With school starting and fall just around the corner, we’re putting on our thinking caps and hitting the books. If you’re counting down the days until cooler weather so you can cozy up with a good story, Bayou City bookworms will find lots to love this season in Houston’s literary scene. With a reading from a Nobel Prize winner, a romance book convention, and a visit from the London author dominating the psychological thriller shelves all on the near horizon, H-Town has what it takes to quench your thirst for good literature.
Here’s our guide to the best book events Houston has to offer over the next couple of months:
The New York Times best-selling author of 19 books, Lisa Jewell is an expert in popular fiction, with stories ranging from psychological thrillers to domestic fiction. Now, she’s bringing her expertise from London to Houston for a discussion with Texan Kristen Bird, author of The Night She Went Missing.
Houston-based author Emily Wolf’s debut, My Thirty-First Year (and Other Calamities), illustrates the struggle, humor, and hope of young womanhood through the life of its protagonist, Zoe—a soon-to-be divorcée recovering from an abortion and dealing with family drama. Wolf will discuss the book in a conversation with former television anchor Brooke Bentley Gunst.
Romance readers won’t want to miss Sultry in the City, a new Houston-based conference that's connecting readers with over 30 romance authors. Attendees can look forward to book signings, a seated dinner, and an open reception where authors and readers can mingle.
The National Book Award finalist and author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is back with an exploration of self that is equal parts cutting and comedic in her new memoir, Crying in the Bathroom. Hear her read from the book and discuss it with Jasminne Mendez, winner of an International Latino Book Award.
It’s not every day that Houston gets a visit from a winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, so make sure you tune in for this reading from Abdulrazak Gurnah. Awarded the Nobel Prize for his writing on the effects of colonialism, the author will be reading from his newest book, Afterlives, which tells a multigenerational story set on the Swahili coast during German colonial rule.
The renowned poet continues his exploration of the Salvadoran Civil War’s impact on his life through his new memoir, Solito, which chronicles his 3,000-mile solo migration from El Salvador to the US. The event will include a reading, an on-stage conversation with University of North Texas assistant professor of English Daniel Peña, and a book signing.
The Tweens Read Book Festival is geared toward avid readers in grades 5 through 8. With appearances from New York Times best-selling authors and panels covering a host of different genres, themes, and mediums, the festival is an absolute tween reading dream.
Master of historical fiction Maggie O’Farrell will be reading from her new novel, The Marriage Portrait, which explores the courts of Renaissance Italy through the eyes of young duchess Lucrezia de’ Medici as she is thrown suddenly into marriage. The reading will be followed by an on-stage conversation with Maggie Galehouse, the former book editor at the Houston Chronicle.