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 10.01.2022 - 10.09.2022


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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.)


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Kilgore, Kilgore College, Unsinkable: Voices from the Storm Exhibition (Humanities Texas), through October 1, 2022

*Palacios, City by the Sea Museum (Humanities Texas), Lonesome Dove Exhibition, through October 13, 2022 

*Austin, Harry Ransom Center, The Writers - Portraits by Laura Wilson, through January 1, 2023


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Stephenville, Stephenville Public Library, Author signing with Ben English, Lori Steele Altebaumer. Carolyn Pingleton, Elaine Fields Smith, 9AM,
*Sugarland, First Colony Branch Library, Friends of First Colony Book Sale, 9AM,
*Boerne, Boerne Arts & Book Festival, 10AM,
*Austin, Manchaca Road Branch, Book Sale, 10AM,
*Canyon Lake, Tye Preston Memorial Library, New Braunfels Writers Guild, 10AM,
*Denton, Emily Fowler Central Library, Exploring Haunted Denton with author Teal Gray, 10AM,
*Sealy, Virgil and Josephine Gordon Memorial Library, Author Fawn Young (The Legend of the Old Man), 10AM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Storytime with author Dr. Felicity Muth (Am I Even a Bee?), 10:30AM,
*Fort Worth, Barnes & Noble Hulen Center, Special Storytime with Author Debra Young Hatch (Giraffes in my Closet), 11AM,
*Pflugerville, Pflugerville Public Library, Poetry Society Meeting, 11:30AM,
*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books & Indulgences, Author Visits with Janet Sever Hull, Chelsea Mueller & Jocelyn Holst Bolster, 12PM,
*Longview, Edible Art Specialty Cakes & Cookies, Author Mykayla Fontaine signing, 12PM,
*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Author HK Jacobs signing, 1PM,
*Dallas, Light and Salt Academy, Writing Contest for Refugee Students, 1PM,
*Harker Heights, Barnes & Noble, Author Alexandria August (A Conversation With Alexandria August), 1PM,
Tumblewords Project, Poet Shockie G: Get Out Of Your Own Head!, 2PM ONLINE,
*Austin, Austin Parks & Recreation, Dennis Berry artist/author and family heritage talk, 2PM,
*Austin, Reverie Books, Hooray for Middle Grade! with authors K.A. Holt, Jenny Zeigler, and Varsha Bajaj, 2PM,
*Coppell, Author Robin Hollo signing at the Keller Williams Car & Vendor Show, 2PM,
Houston Public Library, Public Poetry Reading Series Open Mic, 2PM, ONLINE,
*San Antonio, Dead Tree Books, Book signing with author Teresa Villarreal Rodríguez (Home, Where Memories Wait to be Remembered), 2PM,
*Spring, Barbara Bush Branch Library, Author Susan McCauley (Ghost Hunters series), 2PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Book signing with authors George Keaton Jr. and Judith Garrett Segura (Our Stories: Black Families in Early Dallas), 3PM,
*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books & Indulgences, Author Visit with Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell (Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s-1950s), 3PM,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, Signing for Every Beast Has a Secret: An Anthology of Texas Mysteries from the Wild Side, 3PM,
*Austin, Dear Diary Coffee, X Y Zine Art Closing Party, 4PM,
*Houston, First Congregational Church of Houston, Sylvia Richards Memorial Lecture Series featuring Kathryn Kolbert (Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom), 4PM, HYBRID,
*Austin, Brehm Center, The Music of the Psalms in Church History with author David Taylor (Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life), 6PM,
*San Marcos, San Marcos Public Library, Poetry Open Mic, 6:30PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Laura Warrell (Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm), 7PM,
*Houston, Rivkah French Choreography, Flesh and Bones: The Smither Smash with Poet Laureate Outspoken Bean, 7PM,
*Houston, The Garden Group Enterprises, Live Music & Poetry Saturdays at The Garden in Midtown, 7PM,
*Georgetown, Lark and Owl Booksellers, Live SHE WORE BLACK podcast with host Agatha Andrews and special guests RJ Joseph (Hell Hath No Sorrow Like a Woman Haunted) & Johnny Compton (The Spite House), 7:30PM,
*Dallas, Black Ceasar and Snookies, Toxxxtober Poetry Night, 9PM,


