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 04.30.2022-05.08.2022


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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.)

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

Independent Bookstore Day, April 30, 2022

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

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

Writefest Weekend Festival, *Houston, through May 1, 2022

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

Winnsboro Festival of Books, *Winnsboro May 7, 2022

Lone Star Writer's Roundup, *New Braunfels, May 7, 2022

Kilgore Geekend, *Kilgore, May 7-8, 2022


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 30 (*Denotes In-person Events)

Independent Bookstore 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, 10AM,
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, 11AM
Tumblewords, Kit Wren, Kim Addonizio: The First Line is the Deepest, Workshop, 1PM, ONLINE
*Duncanville, Enda's Booktique, Pemberton Books & Literary Festival, 1PM,
*Corpus Christi, Barnes & Noble, Author signing with Debra Hatch and Giraffes in My Closet, 2PM
Writing Workshops, Crafting Story Openings: Beyond “Once Upon a Time," 1PM, ONLINE
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, MAY 1 (*Denotes In-person Events)

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


MONDAY, MAY 2 (*Denotes In-person Events)

Writing Workshop, The Practice of Writing Poetry, first day 4-Week Workshop, self-paced, ONLINE
*Austin, Austin Public Library, Teen Writer Mentoring, 4:30PM
Write About Now, WAN Academy: Conjuring Ghost Words to Deepen our Poetry w/ Jo Reyes-Boitel, 6PM, ONLINE
Austin Book Arts Center, DIY Publishing, 6PM, ONLINE
*Houston, Performing Arts Houston Presents Chef, Writer, & Restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi, 7:30PM


TUESDAY, MAY 3 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Austin, Morning Glories Series & Texas Book Festival presents Read Together: Everybody in the Red Brick Building with Anne Wynter, 10AM
*Pflugerville, Book Burrow pop-up at Pfarmer's Market, 3PM
*Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston (with Kindred Stories, Inprint, & more), Free Workshop: Senior Memoir Writing Class at Emancipation Park, 5:30PM,
*Longview, Longview Book Club, Books and Barrels, Author Spotlight and Book Signing with Michael Scott Clifton (Janus Witch), 5:30PM
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, Chris Grabenstein and his latest book in the Mr. Lemoncello series, MR. LEMONCELLO’S VERY FIRST GAME, 6PM
*Hurst, Hurst Public LibraryTrinity Arts Writers Workshop, 6 PM
Writing Workshops, Finding Your Voice, first of 6-Week Class, 7PM, ZOOM
LOGOS Poetry Collective presents Victoria Chang + Elisa Gabbert, 7PM, ONLINE,
Blue Willow Bookshop, Jennifer Close (Marrying the Ketchups) in conversation, 7PM, ZOOM
*Fort Worth, The Dock Bookshop, Open Mic Celebrating the Dock's 14th Anniversary with Poet Tom Tom, 7PM
*Austin, Book People, KAT FAJARDO - Miss Quinces, 7 PM (tickets required)
Writing Workshops, Fiction Technique in Memoir first of 6-Week Workshop, 7PM, ZOOM
*Dallas, Dallas Museum of Arts, Arts & Letters Live presents renowned chef and New York Times bestselling cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi, 7:30PM


WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Houston, Williams Tower Conference Center, Author Stacy Wilder (Charleston Conundrum) at vendor pop-up event, 10AM
BookPeople Kids Presents: A Virtual Book Launch Event with Jenna Yoon and Adrianna Cuevas, 6PM, ONLINE
*Dallas, Interabang, Rebecca Balcárcel (Shine On, LUZ VÉLIZ!) Book Signing, 6PM,
*Houston, Kindred Stories, Author Talk: Ain't That A Mother with Adiba Nelson 7 PM,
Fresh Fiction Video Book Club with Author Ashley Winstead, 7 PM, VIRTUAL,
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookstore, Hybrid event Daniel Jose Older discusses Ballad and Dagger, 7PM in person and via Zoom
*Houston, Write About Now Mother's Day Poetry Open Mic hosted by Natasha Carrizosa 7:30PM
SOA Co. (and other sponsors), An Evening with Marcelle Beauvais (Love Me As I Am), 7:30PM, ONLINE


