Monday, September 23, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar September 23-29, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of September 23-29, 2019 compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover. 

Banned Books Week 2019, nationwide, September 22-28

Texas Tribune Festival, Austin, September 26-28

American Christian Fiction Writers Annual Conference, San Antonio, September 26-29

Pachanga de Palabras, San Antonio, September 28

4th Annual Pflugerville Lib Con, September 28

Monster-Con, San Antonio, September 28-29


Humanities Texas exhibit: Shakespeare, Austin, September 1-October 1

BookPeople, Amy Chaplin discussing and signing Whole Food Cooking Every Day, 7PM

BookWoman, Dr. Faith Harper discussing and signing Unfuck Your Brain: Using Science to Get Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-Outs, and Triggers, 7PM

The LINE Hotel, American Short Fiction presents Lit City with Jamel Brinkley and Rachel Heng, 7PM

SMU, "The New Lone Star: Societal Revolution and Political Realignment" with author and journalist Richard Parker, 12PM

SMU, Arts & Letters Live: Margaret Atwood discussing The Testaments with Krys Boyd of KERA, 7:30PM [ticketed event - VIP sold out]

Fort Worth
Northwest Library, Banned Books Film Series: The Color Purple, 5PM

B&N - Stonebriar, The Beast book signing with Ally Condie, 6PM


Alley Theatre, Banned Books Week: Banned Together: scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, 7:30PM

The Ballroom at Bayou Place, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis discussing Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, 7PM [ticketed event - sold out]

Blue Willow Bookshop, author Bob Shea and illustrator Zachariah OHora reading and signing their picture book, Who Wet My Pants?, 5PM [kids event]

Christ Church Cathedral, Brazos Bookstore presents Marie Forleo discussing Everything Is Figureoutable, 7PM [sold out]

San Antonio
Trinity University, "Mothers, Daughters And Butterflies": a reading with Reyna Grande, followed by a book signing, 6PM

Twig Book Shop, Oonagh Duncan discussing and signing Healthy as F*ck: The Habits You Need to Get Lean, Stay Healthy, and Kick Ass at Life, 5PM


Central Presbyterian Church, Book People presents Marie Forleo discussing Everything Is Figureoutable (in conversation with Rachel Hollis), 7PM [sold out]

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

Interabang Books, Heather Harper Ellett reading and signing Ain't Nobody Nobody, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, The Writer's Garret presents a Stone Soup poetry workshop, 7PM

El Paso
B&N - Fountains at Farah, Louis Bodnar signing El Paso Sunrise, 10AM

The Station, Barbed Wire Series Open Mic Night, 8PM

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

East Berry Library, Banned Books Film Series: The Color Purple, 5:15PM

The Black Labrador, Houston Writers House meeting with guest speaker, 6:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Trenton Lee Stewart reading and signing The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages, 5PM [kids event]

Brazos Bookstore, Leigh Richards reading and signing Messages from Mooseville, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Joelle Charbonneau reading and signing Verify, 6:30PM

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

Trinity University, Willson Lectureship Series: "Racism as Sin: Confessions of a Southern Church Leader" with professor and author William H. Willimon, 7PM

Westfall Library, "Being the Backbone: The Military Spouse Today & Yesterday" with Marian McCarthy, author of Beneath the Wild Blue, 2PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, the Library Foundation presents Banned Books Bash, a variety show celebrating the right to read, 7PM [ticketed event]

Terrazas Branch Library, Aural Literature Reading with Chicon Street Poets, 7:30PM

B&N - Preston/Royal, Kevin P. Gilheany signing Minding the Helm: An Unlikely Career in the U.S. Coast Guard, 5PM

The Dallas Institute, "The Border: Epicenter of Our Homelands" with journalist and author Alfredo Corchado in conversation with Tom Huang of the Dallas Morning News, 6PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson discussing and signing Land of Wolves, the latest book in his Longmire mystery series, 7PM

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council DFW presents the 2019 Mel Kusin National Security Lecture: Michael O’Hanlon discussing and signing The Senkaku Paradox: War Over Small Stakes, 6PM [ticketed event]

Interabang Books, Rashad Jennings reading and signing Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide, 6PM [kids event]

Fort Worth
Texas Christian University, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies book reception and mini-talks for current publications of faculty, 5PM

Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring April Neal, 7:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Meg Cabot reading and signing No Judgments, 7PM

San Antonio
Johnston Library, "Being the Backbone: The Military Spouse Today & Yesterday" with Marian McCarthy, author of Beneath the Wild Blue, 6PM

Austin Book Arts Center, Tunnel Book workshop, 6PM

BookPeople, Cory Allen discussing and signing Now Is the Way, 7PM

Castroville Public Library, Banned Books Week movie: To Kill a Mockingbird, 7PM

Deep Vellum Books, Franzobel reading and signing The Raft of the Medusa, 7PM

Interabang Books, Marion Winik discussing and signing The Big Book of the Dead, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, Carlos Velázquez, el “enfant terrible” de las letras mexicanas, en la presentación de su libro de relatos, Despachador de Pollo Frito, 7:30PM [ Spanish event]

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

Brazos Bookstore, Despina Stratogakos discussing and signing Where Are the Women Architects, 6:30PM

Poison Girl, Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Erin Belieu, Madeleine Maillet, and Anthony Sutton, 8:30PM

Rice University, Gray/Wawro Lecture in Gender, Health, and Well-being by author Deirdre Cooper Owens, 6:30PM [reception and book sales 5:30PM]

Sam Houston State, the MFA Program in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing hosts a reading with Elizabeth Cohen, 5PM

