The most comprehensive listing of book and author events, festivals, readings, lectures, workshops, and signings in the Lone Star State

Bookish Texas • Events Around the State

The most comprehensive listing of book and author events, festivals, readings, lectures, workshops, and signings in the Lone Star State

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FOR 4.15.2023 - 4.23.2023





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Bookish goings-on in Texas

compiled exclusively by Lone Star Literary Life


SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, Ghoulish Book Festival, April 14-16, 2023

*The Woodlands, Books on the Green, April 14-16, 2023

*Longview, Chautauqua Festival, April 15, 2023

*San Antonio, San Antonio Book Festival, April 15, 2023

*Lubbock, Lubbock Art Festival, April 15-16, 2023

*AustinTexas Library Association Annual Conference, April 19-22, 2023

*McAllen16th annual Rio Grande Valley International Poetry FestivalApril 20-23, 2023


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The DoSeum, Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit, through April 16, 2023

*Amarillo, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum, Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy (Humanities Texas), through April 22, 2023

*Coleman, Coleman Public Library, Lonesome Dove Exhibition (Humanities Texas), through April 28, 2023

*Dallas, Dallas College Library - Richland, Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texasthrough May 12, 2023

*Dallas, SMU Hillcrest Exhibit Hall, Fondren Library Gray, Lives of the Poets: Literary Biography from Geoffrey Chaucer to Amy Clampitt, through May 12, 2023

*Houston, The Printing Museum in Houston, Book Arts of Houston, through June 17, 2023

*Austin, Harry Ransom Center, Drawing the Motion Picture: Production Art and Storyboards, through July 16, 2023

*Austin, Harry Ransom Center, Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center, through August 20, 2023



SATURDAY, APRIL 15 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Granbury, Granbury Writers' Bloc, Spring Writers Workshop: The Strategic Power of Deep Editing with Margie Lawson, 9AM,
*San Antonio, Gemini Ink, Literary Movements with Rod Carlos Rodriguez, 9AM,
*San Antonio, San Antonio Book Festival, 9AM
*Mineola, Friends of the Mineola Public Library, Book Sale, 9AM
*The Woodlands, Buy the Book, Adult Book Fair with Local Indie Authors, 9:30AM,
*Abilene, Texas Star Trading, Author John Erickson signing, 10AM,
*Abilene, The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Workshop with Matthew Reinhart, 10AM,
*Dallas, Central Library, Writing Club, 10AM
*Euless, Euless Public Library & Euless Library Foundation, Spring Book Sale, 10AM,
*Longview, Chautauqua Festival, Various Local Authors signing, 10AM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Author visit by Debra Raso O'Connor (ANNABELLE BEE AND THE BUTTERFLY TREE), 10:30AM
Gemini Ink, The Art of Bad Poetry with Abby Murray, 11AM, ONLINE
*Haltom City, Haltom City Public Library, Local Author Fest, 11AM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author Cheryl Pena signing, 11AM,
*Dallas, White Rock Hills Branch Library, Youth Printmaking Workshop, 12PM,
*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, Indie Author Fair, 12PM,
*Fort Worth, The Dock Bookshop, Spring Fling: Books, Business, Beauty & Beyond, 12PM,
*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, Poet Joe Brundidge (NO TITLE, 2nd Edition) book release, 1PM
*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Poetry for Performance Workshop, 1PM,
*Dallas, Prairie Creek Branch Library, Teen Poetry Slam, 2PM
*Dallas, The Writer's Garret, Achieving Zen With Your Pen with Linda Jones, 2PM,
Tumblewords Project, Bryan Franco: Consequential Words, 2PM, ONLINE
*Austin, Windsor Park Branch, National Poetry Month Open Mic Night, 2:30PM,
*Dallas, Kleberg-Rylie Branch Library, Shakespeare's Book of Flowers, 2:30PM
*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Three Generations of Absolutely Poetry, 3PM,
Brazos Bookstore, Middle Grade Book Club with Dianne K. Salerni (THE CARREFOUR CURSE), 3PM, ONLINE
*Arlington, Amber Royer, Saturday Night Writes, 4PM, HYBRID
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Authors Olena Kharchenko and Michael Sampson (THE STORY OF UKRAINE), 4PM
*Austin, Reverie Books, BRING A CHAIR – Poetry Readings and Typewriter Rodeo!, 6PM,
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, Author Mary Claire Haver, MD (THE GALVESTON DIET), 6:30PM, ONLINE
*Dalworthington Gardens, Pantego Books, Poetry Night, 7PM,
*Laredo, Laredo BorderSlam Poetry, Battle on the Border Poetry Slam, 7:30PM





