Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 11/6-12

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of November 6-12, 2017: 

Special Events:
45th Annual Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival, Houston, October 28-Novovember 12

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Annual Celebration of Reading, Dallas, November 7

Writers In the Schools (WITS) Gala 2017, Houston, November 9

Fresh Fiction's Readers & ‘ritas 2017, Allen, November 10-12

SCBWI Austin Novel Writing Retreat, Temple, November 10-12

McAllen Book Festival, November 11

Poetry Society of Texas 61st Annual Awards Banquet, Dallas, November 11

Writespace Writers' Family Reunion, Houston, November 11

Zine Fest Houston 2017, November 11

Building a Writing Life: Getting Out of Our Own Way, a Weekend Writing Retreat with ire'ne lara silva, Maxwell, November 11-12

Ongoing Exhibits:
Half Price Books Mothership, stand-up comedian, television host, actor, and radio personality Rickey Smiley will sign his new book, Stand By Your Truth: And Then Run for Your Life!, 6PM

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Friends of the SMU Libraries present astronaut Scott Kelly and ENDURANCE: A Year In Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, 7PM
Interabang Books, Deb Perelman discusses and signs SMITTEN KITCHEN EVERY DAY, 7PM

Souk Mediterranean Bistro & Bar, Meredith Hindley discusses and signs Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in WW II, 6:30PM

The Wild Detectives, Former Dallas Morning News Food Editor Dotty Griffith gives a preview of The Texas Holiday Cookbook, with tastings of her highly acclaimed recipes, 7:30PM

Congregation Emanu El, ACLU executive director Anthony Romero will speak at The Progressive Forum, followed by a signing of In Defense of Our America: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror, 7:30PM [ticketed event]

Lucille’s, Inprint Houston hosts a fundraiser happy hour with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan and New York Times bestselling-author Claire Messud, 5:30PM

Murder By the Book, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor will sign and discuss It Devours! A Welcome to Night Vale Novel, 6:30PM

Rothko Chapel, “Double Jeopardy: Women and the Criminal Justice System” conversation with author Julie Bindel, featuring program presenter, Dr. Andrea Link, followed by book signing, 7PM

Tracy Gee Community Center, Houston SCBWI Conference Recap Panel Discussion, 7PM

East Irving Library, Babymouse & Squish Party with author Matthew Holm, 4:30PM

Blinn College, Annette McGivney discusses and signs Pure Land, 2PM

Harris County Public Library - Evelyn Meador Branch, BJ Prior, author of Behind My Wings: Untold Stories of Vietnam Vets, will discuss her experiences as a flight attendant during the Vietnam War, 11AM

Tuesday, November 7:
BookPeople, Illustrator Spotlight Story Time with special guest Misha Blaise, whose work appears in This is Texas, Y'all!: The Lone Star State from A to Z, 10:30AM

BookPeople, Deb Perelman speaking & signing Smitten Kitchen Every Day, 7PM [voucher required]

Chez Zee American Bistro, Chez Zee Author Series with Annette McGivney, author of Pure Land, 6PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam: New Shit Slam featuring RJ Wright w/Peter Nevland & SC Says, 7PM

UT Fine Arts Library, Experiencing Artists' Books: a dialogue between local artists and bookmakers including Jason Urban, Artist and Studio Art Faculty, Lindsay Starr from Cattywampus Press, and Claudia Zapata of Puro Chingón Collective, 5:30PM

SEAD Gallery & Bookshop, NYC- based non-profit Beauty for Freedom (BFF) present Illuminate, hosted by BFF Executive Director Monica Watkins and Co-Founder Jerry Chu in support of survivors of human trafficking and at-risk youth, 6:30PM

B&N - Lincoln Park, Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition book signing with Kate Hudson, 7PM [wristbanded event]

CBS Radio Performance Showroom, Bob Schieffer discusses and signs Overload: Finding the Truth in Today's Deluge of News, 6:30PM

The Wild Detectives, Dr. Cristina Rivera Garza reads and signs The Iliac Crest, 7:30PM

El Paso
Blackbird Cantina, Cinco Puntos Press' Mama Bravo’s Book Club & Social Hour hosts Eileen Myles reading and signing Afterglow: A Dog Memoir, TBA

Brazos Bookstore, Mary Lindsey reading and signing HAVEN, 7PM

Fairbanks Branch Library, Vietnam War veteran Dr. Samuel Axelrad discusses and signs Peaceful Bones, 4:30PM

Murder By the Book, Eryk Pruitt will sign and discuss What We Reckon, 6:30PM

Wagner-Noël Performing Arts Center, An evening with humor writer David Sedaris, 7PM

