Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 9/18-24

Bookish events in Texas for the week of September 18-24, 2017: 

Special Events:
West Texas Book Festival, Abilene, September 21-23

Texas Tribune Festival, Austin, September 22-24

It’s Your Business: 2017 North Texas SCBWI Conference, Addison, September 23

Ongoing Exhibits:
The Twig Book Shop, J. Michael Dolan reads and signs Trumpets of Jericho, 5PM

Waco
Guess Family Barbecue, Texas Sports Pub Day Party: Chad Conine discusses and signs Texas Sports: Unforgettable Stories For Every Day of the Year, 6PM

B&N - Vanderbilt Square, Kathi Appelt signs Mogie: The Heart of the House (with a special appearance by Ronald McDonald House Dog, Mogie), 6PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Mac Barnett will discuss and sign his newest picture book I LOVE YOU LIKE A PIG, 5PM

San Antonio
The Korova, Puroslam with DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Barbara Ann Radnofsky discusses and signs A Citizen's Guide to Impeachment, 5PM

Wednesday, September 20:
Austin
Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM

University of Houston - MD Anderson Library, Poetry & Prose Reading Series, 5:30PM

Thursday, September 21:
Austin

Brazos Bookstore, Alex Lemon reads and signs FEVERLAND, 7PM

Rice University - Hudspeth Auditorium, Elif Batuman reads and signs THE IDIOT, 6:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Tony Tripodo discusses and signs The Successful CFO, 5:30PM

University of Houston - Downtown, Houston Poet Laureate D.E.E.P. and Grand Slam Champion The Fluent One will perform, 5:30PM 

Midland
George W. Bush Childhood Home, Laura Bush Literacy Program Reading Event, 4:30PM

Midland Library - Centennial, Cory Putnam Oakes signs Dinosaur Boy, 4:30PM

San Antonio
San Antonio Public Library - Pan American, Carolyn Zahnow discusses Beautiful Disasters: A Family's Journey Through Teen Depression, 4:30PM

San Antonio Public Library - Semmes, Carolyn Zahnow discusses Beautiful Disasters: A Family's Journey Through Teen Depression, 6:30PM

Sugar Land
Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents "Finger Snaps and Laugh Tracks", 7PM

Houston
Brazos Bookstore, poet Conor Bracken reads from and signs HENRY KISSINGER, MON AMOUR, 7PM

University of Houston - Dudley Recital Hall, the Martha Suit Hallman Lecture in Music hosts Michael Klein, author of Music and the Crises of the Modern Subject, 2PM

Midland
Midland Library - Centennial, Aaron Reynolds signs Creepy Carrots, 4:30PM

San Antonio
Viva Tacoland, Gemini Ink presents readings by Fernando Esteban Flores, Kinyo, and Gerard Robledo, 6:30PM

Saturday, September 23:
Austin

BookPeople, PATRICK NESS speaking & signing Release, 6PM

Malvern Books, celebrate the launch of Christopher Carmona’s new poetry collection, 140: Twitter Poems (bilingual edition translated by Gerald Padilla), 7PM

Clifton

B&N - Preston/Royal, Krystal Granzow signs Maddy Lou and Mack at the State Fair of Texas, 12PM
B&N - Golden Triangle Mall, Local Author Cecil Miller signs The Other Side of the Mic, 1PM

El Paso
El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project Workshop: "Autumn Beginnings" with Sheela Wolford, 12:45PM

Fort Worth
Funky Town Festival, Panther City Review 2017 readings & signing, 4PM

Half Price Books - Ridgmar, local author Tank Gunner will sell and sign his books, Prompts and Prompts, Too, a collection of fictional war stories based on real accounts, 1PM

Galveston
The Witchery, Old Style Conjure Workshops by Mama Starr Casas, author of Old Style Conjure: Hoodoo, Root Work, and Folk Magic, 2PM & 5PM

Houston
Brazos Bookstore, an afternoon of conversation with Texas children’s authors Jessica Lee Anderson, Mari Mancusi, and Joy Preble as they chat with CBAY Books editor Madeline Smoot about Anderson’s middle grade UNCERTAIN SUMMER and the anthology DRAGONS and WITCHES, 3PM

Brazos Bookstore, Partha Nandi discussing and signing ASK DR. NANDI, 7PM

Campesino Coffee House, Fuente Collective presents Urgent Narratives: Unearthing The Stories Within Through Raw Journaling, 12PM

Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last

Holler Brewing Company, Writespace hosts Harvey Relief Open Mic, 7PM


Plano
B&N - Creekwalk Village, Lynne Weinberger discusses and signs Six Word Memoirs on Immigration, 2PM

San Antonio
B&N - La Cantera, 2nd Annual B-Fest Teen Book Festival, 1PM

Half Price Books - San Pedro, Martha Miller will sign her travel memoir Times New Roman: How We Quit Our Jobs, Gave Away Our Stuff & Moved to Italy, 1PM

The Twig Book Shop, J.R. Jordan Jr. signs From Hollywood to Gruene, 11AM

Southlake
B&N - Town Square, 2nd Annual B-Fest Teen Book Fest, 1PM

Sugar Land
Half Price Books, local author Willie James will sell and sign his graphic novel, Sabrina: Fall of an Alliance, 1PM

Sunday, September 24:
Austin
BookPeople, CAROLYN OSBORN speaking & signing Durations, 2PM

Malvern Books, an afternoon with writer and artist Eduardo Lalo (hosted by César A. Salgado), 4PM

Bellaire
Southwestern Presbyterian Church, Houston Writers House workshop: "How to Successfully Pitch to an Agent/Editor in 15 Minutes" with Shelley K. Wall, 1PM

Dallas
Deep Vellum Books, Other People's Poetry: Philip Levine with Richard Bailey, Austin Caraway, Dan Collins, Jolee Davis, Reverie Evolving, Rhett Forman, Lisa Huffaker, Joe Milazzo, Rachel Renea, Gayle Reaves-King, Will Richey, James Barrett Rodehaver, Carlos Salas, Lauren Smart, Kristine Spinner, and Robin Turner, 4PM

Half Price Books Mothership, local author English Minter will sell and sign her children's book, Filly's Day on the Farm, 1PM

The Wild Detectives, Backyard Story Night, 7PM

Frisco
Frisco Public Library, Sisters in Crime North Dallas meeting: "Book Tours & Marketing Yourself" presented by Reavis Z. Wortham, 2PM

Houston
Brazos Bookstore, Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach discuss and sign VIOLATED, 5PM

Murder By the Book, Juliana Gray will sign and discuss her new Emmeline Truelove novel, A Strange Scottish Shore, 2PM

San Antonio
San Antonio Public Library - Central, Bárbara Renaud González reads from Las Nalgas de J. Lo, 2PM

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu

I reviewed Moxie: A Novel (Roaring Brook Press) by Houston's Jennifer Mathieu for Lone Star Literary Life. This is fun, fierce, feminist YA fiction that educates, inspires, exhorts, incenses, and comforts. Moxie is the story of how Vivian gets woke.

YA FICTION
Jennifer Mathieu
Moxie: A Novel
Roaring Brook Press
Hardcover, 978-1-6267-2635-2, (also available as an e-book and on Audible), 336 pgs., $17.99
September 19, 2017

“Dutiful” Vivian is a junior at East Rockport High. She’s a “nice, normal” girl who tries to stay out of the spotlight, enduring another school year “like a long stretch of highway.” Vivian’s mom, Lisa, keeps a shoebox on the top shelf of her closet labeled “My Misspent Youth,” filled with old zines and photos of her Riot Grrrl days, punked-out in baby-doll dresses with combat boots, half her head shaved, “Riots not diets” inked down one arm. Lisa is a nurse now and wears lavender scrubs covered in butterflies, but when Vivian is upset, Lisa’s mementos of her youth comfort Vivian, even if she doesn’t yet understand why.

One day a boy interrupts a girl voicing her opinion in class one time too many with “Make me a sandwich” and something in Vivian ignites. She’s had enough of the humiliating dress code checks (while the boys wear T-shirts with “Great Legs—When Do They Open?” printed on them), the “bump ’n’ grab” in the hallways (the girls should take this assault and battery as “a compliment”), East Rockport’s “Most Fuckable” bracket posted online. Faced with inaction from the administration, Vivian creates Moxie, a zine for girls to educate, exhort, and inspire. Eventually threatened with suspension and expulsion, Vivian starts a movement that both scares and excites her.

Moxie: A Novel is new young adult fiction from Houston’s Jennifer Mathieu. Vivian’s fast-paced, first-person narration uncannily channels the sometimes insecure-and-anxious, sometimes righteous-and-incandescent, rapid-cycling emotions of teenagers (Vivian: “I am certain that I’m the first person on Earth to ever feel this awake and alive”). In the beginning her timidity is frustrating, but you’ll soon be fist-pumping and cheering her on. We care about the well-developed, relatable, sympathetic characters of East Rockport High, and we hope the entitled creeps get what’s coming to them.

