Get an in-depth look at virtual and in-person book events, author’s latest appearances, and more with our roundup of book and literary events in Houston in October 2022.
There’s plenty for literature lovers to attend this month, especially with the opening of the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival, plus you’ll get to learn about Houston’s black history and more.
Here’s the scoop on what’s happening across Hekou this month:
Houston’s Top 11 Book and Writers Events: October 2022
- Susan McCauley Spring at the Barbara Bush Library Branch Thursday, October 1 | Free – Author of Popular Intermediate ghost hunter The series will read excerpts from her work in the spring. This event is suitable for children ages 8 to 12 and should provide the perfect spooky start to the Halloween celebration. Space is limited. 2pm.
- Gulf Coast Cosmos wash day In Kinship Stories | Friday, October 2 – Celebrating the beauty, friendship and power of black women and a launch party for a new graphic novel sunwash diary, this event explores brunette rituals and includes a writing workshop. $35; includes a copy of the book. 11am.
- FotoFest Presents Creative Conversations: Mark Sealy and Christopher Blay at Whitehall Houston Hotel | Friday, October 7 | Free – Christopher Blay, director of the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC), will talk to Mark Sealy about his latest work, Photography: Race, Rights and Representation. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer session and a book signing session, which will also include details about HMAAC’s 2022 FotoFest Biennale, African Cosmology: Redux. Space is limited; registration required. 5:30pm.
- Afrikanah Book Club Presents ‘Ignite of the Fifth District’ in Luxury Theatre | Sunday, October 9 – This one-day event celebrates African American literary traditions. It includes the launch of writer Lindsay Gary’s New Red Book: A Guide to Houston’s 50 Black Historical and Cultural Sites, as well as readings and discussions by local black women writers, workshops, and more. $10 upfront; $15 at the door. Noon to 5pm.
- Inprint Presents Maggie O’Farrell at UH’s Cullen Performance Hall | Monday, October 10 – bestselling author Hamnet In town as part of Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown reading series. She’ll read a selection of her latest bestsellers, marriage portrait, followed by a discussion with former Houston Chronicle book editor Maggie Galehouse. $30; includes a signed copy of the book. 7:30pm.
- Morning at the Houston Public Library with Maria Hinojosa | Tuesday, October 11 | Free – Emmy-winning journalist and best-selling author Maria Hinojosa will be on the downtown HPL campus to talk about her new book, once i was you, and how she grew up to be the first Latino to establish a national independent nonprofit newsroom in the United States. 10:30 am to noon.
- Carmen Oliver at Blue Willow Bookstore | Thursday, October 13 | Free – The popular, award-winning children’s author will sign a copy of her latest book, Twilight Library, explore the mystery and magic that happens deep in the wilderness when nocturnal creatures congregate. Free, but to sign a book, you must purchase one from the Blue Willow Bookshop. 17:00.
- Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan at Brazos Bookstore | Thursday, October 13 – Jodi Picoult is New York Times author of best-selling books such as Little things, big things and my sister’s guardian. Jennifer Finney Boylan for New York Times Opinion section, is the author she’s not there: the life of both genders and Good Boys: My Seven Dog Life. They wrote together crazy honey, the story of two women who find their lives intertwined in ways they never expected. The writing duo will discuss the work with Houston-based bestselling author Kathryn Center. what you save in a fire. $30; includes a copy of the book. 7pm.
- Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman at Congregation Emanu El | Thursday, October 13 – Former White House National Security Council staffer and retired lieutenant colonel to discuss his book Here, the Right Thing: An American StoryThe book explores his life as an immigrant growing up in Brooklyn, his U.S. military career, and facing President Trump’s impeachment trial under intense political pressure. After the discussion, there will be a Q&A and book signing. $45 and up. 7:30pm.
- 50th Annual Jewish Book Arts Festival at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center | Saturday, October 22 to Saturday, November 5 – Celebrating its 50th For the anniversary, this annual event has something for everyone. Authors Liza Wiemer and Samantha A. Vinokor-Meinrath met Wednesday night at the Teen Conference to discuss their books exploring classroom dynamics surrounding the Holocaust and American Jewish Gen Z coming of age, respectively.Also Family Day and more author appearances, including actor Jennifer Gray, who discusses her life and work in her new memoir get out of the cornerThis should prove necessary veneer dance fan. Prices vary by individual event; a select three-pass is $38 and a full festival pass is $110. Times are different.
- Justin Deabler at Western University Community Center Auditorium | Tuesday, October 25 | Liberty – Justin Deabler, host of the Harris County Public Library and Gulf Coast Reading Council, will discuss his novel, Lone Star,in New York Times It’s called “extreme impact”. It follows four generations of a Texas family through the changing American landscape. A Q&A will follow, and guests can purchase the book for autographs from the Blue Willow pop-up store. Free, but registration is recommended. 6:30pm.