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

Diana Lopez Reading @ The Twig
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

2013 Texas Book Festival author Diana Lopez reads from her book for young adults, Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel.

An Evening with Josh Wilkinson & Zach Schomburg @ Malvern Books
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of readings with visiting poets Josh Wilkinson and Zach Schomburg.

Zachary Schomburg… is the author of The Man SuitScary, No ScaryFjords Vol. I, and The Book of Joshua (all from Black Ocean). He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he runs Octopus Books and the Bad Blood Series.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s recent books are Meadow Slasher, The Courier’s Archive & HymnalSwamp Isthmus, and Selenography (all from Black Ocean and Sidebrow Books). He lives in Tucson, where he edits The Volta and Letter Machine Editions and teaches poetry at the University of Arizona. “

Kathy Duval @ Barnes & Noble Round Rock
Aug 9 @ 2:00 pm

Meet-and-greet book signing with children’s author  Kathy Duval for her latest book, Take Me to Your BBQ. “Aliens have landed on Willy’s farm, and they’re not leaving without a square dance and a square meal! So fire up that grill, lay on the barbeque sauce, and snatch up that fiddle. Told in verse, this rollicking story puts a twist on the typical encounter with the third kind. Adam McCauley’s out-of-this-world illustrations match Kathy Duval’s hoe-down rhymes like ribs and taters! Get ready for some extraterrestrial, lip-smacking fun.”

Deborah Harkness @ BookPeople
Aug 9 @ 4:00 pm

Come to a book signing of Deborah Harkness’s new novel, The Book of Life. Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, and this next novel is sure to enthrall fans of the series. After travelling through time in Shadow of Nighthistorian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. She lives in Los Angeles.

Keith Parsons @ Brazos Bookstore
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a meet-and-greet signing with Keith Parsons for his new book, It Started with Copernicus. A unique approach to the philosophy of science, this book addresses many of the most controversial issues and debates in the scientific field today such as evolutionary theory, paleontology, and astronomy. Keith M. Parsons is professor of philosophy at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the author of Rational Episodes: Logic for the Intermittently ReasonableGod and the Burden of Proof: Plantinga, Swinburne, and the Analytic Defense of Theism, among other books.

Joanne Blackerby @ BookWoman
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Joanne Blackerby, owner and founder of Spirit Fitness Training in Austin, celebrates the release of her first book, Training Effects, which goes beyond the art of the memoir to reflect on how her career as a personal trainer helped her overcome her stormy youth and the trials of life as a multiracial immigrant, wife, mother and professional woman and find wisdom and fulfillment. Joanne interweaves the principles of fitness with her own story and glimpses into the lives of those she has known and trained to offer an inspiring guide for everyone who contends with family dysfunction, emotional issues and life’s many challenges plus the quest to be physically healthy and strong. Join her at BookWoman for a book signing while she shares her journey of fitness for both the body and the soul.

James Rollins @ Murder by the Book
Aug 14 @ 6:30 pm

A meet-and-greet signing with  New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, James Rollins and his book, 6th Extinction

Jaye Wells @ Barnes & Noble Plano/Creekwalk Village
Aug 16 @ 2:00 pm

Author Jaye Wells will speak about her new sci-fi mystery, Cursed Moon, the sequel to the Prospero’s War series. Follow the investigation of detective Kate Prospero of Magic Enforcement into the dangerous, chaotic plans of a wizard and his coven.

Rebecca Behrens, Tara Dairman, Polly Holyoke, and K.A. Holt @ Barnes & Noble Hulen Center @ Barnes & Noble Hulen Center
Aug 17 @ 4:00 pm

Round table discussion and book signing with children’s authors Rebecca Behrens, Tara Dairman, Polly Holyoke, and K.A. Holt. 

Rebecca Behrens is the author of When Audrey Met Alice; Tara Dairman, the author of All Four Stars; Polly Holyoke, the author of The Neptune Project; and  K.A. Holt, the author of Mike Stellar.

Drew Karpyshyn @ Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm

Come on over for a discussion and signing of Drew Karpyshyn’s new book, The Scorched Earth, the second novel in his acclaimed The Chaos Born trilogy. Destined to become heroes, The Children of Fire are now in search of the ancient Talismans which will stop the return of Daemron the Slayer. But in doing so, they accidentally release untold chaos on to the land. Now, they must find the last of the ancient Talismans before the entire world is engulfed in war. Join Drew as he discusses his riveting tale of magic and might!