Our fall events calendar is jam packed with incredible authors. We wish we could fit them all in one blog post….but holy pajamas, we have a LOT of events happening from September to December. We’ve highlighted as many as possible for one blog post, but know that we still have some big surprises left to announce. These authors visit Austin because YOU come out to support them. Thank you for welcoming them and thank you for supporting your local independent bookstore!
We’ll have a round up of kids and YA events next week! You can check out every kids, YA and adult event on our calendar over on our website.
We are SO excited to welcome the author of the phenomenal, blockbuster, instant favorite picture book, The Day The Crayons Quit, with a brand new crayons story! Come dressed as your favorite color and help us build a BookPeople rainbow! Pose with crayons who will be live and in person, and bring your gently used crayons to donate to Crayon Collection for underfunded classrooms. Pre-order signed copies.
Long hailed for putting the memoir genre on the literary map, the bestselling author of The Liars’ Club will discuss the intricacies and nuances of writing about personal moments when she joins us with her much anticipated book, The Art of Memoir.
Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of The Art of Memoir from BookPeople. Books & tickets are now available to pre-order.
You won’t find him on Twitter but you will find the National Book Award-winning author, essayist, and notorious birder in our store with his edgiest novel yet. A dark-hued comedy, Purity is an epic of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder set in landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Pre-order a signed copy.
The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Purity from BookPeople.
Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa–the winningest high school football team in Texas history when Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Buzz Bissinger joins us with the 25th Anniversary Edition of Friday Night Lights. With a new afterword that not only updates the story but also offers a sure-to-be controversial assessment of the state of football today, we still have a lot to learn from this important journalist. Pre-order signed copies.
AUDREY & DON WOOD, Full Moon at the Napping House
Monday, September 21 at 7PM
We are simply over the moon to welcome the creators of one of our favorite picture books of all time, The Napping House! After 30 years (and over 2.1 million copies sold), Don and Audrey Wood have written and illustrated The Full Moon at the Napping House, the perfectly crafted companion to a beloved classic. In The Full Moon at the Napping House, persistent moonlight is keeping everyone in the house from sleeping. Finally, a surprise musically gifted visitor sends sleepy Granny, her energetic grandson, and their menagerie off to dreamland. Don and Audrey will read us their new story, do an illustration demonstration and sign our books! Join us!
Pre-order signed copies.
The Bloggess is back! We had the time of our lives when Jenny Lawson was here with Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. In September she’ll be here to speak and sign Furiously Happy, her hysterical, ridiculous new book about crippling depression and anxiety. HA! HA! No, seriously, this will be fun. Don’t miss this great, big celebration of a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are – the beautiful and the flawed – and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Pre-order signed copies.
We’re huge fans of Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs, and the wonderfully brilliant, The Drunken Botanist, so we’re thrilled to have Amy Stewart back in our store with her debut novel, Girl Waits with Gun, about the real life Kopp sisters and their run-in with the dubious factory owner Henry Kaufman. Learn how one woman confronted her past and defended her family in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared. Pre-order a signed copy.
We’re honored to welcome Chelsea Clinton to our store with a new book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today and gives readers a deep understanding of the world around them. Through photographs and stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small, It’s Your World will inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place.
Clinton will give a brief welcome at this event and then sign books. Tickets are required for the signing and are only available from BookPeople.
Drawing on her long friendship and musical relationship with fellow musician Vic Chesnutt, Kristin Hersh (founder of the band Throwing Muses and bestselling author of Rat Girl) has penned a moving memoir that reaches across genres. Describing their mutual love of songwriting and difficulties grappling with various mental health issues, Hersh has written definitive account of a musician others found difficult to understand, let alone be with. Pre-order a signed copy.
Yes, you read that right. ELVIS COSTELLO is coming HERE to BookPeople to discuss his new memoir, Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink, with Evan Smith of Overheard with Evan Smith. We are BESIDE ourselves, y’all.
Mark your calendars: tickets to this event will go on sale August 21 via bookpeople.com. Tickets will include a pre-signed copy of Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. (There will not be a public signing.)
This is a promise: Garth Hallberg will be one of the year’s most talked about debut novelists with one of the most buzzed about books of the season. From the downtown punk scene to the glitz of moneyed Manhattan, from Central Park on New Year’s Eve to the infamous blackout of 1977, City on Fire weaves a dynamic portrait of the city through a series of interlocking characters. This is an ambitious work, the type of novel you live inside of and are reluctant to let go. Pre-order a signed copy.
Tonight our main man with the creative plan Austin Kleon is here with his new book, The Steal Like an Artist Journal, an interactive journal and all-in-one logbook to get your creative juices flowing and keep record of your ideas and discoveries. The Steal Like an Artist Journal is the next step in your artistic journey. Pre-order a signed copy.
