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 5.6.2023 - 5.14.2023





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Bookish goings-on in Texas

compiled exclusively by Lone Star Literary Life


SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*WinnsboroWinnsboro Festival of Books, May 6, 2023

*DallasDallas is Lit, May 10-14, 2023

*HoustonAsia Society of Texas's BIPOC Book Festival, May 13, 2023 

*Spring, Copperfield's Books 9th Annual Local & Indie Author Fair, May 13, 2023 

*Austin, Bookspring Fest, May 13, 2023

*AustinO. Henry Museum Pun-off, Austin, May 13, 2023



EXHIBITIONS, ETC. (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Granbury, The Charlotte's Web Experience, May 6-May 28, 2023 

*Dallas, Dallas College Library - Richland, Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas, through 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

*Amarillo, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum, Lonesome Dove Exhibition (Humanities Texas), through June 24, 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, MAY 6 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Winnsboro, Winnsboro Center for the Arts, Winnsboro Festival of Books, 9AM,
*Bandera, Bandera County Library, Friends Monthly Book Sale, 9AM,
*Fulshear, Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, Fulshear Friends of the Library Book Sale, 9AM,
*Lubbock, Lubbock Public Library, Free Comic Book Day, 9AM,
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, Special Storytime with author Erin Ciaravino (DINOSAURS LIKE BANANAS TOO!), 9:30AM,
*Dallas, Central Library, Writing Club, 10AM,
*Houston, Fairbanks Branch Library, Friends of the Fairbanks Library Book Sale, 10AM,
*Houston, Friends of the Houston Library, Friends of the Houston Library Book Sale, 10AM,
*Kilgore, Kilgore Geekend, authors Richard D Ramsey, C.J. Peterson, Sandra Biersdorfer, Edward Hancock signing, 10AM (Day 1),
*Little Elm, author Robin Hollo signing at Kroger (Day 1), 10AM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, author Susan Johnston Taylor (ANIMALS IN SURPRISING SHADES), 10:30AM,
*Grapevine, Talking Animals Books, author Julie Lucht storytime reading and book signing, 10:30AM,
*Cypress, Lone Star College-CyFair Library, Free Comic Book Day, 11AM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Meara Dixon signing, 11AM,
*Austin, Old Quarry Branch Library, Free Comic Book Day, 12PM,
*Houston, Kindred Stories, storytime with author Van Garrett (JUNETEENTH), 12PM,
*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Louis H. Campbell signing, 1PM,
*North Richland Hills, North Richland Hills Public Library, Free Comic Book Day, 1PM,
*Bedford, Bedford Public Library, Meet the Author-- Ashley Schumacher (THE RENAISSANCE OF GWEN HATHAWAY), 2PM,

*Denton, South Branch Library, Teen Poetry Workshop, 2PM,

*San  Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, author Marcia Arquesa Mickelson signing, 2PM,

*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, author Amanda Kloots (TELL ME YOUR DREAMS) book signing, 4PM, 
*Dallas, Interabang Books, author Szilvia Molnar (THE NURSERY) book signing, 4PM,
*Dallas, Whose Books, suthor Jonny Villa Garza signing, 6PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, poet Eileen Myles (A "WORKING LIFE") book signing, 7PM,
*Dallas, Deep Vellum Books & The Wild Detectives, poet KB Brookins (FREEDOM HOUSE) book launch, 7PM,





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

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Cathy Sydlo Wilkes signing, 11AM,
*Austin, Black Pearl Books, brunch with author/illustrator Vashti Harrison (BIG), 1PM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books Flagship, authors Jonathon McClellan (THE ANTS PALACE) & Perisean B. Hall (STEWARDING THE ANOINTING), 1PM,
*Fort Worth, East Regional Branch Library, FW Writes: Writers' Workshop, 1PM,
*Dallas, UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences & the Center for Advanced Pain Studies, author Dr. Travis Rieder (IN PAIN) lecture and book signing, 2PM,
The Writer's Garret, Stone Soup Peer Critique Workshop, Mixed Genre, 3PM, ONLINE
*Dallas, Interabang Books, author Joanna Schwartz (SHIELDED) book signing, 4PM,
*San Antonio, The Mouth Dakota Project, Open Mic Poetry, 5PM,
Texas Poetry Assignment, Contributor Reading in Honor of Carol Coffee Reposa, 7PM, ONLINE,





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

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Jonny Garza Villa & Marcia Mickelson signing, 5:30PM,
Murder By The Book, author Lindsay Cameron in conversation with Sara DiVello, 6PM, ONLINE,
*Grapevine, Grapevine Public Library, Express Yourself Writers Club for Adults, 6:30PM,
*Fort Worth, Southwest Regional Branch Library, Write on, write on, write on!, 6:30PM,
ACC Creative & Book Woman, Virtual Literary Coffeehouse Reading & Conversation with LaToya Watkins (PERISH), 7PM, ONLINE,
Murder By The Book, author Danielle Girard in conversation with Sara DiVello, 7PM, ONLINE
*Austin, Barnes & Noble Arboretum, author Ryan Holiday (THE DAILY DAD) signing, 7PM,
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, author Ashley Winstead (BOYFRIEND CANDIDATE) book signing, 7PM,
*Houston, Inprint, Abraham Verghese reading (THE COVENANT OF WATER), 7:30PM,




