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 09.10.2022 - 09.18.2022


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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.)

*Bedford, Bedford Public Library, Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy Exhibit (Humanities Texas) through September 22, 2022

*Dallas, Big D Reads The Accommodation, Dallas History and Archives Exhibition, through September 30, 2022

*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, SEPTEMBER 10 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library, Author Dr. Gregg Cantrell speaking, 10:30AM, Hybrid,
*Lubbock, Wild Lark Books, Author Alan Burton signing, 11AM,
*Fort Hood, Words Unite Bookstore, Author Kerry Kinlaw signing, 12PM,
*McAllen, Barnes & Noble Palms Crossing, Author David Bowles (They Call Her Fregonia), 2PM,
*Houston, Houston Public Library & Public Poetry, Public Poetry Monthly Reading Series featuring Poets Ata Moharreri, Jane Creighton, Sherrika Mitchell, Laura Lucia Quinton, 2PM,
*Canyon, Burrowing Owl Books, A.G. Howard (Shades of Rust and Ruin) and Andrew J. Brandt (Palo Duro) in conversation, 4:30PM,
*San Antonio, Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, Author María E. Martin (Crossing Borders, Building Bridges), 6PM,


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*DeSoto, Texas Poetry Events, The Infamous Love Jones & Open Mic, 3PM,  
*Fort Worth, Arts Fifth Avenue, Second Sunday Spoken Word, 6PM,


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Boerne Beat Poetry Club, 9:15AM,
*Conroe, Montgomery County Public Library, Writers Group, 1PM,
*Houston, Anjeanette Gunter, Intro to Journalism for Middle Schoolers, 4PM,
*Granbury, Granbury Writer's Bloc, Read & Critique, 6:30PM,
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, Poet Melissa Ginsburg (Doll Apollo), 6:30PM,
*San Marcos, San Marcos Public Library, Writer's Group, 6:30PM,
Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, Stay At Home Open Mic, 7PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, Elena Armas (American Roommate Experiment), 7PM,
*Houston, The Connect Group, Mic Check Monday, 7PM,
*Odessa, Odessa Arts and Writers' League of Texas, Literary Death Match with authors Stacey Swann, Kathy Valentine, James Wade, and Sarah Bird, 7PM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop & JCC Author Speaker Series, Author Shannon Sarna, 7PM,
*Houston, Inprint, Erika L. Sanchez Reading (Crying in the Bathroom), 7:30PM,


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Austin, BookPeople, Author Storytime with Estani Frizzell (Unique Beak), 10:30AM,
*Richardson, Richardson Public Library, Luncheon with Author Imbolo Mbue, 11AM,
*Overton, McMillan Memorial Library, Book Talk with author Dana Wayne, 12PM,
*Galveston, Alibi Bar, Texas Dives Book Signing, Time, 4:30PM,
*Frisco, Barnes & Noble Stonebriar Mall, Author Kelly Hollingshead (Fallen Watcher), 5PM,
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, Author Amy Sarig King (Attack of the Black Rectangles), 5PM,
*Laredo, Laredo Public Library, Write Poetry Laredo! with first ever Poet Laureate for the City of Laredo - Rosa Maria Ceballos de Llano, 5:30PM,
Writers' League of Texas, Write In, 6PM, ONLINE,
Texas Sisters Press, Chain Reaction Book Launch by C.J. Peterson, 6PM, ONLINE,
*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, Author Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, 6:30PM,
*Cedar Hill, Dallas Area Writers Group, Monthly Meeting with authors Michelle Stimpson and Casandra Marshall-McLaughlin, 7PM, HYBRID,
Blue Willow Bookshop, Author/Songwriter Rodney Crowell (Word for Word) with Emmylou Harris, 7PM, ONLINE,
*Georgetown, Lark & Owl Booksellers, Book Launch for author Aurelia Davila Pratt (A Brown Girl's Epiphany), 7PM,
*Lubbock, Museum of Texas Tech University, Texas Natural History in the 21st Century Book Signing, Presentation, and Gallery Tour, 7PM,
Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Fabled's Book Club in Discussion with Rebecca Ross (A River Enchanted), 7PM, ONLINE,
*Richardson, Richardson Public Library, Author Lecture & Book Signing with Imbolo Mbue (Behold the Dreamers), 7:30PM,
*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam Performance & Writing Workshop Series, Open Mic Hosted by Akeem Olaj !, 8PM,
*El Paso, BorderSenses, The Barbed Wire Series: Open Mic Night at Mona Bar of Modern Art, 10PM,


