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

SUMMER BOOK SALE @ APL- Yarborough Branch
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – Jun 25 @ 5:00 pm

“Browse and buy from nonfiction, fiction, classics, DVDs, and CDs for adults and kids.

Plus, pick up your Summer Reading Program information for adultsteens, and youth.

Join us for a special book sale! Proceeds from book sales directly benefit the Austin Public Library.”

-Austin Public Library

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**Hours will vary by day.


Special Story Time: Jen Betton with HEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG @ Interabang Books
Jun 23 @ 10:30 am

“Saturday is Story Time Day at Interabang Books! Bring kids of all ages for great stories and a craft starting at 10:30 am.

Jen Betton, author and illustrator, will be reading her latest book, HEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG, as well as bringing fun hedgehog themed crafts and activities. WARNING: THIS EVENT MAY BE UNBEARABLY CUTE” -Interabang Books

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Testimonio: A Writing Workshop of the Body @ SA PL- Central Library
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

“Join Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros for a one hour workshop where she unpacks the connection between body, language, and our work as writers. Participants will write one poem or short essay to conclude the workshop. This workshop is open and free to the public. Please bring pen or pencil, and paper. Laptops are okay to bring. Writers at all levels are welcome.” -SA PL

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Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog @ APL- Yarborough Branch
Jun 23 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

“Certified Austin Dog Alliance volunteer teams with trained therapy dogs will be waiting for kids to read stories to them. This program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog.” -Austin Public Library

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**This event occurs every Saturday.

ESL Reading Circle @ SA PL- Bazan Library
Jun 23 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

“Join us for our weekly English as a Second Language Reading Circle! You will have the chance to practice your pronunciation and reading comprehension skills. No registration necessary; continuous enrollment.” -SA PL

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HEART DOG ANGEL IN DISGUISE -Aki Yamaguchi @ Blue Willow Bookshop
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm


“Aki Yamaguchi has written HEART DOG—ANGEL IN DISGUISE, a photographic memoir about Jazzy, her 13-year-old heart dog. Sometimes, it seems Heaven has a leak, and angels fall through. Aki Yamaguchi, a shy immigrant woman from Japan meets one in the form of a dog. Aki brings home Jazzy, a timid Border Collie pup bred solely for profit, with countless behavioral problems. Refusing to give up on her, Aki trains herself to train and develop Jazzy until they became inseparable working partners, serving the community in search and rescue and as a therapy dog team. Ultimately, Aki knows she is the one whose life Jazzy blesses forever, and she shares their story in this touching photographic memoir. HEART DOG—ANGEL IN DISGUISE takes you deep into the dog-human partnership and a love that transcends life’s boundaries. Aki is a professional dog trainer and photographer. Proceeds from the book will go to The Last Wishes Fund, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to less fortunate pet owners in the Houston area.” -Blue Willow Bookshop

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IMAGES OF AMERICA: THE CRUISER HOUSTON -Mark Lardas @ Galveston Bookshop
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“The cruiser Houston was the first warship named for the Bayou City, and the ship proved a favorite of the Texans who live there. It was also a favorite of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who traveled on the Houston no fewer than four times. Houston was twice the flagship of the US Navy’s Asiatic Fleet. In the opening days of World War II, it battled the Imperial Japanese Navy, culminating in its midnight loss at the Battle of Sunda Strait. Mr. Lardas’ book tells the story of this magnificent ship and the city of Houston’s reaction to its namesake’s loss.”

-Galveston Bookshop

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Nasty!: A Reading and Signing by Fierce Women Writers @ BookWoman
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

“From body positivity to sexual empowerment to overcoming adversity and beyond, Nasty! is a collection of bold essays and recollections by fierce women who are not ashamed of who they are or what they do. Featuring a diverse range of authors and perspectives, Nasty! is the first anthology from King Shot Press, released this past January. All profits from the anthology will be donated to Planned Parenthood.” -BookWoman

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JAY BRANDON AND MANNING WOLFE-Against the Law & Music Notes @ BookPeople
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm


Fresh out of prison, former lawyer Edward Hall thinks his days in the courtroom are behind him. Until his sister, Dr Amy Hall, is arrested for murder…

She’s been accused of shooting the ex-husband she supposedly reconciled with and is convinced that her ex-convict brother is the only one able to save her. To make matters worse, the media won’t ignore Amy’s high-profile case; an example needs to be made of a doctor murdering another doctor. So Edward promises to do everything he can to protect his sister, because she is innocent, isn’t she?

Edward finds himself back in the courtroom facing Cynthia, the judge responsible for his arrest and imprisonment all those years ago. With personal grudges heavy in the air, can Edward spare his sister from a brutal sentencing that could cost her her life?


Attorney Merit Bridges finds herself in danger again in Music Notes: Texas Lady Lawyer vs L.A. Baron. When client Liam Nolan is slain with his own guitar, Davey Ray Bell shows up claiming to be the celebrity musician’s illegitimate son. L.A. Baron, Nolan’s former manager, makes a back-door music deal and tries to grab the estate for himself. When the probate court pushes Baron out of the picture, he goes after Merit with a vengeance. Using the dark web, he ruins her reputation, destroys her career, and finally attempts to kill her. Who will come out on top of the scales of music and the scales of justice?

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Synopses courtesy of BookPeople

Denise Barkis Richter: “100 Things To Do in San Antonio Before You Die” @ SA PL- Landa Library
Jun 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
“Join popular Palo Alto College Professor Denise Barkis Richter as she unveils the definitive bucket list for lovers of all things San Antonio. Her book, “100 Things To Do In San Antonio Before You Die,” lays out an entire summer’s worth of activities for the ultimate Alamo City “stay-cation.” Discover hidden treasures and learn trivia surrounding places you thought you knew all about. A book signing will follow.” -SA PL

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