Friday, August 11, 2017

Fall forecast: A whopper of a storm of literary events

The fall hurricane season has barely begun, but a storm of autumn literary events is scheduled to hit North Texas – right now! There’s so much going on, I’ll only track events through September in this post, with more to come later.

August 12: (Yes, that’s tomorrow!) Dallas’ newest indie bookstore, Interabang, hasn’t even had its grand opening, and it’s already launched a line of name brand authors, including today’s appearance by Will Clarke at 7 p.m. Clarke will read from his new novel, The Neon Palm of Madame Melancon. The store’s located at 10720 Preston Road in Dallas, in the shopping center at the northeast corner of Preston and Royal. Free, but with books available for purchase and signing.

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August 13: This is the 45th anniversary year of Dallas-based Half Price Books, and the flagship store at 5803 E. Northwest Highway in Dallas, has been rolling out author signings  galore to celebrate. August 13, local authors Farahana Kassam and Wayne Peterson sell and sign their books from 1-3 p.m. at the flagship store. See the site and below for more Half Price events.

August 15: The Interabang action keeps rolling Tuesday, August 15, with an appearance by Joe Tone, author of Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream. 7 p.m., 10720 Preston Road.

August 15: Authors LIVE! presents Howard Merkel, author of The Kelloggs: The Battling Brother of Battle Creek, at 7 p.m. in Wesley Hall of Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. Free, but books available for purchase and signing. Or RSVP at (?) for a 6 p.m. author’s reception for $30, which includes a signed copy of the book. See the site for upcoming authors – and more about that below.

August 17: Missed Will Clarke at Interabang (or just can’t get enough)? Catch him at the Wild Detectives bookstore, 314 W. Eighth Street, Dallas. See the site for more bookish events, including authors tours and book club discussions.

August 24: The Dallas Morning News partners with SMU Reads for  Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond. Join the online discussion August 21-25 at and hear Desmond in person, 6 p.m. August 24 at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium. The program is free, but signed books will be available for sale. RSVP at

August 24: New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross visits Half Price Books, 5803 E. Northwest Highway, Dallas, at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of his historical thriller, The Saboteur. Books available for purchase through the store while supplies last.

August 26: Celebrate African-American culture at the Tulisoma Book Fair, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with poetry, theater, book signings and more. At the African American Museum of Dallas, 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas (inside Fair Park). Free admission and parking.

September 9-11: At last, the grand opening of Interabang bookstore climaxes with an appearance September 11 by guest of honor Ann Patchett. The author most recently of Commonwealth, Patchett is also co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, and an advocate for independent bookstores. Although information is not yet on the Interabang site, manager Jeremy Ellis tells me by email that Patchett will attend the grand opening party September 11 from 6-9 p.m. and speak briefly at about 7 p.m. Signed books will be available at the store.

September 24: The Dallas Museum of Arts opens its new Arts & Letters Live season as international bestselling author Ken Follett arrives to discuss the latest in his historical saga, A Column of Fire, 7:30 p.m. in First United Methodist Church of Dallas, 1928 Ross Avenue (across from the museum). Tickets start at $60 for the public (includes one copy of the book).  See the site for details and other ticket options. Other blockbuster authors on the lineup include Michael Chabon, photographer Annie Leibovitz, Dan Rather, Dan Brown, and more! See the site for specifics.

September 26: Richardson Reads One Book each year, and 2017’s is Sing for Your Life, by Daniel Bergner. Lecture and book signing at 7:30 p.m. at Richardson High School, 1250 W. Beltline Road, in Richardson. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Free tickets available at the Richardson Public Library, 900 Civic Dr., Richardson, Texas, beginning at 10 a.m., September 5.

Did I say only events through September? Here’s one more I can’t resist mentioning:

October 4: Art Garfunkel appears at Authors LIVE! in partnership with Friends of SMU Libraries and Friends of the Highland Park Library, to discuss and sign What is All But Luminous. At Wesley Hall of Highland Park UMC, this one is requires a $28 ticket, which includes a copy of the book. A portion of the proceeds benefit the libraries.

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