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Dallas, Dallas Public Library, Workshop Wednesdays with the Dallas Poet Laureate, 11AM,
*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Writer's Roundtable, 1PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Author signing with Mike Duncan (Hero of Two Worlds), 2PM,
*Dallas, Deep Vellum Books, C. W. Smith (Girl Flees Circus) in conversation with Steve Blow, 6:30PM, 
*Denton, South Branch Library, Meet the Author Dr. Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha (The President and the Supreme Court: Going Public on Judicial Decisions from Washington to Trump), 6:30PM,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, Author Joel Dicker, 6:30PM,
*Arlington, George W. Hawkes Public Library, Writing an Unconventional Love Story in Young Adult Fiction: Author Talk with Kate Stollenwerck (Hello, Goodbye), 7PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Author Edward Carey (Plagues & Pencils), 7PM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books Flagship Store, Author Mike Maden (Clive Cussler's Hellburner), 7PM,
*Denton, UNT-The Mary Jo & V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series, Author/critic Jerry Saltz (How To Be an Artist), 7PM,
Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops, The Big Texas Read featuring Dr Carmen Tafolla & Regina Moya, 7PM, ONLINE,
Bookwoman, Virtual Book Talk: Working 9-5: A Women's Movement, a Labor Union and the Iconic Movie- with author Ellen Cassedy, 7PM,
Fresh Fiction Events, Video Book Club with author Jim Frangione, 7PM, ONLINE,
Brazos Bookstore, Author Ryan La Sala (The Honeys), 7PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, The Afterlife of Biblical Figures in Early Judaism with author Dr. Caryn Tamber-Rosenau (Women in Drag), 7PM,
*Houston, Let's Go, Open Mic, 7PM,
*Dallas, Wild Detectives, Poetry Series featuring Bruce Bond, 7:30PM,
*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, Open Mic featuring Spoken Ninaa, 7:30PM,
*Houston, Showtime Bar and Lounge, Art After Dark Open Mic Night, 8PM,


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Houston, Emmaus Spirituality Center, Poetry and Prayer: Comfort Throughout Seasons of Grief, 10AM,
*Conroe, Montgomery County Public Library, Black-Out Poetry Craft, 2PM,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, Marple: A Celebration, 2PM, ONLINE,
*San Marcos, Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, Visiting Author Safia Elhillo (The January Children) at Texas State University Alkek Library Wittliff Collections, 3:30PM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author Lucy Griffith, Wingbeat Atlas, 5PM,
*Richmond, George Memorial Library, Story Spinners Writing Club, 5:30PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Author signing with Mary Beth Rogers (Hope and Hard Truth), 6PM,
*San Angelo, Stephens Central Library, Ben English signing, 6PM,
*Dallas, Barnes & Noble (SMU Campus), Kate Stollenwerck (Hello, Goodbye), 6PM,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, Author Mike Maden, 6:30PM,
*Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Writing Workout, 6:30PM,
*Houston, Inprint, Writing Workout with the Museum of Fine Arts, 6:30PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Author signing with Mike Duncan (Hero of Two Worlds), 7PM,
BookPeople, Author Ling Ma (Bliss Montage: Stories), 7PM, ONLINE,
*Dallas, Half Price Books Flagship Store, Baen Authors Panel, 7PM,
*Dallas, Deep Vellum, Rebecca Bernard book launch for Our Sister Who Will Not Die, 7PM,
*Dallas, The Writer's Garret, Moving Beyond The Accommodation: the Power of Language in Shaping Social Change with journalist Linda Jones, poet Laura Neal, and playwright and novelist Camika Spencer, 7PM,
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, Author Stephanie Garber (The Ballad of Never After), 7PM,
*Houston, Kindred Stories, IRL Author Talk with Kevin and Melissa Fredericks (Marriage Be Hard), 7PM,
*Houston, Juice Easy, Blaque Butterfly: All Female Poetry Event, 7PM,
*Houston, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, Author Jen Maxfield, 7:30PM,
*Houston, beSocial, Open Mic Night, 8PM,
Writers' League of Texas, Writing and Publishing Short Fiction author panel with Chelsea Bieker, K-Ming Chang, and Thomas McNeely (Pictures of the Shark: Stories), Moderated Samantha Babiak, 8PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Ro Bellard, Therapeutic Thursday: A Night of Poetry and RNB for the Soul, 8:30PM,


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Irving, Dallas Future Society, FenCon XVIII, 12PM,
*Needville, Albert George Branch Library, Friends of the Library Book Sale, Day 1 of 2, 12PM,
*Junction, Kimble County Library, Lunch with Author Ben English, 12PM,
*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, Author Chris Mullen signing, 4PM,
*Dallas, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Lyric Hour with Dallas Poet Laureate Joaquin Zihuatanejo, 6PM,
*San Antonio, Esperanza Peace & Justice Center and Conocimientos Press, Author Teresa Villarreal Rodriguez (Home, Where Memories Wait to be Remembered) Book Release, 6PM,
*San Antonio, Our Lady of the Lake, Artist Talk with Poet Samantha Ceballos, 6:30PM, 
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, Mike Duncan (Hero of Two Worlds), 6:30PM,
*Killeen, Dat Friday Flow, Paint & Poetry, 7PM,
*Dallas, DMA Arts & Letters Live, Texas Poet Laureate Lupe Mendez (Why I Am Like Tequila) Poetry Workshop, 7:30PM,
*Dallas, Dallas Poetry Slam, Feature Friday Open Mic, 8PM,
*Lampasas, Central Texas Writers Society, Open Mic, 8PM,


