First Look At Fall 2014 Author Events


Y’all, we are incredibly excited about the astounding array of authors who are coming to the store in the Fall! Get out your calendar, check this list, and don’t miss any of these events. We are overwhelmed and pleased that so many great authors are coming to BookPeople. We have the pleasure of putting on these events because y’all come out and support these wonderful authors. Thank you! We hope to see you here for these events!

This list is by no means exhaustive. To see more of the events happening here in the new year, check out our website. We’re adding new events every day. (What we have listed is here is a selection of what we’ve posted to our website so far. We’re working on the rest!) Sign up for our mailing list to receive all of our event announcements. 

And remember, if you can’t make it to BookPeople for an event, you can pre-order a signed, personalized copy of most event books via We ship all over the world!

KAREN MORGAN, The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free
Monday, September 8 at 7pm

Karen Morgan, famed chef and founder of Blackbird Bakery, is back with another irresistible cookbook full of gluten-free recipes. In The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free, Morgan tackles the fundamental secrets to delicious gluten-free recipes: the four flour blends and getting them right. Morgan transforms more than 100 favorite comfort foods into gluten-free delights. Pre-order a signed copy. 

LAWRENCE WRIGHT, Thirteen Days in September
Tuesday, September 23 at 7pm

Lawrence Wright, journalist and bestselling author of the groundbreaking book about Scientology, Going Clear, is back with a brand new book about the forces at play in the Middle East. He reveals the full extent of President Jimmy Carter’s persistence in pushing peace forward during an historic meeting at Camp David, the extraordinary way in which the participants at the conference–many of them lifelong enemies–attained it, and the profound difficulties inherent in the process and its outcome. Pre-order a signed copy.

SETH CASTEEL, Underwater Puppies
Wednesday, September 24 at 7pm

Canine fanatics, join us tonight when photographer and author of the huge bestseller, Underwater Dogs, is here with his follow-up, Underwater Puppies! In more than 80 previously unpublished portraits of underwater puppies, we see man’s best friends at their most playful and exuberant. Pre-order a signed copy.

The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing line. Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of Underwater Puppies from BookPeople. and are only available with the purchase of a copy of Underwater Puppies from BookPeople. 

ERIC SCHLOSSER, Command and Control
Thursday, September 25 at 7pm

Famed investigative journalist and bestselling author of Fast Food NationEric Schlosser, digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal. A ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age:  how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? Pre-order a signed copy.

MERRITT TIERCE speaking & signing Love Me Back
Monday, September 29 at 7pm 

Merritt Tierce, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree with an MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is here tonight to read from her new novel about a self-destructive watiress at an upscale Dallas steakhouse. Pulsing with fierce, almost feral energy, Love Me Back is an unapologetic portrait of a woman cutting a precarious path through early adulthood. Pre-order a signed copy.

PSEUDONYMOUS BOSCH speaking & signing Bad Magic
Saturday, September 27 at 2pm

Normally, we’d have lots to say, but for this event we truly have no idea. Who is this author? This Pseudonymous Bosch? No doubt some purveyor of imagination and a peddler of secretive and wonderful books! Rumor has it that Bosch will be wearing one of the rubber horse masks from our toy section for the entire reading. Or was it the pigeon mask? Such scandal! Such mystery! Welcoming the secret-holders, the spell-whisperers, and the readers of fantastic fictions, we know you don’t want to miss out on this event! Pre-order a signed copy.

SIMON WINCHESTER, The Men Who United the States
Thursday, October 2 at 7pm 

Simon Winchester comes to BookPeople today with his first book on the United States. Described as “an extraordinary, propulsive tale” by The Wall Street Journal, avid readers and historians will be treated to a new narrative on how the United States became “one nation, indivisible” and the thinkers, innovators, and explorers who helped bring together the diverse communities of a burgeoning nation. Pre-order a signed copy.

JOHN DARNIELLE, Wolf in White Van
Monday, October 6 at 7pm 

Writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats, John Darnielle, now makes his fiction debut with his new novel, Wolf in White Van. A highly regarded lyricist, Darnielle has created a story which Daniel Handler describes as “Quiet, mysterious, menacing, taking you places you will never, never get out of your head.” Pre-order a signed copy.

The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required to join the signing line. Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of Wolf in White Van from BookPeople.

 S.C. GWYNNE – Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
Wednesday, October 8 at 7pm

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and bestselling author of Empire of the Summer Moon, S.C. Gwynne comes to BookPeople with his latest book Rebel Yell. Written with Gwynne’s swift and vivid narrative, his latest book delves into the career of Stonewall Jackson, one of the most brilliant military minds in US history and an iconic figure of the Confederacy. Pre-order a signed copy.

B. J. NOVAK speaking & signing The Book With No Pictures
Thursday, October 9 at 6:30pm

B.J. Novak returns to BookPeople with a new book. We were skeptical when there weren’t pictures, but then– BLORK. Uh, excuse us. As we were saying– BLUURF. Hmm. This is embarassing. . . Well anyway, it’s  great book that you can’t help but read aloud BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and an event GLIBBITY GLOBBITY you don’t want to miss! Starting at 7PM! BLERF!

The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required to join the signing line. Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of The Book With No Pictures from BookPeople.

