If youve ever fantasized about returning to the era of Pariss famed literary salons, when local writers gathered in cafes to languidly discuss work and life, then you should head over to Brazos Bookstore for Local Authors Day, a gathering of Houstons finest wordsmiths. Sure, its not the Left Bank, but the general idea celebrating the written word and the joy of creativity is the same. Childrens books authors, like The Wild Texas Stampede writer Margaret McManis and No Pigs Brain Soup, Please scribe Gail Greenberg, will mix with poets like Ken Jones and memoirists like Rita Heck, whose Stars, Strippers & Presidents documents her interactions with celebrities like Mel Torme and one-time boyfriend Jack Palance. Come for the stories, and stay for the inspiration; after all, if youre suffering from writers block, theres nothing like a room full of success stories to get you going. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit www.brazosbookstore.com. Free.
Sat., Feb. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2009