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 9.2.2023 - 9.10.2023





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Bookish goings-on in Texas

compiled exclusively by Lone Star Literary Life


SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*LubbockNational Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, September 9-11, 2023


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

*DallasSMU Campus, “I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere”: Collecting the Multilingual Cannon, through September 22, 2023

*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Pastures of the Empty Page: Fellow Writers on the Life and Legacy of Larry McMurtry, through October 5, 2023

*Plano, Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy (Humanities Texas), through October 17, 2023

*Denton, Emily Fowler Library, Literature of Prescription - Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Yellow Wallpaper", 9AM, through October 21, 2023

*Austin, Harry Ransom Center, The Long Lives of Very Old Books, through December 30, 2023

*San Marcos, The Wittliff Collection, I Pray You Stay Alive: Writing on the Edge, through May 10, 2024



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Alpine, Alpine Lion's Club, author Ben English signing at the Big Bend Gun & Knife Show, 9AM,

*Bandera, Bandera County Library, Friends Monthly Book Sale, 9AM,

*Keller, Keller Public Library, Keller Writers Association, 9:45AM,

*Flower Mound, author Robin Hollo signing at Kroger (Day 1), 10AM,

*Houston, Friends of the Houston Library, Friends of the Houston Library Book Sale, 10AM,

*McAllen, McAllen Public Library, Pop Up Book Sale, 10AM,

*Austin, BookPeople, author Solari the Hii Priestess (Y.O.U. YOUR OWN UNIVERSE), 10:30AM,

*The Woodlands, Buy the Book, Special Storytime with author Kari Lavelle (BUTT OR FACE?), 10:30AM,

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Daniel García Ordaz, Read Until You Bleed: funny and thoughtful poetry for funny and thoughtful children, 11AM,

*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, author Z.W. Taylor signing, 12PM,

*Galveston, Galveston Bookshop, author Jackie Hovorka book signing (THE 12TH LETTER), 1PM,

*Houston, Public Poetry, Reading Series with Raneem Bakir Alia / Saba Husain / Diego Nguyen / Elina Petrova, 1PM,

*Houston, Public Poetry & Central Library, Public Poetry Reading Series, 2PM,

*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio Poets Association, 2PM,

*Austin, BookPeople, author Lisa Doggett (UP THE DOWN ESCALATOR), 4:30PM,





SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Arlington, St Mark's Church, Book Launch for Art from Darkness by C.A. Humer, 12:30PM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books - Flagship, authors Nancy Golden (SWORD OF FATE) & Jacob Rykman (LEGEND OF SAMANTHA TORRES) book signing, 1PM,
*Dallas, The Writer's Garret, Mixed Genre Stone Soup Workshop, 3PM,




MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Boerne Beat Poetry Group, 9:15AM,
*Houston, Julia C. Hester House, author Dr. Ruth J. Simmons book launch (UP HOME), 4PM,,
Brazos Bookstore, Virtual Author Visit Chloe Aridjis (DIALOGUE WITH A SOMNAMBULIST), 6:30PM,




TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Fort Worth, Meadowbrook Branch Library, Mexican Amate Inspired Paper Art, 5PM,
*Austin, Hampton Branch Library, Write with Spike: Writing Workshops with Spike Gillespie, 5:30PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, author Míriam Bonastre Tur (HOOKY, VOLUME 3), 6PM,
*Hurst, Hurst Public Library, Trinity Arts Writers Workshop, 6PM,
*McAllen, McAllen Public Library, DIY Bookmarks (teens), 6PM, 
*Conroe, Montgomery County Memorial Library, Writer's Group, 6PM,
The Writing Barn, Write. Submit. Support. FREE Info & Inspiration Session, 6PM, ONLINE,
*Dallas, Pan African Connection, Book Signing with author Allisa Charles-Findley, 6:30PM,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, author James R. Benn signing, 6:30PM,
*Lubbock, Lubbock Write Right Critique Group, Weekly Meeting, 6:30PM, HYBRID,
*Austin, Reverie Books, One Page Salon featuring Jennifer DuBois, Michael Hall, Amanda Johnston, Taisia Kitaiskaia, and Sylvia Madrigal, 7:30PM,
*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, Poetry Slam Night hosted by Free.K, 7:30PM,
*The Colony, Dallas Poetry Slam, Twisted Tuesdays Karaoke & Open Mic, 8PM,




WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Dallas, Central Library, Workshop Wednesdays with the Dallas Poet Laureate, 11AM,
*Austin, LBJ Presidential Library, Book Talk with author Donald A. Ritchie (WASHINGTON'S IRON BUTTERFLY) with Luci Baines Johnson, 11:30AM,
Granbury Writers' Bloc, Read & Critique, 2PM, ONLINE,
*Katy, Books-A-Million, author Míriam Bonastre Tur (HOOKY, VOLUME 3) book signing, 4PM,
*Humble, Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library, Word Crafters, 5PM,
University of Texas Press, Panel on Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters, 5PM, ONLINE,
*Longview, Books & Barrels, Poetry Night, 6PM,
The Writing Barn, Is the CTC Right for Me?, 6PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, author Claudia Gray signing, 6:30PM,
*Austin, Bookwoman, Wildfire Reading Series featuring Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, 7PM,
*Dallas, Pan African Book Connection, Poetry Open Mic Night, 7PM,
*Dallas, Whose Books, David Hopkins in conversation with Taffeta Darling, 7PM,
*Georgetown, Lark & Owl Booksellers, author Juli Berwald (LIFE ON THE ROCKS) book signing, 7PM,
*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, Poetry Open Mic Night ft. Deuce Deuce, 7:30PM,




THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Houston, Conversations from a Page, Literary Salon with Alice Feeney (GOOD BAD GIRL), 8:45AM,
*Kerrville, Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library, Historical Fiction Book Club & SPECIAL AUTHOR VISIT with J.G. Schwartz (THE CURIOUS SPELL OF MADAM GENOVA), 12PM,
*Galena Park, Galena Park Branch Library, ESL Journaling Group, 1PM,
*Houston, Central Library, Write On!, 5PM,
*Amarillo, Chapterhouse Books, Pop Up First Thursday at High Fidelity, 6PM,
*Austin, Harry Ransom Center, PANEL: Selling Very Old Books Today, 6PM, HYBRID,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, author Charles Francis (ARCHIVE ACTIVISM) discussion & book signing, 6PM,
Harris County Public Library, AUTHORAMA: Life, Love, Family, and Food: Live Virtual Author Talk with Lidia Bastianich, 6PM, ONLINE,
*McAllen, McAllen Public Library, DIY Bookmarks (teens), 6PM,
*Fort Worth, Northwest Branch Library, FW Writes: Writers' Workshop with author Allie Pleiter, 6:30PM,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, author Alice Feeney in conversation with Abby Endler, 6:30PM,
*Pflugerville, Pflugervilled Public Library, Fall Book Buzz, 6:30PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, author Chris Guillebeau (GONZO CAPITALISM), 7PM,
*Austin, Book Woman, In-person Reading with Szilvia Molnar & Thao Votang, 7PM,
Blue Willow Bookshop, Virtual author visit with Meg Cabot (ENCHANTED TO MEET YOU) & Maureen Lenker (IT HAPPENED ONE FIGHT), 7PM, ONLINE, 
*Dallas, Deep Vellum Books, Panel discussion: An Evening Remembering Larry McMurtry, 7PM,
*Dallas, University of Texas Press, Pastures of the Empty Page at the Dallas Contemporary, 7PM,
*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, author Amy Martin reading & signing, 7PM,
*Allen, Allen Public Library, author Steven L. Davis (J.FRANK DOBIE: A LIBERATED MIND), 7:30PM,




FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Crosby, Crosby Edith Fae Cook Cole Branch Library, Book Sale (DAY ONE), 1PM,

*Crosby, Friends of the Crosby Library, Gelu Italian Ice Library Fundraiser, 1PM,

*Houston, Inprint, El Comité Permanente presents Open Mic, 6PM,

*San Antonio, The Texas Authors Series 2023, authors Kathryn Vomero Santos, Adrianna M. Santos, & Katherine Gillen (THE BARD IN THE BORDERLANDS) & Ito Romo (THE BORDER IS BURNING) discussion and book signing, 6PM,

*Austin, BookPeople, author Megan Kamalei Kakimoto (EVERY DROP IS A MAN'S NIGHTMARE), 7PM,

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Store & Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, Book Launch for Carmen Tafolla's Warrior Girl, 7PM,

*The Colony, Dallas Poetry Slam, Fluid Fridays Open Mic, 8PM,

*Lufkin, Michael Guinn Entertainment, The Standpipe Poetry Slam and Open Mic, 9PM,




