BookPeople 2016 Author Event Preview

We’re gearing up to welcome a ton of great authors to BookPeople in 2016. We attempted to put them all into one blog post, but there’s a lot headed our way, y’all. Here are some of the highlights, with plenty more to come!

For a full listing of upcoming events, check out our website,

If you can’t attend the event and would like to order a signed copy of an event book, we can make that happen! We ship worldwide. Check each event’s page for details about ordering signed copies.

JEFF ABBOTT – The First Order
Tuesday, January 5 at 7PM

Join here at BookPeople as we welcome one of our favorite Austin authors, Jeff Abbott, to speak and sign his new thriller, The First Order. Jeff Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels. He is the winner of an International Thriller Writers Award (for the Sam Capra thriller The Last Minute) and is a three-time nominee for the Edgar award. Pre-order a signed copy.

Tuesday, January 12 at 7PM

We loved her as Nancy Botwin on Weeds, Amy Gardner on The West Wing, Ruth on Fried Green Tomatoes…we could go on and on. Now, we’re getting to know Mary Louise Parker as an author. Dear Mr. You is a collection of literary essays that take the form of letters Parker has penned to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today. We’re thrilled to see this Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-winning actress make her literary debut. Pre-order a signed copy.

Wednesday, January 13 at 7PM

Descent was one of our favorite books of 2015. We named it the second pick of our Trust Fall book club and were thrilled to see it meet critical acclaim nationwide. We’re very excited to welcome author Tim Johnston here to BookPeople to discuss this masterful literary thriller, now in paperback, that follows one family through the unthinkable – the disappearance of their teenage daughter. Pre-order a signed copy.


ERIC WEINER – The Geography of Genius
Friday, January 15 at 7PM

In his travel memoir The Geography of Bliss, former NPR and New York Times correspondent Eric Weiner took us from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author’s case, moments of “un-unhappiness.” Now, in The Geography of Genius, examines the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas, demonstrating how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. Pre-order a signed copy.

LINDSEY STIRLING – The Only Pirate at the Party
Saturday, January 16 at 7PM

A classically trained musician gone rogue, Lindsey Stirling is the epitome of independent, millennial-defined success: after being voted off the set of America’s Got Talent, she went on to amass more than ten million social media fans, record two full-length albums, release multiple hits with billions of YouTube views, and to tour sold-out venues across the world. She’ll be here to talk about her new book, The Only Pirate at the Party, and sign books. Tickets Now Available.

DAYMOND JOHN – The Power of Broke
Friday, January 22 at 6PM

Shark Tank star, Daymond John hatched an idea for a creative campaign that eventually launched the FUBU brand into a $6 billion dollar global phenomenon. Over the last 20 years, Daymond has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to one of the most sought after branding experts, business, and motivational speakers in the country. Pre-order a signed copy.

KIERA KASS – The Siren
Thursday, January 28 at 7PM

We’re thrilled to welcome Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, to BookPeople with a captivating stand-alone fantasy romance. Kahlen the Ocean siren has spent a lifetime following the rules–but when she falls in love with a humankind, she’s determined to follow her heart.  Pre-order a signed copy.

IAN RANKIN – Only Dogs in the Wild
Sunday, January 31 at 3PM

From Ian Rankin, bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus books, comes Even Dogs in the Wild, a complex, twisty tale that only Rankin can tell. Even Dogs in the Wild brings back Rankin’s greatest characters in a story that delves into the darkest corners of our instincts and desires. Pre-order a signed copy.

STEPHEN HARRIGAN – A Friend of Mr. Lincoln
Wednesday, February 3 at 7PM

From Austinite Stephen Harrigan, author of the beloved novel The Gates of the Alamo, comes a galvanizing portrait of Abraham Lincoln during a crucially revealing period of his life, the early Springfield years, when he risked both his sanity and his ethical bearings as he searched for the great destiny he believed to be his. Pre-order a signed copy. 


MO DAVIAU – Every Anxious Wave
Wednesday, February 10 at 7PM

Former BookPerson Mo Daviau has written a funny, fabulous new novel about indie rock and time travel! She’ll be here to celebrate with her Austin crew. Join us as we welcome Mo home with a great, big, BookPeople event. This is one of the must-read debut novels on our list this year! Pre-order a signed copy.