Mathieu skillfully skewers Friday Night Lights culture; during the mandatory pep rallies, her characters “hide toward the back, like people who only go to church on Christmas.” Moxie is often funny. The local funeral home sports a sign that says, “Don’t text and drive. We can wait!”

Mathieu’s own interest in feminism was kindled by a high school teacher who once called her a “feminazi” during class, so “the joke is on you. Revenge is best served cold, you jerk,” she writes in the novel’s dedication. The Author’s Note at the end of the book includes a list of online resources and reading recommendations.

Kudos to Moxie’s design and marketing teams. The book jacket and interior style take a cue from Vivian’s creation, bringing the style of the zine alive for readers. The laudatory blurbs included with the advance review copy are all from girls between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite production company has acquired the film rights to Moxie.

Although a fun, quick read, Moxie challenges assumptions and divisions masquerading as tradition. It is an encouragement, a comfort, an inspiration, an education, and a call to action. Refuse to sublimate objectification; stake your claim.


Originally published in Lone Star Literary Life.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 9/11-17

Bookish events in Texas for the week of September 11-17, 2017: 

Special Events:
Las Lunas Locas Writing Circle Southwest Tour, Austin, September 11-12

Houston Artists Strong Hurricane Harvey Relief Fundraiser, Houston, September 14

Permian Basin Writers Workshop, Midland, September 15-17

"A Killer Weekend" Writing Workshop, Houston, September 15-16

9th Annual DFW Literary SoulFest, Fort Worth, September 16

Ongoing Exhibits:
Frisco
B&N - Stonebriar, Jason Reynolds signs Patina, 6PM

Houston
Brazos Bookstore, Barbara Radnofsky discusses and signs A CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO IMPEACHMENT, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Craig Johnson will sign and discuss The Western Star, the latest in the Longmire series, 6:30PM

Stages Repertory Theatre, Tintero Readings featuring Reyes Ramirez (hosted by Lupe Mendez), 7PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Writers' League of Texas Panel Discussion: "How to Turn a Mess of Pages Into A Book" with Kate Winkler Dawson, Joe Jiménez, Chaitali Sen, and Nancy G. West, 6:30PM

Tuesday, September 12:
Austin

Fort Worth
Houston
Brazos Bookstore, Rodrigo Hasbún will discuss and sign Affections (joined in conversation by translator Sophie Hughes, moderated by Hosam Aboul-Ela), 7PM

Katy Budget Books, NYT bestselling-author Kerrelyn Sparks presents So I Married a Sorcerer, the sequel to How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days, 6PM

Murder By the Book, William Kent Krueger will sign and discuss Sulfur Springs, 6:30PM

Lubbock
Lubbock Public Library – Groves Branch, Building a Story Collection: Teddy Jones will read, discuss, and sign her new book of short stories, Nowhere Near, 6:30PM

Midland
Petroleum Museum, Arlen Edgar Distinguished Lecture Series: author Steve Wolf presents "Science in the Movies," 6:30PM

San Antonio
San Antonio Museum of Art, Trinity University Lennox Seminar Lecture: "Rome: Sexuality and Empire" with Caroline Vout, author of Sex on Show: Seeing the Erotic in Greece and Rome, 6:30PM

The Korova, Puroslam featuring DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Kelly Grey Carlisle will discuss and sign We Are All Shipwrecks: A Memoir, 5PM

Wednesday, September 13:
Austin
Austin Books & Comics, Ladies Night Special Event: Tillie Walden signs Spinning, 6PM

B&N - Arboretum, Randi Rubenstein signs The Parent Trap, 7PM

BookPeople, WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER speaking & signing Sulfur Springs, 7PM

Malvern Books, acclaimed poet Zachary Schomburg releases his debut novel, Mammother (with readings from Molly Schulman and Josh Denslow, 7PM

Bee Caves
B&N - Hill Country Galleria, Local Writer's Night: Central Texas authors Holly Castillo, Glyn Haynie, and Jim Tallmon will sign their books, 4PM

Dallas
Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council of DFW hosts author Christopher Sabatini discussing "Doomed: Why Regional Efforts Fail to Solve Venezuela’s Crisis," 6:30PM

