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 11.10.2019


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

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

Texas Writes in ATX, Austin, November 9-10

Beaumont Comic Con, November 9-10

South Texas Book Festival, McAllen, November 10

TCU 2019 Texas Book Award, Fort Worth, November 14

2019 WITS Gala, Houston, November 14

The 2019 Writing Workshop of Austin, November 15

The 2019 Houston Writing Workshop, November 16



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

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

Yuyi Morales: Soñadora, Abilene, November 14-?




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




BookPeople, Jane Ko discussing and signing Koko's Guide to Austin (in conversation with Kana LiVolsi), 7PM

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Creative Writing Department’s Literary Coffeehouse, hosted by Charlotte Gullick, featuring Ehigbor Shultz, 7PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Tim O'Brien discussing Dad's Maybe Book (in conversation with Ben Fountain), 7:30PM

SMU, guidebook author and TV host Rick Steves presents a slideshow lecture titled "Travel as a Spiritual Act," 7:30PM [ticketed event]


Blue Willow Bookshop, Eoin Colfer reading and signing his new book, The Fowl Twins, 5PM

Congregation Emanu El, The Progressive Forum presents Karen Armstrong discussing her new book, The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts, 7:30PM

Stude Concert Hall, Inprint's Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents Elizabeth Gilbert discussing City of Girls, 7:30PM [ticketed event - SOLD OUT]


Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Reading Series presents poet Reginald Dwayne Betts, 7:30PM

San Antonio

Southwest School of Art, Visiting Artist Talk: poet, scholar, and book artist Amaranth Borsuk, 6PM

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

The Woodlands

Apergy, World Affairs Council - Greater Houston presents Loren Steffy discussing and signing George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability, and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet, 7PM




Front Street Books, Sid Balman reading and signing Seventh Flag, 6PM


Flat Track Coffee, Living Room Lit Open Mic with Chicon Street Poets, 7:15PM

Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave's Story Department: Cold Turkey, 7:30PM

Hotel Ella, Salon Series: Asher Price discussing and signing Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact, 6PM

Lazarus Brewing Co., LOGOS no. 16 featuring poets Nick Courtright and Kimbol Soques, 7:15PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam: Open Slam featuring Radi, 7:15PM

UT - Belo New Media Center, David Wallace-Wells discussing and signing The Uninhabitable Earth, 3:30PM 

UT, Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series: reception and Q&A with David Wallace, author of The Uninhabitable Earth, 5:30PM


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

Hall of State at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society Brown Bag Lecture: Carmen Goldthwaite, author of Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History, 12PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council DFW presents Hampton Sides discussing and signing On Desperate Ground: The Epic Story of Chosin Reservoir – The Greatest Battle of the Korean War, 6PM

El Paso

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

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


Asia Society Texas Center, World Affairs Council - Greater Houston presents Michael O'Hanlon discussing and signing The Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War Over Small Stakes, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Ashley Wurzbacher reading and signing Happy Like This, 6:30PM

Lone Star College - N. Harris, The Human Library 2019, 9AM

River Oaks Bookstore, Vegas Tenold discussing and signing Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America, 5PM

Warehouse Live, The Moth StorySLAM presents "Gratitude," 7:30PM

North Richland Hills

North Richland Hills Library, NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop: Publishing, 7PM




B&N - Lincoln Park, Twisted Twenty-Six (Stephanie Plum Series #26) book signing with Janet Evanovich, 7PM [wristbanded event]

Interabang Books, Writing Workshops Dallas panel: "Demystifying the Writing and Publishing Process" with Alex Temblador, Kathleen Kent, A. Lee Martinez, and Brooke Fossey, 6PM

SMU, Book Talk by Prof. Lolita Buckner Inniss: The Princeton Fugitive Slave, 5PM

The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight Poetry Reading featuring Nomi Stone and Rose Skelton, 7:30PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now: Wansgiving Community Potluck & Free Poetry Open Mic, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, An Evening with novelists Hernan Diaz (In the Distance) and Mark Haber (Reinhardt's Garden), 6:30PM

