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 11.03.2019


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

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

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

Tyler Comic Con, November 2-3

International Literature Festival 2019, Houston & San Antonio, November 5-7

EDGE: The Texas Monthly Festival, Dallas, November 8-10

Fresh Fiction's Readers & 'ritas, Allen, November 8-10

10th Annual Wizard World Austin, November 8-10

Poetry Society of Texas 63rd Annual Awards Banquet, Dallas, November 9

Writers Guild of Texas 2019 Fall Workshop, Garland, November 9

Texas Writes in ATX, Austin, November 9-10

Beaumont Comic Con, November 9-10

South Texas Book Festival, McAllen, November 10



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

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




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




BookPeople, Geddy Lee signing Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass, 5PM [ticketed event]

The Long Time, BookPeople presents Melanie Falick discussing and signing Making a Life, 7PM


Panhandle-Plains Historical MuseumBrenden Rensink discussing and signing Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands, 7PM


Cy-Woods High School, The Wrecking Ball Show: Jeff Kinney reading and discussing Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14), 5PM [ticketed event - SOLD OUT]


B&N - Lincoln Park, Toddy Smith and Darren Nuzzo signing I'll Give You a Dollar If You Consider This Art, 7PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Lori Gottlieb discussing Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (in conversation with Sarah Hepola), 7:30PM


The Ballroom at Bayou Place, World Affairs Council - Greater Houston presents Ambassador Susan Rice discussing and signing Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, 7PM [ticketed event]

Brazos Bookstore, Francine Spiering discussing and signing Houston Cooks, 6:30PM

Rice University, "Time Machines: Animating the Past in Fiction" lecture and discussion with author Julie Orringer, 4PM

Tracy Gee Community Center, SCBWI-Houston meeting: "The Illustrated Biography of an Illustrator & Muralist, Too" with Bill Ferguson, 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Sid Balman, Jr. reading and signing Seventh Flag, 5PM




Austin Central Library, Push Print: a fundraiser for the 4th birthday of Austin Book Arts Center, 6:30PM

BookPeople, Jon Klassen reading and signing The Hat Box, 6PM

Hill Country Bible Church, The Wrecking Ball Show: Jeff Kinney reading and discussing Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14, 7PM [ticketed event]

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam, 7:15PM


Brenham Book Nook, Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14) release party, 4:30PM


SMU, SNL welcomes back author, speaker, and entrepreneur Tiffany Sunday, 5PM

El Paso

Sergio Troncoso Branch Library, Sergio Troncoso reading and signing A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, 5PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


Conversations from a Page, Literary Salon with Fiona Davis (The Chelsea Girls) and Julie Satow (The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel), 8:45AM 

Houston Zoo, Carl-Christian Elze reading Zoo Stories: Oda and My Stuffed Father (in conversation with the translator, Bradley Schmidt), 4PM

Murder By the Book, John Billheimer discussing and signing Primary Target and Hitchcock and the Censors, 6:30PM

San Antonio

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




BookPeople, P.J. Steeps and Benchalak Srimart Stoops discussing and signing Texas Seafood, 7PM

Bullock Museum, High Noon Talks: editor Rachel Ozanne discussing the late Norman Brown's Biscuits, the Dole, and Nodding Donkeys, 12PM 

Central Presbyterian Church, BookPeople presents Rachael Ray discussing Rachael Ray 50, 7PM [ticketed event] 

Chez Zee American Bistro, Chez Zee Texas Author Series featuring Aaron Franklin, author of Franklin Steak, 6PM

LBJ Library, Gloria Steinem discussing The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Rebellion, 6PM [Friends event]
North Village Branch Library, Workshop: "
Rewrite Your Storywith Dr. James Pennebaker, 4:30PM

UT, Joynes Reading Room Literary Speakers Series presents poet Ada Limón, 7PM

Congregation Shearith Israel, Aaron Family JCC presents Naomi Ragen reading and signing An Unorthodox Match, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, The Story Collider: Dallas, 7PM

El Paso

B&N - Fountains at Farah, Sergio Troncoso reading and signing A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, 5PM


B&N - Stonebriar, Jeff Kinney and Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14), 6PM


