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 9.9.2023 - 9.17.2023





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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

*HoustonJaipur Festival, September 15-17, 2023

*Fort WorthTrinity River Book Festival, September 16, 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 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 author Catherine Stier (IF I WERE A PARK RANGER) on 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,
*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-TEP with 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, authors 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,
*San Marcos, The Wittliff Collections, Ghostlight: Photographs by Keith Carter w/book signing, 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,




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

*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Boerne Beat Poetry Group, 9:15AM,
*Conroe, Montgomery County Memorial Library, Writers' Group, 1PM,
*Odessa, Ector County Public Libraray, Craft Stick Bookmarks, 4PM,
*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Inkslayers Writers Group, 5PM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, authors Rajani LaRocca and Chris Baron reading & signing, 5:30PM,
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, author Jared Chapman (SEALS ARE JERKS), 6PM,
*Katy, Cinco Ranch Branch Library, Prose Pros Writing Group, 6PM,
*Canyon, West Texas A&M Distinguished Lecture Series, An Evening of Poetry Featuring Award-Winning Poet and Author Aaron A. Abeyta, 6PM,
*Fort Worth, Southwest Regional Library, Write on, write on, write on!, 6:30PM,
*Fort Worth, Wedgwood Branch Library, Mexican Amate Inspired Paper Art, 6:30PM,
*Dallas, Writers Guild of Texas, Critique Group, 6:30PM,
*Denton, South Branch Library, Teen Writer's Workshop: World Building, 7PM,




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

*Amarillo, Burrowing Owl & West Texas A&M University, Poetry Circle Open Readings, 2PM,

*Allen, Allen Public Library, Writing Workshop, 4PM,

*Keller, Keller Public Library, Wrecked Journals, 4:30PM,

*Fort Worth, Riverside Branch Library, Mexican Amate Inspired Paper Art, 5PM,

*San Antonio, Trinity University Press, Food for Thought: Worth Repeating, 5:30PM,

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author and Poet Cathy Sydlo Wilkes reading & signing FOWL PLAY: COMMOTION AT THE CHICKEN YARD, 5:30PM,

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

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

*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, author Sim Kern (THE FREE PEOPLE’S VILLAGE), 6:30PM,

*Lubbock, Lubbock Write Right Critique Group, Weekly Meeting, 6:30PM, HYBRID,

*San Angelo, Tom Green County Library, San Angelo Writers Club, 6:30PM,

*Austin, Book People, George Getschow in conversation with W.K. Stratton and Carol Flake Chapman, 7PM,

*Cedar Hill, Dallas Area Writers Group, Critique Night, 7PM,

*Dallas, The Writer's Garret, Emerging Voices Writing Workshop, 7PM,

*Fort Worth, Texas Outdoor Women’s Network, author Amy Martin reading & signing, 7PM,

*Dallas, The Writer's Garret, Emerging Voices Writing Workshop, 7PM,


*El Paso, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, Open Mic Night at Mona Bar of Modern Art, 9PM,




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

*Dallas, Lakewood Branch Library, Lakewood Library Annual June Leftwich Book Sale (DAY ONE), 10AM,
*San Antonio, Central Library, Todos Somos Storytellers Workshop, 10AM,
*Dallas, Central Library, Workshop Wednesdays with the Dallas Poet Laureate, 11AM,
*Harker Heights, Adult Writers' Support Group, 6PM,
The Writing Barn, Write. Submit. Support. (WSS) Craft & Community Night, 6PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Murder By The Book, author Craig Johnson signing, 6:30PM,
*Denton, South Branch Library, author talk & visit with Dr. Frieda Wiley (TELECOMMUTING PSYCHOSIS) "Thrive While Working Remotely," 7PM,
*Georgetown, Lark & Owl Booksellers, author Kyle Mills (CODE READ) book signing, 7PM,
*Houston, Kindred Stories, author Mitchell S. Jackson (FLY), 7PM,
*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, Austin Poetry Open Mic ft. Haiku Death Match, 7:30PM,
*Dallas, The Wild Detectives & The Writer's Garret, Inner Moonlight, Poetry Reading with Christine Suggs, 7:30PM,
*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, Open Mic ft. Just Mike The Poet, 7:30PM,




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

Houston Independent Authors, Writers Lunch: Is the Book Always Better? Good and Bad of Book Adaptations, 1PM, ONLINE,
*San Marcos, The Wittliff Collections, author Evie Shockley, 3:30PM,
*Harker Heights, Young Writers' Corner, 4PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, author Rachel B. Simon (RELATIONSHIPS AT WORK) discussion & book signing, 5PM,
*Fort Worth, East Regional Library, Mexican Amate Inspired Paper Art, 5PM,
*Houston, Central Library, Write On!, 5PM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, journalist and religion scholar Stephanie Saldana reading from her poignant account of six migrants from around the world (WHAT WE REMEMBER WILL BE SAVED), 5:30PM,
*Austin, Thursday Night Write-In, Thursday Night Write-In, 6PM,
*Hurst, Hurst Public Library, Noir Night: A Murder Mystery Event, 6PM,
*Waco, Mayborn Museum, author George Bristol speaking & signing, 6PM,
Brazos Bookstore, author Juan Cardenas & translator Lizzie Davis (THE DEVIL OF THE PROVINCES), 6:30PM, ONLINE,
*Fort Worth, Lincoln Library, Author Series: Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. & Dr. Eric Yellin (PUBLIC WORKERS IN SERVICE OF AMERICA), 6:30PM, HYBRID,
*Houston, Basket Books & Art, book launch for KIPPENBERGER'S BEER by Lane Hagood, 6:30PM,
*Alpine, Front Street Books & The Granada Theater, presentation and book signing event (THE MAMMALS OF THE TRANS-PECOS), 6PM,
*Arlington, George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, Night Owls: Creative Writing for Teens, 7PM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books Flagship, author Craig Johnson (THE LONGMIRE DEFENSE) book signing, 7PM,
*Austin, Book Woman, BookWoman 2nd Thursday Poetry: Gabrielle Langley and John Milkereit, 7:15PM,




