Monday, October 21, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Oct 21-27, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of October 21-27, 2019 compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover. 

Local Author Showcase, Carthage, October 21

Unblock: A Retreat for Writers, Wimberley, October 21-24

3rd Annual Teachers, Write! Workshop, Houston, October 22-23

Beyond Biographies – Writing Educational Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books Of All Kinds, Austin, October 22-25

Heritage Auctions: Historical Manuscripts, Dallas, October 23

San Antonio Express-News Book & Author Luncheon, October 23

26th Annual Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, October 24-31

Voice & Vision: 4th Annual Texas Authors Celebration, Austin, October 24

Inkstravaganza Gala: Empowering Young Voices, San Antonio, October 24

National Black Book Festival, Houston, October 24-26

Border Regional Library Association 2019 Fall Conference, El Paso, October 25-26

Jump Start that Novel Writing Retreat, Burton, October 25-27

Texas Book Festival, Austin, October 26-27

Austin Lit Crawl, October 26

Delightfully Dirty in Dallas, October 26

2019 Writers Conference of Dallas, October 26

Buns and Roses Romance Tea for Literacy, Richardson, October 27

A Time and Place for Everything: Peter Brown, Abilene, June 6-November 1

The Essential J. Frank Dobie, San Marcos, through December 1

Modernist Networks: The Annette Campbell-White Collection, Austin, August 24-January 5

BookPeople, Charlie Gilkey discussing and signing Start Finishing, 7PM

Bufalina, Austin Bat Cave presents "The Pie Who Loved Me" with Lara Prescott, author of The Secrets We Kept, 6PM

B&N - Lincoln Park, Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge book signing with Captain Tammie Jo Shults, 7PM

UNT, Terry Thorsen discussing and signing Phantom in the Sky: A Marine's Back Seat View of the Vietnam War, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, editor Michael Bracken and contributors Chuck Brownman, James A. Hearn, Scott Montgomery, Graham Powell, William Dylan Powell, Mark Troy, and Bev Vincent reading and signing The Eyes of Texas: Private Eyes from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods, 6:30PM

Maud Marks Library, VIP Arts Houston Noir Writing Workshops, 6:45PM

Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Delivering on Promises" with Jaye Wells, 7PM

Mockingbird Branch Library, Telling Tall Tales with the Mesquite Storytellers, 6PM

BookPeople, H.W. Brands discussing and signing Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West, 7PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam Hosted by Christopher Michael, 7:15PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Ruta Sepetys and The Fountains of Silence, 7:30PM

Deep Vellum Books, Jung Young Moon reading and signing Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River (in conversation w/David Searcy), 7PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling-author Lisa Wingate and award-winning journalist Judy Christie discussing and signing Before and After, 7PM

SMU, book release symposium: luncheon, panels, and evening keynote with editors and subjects of The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush’s Decision to Surge in Iraq, 11:30AM [RSVP required]

Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM
BookPeople, W. Bruce Cameron reading and signing A Dog's Promise, 7PM

The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions presents "Fly As I Dare," 8PM
Baldwin Boettcher Library, VIP Arts Houston Noir Writing Workshops, 5PM

The Woodlands
Market Street Outdoor Stage, ARTFEEL: poetry reading with Dede Fox, Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Texas, 7PM
Aaron Family JCC, Lynda Loigman discussing and signing The Wartime Sisters and Renée Rosen discussing and signing Park Avenue Summer (in conversation with Andrea Peskind Katz), 7PM

Deep Vellum Books, Cameron Dezen Hammon discussing and signing This Is My Body (in conversation with Sarah Hepola), 7PM

Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Arts & Letters Live presents John Grisham and The Guardians (in conversation with Talmage Boston), 7:30PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council - DFW presents Secretary Richard Stengel discussing and signing Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It, 6:30PM

Interabang Books, Clara Parkes discussing and signing Vanishing Fleece, 6PM

South Dallas Cultural Center, Wordspace Dallas presents "African Diaspora – New Dialogues" featuring writer Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, 7PM

Fort Worth
Commonplace Books, Marc Grossberg reading and signing The Best People, 6PM

