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 09.24.2022 - 10.02.2022


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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.)

*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 24 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Gilmer, Holidays on the Farm at Prairie Creek Craft Market, Author appearance Dana Wayne, 9AM,
*Lubbock, Friends of the Library, Book Sale, 9AM,
*Canyon, Burrowing Owl, author Jodi Thomas and Taylor Moore, 9AM,
*Houston, Writespace, Building a Story with Character, 9:30AM,
*Cypress, Northwest Branch Library, Friends of the Northwest Branch Library, Book Sale, 10AM,
*Flower Mound, Author Robin Hollo signing at Kroger, 10AM, Day 1 of 2,
*Houston, Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, The Kids are All Write!, 10AM,
*Katy, Maud Marks Library, Friends of the Maud Marks Library Book Sale, 10AM,
*Pflugerville, Pflugerville Public Library, Pflugerville Library Con - Meet Comic Authors & Artists, 10AM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Frederick Luis Aldama (Con Papa/With Papa), 10:30AM,
*Kerrville, Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library, Writers Conference with Johnnie Bernhard, Skye Alexander, and Joanna Easley, 10:30AM,
*Granbury, Arts & Letters Bookstore, Author Jim "Emu" Kern (Tales from the Texas Rangers), 11AM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Author Garrett Wright & Illustrator Daniel McQueen signing, 11:30AM,
*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Bookstore, Indie Author Book Fair - Various authors signing, 12PM,
*Round Rock, Half Price Books, Author Pepper Anne (The Notorious Texas Swindler), 12PM,
*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Author Jenny Russell signing, 1PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Author signing with Samantha M. Clarke (Gemstone Dragons), 1PM,
*Austin, Spicewood Springs Branch Library, Open Mic, 1:30PM,
*Sherman, Austin College, Authors LaToya Watkins & Evie Shockly - Confronting Violence and Resistance in Creative Writing, 1:30PM,
*Dallas, Whose Books Neighborhood Bookstore, Meet the Author and Book Launch with Anita Kharbanda (Lioness of Punjab), 2PM,
*Dallas, Hampton-Illinois Branch Library & Soul Rep Theatre, Excerpts from TRAVISVILLE by William Jackson Harper, 2PM,
*New Braunfels, The Book Haus, Authors Mykayla Fontaine & Patricia Galvan signing, 2PM,
Tumblewords Project, Rachel Cachete: 100,000 Poets For Change, 2PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Houston Writers Guild, Elevate your Social Media: Back to the Basics, 4PM,
*Houston, Writespace, The City as Character Writing Workshop, 4PM,
*San Antonio, Gemini Ink, Parenthood in a Time of Dread with poets Craig Beaven and Emily Perez, 6:30PM,
*Houston, The Garden Group Enterprises, Live Music & Poetry Saturdays at The Garden in Midtown, 7PM,
*Houston, Zen Ase Poetry, Laughz and Lyrics- 100,000 Poets for Change Day, 7PM,
*Mansfield, Mike Guinn Entertainment, Soulful Voices featuring Author & Poet Ellisa Brown, 7:30PM,
*Dallas, The HiFi Dallas, Author Interview & demonstration with Danielle Walker (Healthy in a Hurry), 7:30PM,
*Dallas, Brown Sugah Lounge Open Mic, Sexxxtember: A Night of Exotic and Erotic Poetics, 7:30PM,
Saturday Night Special, Virtual Open Mic and Hollie Hardy, 8PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, DeVall's Expressions, Houstons Kings Of Poetry, 9PM,
*Granbury, Spooky Spectacle Special Guest Teal Gray, best-selling author, host of Para Mysteries and Soul to Soul Podcasts, Day 1 of 2,
*Beaumont, Beaumont Comic Con, Ford Arena, Day 1 of 2,


