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


FOR 04.16.2022-04.24.2022


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Bookish goings-on in Texas

compiled exclusively by Lone Star Literary Life


While we rebuild our 2022 calendars, you can always find events at your local Texas bookstores, all found on our Texas bookstores page, or visit the Book Clubs in Texas and Texas Writers’ Groups pages to find where bookish people are gathering.


SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, McAllen, - April 21-24, 2022

Texas Institute of Letters Annual Meeting, April 22-23, 2022

Houston Writers Guild, Ready, Set, Pitch!, April 22-24 

World Book Day (Shakespeare's birthday, April 23 annually)

Chautauqua Festival, Longview, April 23, 2022

BIPOC Book Fest, Houston, April 23-24, 2022

URBAN-15 Mega Corazón annual spoken-word marathon, 10-10 daily, Livestream, through April 30


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Austin, Harry Ransom Center, Women and the Making of Joyce's Ulysses, through July 17, 2022

*Austin, Harry Ransom Center, Stories to Tell, through August 15, 2022

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth and the Green Book, through August 31, 2022


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

*Pflugerville, Pflugerville Poetry Society Meeting, 11AM (HYBRID)
Tumblewords, Lee Martinez Soto, Restoration: Self-care in Retrospection and Action, Workshop, 1PM, ONLINE

*Fort Worth, The Dock Bookshop, Conversation and Book Signing with Demetrice Chance (Book of Philosophies), 1PM

*Katy, Katy Budget Books, Meet and Greet with Eric and Shanna Jones (Healthier Southern Cooking), 1PM
*Wimberley, Cactus Coffee & Rustic Moon Bookshop Presents a Book Reading, Signing, & Sharing by Janneke Jobsis Brown (Following Shadows), 1:30PM
*Houston, Houston Public Library Downtown, IRL Author Talk: Attica Locke and Tembi Locke, 2PM
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, Sarah Bird (Last Dance at the Starlight Pier), 3 PM
*Canyon, Bears Burgers and Dawgs, Book signing Dianne Smithwick-Braden 4PM
*Austin, Austin Central Library, BookPeople presents Jonathan Van Ness discussing Love That Story, 7PM
*Austin, Pease Park, American Short Fiction hosts The Stars at Night 2022 honoring Yiyun Li, Stacey Swann, Meg Kuehn, and Danielle Evans. 7PM, Ticketed


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

Pflugerville Poetry Society Annual Poetry Contest Reading, 2PM, ONLINE
The Writer's Garret, Stone Soup: Pose and Poetry Critique Group, 2PM, ONLINE
The Writer's Garret, Stone Soup: Mixed Genre Critique Group, 3PM, ONLINE


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

*Austin, Austin Public Library, Teen Writer Mentoring, 4:30PM
Write About Now, WAN Academy: Precision of Language w/ Charle(s) (Writer's Suite), 6:30PM, ONLINE
The Writing Barn - Reimagining Your Nonfiction Picture Book: A Revision Workshop with Kirsten W. Larson, first of six sessions, 7PM, ONLINE
Brazos Book Store (& others), Caren Beilin & Cristina Rivera Garza in conversation, 7PM, ONLINE


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

*Conroe, Meador Public Library, Adult Writers Group, 2PM
*Fort WorthMonkey and Dog Books, NY Times bestselling children's book author James Ponti, 4:30PM
*Dallas, Lit Night Dallas, Chocolate Secrets, Reading & Signing with Rosalyn Story (Sing Her Name), 6:30PM
Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents author Alice Walker in conversation with Kiese Laymon 7PM ONLINE
*Austin, BookPeople, Dalia Azim (Country of Origin) in conversation with Elizabeth McCracken, 7PM
Trinity University presents poet Toi Dericotte, 7PM, ONLINE