Asia Society Texas, Jason DeParle discussing and signing A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves, 5:45PM [ticketed event]

Brazos Bookstore, H.W. Brands discussing and signing Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Shaun Hamill reading and signing A Cosmology of Monsters, 6:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Barbie O'Connor reading and signing Virgin at Sonoma, 5PM

United Way, World Affairs Council - Greater Houston presents Marie Arana discussing and signing Silver, Sword and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story, 7PM

Maud Marks Library, WITS Gulf Coast Reads writing workshop, 4:30PM

Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Reading Series presents Jaquira Díaz, author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, 7:30PM

San Antonio
Barshop JCC, New York Times bestselling-author R.J. Palacio presents White Bird, 7PM

Trinity University, Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima presents Migrant Crossings, 4PM

The Twig Book Shop, Ben Longoria reading and signing The Forest Around the Hill, 5PM

University of Houston, American Book Review Reading Series presents A. Van Jordan, 11AM

University of Texas, Friends of the Libraries presents mystery author Roger Broom, 7:30PM

Austin Central Library, The Library Foundation presents APL After Dark: Spooky Scary, 7PM

Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading & Open Mic: Halloween Edition, 7PM

Monkeywrench Books, Monster Mash: A Halloween Bash, 8PM

The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions presents "Fly As I Dare," 8PM
Blue Willow Bookshop, Ruta Sepetys reading and signing The Fountains of Silence, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, David Miklos presents Countenance, and Isabel Zapata presents Empty Pool, 6:30PM

Cullen Performance Hall, Brazos Bookstore presents The Book of Gutsy Women: An Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton, 6:30PM [ticketed event - SOLD OUT]

Rudyard's Pub, Write About Now hosts the Official Buddy Wakefield book release, 7:30PM

Unity of Houston, an evening with Deepak Chopra, author of The Metahuman, 7:30PM

Muddy Water Bookstore, 2nd Annual Zombie Crawl, 5PM

San Antonio
Confluence Park, Gemini Ink presents Parabola: A Community Reading Series, 7PM

Franky Diablos, PuroSlam Roadshow, 8PM
El Paso
Armijo Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "The Prose and Poetry of Ambrose Bierce" with David Evans, 1PM
Fort Worth
B&N - Hulen, Robert D. Jacobus discussing and signing Black Man in the Huddle: Stories from the Integration of Texas Football, 2PM

Leaves Books & Tea Shop, 2nd Annual Harry Potter Read Aloud, 9AM

UNT - Health Science Center, SCBWI-North Texas presents an Expert Speaker Panel of Published Authors and Illustrators, 1PM

Galveston Bookshop, Ervin Mendlovitz signing GalveStorm 1900: A Story of Twin Flames and The Voices of the Descendants, 2PM

Scottish Rite Cathedral, The Witches' Ball 2019, 8PM

Brazos Bookstore, An evening of poetry with Kristin Dykstra and Reina Maria Rodriguez, 6:30PM

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

Marmion Park, Houston Storytellers Guild presents "Skyline Screamers: Ghost Tales Under the Stars," 7PM

Murder By the Book, Ann Bradley reading and signing Ruth's Odyssey, 11AM

River Oaks Bookstore, Marc Grossberg reading and signing The Best People, 3PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Intro to Memoir Writing" with Pat Baldwin, 9:30AM

Writespace, Workshop: "Personal Essay: Investigating the Self" with Alex Wukman, 1PM

Josey Books, Josey Books & Records 1-Year Birthday Celebration, all day

San Antonio
Gemini Ink, "My House But Not My House: Surrealist Poetry & the Imagination": A Master Class with Laura Eve Engel, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Diane Paddison signing Work, Love, Pray and Be Refreshed, 1PM
B&N - Town Square, Devri Walls signing Venators: Promises Forged, 11AM

B&N - Town Square, Lisa Hennessy signing Knit, Pray, Share, 3PM

Sugar Land
B&N - First Colony, Rachael Tamayo signing Break My Bones, 2PM

575 Pizzeria - Hillside, Haiku Death Match, 4PM
B&N - Preston/Royal, Meet the authors of Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels, 3PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas-native children's author Leah Santa Maria signing her Christmas book, Always The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and Dallas-native Danna Joyce Williams signing her Christian fiction book, Rest For The Weary: Shelter From The Storm, 1PM