Morton Ranch High School PAC, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Rick Riordan reading and discussing The Tyrant's Tomb, 6PM [kids event - sold out]
San Antonio
Confluence Park, Gemini Ink presents the Parabola Community Reading Series featuring Ivelisse Rodriguez and Cyra Dumitru, 7PM

Encino Library, "Being the Backbone: The Military Spouse Today & Yesterday" with Marian McCarthy, author of Beneath the Wild Blue, 1PM

The Twig Book Shop, Jim Lavilla-Havelin and friends present a poetry reading: Enchantment of the Ordinary, 5PM

Urban Alchemy Coffee & Wine Bar, "Read Between the Wines" wine tasting and book signing with Kimberley Packard, C.A. Szarek, Mia London, Vanessa Foster, Susan Sheehey, and Amy Schultz, 3PM

BookPeople, Sandy Carson discussing and signing I've Always Been a Cowboy in My Heart, 5PM

BookWoman, Jann Aldredge-Clanton and Kendra Weddle discussing and signing Building Bridges, 5:30PM

Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, Keith Rees signing One Night in Bangkok, 2PM
Malvern Books, an evening with poets John Poch and Jacob Shores-Argüello, 7PM

Modern Rocks Gallery, Kevin Cummins signing But I Remember When We Were Young, 3PM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Ten Steps to a Leaner, Cleaner, Meaner Manuscript" with Tex Thompson, 9AM

St. Edward's U, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "Sparkling Sentences and Glitzy Grammar" with Tex Thompson, 1PM

Twin Oaks Branch, Celebración de la Herencia Hispana with children's author Emma Virján, 11AM

B&N, Robert D. Jacobus discussing and signing Black Man in the Huddle: Stories from the Integration of Texas Football, 2PM

B&N - Lincoln Park, Ruth Chou Simons signing Beholding and Becoming, 2PM

B&N - Preston/Royal, Stacy Newton signing Creatures of the Night, 2PM

Deep Vellum Books, Banned Books Week readings and film screening with Deep Vellum Publishing, 4PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Kyle Mills discussing and signing Lethal Agent, the latest book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series, 2PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, 20th Anniversary Celebration with refreshments, live music, and CEO Sharon Anderson Wright, 6PM

Interabang Books, Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger discussing and signing Rare Breed: A Guide to Success for the Defiant, Dangerous, and Different, 1PM

El Paso
B&N - Sunland Park, Watching Wilder book signing with Sherry Lowell-Lewis, 12PM

B&N - Sunland Park, The Fire Keeper (A Storm Runner Novel, Book 2) book signing with J.C. Cervantes, 2PM

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "100,000 Poets for Change - Our Desert Door: Poems and Spells to Ward off Fascism" with Rachel Achete, 12:45PM

Sergio Troncoso Branch Library, Book group discussion of Sergio Troncoco's From This Wicked Patch of Dust, 2:15PM

Fort Worth
UNT Health Science Center, North Texas SCBWI Tarrent County Area Meet-up featuring an author panel Q&A with Christine Kohler, Jessica S Olson, Janee Trasler, Beth Mills, Kathryn Lay, and Diane Roberts, 1PM

B&N - River Oaks, Ramon Sosa signing I Walked on My Own Grave, 1PM

Brasil Houston, Houston VIP workshop and slam featuring Chibbi, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Rashad Jennings reading and signing Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide, 3PM [kids event]

Brazos Bookstore, (Home)land poetry with Monica Sok and Angela So, 6:30PM

Lakehills Area Library, Writers' League of Texas presents "Texas Writes" with Donna M. Johnson and Naomi Shihab Nye, 10AM

New Braunfels
The Book Haus, House of Aces, in collaboration with local singer-songwriter Hannah Swann, present a night of New Braunfels music, poetry, and art, 7PM

The Blind Pig, Open Mic Night, 7PM

San Antonio
Gemini Ink, "The Creativity of a Narrative Arc": a master class with Ivelisse Rodriguez, 10AM

The Twig Book Shop, Christina Gallegos signing The Goat Climbs High, 11AM

Sugar Land
First Colony Branch Library, Houston Writers Guild Class: How to Research Your Novel with Mack Little, 1:30PM

B&N, Allison Jeffereys signing A Woman's Guide to Surviving Divorce, 2PM

B&N, Freddy Cruz signing When America Fell Silent, 1PM

B&N - Preston/Royal, Meet the authors of Brain Damaged: Two-Minute Warning for Parents, 1PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas-native poet Sara Bawany signing (W)holehearted, and Dallas-native poet Linda Ann Suddarth signing The Hidden Wilderness, 1PM

The Wild Detectives, Backyard Storytelling Night, 7:30PM [submit your story here]

El Paso
Literarity Book Shop, Sergio Troncoso reading and signing A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, 4PM

Fort Worth
Central Library, Banned Books Film Series: To Kill a Mockingbird, 2PM

B&N - Vanderbilt Square, Freddy Cruz signing When America Fell Silent, 2PM

Brazos Bookstore, Attica Locke reading and signing Heaven, My Home, 5PM [happy hour 4PM]

Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, Inprint Cool Brains! Series presents Meg Medina and Merci Suárez Changes Gears (with the bilingual Inprint Poetry Buskers and Jasminne Mendez of Tintero Projects), 3PM

Murder By the Book, Kyle Mills reading and signing Lethal Agent, 2PM

Half Price Books, children's and suspense author Deanna King signing her children’s book, Gracie's Stories, as well as her suspense novel, Twist of Fate, 1PM

Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "How to Write Flash Fiction" with Eden Elieff, 3PM

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