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

Michael Pollan – HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND @ Central Presbyterian Church
May 29 @ 7:00 pm

A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan’s “mental travelogue” is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both struggle and beauty, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.


You get a signed copy of How to Change Your Mind with an admission ticket to the event!


Central Presbyterian Church
200 E 8th St,
Austin, TX 78701, USA

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Jennifer Donaldson – LIES YOU NEVER TOLD ME @ BookPeople
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm

Gabe and Elyse have never met. But they both have something to hide.

Quiet, shy Elyse can’t believe it when she’s cast as the lead in her Portland high school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Her best friend, Brynn, is usually the star, and Elyse isn’t sure she’s up to the task. But when someone at rehearsals starts to catch her eye—someone she knows she absolutely shouldn’t be with—she can’t help but be pulled into the spotlight.

Gabe, an Austin native, is contemplating the unthinkable—breaking up with Sasha, his headstrong, popular girlfriend. She’s not going to let him slip through her fingers, though, and when rumors start to circulate around school, he knows she has the power to change his life forever.


You must buy Lies You Never Told Me from BookPeople to get it signed!


603 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5050

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David Bowles – FEATHERED SERPENT, DARK HEART OF THE SKY @ Brazos Bookstore
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm
The stories in Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky trace the history of the world from its beginnings in the dreams of the dual god Ometeotl, to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in Mexico and the fall of the great city Tenochtitlan. In the course of that history we learn about the Creator Twins, Feathered Serpent, and Dark Heart of Sky, and how they built the world on a leviathan’s back; of the shape-shifting nahualli; and the aluxes—elfish beings known to help out the occasional wanderer. And finally, we read Aztec tales about the arrival of the blonde strangers from across the sea, the strangers who seek to upend the rule of Motecuhzoma and destroy the very stories we are reading.
Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky from Brazos Bookstore to get signed!
Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet Street
HoustonTX 77005
(713) 523-0701
Alfredo Corchado – HOMELANDS @ BookPeople
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm

Homelands merges the political and the personal, telling the story of the last great Mexican migration through the eyes of four friends at a time when the Mexican population in the United States swelled from 700,000 people during the 1970s to more than 35 million people today. It is the narrative of the United States in a painful economic and political transition.


You must buy Homelands from BookPeople to get it signed!


603 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5050

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Terry Brooks – THE SKAAR INVASION @ Murder By The Book
Jun 21 @ 6:30 pm

Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.


The speaking portion is free, but you must purchase The Skaar Invasion from Murder By The Book to get it signed!


Murder By The Book
2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 524-8597

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