6:30PM

San Antonio

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

Trinity University, Distinguished Lecture Series: author General Stan McChrystal presents "The Changing Geopolitical Landscape," 7:30PM


B&N - Town Square, The Autoimmune Protocol Comfort Food Cookbook: 100+ Nourishing Allergen-Free Recipes book signing with Michelle Hoover, 7PM




UTA, alumnus Shaun Hamill reading and signing Cosmology of Monsters, 12PM

BookPeople, James Haley reading and signing The Devil in Paradise, 7PM

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


Highland Park Village, World Affairs Council DFW presents Sid Balman Jr. reading and signing Seventh Flag, 6PM

Hyatt Regency Dallas, Bouchercon Literary Gala Fundraiser for Literacy: A Conversation with James Patterson, 6PM

UTD, Dr. Jacob Stegenga presents a lecture from his book Medical Nihilism and Care and Cure: An Introduction to Philosophy of Medicine, 7:30PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam featuring R.J. Wright, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Pete Souza discussing and signing Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, 6PM

Lawndale Art Center, The Unsung Masters Series & Music & Literature with Meg Day, Niki Herd, and Taylor Davis-Van Atta, 6:30PM

Moody Center for the Arts, River Oaks Bookstore presents a celebration of the publication of Glenn O’Brien’s Intelligence for Dummies and the launch of ZE Books (The evening will feature readings by noted Houston authors.), 7PM 

Murder By the Book, Amy Stewart reading and signing Kopp Sisters On the March, 6:30PM

Rice University, Gray/Wawro Lecture in Gender, Health, and Well-being: Dr. Ann Gleig, author of American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity, 6:30PM


Sam Houston State, Jennifer Sperry Steinorth: A Reading, 5PM


Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Reading Series presents David Sedaris and Calypso, 7PM [ticketed event]

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Sergio Troncoso in conversation with Carmen Tafolla about his new story collection, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, 5PM




Arlington Music Hall, Half Price Books Mother Ship presents an evening with popular YouTube comedians Rhett & Link discussing their new book, The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek, 7PM [ticketed event]


Austin Books & Comics, Trick or treat at ABC, 4PM

Austin Books & Comics, Halloween Party: horror, music, and art, 6PM

BookPeople, Eva Chen and illustrator Derek Desierto reading and signing Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure, 6PM

Chez Zee American Bistro, Halloween with Edgar Allan Poe, 8PM


Cremona Bistro, Half Price Books Mother Ship presents a luncheon and toy drive with Karen White, author of The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street, 12PM [ticketed event]

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Halloween Mystery Panel featuring authors Mindy Mejia, Wendy Walker, Meg Gardiner, and Kimberly Belle, 7PM


Poison Girl, Poison Pen Hallowreading, 8:30PM




BookPeople, Tegan and Sara Quin signing High School, 12:30PM [voucher required - SOLD OUT]

BookPeople, André Aciman reading and signing Find Me, 7PM [ticketed event]


Highland Park Village, World Affairs Council DFW hosting Bret Baier discussing and signing Three Days on the Brink, 12PM

Fort Worth

Commonplace Books, Sid Balman Jr. reading and signing Seventh Flag, 6PM


Lark & Owl Booksellers, Dia de Los Muertos Open-Mic Poetry Night, 7:30PM


Brazos Bookstore, Leanna Petronella reading and signing her poetry collection The Imaginary Age, 6:30PM

Discovery Green, Youth Performance Poetry Session, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Karen White reading and signing The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street (in conversation with Katherine Center), 6:30PM

Wortham Center, David Sedaris presents Calypso, 8PM [ticketed event]

San Antonio

University of the Incarnate Word, Images and Memories: Celebrating Puerto Rican writer Esmeralda Santiago's Words - "A Storyteller's Dialogue," followed by a book signing, 6PM

The Twig Book Shop, Eduardo Garrigues & Garaldo Poyo discussing and signing "I Alone": Bernardo Galvez's American Revolution & A Latino Memoir, 5PM


Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Ruth Chou Simons discussing and signing Beholding and Becoming: the Art of Everyday Worship, 7PM [ticketed event]




Texas Star Trading Co., Julie Kibler signing Home for Erring and Outcast Girls, 10AM

