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

Mar
28
Sat
Book signing: Meet & Greet Book Signing With David Heymann @ Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum
Mar 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join award-winning architect, author and Austinite David Heymann for a book signing at Barnes & Noble at the Arborteum. Meet and greet the author of My Beautiful City Austin. Heymann brings his sharp observational eye to our beloved city and its vulnerable soul in this collection of short fiction.

David Heymann crafts seven masterful tales of a young architect who fails again and again to dissuade his clients from their bad decisions. So the houses he designs aid and abet the ongoing erasure of Austin’s ambrosial charm. These sharp, humorous stories explore consequences of Austin’s rediscovered allure. Fueled by the dubious intentions of its inhabitants, this is a town growing madly while ignoring the pain of a thousand small cuts.

 

My Beautiful City Austin by David Heymann: Book Cover

David Heymann is an architect, contributing writer forPlaces Journal, and a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is interested in what people want from nature. Heymann has been a writer in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Dora Maar House, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and the Bogliasco Foundation Liguria Study Center; a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome; and a participant in The Arctic Circle program. His architectural work has been variously published and recognized with design honors, including selection for Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York.

Apr
9
Thu
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.

Author reading: Novel Night with Drew Hayes & David Heymann @ Malvern Books
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the fourth event in our Novel Night series, a monthly celebration of all things prose! Here’s how it works: two published authors will read from their books and there’ll be an audience Q & A. Then there will be an open mic for writers who have signed up to read from their unpublished short stories or novels. And finally, there’s “Book Talk,” in which an intrepid Malvern staff member will introduce you to one of our favorite prose titles and invite questions from the audience. Also worth noting: there will be snacks!

Novel Night

 

Drew HDrew Hayes is an author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though. Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.

 

 

 

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David Heymann is an architect, contributing writer forPlaces Journal, and a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is interested in what people want from nature. Heymann has been a writer in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Dora Maar House, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and the Bogliasco Foundation Liguria Study Center; a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome; and a participant in The Arctic Circle program. His architectural work has been variously published and recognized with design honors, including selection for Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York.

Apr
11
Sat
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
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/.

Apr
12
Sun
Dear Texas Day
Apr 12 all-day
Dear Texas Day

Join us in celebrating DEAR Texas Day, as nine cities across the state– Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Humble, Pearland, and San Marcos (oh my!)– Drop Everything And Read!

DEAR Texas Day is a state-wide literary event that aims to bring Texans of all ages together to celebrate literacy and the joy of reading.

On April 12, keep an eye out for book readings and author signings at Barnes & Noble, Half-Priced Books, Malvern Books, Pan-African Connection Bookstore, and Paragraphs on the Padre Boulevard.

Don’t forget to stop by any Joe’s Crab Shack to discover the “fun in ‘fundraiser.'” After grabbing a bite to eat, present this coupon to your waiter and a percentage of your bill’s proceedings will go directly towards DEAR Texas Day 2016.

So on April 12, grab a book and your dearest friend and drop everything and read!

 

Dear Texas
Apr
16
Thu
Michener Center for Writers Book Reading Series: Geoff Dyer @ Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on University of Texas campus
Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Michener Center for Writers welcomes all to join us for a book reading by Geoff Dyer. The reading will take place on the University of Texas at Austin campus in the Avaya Auditorium.

English author Dyer’s work includes four novels; two collections of essays ; and six genre-defying titles, including Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It. His collected essays, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. His latest is Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H W Bush.  He is visiting professor at MCW in Spring 2015.

Apr
20
Mon
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.