Lone Star College - N. Harris, The Human Library 2019, 9AM

Roka Akor, Laurie Warren discussing and signing Wild World, Joyful Heart: Unlock Your Power to Create Health and Joy, 6:30PM

St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Stephen Harrigan discussing and signing Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas (in conversation with Judge Ken Wise), 7PM

San Antonio

Central Library, Slammin' the Stacks: poetry slam with emcee Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, 6PM

San Antonio College, Lauren Markham, author of The Faraway Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, presents "Migration Stories, Migration Myths," 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, Alyssa Banta discussing and signing The Texas Ranch Sisterhood, 5PM




Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: Book Repair I, 10AM

Austin Central Public Library, BookPeople presents Jeffrey Rosen discussing and signing  Conversations with RBG (in conversation with Clay Smith of Kirkus Reviews), 7PM

Austin History Center, Dr. David B. Gracy discussing and signing A Man Absolutely Sure of Himself: Texan George Washington Littlefield, 6:30PM

BookWoman, Second Thursday Open Mic featuring poet, playwright, and children’s book author Nicole Cortichiato, 7:15PM

Harry Ransom Center, author Megan Cook presents The First First Folio: Editing Chaucer in Renaissance England, 7PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night with H. Claire Taylor (Jessica Christ: The Beginning) and Jonathan Woods (Kiss the Devil Good Night), 7PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, poets, writers, and artist contributors read from the anthology Through Layered Limestone, 6:30PM


Hilton Anatole, Texas Women’s Foundation 34th Annual Luncheon with keynote speaker Elaine Welteroth, author of More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), 11:30AM

REvolution Cafe & Bookstore, Velvet: Black Future - An Afrofuturistic evening of aesthetics, music, poetry, live art, live imagination, dance, comedy, and storytelling, 8PM

El Paso

UTEP, creative writing workshop: "A Wider View of Nature" with poet Lupe Mendez, 12PM

UTEP, poetry reading with Lupe Mendez, author of Why I Am Like Tequila, 6PM


Brazos Bookstore, Addie Tsai reading and signing Dear Twin, 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, John Langmore discussing and signing Fault Lines: Portraits of East Austin, 5PM

Sugar Land

B&N, I Am Not Afraid, Surviving Type 1 Diabetes book signing with Shelly M. Johnson, 7PM


University of Houston, American Book Review Reading Series presents poet, scholar, and book artist Amaranth Borsuk, 11AM


Baylor, Texas Collection Fall 2019 Lecture: John S. Wilson, Rachel DeShong, and Sierra Wilson discussing and signing Mapping Texas: A Cartographic Journey 1561-1860, 6PM


Friday, November 15:


Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: Book Repair I, 10AM

BookPeople, Leanna Petronella reading and signing The Imaginary Age, 7PM

El Paso

Fahrenheit 180, Lupe Mendez poetry reading at BWOMS Open Mic, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, ER Bills discussing and signing The San Marcos 10: An Antiwar Protest in Texas, 6:30PM

Inprint House, First Friday Poetry Series presents Anis Shivani, 7:30PM

Spring Branch Middle School, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Shannon Messenger discussing Legacy, the eighth book in her Keeper of the Lost Cities series, 5PM [ticketed event]


UT Dallas, Reunion Volume 9 launch party, 6:30PM

San Angelo

Angelo State, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush discussing Sisters First, 7PM [ticketed event]

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Cliff Etheredge discussing and signing Flying With One Wing, 5PM




Austin Community College - Highland, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Character Driven and Intricately Plotted Mysteries" with Sherry Thomas, 10AM

B&N - Arboretum, Donovan Boyd signing Clock Maintenance, 2PM

BookPeople, Brenda Marie Smith reading and signing If Darkness Takes Us, 5PM

Carver Branch Library, Austin Poetry Society meeting featuring Sandi Horton, 1:30PM

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

Malvern Books, Esteban Rodríguez launches his new poetry collection, Crash Course, with readings from special guest ire’ne lara silva, 7PM


Samuel Lynne Galleries, David Yarrow book launch and exhibit opening reception: David Yarrow Photography: Americas Africa Antarctica Arctic Asia Europe, 5PM

