Monday, July 22, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar July 22-28, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of July 22-28, 2019 compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore, June 27-July 28

“In Response to the River” Creative Writing Workshops for 4th-8th graders with Gemini Ink, San Antonio, July 23-August 1

Putting Pen to Paper: Creative Writing Intensive for Teens at the Writing Barn, Austin, July 22-August 2

Macondo Writers Workshop, San Antonio, July 23-28

3rd Annual All the Books Author Event, Houston, July 27

Texas Latino Comic Con, Dallas, July 27

EXHIBITS:

MONDAY, JULY 22:
Houston
Archway Gallery, Writing Workshop with Houston Poet Laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz, 6PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Poetry Reading with Aby Kaupang and Octavio Quintanilla, 5PM

TUESDAY, JULY 23:
Austin
First Baptist Church of Austin, Texas Book Festival and BookPeople present Colson Whitehead reading and signing The Nickel Boys, 7PM [ticketed event]

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam's Happy Slam! featuring Roscoe Burnems, 7:15PM

Boerne
Tusculum Brewing Company, Patrick Heath Public Library presents "Lattes on the Library" with , 10:30AM

Dallas
Checkered Past Winery, Dallas Poetry Slam's DFW Unplugged Anniversary Show, 8PM

Interabang Books, Sheila Morataya discussing and signing Yo soy único e irrepetible, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, the Writer's Garret presents a Stone Soup Poetry Workshop, 7PM

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

Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM

San Antonio
Dallas
DART's Westmoreland Station, The Writer's Garret's Rail Writer's Community Ride, 9AM

Fort Worth
Forth Worth Central Library, Julie Kibler reading and signing Home for Erring and Outcast Girls, 6:30PM

Houston
Avant Garden, Write About Now: Poetry Open Mic featuring Roscoe Burnems, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Summer Poetry Salon: a bilingual collaboration with local poet Roberto Tejada, 6:30PM

San Antonio
Rosella Coffee Co., Kallisto Gaia Press presents The Ocotillo Review Volume 3.2 reading and submissions acceptance event, 7PM

San Antonio Central Library, Macondo Workshop faculty reading, 6:30PM
THURSDAY, JULY 25:
Austin
Malvern Books, Chaitali Sen interviewing Daisy Hernández, co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, 7PM

The North Door, Storytelling: Bedpost Confessions presents "Second Skin," 8PM

Canyon
Burrowing Owl Books, Poetry Circle with High Plains Poetry Project, 7PM

Carrollton
DART's Trinity Mills Station, The Writer's Garret's Rail Writer's Community Ride, 9AM

Dallas
Half Price Books Mother Ship, Julie Kibler reading and signing Home For Erring and Outcast Girls, 7PM

El Paso
B-17 Bombers Oyster Pub, Last Thursdays El Paso presents Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM

Frisco
B&N - Stonebriar Mall, Hawke's Target book signing with Reavis Z. Wortham, 7PM

Houston
Blue Willow Bookshop, J. Ryan Stradal discussing and signing The Lager Queen of Minnesota, 7PM

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Inprint interactive writing workshop and reading for Stonewall 50, 5:3PM

Laredo
Gallery 201, Laredo Border Slam Souled Out Summer!, 9PM

Midland
Midland County Downtown Library, Carolina Storyteller performance, 1:30PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Casey Chapman Ross discussing and signing True to Form, 5PM

FRIDAY, JULY 26:
Austin
BookPeople, Lydia Slaby discussing and signing Wait, It Gets Worse (in conversation with Alexis Jones), 7PM

Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading and Open Mic, 7PM

The North Door, Storytelling: Bedpost Confessions presents "Second Skin," 8PM

Dallas
Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Sexual Avengers Battle, 8PM
Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last

Mineral Wells
The Market 76067, hometown hero Al Wallace signing One For the Coyotes, 11AM

Navasota
Muddy Water Bookstore, Find Waldo Local Grand Finale, 2PM

Richardson
The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas Seminar: "Our Homes: Windows to the World, Mirrors of Ourselves" with Eden Elieff, 10AM