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Fort Worth, Trinity River Book Festival, 9AM,
*Fulshear, Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, Fulshear Friends of the Library Book Sale, 9AM,
*Mineola, Friends of the Mineola Public Library, Book Sale, 9AM,
*Austin, SCBWI, Book Launch for Author Melissa Coffey, 10AM,
*Canyon Lake, Tye Preston Memorial Library, New Braunfels Writers Guild, 10AM,
*Tyler, Tyler Public Library, Book Sale, 10AM,
*Harker Heights, Barnes & Noble, Author storytime with Debra Young Hatch (Giraffes In My Closet), 11AM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author Sandy Loker, signing 11AM,
*San Antonio, Trinity University Press, Lecture and book signing by Anne Elise Urrutia author of Miraflores, 11AM,
*Fort Hood, Words Unite Bookstore, Author Michael Jedaiah signing, 12PM,
*Round Rock, Half Price Books, Author Nikki Kwiatkowski, 12PM,
*Spring, Barbara Bush Branch Library, Banned Passages Spoken Word Poetry Performance with Outspoken Bean, 1PM,
*Richardson, Richardson Public Library, Meet Author Kate Stollenwerck, 2PM,
Tumblewords Project, Kelly Mary McAllister: Body Work: Poetry of Motion, 2PM, ONLINE,
*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Author Jason Waltz signing, 2PM,
*Dallas, Pleasant Grove Branch Library & Soul Rep Theatre, Excerpts from TRAVISVILLE by William Jackson Harper, 2PM,
*Denton, Barnes & Noble, Authors Jodi Thomas & Patience Griffin sign The Quilt, 2PM,
*Richardson, Richardson Public Library, Kate Stollenwerck (Hello, Goodbye), 2PM,
*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Author Michael Genhart reading from Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music, 2:30PM,
*Austin, Black Pearl Books, Launch Party with author Christinia Soontornvat (The Tryout), 3PM,
Brazos Bookstore, Middle Grade Book Club with Author Karina Yan Glaser (A Duet for Home), 3PM, ONLINE,
Author Amber Royer hosts Saturday Night Write, 4PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Indo-American Society of Greater Houston, Author Dr. Omendra Ratnu (Maharanas: A Thousand Year War for Dharma), 4PM,
*Houston, Posh Designs LLC, Private Signing Meet & Greet with Author Precious Stevens (Anything's Poshable), 4PM,
*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Texas Dives authors Anthony Head & Kirk Weddle signing, 5PM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author Christoper Phillips signing, 5:30PM,
*Dallas, Barnes & Noble Prestonwood Center, Author Stephanie Hudson, 6PM,
*Plano, Fresh Fiction, Dinner with WISHING QUILT authors Lori Wilde, Jodi Thomas, and Patience Griffin, 6PM,
*Houston, Kindred Stories, IRL Author Reading: Jasminne Mendez (Islands Apart), 7PM,
*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, Kings vs Queens, 7PM,


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Lewisville, North Texas Mycological Association & LLELA, Family Friendly Foray with Author Melany Kahn (Mason Goes Mushrooming), 9:30AM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author Millie Kerr signing Wilder, 11AM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books Flagship Store, Hispanic Heritage Month Author Event with Alex Temblador (Half Outlaw) & Samantha Mabry (Tigers, Not Daughters), 1PM,
*Houston, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, The Afterlife of Biblical Figures in Early Judaism with author Dr. Jonathan Kaplan (My Perfect One), 2PM, (Registration required),
*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Author Xavier Garza will read from The Great and Mighty Nikko, 2PM,
The Writer's Garret, Prose Stone Soup Critique Group, 2PM, ONLINE,
The Writer's Garret, Mixed Genre Stone Soup Critique Group, 3PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Poetry Lounge Sunday, Poetry Lounge - We're Back! Open Mic, 6PM,
Aaron Family JCC, The Dallas Jewish BookFest presents Matchmaker MatchMaker: The Matchmaker's Gift: A Novel by Lynda Cohen Loigman and Mr. Perfect on Paper: A Novel by Jean Meltzer, 7PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Bando Business LLC, Unsigned Hype Night Open Mic, 11PM,


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

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.