Interabang Books, War is a Crime: Matthew Hefti will read and sign A HARD AND HEAVY THING, and David Eric Tomlinson will read and sign THE MIDNIGHT MAN, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, a literary bilingual evening in which Bolivian author Rodrigo Hasbún, and Sophie Hughes, the translator of Affections, his lastest book, will discuss the novel and its translation process, 7:30PM

Houston
Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Attica Locke reads and signs BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, 7PM

San Antonio
B&N - Ingram Festival, New Author Night: meet local San Antonio-area authors, 6PM

Thursday, September 14:
Abilene
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, 20th Anniversary exhibit opening with illustrator David Diaz, 6PM

Austin

Dallas
I Love U A-Latte, Reunion: The Dallas Review presents Lit Roast & open mic, 8PM

Interabang Books, Reed Farrel Coleman will read and sign ROBERT B. PARKER’S THE HANGMAN’S SONNET, 7PM

Fort Worth
TCU, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Presents 2017 Fall Speaker Series with Joe Feagin, author of Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism, 7PM

Houston
Blue Willow Bookshop, Jodi Meadows will discuss and sign Before She Ignites, and Erin Summerill will discuss and sign Ever the Hunted: A Clash of Kingdoms Novel, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Tomás Morín reads and signs PATIENT ZERO, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Sherry Thomas will sign and discuss A Conspiracy in Bulgravia, 6:30PM

Rice University - Fondren Library, Society of Rice University Women Author Series: Alison Macor will discuss her new book Rewrite Man: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Warren Skaaren, 7PM

Rice University - Glasscock School, Friends of Fondren Library's Meet the Author series featuring John B. Boles discussing and signing Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty, 6PM

Lubbock
Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Program Reading Series presents acclaimed poet Zachary Schomburg and his first novel, Mammother, 7:30PM

San Antonio
Trinity University, Latinx Heritage Month Series featuring independent filmmaker, programmer, and writer Jim Mendiola, 3PM

The Twig Book Shop, D.G. Hernandez will read and sign The Milagro Affair, 5PM

Sugar Land
B&N - First Colony, Story time with local author Maria Ashworth, 10AM

Friday, September 15:
Austin
Dallas
Deep Vellum Books, Pandora's Box Reading Series: Banned Poetry Month with more than a dozen DFW-area poets, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam featuring Jennine DOC Wright, 8PM

Interabang Books, Ken Follett signs A COLUMN OF FIRE, 11AM

El Paso
El Paso Museum of History, Focus on Perspectives: Noted author and UTEP professor Daniel Chacón will discuss the creative processes that produce fiction and poetry, 6PM

Houston
Brazos Bookstore, ER Bills discusses and signs TEXAS DISSIDENT, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Reed Farrel Coleman will sign and discuss Robert B. Parker's the Hangman's Sonnet, 6:30PM

St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Frank Billingsley, Houston's KPRC Channel 2 weatherman and author of the forthcoming memoir, Swabbed and Found, will share his story about finding his birth roots, 6:30PM

North Richland Hills
North Richland Hills Public Library, Behind the Book: NYT bestselling-author Gretchen Rubin will discuss and sign The Four Tendencies, 1PM [ticketed reception at 12PM]

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, poet Susan Campbell will read from and sign Anything You Ever Wanted to Know, 5PM

Southlake
B&N - Town Square, Caleb and Kit book signing with Beth Vrabel, 6PM

Tyler
UT-Tyler, "Garbology" lecture with Edward Humes, author of Freshman Book, 6PM [signing and reception at 4:30PM]

Saturday, September 16:
Austin

Austin Public Library - University Hills, Austin Poetry Society meeting featuring Nathan Brown, 1:30PM

BookPeople, Tara Dairman reading and signing The Great Hibernation, 2PM

BookPeople, ALEX LEMON speaking & signing Feverland, 5PM

Half Price Books - North Lamar, the Lake Travis Novel Writers will sell and sign their latest works, 2PM

Dallas
Dallas Public Library - Highland Hills, Author talk and book signing with Kendra Rainey, 2PM

Half Price Books Mothership, NYT bestselling-author Marie Lu will discuss and sign Warcross, 3PM [numbered pass required]

Plai Place, Paint & Hang with the Dallas Poetry Slam team, 7PM & 9PM

Denton
B&N - Golden Triangle Mall, Story time: Local author Krystal Granzow reads and signs Maddy Lou and Mack at the State Fair of Texas, 1PM

El Paso
B&N - Fountains at Farah, Pancakes for Dinner! story time and signing with local author Phillip D Cortez, 11AM