San Antonio

SUNDAY, JULY 28:

Monday, July 15, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar July 15-21, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of July 15-21, 2019 compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore, June 27-July 28

Writers' League of Texas Summer Writing Retreat, Kerrville, July 14-19

Gemini Ink Writers Conference: Negotiating Place, San Antonio, July 19-21

Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, Denton, July 19-21

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration, Houston, July 20

Dogwood Children’s Literacy & Arts Festival, Palestine, July 20

East Texas Writers Guild 15th Annual Summer Conference: Boot Camp for Writers, Tyler, July 20

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

MONDAY, JULY 15:
Murder By the Book, Stuart Turton reading and signing the paperback release of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, 6:30PM

Richardson
Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: Creative Characterization with Jan Morrill, 7PM

Rockport
Rock Bottom Park and Pub, the Aransas Poetry Society presents a Book Chat With PW Covington, 8PM

TUESDAY, JULY 16:
Austin
The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM

Houston
Katy Budget Books, BookCulture: Greece, 11AM

Murder By the Book, Alison Gaylin reading and signing Never Look Back, and Chandler Baker reading and signing The Whisper Network, 6:30PM

San Antonio
B&N - Northwoods, Lori Chapman Longfritz signing Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force, 7PM

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

Sulphur Springs
The Bookworm Box, BN Toler Author Takeover, 7PM

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17:
Austin
Austin Books & Comics, John Lucas signing Before Houdini, 5PM

BookPeople, Chris Meroff discussing and signing Align, 7PM
Pflugerville
Pflugerville Public Library, Workshop: Fiction Writing Series, Part I: Setting from Scratch: Fantasy & Sci-Fi Worldbuilding with retired professor Tracey Lander-Garrett, 6PM

Sugar Land
B&N, Elder Paula King-Harper signing Prosperous Living Daily Devotional Journal and Journal of Intention, 6PM
THURSDAY, JULY 18:
Austin
Austin Book Arts Center, Third Thursday: Suminagashi demonstrations, sake, haiku, 7PM

BookPeople, J. Todd Scott reading and signing This Side of Night, 7PM

BookPeople, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "What Makes Writing Poetic?," 7PM

BookWoman, ATX Interfaces Reading & Open Mic featuring Noor Al-Ahmadi, Griselda Castillo, and Meg McKeon, 7PM

Canyon
Burrowing Owl Books, A Literary Reading by Jonathan Baker, 7PM

Dallas
Camp Wisdom Station, The Writer's Garret Rail Writer's Community Ride, 9AM

Half Price Books, Chandler Baker reading and signing her novel, Whisper Network, 7PM

Interabang Books, Janet Finch reading and signing Chimes of a Lost Cathedral (in conversation with Lori Feathers), 6PM

Fort Worth
Fort Worth Club, , World Affairs Council of DFW presents Bud Selig, Ninth Commissioner of Baseball, discussing and signing For the Good of the Game, 11:30AM

Houston
Murder By the Book, Carter Wilson reading and signing The Dead Girl in 2a, 6:30PM

Pflugerville
Wild Magnolias, NeoSoul presents Blaq Mic Poetry featuring Ifrah Hussein, 7PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Kay Merkel Boruff reading and signing Z.O.S.: A Memoir, 5PM

Sulphur Springs
The Bookworm Box, KL Grayson Author Live Takeover, 7PM

FRIDAY, JULY 19:
Austin
BookWoman, Wild Patience: a Feminist Poetry Reading featuring Lisa Moore, BK Fischer, Julie Choffel, Molly Sutton Kiefer, and others, 7PM

Malvern Books, an evening of poetry with Emily O’Neill and E. Kristin Anderson, 7PM
Houston
Brazos Bookstore, Janet Fitch reading and signing Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Kris Lackey reading and signing Greasy Bend, 6:30PM

SATURDAY, JULY 20:

El Paso
B&N - Town & Country, JD Broyhill signing Alexis Snipperdoom: Power Plays, 2PM

Brazos Bookstore, Brandon Brown discussing and signing The Apollo Chronicles, 3PM