Inprint House, Tintero Projects presents taller de escritura con Ana Emilia Félker, 6PM

Writespace, Workshop: "In Search Of . . . The Elusive Lyric Essay" with Catherine Vance, 3PM

Josey Books, Josey Books & Records 1-Year Birthday Celebration, all day

Half Price Books, Texas-native author Doris Bell Lang signing True Heart Forgiveness: Learning to Forgive Yourself and Others & Find True Freedom, 1PM

San Antonio
B&N - Northwoods, C.A. Clark signing The Oath, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, David L. Peche discussing and signing San Antonio's Historic Hotels, 12PM

Thursday, October 17, 2019


Historical Fiction / Friendship
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication: October 15, 2019
Number of Pages: 326

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From the author of The House by the Lake comes a powerful novel of friendship during World War II, fighting for the truth, and making peace with the past.

At the height of World War II, Eva Scott’s dream comes true. Accepted into the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), she leaves balmy California and the man she loves for grueling training in Texas, ultimately landing at formidable Camp Davis in North Carolina.

Vastly outnumbered by men and amid contempt, discrimination, and sabotage, Eva and her closest friends, the unconventional Nina and straight-laced Helena, remain loyal to their mission and to each other. They stay focused on the horizon, determined to prove themselves capable women pilots. Until a fatal mission sends Eva’s dream crashing to earth . . .

Now, decades later, is it possible to discover the truth about the night that changed her life? Is there any hope she’ll recover all that she’s lost? When Eva finds herself embroiled in the fight to get military recognition for the WASP, she’s forced to confront the past, and to make a decision that could forever change her future.
Thrilling and inspiring, Beyond the Horizon is a portrait of love, friendship, and valor in a time of war—and a tribute to the brave women who risked their lives for their country.


“With snappy dialogue, impressive historical details, a sense of adventure and courage on every page, and even a love story, Ella Carey has hit all the markers that make fine historical fiction.” 
—Ann Howard Creel, bestselling author of The Whiskey Sea

“Fans of inspirational World War II fiction will cheer on Eva and her fellow pilots as they chase their dreams, endure heartbreak, and discover their true strength. Carey’s evocative descriptions bring home the exhilaration of flight—and the everyday indignities endured by young women who challenged the expectations of their time. The story’s final twist makes for a surprising and moving conclusion.” —Elizabeth Blackwell, author of On a Cold Dark Sea and In the Shadow of Lakecrest

“A moving, beautifully written novel about the amazing WASP during WWII. True to life and packed full of emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed feeling like I was one of these extraordinary women pilots as I read the story.” —Soraya M. Lane, Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Girls of Pearl Harbor

Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule. Her books have been published in over fourteen countries, in twelve languages. Her sixth novel is Beyond The Horizon, set around the Women Air Force Service Pilots during World War Two.

Ella is incredibly excited to share this book with her readers, as her mother was a W.A.A.A.F during World War Two, and her father was in the R.A.F, flying airplanes over occupied France. Ella traveled to Sweetwater, Texas, to research the novel, and is grateful to Ann Hobing, the then Executive Director of the WASP museum for sharing her wonderful knowledge of the WASP. Ella also worked with two pilots to craft the flight scenes.

Ella loves to connect with her readers. 
For more information on the background to her novels and updates about her next release, and to contact her about appearances at your local book club, please visit her website.

OCTOBER 17-27, 2019
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Monday, October 14, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Oct 14-20, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of October 14-20, 2019 compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover. 

