Monday, October 28, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of October 28-November 3, 2019 compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover. 

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

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture 2019 Education Forum, October 28-29

50th Anniversary Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, Dallas, October 31-November 3

Dobie Dichos, Oakville, November 1

Alamo City Comic Con, San Antonio, November 1-3

iWrite Anniversary Luncheon and Book Signing, Houston, November 2

2019 Comic Indie Con, Houston, November 2

Jewish Book & Arts Festival, Houston, November 2-13

Tyler Comic Con, November 2-3

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, L.A. Chandlar reading and signing The Pearl Dagger, Mark Coggins reading and signing The Dead Beat Scroll, Heather Harper Ellett reading and signing Ain't Nobody Nobody, 7PM

Ground Floor Theatre, The Bulb Story Slam, 7:30PM

Checkered Past Winery, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Buddy Wakefield, 8PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Andy Griffiths will reading and signing The 117-Story Treehouse, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, Saeed Jones discussing and signing How We Fight for Our Lives, 6:30PM

Jung Society, An Evening of Poetry with francine j. harris and Meg Day, 7PM

Mongoose vs. Cobra, Brazos Bookstore presents Jung Young Moon reading and signing Seven Samurai Swept Away In a River (in conversation with Taylor Davis Van-Atta, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Steph Cha reading and signing Your House Will Pay, 6:30PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Jeanie Sanders discussing and signing Book of the Dead, 5PM

The Woodlands
B&N, Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge: The Left's Plot to Remake America book signing with Jeanine Pirro, 6PM

TCU, Green Honors Chair Public Lecture: Dr. Ayanna Thompson, author of Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars, 5PM

Bohemeo's, Glass Mountain reading and open mic, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Josh Campbell discussing and signing Crossfire Hurricane, 6:30PM

Congregation Beth Israel,  River Oaks Bookstore presents CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley discussing his latest book, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Amazing Space Race, 7PM

Cullen Performance Hall, Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents Ta-Nehisi Coates discussing The Water Dancer, 7:30PM [ticketed event - SOLD OUT]

Houston Museum of Natural Science, Lord Brown discussing Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilization, 6:30PM [ticketed event]

The Montrose Center, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Adam Rippon discussing his new memoir, Beautiful On the Outside, 7PM [ticketed event]

Murder By the Book, Yrsa Sigurdardottir reading and signing The Reckoning, and Michael Stanley reading and signing Shoot the Bastards, 6:30PM

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

Trinity University, Distinguished Lecture Series: author General Stan McChrystal presents "The Changing Geopolitical Landscape," 7:30PM

B&N - Town Square, The Autoimmune Protocol Comfort Food Cookbook: 100+ Nourishing Allergen-Free Recipes book signing with Michelle Hoover, 7PM

UTA, alumnus Shaun Hamill reading and signing Cosmology of Monsters, 12PM

BookPeople, James Haley reading and signing The Devil in Paradise, 7PM

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

Highland Park Village, World Affairs Council DFW presents Sid Balman Jr. reading and signing Seventh Flag, 6PM

Hyatt Regency Dallas, Bouchercon Literary Gala Fundraiser for Literacy: A Conversation with James Patterson, 6PM

UTD, Dr. Jacob Stegenga presents a lecture from his book Medical Nihilism and Care and Cure: An Introduction to Philosophy of Medicine, 7:30PM

Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam featuring R.J. Wright, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Pete Souza discussing and signing Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, 6PM

Lawndale Art Center, The Unsung Masters Series & Music & Literature with Meg Day, Niki Herd, and Taylor Davis-Van Atta, 6:30PM

Moody Center for the Arts, River Oaks Bookstore presents a celebration of the publication of Glenn O’Brien’s Intelligence for Dummies and the launch of ZE Books (The evening will feature readings by noted Houston authors.), 7PM

Murder By the Book, Amy Stewart reading and signing Kopp Sisters On the March, 6:30PM

Rice University, Gray/Wawro Lecture in Gender, Health, and Well-being: Dr. Ann Gleig, author of American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity, 6:30PM

Sam Houston State, Jennifer Sperry Steinorth: A Reading, 5PM

Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Reading Series presents David Sedaris and Calypso, 7PM [ticketed event]

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Sergio Troncoso in conversation with Carmen Tafolla about his new story collection, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, 5PM