El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project Workshop: "Dear Younger Me" with writer and visual artist Yvonne Collins, 12:45PM

Fort Worth
Half Price Books - Ridgmar, local author Suzan Schnitzius will sell and sign her memoir, Rolling Toward Home, 1PM

Houston
B&N - Westheimer Crossing, Samuel Axelrad M.D. signs Peaceful Bones, 2PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Local contributors Heather K. Olson Beal, Kira Duerichen Olson, and Erin Hill will share their submissions in BARING WITNESS, 1PM

Brazos Bookstore, Story time: Jason Gallaher reads and signs WHOBERT WHOVER: OWL DETECTIVE, 10:30AM

Brazos Bookstore, Yuri Herrera reads and signs KINGDOM CONS, 7PM

Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last

River Oaks Bookstore, Anita Kruse reads and signs Purple Song, 3PM

Irving
South Irving Library, Author visit with Elizabeth Eulberg author of the YA novel The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective and the forthcoming sequel, 3PM

Nacogdoches
The Bosslight/Main Street Pecan, Storytellers' Night #2 at The Main Pecan, 7PM

San Antonio
Sunday, September 17:
Abilene
Abilene Public Library - South Branch, West Texas Book Festival Preview Session: Abilene Author Showcase, 3PM

Austin

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Review: BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke

I reviewed Bluebird, Bluebird: A Novel (Mulholland Books) by Texas's very own Attica Locke for Lone Star Literary Life. This is an atmospheric, powerful, nuanced parable about race and class disguised as a murder mystery.

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE
Attica Locke
Bluebird, Bluebird: A Novel
Hardcover, 978-0-3163-6329-4, (also available as an e-book and on Audible), 320 pgs., $26.00
September 12, 2017

The tiny town of Lark, deep into East Texas on Highway 59, has had two murders in the last week. That’s two more than the last six years. The first body is that of a black man from Chicago, a stranger in town. The second is a white woman, a local, whose body turns up in the bayou behind Geneva Sweet’s Sweets. Geneva Sweet has spent her entire sixty-nine years in Lark, the last several decades running her small diner. Geneva keeps her secrets and minds her own business, but other people are terrified of those secrets and minding her business, too.

Darren Matthews is descended from a line of lawyers and lawmen, most recently working a task force focused on the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, and one of the few black Texas Rangers. He’s got wife troubles, career troubles, bourbon troubles, and legal troubles; now he’s got Lark troubles. Assigned to investigate the murders in Lark, Darren finds himself stymied by his superiors who maybe don’t want to know what happened in those East Texas woods.

Bluebird, Bluebird: A Novel is the latest thriller, the first in a new series, from best-selling, prize-winning author Attica Locke, who is also a writer and producer of the television drama Empire and a native of East Texas. Bluebird, Bluebird is a timely, modern parable that tackles head-on entrenched arguments regarding the relationship between the law and African-American citizens. Is the law going to save them by protecting them, or do they need protection from the law?

Locke gets our attention with the first line: “Geneva Sweet ran an orange extension cord past Mayva Greenwood,” she writes, “Beloved Wife and Mother, May She Rest with Her Heavenly Father.” And she excels at vivid, just-right similes. These cemetery headstones are “spaced at haphazard and odd angles, like the teeth of a pauper.” Then she conjures the piney woods: the bayous “brown as an old penny,” clouds “laced rust-red, East Texas dirt reflected in the sky,” cypress and Spanish oak, and the dark nights “thick enough to touch.”

The third-person narration, told from Darren’s and Geneva’s points of view, is fast paced and twisty. The tension and menace are visceral. These characters and their struggles feel authentic with their divided loyalties and torn sympathies, their simultaneous love for and shame of their home. Ranger Matthews “wanted to believe that theirs was the last generation to have to live” by the “ancient rules of southern living,” the last generation in which a black man’s demeanor could get him killed. Matthews had hoped “change might trickle down from the White House.” Except, as we have so recently witnessed, “the opposite had proved to be true.”

In the end, to protect and serve, Darren must decide who he is and declare, “I’m Texas, too. They don’t get to decide what this place is.” Bluebird, Bluebird, which takes its title from a John Lee Hooker blues, is a nuanced excavation, and a powerful indictment, of our treatment of race and class disguised as an entertaining and engrossing suspense novel.

