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

Book Launch: Dave Oliphant’s “Austin: A Poem” @ Malvern Books
Aug 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Malvern Books to celebrate the launch of Austin: A Poem by Dave Oliphant (Alamo Bay Press). Dave will be joined by Kanya Lyons, who will share her video interview, “Dave Oliphant: Native Texas Poet.”

“Dave Oliphant was born in 1939 in Fort Worth, Texas. Host Publications has published two of his collections of poetry, Memories of Texas Towns & Cities (2000) and Backtracking (2004). His Maria’s Poems (1987) won an Austin Book Award. Host has also published three books that he translated from the Spanish: Enrique Lihn’s Figures of Speech (1999); Oliver Welden’s Love Hound (2006), winner of best book of poetry at the 2007 New York Book Festival; and Nicanor Parra’s After-Dinner Declarations (2009), winner of the 2011 translation award from the Texas Institute of Letters. KD: A Jazz Biography, his verse biography of Texas trumpeter Kenny Dorham, was published in 2012 by Wings Press, and The Pilgrimage: Selected Poems, 1962-2012 appeared from Lamar University Press in 2013. The poetry collections The Cowtown Circle and María’s Book were published by Alamo Bay Press in 2014 and 2016 respectively. He was with the University of Texas at Austin for 30 years, as an editor and a senior lecturer.”

Reading & Signing: Jasminne Méndez & Natalia Sylvester @ Book Woman
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Book Woman, a local Austin bookstore that has celebrated diverse women writers for decades, for a discussion with Jasminne Méndez (of the mixed-genre collection Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e) and Natalia Sylvester (of the novel Everyone Knows You Go Home)! The event will be hosted by Leticia Urieta.

There’s a little about the authors and their work below (but you can always find more on Book Woman’s website):

“The daughter of Dominican immigrants, Méndez fought for independence against her overly-protective parents, obtaining a full scholarship to college, a dream job after school and a master s degree shortly thereafter. But the full-time job with medical insurance doesn’t satisfy her urge to write and perform, so she leaves it in search of creative fulfillment. In this stirring collection of personal essays and poetry, Méndez shares her story, writing about encounters with the medical establishment, experiences as an Afro Latina and longing for the life she expected but that eludes her.”

“Everyone Knows You Go Home:
The first time Isabel meets her father-in-law, Omar, he’s already dead—an apparition appearing uninvited on her wedding day. Her husband, Martin, still unforgiving for having been abandoned by his father years ago, confesses that he never knew the old man had died. So Omar asks Isabel for the impossible: persuade Omar’s family—especially his wife, Elda—to let him redeem himself.”

International Translation Day Celebration @ Malvern Books
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Malvern Books is celebrating International Translation Day with a reading by renowned translators Marian Schwartz and Philip Boehm. Marian will be reading from her translation of Russian author Leonid Yuzefovich’s Horsemen of the Sands, and Philip will read from his translation of Polish author Hannah Krall’s Chasing the King of Hearts, which won the Soeurette Diehl Fraser award for translation given by the Texas Institute of Letters.

An Evening with Sabrina Orah Mark & Elizabeth McCracken @ Malvern Books
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Malvern Books is hosting an evening with writers Sabrina Orah Mark and Elizabeth McCracken. We’re celebrating the recent release of Sabrina’s short story collection, Wild Milk.

Sabrina Orah Mark‘s first collection of stories, Wild Milk, was recently published by Dorothy. She is also the author of the poetry collections The Babies and Tsim Tsum. Mark’s awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She has taught at Agnes Scott College, University of Georgia, Rutgers University, University of Iowa, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Goldwater Hospital and throughout the New York City and Iowa Public School Systems. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband, Reginald McKnight, and their two sons.”

An Evening with Valerie Wallace, Simone Muench & Katy Chrisler @ Malvern Books
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Malvern Books is hosting a reading from visiting poet Valerie Wallace, who will be reading from her collection  House of McQueen, released in March of this year. Valerie will be joined by Simone Muench and Katy Chrisler.

“Inhabiting the life and work of Alexander McQueen, Wallace builds a fantastical world using both original language and excerpts drawn from interviews, supermodels, Shakespeare, and more. At turns fierce and vulnerable, here is a collection that leaps from runway to fairytale to street with wild, brilliant grace.”

See more about the author and the event at Malvern’s event page.