Arlington Music Hall, Half Price Books Mother Ship presents an evening with popular YouTube comedians Rhett & Link discussing their new book, The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek, 7PM [ticketed event]

Austin Books & Comics, Trick or treat at ABC, 4PM

Austin Books & Comics, Halloween Party: horror, music, and art, 6PM

BookPeople, Eva Chen and illustrator Derek Desierto reading and signing Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure, 6PM

Chez Zee American Bistro, Halloween with Edgar Allan Poe, 8PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Halloween Mystery Panel featuring authors Mindy Mejia, Wendy Walker, Meg Gardiner, and Kimberly Belle, 7PM

Poison Girl, Poison Pen Hallowreading, 8:30PM

BookPeople, Tegan and Sara Quin signing High School, 12:30PM [voucher required - SOLD OUT]

BookPeople, André Aciman reading and signing Find Me, 7PM [ticketed event]

Fort Worth
Commonplace Books, Sid Balman Jr. reading and signing Seventh Flag, 6PM

Lark & Owl Booksellers, Dia de Los Muertos Open-Mic Poetry Night, 7:30PM
Texas Star Trading Co., Julie Kibler signing Home for Erring and Outcast Girls, 10AM

Texas Star Trading Co., Mark McDonald signing Beyond the Big Shootout: 50 Years of Football’s Life Lessons, 12PM

Austin Community  College - Highland, Writers' League of Texas workshop: "The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Story Structure" with Jill Chamberlain, 10AM

B&N - Arboretum, Ruth Chou Simmons signing Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship, 2PM

BookPeople, Carole Bumpus discussing and signing Searching for Family and Friends at the French Table, 5PM

Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, King Jerome signing Volume 1 of King Jerome's Library, 12PM

Malvern Books, The Lion & the Pirate inclusive open mic, 7PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Bouchercon World Mystery Convention Authors Panel featuring thriller authors Jack Carr, Mark Greaney, Brad Taylor, Marc Cameron, Anthony J. Tata, and K.J. Howe (moderated by Nick Petrie), 2PM [ticketed signing line]

The Bearded Monk, American Literary Review Reading Series, 4PM

Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Spiderweb Salon presents "Spider Dead," 7PM
Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, writers workshop, 11:30AM

TCU, Ron Tyler discussing The Art of Texas: 250 Years, 10:30AM

Galveston Bookshop, Ervin Mendlovitz signing his two books focusing on Galveston’s 1900 storm, a novel and a collected oral history, 2PM

B&N - Town & Country, Marc Grossberg signing The Best People, 2PM

Brazos Bookstore, Casey Giles reading and signing Indifferents, 6:30PM

Houston Museum of African American Culture, a book launch event for Dr. Bertie Simmons's new book, Whispers of Hope, The Story of My Life, 5PM

Murder By the Book, Ava Morgyn reading and signing Resurrection Girls, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Tyler Broussard discussing and signing My Haunted Life: True Tales of a Texas Weirdo, 1PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Micki Fine reading and signing her new picture book, May All People and Pigs Be Happy, 4PM

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

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

Butt-Holdsworth Library, Writers' League of Texas presents "The Craft and Business of Writing" with Michael Noll and Becka Oliver, 10:30AM
B&N - Town Square, Deanna King signing Twist of Fate, 1PM

B&N, Marcy Smith signing Little Autumn Rose, 2PM


Corpus Christi
Half Price Books Mother Ship, Heather Morris, New York Times bestselling-author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, discussing and signing her latest release, Cilka's Journey, 7PM [ticketed event]

Half Price Books, Double Barrel Texas Tour: bestselling thriller authors Reavis Z. Wortham and John Gilstrap reading and signing Hawke's Target and Total Mayhem, respectively, 2PM

Brazos Bookstore, Bettina Elias Siegel discussing and signing Kid Food, 5PM

Writespace, Workshop: "How to Find an Agent" with Joy Preble, 3PM

Patchouli Joe's Books & Indulgences, NaNoWriMo Writers' Refuge, 11AM

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

The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Submission Tools and Tricks" with Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, 3PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Suanne Schafer signing Hunting the Devil, 12PM

San Marcos
The Wittliff Collections, a reception and program celebrating the new exhibition "Blessings and Besos: Photographs by Bill Wittliff" and the new book SunriseSunset: Solargraphs from Plum Creek, 2PM

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
(U.S. Only)


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