Author Talks & Book Signings

Author Talk: Camille Acker
Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 5:30 PM 
Smith Neighborhood Library


In the debut short story collection, Training School for Negro Girls, black girls and women learn the rules of love, power, and respectability—and how to break them—in the shifting landscape of Washington DC. 

Author Camille Acker will read excerpts from her book that deftly explores the dynamics of race, gender, and class, and will sign copies following the presentation.


Meet Author Christina Uss
Friday, November 16, 2018 | 10 AM 
Central Library | Program Place


Author Christina Uss reads excerpts from her book The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle, a Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2019-20 selection. A self-proclaimed introvert, Ms. Uss deftly explores how introverts like Bicycle can be misunderstood as unfriendly or shy or even lonely, when they really like people - just not huge amounts of them for huge amounts of time. Bicycle’s cross country adventure helps her discover friendships, favorite activities, self-awareness and self-acceptance.

About The Author
Christina Uss has ridden her bicycle across the United States both lengthwise and widthwise, and has worked as an adventure tour guide in fifteen states, leading cyclists of all ages through various mountains’ majesty and all kinds of fruited plains. Even more than pedaling across state lines, Christina loves books, especially ones that remind us all that the world is wonderful, weird place. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her family and will always wave hello if she sees you out riding.


Author Talk: Duncan Tonatiuh
Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 2 PM
Collier Regional Library


Meet Duncan Tonatiuh (toh-nah-tee-YOU)! The author-illustrator of several award-winning books for children, including The Princess and the WarriorFunny BonesSeparate Is Never EqualDiego Rivera: His World and Ours and Dear Primo

Following the presentation, copies of his latest book, Undocumented, will be available for purchase and signing.

All Houston Public Library events are free and open to the public.


South Asian Book Awards Presentation: Celebrating Bravery and Persistence 2018 Award Recognition and Author Roundtable Discussion
Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 2:30 PM
Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library

Celebrate the most recent winners of the South Asia Book Award at this very special author presentation. Their stories set in India and its diaspora, are inspiring narratives that will expose readers to South Asian history and culture. The event will also feature a discussion on the importance of diversity in children’s and young adult literature. Book sale and signing will follow the presentation.


Focus on the Author: James Baldwin
Sunday, November 18, 2018 | 2:30 PM
Central Library

Panel presentation with authors Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America) and Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years, winner of The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence), who has transformed his life from prison to pen. Moderator: Whitney Hu, National Book Foundation screening of I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck, follows the presentation.


Teen Authors at Your Library
Monday, November 19, 2018 | 4 PM
Heights Neighborhood Library

Have a favorite book or genre you obsess over? Here's your chance to meet an author and discover background secrets about characters and hidden plot details. Find out what it's like to put your imagination to paper, as authors share what got them started and keeps them going. Now featuring: A.G. Howard, Megan Shepherd, and Brigid Kemmerer.