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

Apr
26
Thu
Don Graham – GIANT @ Interabang Books
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm

In this compelling and impeccably researched narrative history of the making of the film, Don Graham chronicles the stories of Stevens, whose trauma in World War II intensified his ambition to make films that would tell the story of America; Edna Ferber, a considerable literary celebrity, who meets her match in the imposing Robert Kleberg, proprietor of the vast King Ranch; and Glenn McCarthy, an American oil tycoon; and Errol Flynn lookalike with a taste for Hollywood. Drawing on archival sources Graham’s GIANT is a comprehensive depiction of the film’s production showing readers how reality became fiction and fiction became cinema.

 

You must buy Giant from Interabang Books to get it signed!

 

Interabang Books
10720 Preston Rd., Ste 1009B
Dallas, TX 75230
(214) 484-4289
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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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May
6
Sun
Michael Fry – HOW TO BE A SUPERVILLAIN: BORN TO BE GOOD @ BookPeople
May 6 @ 2:00 pm

Victor Spoil hates the Junior Super Academy. It makes him cranky–and his parents couldn’t be prouder, because supervillains aren’t meant to be nice. Until Victor confesses he wants to leave and become a librarian. The horror! But when superheroes and villains–including his parents–start disappearing, only a dedicated do-gooder like Victor can track them down. He discovers that the supers are being captured to square off against aliens in gladiator-like shows. And unlike the scripted fights that the supers usually sign up for, these battles are to the death. Victor and his fellow super students must join together and harness their super powers to battle this dastardly mega-villain. But to be a hero, Victor finally has to embrace his inner villain. Will he be able to stoop that low?

 

You must buy How to Be A Supervillain from BookPeople to get it signed!

 

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

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May
15
Tue
Jesmyn Ward – SING, UNBURIED, SING @ BookPeople
May 15 @ 7:00 pm

In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power–and limitations–of family bonds.

 

Tickets:

  • Tickets will be available on March 12, 2018 at 12PM.
  • Tickets are not available in-store.
  • One ticket is $20 (plus service fee) and includes one paperback copy of Sing, Unburied, Sing.
  • Each ticket admits ONE person to the Central Presbyterian Church for this event.
  • Seating is general admission; first come, first served.

 

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

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May
16
Wed
Jesmyn Ward – SING, UNBURIED, SING @ Brazos Bookstore
May 16 @ 7:00 pm
In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds.
Sing, Unburied, Sing must be bought from Brazos Bookstore to get signed! Get tickets here.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
5501 S. Main St.
HoustonTX 77004
(713) 523-0701
May
23
Wed
Michael Ondaatje – WARLIGHT @ Brazos Bookstore
May 23 @ 7:00 pm
Brazos Bookstore presents Michael Ondaatje, reading from his book Warlight. Michael Ondaatje is the author of six previous novels, a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. The English Patient won the Booker Prize; Anil’s Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Medicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje now lives in Toronto.
Warlight must be bought from Brazos Bookstore to get signed! Get tickets here.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
5501 S. Main St.
HoustonTX 77004
(713) 523-0701
May
29
Tue
Michael Pollan – HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND @ Central Presbyterian Church
May 29 @ 7:00 pm

A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan’s “mental travelogue” is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both struggle and beauty, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

 

You get a signed copy of How to Change Your Mind with an admission ticket to the event!

 

Central Presbyterian Church
200 E 8th St,
Austin, TX 78701, USA

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Jun
2
Sat
Jennifer Donaldson – LIES YOU NEVER TOLD ME @ BookPeople
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm

Gabe and Elyse have never met. But they both have something to hide.

Quiet, shy Elyse can’t believe it when she’s cast as the lead in her Portland high school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Her best friend, Brynn, is usually the star, and Elyse isn’t sure she’s up to the task. But when someone at rehearsals starts to catch her eye—someone she knows she absolutely shouldn’t be with—she can’t help but be pulled into the spotlight.

Gabe, an Austin native, is contemplating the unthinkable—breaking up with Sasha, his headstrong, popular girlfriend. She’s not going to let him slip through her fingers, though, and when rumors start to circulate around school, he knows she has the power to change his life forever.

 

You must buy Lies You Never Told Me from BookPeople to get it signed!

 

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

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Jun
7
Thu
David Bowles – FEATHERED SERPENT, DARK HEART OF THE SKY @ Brazos Bookstore
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm
The stories in Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky trace the history of the world from its beginnings in the dreams of the dual god Ometeotl, to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in Mexico and the fall of the great city Tenochtitlan. In the course of that history we learn about the Creator Twins, Feathered Serpent, and Dark Heart of Sky, and how they built the world on a leviathan’s back; of the shape-shifting nahualli; and the aluxes—elfish beings known to help out the occasional wanderer. And finally, we read Aztec tales about the arrival of the blonde strangers from across the sea, the strangers who seek to upend the rule of Motecuhzoma and destroy the very stories we are reading.
Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky from Brazos Bookstore to get signed!
Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet Street
HoustonTX 77005
(713) 523-0701
Jun
13
Wed
Alfredo Corchado – HOMELANDS @ BookPeople
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm

Homelands merges the political and the personal, telling the story of the last great Mexican migration through the eyes of four friends at a time when the Mexican population in the United States swelled from 700,000 people during the 1970s to more than 35 million people today. It is the narrative of the United States in a painful economic and political transition.

 

You must buy Homelands from BookPeople to get it signed!

 

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

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