Cafe Brasil, Houston VIP Workshop & Open Mic featuring Erica Nicole, 7PM

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, Leila Meacham reading and signing Dragonfly, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Two Texas Authors: Thriller, Action & Mystery with Karen S. Gordon and L.A. Starks, 3PM

San Antonio

Monday, July 8, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar July 8-14, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of July 8-14, 2019 compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore, June 27-July 28

Barrio Writers Summer Workshop for teens, Pflugerville, July 8-12

Camp Spitfire: Creative Writing Summer Camp for Kids, Austin, July 8-19

Summer Camp: Art & Writing Workshop, Nacogdoches, July 9-12

Poetry Society of Texas Annual Summer Conference, Denton, July 11-13

Kensington Cozy Con, Houston, July 13

Read Between the Wines, Grapevine, July 13

Writers' League of Texas Summer Writing Retreat, Kerrville, July 14-19

EXHIBITS:
Austin
BookPeople, Riley Sager reading and signing Lock Every Door (in conversation with May Cobb), 7PM

The Brewtorium, Austin Liti Limits featuring authors James L. Haley and Charlotte Gullick reading from their latest work, 7PM

Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave Story Department presents "The Best Part," 7:30PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam presents a Housewarming Slam, 7:15PM

Palomino Coffee, Chicon Street Poets presents Living Room Lit, 7:15PM

Scholz Garden, Austin Sierra Club meeting featuring Ed Crowell discussing and signing Barton Creek, 7PM

Cedar Hill
Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group meeting featuring playwright and award-winning short story author David Douglas, 7PM

Dallas
Chocolate Secrets, LitNightDallas Reading Series features authors from D Magazine's July Short Story Issue, 7PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Noelle Salazar reading and signing The Flight Girls, 7PM

Hall of State at Fair Park, the Dallas Historical Society Brown Bag Lecture: Dr. Lindsay Baker discussing Gangster Tour of Texas, 12PM

El Paso
The Black Orchid Lounge, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM
Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM

Houston
Dallas
Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors Live: Jeff Guinn presents The Vagabonds, 7PM [ticketed reception 6PM]

The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight Poetry Reading featuring Princess McDowell and Gabby Edwards, 7:30PM
Denton
Embassy Suites, Poetry Master Class: "Finding Your Voice(s): Writing Outside Yourself" with poet/singer-songwriter Nathan Brown, 9:30AM

El Paso
B&N - Fountains at Farah, Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration book signing with Alfredo Corchado, 6:30PM

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

Brazos Bookstore, Robert Fieseler discussing and signing Tinderbox, 6:30PM

THURSDAY, JULY 11:
Austin
B&N - Arboretum, Author and Beto O'Rourke campaign photographer Casey Chapman-Ross signing True to Form, 7PM

BookPeople, Sharon Lamb discussing and signing The Not Good Enough Mother, 7PM

BookWoman, Second Thursday Poetry Open Mic featuring Susan Niz, 7:15PM

Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, Free writer's workshop with author Sugar Ray Destin, Jr., 7PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night with M. Ward Leon (Blood of the Beast), Jesse Guerra Carrillo (When Enchiladas Fly), and J. Darris Mitchell (Fireflies and Cosmos: Interstellar Spring Book 1), 7PM

Dallas
Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc., Poetry Smash # 8 presents "In The Words Of A Sistah: Just Fine," 7:30PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Elaine Welteroth, author of More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), in conversation with Brandon Maxwell, award-winning designer and Project Runway judge, 7PM [SOLD OUT]

Fort Worth
B&N - Hulen, Jeff Guinn discussing and signing The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's Ten-Year Road Trip, 6:30PM

Frisco
B&N, We Hunt the Flame (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Sands of Arawiya Series #1) book signing with Hafsah Faizal, 7PM

Houston
Blue Willow Bookshop, Abbi Waxman reading and signing The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, 7PM

Sulphur Springs
The Bookworm Box, Al Jackson live author takeover, 7PM
FRIDAY, JULY 12:
Austin
BookPeople, Chuck Wendig reading and signing Wanderers, 7PM

