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

Montgomery County Book Festival @ The Woodlands College Park High School
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The mission of the Montgomery County Book Festival is to promote a love of reading and the power of literacy to all ages by organizing different literary events throughout the calendar year. The 2016 author list includes some authors who were featured at the 2015 Texas Book Festival, as well! The Festival will take place at the Woodlands College Park High School beginning at 9 am on February 27th, 2016. The schedule and featured author list can be found here http://www.montgomerycountybookfestival.com/.

San Antonio Book Festival 2016 @ Central Library
Apr 2 all-day

SABF unites readers and writers in a celebration of ideas, books, libraries and literary culture. Presented by the Library Foundation, the Festival is a free, daylong event at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art that presents more than 75 acclaimed national and regional authors at engaging readings, panel discussions, book sales and signings.

Literary Death Match @ Charline McCombs Empire Theater
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You can conclude your SABF adventures at the Literary Death Match onSaturday, April 2 at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater. The LDM reception, with live music, drinks, and delicious hors d’oeuvre, starts at 5:30 pm(tickets are $50, available at saplf.org) with the LDM program kicking off at7pm (tickets for LDM only are $10). Literary Death Match is a hilarious, energy packed presentation with live performances by 4 famous and emerging authors, competing in front of a panel of 3 judges–and with lots of audience participation–for a chance to win the coveted title of San Antonio LDM 2016 Champion. This final event of the Festival promises to be an irreverent night filled with laughter, lit and libations that you will not want to miss. To purchase your tickets, visit saplf.org/festival.

North Texas Book Festival @ North Texas Book Festival
Apr 8 – Apr 9 all-day

The North Texas Book Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)3 corporation that was organized in 2000 by a group of individuals, led by children’s author Lynn Sheffield Simmons, to help school and public libraries and literacy programs in the North Texas area. Since its beginning, more than $45,000 in grants has been awarded to deserving programs.

The first festival was held in May 2001 on the Crystal Parking Lot of Texas Motor Speedway; the following year, Southlake Town Center was the venue. In 2003, the festival moved to Denton and was held in the Denton Civic Center until 2007, when it moved to its current location, the Center for Visual Arts. This spacious yet intimate multipurpose facility is also the venue for the Book Trails Dinner, which began in 2005 as a time for fellowship and relaxation with the featured festival authors, other participating authors, and the community. In 2010, due to an extraordinary response, the Festival was moved to the Denton Civic Center.

In 2007, the first annual North Texas Book Festival Book Awards were presented. This award recognizes excellence in books published by their authors or by small, independent publishing companies. Click on “For Authors” for more information and to download membership and registration forms.

Organizations such as school and public libraries, or literacy programs for children or adults may apply for grants of up to $1,000. Click on the “Grant Application” button at the left of this page for more information and to download the form.

Story Circle Network 8th Women’s Writing Conference @ Wyndham Hotel
Apr 15 – Apr 17 all-day

Stories from the Heart VIII will bring women from around the country to celebrate our stories and our lives. Through writing, reading, listening, and sharing, we will discover how personal narrative is a healing art, how we can gather our memories, how we can tell our stories. We welcome readers, writers, storytellers, and any woman with a past, present, and future. There will be opportunities to explore difficult or hidden issues, expand our relationships with other women, and discover different modes and media—such as art, dance, and drama—for sharing our stories. Come, learn, share, celebrate with us as we honor our stories!

DFW Writers’ Conference @ Fort Worth Convention Center
Apr 23 @ 9:00 am – Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm

DFW Writers’ conference is a great opportunity for anyone hoping to become an author, hone their writing skills, and get in touch with the right people in the publishing industry. The conference prides itself on providing its attending writers with education, networking and industry exposure at a great price. The convention lasts two days in Fort Worth, Texas, and offers an array of writing classes and workshops as well as speakers from the industry. Register and buy tickets online by visiting the Conference’s website: https://dfwcon.org/

2016 African American Book Festival @ Carver Museum and Library
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Austin African American Book Festival is a yearly event that showcases new literature by and about African Americans. This year will mark the festivals 10th anniversary of the festival with some of the featured authors including M.K Asante, Beverly Jenkins, and Dr. Kevin Cokely. For more information visit their website.

National Black Book Festival
Oct 27 – Oct 29 all-day

Mark your calendar for the 2016 National Black Book Festival in Houston Texas! This annual event is sponsored by Cushcity.com, the world’s largest online African-American book retailer, and invites authors, publishers, librarians, and readers from all across the state! For more information and to keep up with announcements for this event visit their website.