Illustration Art Signature Auction, Dallas, October 15

16th Annual Lone Star Storytelling Festival, Frisco, October 17-18

Fandemic Comic Con, Houston, October 18-20

Houston Literary Awards Gala, October 19

Mid-Cities Teen Book Fest, North Richland Hills, October 19

Tweens Read, Pasadena, October 19

El Paso Community College Literary Fiesta, October 19

11th Annual Georgetown Poetry Festival, October 19

Fall Foliage Festival, Canadian, October 19

A Time and Place for Everything: Peter Brown, Abilene, June 6-November 1

The Essential J. Frank Dobie, San Marcos, through December 1

Modernist Networks: The Annette Campbell-White Collection, Austin, August 24-January 5

Abilene Public Library, SCBWI-North Texas Abilene Area Meet-Up: First 200 Words - Drawing Your Reader In, 5:45PM

BookPeople, KUT Book Club conversation about Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact with author Asher Price, 7PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Benjamin Moser and Sontag: Her Life and Work (in conversation with Ben Fountain), 7:30PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, a conversation with Paul Theroux, author of On the Plain of Snakes, and KERA's Krys Boyd, 7PM

UT Dallas, Athenaeum Review Issue 3 release party, 5:15PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Elin Hilderbrand reading and signing What Happens in Paradise, 7PM

Private home, Conversations from a Page hosting a literary salon with Elin Hilderbrand for her new release, What Happens in Paradise, 8:30AM

BookPeople, Paul Theroux discussing and signing On the Plain of Snakes, 7PM

Central Presbyterian Church, BookPeople presents Leigh Bardugo discussing Ninth House, 7PM [ticketed event]

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam hosted by Peter Nevland, 7:15PM

University of Texas, Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series presents Brian Van Reet reading and signing Spoils, 7PM

Writers' League of Texas office, Workshop: "Crafting an Effective Novel Synopsis" with Richard Santos, 6PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council DFW presents Brigadier General Robert Spalding (Ret.) discussing and signing Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept, 6:30PM

Interabang Books, Marc Grossberg reading and signing The Best People, 6PM

El Paso
The Black Orchid Lounge, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM

Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM
San Antonio
The Alamo, San Antonio Book Festival presents Get Lit with Stephen Harrigan and Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, 6PM

The Mix, PuroSlam featuring DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM

Baylor University, the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society commemorates the 50th anniversary of Keston College and the Michael Bourdeaux Keston Library and Archives by launching Voices of the Voiceless: Religion, Communism, and the Keston Archive, 3:30PM

BookPeople, Cleo Wade discussing and signing Where to Begin, 7PM [ticketed event]

LBJ Library, an evening with best-selling Texas authors S.C. Gwynne (Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War) and Stephen Harrigan(Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas) (moderated by Elizabeth Crook), 6PM [ticketed event - "Friends" members only]

Monkeywrench Books, ATX Interfaces: Reading & Open Mic featuring Hazem Fahmy, Audrea Diaz, and Sahib Chandnani, 7PM

St. Edward's University, Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series presents Jennifer duBois, author of The Spectators, 6PM

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors LIVE! presents Jojo Moyes and The Giver of Stars, 6PM
Interabang Books, Shea Serrano discussing and signing Movies and Other Things, 7PM

UT Dallas, an evening with poet, author, editor, translator, and critic A.M. Juster, 7:30PM

B&N - Stonebriar, Penguin Teen Game Night with authors Rosaria Munda (Fireborne), Tochi Onyebuchi (War Girls), and Natalie C. Parker (Steel Tide), 6PM [ticketed event]

John Cooper School, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Sean Spicer discussing and signing The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President, 7PM

Murder By the Book, James R. Benn reading and signing When Hell Struck Twelve, 6:30PM

Rice University, Dr. Sophie Esch discussing Modernity at Gunpoint, 7PM

North Richland Hills
North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book with Jojo Moyes and The Giver of Stars, 1:30PM [ticketed reception 12:30PM]

B&N - Legacy West, Open-Mic Poetry Night, 7PM

Austin Book Arts Center, Kyle Schlesinger letterpress presentation, 7PM

BookPeople, Markus Zusak reading and signing Bridge of Clay, 7PM [ticketed event]

BookPeople, Writers' League of Texas October Third Thursday: "Writing Great First Pages and Chapters" with Salima Alikhan, Robert Ashcroft, Bridget Farr, and Stacey Swann, 7PM

BookWoman, Patricia Eagle discussing and signing Being Mean––A Memoir of Sexual Abuse and Survival, 7PM

Mercury Hall, American Short Fiction presents "The Stars at Night 2019," 8PM [ticketed event; VIP party 7PM]