TUESDAY, MAY 9 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*San Marcos, Friends of the Library Pop-up Book Sale, 1PM,


*Canyon, Burrowing Owl Bookstore, High Plains Poetry Circle, 2PM,


*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, authors Vashti Harrison (BIG) & Leah Johnson (ELLIE ENGEL SAVES HERSELF) book signing, 5PM,


Austin Book Arts Center, Crossed Structure Binding, 6PM, ONLINE,


*Austin, BookPeople, author Tiffany Hammond (A DAY WITH NO WORDS) book signing, 6PM,


*Corpus Christi, Toy and Comic Junkie, Comic Book Creators Night, 6PM,


*Dallas, Interabang Books, author S.C. Gwynne (HIS MAJESTY'S AIRSHIP) book signing, 6PM,


*Houston, Basket Books & Art, Book Launch for Marianne Mueller, 6PM,


*Hurst, Hurst Public Library, Trinity Arts Writers Workshop, 6PM,


*Laredo, Joe A. Guerra Laredo Public Library, Write Poetry Laredo Poetry Reading & Workshop, 6PM,


*Houston, Murder By The Book, National Security Thrillers: Where Fact Meets Fiction - Author Discussion, 6:30PM,


*Houston, The Moth, StorySlam, 7PM,


The Writer's Garrett, Stone Soup Peer Critique, Emerging Voices Workshop, 7PM, ONLINE


*Dallas, DMA Arts & Letters Live, author Abraham Verghese (THE COVENANT OF WATER), 7:30PM, HYBRID,




WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Dallas, The Writer's Garret, Dallas is Lit Literary Festival (Day 1),
*Austin, Austin Parks Foundation, Playdates in the Park with author Carmen Oliver, 10AM,
*Dallas, Central Library, Workshop Wednesdays with the Dallas Poet Laureate, 11AM,
*Katy, Katy Branch Library, Katy Library Building's 20th Birthday Party, 4PM,
*Humble, Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library, Word Crafters, 5PM,
*Blanco, Gem of the Hills Activity Center, Reading with Author Ben English, 5:30PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, author George Bristol (TEXAS STATE PARKS) book signing, 6PM,
*Harker Heights, Adult Writers' Support Group, 6PM,
*Frisco, Frisco Public Library, Write Club, 6:30PM,
*San Angelo, Tom Green County Library, author Dr. Linda Bond speaking, 6:30PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, author Minka Kelly (TELL ME EVERYTHING) book signing, 7PM,
Book Woman, Virtual Book Talk with author Lynn C. Miller (THE LOST ARCHIVE), 7PM, ONLINE,
Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with author Amanda Quick (THE BRIDE WORE WHITE), 7PM, ONLINE,
Rosenberg Library, Not Funny: Live Virtual Author Talk with Academy Award Nominated Jena Friedman, 7PM, ONLINE,
*Waco, Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, author Dr. David Lyle (WE WERE A PECULIAR PEOPLE ONCE), 7PM,
*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, Open Mic and featuring Joanna, 7:30PM,
*Dallas, The Writer's Garret, Inner Moonlight 5th Anniversary, 7:30PM,
*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, Poetry Open Mic Night, 7:30PM,




THURSDAY, MAY 11 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Houston, Jungman Neighborhood Library, author Yansook Choi (THE NAME JAR) book signing, 10:30AM,
Houston Independent Authors, Writers Lunch: Creating an Anthology with Emerian Rich, 1PM, ONLINE,
*Grapevine, Talking Animals Books, authors Christina Wu and Isabelle Engler signing, 3:30PM,
*Bandera, Bandera Kronkosky Public Library, Evening with Author --Janalyn Knight (THE COWBOY'S LUCKY LADY), 4PM,
*Harker Heights, Teen Writers' Club, 4PM,
*Houston, Central Library, Write On!, 5PM,
*Del Rio, Val Verde County Library, Novel Ideas Writer's Support Group, 5:30PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, author Ashley Winstead (THE BOYFRIEND CANDIDATE) book signing, 6PM,
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, Educator Night with author Claribel Ortega (THE GOLDEN FROG GAMES), 6PM,
West Texas A&M University, Zoom Poetry Circle, 6PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, author Tracy Xavia Karner (MAKING A SCENE!), 6:30PM,
*Arlington, George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, Night Owls: Creative Writing for Teens, 7PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, author Mariana Alessandri (NIGHT VISION) book signing, 7PM,
*Dallas, The Wild Detective, book launch for THE GREATEST SONG by Kevin Griffin, 7PM,
*Dallas, Whose Books & The Writer's Garret, LitTalk: DFW Writers Talk Creative Writing, 7PM,
*El Paso, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, MIC CHECK! A Space for Writers and Songwriters, 7PM,
*Houston, Kindred Stories, in-person poetry reading with poet Cynthia Manick (NO SWEET WITHOUT BRINE), 7PM,
*Austin, Book Woman, 2nd Thursday Poetry & Open Mic featuring Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson (SHE LIVES IN MUSIC), 7:15PM,
*Allen, Allen Public LIbrary, author Rilla Askew (PRIZE FOR THE FIRE), 7:30PM,
*Dallas, The Wild Detective & The Writer's Garret, First Draughts, 9PM,





