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 04.23.2022-05.01.2022


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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!, *Houston, 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

Texas Library Association Annual Conference, *San Antonio, April 25-28, 2022

Independent Booksellers Day, April 30, 2022

NETWO Spring Conference, *Mount Pleasant, April 30, 2022

Children's Book Day, El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día) (April 30 annually)

Writefest Weekend Festival, *Houston, April 29th- May 1, 2022

Austin Writers & Illustrators Working Conference, *Austin, April 30-May 1


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Eastland, Eastland County Museum, In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez, (Humanities Texas), through May 20, 2022

*McAllen, International Museum of Art and Science, Unsinkable: Voices from the Storm, (Humanities Texas), through May 23, 2022

*Temple, Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, Lonesome Dove exhibition, (Humanities Texas), through June 25, 2022

*Lake Jackson, Lake Jackson Historical Museum, Shakespeare exhibition, (Humanities Texas), through July 9, 2022

*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 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
Book launch for WEREN'T WE NATURAL SWIMMERS by Aliah Lavonne Tigh with special guest readers Ching-In Chen, Cynthia Hogue, and Priscilla Wathington, 6PM, ONLINE
*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
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

MONDAY, APRIL 25 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Austin, BookPeople, parking lot party with Max Brallier in celebration of his new book QUINT AND DIRK'S HERO QUEST, 6PM
Blue Willow Bookshop, Brady Smith | Louie and Bear in the Land of Anything Goes, Online, 5 PM,
Write About Now, WAN Academy: Ekphrastic & Fantastic w/ Cassandra IsFree (Writer's Suite), 6PM, ONLINE,
Writing Workshops, Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts with Matt Bell, 6PM, ZOOM
*Granbury, Granbury Writer's Bloc, Neely House, Read & Critique Session, 6:30PM
*Fort Worth, Monkey and Dog Books, author talk with Alda Dobbs about BAREFOOT DREAMS OF PETRA LUNA, 6:30PM


TUESDAY, APRIL 26 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Fort Worth, Monkey and Dog Books, Story Time with Author Donna Washington (Boo Stew), 10:30AM
Writers' League of Texas, Ask Us Anything: "Getting Published: Submitting to Journals & Magazines," 12PM, ZOOM
*Fort Worth, Monkey and Dog Books, Sarah Penner (The Lost Apothecary), 4:30PM
*Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston (with Kindred Stories, Inprint, & more), Free Workshop: Senior Memoir Writing Class at Emancipation Park, 5:30PM,
Kindred Stories, VIRTUAL AUTHOR TALK: Finding Me with Viola Davis and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, 6PM, ONLINE
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Cynthia Sample (Forms of Defiance) Book Signing and Discussion, 6PM
The Dock Bookshop, An Evening with Viola Davis (Finding Me), 6PM, ZOOM
Harris County Public Library, Katherine Tyra Branch Library, Camp NaNoWriMo Screenwriting, 6:30PM, Facebook Live
*Lubbock, Lubbock Public Library Groves Branch, Author Talk with Ben English, 6:30PM
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Abby Jimenez 7 PM
*Dallas, Arts & Letters Live, Dallas Museum of Art, McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, An Evening with David Sedaris, 7:30PM
*Katy, Katy Budget Books, Launch Party with Kerrelyn Sparks (When A Princess Proposes), 7:30PM


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Michael Sampson, Author Reading, ARMADILLO ANTICS, 10:30AM,
Austin Public Library, Write On! Kids Virtual Creative Writing Workshop, 4:30PM, ONLINE
*The Woodlands, Village Books, Boozy Banned Book Fair (ages 21 & up), 7PM
Brazos Bookstore, Margo Davis and Rebecca A. Spears poetry readings and conversation, 7PM, ONLINE


THURSDAY, APRIL 28 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Fort Worth, Monkey and Dog Books, Linda K. Wood author of Campfire Stew: Fort Worth's Girl Scout Troop 11, 4:30PM
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Alexandra van de Kamp & Laura Van Prooyen Poetry Reading, 5pm
*Austin, Chez Zee American Bistro, Texas Author Series with Cari Clark, featuring Sarah Bird (Last Dance at the Starlight Pier), 6PM, HYBRID
*Austin, BookPeople, Tiffany Chen + Leon Chen Celebrating It's Not Just Cookies, 7PM
*Houston, David Sedaris Presented by Society for the Performing Arts at Wortham Theater Center - Brown Theater, 7:30PM
*Lubbock, TTU Campus, Texas Tech Creative Writing Reading Series: Nick Pierce, 7:30PM


FRIDAY, APRIL 29 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Spring, Copperfields Books, Local Author Fair with 20+ authors, 11AM
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Jerrie Marcus Smith (A GIRL NAMED CARRIE) Book Signing, 2PM


SATURDAY, APRIL 30 (*Denotes In-person Events)

Independent Booksellers Day
*Austin, Black Pearl Books, Author Read-Aloud & Signing with Kari Lavelle (We Move the World) and Anne Wynter (Everybody in the Red Brick Building),
*Dallas, The Wild Detectives, Become Immortal: Write Letters, 10AM
*The Woodlands, Buy the Book Grand Opening Celebration, 9AM
*Cypress, Children's Book Author Denise Ditto Satterfield at Cy-Hope The Cypress Market, 9AM
*Mt. Pleasant, Northeast Texas Writers' Organization (NETWO), Spring Writers' Conference, 9AM
*Bee Cave, Inaugural Bee Cave Public Library Books & Bees Festival, 12PM,
The Writer's Garret, Nature Writing with Lisa Huffaker, 10AM, ONLINE
Writers' League of Texas, Workshop: Character Development in Memoir with Charlotte Gullick, 10AM, ONLINE
*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Authors in the Park Celebration, First Shift, with James R. Dennis, Kathleen Hudson, Amy Kibuishi, Kazu Kibuishi, Catherine Stier, James Wade, starting 10:30AM
*Victoria, Texian Books, Author Chris Mullen (Rowdy series), 11AM
*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Authors in the Park Celebration, Second Shift, with Jeremy Banas, Kazu Kibuishi, Amy Kim Kibuishi, Naomi Shihab Nye, Becky Crouch Patterson, Carmen Tafolla, starting 12:30PM,
*Lubbock, Wild Lark Books Official Grand Opening with author DL Hammons (Knight Rise), 11AM
Tumblewords, Kit Wren, Kim Addonizio: The First Line is the Deepest, Workshop, 1PM, ONLINE
*Duncanville, Enda's Booktique, Pemberton Books & Literary Festival, 1PM,
Writing Workshops, Crafting Story Openings: Beyond “Once Upon a Time," 1PM, ONLINE
*Corpus Christi, Barnes & Noble, Author signing with Debra Hatch and Giraffes in My Closet, 2PM
Brazos Bookstore, Book Club with translator Sophie Hughes (Paradais), 2PM, ONLINE
*San Angelo, Old Town Books, Independent Bookstore Day Book Signing and Discussion with John J. Jacobson Author of All the Cowboys Ain't Gone, 3PM
*Jefferson, Enoch’s Wine & Coffee House, book signing with Jody Hadlock (The Lives of Diamond Bessie), 4PM
Tumblewords, National Poetry Month reading, 7PM, ZOOM
*Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live with Don Winslow in conversation with Harry Hunsicker, 7:30PM


SUNDAY, APRIL 1 (*Denotes In-person Events)

The Writing Barn, FREE Virtual Picture Book Launch with Author Jennifer Wolf Kam, 1PM, ONLINE


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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