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 01.12.2020


20th Anniversary Pulpwood Queen Book Club Girlfriend Weekend, Jefferson, January 16-18



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

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




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




Blue Willow Bookshop, Nic Stone reading and signing Clean Getaway (in conversation with Liara Tamani), 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Natalie Lund reading and signing We Speak in Storms (in conversation with Anthony Sutton), 6:30PM

St. Thomas Presbyterian Church, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Alex Snodgrass discussing her new cookbook, The Defined Dish (in conversation with Marcia Smart of @smartinthekitchen), 7PM [ticketed event – SOLD OUT]




BookPeople, Brooke Barker and Boaz Frankel reading and signing Let's Be Weird Together, 7PM [ticketed event]

Flat Track Coffee, Chicon Street Poets’ Living Room Lit Open Mic, 7:30PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam hosted by Tova Charles, 7:15PM

Cedar Hill

Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group meeting featuring Ann Marie Newman, 7PM


Chocolate Secrets, Sanderia Faye’s LitNight Reading Series, 7PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Erin Morgenstern, author of The Starless Sea, in conversation with Amanda Eyre Ward, 7:30PM [ticketed event – SOLD OUT]

Interabang Books, Charlaine Harris reading and signing A Longer Fall, 6PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, poetry open mic, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, Kate Milford reading and signing The Thief Knot, 6:30PM

Warehouse Live, The Moth StorySLAM presents “Adventure,” 7:30PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam Dream Week edition, 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Betsy Wagner reading and signing Spirit of Gonzales, 5PM




BookPeople, Alex Snodgrass discussing and signing The Defined Dish (in conversation with Camille Styles), 7PM [ticketed event]


Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling children’s author Jessica Hische reading and signing Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind, 6PM [ticketed event – SOLD OUT]

Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council-DFW presents Thomas Bollyky, author of Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways, 12PM


B&N – Stonebriar, YA Author Event with Adam Silvera (Infinity Son), Abigail Hing Wen (Loveboat, Taipei), and Farah Naz Rishi (I Hope You Get this Message), 7PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring Timothy DuWhite, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Octavio Solis discussing and signing Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border, 6:30PM


B&N – Legacy West, Open Mic Poetry Night, 7PM

San Antonio

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

The Radius Center, Gemini Ink presents Literary Conversations with Dr. Bonnie Lyons, author of WOW: Wonderful Old Women, 6:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Dr. Kasi Howard discussing and signing Strength for the Journey, 5:30PM


Fabled Bookshop & Café, Meredith McDaniel discussing and signing In Want + Plenty, 7PM

The Woodlands

Apergy, World Affairs Council-Greater Houston presents John Gans discussing and signing White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War, 7PM




Austin Book Arts Center, “Heavy Prose” with Jim Trainer, 7PM

BookPeople, Writers’ League of Texas January Third Thursday: "Writing Great Villains" with James L. Haley, P. J. Hoover, and James Wade, 7PM


Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Michael Grauer signing Making a Hand: The Art of H.D. Bugbee, 6PM


Deep Vellum Books, REvolution Cafe & Bookstore presents a Queer AF: A QTPOC Open Mic, 6PM


Amegy Bank Tower, World Affairs Council-Greater Houston presents John Gans discussing and signing White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War, 7PM

Asia Society Texas, Dr. Azra Raza presents The First Cell and the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last, 6:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Rebecca Roanhorse reading and signing Race to the Sun, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, J. P. Gritton reading and signing Wyoming (in conversation with Jonathan Meyer), 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Charlaine Harris will sign and discuss A Longer Fall, 6:30PM

Sulphur Springs

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




Front Street Books, Photojournalist Alyssa Banta discussing and signing The Texas Ranch Sisterhood: Portraits of Women Working the Land, 6PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, Teri Wilson presents Love at the Shore and the Hallmark movie based on her book, 6PM


Deep Vellum Books, Adrian Shanker discussing and signing Bodies and Barriers, 7PM


Half Price Books – North Oaks, New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover reading and signing Regretting You, 7PM