SUNDAY, APRIL 16 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author John Primomo signing, 11AM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books - Flagship, Authors Kevin Carter (ALL THE TIES BEYOND) & Rolf Stibbe (THE ISLE OF THE DRAGON), 1PM
*Fort Worth, East Regional Branch Library, FW Writes: Writers' Workshop, 1PM
*Austin, Sisters In Crime:Heart of Texas Chapter, Monthly Meeting, 2PM, HYBRID
*San Antonio, The Mouth Dakota Poetry Project, Open Mic, 5PM,
*McAllen, McAllen Public Library, Open Mic Night, 6PM,
*Dallas, DMA Arts & Letters Live & KERA, Author David Sedaris (HAPPY-GO-LUCKY), 7PM




MONDAY, APRIL 17 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Lubbock, Lubbock Public Library, Upcycled Books: Cats at Godeke Branch Library, 5:30PM,
*Canyon, Burrowing Owl Books, Authors Brenda Novak (THE SEASIDE LIBRARY) & Jodi Thomas (STRAWBERRY LANE) book signing, 6PM,
*Austin, Central Library, Author Kalki Koechlin (THE ELEPHANT IN THE WOMB), 6:30PM,
*Fort Worth, Southwest Regional Branch Library, Write on, write on, write on!, 6:30PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Author Rachel Heng (THE GREAT RECLAMATION), 7PM,
*Austin, Book Woman, ACC Virtual Coffeehouse & Open Mic Featuring KB Brookings (FREEDOM HOUSE), 7PM,
Brazos Bookstore, Virtual author visit with Dina Nayeri (WHO GETS BELIEVED?) & Jeff Sharlet (THE UNDERTOW), 7PM, ONLINE,
*Dallas, Half Price Books Flagship, Author Tom Clavin (FOLLOW ME TO HELL), 7PM,
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, Author Admiral William McRaven (THE WISDOM OF THE BULLFROG), 7PM,
*Richardson, Writers Guild of Texas, Monthly Meeting, 7PM,
The Dock Bookshop, Discussion with Professor Manu Ampim-A History of African Civilizations, 7PM, ONLINE
*Houston, Inprint, Leila Mottley (NIGHTCRAWLING), 7:30PM,





TUESDAY, APRIL 18 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Arlington, Arlington Public Library, Library Poets, 4:30PM,
*Lubbock, Patterson Branch Library, Poetry Jam, 4:30PM,
*Austin, Central Library, Teen Writer's Lab, 5:30PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Author Fran Tilton Shelton (THE SPIRITUALITY OF GRIEF) book signing, 6PM,
*Houston, Lone Star College-CyFair Library, CyFair Writers, 6PM,
*Hurst, Hurst Public Library, Trinity Arts Writers Workshop, 6PM,
San Antonio Public Library, A.M.P. Up Your Drafting Process: The Role of Art, Masks, and Place in Writing New Poems, 6PM, ONLINE
*Austin, Central Library, Write Club, 6:30PM,
*Benbrook, Benbrook Public Library, Writing Critique, 6:30PM,
*San Antonio, Nowhere Bookshop, Author Dina Gachman in conversation with Katie Gutierrez, 6:30PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Authors Neal Shusterman & Eric Elfman (I AM THE WALRUS), 7PM,
Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Fabled's Book Club Discusses GO AS A RIVER with author Shelley Read, 7PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, Authors Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano (GLOBAL), 7PM
*Waco, Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Author Kevin Cook (WACO RISING), 7PM,
*Fort Worth, The Dock Bookshop, Tuesday Open Mic featuring Poet Pharoah Davis, 7:30PM,
*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, Poetry Slam Night 7:30PM,





WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Dallas, Central Library, Workshop Wednesdays with the Dallas Poet Laureate, 11AM,
*Austin, LBJ Presidential Library, Author Melvyn Leffler (CONFRONTING SADDAM HUSSEIN), 12:15PM,
Granbury Writers' Bloc, Read & Critique, 2PM, ONLINE,
*Arlington, Southeast Branch Library, Zine Machines, 4PM,
*Dallas, Fretz Park Branch Library, Poetry Puzzle and Write Your Own, 4PM,
*McAllen, McAllen Public Library, Shape Poetry, 4PM,
*Austin, Central Library, Zine Night, 5:30PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Author Kevin Cook (WACO RISING) book signing, 6PM,
*Longview, Books & Barrels, Poetry Night, 6PM,
Veliz Books, Book Launch for The Lady of Elche, 6PM, ONLINE,
*Austin, Reverie Books, Author Gloria Feldt, 6:30PM,
Gemini Ink, Veteran's Writing Collective, 6:30PM, ONLINE,
*Austin, BookPeople, Author Terry J. Benton-Walker (BLOOD DEBTS), 7PM,
*Dallas, DMA Arts & Letters Live, Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck discusses GREAT (WOMEN) PAINTERS with four featured artists, 7PM,
Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Tracy Sumner (ONE WEDDING AND AN EARL), 7PM, ONLINE,
*Georgetown, Lark & Owl Booksellers, Poet Joseph Coelho (COURAGE OUT LOUD), 7PM,
*Houston, Kindred Stories, Author N.E. Davenport (THE BLOOD GIFT), 7PM,
Writing Workshops & Gemini Ink, The Big Texas Author Talk with Steve Adams, 7PM ONLINE,
*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, Poetry Open Mic Night, 7:30PM,
*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, National Poetry Month Open Mic ft. KB Brookins, 8PM,





THURSDAY, APRIL 20 (*Denotes In-person Events)

Houston Independent Authors, Writers Lunch: Alice in Wonderland and Drugs with Daphne Strasert, 1PM, ONLINE,
*Fort Worth, Bodega & Pantego Books, Author Z.W. Taylor signing, 5PM,
*Lubbock, Wild Lark Books, Creative Process Discussion with Poet Betsy Bass, 5:30PM,
*Richmond, George Memorial Library, Story Spinners Writing Club, 5:30PM,
*Austin, Book Woman, Authors Tara Dairman, Grace Lin & Christine Suggs, 6PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Author Rachael DeVaux (RACHEL'S GOOD EATS), 6PM,
*Georgetown, SCBWI Austin, Writers and Illustrators Georgetown Co-Working Night, 6PM,
*McAllen, McAllen Public Library, Poetry Workshop with Poet Laureate Victoria Lopez, 6PM,
*Austin, LBJ Presidential Library, Evening With Susan Ford Bales and Richard Norton Smith (AN ORDINARY MAN), 6:30PM,
*Houston, Young Neighborhood Library, Poetry Month Author Aloud!: DeMonica Gladney (MY JOURNEY: POETIC EXPRESSIONS INSPIRED BY FAITH), 6:30PM,
Writers' League of Texas, Third Thursday: Bringing the Past to Life: Writing Historical Fiction and Nonfiction, 7PM, ONLINE,
*Conroe, Mongomery County Literary Arts Council, Writers in Performance with Poet David Baker, 7PM,
*Fort Worth, The Dock Bookshop, Black History 365 featuring Poet Pharoah Davis, 7PM, HYBRID
*Waco, Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Author signing Kristen Hatton (PARENTING AHEAD), 7PM
*Georgetown, Lark & Owl Booksellers, Author Dina Gachman ("SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS"), 7:30PM,
*McAllen, Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival (Day 1), 8PM, HYBRID





