Literary And Book Events In DFW

August 22, 2011 6:00 AM

Bookworms rejoice. There are a lot of book and literary events hitting the Dallas / Fort Worth area in the next few months. We’ve rounded up the best, so (book)mark these dates and get ready to add to your reading list.

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Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair: The Southwest African-American Experience in Books and Story
August 26  – 28
African American Museum (3536 Grand Ave., Dallas, TX)
Dallas Public Library (1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX)
South Dallas Cultural Center (3400 South Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX)

A literary festival promoting literacy and the arts in the South Dallas area, Tulisoma (Swahili for “we read”) is is bringing together authors, readers, aspiring writers and families  for readings, Q&As, community breakfasts, and performances to celebrate reading and literacy. Participating authors include James Ransome (The Creations, Uncle Jed’s Barbershop), Rosalyn McMillan (Knowing, Blue Collar Blues), Nicolle Pierce (The Sacred Sermon), and many others.

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FenCon VIII / DeepSouthCon 49
September 23 – 25
Crown Plaza North Dallas
14315 MIdway Road
Addison, TX

North Texas science fiction, fantasy literature and filk fans know that FenCon is the place to be this September. One of the biggest fan-run sci-fi and fantasy literary conventions, FenCon features writing panels, fan discussions, art shows and auctions, writers’ workshops and short story contests. Children can also enjoy a wide array of activities, play room, science discussions, and because they might want to start early, a mini-writer’s workshop.

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North Texas Book and Paper Show
October 15 – 16
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grapevine Convention Center
1209 South Main Street
Grapevine, TX
$5 (children are free)

If you’re a fan of rare and collectible books, then the North Texas Book and Paper Show is a can’t-miss event. Head to the Grapevine Convention Center to browse through the thousands of used, rare, collectibles, and first editions. You’ll find nonfiction and fiction books, cookbooks, illustrated books, Texana military, reference and history, as well postcards, autographs and posters. Hope you have space on your bookshelf!

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Dava Sobel at the Dallas Museum of Art
October 24, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX
$37; $32 reduced; $15 student

Former New York Times science writer and bestselling author of “Galileo’s Daughter” (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), Dava Sobel will discuss and read from her new book, “A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos” (available on September 27), which tells the story of Nicolaus Copernicus and the revolution he inspired. Sobel is known for her elegant, compelling style, and A More Perfect Heaven is already gaining rave reviews. Watch her talk about the book here.

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Chuck Pahlaniuk at the Dallas Museum of Art
October 25, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX
$25; $20 reduced; $10 student

Bestselling author Chuck Pahlaniuk is known for compelling novels that explore the dark side of human nature (The Fight Club, Choke). But his new novel, Damage, to be released in October, is his entry to the young adult genre. Pahlaniuk will talk about his new book, which features an 11-year-old narrator, Madison, who awakes to find herself dead in hell, meets other sinners, and learns the truth about her death and damnation. The book has bestseller written all over it, so get your tickets early to hear Pahlaniuk discuss and answer questions.

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Bookworm Bash

November 4 – 5
Addison Circle Park Pavilion
4970 Addison Circle Drive
Addison, TX
Free admission

Addison gets to celebrate North Texas’ avid readers with the Bookworm Bash to be he;ld at the Addison Circle Park Pavillion. The annual book sale features thousands of previously owned books, collected via donations throughout the year. All books–fiction and non-fiction titles, cookbooks, textbooks and even audiobooks–are form $1-$2. Bargain-hunting bookworms have walked away with boxes full of books in previous years, so get ready to browse.