FRIDAY, MAY 12 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Pflugerville, Friends of the Library, Quarterly Book Sale, 10AM,
*Hillsboro, Overflow Coffee Shop, author Theo Boyd signing, 4PM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Mariana Alessandri signing, 5:30PM,
*Alpine, Front Street Books, author C.E. Hunt (A MOVEABLE MARFA), 6PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, author Marian O'Shea Wernicke (OUT OF IRELAND) book signing, 7PM,
*Carrollton, Dallas Poetry Slam, Fluid Fridays Queer Open Mic, 8PM,
*Duncanville, Black & Bitter Coffee and Books, Open Mic Night, 8PM,
*Dallas, The Writer's Garret, Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark: Ghost Stories To Dement And Delight, 10PM,





SATURDAY, MAY 13 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Houston, League of Romance Writers, Monthly Meeting featuring Kimberly Frost, 9AM, HYBRID,
*Seguin, Lone Star Festival (Day 1), 9AM
*Austin, Austin Book Arts Center, Secret Belgian Binding, 10AM,
*Houston, BIPOC Book Fest & Asia Society of Texas, BIPOC Book Festival, 10AM,
*Tomball, Harris County Public Library, Scribe Tribe Write-In, 10AM,
*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Pop Madness welcomes authors Kazu and Amy Kibuishi, Xavier Garza and Tracy Wolff, 10AM,
*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Second Saturday Author Signing featuring Joseph A. Schiller, 11AM,
*Pflugerville, Pflugerville Public Library, Pflugerville Poetry Society Meeting, 11AM,
*Spring, Copperfield's Books, Spring Local & Indie Author Book Fair, 11AM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Deb Preston signing, 11AM,
*Grapevine, Talking Animals Books, author Leatha Marie signing, 11:30AM,
*Dallas, Dallas Public LIbrary, Dallas Literary Festival, 12PM,
*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, May Indie Author Bookfest, 12PM,
*Austin, Univerity of Texas Press, author David Hillis speaking, 1PM,
*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, author Antonina Duridanova signing, 1PM,
*Arlington, Barnes & Noble, author Kristin Crowell Ellis signing, 2PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, author Joshua Levy (CREATIVE OUTLET METHOD) + Theatre Arts & More Workshop, 2PM,
*Austin, Bookspring Fest, A Read Aloud Celebration featuring over 30 authors & community members reading aloud, 2PM,
*El Paso, El Paso Writers' League, El Paso Writers' League Monthly Meeting, 2PM,
*Grapevine, Talking Animals Books, author Kevin Pajak signing, 2PM,
Tumblewords Project, Presenter Maria Perez, 2PM, ONLINE,
*Dallas, The Poetry Society of Texas, Monthly Meeting, 2:30PM,
Brazos Bookstore, Virtual Middle Grade Book Club with author Tanita S. Davis (FIGURE IT OUT, HENRI WELDON), 3PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, Ashley Weaver in conversation with Celeste Connally, 3PM,
*Austin, Austin Public Library Central, Austin Noir book launch & panel discussion hosted by Black Pearl Books, 4PM,
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, author Jonny Garza Villa (ANDER & SANTI WERE HERE), 4PM,
*San Antonio, Texas Poetry Assignment, Lone Star Poetry at Poetic Republic Coffee, 6PM,
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, author Martin J. Siegel (JUDGMENT AND MERCY), 6:30PM,
*Irving, Irving Public Library, author Charles Yu (INTERIOR CHINATOWN), 7PM,
*Plano, Plano Co-Op, Hometown Murder Night, 7PM,
*Dallas, DMA Arts & Letters Live, author Bonnie Garmus (LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY), 7:30PM, HYBRID,




SUNDAY, MAY 14 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Debra Atlas signing, 11AM,
*Grapevine, Mother's Day Market & Brunch, author Robin Hollo signing, 12PM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books Flagship, authors Terrance Furgerson (THE DALLAS STORY) & Celestina Blok (100 THINGS TO DO IN FORT WORTH BEFORE YOU DIE), 1PM,
*Fort Worth, East Regional Branch Library, FW Writes: Writers' Workshop, 1:30PM,
*Beeville, Texian Books, Discussion with Dr. James Lee, 3PM,
The Writer's Garret, Stone Soup Peer Critique Workshop, Poetry & Prose, 3PM, ONLINE
*San Antonio, The Mouth Dakota Project, Open Mic Poetry, 5PM,





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.

*Colleyville, Colleyville Public Library, StoryWalk, Month of May 2023

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.