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

Book World: The Great Escape, Todd Engel: Cover Artist, 1PM, ONLINE
Austin Public Library, Write On! Kids Virtual Creative Writing Workshop, 4:30PM, ONLINE
*El Paso, Texas Institute of Letters and El Paso Public Libraries ( VAn Doren Branch) Present Shelley Armitage and Steven L. Davis, 4:30PM (MTN)
*El Paso, Texas Institute of Letters and El Paso Public Libraries (Marquez Branch) Present Alessandra Narvaez Varela & Sylvia Aguilar-Zeleny, 4:30PM (MTN)
*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Author Reading Event with Michael Sampson (Armadillo Antics), 5PM
*Richardson, Tiff's Treats, book signing with Tiff's Treats founders Tiffany & Leon Chen (It's Not Just Cookies), 5:30PM
*Dallas, Interabang Books, James Ponti, In Store Discussion and Signing, Forbidden City, Find City Spies #1-3, 6:00 PM,
*El Paso, El Paso Community Foundation with UTEP College of Liberal Arts (and others, Homenaje to Benjamin Alire Saenz, 6:30PM
Writing Workshops and Gemini Ink present The Big Texas Read: Barbara Ras & The Blues of Heaven, 7PM, ZOOM
The Writing Barn - Picture Book Biographies II: Creating a Standout with Rob Sanders, first of six classes, 7PM, ONLINE
*Dallas, The Wild Detectives, Writer's Garret Presents Inner Moonlight Poetry Series with Kim Nall, 7:30PM


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

*Medina, Medina Community Library, Evening With the Authors, multi-author meet & greet and book signing event, 4PM
*El Paso, Texas Institute of Letters and El Paso Public Libraries (Troncoso Branch) Present Diana Lopez and Carmen TaFolla, 4:30PM (MTN)
*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Author Reading Event with Ed Davis (The Last Professional), 5PM
*El Paso, Texas Institute of Letters and El Paso Public Libraries (Moreno Branch) Present Carol Flake Chapman and W.K. Stratton, 5PM (MTN)
*Corpus Christi, Texas A&M Corpus Christi English Department presents Gloria Amescua for Author's Day 2022, 6PM
Patrick Heath Library, The Art of Writing with d. ellis phelps, 6PM, ONLINE
*Edinburg, Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library, Poetry Presentation & Book Signing with jo-reyes boitel, Julieta Corpus, and Priscilla Selina Suarez, 6PM
*Addison, World Affairs Council DFW, Plated Stories: A Refugee Cookbook Release with Ashley Faye, 6PM
*Houston, The Printing Museum, Exploring Space City!: Houston’s Historic Underground Newspaper pop-up exhibit and panel discussion, 6:30PM
*Houston, The Printing Museum, Impressions: Typing for Creative Writing, 6:30PM
*Austin, BookPeople, Juli Berwald (Life on the Rocks) in conversation with Britanni Sonnenberg, 7PM
Texas Tech Creative Writing Reading Series: Lisa Couturier, 7PM, ONLINE
Writers' League of Texas, Doing It Yourself: The Self-Publishing Experience, 8PM, ONLINE


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

*Kyle, Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, Author Reading, Joy Harjo, 7:30PM
*Dallas, Chocolate Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam Presents Floetic with Davante Thornton, 8PM
No other reported events


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

*Little Elm, Kroger, Children's author Robin Hollo will be personalizing and autographing her children's books, 10AM
*Longview, Longview Public Library Chautauqua Festival, 10AM
Writers' League of Texas, Launch to Success: Self-publishing in 2022 with Deanna Roy, 10AM, ONLLINE
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author Chris Mullen (Rowdy series), 11AM
*Houston, The Printing Museum, Book Betterment with Bogan Bindery [Book Conservation Consultations], 12PM
Writing Workshops, Lit Agent & Author: Opening Line & First Page Critiques 4-Part Zoom Seminar, 12PM, ONLINE
Tumblewords, Richie David Marrufo, MakeS(h)ift: Rummaging Through the Memory Palace, Workshop, 1PM, ONLINE
The Writer's Garret, Under Construction: Developing Your Characters with Amanda Arista, 2PM, ONLINE
*Fort Worth, The Dock Bookshop, Food Demo and Book Signing with Sequina Moore, 3PM
*Gilmer, 80 Acre Market, Book launch for Kitty ER, 4 PM
*Austin, BookPeople, Christina Soontornvat (The Last Mapmaker) in conversation with Samantha Clark, 7PM


SUNDAY, APRIL 24 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Houston, Smither Park, Little BIPOC Book Fest, 10AM
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author Sit and Sign, Jon Lasser, What Boys Do, 12PM
American Christian Fiction Writers, The Woodlands Chapter, Rene Gutteridge—How to Get into Screenwriting, 12PM, ONLINE
*Dallas, George W. Bush Presidential Center,  Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Bush: Superpower Sisterhood Book Tour, 2PM


STORY TIMES (*Denotes In-person Events)

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

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

*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, Sat., 11AM

*Longview, Books & Barrels, Children's Story Time, 1st, 3rd, & 5th 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.


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