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

Blue Willow Bookshop, Jon Klassen reading and signing Jon Klassen's Hat Box, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, Sid Balman Jr. reading and signing Seventh Flag, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Ellen Byron reading and signing Fatal Cajun Festival, 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Marian McCarthy discussing and signing Beneath the Wild Blue, 5PM




UTA, Science Week Lecture: S. James Gates Jr., author of Proving Einstein Right (followed by a book signing), 5PM


BookPeople, Karamo Brown and Jason Brown discussing and signing I Am Perfectly Designed, 6:30PM [ticketed event]

Harry Ransom Center, an evening with Tracy K. Smith, 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, 7PM

Malvern Books, Jessica Reisman reading and signing her first short story collection, The Arcana of Maps, 7PM

St. Edward's University, Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series presents poet Ada Limón, 6PM


West Texas A&M University, a poetry reading by 2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla Kay Morton, 7PM


Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors LIVE! presents S.C. Gwynne discussing and signing Hymns of the Republic, 7PM [ticketed reception 6PM]

Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Interabang Books presents Sandy Duncan (with author Anné Hughes) discussing and signing My Life with Tom Hughes: A Personal Story of the ‘Musicals Man’ of Dallas, 2PM

South Dallas Cultural Center, Wordspace Dallas presents "African Diaspora – New Dialogues" featuring poet Tongo Eisen-Martin, 7PM


UNT, a reading with poet and translator Donald Revell, 6:30PM

Fort Worth

TCU, Dan Jenkins book launch & receptionThe Reunion at Herb's Cafe, 4:30PM


B&N - Stonebriar, Emily Roberson reading and signing Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters (in conversation with author Jenny Martin), 6PM


Congregation Emanu El, Gloria Steinem discussing The Truth Will Set You Free but First It Will Piss You Off, 7PM [ticketed event]

Murder By the Book, Reavis Wortham reading and signing Hawke's Target, and John Gilstrap reading and signing Total Mayhem, 6:30PM

The Printing Museum, workshop: Hand Papermaking, 6PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Alyssa Banta discussing and signing Texas Ranch Sisterhood: Portraits of Women Working the Land, 5PM

North Richland Hills

North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book with S.C. Gwynne, author of Hymns of the Republic, 1PM [ticketed reception 12PM]

San Antonio

Barshop Jewish Community Center, JCC Author and Speaker Series presents Dr. Carla Naumberg discussing and signing How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids, 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, Jeff Wells reading and signing Nine Days in Hell: A British Commando in Arnhem (Walk Among Heroes), 5PM

San Marcos

Texas State University, a reading with Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me: Memoirs, 3:30PM




Austin Central Library, The Library Foundation presents Stories Gala & Storytime Bash, 6PM

BookPeople, Sid Balman Jr. reading and signing Seventh Flag, 7PM

First Baptist Church, Tim McGraw discussing Grit & Grace (in conversation with Aubrey Marcus), 7PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, "Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice": Chaitali Sen talks with Varian Johnson, author of The Parker Inheritance, 7PM


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

Galena Park

Galena Park Branch Library, WITS Workshop and Open Mic Series with Monica Davidson, 4PM


B&N - River Oaks, Greg Lucas signing Astro Legends: Moments, Players, and Personalities, 12:30PM

Body Mind & Soul, an evening with Mark Anthony, author of Evidence of Eternity and Never Letting Go, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Reception: Sarah Welch's release party for Holdouts II, 6:30PM

Inprint House, Tintero Projects presents escritores en la case con Raquel Salas Rivera, 7:30PM

Murder By the Book, Lisa Jewell reading and signing The Family Upstairs, 6:30PM

Rice University, Poetry Reading and Workshop: English, Spanish & Bengali with Houston Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz, ire’ne lara silva, and Lopa Banerjee, 11AM


Half Price Books, Double Barrel Texas Tour: Reavis Z. Wortham reading and signing Hawke's Target, and John Gilstrap reading and signing Total Mayhem, 7PM


Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, a reading with Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me: Memoirs, 7:30PM


Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, "The Raspberry Cordial Catholic Literary Gathering": a conversation between Tish Oxenreider, author of At Home in the World: Reflecting o Belonging While Wandering the Globe, and Haley Stewart, author of The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture, followed by a book signing, 5PM [conversation is ticketed]




