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

Craig Johnson @ Barnes and Noble Dallas @ Barnes and Noble
May 23 @ 3:00 pm

Author Event
Craig Johnson is coming to Dallas to discuss Dry Bones, the 11th book in the bestselling ‘Longmire’ mystery series that inspired TV’s Longmire. Sheriff Longmire investigates a death tied to the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found. Come meet the author.

Pegasus Reading Series @ Kettle Arts
May 27 @ 7:00 pm

WordSpace is proud to be partnering with Kettle Arts to bring you live literature in Dallas through our Pegasus Reading Series, curated and hosted by Sebastian H Paramo and Robert Torres.

This month we showcase the work of Cloward, Hardwick, Molberg, & Tierce.

Tim Cloward is a poet/performer and the creator of the recent Dancing Tongue Literary Cabaret series at Dallas’ Undermain Theatre. The former board chair of the North Texas Literary organization, WordSpace, he is currently the Assistant Principal at Yavneh Academy of Dallas. There he teaches history, the humanities and creative writing. He is the founder of the poetry/ performance troupe Dancing Tongue and has worked with Poetry Circus and Question Authority, both acclaimed performance poetry ensembles. His work has been seen in a number of publications and he, along with Patty Turner and David Davis, published the influential chapbook Three Dallas Poets in 1986. Tim holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is author of the chapbook, Francine in the Garden (Thrush) and Hummingbird Mind (Mouthfeel Press). She has been nominated for a Best New Poets, and her manuscript was a finalist for the Levis Prize in Poetry. Her work has appeared in the following: 3:AM Magazine, Night Train, Versal, Sugar House Review, Four Way Review, among others. She writes in the deserts of West Texas.

Jenny Molberg won the 2014 Berkshire Prize for her debut collection of poems, Marvels of the Invisible (forthcoming, Tupelo Press). Her poems have appeared in North American Review, Copper Nickel, Third Coast, The New Guard, The Rattling Wall, Mississippi Review and other journals. She has been nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and was featured in Best New Poets 2014. Currently, she teaches at the University of North Texas and serves as Production Editor for American Literary Review.

Merritt Tierce, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, was born and raised in Texas, and graduated from college at the age of 19. She received her MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was named a Meta Rosenberg Fellow. In 2011, she was a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Merritt lives near Dallas with her husband and children. Her first published story, Suck It, was selected by ZZ Packer to be anthologized in the 2008 edition ofNew Stories from the South, and her first book, Love Me Back, was published by Doubleday in 2014, to wide acclaim. Merritt lives near Dallas with her husband and children.

Jennifer Arnold @ Barnes and Noble Houston @ Barnes and Noble
May 29 @ 7:00 pm

Join Barnes and Noble as Jennifer Arnold signs copies of her new book Life Is Short (No Pun Intended): Love, Laughter, and Learning to Enjoy Every Moment. Stars of TLC’s The Little Couple will be present.

Local Author Night @ Book Peopl
May 29 @ 7:00 pm

We love our local authors here at BookPeople and tonight we’re excited to welcome two of the best to share their new work. Bennett Easton will share his new novel The Contest. Monica F. Anderson will be discussing her newest book, Success Is A Side Effect: Leadership, Relationships, and Selective Amnesia. Join us for a wonderful night of literary comradery & fun!

Neal Stephenson Speaking and Signing @ Book People @ Book People
May 30 @ 7:00 pm

Book People is pleased to once again welcome bestselling, iconic SciFi author, Neal Stephenson, to BookPeople. On May 30, he’ll discuss his new novel, Seveneves, in which a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe baand together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space. But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges…

The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Seveneves from BookPeople.


  • The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public.
  • Tickets are required to join the signing line.
  • Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of Seveneves from BookPeople.
  • Books & tickets are now available to pre-order. Purchasing a book online automatically assigns you a ticket for the signing. There is no separate “ticket” item to add to your cart.
  • Tickets are lettered. The line for the signing will form according to ticket letter after the author speaks.



Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem, and the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World), as well as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Brandon Webb discussion and signing @ Barnes and Noble in Dallas @ Barnes and Noble
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm

Brandon Webb, Navy SEAL sniper and bestselling author, will discuss Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice, his personal account of the eight friends and fellow SEALs who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Deborah Harkness discussion and book signing @ Barnes and Noble in Frisco @ Barnes and Noble
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm
Author Event
Join Barnes and Noble for a discussion and book signing with bestselling author, Deborah Harkness! Please present a Barnes & Noble receipt for The Book of Life (paperback or hardcover) beginning at 9:00 am Tuesday, May 26 to receive your event wristband.
Monday June 01, 2015 7:00 PM
Stonebriar Mall
2601 Preston Rd Unit 1204, Frisco, TX 75034, 972-668-2820
Special Instructions
Seating is reserved for the first group of wristband holders. Standing room wristbands will be handed out when seating is full. If you do not have a Barnes & Noble receipt, you are welcome to pick up your free wristband for the signing line at 5:00 pm the day of the event
New South Festival of Literary Arts & Cartooning 2015 @ French Legation Museum
Jun 6 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

New South will feature a book fair (with 50+ exhibitors) and cross-disciplinary panels. Our goal is to celebrate independent literature, alternative comics, small presses, and print culture.

Jim Rugg

Tuesday Bassen
Josh Simmons
Inés Estrada
Hellen Jo
Nathan Fox
Derek M. Ballard
Jonny Negron
Dirty Diamonds
Tiny Splendor
And More!

June 6, 2015
French Legation Museum


You can see the FULL EXHIBITOR LIST here:

MFA Visual Narrative Program & Raw Paw!

Arlo’s & PitaLicious

Judy Blume at BookPeople @ BookPeople
Jun 13 @ 4:00 pm
Judy Blume at BookPeople @ BookPeople | Austin | Texas | United States

It’s true! Bestselling Author JUDY BLUME is coming to BookPeople with her new novel for adults, In The Unlikely Event, on Saturday, June 13 at 4pm! Blume will appear in conversation with Sarah Pitre of the Alamo Drafthouse about Blume’s new novel for adults, In the Unlikely Event. We are honored and excited to welcome Judy Blume to BookPeople. This is the event of a lifetime! The speaking portion is free and open to the public. *Tickets are required for the signing * Please see details below. 


  • The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public.
  • Tickets are required for the signing.
  • Tickets cost as much as the price of one copy of In the Unlikely Event, plus tax.
  • Each ticket grants access to the signing line for one person and will be exchanged for one signed copy of In the Unlikely Eevnt at the signing table the day of the event.
  • Tickets are lettered. After Blume speaks, we will call people up to have their books signed according to the letter on their tickets.


JUDY BLUME is one of America’s most beloved authors. Her twenty-eight titles include Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Forever; and Summer Sisters. Together, her books have sold more than 85 million copies in 32 languages. She is a champion of intellectual freedom, working with the National Coalition Against Censorship to support teachers, librarians, and students who fight to keep challenged books on their shelves. In 2004, Blume was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Key West, Forida, with her husband.


In her highly-anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the number one New York Times bestselling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.

In the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times, and finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going.

Early reviewers have already weighed in: “Like many family stories, this one is not without its life changing secrets and surprises. There is no surprise that the book is smoothly written, and its story compelling. The setting—the early 1950s—is especially well realized through period references and incidents.” —Booklist (starred review) and “In Blume’s latest adult novel….young and old alike must learn to come to terms with technological disaster and social change. Her novel is characteristically accessible, frequently charming, and always deeply human.” —Publishers Weekly


Sarah Pitre is the Director of Programming & Promotions for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where she is happily responsible for lady-centric screenings and events. She’s also the founder of ForeverYoungAdult.com, a community for YA fans who are a little less “Y” and a bit more “A.”


*Tickets for the signing portion of this event are $30.26 and can be purchased here: http://www.bookpeople.com/event/judy-blume-unlikely-event

“The Wind in the Bamboo” Travels Among Ancient Tribes Surviving in Asia @ BookWoman
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm

A slideshow by indigenous rights advocate Edith Mirante on her book, “The Wind in the Bamboo: A Journey in Search of Asia’s ‘Negrito’ Indigenous Peoples” about contemporary hunter gatherers in Malaysia, India and the Philippines, their traditional gender equality and their current challenges.