THURSDAY, MAY 5 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*League City, Helen Hall Library, Local Authors Hour with Stephanie Graves (Olive Bright mysteries), 10:15AM
*Georgetown, Lark & Owl Booksellers, Adiba Nelson celebrates the launch of AIN’T THAT A MOTHER, 2PM,
*Houston, Asia Society Texas, Author signing with Dr. Jenny Wang (Permission to Come Home), 6PM
Writing Workshops, Writing the New Western 6 Week Zoom Workshop 6 PM
*Killeen, Central Texas College Hobby Memorial Library Author Event, Readings & Signings from 15+ Published Authors, 6PM
*Austin, Book People, CASEY MCQUISTON - I Kissed Shara Wheeler, 7 PM
Blue Willow Bookstore presents Emily Henry with Jodi Picoult to discuss Emily's new novel Book Lovers, Virtual, 7pm
Brazos Bookstore presents Fernando Flores (Valleyesque), 7PM ONLINE
*Lubbock, Texas Tech University, Creative Writing Reading Series: Nancy Wayson Dinan, 7:30PM


FRIDAY, MAY 6 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*San Antonio, Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio, Author Speaker Series: An Afternoon with Laura Arnold Leibman (The Art of the Jewish Family), 1PM,
*San Antonio, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Texas Author Series: Poetry Showcase Curated by Mouthfeel Press, 6PM
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookstore, Jasmine Guillory | By the Book, 7 PM
*Dallas, Dallas Poetry Slam Presents Battle Royale Head to Head Slam, The Chocolate Lounge, 8PM


SATURDAY, MAY 7 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Bandera, Friends of the Bandera Public Library Book Fair, 9AM
*Plano, Kroger, Children's author Robin Hollo will be personalizing and autographing her children's books, 10AM
*New Braunfels, Civic Center, Lone Star Writer's Roundup, 10AM
*Houston, Houston Library Foundation May Book Sale (weather permitting), 10AM
Gemini Ink, Author Johnnie Bernhard Presents How to Practice Successful Editing: A Craft Lecture, 10AM, ONLINE
*Graham, Pratt's Books, Book Signing & Talk: STILL: Cowboys at the Start of the Twenty-First Century. Tintypes by Robb Kendrick, 11AM
*Houston, Houston Public Library, Books Alive for Teens! featuring author Malinda Lo at the Asia Society Texas Center, 11AM
The Writing Barn, FREE Virtual Picture Book Launch with Author Debbie Zapata, 12PM, ONLINE
*San Antonio, Dead Tree Books, Book Signing with Glenda Thompson (Broken Toys), 2PM
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookstore, Chitra Divakaruni | The Last Queen: A Novel of Courage and Resistance 2 PM,
*Galveston, Texas Poetry Roadshow, Free May Writing Workshop, 3PM
*Houston, The Printing Museum, Artist’s Books Reading, Keliy Anderson-Staley: “Raw Materials in Peace and War”, 3PM.
*Amarillo, Amarillo Downtown Library, Andrew J Brandt (Mixtape for the End of the World) Q&A and Book Signing, 4PM
*El Paso, Literarity Book Shop, Sergio Troncoso (Nobody’s Pilgrims) Signing and Conversation, 4PM
*Pflugerville, Book Burrow pop-up at The Three Legged Goat, 6PM
*Austin, Reverie Books, Donna Birdwell Book Release (Beyond the Endless) & Art Opening, 7PM
*Winnsboro, Winnsboro Center for the Arts, Spoken Word Performance with Billy Henderson, 7PM


SUNDAY, MAY 8 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Toni Draper (Cinco de Die-O) Sit & Sign, 11AM
Malvern Books, Lone Star Lit at Malvern Books, 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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