The most comprehensive listing of book and author events, festivals, readings, lectures, 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, and signings in the Lone Star State

Don't see your book or literary event here? Email with your complete info two weeks in advance of the issue in which your event is scheduled, and we'll include it.

Bookish goings-on in Texas

compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life

by Texas Book Lover

FOR THE WEEK OF 01.05.2020


New Year, New You 2020 Weekend Intensive Writing Retreat, Austin, January 9-12

Round Rock Local Author Fair, January 11



Modernist Networks: The Annette Campbell-White Collection, Austin, August 24-January 5

Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, August 31-February 2

Yuyi Morales: Soñadora, Abilene, November 14-May 28




Half Price Books Mother Ship, self-help author Carlos Harleaux signing Eleven: Things We Never Said, and Dre Williams signing It’s Already Done: A Powerful Story of Deliverance & Transformation, 1PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, “The Right Hand of God” with author and minister Vanessa Brown, 5PM


Half Price Books, Local Author Sundays: Meet local indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last




Blue Willow Bookshop, Kate Murphy discussing and signing You’re Not Listening, 7PM




BookPeople, Michael Barnes discussing and signing Indelible Austin, Volume 3, 7PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam, 7:15PM


The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup mixed-genre workshop, 7PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, poetry open mic, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, Anis Shivani (translator) reading and signing A History of the Cat, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Tarryn Fisher reading and signing The Wives (in conversation with Colleen Hoover), 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam featuring DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM




The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight poetry reading featuring Mike Soto and Boris Tsessarsky, 7:30PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now presents a Women of the World Poetry Slam qualifier featuring Janae Johnson (hosted by Ebony Stewart), 7:30PM

Katy Budget Books, luncheon with Tarryn Fisher, author of The Wives, 12PM

San Antonio

Berry to Beans, Sun Poet’s Society open mic poetry readings, 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, John Casey reading and signing Devolution, 5:30PM




B&N – Arboretum, Debby Cole signing Letting Go: How Less Becomes More, 6:30PM

BookPeople, John Langmore discussing and signing Fault Lines: Portraits of East Austin, 7PM

BookWoman, second Thursday open mic featuring Michelle Iskra, 7:15PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night featuring Marc Grossberg, author of The Best People, and Glen Larum, author of Waltz Against the Sky, 7PM


Interabang Books, Dan Tobey launching The God Game, 6PM

Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Kirsten Firmaglich reading and signing A Rosenberg by Any Other Name, 7PM


Murder By the Book, Brad Taylor reading and signing Hunter Killer, 6:30PM

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Dr. Irving Finkel, assistant keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian Script, The British Museum of Houston, will present “Gilgamesh - A Hero for the Ages,” 6:30PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Live Author Takeover with Melanie Harlow, 7PM




BookPeople, Jay Brandon reading and signing From the Grave, 7PM

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, Dr. Cherise Smith and Michael Ray Charles discussing and signing Michael Ray Charles (plus closing day reception), 5PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, radio personality W. F. Strong discussing and signing Stories From Texas, 6PM


B&N – Lincoln Park, Brad Taylor signing Hunter Killer, 7PM

Interabang Books, Brigid Kemmerer reading and signing A Heart So Fierce and Broken (in conversation with Mary Hinson), 6PM

SPACES, World Affairs Council DFW presents Brad Taylor discussing and signing his Pike Logan series, 12PM


Brazos Bookstore, Holly George-Warren discussing and signing Janis, Her Life and Music, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Matt Coyle reading and signing Lost Tomorrows, and Tim Maleeny reading and signing Boxing the Octopus, 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, launch of Wendy Barker's seventh poetry collection, Gloss (featuring poets Jo-Reyes Boitel, Joshua Robbins, and Natalia Trevino), 5:30PM




B&N – Arboretum, Rich Zahradnik signing Lights Out Summer (Coleridge Taylor Series #4), 2PM

BookPeople, Austin SCBWI Monthly Meeting: “Full Body Makeover: A Case Study of Revision” with Meredith Davis, 10AM

BookPeople, guest story time with Micki Fine Pavlicek, author of May All Pigs and People Be Happy, 10:30AM

BookPeople, “Watching The Detectives: An In-Depth Discussion of Private Eye Fiction” with Matt Coyle, Tim Maleeny, Laura Oles, Tim Bryant, Billy Kring, and Jeff Vorzimmer in conversation with Scott Montgomery, 2PM

BookPeople, Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey reading and signing The Old Truck, 2PM

BookPeople, Carolyn Cohagan reading and signing Time's Up, 5PM

Paramount Theatre, “Decisive Engagement: Thoughts and Words” with Jocko Willink, author of Leadership Strategy and Tactics Field Manual, 7:30PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, area author J. P. Barnett signing his Lorestalker series of novels, 11AM


Pan African Connection, Afrocentricity International Dallas presents Dr. Molefi Asante, author and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Temple University, speaking on “African Education for Our Youth,” 7PM

The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup poetry and prose workshop, 10AM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library - Armijo Branch, Tumblewords Project workshop: “Write the Image” with Jeanette DesBoine, 1PM

B&N – Sunland Park, special story time: Luke Lowenfield reading and signing Buenas Noches El Paso (illustrator Hal Marcus will personalize your book with a portrait of your child), 12PM


Half Price Books – Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last

Murder By the Book, Lark Brennan reading and signing Shadows of the Past, Christie Craig reading and signing Don't Breath a Word, and Leslie Marshman reading and signing Goode Over Evil, 1PM

Murder By the Book, Thomas Perry and Jo Perry reading and signing A Small Town, 4:30PM

Writespace, workshop: “Making the Most of Social Media” with Ynes Malakova, 1PM


Irving Public Library – South, Irving Chautauqua presentation: Susannah Charleson discussing and signing Search for the Missing and Possibility Dogs, 2PM

Port Arthur

The Museum of the Gulf Coast, Holly George-Warren signing Janis, Her Life and Music (with Janis’s brother Michael Joplin), 2PM

San Antonio

B&N – San Pedro, Paula King-Harper signing Prosperous Living Daily Devotional, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, James Anderson signing Manifesting Peace, 11AM

South Padre Island

Paragraphs on Padre, Meet the Author Series: Gregory Turley reading and signing Always Patty, 11AM

Sugar Land

Fort Bend County Libraries - University Branch, award-winning historical novelist Ann Weisgarber reading and signing The Glovemaker, 2PM


B&N, Gulf Coast Poets meeting featuring Matthew Riley, 10:30AM




BookPeople, John Casey reading and signing Devolution, 5PM


B&N – Lincoln Park, Mark Wingfield discussing and signing Why Churches Need to Talk About Sexuality, 3PM

Episcopal Cathedral of St. Matthew's, St. Matthew's Cathedral Arts presents “Women’s Voices” featuring the poetry and music of extraordinary women composers, 3PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, science fiction author Clint Townsend signing X to the Nth, and Doris Westbrook signing her memoir, Ruth & Garbie, 1PM


Jewish Community Center of Houston, brunch, mah jongg, and discussion with Fern Bernstein, author of Mah Jongg Mondays, 11AM [ticketed event]


Half Price Books, science fiction/fantasy author Allan Webber signing the second installment in his Dynasty’s Fall series, Into Oblivion, 1PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Donna Marie Miller discussing and signing The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk (with music from Ben Stafford Rodgers), 12PM


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: “Dare to Dream in 2020” with literary agent Whitney Davis, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Nancy Alanis signing When My Paws Depart, 12PM


Don't see your book or literary event here? Email with your complete info two weeks in advance of the issue in which your event is scheduled, and we'll include it.