B&N - Legacy West, Urban Cowgirl book signing with Sarah Penrod, 5PM

San Antonio
The Korova, Puroslam: "Still Not My President: The Resist Trump Slam", 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, David Scheiding discusses and signs Hank: "An Angel Dog", 5PM

Wednesday, November 8:

Brazos Bookstore, Justin Spring discusses and signs THE GOURMAND’S WAY, 7PM

Houston Chronicle offices, Houston Public Library quarterly reading series hosts bestselling local author Chitra Divakaruni discussing Before We Visit the Goddess, in conversation with the Chronicle's Lisa Gray, 7PM

River Oaks Bookstore, NYC- based non-profit Beauty for Freedom (BFF) present Illuminate, hosted by BFF Executive Director Monica Watkins and Co-Founder Jerry Chu in support of survivors of human trafficking and at-risk youth, 6PM

The Bosslight, Eryk Pruitt signs What We Reckon, 5PM

B&N - Legacy West, Sawbones book signing with Melissa Lenhardt, 6PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, an evening with publishers from Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Trinity University Press, and University of Texas Press to highlight hot titles for this holiday season, 6PM

Thursday, November 9:

Communities Foundation of Texas, Upstander Speaker Series: Dr. Samantha Nutt will discuss and sign Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid, 6:30PM

Hall of State at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society presents Preservation Houston’s Jim Parsons and David Bush as they discuss and sign their latest book, Dallas-Fort Worth Deco, 6PM

Perkins School of Theology, "Excavate, Energize, Equalize: PropellingAmerican Women in Thought and Deed" series hosts ProfessorMarjorie Spruill, author of Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family ValuesThat Polarized American Politics, 3PM

Salum Restaurant, dinner, discussion, and book signing with Justin Spring, author of The Gourmands’ Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, Noir at the Bar: seven of Texas’ grittiest noir authors mingle, sign books, and read tales from their darker sides, featuring Harry Hunsicker, Mike McCrary, Max Booth III, Kathleen Kent, Eryk Pruitt, J Suzanne Frank, and Michael Pool, 7:30PM


Museum of Fine Arts, MFAH Writing Series: Poetry in Photography led by Marlon Lizama, poet and performance artist with Iconoclast Artists, 6PM
B&N - First Colony, Story time with local author Maria Ashworth, 10AM

Friday, November 10:
Heroes Lounge, Dallas Slam presents The GNO Show with Godj Boladi, 8PM

Interabang Books, David Abrams reads and signs BRAVE DEEDS, 7PM

Southwestern University, First Annual Poetry Slam & Spoken Word, 6PM

Brazos Bookstore, Jared Yates Sexton discusses and signs THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO RISE LIKE WATERS UPON YOUR SHORE, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Kate Winkler Dawson will sign and discuss Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City, 6:30PM

Sam Houston State University, Robert Bunch discusses and signs The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists, TBA

San Antonio

Deep Vellum Books, Pandora's Box Poetry Collective featuring Mike Soto, Tomás Q. Morín, and Alex Lemon, 7PM

El Paso
El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project Workshop: "Veterans and the Arts" with Bill Sparks, 12:45PM

Literarity Book Shop, retired UTEP professor Kathleen Staudt discusses and signs her latest book, Border Politics in a Global Era: Comparative Perspectives, 10AM

Galveston Bookshop, Joy Jones and Jim Nelson signing Billy Love: A Pebble in the Galveston Sand, 2PM

B&N - River Oaks, Dr. Samuel Axelrad signing Peaceful Bones, 1PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Mary Lindsey will discuss and sign her new novel, HAVEN, 3PM

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, Alexander McCall Smith signs The House of Unexpected Sisters, 2PM

Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Alexander McCall Smith reading THE HOUSE OF UNEXPECTED SISTERS: NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY, 7PM [ticketed event]

Christian Assistance Ministry, Queso Meltdown 2017: Queso cook-off and tasting with celebrity judge Lisa Fain (aka the Homesick Texan), who will sign her new cookbook, 2:30PM

Gemini Ink, Workshop: "Writers as Readers: Using Reading to Generate New Poems" with Sheila Black, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Dana Barney signs Half Life, 11AM

Sugar Land
Fort Bend County Libraries - First Colony Branch, Workshop: “Whodunnit? Writing Mysteries & Crime Novels" with the Houston Writers Guild, 1PM

B&N - Baybrook II, Gulf Coast Poets meeting featuring Michelle Hartman, 10:30AM

Sunday, November 12:

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