Top Houston Book and Author Events: November 2022

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Chef Nigella Lawson talks about her new book at the Wortham Center this month | Courtesy of Nigella Lawson

Dive into virtual and live book events, the latest author appearances and more with our round-up of book and literature events happening in Houston in November 2022.

November marks the final events of the 50th Jewish Book and Arts Festival, while aspiring writers have the opportunity to meet with fellow writers for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), as well as several other events that shine a spotlight on Houston’s literary soul.

Here’s the recap of what’s happening in Bayou City this month:

Top 12 Book and Author Events in Houston: November 2022

  • 50th Jewish Book and Art Festival at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center | Until Saturday, November 5th – This annual event, celebrating its 50th anniversary, has something for everyone. Highlights include authors Liza Wiemer and Samantha A. Vinokor-Meinrath at a Wednesday night teen session to discuss their books, which explore classroom dynamics surrounding the Holocaust and the coming of age of American Jewish Generation Z, respectively. There are also family days and more author appearances, including actress Jennifer Grey, who talks about her life and work in her new memoir out of the cornerwhich should be a must for Dirty dancing fans. Prices vary depending on the individual event; A pick three pass is $38 and a full festival pass is $110. Times vary.
  • NaNoWriMo at the Freed-Montrose neighborhood library | Tuesday 1st November | FREE – Calling all writers to kick off National Novel Writing Month by stopping by to collaborate on your masterpiece with like-minded writers. Free with registration. 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton with Kiese Laymon at Kindred Stories | Thursday 3 November | no cover – Author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton joins Kindred Stories in Third Ward to discuss her novel, On the roof, the story of a mother who dreams of musical fame for her three daughters, clashes with the daughters’ dreams for themselves. Free; Books can be purchased at the event. 19 o’clock.
  • Imprint Cool heads! presents Tae Keller at Meyerland PVA Middle School | Sunday 6 November | no cover – The popular, 2021 Newberry Award-winning middle-class writer talks about her latest novel, Mihi forever, the story of three friends who find themselves in a fairytale world. After the discussion there will be a Q&A and a book signing. Books can also be purchased at the event. 3 pm.
  • Picture book boogie at the Woodlands Children’s Museum | Tuesday, November 8th – The museum celebrates Children’s Book Week with a range of activities and songs based on popular children’s books. Waldo, from where is waldo Fame will also occur. This event is recommended for children over the age of seven. $7.50 for children 1 year and older. 11 clock.
  • Author Lauren Nossett at Murder by the Book | Tuesday, November 8 | No cover – The author discusses and signs her debut novel, The similarity, an atmospheric thriller that begins with the death of a University of Georgia fraternity member who is beaten to death by someone who looks just like him. Detective Marlitt Kaplan gets the case that uncovers secrets and lies, forcing her to confront her own past. Books to be signed by the author must be purchased in store. 6:30 p.m.
  • Douglas Brinkley in the community of Emanu El | Thursday, November 10th – The renowned historian and Rice Professor talks about his latest work, The Quiet Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the Great Environmental Awakening. The book is an exploration of environmentalism in the 1960s and 1970s and how its roots resonate today. The audience can participate in a Q&A with the author, who will sign books after the discussion. $45 and up. 19:30 o’clock.
  • The Houston Public Library features Carla A. Harris in the Julia Ideson Building | Saturday November 12 | FREE – The best-selling author talks about her latest book, Lead to Win: How to Become a Strong, Impactful, and Influential Leader in Any Environment. The Blue Willow Bookshop will be on site selling copies of the book. The event is free, but registration is strongly recommended. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Writespace presents NaNoWriMo Planning Session at Melange Creperie | Sunday November 13 | no cover – Work alongside other writers in an afternoon at Creperie Heights. This gathering provides you with the perfect place to write alongside others working on their craft. Coffee, sweets and savory items are available for purchase to let your creativity run wild. 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Inprint presents Joy Harjo at Rice University’s Brockman Hall for Opera | Monday, November 14th – The US Poet Laureate will speak about her work and read from her collection, Weaving Sunset in Scarlet Light: 50 Poems for 50 Years. Copies of the book can be purchased at the event. $5. 19:30 o’clock.
  • Sergio Troncoso at the Brazos Bookstore | Tuesday, November 15 | no cover – The author signed and discussed Nobody is a pilgrim, winner of the Gold Medal for Best Adventure or Drama Novel at the International Latino Book Awards. Described as No country for old men meets infection, it’s the story of a group of teenagers on the run who try to escape their circumstances, only to be stalked by greater evils. Attendance at the event is free, but those wishing to have a copy of the book signed by the author must purchase it from the bookstore. Note: Masks are mandatory for participation in the event. 6:30 p.m.
  • A night out with Nigella Lawson at the Wortham Center | Sunday, November 27th – The internationally acclaimed chef and food writer is coming downtown to talk about her latest book, Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes and Stories. The Brazos Bookstore will also be there for book purchases. $29 and up. 6:30 p.m.

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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, art and interesting people for various local and regional publications. In addition to 365 things to do in Houstonher work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Magazine of the City of Bayou, Downtown, Galveston monthly and Houston woman. She is also a regular contributor to the Houston-based Eater.com website. She earned her BA in Mass Communications with a minor in Professional Writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her MA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. She is from Rhode Island and has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Foundation Stone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Churchpublished by Bright Sky Press.

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