STEPHIN MERRITT, 101 Two-Letter Words
Friday, October 10 at 7pm 

Rolling Stone has called singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields the Cole Porter of his generation; O, The Oprah Magazine has hailed cartoonist Roz Chast as the wryest pen since Dorothy Parker’s. Together they have crafted a wonderfully witty book that is sure to prove useful to Scrabble players and Words With Friends addicts and to delight anyone in thrall to the weirder corners of the English language. Pre-order a signed copy.

The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required to join the signing line. Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of 101 Two-Letter Words from BookPeople.

RICK RIORDAN presents The Blood of Olympus
at Westlake Performing Arts Center

Monday, October 13 at 6pm

We’re so happy to have our good friend Rick Riordan back in town! Join us at Westlake Performing Arts Center for a special evening with Rick as he presents the fifth book in his Heroes of Olympus series, Blood of Olympus. Tickets are required to attend this event and are available in-store and via

JASPER FFORDE speaking & signing The Eye of Zoltar
Tuesday, October 14 at 7pm

Jasper Fforde, bestselling author of the Thursday Next series for adults, continues his exciting series for middle grade readers! The long-absent Mighty Shandar makes an astonishing appearance and commands 16-year-old Jennifer Strange to find the Eye of Zoltar, proclaiming that if she fails, he will eliminate the only two dragons left on earth. How can a teenage non-magician outdo the greatest sorcerer the world has ever known?

THUG KITCHEN, Eat Like You Give a F*ck
Thursday, October 16 at 7pm

The duo from LA comes to the land of breakfast tacos and BookPeople! From the digital frontier of the internet comes an analogue opportunity to utilize some great new recipes from the kitchen that cooks real f*cking food. Pre-order a signed copy.

The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required to join the signing line. Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of Thug Kitchen from BookPeople.

WALTER MOSLEY speaking & signing Rose Gold
Wednesday, October 22 at 7pm

A prolific author, Mosley brings us another from his Easy Rawlins series. With the kidnapping of the daughter of a weapons manuafacturer by Uhuru Nolica, the leader of a revolutionary cell and black ex-boxer, Easy Rawlins is drawn into a dangerous standoff in postwar Los Angeles. Pre-order a signed copy.

The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required to join the signing line. Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of Rose Gold from BookPeople.


WILLIAM GIBSON, The Peripheral
Sunday, November 2 at 5pm

William Gibson returns with his first novel since 2010’s New York Times–bestselling Zero History and we are proud to welcome him here to BookPeople. Cory Doctorow calls it, “Spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation that features all the eyeball kicks of Neuromancer and all the maturity and sly wit of Spook Country. It’s brilliant.” Pre-order a signed copy.

The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required to join the signing line. Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of The Peripheral from BookPeople Books & tickets are now available to pre-order via

CHRIS HADFIELD speaking & signing You Are Here
Wednesday, November 5 at 7pm

Chris Hadfield is one of the world’s most seasoned and accomplished astronauts and the author of the #1 international bestseller An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. Now, he brings us You Are here, a book of photographs encapsulates Hadfield’s singular eye for our world as it appears from above. Pre-order a signed copy.

GARTH STEIN speaking & signing A Sudden Light
Wednesday, November 12 at 7pm

BookPeople is pleased to welcome Garth Stein, the bestselling author of the beloved book The Art of Racing in the Rain, to Austin to share his new novel, A Sudden Light, about a boy who uncovers a vast legacy of family secrets as he tries to save his parents’ marriage. Pre-order a signed copy.

PETER YARROW speaking & signing Peter, Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life.
Friday, November 14 at 7pm

We’re thrilled to welcome legendary folk musician Peter Yarrow back to the store with a retrospective of the fifty year career of of his band, Peter, Paul and Mary. The book is full of beautiful photographs and stories from their early days during the folk movement in Greenwich Village through today. It’s a wonderful tribute to the late Mary Travers, whose own writings are interspersed throughout the book. This is a real treat for fans. Yarrow’s appearance is a real treat for us! We hope you can join us. Pre-order a signed copy.

JOHN CONNOLLY speaking & signing The Wolf in Winter
Tuesday, November 18 at 7pm

We’re so excited to welcome back bestselling author John Connolly! He joins us this evening with a new Parker thriller featuring a wealthy, sheltered community in Maine. Known for his Samuel Johnson and Charlie Parker series, Connolly is one of our all-time favorites and a fabulous live storyteller. Don’t miss it! Pre-order a signed copy.

JOHN FLANAGAN speaking & signing Scorpion Mountain
Friday, December 5 at 6pm

John Flanagan, bestselling author of the Ranger’s Apprentice middle grade series, joins us for the fifth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, Scorpion Mountain! We’re big fans of both his Brotherband and Ranger’s Apprentice series and to have both worlds collide is almost as exciting as having John back in-store. Prepare for assassins, Araluens, and adventure for this event, starting at 5PM. Pre-order a signed copy.

WALTER ISAACSON speaking & signing The Innovators
Wednesday, December 10 at 12:30pm 

Join us this afternoon for a riveting discussion with Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of the hugely popular biography Steve Jobs. In The Innovators, Isaacson, managing editor of Time magazine, reveals the story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? Pre-order a signed copy.

We have plenty more major event announcements to come! Check for updates or follow us online (@BookPeople on twitter; or join our mailing list.





One thought on “First Look At Fall 2014 Author Events

  1. So excited to see more middle grade authors will be visiting!! LOVE John Flanagan’s series, even though I am most definitely not a middle grader. But, alas, no Mo Willems this time around??? Bring back Mo!

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