Off-site Events

Author appearances not at BookPeople


Monday, July 25th at 7pm

MysteryPeople Presents
featuring authors

Dr. Knox Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307961273
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - July 12th, 2016

Burn What Will Burn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250083371
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minotaur Books - June 21st, 2016

Bangface and the Gloryhole Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692651605
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Weekly Weird Monthly - March 21st, 2016

1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime That Rocked the Capital Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626198401
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - March 9th, 2015

Yappy Hour @ the ABGB with The Dogist & Austin Pets Alive!

Thursday, November 12 6-8PM

BookPeople & Austin Pets Alive! Present

Instagram Sensation The Dogist
Elias Weiss Friedman

for a special Yappy Hour
at the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.!


The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579656713
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Artisan Publishers - October 20th, 2015

Noir at the Bar with Jamie Kornegay, George Weir, Bruce Rehburg, Jesse Sublett

Join us for another round of Noir at the Bar. We'll have four of the hippest hard boiled authors on the scene reading from and discussing their work at Opal Divine's (3601 S. Congress): Jamie Kornegay, George Weir, Bruce Rehburg, and Jesse Sublett. Come for the crime fiction, stay for a drink or two and kick back with another rowdy night of noir, Austin style. 


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Soil Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476750811
Availability: It's complicated. Place an order and we will contact you with the expected arrival date.
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 10th, 2015

November's Shadow: A Bodowski Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849823098
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MP Publishing - February 24th, 2015

1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime That Rocked the Capital Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626198401
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - March 9th, 2015

OFF SITE: Scott Blackwood @ Zilker Clubhouse - See How Small


Tuesday, January 27 6PM


Book Launch for
See How Small

at Zilker Clubhouse

Join us tonight at Zilker Clubhouse as we celebrate the launch of former Austinite Scott Blackwood's affecting new novel, See How Small. The book follows the survivors of the victims of one of the most brutal events in Austin's memory, the murder of four teenage girls working at an ice cream shop. Ben Fountain calls Blackwood's writing, "as fine as any being written today". We'll be on hand this evening as Blackwood reads from, talks about and signs copies of his new book.

The event is free for Library Foundation members, and tickets are $10 for non-members, available through the Library Foundation website: Sponsors include Jack White’s Third Man Records and Revenant Records; Little, Brown and Company; Texas Book Festival; and BookPeople.


One late autumn evening in a Texas town, two strangers walk into an ice-cream shop shortly before closing time. They bind up the teenage girls who are working the counter, set fire to the shop, and disappear. See How Small tells the stories of the survivors—family members, witnesses, and suspects—who must endure in the wake of atrocity. Each is shadowed by the promise of the past restored and the terrible beauty of their dreams, where they might bridge the gap between the living and the dead.


Scott Blackwood's previous novel, WE AGREED TO MEET JUST HERE, won a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award, the AWP Prize for the Novel, The Texas Institute of Letters Award for best work of fiction, and was a finalist for the Pen Center USA Award in fiction. The New York Times called his first book, IN THE SHADOW OF OUR HOUSE, “acute, nimble stories, an impressive, accomplished debut.” His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, Boston Review, Southwest Review, Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Journal, and The New York Times and been anthologized in Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing. His two narrative nonfiction books, THE RISE AND FALL OF PARAMOUNT RECORDS, VOLUMES I & II, tell the curious tale of a white-owned “Race record” label that began in a Wisconsin chair factory and changed American popular music forever. Co-produced by Jack White, the first Paramount book has been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award, featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, Sound Opinions, Charlie Rose, and in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and elsewhere. A former Dobie Paisano Fellow and long-time resident of Austin, Texas,  Blackwood now lives in Chicago and teaches fiction writing in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Southern Illinois University.

Can't make it to the event? You can order a signed, personalized copy of the book. Just mention in the comments field during checkout that you'd like a SIGNED COPY. Add the name for personalization and we'll take care of it for you!
Thank you for supporting Scott Blackwood and your local independent bookstore!
See How Small Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316373807
Availability: It's complicated. Place an order and we will contact you with the expected arrival date.
Published: Little Brown and Company - January 20th, 2015

OFF-SITE @ Threadgills: JOHN BYRNE COOKE - On the Road with Janis Joplin



BookPeople and Threadgills Presents
Wednesday, November 5 at 6PM

Award-winning Author
John Byrne Cooke

speaking & signing
On the Road with Janis Joplin

Threadgills on 6416 N. Lamar Blvd

Join us tonight at Threadgills as John Byrne Cooke reads from his latest book, On the Road with Janis Joplin. An intimate memoir that includes personal photographs from the roadmanager and filmmaker that was able to witness it all. In addition to the author speaking and signing his book, there will be a live performance from Floyd Domino in what is sure to be a fantastic evening of music and books. We hope to see you there!

About On the Road with Janis Joplin
In 1967, as the new sound of rock and roll was taking over popular music, John Byrne Cooke was at the center of it all. As a member of  D.A. Pennebaker’s film crew, he witnessed the astonishing breakout performances of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival that June. Less than six months later, he was on a plane to San Francisco, taking a job as road manager for Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. From then on, Cooke was Joplin’s road manager amid a rotating cast of musicians and personnel, a constant presence behind the scenes as the woman called Pearl took the world by storm.
Cooke was there when Janis made the difficult decision to leave Big Brother and form a new band. He was with her when the Kozmic Blues Band toured Europe in the spring of 1969, when they performed at Woodstock in August, and when Janis and Full Tilt Boogie took their famous Festival Express train trip across Canada. He accompanied Janis to her friend and mentor Ken Threadgill’s 70th birthday party, and was at her side when she attended her tenth high school reunion in Port Arthur, Texas.
This intimate memoir spans the years he spent with Janis, from her legendary rise to her tragic last days. Cooke tells the whole incredible story as only someone who lived it could.

John Byrne Cooke was Janis Joplin’s road manager from 1967 until her death. He is an award-winning author of four previous books, a performing musician with decades of experience, a photographer, and a filmmaker. He has written book reviews for the New York TimesWashington Post Book World, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

In order to have anything signed at a BookPeople event, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. If you purchase your book from BookPeople in advance of the event, please save your receipt and present it at the event. 

Thank you for supporting John Byrne Cooke, Threadgills and your local independent bookstore!

On the Road with Janis Joplin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425274118
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley Books - October 28th, 2014