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

Jay Brandon @ Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum
Feb 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jay Brandon @ Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum  | Austin | Texas | United States

Join Jay Brandon to learn more about his newest book, Shadow Knight’s Mate. Talk is to be followed by a signing and a meet-and-greet.

About the Book: Jack Driscoll and a Israeli security specialist Rachel Green partner up with a sexy but mysterious woman in order to prevent an attack on a global economic summit in Europe. Together they must make sure the president of the United States attends the summit while keeping him safe from assassins who would like nothing more than to start the next world war. Readers will discover some of the “real history” of America, including why Lee chose Gettysburg, why Franklin Roosevelt had to run for a third and fourth term in office, and why Tom Hanks’ becoming a movie star was one of secret society’s greatest failures.

About the Author: With a Master’s Degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University and experience as an attorney with the District Attorney’s office in Bexar County and with the Fourth Court of Appeals and a native Texan, Jay Brandon devotes his time to writing and his law practice in San Antonio, where he lives with his wife and children.

Gulf Coast Reading Series: February 2015 @ Rudyard's British Pub
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Gulf Coast is proud to present its 2014-2015 Reading Series, featuring writers from the University of Houston’s nationally-acclaimed graduate program in creative writing, on Friday, February 20.

This is not your parents’ poetry reading! The Gulf Coast Reading Series will dazzle and enchant—or, at the very least, leave you warmly welcomed and entertained by emerging and established poets and writers.

There are no cookie-cutter voices or styles here; we love Houston so much we assemble a new roster of fresh literary talent month after month!

The readings are free and open to the public. They begin at 7 p.m. on Fridays in the upstairs room at Rudyard’s British Pub, 2010 Waugh Dr., Houston, Texas, 77006.

Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts is a premiere, student-run journal of literature, art, and critical art writing housed in the English Department at the University of Houston, home to one of the nation’s top-ranked creative writing programs.

2015 Austin Book Fest @ Hyatt Regency Austin
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is an event signing with 50 bestselling authors, hosted by Vilma’s Book Blog. Books will be available for sale from Barnes and Noble; however, attendees can also bring their own books to sign. Each attendee will receive a tote bag.

Each ticket gives you guaranteed entrance for that time slot.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/austinbookfest/

2014/2015 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Kazuo Ishiguro @ Wortham Theater Center, Cullen Theater
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The 2014/2015 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents an evening with award-winning authorKazuo Ishiguro.  Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm). LOCATION: Cullen Theater, Wortham Center.

KAZUO inprint_-_kazuo_ishiguro_categoryISHIGURO “is a master storyteller, in a class of his own making,” declares The Independent, and The New York Times calls him “an original and remarkable genius.”

Born in Japan and raised in England, Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated writers of our time. He has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize four times and won it in 1989 for his international bestseller The Remains of the Day, which Newsweek praised as “brilliant and quietly devastating” and The New York Review of Booksdescribed as “a virtuoso performance … put on with dazzling daring and aplomb.”

The author of six novels, his other major works include The Artist of the Floating World and Never Let Me Go. Both The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go were made into feature films. Ishiguro has received an OBE award from the British government and the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France.

In 2005, Time magazine included Never Let Me Go on its list of 100 greatest English language novels since the magazine’s inception in 1923, and in 2008 The Times named Ishiguro in its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1948.

He will read from his highly anticipated new novel The Buried Giant, coming out in March 2015.

This is the 34th season of the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series in Houston, Texas. The 2014/2015 season features 11 of the world’s great authors of creative writing. The season runs from September to May and consists of eight evenings, each beginning with a reading by one or two writers, followed by an on-stage interview conducted by a local writer or scholar, and concluding with a book sale and signing, where audience members can meet the authors. All readings begin at 7:30 pm.

Photo credit: Phil Weedon

Austin International Poetry Festival
Apr 9 – Apr 12 all-day

The world’s largest non juried poetry festival has opened world wide registration for its annual Anthology and four-day festival slated for April 9–12, 2015. Hosted in the heart of Texas, the Festival utilizes more than 20 unique Austin venues. The annual four-day poetry celebration includes a wide array of events such as open mic readings, appearances by international and national headlining poets, workshops, live music, a Haiku Death Match, plus youth and adult poetry slams. By registering for the Austin International Poetry Festival, any poet of any age can read their work before an engaged and interested audience, and have a chance to be published. Registration for the April 9–12, 2015 Festival ranges from $35 to $55 per person, and INCLUDES the entry of three poems into the annual juried Anthology. Although full participation in the Festival is encouraged, poets who wish to participate but can not attend may do so by registering and submitting their works for the Anthology. The deadline for registration, which includes submissions to the Anthology, is January 1, 2015. To register for the Austin International Poetry Festival, or for more details, visit www.aipf.org.