Texas Star Trading Co., Mark McDonald signing Beyond the Big Shootout: 50 Years of Football’s Life Lessons, 12PM


Austin Community  College - Highland, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Story Structure" with Jill Chamberlain, 10AM

B&N - Arboretum, Ruth Chou Simons signing Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship, 2PM

BookPeople, Carole Bumpus discussing and signing Searching for Family and Friends at the French Table, 5PM

Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, King Jerome signing Volume 1 of King Jerome's Library, 12PM

Malvern Books, The Lion & the Pirate inclusive open mic, 7PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Bouchercon World Mystery Convention Authors Panel featuring thriller authors Jack Carr, Mark Greaney, Brad Taylor, Marc Cameron, Anthony J. Tata, and K.J. Howe (moderated by Nick Petrie), 2PM [ticketed signing line]


The Bearded Monk, American Literary Review Reading Series, 4PM

Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Spiderweb Salon presents "Spider Dead," 7PM

El Paso

Armijo Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Día de los Muertos: Remembering Their Stories, even Pets" with Raquel B. Mejía, 1PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, writers workshop, 11:30AM

TCU, Ron Tyler discussing The Art of Texas: 250 Years, 10:30AM


Galveston Bookshop, Ervin Mendlovitz signing his two books focusing on Galveston’s 1900 storm, a novel and a collected oral history, 2PM


B&N - Town & Country, Marc Grossberg signing The Best People, 2PM

Brazos Bookstore, Casey Giles reading and signing Indifferents, 6:30PM

Houston Museum of African American Culture, a book launch event for Dr. Bertie Simmons's new book, Whispers of Hope, The Story of My Life, 5PM

Murder By the Book, Ava Morgyn reading and signing Resurrection Girls, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Tyler Broussard discussing and signing My Haunted Life: True Tales of a Texas Weirdo, 1PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Micki Fine reading and signing her new picture book, May All People and Pigs Be Happy, 4PM

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

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


Butt-Holdsworth Library, Writers' League of Texas presents "The Craft and Business of Writing" with Michael Noll and Becka Oliver, 10:30AM


Patchouli Joe's Books & Indulgences, National Author’s Day: Texas authors included in the 2019 Texas Shorts: A Collection of Short Stories by Texas Authors will chair a series of panels on the process of completing books, 11AM

San Antonio

Central Library, Celebrated Puerto Rican writer Esmeralda Santiago will discuss her life and literary career, followed by a book signing, 10:30AM

The Twig Book Shop, Rachel Toalson signing The Woods, 11AM

San Marcos

Half Price Books, Cy Young signing Onions and Deathload, as well as his Aesop's Fables CD for children, 1PM


B&N - Town Square, Deanna King signing Twist of Fate, 1PM


B&N, Marcy Smith signing Little Autumn Rose, 2PM




BookPeople, Cate Berry reading and signing Chicken Break!, 2PM

BookPeople, Sergio Troncoso reading and signing A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son (in conversation with W. K. Stratton), 5PM

BookWoman, Roma Calatayud-Stocks discussing and signing A Symphony of Rivals, 3:30PM 

Riverbend Centre, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton discussing The Book of Gutsy Women (in conversation with Cecile Richards), 3PM [ticketed event]

Corpus Christi

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


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Heather Morris, New York Times bestselling-author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, discussing and signing her latest release, Cilka's Journey, 7PM [ticketed event]


Half Price Books, Double Barrel Texas Tour: bestselling thriller authors Reavis Z. Wortham and John Gilstrap reading and signing Hawke's Target and Total Mayhem, respectively, 2PM


Brazos Bookstore, Bettina Elias Siegel discussing and signing Kid Food, 5PM

Writespace, Workshop: "How to Find an Agent" with Joy Preble, 3PM


Patchouli Joe's Books & Indulgences, NaNoWriMo Writers' Refuge, 11AM


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


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Submission Tools and Tricks" with Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Suanne Schafer signing Hunting the Devil, 12PM

San Marcos

The Wittliff Collections, a reception and program celebrating the new exhibition "Blessings and Besos: Photographs by Bill Wittliff" and the new book Sunrise Sunset: Solargraphs from Plum Creek, 2PM


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.