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 04.09.2022-04.17.2022


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.

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.)

American Library Association, National Library Week, April 3-9, 2022

*Austin, Austin International Poetry Festival, April 8-9, 2022

*Midland, Basin Book Festival, April 8-9, 2022

*Wimberley, Wimberley Book Festival, April 9, 2022

*Lubbock, Lubbock Art Festival, April 9-10, 2022

*Houston, Teen Book Con, (Hybrid), April 9, 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

*Dallas, SMU Libraries, Fondren Library, Black Lives, Black Letters: Primary Sources in African American History and Literature, through April 14, 2022

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


SATURDAY, APRIL 9 (*Denotes In-person Events)

American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW-DFW), Diving Deep Mini-Conference, 9AM, ONLINE

*Houston, hosted by Blue Willow Bookshop at Benjamin O. Davis HS, Teen Book Con, 9:30AM, HYBRID

Austin SCBWI, Marketing Tips, Tricks, What To Do, & What Not To Do with Cynthia Leitich Smith, Donna Jannell Bowman, Vanessa Roeder, and Rebekah Manley, 9:30AM, ONLINE 

*Kaufman, Writers' League of Texas, Texas Writes Workshop with Sarah Hepola and Kathleen Kent, 10AM

*Sugar Land, Authors Julie Connor, Chris Mullen, & more at Fort Bend ISD Bookapalooza at Dulles High School, 10AM

*Weslaco, The Storybook Garden, Young Writer's Workshop, 10 AM

*Frisco, Kroger, Children's author Robin Hollo will be personalizing and autographing her children's books, 10AM

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Raising Funds for Author/Illustrator School Visits, 10AM, ONLINE

The Writer's Garret, Stone Soup: Pose and Poetry Critique Group, 10AM, ONLINE

Gemini Ink, Poetry Reboot 2022 with Edward Vidaurre, start of 2-part class, 10AM, Zoom

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Maya Duff, Snow in our Potties, 11AM

*Dallas, Lavendou Bistro Provençal, Lunch with Author Cathy Maxwell, 12PM 

*Katy, Brown Sugar Cafe and Books Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting, 12PM

Tumblewords Project, Aldo Amparan, Poet, What Strange Eyes You Have: Writing Toward Originality & Strangeness, Workshop, 1PM, ONLINE

The Writer's Garret, Write Your Own Hero with Princess McDowell, 2PM, ONLINE

Katy Budget Books, She's Unlikeable: A Conversation between Aparna Shewakramani and Amrutha Jindal, 7PM, ONLINE


SUNDAY, APRIL 10 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Michael Earney (The A to Z Book of Gods, Myths & Legends) Sit and Sign Event, 11AM

Kindred Stories, Virtual Author Talk: The Sex Lives of African Women with Nana Darkoa and Aja Monet, 1PM ONLINE

Malvern Books, Lone Star Lit with Richard Z. Santos, 1PM, ONLINE

*Houston, Kindred Stories, Warsan Shire Poetry Reading + Workshop w/ Josie Pickens, 2PM

*Houston, Murder by the Book, Houston Sisters in Crime April Speaker: Forrest Rippey "What would a real cop do?" 2PM, HYBRID

*Houston, Inprint,  Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, Cool Brains! Presents Erin Entrada Kelly (Those Kids from Fawn Creek), 3PM

Blue Willow Bookshop (with others) Presents Alice Oseman (Loveless), 3PM ONLINE

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, D. Ellis Phelps (What She Holds), 3PM


MONDAY, APRIL 11 (*Denotes In-person Events)

Writing Workshops, Writing Magical Realism, Fiction Workshop, self-paced six-week class, ONLINE

*Austin, Austin Public Library, Teen Writer Mentoring, 4:30PM

WAN Academy: Orator Snapshot w/ Andrea Vocab Sanderson, 6PM, ONLINE

*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library Mission Branch presents Anthony the Poet, 6PM

*Austin, LBJ Library, An Evening with Will Hurd (American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done), 6:30PM (Hybrid)

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, Yusef Komunyakaa and Carl Phillips will give brief readings from their new poetry collections, 7PM, ONLINE

Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse with Scott Semegran, 7PM, ONLINE

TUESDAY, APRIL 12 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Austin, Morning Glories Series & Texas Book Festival presents Read Together: What I Am with Divya Srinivasan, 10AM
The Writer's Garret, Under Construction: Developing Your Characters with Amanda Arista, 2PM, ONLINE
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Naomi Shihab Nye, The Turtle of Michigan Book Launch, 5PM
Houston Public Library, Author Talk: Memphis with Tara Stringfellow, 6PM, ONLINE
*Dallas, Interabang, Author Chris Panatier discusses his new space opera, STRINGERS, 6PM
Harris County Public Library, Katherine Tyra Branch Library, Camp NaNoWriMo Writing Memoirs, 6:30PM, FACEBOOK
Book Movement, Virtual Book Launch Party, The Lives of Diamond Bessie with Jody Hadlock 7PM, ONLINE
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, Holly Erickson and Natalie Mortimer discussing Modern Proper cookbook 7PM

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 (*Denotes In-person Events)


Austin Public Library, Write on! Kids Virtual Creative Writing Workshop, 4:30 PM
*San Antonio, The Twig, Edward Vidaurre Poetry Reading Event (Cry, Howl and Pandemia and Other Poems), 5PM
*Houston, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, Rep. Will Hurd – American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done, 6PM
*Dallas, Interabang, Austin Author Chandler Baker discusses her new psychological thriller, THE HUSBANDS, 6PM
*Austin, BookPeople, Amanda Bestor-Siegal & Elizabeth McCracken discuss The Caretakers, 7PM
Kindred Stories, Truth's Table with Ekemini Uwan and Alexis Haynes, 7PM, INSTAGRAM LIVE
*Lewisville, Lewisville Parks and Recreation, Hike + Write Intro to Journalism, 10AM

THURSDAY, APRIL 14 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Leticia Urieta (Las Criaturas) author Q&A and reading, 5PM
Blue Willow Bookshop, Robin Roberts | Brighter by the Day, 5:30PM, ONLINE
*Lubbock, Wild Lark Books, Local Author Jessica Gross (Hysteria) Meet & Greet, 6:30PM
*Odessa, Odessa Arts Authors at the Ector Series: Kathy Valentine, 7PM
*Austin, Austin Public Library Central, Book Launch with Sarah Bird for Last Dance on the Starlight Pier, 7PM
The Writing Barn, Intro to Poetry and Publishing with KB Brookins, first of six classes, 7PM, ONLINE
Bookwoman, 2nd Thursday Poetry and Open Mic Featuring Margo Davis, 7:15PM, ONLINE,

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

*Dallas, Dallas Poetry Slam Presents Open Mic and Slam at the Chocolate Lounge, 8PM 

No other reported events


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
*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


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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