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

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 Civic Center
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.*

12th Annual Texas Author Day @ San Marcos Public Library
Nov 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This event hosts more than 40 Texas authors and illustrators for readings, lectures, and to sign copies of their books and chat with fans!

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.

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!