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

*Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon Foundation and Texas State Parks, Prairie Palooza - author Natalie Bright signing (Day 1), 12PM,
*Needville, Albert George Branch Library, Friends of the Library Book Sale (DAY 1), 12PM,
*Alpine, Front Street Books, author Gary Paul Nabhan (AGAVE SPIRITS), 3PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, author Keka Novales (¡HOLA, LOLA!), 4PM,
*Fort Worth, Rise, Mexican Amate Inspired Paper Art, 4PM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Thelma J Love reading from A PERFECTLY IMPERFECT MASTERPIECE, 5:30PM,
*Frisco, Barnes & Noble, J. Elle discusses & signs HOUSE OF MARIONNE with Jessica S. Olson, 6PM,
*San Antonio, Nowhere Bookshop, A night of readings from Worth Repeating, 6PM,
*El Paso, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, Open Mic Night at Craft Rhythm & Brews, 8PM,
*The Colony, Dallas Poetry Slam, Hiraya Fridays Asian-Inspired Open Mic, 8PM,




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

*Fort Worth, Trinity River Book Festival, 8AM,

*Allen, author Robin Hollo Signing at Kroger (Day 1), 10AM,

*Arlington, Ashlaroo's, book signing for MUMENTOUS by Amy Schultz, 10AM,

*Dallas, Central Library, Creative Writing Club, 10AM,

*El Paso, El Paso Public Libraries, Read & Ride: Luchadores de la Literatura, 10AM,

*Tyler, Tyler Public Library, Book Sale, 10AM,

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Special Storytime with author Rachel Más Davidson (I LOVE YOU MUCHO MUCHO), 10:30AM,

*Bulverde, Friends of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District Book and Author Luncheon, 11AM,

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Dr Yanko Yankov signing HOW OUR BRAIN BECAME HUMAN, 11AM,

*Austin, Carver Branch Library, Carver's 90th Anniversary Party, 1PM,

*Austin, Central Library, Author Talk: Latinx Pop Culture Matters! with Professor Frederick Luis Aldama, 1PM,

*Dallas, Fretz Park Branch Library, Recycled Book Art, 1PM,

*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, author Licia Chenoweth signing, 1PM,

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth History Center, Paper Preservation, 1PM,

*McAllen, McAllen Heritage Center, book reading with author Thomas Ray Garcia, 1PM,

*Amarillo, Barnes & Noble, author Taylor Moor (RICOCHET) book signing, 2PM,

*Arlington, Barnes & Noble, author Susan Layne (ELINOR'S GLAD-TO-BE-TOGETHER FAMILY) book signing, 2PM,

*Austin, Central Library, Art Workshop: Zine/Poster Making with Julio Moreno, 2PM,

*Austin, Recycled Reads Bookstore, Zine Workshop, 2PM,

*Austin, Yarborough Branch Library, The Crafty Adult/Eco Craft: Recycle-Recraft-Restyle: Magazine Mobiles, 2PM,

*Frisco, Barnes & Noble, authors Idina Menzel & Cara Mentzel (PROUD MOUSE) discussion and sing-along, 2PM,

*Kerrville, Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library, author David Schwarz (BEATING CANCER THROUGH FAITH AND INSPIRATION), 2PM,

Tumblewords Project, Kris Kaila - Art Hurts, 2PM, ONLINE

*Denton, Emily Fowler Library, book discussion with author Susie Finkbeiner (THE ALL-AMERICAN), 2:30PM, HYBRID,

*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, author Remy Lai (GHOST BOOK), 3PM,

*Houston, Murder By The Book, author DiAnn Mills signing, 3PM,

*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Prudence L. Curry Writers Series Presents Jeffery Renard Allen, 3PM,

*Arlington, Amber Royer, Saturday Night Writes, 4PM, HYBRID,

*Dallas, Interabang Books, author R.J. Jacobs (THIS IS HOW WE END THINGS) discussion & book signing, 4PM,

*Houston, Basket Books & Art, book launch: OTHERWISE, IT WOULD JUST BE ANOTHER RIVER by the Borderland Collective, 6:30PM,

*San Marcos, Texas State University, Hispanic Heritage Night with authors David Bowles, Adriana Garcia, Xelena Gonzalez, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, and Carmen Tafolla, 6:30PM,

*Austin, Write About Now Poetry, Poetry Jam + Open Mic ft. the Write About Now National Champion Poetry Team, 7PM,




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

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Kacy Ritter signing, 11AM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books - Flagship, authors Ellen Schum (SIXTEEN DAYS TO FREEDOM) & Paige Lehmann (FREEDOM FROM GRIEVING) book signing, 1PM,
*Fort Worth, East Regional Library, FW Writes: Writers' Workshop, 1:30PM,
*Dallas, Native Prairies Association of Texas, author Amy Martin reading & signing, 3PM,
*Dallas, The Writer's Garret, Mixed Genre Stone Soup Workshop, 3PM,
*Austin, Book Woman, author Mehnaaz Momen (LISTENING TO LAREDO), 4PM,
*Georgetown, Lark & Owl Booksellers, Workshop Series: Writer's Studio, 4PM,
*San Antonio, The Mouth Dakota Project, Thank You, Xicanext - Poetry & Spoken Word event, 5PM,
*Euless, Euless Library Foundation, Murder at the Book Joint - Annual Meeting and Fundraiser Mystery Dinner, 6PM,




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.