Texas Exes Alumni Center, Asher Price discussing and signing Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact, 3:30PM

Lone Star College - Montgomery, Poets reading from the anthology By the Light of a Neon Moon: Poetry Out of Dance Halls, Honky Tonks, Music Halls, and Clubs, 7PM

Interabang Books, Thatcher Wine discussing and signing For the Love of Books, 6PM

SMU, lecture by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, author of Charles Dickens and His Circle, 6PM

Brazos Bookstore, Marc Grossberg reading and signing The Best People, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, John Connolly reading and signing the new Charlie Parker book, A Book of Bones, 6:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, poet Julia Guez reading and signing In an Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also a Frame, 5PM

Wolfmueller's Books, Steven L. Davis signing The Essential J. Frank Dobie, 4PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Susan Schulten discussing and signing A History of America in 100 Maps, 5PM

Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Stephen Harrigan discussing and signing Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, 7PM

Malvern Books, Alisar Eido releases her new novel, Wake of War (with special guests Brennan Utley and Kendall Smith), 7PM
Golden Boy Coffee Co., Liminal Stories: a spiderweb showcase, 7:30PM

B&N - Stonebriar, Bridge of Clay book signing with Markus Zusak, 7PM

Lawndale Art Center, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Corey van Landingham and Christopher Kempf, 7PM

MATCH Houston, Glasstire presents OFF ROAD: Conversations with Artists Offline featuring Houston-based artist Vincent Valdez and writer and MacArthur Fellow John Keene, 7PM

University of Houston, Creative Writing Program Poetry & Prose New Student Reading, 5:30PM

Bella la Brew, October Poetry Open Mic, 6PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Karen Keilt & Tyra Manning discussing and signing The Parrot's Perch & Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life Through Storytelling, 5PM
Asian American Resource Center, Workshop: Asian Pacific American Zine-Making, 1PM
Fort Worth
Commonplace Books, Jason Graff releases his new novel, Stray Our Pieces, 2PM

Texas Wesleyan University, A Time to Heal Symposium: Dr. Mathew Knowles discussing and signing Racism from The Eyes of a Child, 9AM

B&N - River Oaks, Adan Medrano signing Don't Count the Tortillas, 1PM

Brazos Bookstore, story time with Cheryl Pilgrim, author of Big and Little, 10:30AM

Brazos Bookstore, Teen Creative Writing Workshop with Julia Guez, 1PM

Brazos Bookstore, poet Julia Guez reading and signing In an Invisible Glass Case which Is also a Frame, 6PM

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

Murder By the Book, Rachael Tamayo reading and signing Break My Bones, 4:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Writing and Drawing: A WIVLA Collaboration" with Andreana Binder and Marie Casamayor, 9:30AM
San Antonio
B&N - Northwoods, M.L. Blackburn signing Bethel Island: Saving Earth, 2PM

B&N - San Pedro, Tammie Jo Shults signing Nerves of Steel, 2PM

Dead Tree Books, G.R. Williamson signing Hell Bound, 10:30AM

The Twig Book Shop, Ava Morgyn signing Resurrection Girls, 11AM

B&N - Town Square, Dawn Milson signing Invisible to Invincible, 1PM

B&N - Town Square, John Richmond signing Savant, 4PM

B&N - Preston/Royal, Deanna King signing Gracie's Stories and Twist of Fate, 2PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas native Perry Cockerell signing his historical novel, Tatiana's War, and Dallas native YA thriller author Paul Slavonik signing Legacy Drive, 1PM

UT Dallas, Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series presents Dr. Mark Roseman, author of Lives Reclaimed: A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany, 2PM

The Wild Detectives, Backyard Story Night-Dallas Edition presents "Bones," 7:30PM

El Paso
Literarity Book Shop, Daniel Chacón reading and signing Kafka in a Skirt: Stories From the Wall, 3PM

Inprint House, Tintero Projects presents taller de escritura con Mauricio Patrón Rivera, 6PM

Writespace, Workshop: "How to Finish Strong" with Dr. Cynthia Childress, 3PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, David Mizejewski discussing and signing National Wildlife Federation(r) Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife, 10AM