FRIDAY, APRIL 21 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Lubbock, Mahon Library, Friends of the Library Book Sale (DAY ONE), 9AM,
*Athens, Trinity Valley Community College, Author Pepper Anne signing, 2PM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Authors Kevin Hensley and Kimberly Hughes Signing, 5:30PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Author Brenda Novak (THE SEASIDE LIBRARY) book signing, 6PM,
*Houston, Basket & Books, Mediocre Monk with Grant Lindsley, 6PM,
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, Author John Boles (SEVEN VIRGINIANS), 6:30PM,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, Author Don Winslow signing, 6:30PM,
*Arlington, Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library, An Evening with Tim Madigan (I'M PROUD OF YOU), 7PM,
*Carrollton, Dallas Poetry Slam, Hiraya Fridays Asian-Inspired Open Mic, 8PM





SATURDAY, APRIL 22 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Colleyville, North Texas Romance Writers, Writers Retreat, 8:30AM,


*Keller, Robin Hollo signing (Day 1), 10AM,


*Dallas, Interabang Books, Authors Brad and Rachel Mās Davidson (POCKET FULL OF SADS), 10:30AM,


*Dallas, SCBWI - Dallas, April Illustrator Meetup, 10:30AM,


*Pflugerville, Greater Austin Reading Coalition & Read the Room, Read the Room, 10:30AM,


*Austin, Austin Public Library, Author Polly Holyoke speaking, 11AM,


*Houston, Houston Public Library, Exploring the World of Asian Poets!, 11AM,


*San Antonio, Twig Bookstore, Author Lara Lee signing, 11AM,


*Austin, Black Pearl Books, Earth Day Celebration Author Readings and Signings, 12PM,


*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, Author Kathleen M. Rodgers Signing, 12PM,


*Dallas, Skyline Branch Library, Shakespeare's Book of Flowers, 12:30PM,


*Austin, Spicewood Springs Branch Library, Poetry Workshop with Typewriter Rodeo, 1PM,


*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Author Jocelynn Mitchell Signing, 1PM,


*Dallas, Central Library, Original Pronunciation: A Shakespeare Event, 1PM,


*Dallas, Half Price Books Flagship, Author Monique Randle (BENJAMIN GOES TO SCHOOL) book signing, 1PM,


Tumblewords Project, Ray Ramos: The Cryptidinals, 2PM, ONLINE,


*Dallas, The Writer's Garret, Cavafy: A Guided Discussion with Gregg Thompson (Poetry), 2PM,


*Richardson, Richardson Public Library, Camp Write-In Junior - Poetry, 2PM,


The Dock Bookshop, Author Sheryl Lee Ralph event, 2PM, ONLINE,


Buy the Book, Virtual Meet & Greet with author Alex North (THE ANGEL MAKER), 2PM, ONLINE,


*Houston, Murder By The Book, Author Lucy Connelly signing, 3PM,


*Houston, Kindred Stories, Author Mark Oshiro (INTO THE LIGHT), 6PM,


*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, Author Martin J. Siegel (JUDGMENT AND MERCY), 6:30PM,





SUNDAY, APRIL 23 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Richmond, LITFest, 10AM,


*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author Catherine Corcoran Signing, 11AM,


*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, Author Joseph A. Schiller signing, 1PM,


*Fort Worth, East Regional Branch Library, FW Writes: Writers' Workshop, 1PM,


*Fort Worth, Leaves, Afternoon with Authors, 2PM,


*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, Author Ellen Leventhal Launching Debbie's Song, 3PM,