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Austin, BookPeople (, Author Johnnie Bernhard, TBD, 
The Writer's Garret, Poetry & Prose Stone Soup Peer Critique, 10AM, ONLINE,
*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Author Toni Draper signing, 11AM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books Flagship, Author Miriam Garcia (La Dama de la Ciudadela), 1PM,
*Edinburg, Sunday Speaker Series: Presentation/demonstration "Three Traditional Desserts of the Wild Horse Desert" with author/chef Melissa Guerra (Dishes of the Wild Horse Desert), 2PM,
*San Marcos, The Wittliff Collections, A Celebration of Author Rolando Hinojosa, 2PM,
*Denton, Spiderweb Salon and Underland Press Present Author Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam release for Glorious Fields, 3PM,
*Dallas, Verb Kulture Events, BeatStreet Poetry Live Sunday Social and Open Mic, 5PM,
*Euless, Euless Library Foundation, Murder in the Stacks - Fundraiser Mystery Dinner, 5:30PM,
*Houston, Poetry Lounge Sunday, Poetry Lounge - We're Back! Open Mic, 6PM,
*Houston, The Garden Group Enterprises, Sundays are Live Music & Poetry @ The Garden in Midtown, 7PM,
Texas Poetry Assignment, Book Release Event: Flare Stacks in Full Bloom by Katherine Hoerth, 7PM, ONLINE,
*Dallas, Wild Detectives, Fifth Haus Sylvve, ARTeries: Writing in the 12 Haus - Begin Again The New Moon, 8PM,
*Houston, Bando Business LLC, Unsigned Hype Night Open Mic, 11:30PM,


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Austin, Windsor Park Branch Library, Literature Live Presents: The Vain Cuckoo, 10AM,
Murder By The Book, Authors A.R. Torre and Sara DiVello, 6PM, ONLINE,
*Granbury, Granbury Writer's Bloc, Read & Critique with Speaker Harry Hall, 6:30PM,
*Austin, Austin Public Library, In-Person & Virtual Adult Storytime Open Mic: Handmade, 7PM,
Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, Stay At Home Open Mic, 7PM, ONLINE,
Blue Willow Bookshop, Authors Julie Murphy & Sierra Simone (A Merry Little Meet Cute), 7PM, ONLINE,
Murder By The Book, Authors Ginny Myers Sain and Sara DiVello, 7PM, ONLINE,
Kindred Stories, Virtual Author Talk: Rio Cortez (Golden Ax) with poet author Ariana Brown, 7PM,
*Dallas, Chocolate Secrets, Open Mic Mondays, 7:30PM,


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*San Antonio, San Antonio Murderinos, Author & Poet Ernie Lee,
*Austin, Yarborough Branch Library, Literature Live Presents: The Vain Cuckoo, 2 & 3:30PM,
Harris County Public Library, Author Talk with Hernan Diaz (Trust), 3PM, ONLINE,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author Annie Montgomery Labbatt speaking, 5:30PM,
*San Antonio, Trinity University Press, Author Anne Elise Urrutia, author of Miraflores, 6PM,
*Dallas, The Wild Detectives, First Draught, 6PM,
*Frisco, Barnes & Noble Stonebriar Mall, Author Kwame Alexander (The Door of No Return), 6PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, Authors Shanterra McBride and Rosalind Wiseman (Courageous Discomfort), 6:30PM,
Gemini Ink, Deep Revision with Katey Schultz, 6:30PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Author Adam Soto (Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep), 7PM,
*Dallas, The Brewers Arms, SheRoses's Open Mic Monday, 7PM,
*Fort Worth, The Dock Bookshop, The Writer's Institute, 7PM,
*Houston, The Connect Group, Mic Check Monday, 7PM,
*Houston, Voices in Power: A Poetry Open Mic Featuring Blacqwildflowr, 7PM,
*Waco, Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Author Lauren da Silva (The Art of Flourishing), 7PM,
*Dallas, Chocolate Secrets, Verb Kulture Poetry Night, 7:30PM,
*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, Open Mic and Books Launch with author SC Says! (Golden Brown Skin), 8PM,
BookPeople, Author Kerri Maniscalco (Kingdom of the Feared), 8PM, ONLINE,
*Dallas, Dallas Open Mic, Open Mic Tuesdays, 8PM,
*El Paso, BorderSenses, The Barbed Wire Series: Open Mic Night at Mona Bar of Modern Art, 10PM,


