Texas Writers Month is back, just in time for the statewide event’s 25th anniversary.
Begun in 1994 to support Texas authors and writers with book signings, readings, events and celebrations across the state, Texas Writers Month fizzled out around 2000 because no one was carrying the torch. “When I started in book publicity in 1997, Texas Writers Month was a big deal,” says Marika Flatt, founder of PR by the Book, an Austin-based book publicity firm which is leading the charge to relaunch the event. “It was a way for everyone to celebrate authors around Texas.”
Whether you’re a native Texan or you got here as quickly as you could, there’s no doubt that Texas has got every kind of writer to keep your TBR stack filled. Keep supporting Texas writers and Texas Writers Month will become a strong tradition for many years to come.
Here’s a selection of events and booksellers across the state to give you a taster of this fun celebration. Check with your local booksellers for TWM events they have planned. Tip: click on the links for the full events calendars.
BookPeople See Oscar Casares, author of Where We Come From on May 21 at 7pm and Admiral William McCraven, author of Sea Stars, on May 29 at 7 pm.
Interabang Books is hosting Hafsah Faizal, author of We Hunt the Flame on May 21, at 7 pm and Austin Kleon, author of Keep Going, on May 24, at 5pm.
Blue Willow Bookshop See F. Anthony Falcon, author of Be Brave Be Brave Be Brave on May 25 at 1pm.
Brazos Bookstore is hosting Sylvia Quan with Nourishing Wisdom for Life on May 18 at 6pm.
River Oaks Bookstore will host Apple Gidley with Transfer on May 16 from 5pm–7pm.
The Twig Book Shop is featuring Naomi Shihab, author of The Tiny Journalist and Lucy Griffith, author of We Make a Tiny Herd, on May 14 at 5 pm.
Other Texas authors we love. Add these to your TBR, there’s something for everyone:
Great Summer Read: Danielle Ledezma from San Antonio and her debut coming of age novel, Izzy in El Mareo
Cookbook: Austin Chef Eric Silverstein’s The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas
Kids: 9-Year-old Kate Gilman Williams from Austin and her new book for kids, Let’s Go on Safari!
Memoir: Legendary Houston newsman Dave Ward’s long-awaited Good Evening, Friends: A Broadcaster Shares his Life
Presidential History: Talmage Boston from Dallas and his phenomenal volume, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts about our Presidents