Top 12 Book & Author Events in Houston: April 2023

Packed shelves of books in a bookstore
Independent Bookstore Day lands this month, letting you shop some of the city's best indie stores | Courtesy of Blue Willow Bookshop

Dig into live book events, the latest appearances by authors, and more with our roundup of book and literary events taking place in Houston in April 2023.

This month’s literary events showcase the serious and the whimsical in the world of reading and letters.

Acclaimed authors are in the city to sign their latest, and Houston’s literary and arts organizations come together for some original programming around books.

Here’s the scoop on what’s happening across the Bayou City this month:

Top 12 Book & Author Events in Houston: April 2023

  • Books on the Bayou/Libros sobre el Bayou at the Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park | Saturday, April 1 | FREE – Houston Public Library’s Mobile Express hangs out at the Water Works for a fun, bilingual storytime great for ages 6 months to 4 years old. Kids can enjoy silly stories, rhymes and songs and check out library books. 9am to 10am.
  • April Book Sale at Friends of HPL Warehouse | Saturday, April 1 | No Cover – Houston Public Library opens its warehouse for a monthly book sale. Bibliophiles and bookworms will find a collection of fiction, nonfiction, genre, children’s books and more. Paperbacks are available for $2, hardback books for $3 and children’s books for $1. 10am to 2pm.
  • Ars Lyrica presents Maria’s Magical Musical Adventure at Rothko Chapel | Saturday, April 1 | FREE with registration – Part of Menil’s Neighborhood Community Day, this family-friendly performance includes a reading of the children’s book with string accompaniment by the Ars Lyrica ensemble. The book will be available for purchase. Free with registration. 1pm and 3pm.
  • Samantha San Miguel at Barnes & Noble Woodlands Mall | Tuesday, April 4 | No Cover – The author signs and discusses her middle-grade novel, Spineless, about an aspiring naturalist trying to save a species from exotic collectors. 6pm.
  • Blue Willow Bookshop presents Jeanette Walls at St. Thomas Presbyterian Church | Monday, April 10 – The author of The Glass Castle comes to Houston to celebrate her new novel, Hang the Moon. $29; includes a signed copy of the book. 7pm.
  • Ling Ling Huang in conversation with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton at Murder by the Book | Thursday, April 13 | No Cover – Huang, a violinist and the author of Natural Beauty discusses her work with Mouton, Houston’s first Black poet laureate, educator and activist. Copies of Natural Beauty are available for sale at the event ($27); guests who would like them autographed must purchase copies of the book from the store. 6:30pm.
  • NAHSE Houston Scholarship Committee Brunch & Books at Dish Society | Saturday, April 15 | No Cover – The Houston chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives hosts this event to raise money for its scholarship fund. Bring a new or gently used to book to exchange with other participants. Food purchases are on you. Space is limited and registration is required. 11am to 1pm.
  • Inprint Houston presents Leila Mottley at Alley Theatre | Monday, April 17 – The Booker Prize finalist will read selections from her new debut novel, Nightcrawling. A conversation with ABC-13’s Melanie Lawson follows. Books will be available for purchase at the event. $5. 7:30pm.
  • Mark Oshiro in conversation with N.E. Davenport at Kindred Stories | Saturday, April 22 | FREE – Oshiro, a mystery and fantasy author, discusses his book, Into the Light with sci-fi and fantasy writer N.E. Davenport. Copies of Into the Light are available for sale in advance and at the event ($20). 6pm.
  • Independent Bookstore Day at Multiple Locations | Saturday, April 29 – This national event celebrates independent bookstores around the country, noting their essential presence in our communities. Around Houston, head to Brazos Bookstore, Blue Willow Bookshop, Kindred Stories, and Murder by the Book, among others, to shop these carefully curated collections by well-read and enthusiastic book lovers. Times vary.
  • Book Sale at Smith Marks Library | Saturday, April 29 | No Cover – Head out to this Katy branch of the Harris County Public Library to shop a selection of fiction, nonfiction, children’s titles and more. 10am to 4pm.
  • Justin Cronin in conversation with Mimi Swartz at Brazos Bookstore | Saturday, April 29 – The bestselling author of The Passage talks about his latest novel, The Ferryman, with award-winning journalist and Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Swartz. Their discussion is part of the bookstore’s Independent Bookstore Day celebration. $30; includes a copy of The Ferryman. 6:30pm.

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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 Things to Do in Houston, her work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Galveston Monthly and Houston Woman. She is also a regular contributor to Eater.com's Houston site. She earned her B.A. in mass communication with a minor in professional writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her M.A. in communication studies with an emphasis in journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. A native Rhode Islander, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, published by Bright Sky Press.