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

Author Chris Colfer Book Signing @ Book People
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm

Bestselling author of The Land of Stories series and award winning actor will be at Bookpeople to speak and sign his newest bookThe speaking portion of the event is free for all to attend, but people who wish to have their book signed by Colfer are required to have a ticket. Tickets can be received with the purchase of a copy of The Land of Stories Book 4: Beyond the Kingdom from bookpeople.com. To find out more about this event and ticket information you can look at Book People’s website.

Author Megan Kimble Book Signing @ BookPeople @ BookPeople
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm

In celebration of her book Unprocessed, Megan Kimble will visit BookPeople to sign copies of her book and to discuss and share her experience milling her own wheat, extracting salt from the sea, milking a goat and much, much more. Guests will enjoy farm-fresh bites courtesy of Farmhouse Delivery and seasonal beer from Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

Dallas-Fort Worth Writer’s Conference @ The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
Jul 24 – Jul 25 all-day

The DFW Writers Conference, sponsored by DFW Writers Workshop, has grown to be the premier writers conference in the southwest. Our goal is to provide writers with excellent education, networking,and industry exposure at the best value.

Fort Worth Library Author Round Up @ Central Library Fort Worth
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Fort Worth Central Library is hosting numerous children’s and teen authors. Participants are invited to meet with their favorite writers whose books will be available for purchase and signing. Authors will be discussing Diversity in Young Adult followed by a writer’s workshop. Authors attending the event are listed below.

Crystal Allen
E. Kristin Anderson
Karen Blumenthal
Ally Broadfield
Rachel Caine
A. Celeste
Cassandra Rose Clark
Margo Bond Collins
Marcus D. Collins
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Lindsay Cummings
Krissi Dallas
Laura Eckroat
Alan C. Elliott
Beth Fehlbaum
Marilyn Hill
Kay Honeyman
Gwendolyn Hooks
P. J. Hoover
C. C. Hunter
Christine Kohler
Susan Kralovansky
Kelsey Macke
Emily McKay
Amanda Stone Norton
Joy Preble
Andrea Rogers
Brett Garcia Rose
Keith Thomas Walker
Danna J. Walters

For more information visit Fort Worth Library’s Author Round Up Page.

East Texas Book Fest @ Harvey Convention Center
Aug 21 @ 9:15 am – Aug 22 @ 5:40 pm

The East Texas Book Fest is organized through the combined effort of SALT (Smith County Area Libraries Together) and takes place at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler, Texas. This festival seeks to celebrate Texas authors and community libraries while also promoting literacy and writing within the community. While many of the festival’s events are geared toward children and their families, workshops and seminars also available to those who wish to improve their writing and get their work published. Panels, family activities, book signings, and other events take place during the day.

Shakespeare presented by Great Books Series @ Landa Library
Sep 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join SAPLF at the Landa Library to discuss selected texts from Shakespeare’s works. This week is Henry V.

Free and Open to the public. Moderated by William Reynolds. Please read each work before the session.

West Texas Book Festival @ Abilene Public Library
Sep 21 – Sep 26 all-day

West Texas Book Festival will be celebrating it’s 15th annual festival this year during the week September 21-26 in at the Abilene Public Library in Abilene, Texas. The festival seeks to celebrate books, literacy, and reading, with a special emphasis on local and regional authors. The event is extremely community driven and provides the public with the chance to interact with local authors on a more personal level. The festival includes a number of meet and greet sessions as well as readings and talks.

Texas Teen Book Festival @ St. Edwards University
Sep 26 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Texas Teen Book Festival is a one-day event that celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting teens to visit with many of the most popular and critically acclaimed Young Adult authors in the country. The festival takes place at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and took place last year in October, though the date for this year’s festival is September 26. Over the years, the Texas Teen Book Festival has invited many notable authors to participate. Some of these authors include Scott Westerfeld, James Dashner, Neal Shusterman, Holly Black, Lauren Oliver, Brandon Sanderson, and Gayle Forman, to name a few.

National Black Book Festival @ Fallbrook Church
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm

The National Black Book Festival (NBBF) is an annual event that attracts a wide array of authors, publishers, book clubs, libraries, and individual readers from the Southwest U.S. and nationwide and takes place at Fallbrook Church in Northwest Houston. Some of the festivals events include workshops, seminars, Book Club Meet and Greet, author exhibits, featured author discussions, Spoken Word Poetry Slam, and other booths and vendors. *The festival is open to the public, though many of the events held require the purchase of a ticket.*

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.