Malvern Books, interview series "Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice": Chaitali Sen speaking with Raj Patel, co-author of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet, 7PM

Dallas
Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Battle Of The Republic: Five Texas slam teams do battle in a four-round poetry slam, hosted by Austin NeoSoul Slammaster Christopher Michael, 8PM

Margo Jones Theatre at Magnolia Lounge, Naked Girls Reading: Banned Books, 8PM

Houston
Inprint House, First Friday Reading Series 44th Anniversary featuring poet Cindy Huyser, 8:30PM

Murder By the Book, Ace Atkins will sign and discuss The Shameless, 6:30PM

Plano
B&N - Legacy West, Bill Blalock signing Live Your Legacy Now, 7PM

Portland
Books Ink, Poetry Night, 7PM

SATURDAY, JULY 13:
Austin
BookPeople, Austin SCBWI Monthly Meeting: "What I Learned From My Debut Year" with Cate Berry, Samantha M Clark, Kendra Fortmeyer, and Vanessa Roeder, 10AM

BookPeople, Bob Shea reading and signing Unicorn is Maybe Not So Great After All, 2PM

BookPeople, Frances de Pontes Peebles reading and signing The Air You Breathe (in conversation with Dalia Azim of the Blanton Museum), 5PM

Boerne
Patrick Heath Public Library, Second Saturday Author Signing featuring local poet Bette Lafferty, author of An Offering of Love, 11AM

Dallas
B&N - Lincoln Park, Dave Campbell signing Dave Campbell’s Favorite Texas College Football Stories, 2PM

Grauwyler Park Branch Library, Storytelling: "Tall Tales and High Heels," 1PM
The Twig Book Shop, Edward Polansky signing Oscar the Osprey: The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights, 12PM

Southlake
B&N, Deanna King signing Twist of Fate-A Jack West Novel, 1PM

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Review: KING OF THE MISSISSIPPI by Mike Freedman

I reviewed King of the Mississippi (Hogarth) by Houston's Mike Freedman for Lone Star Literary Life. Beware the military-industrial-corporate-consulting complex. This is a novel for our time, y'all.

FICTION
Mike Freedman
King of the Mississippi: A Novel
Hogarth
Hardcover (also available as an e-book and an audio book), 978-0-5255-7378-4, 256 pgs., $26
July 9, 2019

Brock Wharton is a consultant for Cambridge Consulting Group (CCG) in Houston, a thirty-something Master of the Universe in training. He’s a former UT football star, possessor of a Harvard Business School MBA, and married to a South Texas ranching heiress who is expecting their firstborn. Wharton is fielding prospective CCG junior consultants when Mike Fink arrives for his interview.

Fink is emphatically not the CCG type; he’s “a redneck admiral at a regatta”—his suit is off-the-rack, his physique is a “flawed build that none of the South Texas ranching families would ever breed,”—he’s not even tall! Fink is a ten-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, and CCG’s managing directors have decided that his “distinct bio and fiery personality” will lend “authenticity” and allow CCG to better understand the “very American issues” of their newer clients. Look out, Dr. Pepper.

Wharton and Fink abhor each other at first sight, and class fireworks ensue as two competing and equally flawed theories of masculinity and America go to war. Beware the military-industrial-corporate-consulting complex.

King of the Mississippi is Mike Freedman’s sophomore novel, following his satire School Board (Broken Levee Books, 2014), which followed the antics of a Houston high school senior whose hero was Huey “The Kingfish” Long, infamous governor of Louisiana. King of the Mississippi is also a satirical novel, but it deals with more serious subject matter and heralds a maturation of Freedman’s talent. King of the Mississippi is a biting send-up of corporate America, traditional ideas of masculinity, and flag-on-your-lapel patriotism.

Freedman’s two main characters are sharply drawn, though they begin as caricatures. Wharton, “who had conducted a life cultivating a resume,” denigrates veterans at every opportunity; he is an arrogant, sexist, casually racist, xenophobic, homophobic, entitled nitwit who is easy to hate. Fink is the populist every-man, with his common sense and common touch, to whom corporate boardrooms condescend but trot out on the Fourth of July (Thank you for your service!), who are currently enjoying a cyclical (cynical?) popularity.