San Antonio Book Festival @ Central Library and Southwest School of Art
Apr 11 all-day

On Saturday, April 11th, 2015, the Library Foundation presents its third annual San Antonio Book Festival. This all-day, free event is held downtown at the Central Library, Southwest School of Art and the Empire Theater, where book lovers of all ages and interests have a chance to get up close to their favorite authors at engaging readings, panel discussions, sales and signings. There are topics for everyone, from politics and fiction to poetry and cookbooks. The lineup of nearly 90 authors showcases acclaimed national and regional writers who reflect the best books that American publishers are currently offering, while local talent adds a unique sense of place and reflects South Texas’ rich cultural heritage.

For more information on the Festival, please click here.

Literary Death Match – San Antonio Book Festival @ Charline McCombs Empire Theater
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm

To close out the San Antonio Book Festival with an evening of literary send ups and side-splitting laughter, mark your calendar for the Literary Death Match on April 11 at 7 pm at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater. Famous and emerging authors perform the most exciting sections of their work for an audience and panel of judges, who take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary, then selecting their favorite to advance to the finals. General admission with upstairs seating and cash bar, $10.
VIP admission with pre-performance Cocktail Reception and live music (5:30pm), $50 a seat or $300 for a reserved table of four. Visit SAPLF.ORG/festival/ for more information and to buy tickets. General admission tickets are also available at the Empire Theatre box office.

About San Antonio Public Library Foundation
The mission of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation is to support the San Antonio Public Library and to increase the awareness and use of the Library through financial support and programmatic efforts, thereby enhancing the community’s appreciation and utilization of the library as a vibrant cultural and educational institution. For more information, visit http://www.saplf.org/.

2014/2015 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Cristina Henríquez & Marlon James @ Wortham Theater Center, Cullen Theater
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The 2014/2015 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents fiction writers and 2014 Texas Book Festival authors, Cristina Henríquez and Marlon James.  The event will take place on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm) at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Center. General admission is $5, and tickets will go on sale online, beginning March 24. Free rush tickets for students and senior citizens 65+ will be available at the door on the night of the reading starting at 6:45 pm if the reading is NOT already sold out.

The BooCristina Henriquez -- Photok of Unknown Americans by CRISTINA HENRÍQUEZ is, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “a remarkable novel that every American should read.” Set amongst a diverse immigrant community in an apartment building in Delaware, the Washington Post praises it as “a deeply stirring story …. with a simple, unadorned prose that rises to the level of poetry …. without a trace of sentimentality, without an iota of self-indulgence or dogma … The Book of Unknown Americans leaves you in thrall to its vivid characters and its author’s sure hand.”

Henríquez’s other two books, both published before she was 30, include The World In Half and Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection.

Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. The Virginia Quarterly Review featured her as one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries” and she is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award.


MARLON JMarlon James -- PhotoAMES is, according to Russell Banks, “not just among the best of … [the] crowd of brilliant young Americo-Carribean writers coming to the table these days, he’s among the best of all the young writers, period.”

Publishers Weekly writes, “No novel this fall [2014] is more impressive than A Brief History of Seven Killings,” and Irvine Welsh calls it “the most original novel I’ve read in years … astonishingly brilliant.” The book centers on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976, encompassing a breathtaking array of voices: gang members, CIA agents, a Rolling Stone reporter, girlfriends, politicians, drug dealers, the children of the Kingston ghettos, even ghosts. As Kirkus Reviews writes, “James’s fiction is forming a remarkable portrait of Jamaica in the 19th and 20th centuries.”

His other novels include John Crow’s Devil and The Book of Night Women, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, which The Globe and Mail called “a very nearly perfect work.”


This is the 34th season of the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series in Houston, Texas. The 2014/2015 season features 11 of the world’s great authors of creative writing. The season runs from September to May and consists of eight evenings, each beginning with a reading by one or two writers, followed by an on-stage interview conducted by a local writer or scholar, and concluding with a book sale and signing, where audience members can meet the authors. All readings begin at 7:30 pm.