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

Elizabeth McCracken @ BookPeople
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In Elizabeth McCracken’s universe, heartache is always interwoven with strange, charmed moments of joy–an unexpected conversation with small children, the gift of a parrot with a bad French accent–that remind us of the wonder and mystery of being alive.  Tonight we’re pleased to spend some time in her world as McCracken reads to us from her new collection of stories, Thunderstruck

About ThunderstruckFrom the author of the beloved novel The Giant’s House—finalist for the National Book Award—comes a beautiful new story collection, her first in twenty years. Laced through with the humor, the empathy, and the rare and magical descriptive powers that have led Elizabeth McCracken’s fiction to be hailed as “exquisite” (The New York Times Book Review), “funny and heartbreaking” (The Boston Globe), and “a true marvel” (San Francisco Chronicle), these nine vibrant stories navigate the fragile space between love and loneliness. In “Property,” selected by Geraldine Brooks for The Best American Short Stories, a young scholar, grieving the sudden death of his wife, decides to refurbish the Maine rental house they were to share together by removing his landlord’s possessions. In “Peter Elroy: A Documentary by Ian Casey,” the household of a successful filmmaker is visited years later by his famous first subject, whose trust he betrayed. In “The Lost & Found Department of Greater Boston,” the manager of a grocery store becomes fixated on the famous case of a missing local woman, and on the fate of the teenage son she left behind. And in the unforgettable title story, a family makes a quixotic decision to flee to Paris for a summer, only to find their lives altered in an unimaginable way by their teenage daughter’s risky behavior.

ELIZABETH MCCRACKEN is the author of An Exact Replica of a Figment of My ImaginationThe Giant’s House,Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry,  and Niagara Falls All Over Again. A former public librarian, she is now a faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, and has received grants and awards from numerous organizations, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the American Academy in Berlin. Elizabeth is married to the novelist and illustrator Edward Carey.

“Way Behind the Music” Presented by LitCrawl Austin & Texas Book Festival @ The North Door
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Lit Crawl Austin adds a major dose of humor to its offerings this year with a benefit performance of the comedy show “Way Behind the Music.” Lit Crawl Austin is produced in partnership with San Francisco literary festival Litquake and the Texas Book Festival.

The show features a notable lineup of musicians, performers, and writers who take center stage to read from the hilariously odd music memoirs of “less sung” authors such as Justin Bieber, Flavor Flav, Pat Boone, Sammy Hagar, Liberace, and Vince Neil, among others. 


* Jesse Dayton
* Owen Egerton
* Joe Gross
* Annie La Ganga
* Nick Tangborn
* Carolyn Wonderland

Advance tickets are $10. Tickets at the door are $15. Proceeds benefit Lit Crawl Austin’s annual East Side crawl.

Matthew Hollis @ Harry Ransom Center
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Award-winning poet, biographer, and poetry editor Matthew Hollis speaks about the friendship between poets Robert Frost and Edward Thomas and its fatal consequences in the midst of the Great War. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry. Presented by the University Co-op.

The Texas Book Festival Celebrates DIA! @ The Thinkery
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the Texas Book Festival at the Thinkery to celebrate El dia de los ninos/ El dia de los libros with childen’s author Gwendolyn Zepeda!


The Michener Center’s Graduating Class Reading @ Avaya Auditorium in the ACES Building
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The graduating MFA class of fiction writers, poets, playwrights and screenwriters will read from their work: Flynn Berry, Karim Dicechkie, Taylor Flory Ogletree, Alen Hamza, Reina Hardy, Laurel Hunt, Abe Koogler, Corey Miller, Iheoma Nwachukwu, Ben Philippe, and Courtney Thomas Vance.