Texas Lit Events

Literary happenings in Austin and ’round the State you won’t want to miss – author sightings, readings, panels,
parties . . . a variety of literary events you might enjoy.  

If you are an author, publisher, bookstore, literary organization and have an event happening in Texas that you would like listed to be considered, please send all the pertinent info to: bookfest@texasbookfestival.org

Ian Frazier, author of “Hogs Wild”, at BookPeople @ Book People
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“A masthogswilder of both distilled insight and utter nonsense” (The Believer), Ian Frazier is one of the most gifted chroniclers of contemporary America. Hogs Wild assembles a decade’s worth of his finest essays and reportage, and demonstrates the irrepressible passions and artful digressions that distinguish his enduring body of work. ”

Join BookPeople on Tuesday evening as Frazier speaks in conversation with Clay Smith, Editor in Chief of Kirkus Reviews, and signs this new collection of essays, Hogs Wild!


For more information, visit http://www.bookpeople.com/event/ian-frazier-hogs-wild

Malvern Book Club: Reading Classics from New York Book Review @ Malvern Books
Jul 2 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Welcome to Malvern Books’ Club: Reading Classics from New York Review Books, hosted (on most occasions) by Malvern’s own curmudgeon-in-chief, Dr. Joe. Everyone is invited to join us for what we’re sure will be a series of irreverent and insightful conversations.

Stop by Malvern Books to sign up and you’ll receive a 10% discount off the title! Read the book and then come to the meeting prepared with either a question or specific passage to discuss with the group. We’ll look forward to seeing you on July 2nd.

For more information, visit: http://malvernbooks.com/events/

Red Wassenich discussed “Keeping Austin Weird” at BookPeople @ BookPeople
Jul 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A native Author photoAustinite, this featured writer coined the phrase “Keep Austin weird” in 2000 and has always been immersed and invested in the city’s weirdness.

With his book “Keeping Austin Weird”, take a whimsical photographic tour of the people, places, and events in Austin that collectively make it one of the weirdest cities in America. City native Red Wassenich is tour guide to the odder side of town, which has grown enormously in size and reputation in recent years. While locals fret endlessly over the forces of normalcy and consumerism that threaten its quirky existence, the town’s still-unconventional underbelly is revealed in this book. So whether you’re into art, food, politics, music, or sports with a flair for the strange, Austin has just the place for you.


For more information on the author or the book event, visit: http://www.bookpeople.com/event/red-wassenich-keeping-austin-weird

Looped, a literary event presented at The Wild Detectives @ The Wild Detectives
Jul 10 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm

WordSpaLooped_WBce presents Looped, featuring poems or prose by Jennifer Whalen, Darryl Ratcliff, Courtney Marie, Christopher Hughes, Fatima Hirsi, and Edyka Chilomé.

Looped offers an escape from stages and folding chairs arranged in rows. Poems are simultaneously broadcast, encountered inside headphones, and translated as visual installation: Poetry grows on trees.

For one night, The Wild Detectives becomes an exhibition space that challenges the traditional literary medium, opening the written word to an experience outside of the book’s confines.


For more information on the event and on the featured authors/poets visit http://thewilddetectives.com/events/looped/

Writers’ League of Texas Summer Writing Retreat @ Sul Ross State University
Jul 17 – Jul 21 all-day
Breach Press Launch Party @ Malvern Books
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Malvern Books for the launch party of Breach Press, a new Austin-based small press that prints bilingual, letterpress editions of short works in translation. The first book will feature a 17th-century Bengali story about a poet and a prostitute, translated by Ishan Chakrabarti with illustrations by Natalie Bedford.

For the launch party, Ishan will perform a recital of the text, which is traditionally sung rather than read. A conversation on the creative relationships between translation and book design will follow, with Ishan and Allison Myers, founder of Breach Press.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: MIDNIGHT RELEASE PARTY @ BookPeople
Jul 30 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 12:00 am

MHarry-Potter-and-the-Cursed-Child-artworkark your calendars! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II goes on sale at midnight and BookPeople will be celebrating up until the big moment!

“We are recapturing the magic of BookPeople’s famous midnight parking lot parties of yore for the release of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child! We are dusting off our old Diagon Alley set for atmosphere and planning all kinds of festivities including a costume contest, a House Cup Tournament (including a Quidditch challenge), trivia, and a whole cast of characters (some ghostly) to wander the party and interact with guests. We will also have local food vendors and a group called The Typewriter Rodeo onsite to type up poems (on appropriately old-fashioned apparatus) in the style of each of the houses. We can’t wait to unpack our wizard robes and party like it’s 2007 again!”

For more information on the event and how to purchase your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, visit: http://www.bookpeople.com/event/harry-potter-cursed-child-midnight-release-party

East Texas Book Festival @ Harvey Convention Center
Aug 26 – Aug 27 all-day
Jessica Luther, UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT @ BookPeople
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
West Texas Book Festival @ Abilene Public Library
Sep 19 @ 4:42 pm – Sep 24 @ 5:42 pm