Lawndale Art Center, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Daniel Peña, Madeleine Maillet, Dave Nikityn, and Brittny Ray, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Nicholas Petrie reading and signing his new Peter Ash thriller, The Wild One (in conversation with J. Todd Scott), 6:30PM


The Phoenix Bookstore, local author Mario Martinez reading and signing AshTree and A Pig Named Orrenius & other strange tales, 7PM




Austin Public Library – Manchaca, Austin Poetry Society meeting featuring Diana Conces, 1:30PM

B&N – Arboretum, book signing with romance author Curt Locklear, 2PM

BookPeople, Saadia Faruqi reading and signing the Meet Yasmin! series, 2PM

Malvern Books, a night of chaps and broads reading chap(book)s and broad(side)s, featuring Julie Poole, Stephanie Goehring, Leticia Urieta, Katy Chrisler, Alfredo Aguilar, and C. Prudence Arceneaux, 7PM

St. Edward’s University, Writers’ League of Texas workshop: "The Novel Hatchery: Moving a Novel Idea into Its First Draft" with Stacey Swann, 10AM


Interabang Books, Kimberley Pucci discussing and signing Prince of Drones: The Reginald Denny Story, 6PM

El Paso

El Paso Public Library - Armijo Branch, Tumblewords Project workshop: “thigmotropic hallucinations” with Giber E. Fonseca, 1PM

Literarity Book Shop, a bilingual poetry reading and conversation featuring acclaimed Mexican poet Balam Rodrigo (“El Poeta Chiapaneco”), author of el libro centroamericano de los muertos (The Central American Book of the Dead), 6PM


B&N – Stonebriar, Lyla Lee signing Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business, 2PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Jeanette Weiland reading and signing her picture book Beignets for Breakfast, 11AM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Poets reading from and signing Enchantment of the Ordinary from Mutabilis Press, 4PM

Brazos Bookstore, Nathan Hale reading and signing Major Impossible, 3PM 

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, June E. Rives reading and signing Peril in Paris, 4:30PM

Writespace, workshop: “Journalism And Reporting: Tropes and Techniques for Fiction Writers” with Alex Wukman, 1PM


The Phoenix Bookstore, Laredo native Norma Elia Cantú presents her books, including Cabañuelas, Canícula, and Meditación Fronteriza, 3PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, local author visit: Valerie Sweeten, author of the children’s books, Shh, Listen: In the Rainforest and Shh, Listen: On a Safari, 10AM

The Book Haus, local author Dr. Cassandra LeClair discussing and signing Being Whole: Healing from Trauma and Reclaiming My Voice, 2PM


The Blind Pig, Open Mic Night, 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Robert Garcia, Jr, Amy Jo Baker, and Hector J. Cardenas signing Tricentennial Chronology and the Founding Events in the History of San Antonio and Bexar County, 11AM




BookPeople, Lori Gottlieb discussing and signing Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (in conversation with Jenny Lawson), 5PM

Malvern Books, the release of Wendy Barker’s seventh full-length collection of poems, Gloss, with readings from Wendy, as well as special guests Van G. Garrett and Michael Anania, 4PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, mystery author Daniel Darrouzet signing Stories from the Tin Box: Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Lawrence Hodges signing his memoir, Raised From the Dead, 1PM


Archway Gallery, A Painter, A Poet, A Conversation About Cover Art: painter John Slaby and poet Carolyn Dahl discussing and signing Art Preserves What Can’t Be Saved, 6PM

Body, Mind & Soul, workshop with Monette Chilson, editor of the new anthology, Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves, 3PM

Murder By the Book, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White reading and signing All the Ways We Say Goodbye, 2PM

Writespace, workshop: “Action Scenes that Kick A**” with Matthew Hefti, 3PM


Half Price Books, Clint Townsend signing his science fiction novels, X to the Nth and Folds, 1PM


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: Query Clinic with Amber Royer, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Jeremy Jaramillo signing The Origin of Toothpaste, 12PM

The Woodlands

B&N, Bestselling author Ransom Riggs celebrating the fifth novel in his Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series, The Conference of the Birds, 6PM


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.