Both men shed their respective costumes in the end, yet Wharton is the man allowed the greater development; he’s the one we identify with and ultimately root for—perhaps because his pathology is greater. Freedman does a great job with the gradual transformation.

Freedman is a Master of the Ironic Metaphor. “[The job applicant] was an image cut from the Brock Wharton Catalog for out-of-the-box thinkers.” He overdoes it occasionally, and penis size and the figurative presence or absence of testicles is a recurrent concern.

The competing jargon of divergent cultures is jarring between the soul-killing corporate word salad (enablement projects, influencers, value migration); the jingoistic rah-rah hoowa military-ese (insurgency, counterinsurgency, troop surge); and, of course, sports (rodeos, end zones, Hail Marys). This is how Freedman effectively highlights the poverty of our philosophies.

The narrative is told in a third-person limited point-of-view and is generally fast paced. The middle third lags, though it does include a hilarious set-piece at a NED Talk where attendees are encouraged to “swing away” and “lean forward.” The final third, in which we get an on-the-ground lesson in Middle East history, generally, and our invasion of Iraq, in particular, recovers from the second and surpasses the first, getting the epilogue just right.

“The hubris of Fink to believe his street smarts and dirty tricks would triumph over a lifetime of doing everything right,” Wharton thinks (emphasis added). And there it is—hubris on all sides and differing criteria of what is “right.” What and who qualifies as all-American? Winning a zero-sum game should not be one of the definitions. King of the Mississippi is a novel for our time.


Monday, July 1, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar July 1-7, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of July 1-7, 2019 compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore, June 27-July 28

EXHIBITS:
Austin
Lucky Dog Books, Stone Soup Mixed Genre workshop with the Writer's Garret, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, Writing Workshops Dallas Happy Hour, 6PM

Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM

Houston
FRIDAY, JULY 5:
El Paso
Bracewell Neighborhood Library, Public Poetry Reading Series featuring Autumn Hayes, Vincent Cooper, Katherine Hoerth, and Melissa Studdard, 2PM

Brazos Bookstore, Deborah DEEP Mouton reading and signing her new poetry collection, Newsworthy, and Lupe Mendez reading and signing his debut poetry collection, Why I Am Like Tequila, 6PM

San Antonio
Austin
Malvern Books, the Lion and the Pirate Unplugged, an inclusive open mic, 1PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam presents The Battle of the Slams 2019!, 3PM

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

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Amy Bearce signing Shortcuts, 12PM

Monday, June 24, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar June 24-30, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of June 24-30, 2019 compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Poolside Reads: Texas Book Festival Book Giveaway, Austin, June 26

Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore, June 27-July 28

Writers' League of Texas 2019 Agents & Editors Conference, Austin, June 28-30

North Texas Comic Book Show, Irving, June 29-30

EXHIBITS:
Austin

Dallas
Checkered Past Winery, Dallas Poetry Slam presents DFW Unplugged, 8PM

Interabang Books, Lauren Kate reading and signing THE ORPHAN’S SONG, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, The Writer's Garret Stone Soup Poetry Workshop, 7PM

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

Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM

Houston
Avant Garden, Write About Now: Haiku Death Match featuring Christopher Michael, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Michael Parker reading and signing PRAIRIE FEVER, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Lauren Kate will sign and discuss The Orphan's Song, 6:30PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Jack Grubbs discussing and signing The Legacy of Maggie Dixon, 5PM

THURSDAY, JUNE 27:
BookPeople, JIMMY & CHRISTINE MOORE speaking & signing Real Food Keto & KEN BERRY speaking & signing Lies My Doctor Told Me, 7PM

Central Presbyterian Church, ELAINE WELTEROTH speaking and signing More Than Enough, 7PM [ticketed event]

Canyon
Burrowing Owl Books, Poetry Circle with the High Plains Poetry Project, 7PM

Dallas
DART's Westmoreland Station, Writer's Garret's Rail Writer's Community Ride, 9AM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe will discuss and sign her latest novel, The Summer Guests, 7PM

