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Read this: Books written by authors with ties to Fort Worth

Whether you’re looking for your next leisure read, a book for the whole family, or a thrilling fictional novel, we’ve got a list of books written by local authors in Cowtown.

Leaves Book and Tea Shop

Stop by Leaves Book and Tea Shop to get your 2023 reading list started. | Photo by @leavesbooktea

Table of Contents

What’s better than a good book? A good book written by your neighbor (or former neighbor). Brew up a batch of your favorite tea or coffee and get ready to meet your next read, because we’re talking about locally written books in Fort Worth.


  • Woman of Light” by Kali Fajardo-Anstine | Release date: June 7, 2022 | Luz Lopez has visions of family secrets in this multigenerational Western saga.
  • The Last Housewife” by Ashley Winstead | Release date: Aug. 16, 2022 | A Texas woman must destroy a powerful cult in this chilling thriller.
  • Portrait of a Thief” by Grace D. Li | Release date: April 5, 2022 | Harvard senior Will Chen must put together a heist crew to steal five priceless pieces of Chinese art.

For the family

  • Goodnight Cowtownby Jennifer Gaines Dez | Release date: Jan. 1, 2011 | Say sweet dreams to local icons like the Stockyards, Joe T. Garcia’s, Sundance Square, and the Trinity River.
  • Man Made Monstersby Andrea Rogers | Release date: Oct. 4, 2022 | The Cherokee writer makes her young adult debut with a series of short stories that track horrors throughout centuries.
  • Maxine’s New Jobby Lynda Jones-Mubarak | Release date: May 1, 2018 | Maxine Hill’s inquisitive young mind helps her solve mysteries around her neighborhood. The series is available in English and Spanish.

Learn something new

Part of a series

  • Phoenixby Kimberly Packard | Release date: Jan. 3 2018 | A criminal past and a woman on the run — pick up this thrilling series for a bit of suspense.
  • The Outcastsby Misty Hayes | Release date: Dec. 9, 2017 | Mystical relics, powerful vampires, and strange allies make up the first installment of The Blood Dagger series.
  • Second Actby Marsha R. West | Release date: March 19, 2015 | A Fort Worth nonprofit board member turns up dead and it’s up to homicide detective Mike Riley to crack the case.

Personal stories

Need more recommendations? Stop by Leaves Book and Tea Shop, Barber’s Bookstore, and The Dock Bookshop to get expert advice from Fort Worth’s local booksellers. 📚

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