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Gainesville, Author Robin Hollo signing at the Frank Buck Zoo, 10AM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author Rachel Portillo signing, 11AM,
*Houston, Kindred Stories & Gulf Coast Cosmos, An Ode to Wash Day Writing Workshop, 11AM,
*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Author Gail Kittleson signing, 1PM,
*The Woodlands, Village Books, Author Susan McCauley signing, 2PM,
*Austin, Bookwoman, In-person Book Launch: Art in the Time of Unbearable Crisis, Women Writers Respond to the Call with authors Stephanie Raffelock, Kelly Hitchcock, and Jeanne Baker Guy, 4PM,
*Dallas, Verb Kulture Events, BeatStreet Poetry Live Sunday Social and Open Mic, 5PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Author Chloe Gong (Foul Lady Fortune), 6PM,
*Austin, Poetry on Tea Leaves, Open Mic, 6PM,
*Houston, Poetry Lounge Sundays, Poetry Lounge - We're Back!, 6PM,
*Houston, Mr. Reverse It & The Poetic Den, 5th Annual Poetry Exclusive 'Spittin Pink' Breast Cancer Awareness Poetry Extravaganza, 7PM,
*Houston, The Garden Group Enterprises, Live Music & Poetry Sundays at The Garden in Midtown, 7PM,
*Houston, Bando business LLC, Unsigned Hype Night, 11:30PM,


MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Beat Poetry, 9:15AM,
*Austin, Southeast Branch Library, Literature Live Presents: The Vain Cuckoo, 12:15PM,
*Conroe, Montgomery County Memorial Library, Adult Writer's Group, 1PM,
*Frisco, Barnes & Noble, Author Chloe Gong (Foul Lady Fortune), 6PM,
*Houston, Nuestra Palabra & Alley Theater, Hispanic Heritage Month with Poet Lupe Mendez, 6PM,
*Ozona, Friends of the Crockett Public Library, A Conversation with Mike & Ann Capron & Joan Wilson, 6PM,
DeFunct Magazine, Show Me Where On Earth You Are Ecopoetics Workshop, 6:30PM, ONLINE,
Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, Stay At Home Open Mic, 7PM, ONLINE,
Bookwoman, Zoe Fay-Stindt & Friends: Virtual Book Launch Celebration for Bird Body, 7PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, The Connect Group, Mic Check Monday, 7PM,
*Dallas, DMA Arts & Letters Live, Author Fredrik Backman (The Winners) 7:30PM, HYBRID,
*Houston, Inprint, Poet Javier Zamora (Solito), 7:30PM,
*Austin, Spicewood Springs Branch Library, Literature Live Presents: The Vain Cuckoo, 3:30PM,


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Edinburg, UTRGV Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies, A Fiction Reading and Conversation with author Ruben Degollado (Throw, The Family Izquierdo), 8AM,
*Canyon Lake, Tye Preston Memorial Library, Canyon Lake Area Writers, 4:30PM,
*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Writing Workshop with San Antonio poet laureate, Andrea Vocab Sanderson, 5:30PM,
*San Antonio, Texas A&M University - San Antonio, Common Experience Speaker Series with Poet Lupe Mendez, 5:30PM,
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, Author John Patrick Green (Investigators: Heist & Seek), 6PM,
*San Antonio, Nowhere Bookshop, Kate Winkler Dawson in conversation with Jenny Lawson, 6PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Author Ramona Reeves (It Falls Gently Around and Other Stories), 7PM,
*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, 50th BDAY BASH Hosted by Christopher Michael, 8PM,