PIERCE BROWN – Morning Star
Sunday, February 14 at 3PM

We’re thrilled to welcome Pierce Brown, mega-bestselling author of Red Rising and Golden Sun, with the third and final book in the Red Rising trilogy, Morning Star. We had a great time hanging out with Pierce at the 2015 Texas Teen Book Festival and cannot wait to hear him talk about his new book right here at BookPeople. The speaking portion of the event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Morning Star from BookPeople. Books and tickets for the signing are now available to pre-order.

LINCOLN PEIRCE – Big Nate Blasts Off!
Tuesday, February 23 at 6PM

We’re super stoked to welcome back cartoonist Lincoln Peirce with the eighth novel in his bestselling series for young readers, Big Nate Blasts Off! Bring your fans of Big Nate, Wimpy Kid, Timmy Failure and Dork Diaries down to the store tonight to learn about the latest Nate adventure! Pre-order a signed copy.


Wednesday, February 24 at 7PM

From National Book Award-nominated author Dennis Covington comes an examination of faith, violence and culture. Traveling to countries that have unsettled borders and religious strife in common–Syria, Mexico, Israel, and the American South, to name a few–Covington searches for answers, looking not for doctrines, creeds, or beliefs–which, he says, can be irrational, contradictory, and dangerous–but for faith. Pre-order a signed copy.

Monday, March 14 at 7PM

MysteryPeople is thrilled to welcome Jeffery Deaver to BookPeople to share his new thriller, The Steel Kiss. Deaver is a true master of the genre. He’s a #1 international bestselling author of over 30 novels sold in over 150 countries. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of today’s most popular thriller writers! Pre-order a signed copy.

ZACH ANNER – If At Birth You Don’t Succeed
Monday, March 21 at 7PM

Austin comedian Zach Anner lives by the mantra: when life gives you wheelchair, make lemonade. He has captured the heart of many through his videos and talks. We’re thrilled to have this one-of-a-kind individual here at BookPeople this evening to speak and sign his new memoir. This is the unlikely but not unlucky story of a man who couldn’t safely open a bag of Skittles, but still became a fitness guru with fans around the world. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll fall in love with the Olive Garden all over again, and learn why cerebral palsy is, definitively, “the sexiest of the palsies.” Books and tickets for the signing are now available to pre-order.

KARAN MAHAJAN – The Association of Small Bombs
Tuesday, March 22 at 7PM

If you’re a fan of authors such as Mohsin Hamid, Dave Eggers, Arundhati Roy, and Teju Cole then Karan Mahajan is the author for you. Come on over this evening as he speaks and signs his new work, The Association of Small Bombs, an expansive and deeply humane novel that is at once groundbreaking in its empathy, dazzling in its acuity, and ambitious in scope. This is one event you’re not going to want to miss! Pre-order a signed copy.


Wednesday, March 23 at 7PM

Bound in one of the year’s most emotionally striking covers, A Life Life was a book talked about continuously throughout 2015. The tale of four college friends’ journey through adulthood in New York made Yanagihara a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award, and won her the 2015 Kirkus Prize. We’re honored to have her in our store with a A Little Life, which she will discuss with Kirkus Reviews Editor-in-Cheif Clay Smith. Pre-order a signed copy.

RICK BASS – For A Little While
Monday, March 28 at 7PM

Long admired for his lyrical prose and environmental activism, multiple award winning author Rick Bass visits our store to speak and sign his new collection of short stories For a Little While. Pre-order a signed copy.

Wednesday, March 30 at 7PM

Over 100 hundred years ago the British passenger ship set sail from New York and was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland. Bestselling author Erik Larson (Devil in the White City, In the Garden of Beasts) will visit BookPeople to speak about his bestselling book Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, and the tragedy and loss on that day. Pre-order a signed copy.

One thought on “BookPeople 2016 Author Event Preview

  1. Great line up! I’m anxiously awaiting the date for the wonderfully creative & beloved by millions worldwide…literally!…Susan Branch to be added to the list. Her long awaited book about Martha’s Vineyard will be joining her previous 2 best sellers A Fine Romance & The Fairy Tale Girl. Please let us all know as soon as possible when she’s scheduled! We’re coming from all over the State! And even farther…further?…love yall!

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