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


Due to COVID-19 cancellations and closings,

most events in this week’s calendar are online.

(* Denotes nonvirtual, on-location events)

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 01.17.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


2021 Martin Luther King, Jr, Symposium, January 18, ONLINE

* NEA Big Read: Kickoff Fiesta, Irving, January 23 DRIVE-THRU



*Abilene, National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, “What Might You Do?: Christian Robinson”, through January 21, 2021

*Canyon, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country, through January 23, 2021

*San Antonio, McNay Art Museum, Robert Indiana: A Legacy of Love, through January 24, 2021

*Freeport, Freeport Historical Museum, Lonesome Dove (a Humanities Texas exhibition), through January 30

*Corsicana, Pearce Museum, Lonesome Dove (a Humanities Texas exhibition), through February 20



Houston Chapter of Sisters in Crime, monthly meeting: Molly Odintz, the senior editor for CrimeReads, will speak on the current state of crime fiction, 2PM ZOOM

Public Poetry, Wordfire: Revision with Robin Reagler, 2PM ONLINE

JCC Dallas, Webinar: Live Cooking Demo and Q+A with Lisa Lillien, author of Hungry Girl Fast & Easy (with guest host Holly Firfer), 7PM ZOOM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Melvin E. Edwards presents The Eyes of Texans: From Slavery to the Texas Capitol, 12PM OUTDOOR EVENT



LBJ Library, Dr. Peniel Joseph presents The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., 11AM ONLINE

Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, Stay at Home open mic, 8PM (MST) ZOOM (YOUTUBE LIVESTREAM)



JCC Dallas, Meet Esther Amini, author of Concealed, 1:30PM

BookPeople, Steven Kotler presents The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer, 5PM CROWDCAST

Interabang Books, Meet and Greet with Hafsah Faizal, author of We Free the Stars, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

LOGOS, poetry collective presents Tyree Daye and Hannah VanderHart, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Books, Kaya McLaren launches What's Worth Keeping, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, translator Damion Searls presents Marshlands (in conversation with Mark Haber), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child present The Scorpion’s Tail, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Artful Feastings: Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano present Black, White, and The Grey, 7PM ONLINE [ticketed event]

JCC San Antonio, Author Speaker Event: OMG WTF Does the Constitution Actually Say?: A Non-Boring Guide to How Our Democracy is Supposed to Work with Ben Sheehan, 7PM ONLINE

Dallas Area Writers Group, monthly meeting featuring “Documenting the Days” with Trisha Faye, 7PM ZOOM

Austin Poetry Slam, virtual open mic, 8PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

The Dock Bookshop, virtual poetry open mic, 8PM INSTAGRAM LIVE, ZOOM

Puroslam, virtual poetry slam, 10PM ZOOM



BookPeople, Monica Rodden presents Monsters Among Us, 6PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, Emily English Medley presents From the Moon I Watched Her, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Jayne Ann Krentz, 7PM ONLINE

Sun Poet's Society, Open-Mic Poetry Readings, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Write About Now, online poetry open mic, 8PM FACEBOOK LIVE



Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas Center for the Book #TXBookChat: Graphic Novels for Today’s Readers with Cynthia Levinson and Varian Johnson, 11AM ONLINE

Interabang Books, Dana Swift presents Cast in Firelight (in conversation with Leslie Lutz), 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Voices de la Luna, Writing Workshop with James Brandenburg, 6PM ONLINE

Dallas Public Library, We're Better Than This: Elijah Cummings Book Event with co-authors James Dale and widow Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, 6:30PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, Lindsay Ellis presents Axiom’s End (in conversation with Cassie Schulz), 7PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

Murder By the Book, Beth Bechky presents Blood, Powder, and Residue: How Crime Labs Translate Evidence Into Proof, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

The Bookworm Box, Live Author Takeover with Eric Asher, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Write Art Out, Words & Sh*t featuring Natasha Hernandez, 7:30PM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, January Third Thursday: Hello, 2021: Our Writerly Resolutions, 8PM ZOOM



Brazos Bookstore, senior graphic design students in the University of Houston’s School of Art, Graphic Design Program, present The Museum of In-Between Spaces, 7PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, "After Hours" with Authors, featuring Donna M. Johnson, Michael Noll, and Deanna Roy, 7PM ZOOM

Blackbead Books, Happy Birthday, Robert E. Howard! open mic, 7PM ZOOM [email for invite]


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Applying to Fellowships and Residencies with Confidence" with Faylita Hicks, 10AM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, story time: Mike Boldt reading Find Fergus, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Printing Museum, Alternatives in Relief Printing for Letterpress, 11AM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Writing Picture Books for Readers Ages 3 to 103 with Pat Zietlow Miller, 12PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Books, Clare Pooley presents The Authenticity Project, 1PM ZOOM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Keeping a Poetic Journal” with Miriam Sagan, 1PM (MST) ZOOM

Writespace, Creativity is Creativity is Creativity: Working Creatives Discuss Creative Thinking with Karleen Koen (M), Dr. Tony Medina, Kay Sarver, Adam Castaneda, Kendra Preston Leonard, and Karen Celestan, 4PM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, "After Hours" with Authors, featuring Alison Macor, Stephanie Noll, and John Pipkin, 6PM ZOOM



Writing Workshops Dallas, Craft Seminar: How to Write Dynamic Characters with Blake Kimzey, 3PM ZOOM

Inprint, Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People with Jennifer L. Holm, author of The Lion of Mars, 4PM



Texian Books, tiny Texians story time, F, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Lark & Owl Booksellers, Super Silly Story Time, M, W & F, 9:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Leaves Books & Tea, read-aloud story time, T-Th, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Doseum, virtual story time, days & times vary

Dallas Public Library, children’s story time, T & Th, 10:30AM ZOOM

North Richland Hills Library, virtual story time, T, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Old Town Books, children’s story time, T & F, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Laredo Public Libraries, story time live, days & times vary, YOUTUBE

Irving Public Library, online story time, days & times vary, YOUTUBE

The Twig Book Shop, Miss Anastasia online story time, F, 10:30AM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time, Sat, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE


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.