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Austin, Howson Branch Library, Literature Live Presents The Vain Cuckoo: , 11AM, 
*Dallas, Dallas Public Library, Workshop Wednesdays with the Dallas Poet Laureate, 11AM,
Blue Willow Bookshop, Virtual Book Launch with Elizabeth C. Bunce (In Myrtle Peril), 5PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Inprint, Off Script: Stories and Visual Art from the Heart of Medicine, 5:30PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Mari Mancusi (New Dragon City), 6PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, CW Smith (Girl Flees Circus), 6PM, 
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, Rachel Farnsworth (The Stay-at-Home Chef Family Favorites Cookbook), 6PM,
*Longview, Books & Barrels, Poetry Night, 6PM,
*Houston, Harris County Public Library and Wortham Theatre Center, Pages & Stages Book Club: Virtual Visit with Tom Papa (You’re Doing Great), 6:30PM, HYBRID,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, Author Kate Winkler Dawson signing, 6:30PM,
DeFunct Magazine, Mapping the Maze–Charting Your Path to Publication Online Workshop, 6:30PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Showtime Bar and Lounge, Art After Dark Open Mic Night, 7PM,
*Waco, Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Author Dr. Peter Klein (Why Managers Matter), 7PM,
*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, Latinx Open Mic featuring Matt Sedillo, 7:30PM,


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Midland, Midland College (June & Frank Cowden Jr. Dining Hall), Author Ben English signing, 12PM,
*Houston, Kurio Collective West, Author Vince Miller, 3PM,
*Austin, HRC Pforzheimer Lecture Series, "How a 17th-century Woman Writer Can Revitalize the History of the Book", 4:30PM, HYBRID,
*Charlotte, Charlotte Public Library, Edna Campos Gravenhorst (San Antonio’s Historic Market Square/Té de Canela/Cinnamon Tea), 5PM,
*Dallas, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture Letters & Spirits, Author Sanderia Smith (The Mourner's Bench), 6PM,
Texas Sisters Press, Book Launch: SandyBoy & His Pasture Friends by Cindi Flow, 6PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Lily Weiss (Through the Lens), 6PM,
*North Richland Hills, North Richland Hills Public Library, Poetry Night, 6PM,
*Tyler, Friends of the Tyler Public Library, Author Reavis Wortham Speaking & Signing, 6PM,
*Austin, LBJ Presidential Library, An Evening with author/photographer Pete Souza (The West Wing and Beyond: What I Saw Inside the Presidency), 6:30PM,
*Fort Worth, The Dock Bookshop, Authors Ali Kamanda & Jorge Redmond signing, 6:30PM,
*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library - Golden Triangle, Virtual book talk with author William Maz (The Bucharest Dossier), 6:30PM, HYBRID,
*Austin, BookPeople, Author Caryn Rose (Why Patti Smith Matters), 7PM,
*Canyon, WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Series, Authors Richard and Shirley Flint: To and Fro without a Road Map: Which Way the Coronado Expedition Chose to Go, and Why, 7PM,
*Georgetown, Lark & Owl Booksellers, Poetry Open Mic Night, 7PM,
*Houston, BayouCityPress, In-person launch of Carrie Carter’s Whiskers Abroad, 7 PM,
*Houston, Word &Deed Society, Open Mic Thursday, 7PM,
*Houston, Writer's Block, Writer's Block Open Mic, 7PM,


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Alpine, Stable Performance Cars, Author Ben English signing at the Big Bend Octane Fest, 12PM,
*Houston, Creative Conversations: Author Mark Sealy (Photography: Race, Rights, and Representation) with Christopher Blay, 5:30PM,
*Houston, Climate Action Team & First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Author activist Ed Winters Talk & Plant-Based Burger Bar and Potluck, 5:30PM,
*Houston, Holman Draft Hall, Book signing with Joseph Schiller (Upon the Arrival of Dawn) plus other authors, 5:30PM,
*San Antonio, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Showcase of Texas and California writers featuring poet David Romero, 6PM,
DeFunct Magazine, Breaking the Aubade (Love Poetry) Workshop, 6:30PM, ONLINE,
*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books & Indulgences, Denton First Fridays Poetry Reading, 6:30PM,
*Dallas, Whose Books Neighborhood Bookstore, Science Fiction Author Gabriella Zielke signing, 6:30PM,
*Houston, Cold Poetry Group, Puff Puff Poetry, 7PM,
*Killeen, Dat Friday Flow Killeen Poetry, "Court"ober, 7PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Kate Winkle Dawson (All That is Wicked), 7PM,
Malvern Books, Rita Zoey Chin in Conversation with Cecily Sailer, 7PM, ONLINE,
Bayou City Press, Facebook Live Launch of “Whiskers Abroad, 7 PM,
*Kyle, Katherine Anne Porter Literacy Center, Visiting Author Kevin Wilson (Tunneling to the Center of the Earth), 7:30PM,
*Dallas, Dallas Poetry Slam, The Petty or Purge Poetry Slam & Open Mic hosted by @lyricallygiftedbrother, 8PM,
*Houston, beSocial, Poetry Jam, 8PM,