You are cordially invited to an evening of marvelous mischief, spectacular storytelling, and feats of bookish brilliance heretofore unseen in the city of Austin! Brian Selznick, bestselling author and illustrator of Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, will take the stage at Westlake Performing Arts Center on to present his latest creation, The Marvels.
Tickets to this event grant admission to the show on October 24th, include a copy of The Marvels, and serve as your invitation to an exclusive September 15th release event for The Marvels here at BookPeople.
In his trio of critically acclaimed, bestselling novels–The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land–Richard Ford illuminated the zeitgeist of an entire generation through the divinings and wit of his now-famous literary chronicler, Frank Bascombe. Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the iconic Bascombe returns in four deftly linked stories. Order a signed copy.
We’re so excited to welcome Leigh Bardugo to BookPeople on her Magic and Mayhem tour for Six of Crows! We love the Grisha Trilogy and can’t wait to dive into Six of Crows, a stand alone novel takes place in the Grisha universe. Bardugo will appear in conversation with fellow YA author Julie Murphy, whose new book, Dumplin’, will also soon be on our shelves. We’re cooking up plenty of magic and mayhem tonight! Join us!
Pre-order signed copies.
This fiery autobiographical novel from highly acclaimed bestselling author Jack Gantos captures a pivotal week or two in the life of fourteen-year-old Jack Gantos, as the author reveals the moment he began to slide off track as a kid who in just a few years would find himself locked up in a federal penitentiary for the crimes portrayed in the memoir Hole in My Life.
Pre-order signed copies.
If you’ve never enjoyed history, you’ve never read Sarah Vowell. We’re stoked to have “The Madonna of Americanah” (LA Times) and Assassination Vacation author school us on Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Join us for an insightful and hilarious portrait of a nation’s idealism and its reality. Order a signed copy.
The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States from BookPeople.
The the author of the award-winning novel House of Leaves will be here with the second book in his experimental The Familiar series, Into the Forest. The lives of the disparate and dynamic nine characters introduced in One Rainy Day in May begin to intersect in inexplicable ways. What once seemed remote and disconnected is moving toward something inevitable. Pre-order a signed copy.
Mary Gaitskill is a staff favorite in our store. We love her for her gorgeous and daring novels, like Two Girls, Fat and Thin and the National Book Award finalist Veronica. A story from her first collection, Bad Behavior, inspired the movie Secretary, which Gaitskill called “the Pretty Woman version, heavy on the charm and a little too nice.” We love her for that too. Pre-order a signed copy.
Nigella Lawson, internationally-renowned chef, journalist, and cooking show host, is bringing her latest cookbook to BookPeople! Making and eating food should be a pleasurable experience, and in Simply Nigella, Lawson offers a calm and glad celebration of food to soothe and uplift.
One of modern American literature’s most accomplished and celebrated writers, John Irving’s novels have endeared him as a master of his craft and in a league few authors have ventured. He’s the recipient of the National Book Award as well as an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his own novel, The World According to Garp. His new novel, Avenue of Mysteries, explores the familiar themes of fate and memory we’ve come to admire when cracking the spine of one of his books.
BookPeople is pleased to welcome John Irving to Austin’s Riverbend Centre to discuss Avenue of Mysteries. Tickets are now on sale and include a copy of Avenue of Mysteries.
We are honored to welcome acclaimed Chilean author Isabel Allende with her new novel, The Japanese Lover. Allende’s books, all written in her native Spanish, have been translated into more than 35 languages and have sold more than 65 million copies. The Japanese Lover is a love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War.
Tickets are now available and include a signed copy of the book. Priority seating at this event will be reserved for the first 100 ticket holders.
Tonight Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion, turns his eye to recent President and Texas native, George Herbert Walker Bush. Both a sweeping and intimate biography of the 41st President, Meacham paints a vivid and affecting portrait of a man from the Greatest Generation.
The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Destiny and Power from BookPeople.
As any professional musician will tell ya, tonight’s author’s impact on the Austin music scene, on the Texas music scene, and on the music scene of the south is incalculable. Encouraged by Willie Nelson to make Austin his home back in the 70s, Benson brought his Western swing from the north with his band Asleep at the Wheel and is embraced as a Texas son.
The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Comin’ Right at Ya from BookPeople.
You know Morrie, but what about Frankie? Mitch Albom–author of six consecutive number-one New York Times bestsellers–is at it again, this time with an epic story of the greatest guitar player to ever live, and the six lives he changed with his magical blue strings.
This event is being held at Central Presbyterian Church. Tickets go on sale August 19 via bookpeople.com and include one signed copy of The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.
Sally Mann, one of the most talked about, celebrated modern photographers, has written a highly acclaimed memoir about family history, Hold Still. In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs, she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life. We’re thrilled to have her share the story in person with us.
The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public. Wristbands are required for the signing and available with the purchase of a copy of Hold Still from BookPeople.