*Houston, Inprint, Inprint Senior Memoir Workshop Celebration: A Reading, 3PM,


*Richardson, Richardson Public Library, Richardson Poetry Group Reading, 3PM,


Granbury Writers' Bloc, Read & Critique, 4PM, ONLINE,


*Houston, Kindred Stories, Author Sadeqa Johnson (THE HOUSE OF EVE), 5PM,


*San Antonio, The Mouth Dakota Poetry Project, Open Mic, 5PM,


*Austin, BookPeople, BookTok Panel with authors Kaven Hirning, Stacey Mcewan, Samantha Ferrand, Maggie Siciliano, Amber Nicole, and Hannah Nicole Maehrer, 6PM,


*Dallas, The Wild Detectives, Noir at the Bar, 7PM,


*Georgetown, Lark & Owl Booksellers, Local Author Don Bentley (FORGOTTEN WAR) Book launch, 7PM,





RECURRING STORY TIMES (*Denotes In-person Events) 

*Taylor, Libros Bookmobile, Family Storytime at The Loose Screw, M, 12:30PM

*Grapevine, Talking Animals, Sat., 10:30AM

Lark & Owl Booksellers, Super Silly Story Time, M, W & F, 9:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Allen Public Library – M-TH at 10:15 via Facebook Live

Leaves Books & Tea, read-aloud story time, T-Th, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Seguin Public Library – Toddler & Preschool Storytime via Zoom, T & W, 10AM, or for the Whole Family, T at 11:15AM outside 

*Bryan, Whimsy & Wild Emporium, children's story time, T & Th, 10:30AM

*CenterThe Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library, Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5), W, 10:30 a.m.

Dallas Public Library, children’s story time, T & Th, 10:30AM ZOOM

*Houston, Holocaust Museum, Storytime at the Boniuk Library, Th, 4pm-5pm

*Fort Worth, Monkey and Dog Books, Story Time, T & F at 10:30AM

Old Town Books, children’s story time, T & F, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

*Laredo, Laredo Public Library, Toddler Story Time, 10AM & 11AM

Longview Public Library – T, Facebook Live at 10:30AM

North Richland Hills Library, virtual story time, T, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

*New Braunfels, The Book Haus, musical story time, T, 10:30AM

*Bridgeport, Bridgeport Public Library, story time, T, 4:30PM; W, 11AM

*Pflugerville, Pflugerville Library, baby time, W, 9AM; story time, W, 10AM

*Midland, Centennial Library, story time, W, 10:30AM & 11:30AM

*Midland, Downtown Library, story time, TH, 10:30AM & 11:30AM

Texian Books, tiny Texians story time, F, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

*Laredo, Laredo Public Library, story time, TH, 11AM

The Twig Book Shop, Miss Anastasia online story time, F, 10:30AM INSTAGRAM LIVE

*Sachse, Sachse Public Library, Baby Bounce Story Time, F, 10:30AM

Boerne Radio, Early Bird story time, Sat., 7:45AM

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time, Sat., 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

*Laredo, Laredo Public Library, story time, Sat. 10:30AM & 4PM

*San Angelo, Old Time Books, Children's Story Time on the Patio, Sat., 11AM

*Longview, Books & Barrels, Children's Story Time, 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sat., 10:30AM

*The Woodlands, Buy the Book, 1st and 3rd Sat., 10:30am

Harris County Public Libraries - Fairbanks Branch: a variety of story times throughout the week

San Antonio Public Library, children’s story times throughout the week

El Paso Public Library, a variety of children’s programming throughout the week FACEBOOK LIVE

Houston Public Library, virtual story time, daily, times vary.

Laredo Public Libraries, story time live, days & times vary, YOUTUBE

Irving Public Library, online story time, days & times vary, YOUTUBE

The Doseum, virtual story time, days & times vary.




Want your event included? Email with your complete info two weeks in advance of the issue in which your event is scheduled, and we'll include it.