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Columbus, Potter's Western Wear, Author Signing Fawn Young, 9AM,
*Mansfield, Writers in the Field, Writers in the Field Conference, 9AM,
*Midland, Permian Basin Bookies & Midland College, Permian Basin Writers' Workshop, 9AM,
*San Antonio, Gemini Ink, Literary Movements with Rod Carlos Rodriguez, 9AM,
*Houston, Tweens Read, 2022 Tweens Read Book Festival, 9:30AM,
*Lubbock, Caprock Writers Group, Poet Vera Gomez, 10AM,
*Richmond, George Memorial Library, Friends of the George Memorial Library Book Sale, 10AM,
*Arlington, American Christian Fiction Writers, Author Dr. Ronda Wells presenting Novel Malpractice: Get Your Medical Fiction Right, 10:30AM, HYBRID,
League of Romance Writers, Build-A-Book : The Pre-Writing Process with author and book doctor Erika Kelly, 10:30AM, ONLINE,
*The Woodlands, Buy the Book & Write It with Writers, The Art of Storytelling, 11AM,
*Dallas, Whose Books Neighborhood Bookstore, Author & Musician The Reverend Shawn Amos, 11:30AM,
*Fort Worth, The Dock Bookshop, Fall Book Fair, 12PM,
*Lewisville, Thrive Nature Park, Nature Journaling 101, 12PM,
*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Author Humberto G. Garcia discusses Mustang Miracle, 1PM,
*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Author Kady Hinojosa signing, 1PM,
DeFunct Magazine, Trauma Writing Sans Vilification Workshop, 1PM, ONLINE,
*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Author Xavier Garza speaking & signing, 1PM,
Tumblewords Project, Unearthing and Rebirthing: Giving Our Stories a New Beginning with Author Amanda Ashley Villanueva, 2PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, Author visit P.J. Hoover (Problem Solvers), 3PM,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, Author Karen Hanson Stuyck signing, 3PM,
*Irving, Irving Public Library, Irving Chautauqua Presents Local Authors, 3PM,
*Houston, The Foundation For Black Heritage and Culture, 6th Annual Black Heritage Festival, 4PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Adam Silvera (The First to Die at the End), 6PM,
*Lewisville, Kindred Creatives Art and Literary Press, Kindred Spirits Night of Poetry, Music, Comedians, Storytellers + Open Mic, 7PM,
Malvern Books, Lone Star Lit with Author Stacey Swann, 1PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, The Garden Group, Live Music & Poetry Saturday, 7PM,
*Houston, Talk to Me Podcast, Live Music & Poetry Open Mic, 8PM,


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author Sandy Smith, Share Time Tales Series, 11AM
Writing Workshops, Process and Practice: Developing a Writing Life that Supports Both Creativity and Production, 12PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Houston Arts Alliance & Afrikanah Book Club Houston, Lit in The 5th, 12PM,
*Austin, Barnes & Noble Arboretum, Author Adam Perry (Ghosts Come Rising), 3PM,
*San Antonio, The Mouth Dakota Project, Open Mic, 5PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Thomas E. Ricks (Waging a Good War), 7PM,
*Waco, Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Author signing Ruth Chou Simons (Emmanuel), 7PM,


RECURRING STORY TIMES (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Taylor, Libros Bookmobile, Family Storytime at The Loose Screw, M, 12:30PM

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

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 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.