Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday Roundup, April 28 - May 4

Bookish events in Texas for the week of April 28 - May 4, 2014:


2014 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee

Funds raised at the Bee help the Literacy Coalition to improve literacy levels in Central Texas through partnerships with literacy programs like GED preparation, ESL, computer literacy, children's literacy and more.

Every Tuesday night at Spiderhouse, poetry, score cards and cash prizes come together for an evening of competitive art. Twelve spoken-word artists battle it out for the weekly $100 in prize money to the top three artists. Five random judges are picked from the audience to score the poetry, and the audience is invited to cheer or jeer their favorite or least favorite poets or scores from the judges. 
This isn't your grandma's polite evening of beat poets. This is a battlefield. 

Lucinda Hutson, author of ¡Viva Tequila!, will be at Tacos & Tequila, Austin, May 1!

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

Monday, Apr 28 at 7PM
Bestselling Author MARY ROACH speaking and signing Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Tuesday, April 29 at 7PM
Austin Author ELIZABETH CROOK speaking and signing Monday, Monday

Wednesday, Apr 30 at 7PM
Acclaimed Author LAURIE LOEWENSTEIN speaking and signing Unmentionables

Thursday, May 1 at 6:30PM

Thursday, May 1 at 7:00PM
LOCAL AUTHOR NIGHT - M. E. Patterson, Kelly Hitchcock & Stephen Yanoff

Friday, May 2 at 7PM
President of Brooklyn Brewery STEVE HINDY speaking and signing The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's Favorite Drink

Saturday, May 2 at 3PM
Award Winning Author JOHN GRISWOLD speaking and signing Pirates You Don't Know, and OtherAdventures in the Examined Life: Collected Essays

Get A Spine Clearance Sale at Palmer Events Center
Join us for a fantastic sale!  Everything is $2 or less! Come to our Get A Spine Sale at the Palmer Events Center on Friday, May 2 from  10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and stock up on as many book spines as you can carry, as well as music, movies and more. FREE admission.  Parking is $7. The first 100 customers each day will receive a free HPB tote bag!* 
*Limit one tote bag per person, 16 years of age and up. Offer valid Friday May 2 through Sunday, May 4 at Get a Spine Sale only.

913 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Thursday, May 1, from 8 - 10 PM celebrate the release of Raw Paw's newest edition of Rough House Comix.

613 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705
(512) 322-2097

Poets Picking Poets
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hosted by Tyler Gobble and featuring Katherine Noble, Corey Miller, Alen Hamza, W. Joe Hoppe, Tiff Holland, Lisa Olstein, and Tomas Morin.

An Evening with Gregory Robinson and Adeena Reitberger
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We’re delighted to present an evening with writers Gregory Robinson and Adeena Reitberger.

Hothouse Literary Journal Premiere
May 4, 2014, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Come hear readings from the authors whose work is featured in Hothouse Literary Journal‘s Spring 2014 issue and be the first to get a copy! As the official literary journal of UT’s Undergraduate English Department, Hothouse is a collection of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction written by English majors. Copies of the journal are FREE and there will also be an electronic version released. This is a literature event you won’t want to miss!

110 N Loop Blvd E, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 407-6925

April 28, 2014
Austin Anarchist Study Group
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Description: A weekly participant-led discussion group. 

April 29, 2014
Collective Meeting
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 4, 2014
RiseUp GA
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Celebrate May Day with Resistencia Bookstore!

Book Talk: The Buildings of Texas

Presented by Dallas Center for Architecture (DCFA)

DMA Arts & Letters Live
Timothy Egan - "Can't-Put-It-Down History"
Horchow Auditorium, April 29, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Timothy Egan will share stories from his National Book Award-winning book, The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl,which Walter Cronkite hailed as “can’t-put-it-down-history.” The New York Times says, “Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present.” At this event he will do so by discussing the land and water conservation issues evoked in Alexandre Hogue’s bleak Dust Bowl landscapes currently on view at the DMA as well as those that threaten our future.