El Paso

Armijo Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "If You Bring Nothing to This Place but Your Carcass, Keep Out" with Gustavo Enriquez, 1PM

Fort Worth

Leaves Book & Tea Shop, Writing Workshop with Mike Baldwin, 2PM

Leaves Book & Tea Shop, Panther City Review Issue #4 launch party, 4PM


Galveston Bookshop, E.R. Bills signing The San Marcos 10: An Antiwar Protest in Texas, 2PM


Lark & Owl Booksellers, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "On the Craft of Writing" with Edward Carey and Michael Noll, 5:30PM


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

Lawndale Art Center, Brazos Bookstore presents An Evening with Flea and his new memoir, Acid for the Children (in conversation with Jagi Katial), 7PM [ticketed event - SOLD OUT]

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush in celebration of their first children’s book, Sisters First, 7PM [ticketed event]

Murder By the Book, Tessa Arlen will sign and discuss Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders, and Sara Rosett will sign and discuss Murder in Black Tie, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, William Dylan Powell discussing and signing Secret Houston: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, 3PM

Writespace, Workshop: "More Than Just Hitting the Books: Researching 101" with Marian Szczepanski, 9:30AM

Writespace, Workshop: "‘The Body Is and Is and Is:’ Poetry of the Body" with Theodora Ziolkowski, 1PM


Patchouli Joe's Books & Indulgences, Ron Franscell discussing his latest book, Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story, as well as his other true crime books, followed by a book signing, 4PM


B&N - Palms Crossing, Meet the Author: Sylvia Weaver Rivera, and Meet the Author: Ana A. Cavazos, 2PM

B&N - Palms Crossing, Meet the Author: Rob Paulsen, 7:30PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Joseph Brooks discussing and signing The Value of a Single Woman, 11AM

Port Neches

Fleur Fine Books, author Merilyn Howton Marriott Meet & Greet Event, 3PM

Round Rock

Baca Center, SCBWI-Austin: Full Novel Workshop with Cory Putman Oakes, Varsha Bajaj, Nikki Loftin and Jessica Lee Anderson, 8:30AM

San Antonio

Memorial Branch Library, explore spoken word poetry and creative writing with local award-winning writer and performer Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson, 3PM

Tobin Center, author Brian Kilmeade presents "America— Great From the Start," 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, E. M. Johnson signing The Greatest Treasure Ever, 11AM

San Marcos

Half Price Books, Lloyd Rosen signing Resurrection from Depression, 1PM


B&N - Town Square, Randy Clark signing Authority from God, 1PM

B&N - Town Square, Julia Yu signing Sweeter Without Sugar, 4PM




Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: Bookbinding for Artists, 12PM

BookPeople, Walt Gragg reading and signing The Chosen One, 2PM

BookPeople, Marc Grossberg reading and signing The Best People, 5PM

Malvern Books, poet T.D. Walker reading and signing Small Waiting Objects, with special guests August Huerta and Holly Lyn Walrath, 1PM

El Paso

B&N - Fountains, Shanna Sarsin signing Elephant, Bunnies, and a Headless Giraffe, 2PM

Fort Worth

Leaves Book & Tea Shop, an afternoon with DFW authors Mike Baldwin, Laurie Cockerell, Ben Connelly, and Elaine Fields Smith, 2PM

B&N - Stonebriar, Celebrate the launch of Sisters First with Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, 11AM [wristbanded event]


B&N - NE Mall, The Toll (Arc of a Scythe Series #3) book signing with Neal Shusterman, 5PM


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


B&N, Raider Power: Texas Tech's Journey from Unranked to the Final Four book signing with Chris Beard, 12:30PM


B&N - Palms Crossing, Meet the Author: Gail Rollo, 2PM

San Antonio

The Keystone School, The Twig Book Shop presents Brian Kilmeade and Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History, 1PM [ticketed event]

San Marcos

The Wittliff Collections, Steven L. Davis discussing and signing The Essential J. Frank Dobie with special guests Naomi Shihab Nye, John Phillip Santos, William Jack Sibley, Chip Dameron, and Dudley Dobie, Jr., 2PM

Sugar Land

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