Interabang Books, Michael Parker reading and signing PRAIRIE FEVER, 6PM

Lochwood Branch Library, Tejana Cosmica with Latina poets, 6:30PM

El Paso
B-17 Bombers Oyster Pub, Barbed Wire Open Mic, 8PM

Houston
Brazos Bookstore, Mehnaaz Momen discussing and signing POLITICAL SATIRE, POSTMODERN REALITY, AND THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY: WHO ARE WE LAUGHING AT?, 7PM

Holocaust Museum Houston, For the 75th anniversary of D-Day, renowned author Alex Kershaw will discuss his latest book, The First Wave, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Jode Millman will sign and discuss The Midnight Call, 6:30PM

Poison Girl Cocktail Lounge, June Poison Pen Reading with Cameron Dezen Hammon, Amanda Ortiz, and JP Gritton, 8:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Amy Daughters discussing and signing You Cannot Mess This Up: A True Story that Never Happened, 5PM

Richardson
Alamo Drafthouse, a special screening of the season one finale of A Discovery of Witches with New York Times bestselling historical fantasy author Deborah Harkness plus a special Q&A discussion and book signing, 7PM

Sulphur Springs
The Bookworm Box, LK Farlow Live Author Takeover!, 7PM

Watauga
Watauga Public Library, Tui Snider discussing and signing 100 Things to Do in Dallas Fort Worth Before You Die, 6:30PM

Weslaco
The Storybook Garden, Ron Ramírez reading and signing A PERFECT BOOK FOR FRIDA, 4PM

FRIDAY, JUNE 28:
Austin
Cherrywood Coffeehouse, Poetry: END GAME ~METAPHORICALLY CHALLENGED, 7:40PM

Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading Series 4th Birthday Bash, 7PM

Dallas
Bachman Lake Branch Library, Tejana Cosmica with Latina poets, 6PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling thriller author Brad Thor will discuss and sign copies of his latest novel, Backlash, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents a Dallas Youth Poets Fundraiser, 8PM

Houston 
Brazos Bookstore, SPEED READING: WALT WHITMAN!, 6PM

SATURDAY, JUNE 29:
Austin
Austin History Center, the release of a new book by photographer Bill Leissner: Austin Icons of the Eighties: Music, Theater, Politics, 1:30PM

BookPeople, CASEY CHAPMAN ROSS speaking & signing True To Form, 5PM

Malvern Books, celebrating the launch of McAllen Poet Laureate Edward Vidaurre’s new collection of poetry, JAZzHOUSE, with readings from Edward, as well as Daniel García Ordaz, Reyes Cárdenas, Jo Reyes-Boitel, and Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros, 7PM

The Townsend, Stories From the Road: short stories and off-the-cuff music featuring Audrey Malone, 7:30PM

Dallas
B&N - Preston/Royal, Crystal Scott-Lindsey signs Communication and You: Explore Issues & Enhance Relationships, 1PM

Bishop Arts Theatre, "Behind Closed Doors: Stories, Taboos, & Life Uncensored" with Executive Artistic Director Teresa Coleman Wash, International Business & Life Strategist Rose Colarossi, and award-winning author Darlene Ellison, 3PM

Interabang Books, Randy Schmidt discussing and signing THE CARPENTERS: AN ILLUSTRATED DISCOGRAPHY, 6PM

El Paso
El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "El Paso: North of the Pass" with Gustavo Enriquez, 12:45PM

Houston

Houston
Writespace, Workshop: "Crafting Unconventional Narratives" with Mark Haber, 3PM

Richardson
The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Grant Writing Fundamentals" with Megan Harrison, 3PM

San Antonio
B&N - San Pedro, Twinkle Zaman signing Love Notes, 1PM

The Good Kind Southtown, Good Poems at the Good Kind featuring Naomi Shihab Nye (with San Antonian Evan Beaty and San Marcos’ Vanessa Couto Johnson), 4PM

The Twig Book Shop, R.A. Reynolds signing 91 Day Fiancee Marriage: Love or Green Card, 12PM