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Austin, Manchaca Road Branch, Literature Live Presents: The Vain Cuckoo, 10AM,
*Dallas, Dallas Public Library, Workshop Wednesdays with the Dallas Poet Laureate, 11AM,
*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Writer's Roundtable, 1PM,
*Austin, Torch Literary Arts, Book Launch author LaToya Watkins (Perish), 6PM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books Flagship, Author Craig Morgan (God, Family, Country), 6:30PM,
*San Marcos, San Marcos Public Library, Altered Book Art, 6:30PM,
*Denton, University of North Texas, Alumni Reading - Authors Rebecca Bernard and Kim Garza, 6:30PM,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, Author Katherine St. John signing, 6:30PM,
*Hutto, Temple College Humanities Series, Poetry Reading by ire'ne lara silva, 6:30PM,!view/event/event_id/156866
*Austin, Austin Public Library, Author Mary Beth Rogers speaking, 7PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Author Gabriela Cabezon Camara (The Adventures of China Iron), 7PM,
Blue Willow Bookshop, Author Suzanne Enoch (Something in the Heir), 7PM, ONLINE,
*Austin, ATX Live, Poetry Underground, 7PM,
Fresh Fiction Events, Video Book Club with author Red Phoenix, 7PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Showtime Bar and Lounge, Art After Dark Open Mic Night, 7PM,
Let's Go, Open Mic, 7PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, Poetry Slam featuring Kanei, 7:30PM,


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (*Denotes In-person Events)

Houston Independent Authors, Writers Lunch: Conlangs and the Art of Fictional Languages with author A.P. Hawkins, 1PM, ONLINE,
*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, Authors Jehanne Dubrow & Jessica Murray signing, 5PM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Author Kenneth Walker speaking & signing, 5PM,
*Alpine, Front Street Books, Author Catherine Musemeche (Lethal Tides), 6PM,
*San Antonio, Canto Mundo & Our Lady of the Lake, A Celebration of Chicanx Poetry, 6PM,
*Austin, Prizer Arts & Letters, Literary Reading: With our own bodies, hurtling..., 6:30PM,
*Dallas, Art House Dallas, An Evening with James K.A. Smith (How to Inhabit Time), 6:30PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Local Author Night with Linsey Miller (Prince of Song & Sea), Tam Francis (Girl in the Jitterbug Dress: Dances in the Dark), e.E. Charlton-Trujillo (Lupe Lopez: Rock Star Rules!), 7PM,
*Austin, Red Tent Living, The Red Tent Confessional: Embodying story through the craft of writing workshop, 7PM,
Kindred Stories, Virtual Author Talk: Kacen Callender (Kacen CallenderLark & Kasim Start a Revolution) with Kadiedre Henderson, 7PM,
*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop & The Write Side of the Road, Wine & Write, 7PM,
Murder By The Book, Amina Akhtar, Yasmin Angoe, and Kelly J. Ford in conversation with Alex Segura, 7PM, ONLINE,
*Dallas, DMA Arts & Letters Live, Author Qian Julie Wang (Beautiful Country), 7:30PM, HYBRID,
*Houston, R2 The Rice Review, R2 Open Mic Night, 8PM,
*El Paso, BorderSenses, The Barbed Wire Series: Open Mic Night at Old Sheepdog Brewery, 9PM,


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Dallas, Sumners Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series, Not So Great Society: The Damage of Idealism, from the 1960s to Today with Author Amity Shlaes (Great Society: A New History), 12PM,
*Junction, Kimble County Library, Author lunch with Gail Kittleson and Lynn Dean (A Hill Country Christmas-Hope for Hardscrabble Times), 12PM,
*Austin, BookPeople, Author Dipika Mukherjee (Dialect of Distant Harbors), 7PM,
*Dallas, Highland Hills Branch Library & Soul Rep Theatre, Excerpts from TRAVISVILLE by William Jackson Harper, 7PM,
*Waco, Waco Cultural Arts, WordFest 2022, 7PM,
*Dallas, Dallas Poetry Slam, Wildcard Friday Open Mic, 8PM,
*Duncanville, Black & Bitter Coffee Shop, Poetry Night on the Patio, 8PM, 
*Roanoake, Roanoake Public Library, Writer's Conference with Keynote speech by poet and activist Holly Walrath 2:30PM,
*Austin, Arts Heals Project, 3rd Annual Art Heals Festival 2022, 7PM, HYBRID,
*Houston, Authorpalooza Extravaganza Conference, TBD,


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,
*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,


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.