BookPeople, SCBWI-Austin monthly meeting: Jason June presents "A Picture's Worth 1,000 Words: Writing Illustration Notes in Picture Books," 10AM

BookPeople, Story time: Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail reading and signing Alis the Aviator, 10:30AM

Half Price Books - South Lamar, Marilyn Laronde signing Then We Were Friends, 11AM

Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, young adult author Cy Young signing his thriller, Deathload, and his YA novel, Onions, 1PM

Malvern Books, an evening with poet Dobby Gibson, author of Little Glass Planet, and Fernando Flores, author of Tears of the Trufflepig, 7PM


 Pan African Connection, book signing with Andrew Snorton, 3PM

El Paso

Armijo Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "The Use of the Imagination in Writing" with H.W. “Bill” Sparks, 1PM

B&N - Fountains at Farah, D. J. Butler signing The Cunning Man, 6PM


Galveston Bookshop, Kathleen Steele signing Beyond Tears: A Story of One Family’s Survival of the 1900 Hurricane, 2PM


Art League Houston, WITS Free Verse Open Mic, 5:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Micki Fine Pavlicek reading and signing her picture book May All People and Pigs Be Happy, 11AM

Body Mind & Soul, an evening with Mark Anthony, author of Evidence of Eternity and Never Letting Go, 7PM

French Country Wines, Jordan Zucker with her new cookbook, One Dish - Four Seasons: Food, Wine, and Sound - All Year Round, 12PM

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

McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library, 5th annual Literacy in the Bag kick-off, 10AM

Murder By the Book, William Dylan Powell discussing and signing Secret Houston: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, 1PM

Murder By the Book, Victoria Laurie reading and signing Coached to Death, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, author and photographer Margaret Wilson Reckling discussing and signing Woody Creek: Views from a Homestead, 3PM

Transart Foundation for Art & Anthropology, Denfunkt Magazine presents a LatinX Showcase featuring Roberto Tejada, ire’ne lara silva, and Em Felker, 7PM

Writespace, Workshop: "What Authors Need to Know about Small Business, Taxes, and Copyright Law" with Mike Kowis, 9:30AM

Writespace, Workshop: "Prompts, Prompts, and More Prompts! A Generative Poetry Workshop" with Andreana Binder, 1PM


South Irving Library, Irving Chautauqua: guitarist and storyteller Jerry Barlow, 2PM

West Irving Library, National Picture Book Month party and author visit: David Goodner, author of the Ginny Goblin books, 2:30PM

Port Neches

Fleur Fine Books, Road Kill 4 book release party, 3PM

Round Rock

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

Round Rock Public Library, SCBWI-Austin: Picture Book Workshop for Authors & Illustrators with the Ransomes, 12:30PM

San Antonio

Dead Tree Books, Luc Vors signing Where Sleeping Dogs Lie, 2PM

Gemini Ink, Workshop: "The Art of the Opening" with Andrew Porter, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Haleigh Wenger signing The Art of Falling in Love, 11AM


B&N - Town Square, Pamela Taylor signing Second Son Chronicles, 1PM


B&N, Gulf Coast Poets meeting featuring Gabrielle Langley, 10:30AM

B&N, Freddy Cruz signing When America Fell Silent, 1PM




Texas Star Trading Co., John Erickson signing Finding Hank: The Most-Often Asked Questions About Hank the Cowdog, 2PM


BookPeople, Yuen Yung discussing and signing The Blind Grind, 2PM

BookPeople, Jordan Zucker discussing and signing One Dish - Four Seasons, 5PM

BookWoman, local author JM Buckler and Patty Conner, VP of programs at Hope Alliance, present "Writing as a Tool for Healing from Sexual Assault," 3:30PM 

Malvern Books, John Domini’s reading and signing The Color Inside a Melon (with special guest Lowell Mick White), 4PM


Writespace, Workshop: "Writing Between the Lines: Speculative Nonfiction" with Matthew Hefti, 3PM


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


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Event Poetry: Tracking Personal Revelation" with Christopher Stephen Soden, 3PM

The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Scrivener 101" with Blake Atwood, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Ervin Mendlovitz signing Galvestorm 1900: A Story of Twin Flames, 12PM


Wild Stallion Vineyards, Aggie Authors Event, 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.