More Comic Book Day fun! Meet graphic novel artist Gershom Wetzel at your Preston HPB on Saturday, May 3, from 10 am - 1 pm. Wetzel will do drawings for kids as part of Comic Book Day at HPB.

More Comic Book Day fun! Meet graphic novel artist Gershom Wetzel at your Flagship HPB on Saturday, May 3, from 2 - 4 pm. Wetzel will do drawings for kids as part of Comic Book Day at HPB.

Please join the Preston Royal Branch Library and author Joan McMahon Flatt as she discusses her new book "Powerful Political Women: Stirring Biographies of Some of History's Most Powerful Women." Her book discusses inspirational stories, from Esther to Hillary, and how these extraordinary women fought against injustice, and for equality.
  • Saturday, May 3, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

Presented by TeCo Theatrical Productions, Inc.
Join Hector Cantu, co-creator of Baldo Comic Series for a lively discussion - Cesar Chaviez Slept On My Bed! How Chicano Politics Launched A New Voice On The Funny Pages.
  • Saturday, May 3, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

El Paso

Te lo Regalo! by Gabriela Keselman

May 3, 2014
11:00 AM
705 Sunland Park Dr, El Paso, TX 79912
Barnes and Noble
Contact Phone Number:

Sky Stories, Ancient and Modern

May 3, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4301 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Road, El Paso, Texas 79924
The Museum of Archaeology
Contact Phone Number:
Native American storyteller Alex Mares and astronomer Francisco Carreto-Parra join up in this program to interweave Native American stories of the sun, moon, and stars and knowledge of the cosmos with astronomical knowledge from ancient people of many cultures and modern science. Local astronomers are providing telescopes for public viewing.
The event is free to museum members and $2.00 per person for non-members. It is suitable for adults and children of elementary school age and above. Each participant should bring a flashlight.
Note: Advance reservations are required and limited to sixty people due to limited seating and parking.

14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
Phone: 281.497.8675
Fax: 281.497.0180

What: Sarah Mlynowski will celebrate the launch of BAD HAIR DAY, the newest book in the WHATEVER AFTER series.
When: Monday, April 28, 5:00 pm

What: Sandra J. Howatt will sign her debut picture book, SLEEPYHEADS.
When: Saturday, May 3, 2:00 pm

2421 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005
(713) 523-0701

Mary Roach - GULP [ticketed event]
START: Apr 29 2014 7:00 pm

Austin Kleon - SHOW YOUR WORK
START: Apr 30 2014 7:00 pm

Laurie Loewenstein - UNMENTIONABLES
START: May 1 2014 7:00 pm

301 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77008
(713) 869-4770

G Gallery presents A Few Words from the G, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 7:00 until 8:30pm.
The G gallery is pleased to invite our friends to join us for an evening of poetry and music celebrating National Poetry Month. We are honored to present 4 distinguished poets to read from their work: Joseph Campana, Nick Flynn, Ange Mlinko, and Paul Otremba

Holocaust Museum Houston presents From Killing Fields to the White House, with Ambassador Sichan Siv, Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater.

Ambassador Siv is the author of Golden Bones which chronicles his experiences. He will discuss his work in this public lecture and sign books afterward.

INPRINT | Anne Carson
START: Apr 28 2014 7:30 pm
LOCATION: 800 Bagby Street 

Inprint's First Friday Poetry Reading Series presents Marie Brown, Friday, May 2.
Inprint is proud to serve as a host for the First Friday Poetry Reading Series. The First Friday Series is the oldest poetry series in Houston and has been held monthly at Inprint House, 1520 West Main

2450 Fry Rd
Houston, TX 77084
281-578-1457 (fax)

Kerrelyn Sparks Dinner
Start: 04/29/2014 6:00 pm
End: 04/29/2014 8:00 pm
Join local favorite Kerrelyn Sparks for a dinner to celebrate the release of her newest paranormal romance, How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying)!
WHERE: Rocco's Italian Restaurant

MenilFest is an annual one-day festival of art, words and noise bringing together the visual, literary and performing arts organizations located on the Menil Collection campus. Now in its 6th year, MenilFest is a unique merger of literature, performance art and words--both spoken and written.

