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

Feb
21
Wed
André Aciman — CALL ME BY YOUR NAME @ BookPeople
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Fiction, Call Me By Your Name tells the story of a blossoming summer romance between an adolescent boy and a guest at his parents’ home on the Italian Riviera. The novel is now a major motion picture from director Luca Guadagnino.

 

The speaking portion is free, but the signing portion requires a ticket, only available with the purchase of a copy of the book from BookPeople.

 

BookPeople

603 N Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX 78703, USA

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Feb
24
Sat
A Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas @ Central Library, Living Room (6th Floor)
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In honor of African American History Month and communities of color, join the Austin Public Library and KAZI Book Review for the second annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas.  

There will be author readings as well as panel discussions on cultural diversity, African American education, Mexican American literature and social justice in literature.

Featuring notable Texas Authors and Editors

  • Nicky Drayden, Author of Prey of the Gods
  • John Moran Gonzalez, Editor of The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o American Literature
  • Chaitali Sen, Author of The Pathless Sky
  • Jacob Grovey, Author of Dance of the Broken
  • Natalia Sylvester, Author of the forthcoming book Everyone Knows You Go Home(March 13, 2018)
  • Michael Hurd, Author of Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas
  • Karen Kossie-Chernyshev, Editor of Angie Brown: A Jim Crow Romance and Author of Recovering Five Generations Hence: The Life and Writing of Lillian Jones Horace
  • Evelyn Palfrey, Author of Going Home

Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas 2018 Reading List

Copies of the books will be available for purchase through a partnership with Book People. A portion of the book sales will benefit the Austin Public Library. For more information about Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, contact Hopeton Hay, KAZI Book Review Producer and Host, at hopeton@kazifm.org.

Downtown Parking Options

The Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas is sponsored in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Free and open to the public!

Mar
8
Thu
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho — BAREFOOT DOGS @ Joynes Reading Room
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho is an Austin-based writer born and raised in Toluca, Mexico. His debut collection of stories Barefoot Dogs was named a Best Book of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews. His talk is part of the Spring 2018 Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series at The University of Texas at Austin.

 

It is free and open to the public.

 

Joynes Reading Room
2501 Whitis Ave
Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Mar
28
Wed
Kermit Schweidel – FOLLY COVE: A SMUGGLER’S TALE OF THE POT REBELLION @ BookPeople
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm

Kermit Schweidel, co-founder of a successful Dallas advertising agency, grew up in El Paso, the site of a brief but eventful detour that would bring him face to face with the Department of Justice and result in a felony conviction. Folly Cove is set against a 1970s backdrop of Vietnam, political corruption, and radical activism, comes the true story of a loose confederacy of thrill-seeking opportunists and disaffected veterans who pulled off the largest, most audacious pot smuggle yet attempted.

 

In order to get your book signed by Kermit Schweidel, you must purchase Folly Cove from BookPeople!

 

BookPeople
603 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5050

 

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Mar
30
Fri
Luis Alberto Urrea – THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS @ BookPeople
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm

Luis Alberto Urrea was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his landmark work of nonficiton. The Devil’s Highway. In this novel, Urrea writes about a beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz who  has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies herself. Among the guests is Miguel Angel’s half brother who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life. This indelible portrait of a complex family reminds us of what it means to be the first generation and to live two lives across one border.

 

The speaking portion is free, but you must buy The House of Broken Angels from BookPeople to get it signed!

 

BookPeople
603 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5050

 

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Apr
4
Wed
Junot Diaz — ISLANDBORN @ BookPeople
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm

A picture book from Junot Diaz, Islandborn tells the story of a young girl named Lola. At school, she and her classmates are asked to draw a picture of where their families are from, but Lola can’t remember where she was born, The Island. By sharing memories with her, her family and friends help her imagine the place she’s from.

 

The speaking portion is free, but the signing portion requires a ticket, only available with the purchase of Islandborn from BookPeople.

 

BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Apr
7
Sat
San Antonio Book Festival @ San Antonio Central Library
Apr 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Sixth Annual San Antonio Book Festival is a free, all-day event featuring author presentations, panel discussions, and book signings.

 

Central Library
600 Soledad St
San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
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Apr
30
Mon
Writefest 18 @ Sawyer Yards
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – May 5 @ 5:00 pm

Designed for emerging writers, Writefest 18 features writing workshops, one-on-one pitch sessions, panels, readings, and more. The keynote speaker is Justin Cronin, and presenters include a number of book agents and book and journal editors. Attending writers include Sarah Cortez, Nan Cuba, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Mark Pryor, and Tex Thompson.

 

Discounted tickets are available through an Indiegogo campaign until Feb. 2, when regular ticketing opens and prices go up. More information on registration is available at writefesthouston.com

 

Sawyer Yards
Houston, TX, USA
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