Originally published in Lone Star Literary Life.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 9/4-10

Bookish events in Texas for the week of September 4-10, 2017: 

Special Events:
Black & Latino Playwrights Conference, San Marcos, September 4-10

Langdon Review Weekend, Granbury, September 6-9

29th Annual National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, Lubbock, September 8-10

Children's Book Sale and International Literacy Celebration!, Houston, September 9

Ongoing Exhibits:
George Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, San Antonio, June 23-September 4


Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States (a Humanities Texas exhibit), Plano, September 1-29

Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art, San Antonio, September 2-November 27

FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA!, San Antonio, September 6-26

Monday, September 4:
Happy Labor Day, y'all!
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.--Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday, September 5:
Fix Coffeebar, Poetry Fix featuring Michael Galko & D. E. Zuccone, 6:30PM

Tracy Gee Community Center, SCBWI-Houston meeting: "Best of Books –Early Childhood through Teens" with Cathy Berner of Blue Willow Bookshop, 7PM

San Antonio
The Korova, PuroSlam Epic Season Opening: Individual World Poetry Slam Showdown, 9:30PM

Trinity Holt Center, Kelly Grey Carlisle celebrates the release of her memoir, We Are All Shipwrecks, 6:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, S.C. Gwynne discusses and signs The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football, 5PM

Wednesday, September 6:

Blue Willow Bookshop, Katharine McGee will discuss and sign her new novel for teens, THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS, 7PM

Christ Church Cathedral, Louise Penny will sign and discuss Glass Houses, 7PM [ticketed event]

Cullen Performance Hall, Brené Brown discusses BRAVING THE WILDERNESS, 7PM [sold out]

North Richland Hills
Sugar Land
B&N - First Colony, Story time with local author Maria Ashworth, 10AM

Victoria
UHV - Alcorn Auditorium, American Book Review Reading Series presents Lacy M. Johnson, author of The Other Side, 12PM

Friday, September 8:
Austin
BookPeople, STEPHANIE ELIZONDO GRIEST speaking and signing All the Agents and Saints, 7PM

Dallas
Deep Vellum Books, "Poetic Perspectives: Identity, Adversity, and Love": Free Chigger Matthews presents Poets Emery Diercks and Eric “Cire Luey” Maldonado with local favorites Ofelia “MexMama” Faz-Garza, Niko Ortiz, and Nadia Wolnisty, 7PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council of DFW hosts Dr. Meghan O’Sullivan discussing and signing Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power, 5PM

Houston
Brazos Bookstore, Alex McElroy reads and signs DADDY ISSUES, 7PM

Cullen Performance Hall, The Moth presents "Out On A Limb" – the GrandSLAM Championship, 7:30PM

Inprint House, First Friday Poetry Reading Series presents Reyes Ramirez, 8:30PM

Murder By the Book, Tess Gerritsen will sign and discuss her new Rizzoli and Isles novel, I Know a Secret, 6:30PM

Kyle
 Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, Ocean Vuong reading and signing Night Sky with Exit Wounds, 7:30PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Jim LaVilla-Havelin reads and signs West: Poems of a Place, 6:30PM

Saturday, September 9:
Amarillo
B&N, Reavis Z. Wortham signing Hawke's Prey, 2PM

Austin
[location supplied at registration], "Feeding the Tiger: Women Writing Graphic Sex in Literary Fiction" workshop led by ire’ne lara silva, 10AM [half of your registration fee will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief]


Burleson
Half Price Books, local author Tank Gunner will sell and sign his books Prompts and Prompts, Too, collections of fictional war stories based on real accounts, 1PM

Dallas Public Library - Preston/Royal, Ann Howells, winner of the 2017 William D. Barney Memorial Chapbook Contest, will discuss creating a manuscript, and will read from her winning chapbook, Softly Beating Wings, 2:30PM

El Paso

Fort Worth
Fort Worth Central Library, "My Corner Bookstore": In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Dr. Alex Hidalgo will examine the work of one rare book dealer in Fort Worth who specializes in early publications of the Americas, 10:30AM

B&N - River Oaks, Joan Murray signs I MUST Pray, 2PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Story time: Aaron Reynolds and Matt Davies will read their newest picture book, NERDY BIRDY TWEETS, 11AM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Gabrielle Zevin will sign her new novel, YOUNG JANE YOUNG, 2PM


Nacogdoches
The Bosslight/Main Street Pecan, Debra Mina Chidakwa-Akue discusses and signs The Forgotten Child of Zimbabwe, 1PM

San Antonio



Sunday, September 10:
Austin