The Path of Tea presents Belfast Borne: Irish Storytelling (and a cup of tea) Thursday, May 1 at 7:00pm.

Public Poetry for Spring takes up residence at the McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library, 7405 Stella Link, 832-393-2630.
FEATURED POETS FOR MAY: Andre de Kovin, Michelle Oakes, Frances Justine Post, Chris Wise


First Thursdays Poetry Nights
Are you looking for rhyme and reason? Come to your Humble HPB on the first Thursday evening each month from 7 to 9 p.m. for Poetry Night. See you May 1!


Dinner and a Few Good Authors: Twelfth Annual Literary Lubbock

Make plans to attend Texas Tech University Press’s twelfth annual Literary Lubbock benefit dinner with books and authors, Thurs., May 1, 2014. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Legacy Event Center in downtown Lubbock. Authors will sign books during a reception, which features local wines, followed by a dinner catered by L.E. Anderson of Honeychild Catering Solutions. Lubbock writer and musician Andy Wilkinson will host the event.

San Antonio

513 S Presa St, San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 734-9673

April 28, 6:30 PM

May 2, 12:00PM
Book Plática

May 3, 2:00PM
La Voz de San Antonio 2014 - Grande Finale (at SAY Sí)

Heads up, Star Wars and Comic Book fans! Join us on Saturday, May 3, from 2 to 4pm, for a special visit with comic book character, courtesy of the Texas Comicon. Come meet, chat and take pics with Thor, Chewbacca, Spiderman or another comic book character at any San Antonio HPB store during this time. While you’re in store, ask about our Comic Book Giveaway and don’t forget that Texas Comicon tickets are on sale at all San Antonio HPB stores. See store for details.

Special Event: Mitchell Lake Audubon Center Words for Birds!
    Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
Description: Poetry readings followed by a short birding walk on a Sunday in the park with birds. Poets and readers will read their own work and favorites from the poets around the world who have celebrated birds. Join us in the outdoor amphitheatre.
Print Info   

Tickets: Free!
Location: 10750 Pleasanton Rd San Antonio, TX 78221
Times: 1:00pm
Phone: 210-628-1639
Event Date: Sunday, May 04, 2014

This Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. -- Carmen Tafolla will read from her newest book, THIS RIVER HERE at The Twig Bookshop. Carmen will also show photographs from the book. Don't miss this opportunity to get an early signed copy of San Antonio's first poet laureate's latest book.

8407 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 826-1143

Altered Book/Spiritual Journal Workshop with Cherry Moore
Start: 05/03/2014 10:00 am
End: 05/03/2014 3:00 pm

South Padre Island

5505 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597

WhenSat, May 3, 1pm – 3pm
WhereParagraphs on Padre Boulevard - More Than A Bookstore (map)
DescriptionJoin us each Saturday afternoon for our "Literary Mercado". We will have one or more artists at the store every Saturday available to discuss, read from, or sign their books. Author, songwriter, poet, or artist -- the guests will vary but there will always be something new to learn, discuss, or fun to be had on Saturday afternoons at Paragraphs.


  1. Have always wanted to do that Grown-Up Spelling Bee. Maybe we could be on a team together sometime.

    Thanks for promoting Mitchell Lake. Watch for me in Texas Audubon's next publication.

    Love your horned lizard photos!

    Keep Texas Wild, like my license plates say!

    Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist in Austin

  2. The last spelling bee I was in was the 6th grade! But it would be a kick, wouldn't it?

    I have horned lizard plates, too!

    And it's my pleasure to promote Mitchelle Lake. All things Texas, especially when it meshes with literature.