The Next Week at BookPeople. Seriously. This is All Happening in ONE WEEK.

October is a busy month for us events-wise, and the last two weeks of October are two of our busiest weeks of the year. As we do year-round, we’re working hard right now to bring a wide variety of authors to Austin for you to meet face-to-face, ask a question, shake a hand, share a story.

To keep our heads straight, and to help you figure out who to see when, here’s a run down of what’s coming up for the rest of October:

Thursday, October 20, 7p (that’s tonight!) – Erin Morgenstern speaking & signing The Night Circus

We LOVE this book.  LOVE IT!  To demonstrate our affections, we’re turning our second floor into our own BookPeople Night Circus, replete with wonders and delicacies galore. If you haven’t yet encountered the vivid writing, eccentric characters, and magical setting of this book yet, tonight’s a great time to pick up a copy and get started reading – right after you grab a bag of popcorn, nibble a chocolate mouse, have your fortune told, marvele at the contortionist, and of course meet the author.


Friday, October 21, 7p – Chuck Klosterman speaking & signing The Visible Man

Always one of our favorite authors to host, this time we’re particularly keen to welcome Klosterman because this new novel is set in Austin – and its characters come to BookPeople!  No joke.  They also go to Waterloo. If you frequent either of these Austin landmarks, it’s entirely possible that you’re in this book. In spirit.


Saturday, October 22, 7p – Daniel Woodrell in conversation with Craig Johnson, with special guest Frank Bill

MysteryPeople’s Scott M. has been a big fan of Woodrell’s for a long time, so he and all of us here are especially appreciating Woodrell’s rise to fame with the novel-turned-Academy Award-nominated film Winter’s Bone. He’ll be here to talk about his latest, the collection of shorts stories The Outlaw Album. This evening is particularly once-in-a-lifetime because Woodrell will be joined by one of his good friends (and ours), Craig Johnson. As if that’s not enough, yet another one of our favorite new authors (check out Crimes in Southern Indiana if you haven’t already) is joining them, Mr. Frank Bill. How will we contain them and all of their banter in one room??!!


Sunday, October 23, 7p – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, aka The Yarn Harlot, speaking & signing All Wound Up

Knitters, bring whatever project you’re currently working on and get those needles clacking while Stephanie’s here to tell us about her new book! Her events always bring out a great crowd, so don’t miss it!




Monday, October 24, 7p – Lisa Fain speaking & signing The Homesick Texan Cookbook

I recently made recipes from this cookbook. They’re delicious. And spicy. And delicious. Lisa Fain is a local favorite, with an incredibly popular blog that inspired this book, The Homesick Texan. The good folks at edible Austin magazine are curating this event, which is always a good time, AND we’ll have fine brews on hand from Saint Arnold Brewing Company. If you’re into Texas cooks, Texas food, Texas magazines about Texas food, Texas bookstores – if you have any affinity for the state of Texas at all, you don’t want to miss this event.  Signed cookbooks like this one make great gifts for the Texan(s) in your life……



Tuesday, October 25, 7p – Justin Torres speaking & signing We the Animals

Torres’ debut novel about three young boys growing up in a dysfunctional household in upstate New York gripped many of us here, and we can’t wait to welcome him to Austin to read from it. If you missed our Q&A with him earlier this week, catch it here.  Torres is a young writer to watch.




Wednesday, October 26, 7p – Donna Johnson speaking & signing Holy Ghost Girl

The New York Times recently reviewed this book and called it “a sure bet.”  Staffers here have read it and raved about it. It’s Johnson’s memoir about growing up as a traveling evangelical tent revivalist. Holy Rollers!  Adultery!  Salvation and Deception!  She’s a Texas gal now, so we’ll have lots of local folks at this event. Fascinating story. If you enjoy reading memoirs, you’ll want to pick this one up, it’s unlike any other.


Thursday, October 27, 7p – Jeffrey Eugenides speaking & signing The Marriage Plot

This new novel, Eugenides’ first since Middlesex, has made the rounds here and ignited quite a bit of discussion. The reviews, interviews, and articles about this book are plentiful in great, wide internet right now, and all of them are rich with the sort of literary discussion you hope a new novel will foster in this country. We’re proud to be able to welcome Eugenides here in Austin. If you go to one event this year, make it this one. Or the Night Circus. Or Klosterman. Or Woodrell. Or Homesick Texan. Okay. You get it.



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