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

*Katy, Cinco Ranch Branch Library, Friends of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library Book Sale, 9AM,
*Austin, Central Library, author/singer/songwriter Carlos Mejia Godoy (Y EL VERBO SE HIZO CANTO), 10AM,
*Austin, Ausin Book Arts Center, Fall Open House, Free admission. Enjoy refreshments & discounts, 10AM-5PM,
*Junction City, Writers' League of Texas, Texas Writes with Stacey Swann and Rachel Starnes, 10AM,
The Writer's Garret, Prose & Poetry Stone Soup Workshop, 10AM, ONLINE,
*San Antonio, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Meet the author of "If I Were A Park Ranger," Catherine Stier, at this year's Junior Ranger Day, 10AM,
*Tomball, Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library, Scribe Tribe Write-in, 10AM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Special storytime with author Susan Layne (ELINOR'S GLAD-TO-BE-TOGETHER FAMILY), 10:30AM,
*Fort Worth, Southwest Regional Library, Preserving a Texas-Czech Family Legacy with author Dawn Orsak, 10:30AM,
*Boerne, Boerne Public Library, author Theo Boyd signing, 11AM,
*Dalworthington Gardens, Pantego Books, author Kimberly Willis Holt Reading, 11AM,
*Dalworthington Gardens, Pantego Books, meet & greet with author David Hopkins, 2PM,
*Houston, Central Library, Poet Laureate Workshop: Imagine a Houston, 11AM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Sheri Gardner signing SERET OF THE BRUSH, 11AM
*Dallas, Half Price Books - Flagship, Storytime with author Kristen Dickson (FIONA BUILDS A FAIRY HOUSE), 11:30AM,
*Grapevine, Talking Animals Books, author Keka Novales signing, 11:30AM,
*Victoria, Texian Books, author Debra Atlas signing, 11:30AM,
*Webster, Mardel, Meet & Greet with author Diann Mills, 12PM,
*Tyler, Half Price Books, author Jasmine Ware (A SILENT BATTLE WON WITH A LOUD VICTORY) book signing, 1PM,
*Fort Worth, Monkey and Dog Books, Author Licia Chenoweth signing, 1PM,
*Fort Worth, Ella Mae Shamblee Branch Library, Mexican Amate Inspired Paper Art, 1PM,
*Fort Worth, La Gran Biblioteca, A Letter to Our Grandparents, 1PM,
*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, In the Shadow of the Moon with Author Anthony Aveni, 1PM,
*Dalworthington Gardens, Pantego Bookstore, meet & greet with author David Hopkins, 2PM,
*El Paso, El Paso Writers' League, El Paso Writers' League Monthly Meeting, 2PM,
The Writing Barn, “Your Yes is Next” Yellow Brick Road & Spotlight Coaching Session, 2PM,
*Dallas, The Poetry Society, Monthly Meeting, 2:30PM,
Brazos Bookstore, Middle Grade Book Club with Larry Schwarz and Iva-Marie Palmer (THE JULES VERNE PROPHECY), 3PM, ONLINE, 
*Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, author Angelina M. Lopez (FULL MOON OVER FREEDOM), 4PM,
*Dallas, The Wild Detectives, Hay Forum (Day 1), 5PM,
*Dallas, The Texas Theatre, BUBBA HO-TEPwith Joe R. Lansdale Q/A and book signing, 6PM,
*Houston, Basket Books & Art, Poets Write the Body: Poetry reading with Elisa Garza, Katie Hoerth, Maria Miranda Maloney, and Carolina Monsivais, 6:30PM,
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, author Dr. Ruth J. Simmons (UP HOME), 6:30PM,
*Georgetown, Lark & Owl Booksellers, author Elena Armas (THE LONG GAME) book signing, 7PM,




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

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Young Author Nathaniel Siller signing NIGHT TIME, 11AM,
Blue Willow Bookshop, virtual author visit with Anne Twist & Emily Sutton (BETTY AND THE MYSTERIOUS VISITOR), 1PM, ONLINE,
*Dallas, Half Price Books - Flagship, suthors Elle Grawl (WHAT STILL BURNS) & Deanna King (TRUST NO ONE) book signing, 1PM,
*Fort Worth, East Regional Library, Writers' Workshop, 1:30PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, authors Don Tate (JERRY CHANGED THE GAME!) & Bethany Hegedus (YOU, ME, WE), 2PM,
*Dallas, University of Texas at Dallas, Alyson Richman and Shaunna Edwards will discuss their collaboration on the book, THE THREAD COLLECTORS, 2PM,
*Dallas, The Wild Detective, Hay Forum Festival (day 2), 3:30PM,
Granbury Writers' Bloc, Read & Critique, 4PM, ONLINE,




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.