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 01.19.2020


REELpoetry, Houston, January 24-26

Teen BookFest By the Bay, Corpus Christi, January 25



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

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

Cuban Comics in the Castro Era, Austin, December 6-March 1




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

Fort Worth

Leaves Books & Tea, Writing to Tell A Story: an afternoon with three local authors discussing the process of writing, followed by a short reading and Q&A, 2PM


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




BookPeople, Ransom Riggs reading and signing The Conference of the Birds (costumes encouraged), 7PM [ticketed event] #StayPeculiar


Moody Performance Hall, 15th Annual MLK Symposium: “The Arc of the Moral Universe” featuring keynote speaker Shaka Senghor, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison, 7PM


B&N – River Oaks, Jason Lee signing God Must Have Forgotten About Me, 7PM




BookPeople, Samuel Woolley discussing and signing The Reality Game, 7PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Punch Out the Casket, 7:15PM

College Station

Texas A&M, the Bush School presents Shawn Powers, co-author of the award- winning book The Real Cyber War: A Political Economy of Internet Freedom, 12:20PM


Dallas Public Library, Racial Healing and the Economy: a book talk and conversation with Professor Mehrsa Baradaran, author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, 8:30AM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, #1 New York Times bestselling author Ransom Riggs reading and signing The Conference of the Birds, 7PM [ticketed event]

Interabang Books, Word of Mouth Poetry open mic, 6PM

El Paso

Black Orchid Lounge, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM
Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, New Year, New You poetry open mic, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, William Dylan Powell discussing and signing Secret Houston, 6:30PM

Houston Pubic Library, Houston Public Library Foundation presents Mo Rocca discussing Mobituaries: Lives Worth Retelling, 2PM

Murder By the Book, Taylor Stevens reading and signing Liars' Legacy, 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam, 9:30PM

Tobin Library, Voices de la Luna literary workshop and open mic, 6PM




The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions presents “Second Skin,” 8PM


Arbor Oaks, Tim Gregg discussing and signing RELLIS Recollections: 75 Years of Learning, Leadership, and Discovery, 3PM


Moody Performance Hall, Arts & Letters Live: Mo Rocca discussing Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Retelling (in conversation with Krys Boyd), 7:30PM [ticketed event – SOLD OUT]


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam featuring Paulie Lipman and Valin Paige, 7:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, L. S. Berthelsen reading and signing Voyage of the Templar Guardians, 6:30PM

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Inprint Senior Memoir Writing Workshop, 10AM

Improv Houston, performance by poet Kayenne Nebula, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Chad Dundas reading and signing The Blaze, 6:30PM

San Antonio

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




Abilene Public Library – South, Open Mic Night, 6PM


B&N – Arboretum, Taylor Stevens signing Liars' Legacy, 6:30PM

Design Within Reach, Austin Poetry Slam & Austin Outpost Lqbtqia+, 6PM

Hogg Memorial Auditorium, Storytelling: KUT 90.5, Austin's NPR station, presents “ATXplained LIVE,” 7PM

Huston-Tillotson University, Diverse Literary Voices of Texas: Confronting White Nationalism in Literature with Hopeton Haye and John Vercher, author of Three-Fifths, 6:30PM

The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions presents “Second Skin,” 8PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Meredith Atwood discussing and signing The Year of No Nonsense, 7PM

Winspear Opera House, AT&T Performing Arts Center presents #HearHere: Captain Scott Kelly, author of Year in Space, 7:30PM


Museum of Fine Art, Artist’s Talk: Cherise Smith discussing and signing Michael Ray Charles, 6PM


Gallery 201, Laredo BorderSlam, 9PM

San Antonio

Trinity University, Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture featuring author Robert Bullard, Ph.D., 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, D. Ellis Phelps and friends reading and signing Through Layered Limestone: Texas Hill Country: An Anthology of Place, 5PM




Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading & Open Mic featuring Maritza De La Peña, Alisha Jilly Roff, and Dorienne Elston, 7PM

The North Door, Storytelling: BedPost Confessions presents “Second Skin,” 8PM


Deep Vellum Books, Pegasus Reading Series featuring Dorothy Chan, Brian Clifton, Vince Granata, and Amanda Yanowski, 7PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Hepola discussing and signing her memoir, Blackout, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Chibbi Orduna, 8PM

El Paso

Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM


Lawndale Art Center, book launch for Roberto Tejada’s Still Nowhere in an Empty Vastness, 7PM


B&N – Palms Crossing, Karen Gerhardt Fort signing Mission, Texas (Images of America), 1PM


Bella la Brew, Aransas County Poetry Society presents national slam poet Michael Guinn + open mic, 6PM

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Harrigan discussing and signing Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas (in conversation with Justice Ken Wise), 6PM




B&N – Arboretum, Pamela Taylor signing Second Son, 2PM

BookPeople, Emily Arrow discussing and signing Kids' Guide to Learning the Ukulele, 2PM

BookPeople, William Gibson reading and signing Agency, 5PM [ticketed event]

Half Price Books – N. Lamar, sci-fi author Keith Rees signing One Night in Bangkok, 1PM

Half Price Books – Southpark Meadows, children’s author Laura Hudgens signing A Day at the Berns Family Farm, 1PM

Malvern Books, the Austin launch of Sarah Rose Etter’s debut novel, The Book of X, 7PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, The Art of Writing workshop with D. Ellis Phelps, 1PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast and New Yorker writer Patricia Marx discussing You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples, 7:30PM [ticketed event]

El Paso

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

Fort Worth

B&N – Hulen Center, Mary Bridget Bradley Gorman signing You Hadn't Told Them Enough, 2PM


B&N – River Oaks, Jackie Anders signing Arion Rising, 1PM

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

River Oaks Bookstore, Courtney Guest Kim discussing and signing How Sweet the Sound, 3PM

Writespace, workshop: “Mags to Riches II: The Art of the Article” with Jody Townsley Morse, 9:30AM


B&N, Michael Hagetoh signing Live from Cupertino: How Apple Used Words, Music and Performance to Build the World's Best Sales Machine, 1PM


Medina Community Library, Writers’ League of Texas presents a “Texas Writes” workshop featuring Nan Cuba and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, 10AM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Local Author Visit: Charlotte Canion, 10AM

The Book Haus, Local Author Visit: Dawnie Dahir, 2PM

San Antonio

B&N – Northwoods, Teresa Herbic signing Through the Fire: Healing from Cancer, Tumors and Other Nuisances, 1PM

Dead Tree Books, Alex Salinas signing his debut poetry collection Warbles, 2PM

Tobin Library, Meet-and-Greet and Book Signing Event: join local Texas authors for an afternoon of excerpt readings, Q&As, and book signings, 2PM


Grumps Burgers, Book Launch Event for A Firm Place to Stand by Lori Altebaumer, 11:30AM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Live Author Takeover with Kim Holden, 10AM




Malvern Books, Borderlands: Issue 51 Launch Party, 4PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, co-authors Reginald Harvey Joy Strickland signing Reginald’s medical memoir, Anatomy of a Patient: A Patient’s Memoir - Looking Back to Move Forward, and Jenny Luke signing Delivered by Midwives: African American Midwifery in the Twentieth Century South, 1PM


Brazos Bookstore, Antonette M. Danna discussing and signing If These Scissors Could Talk, 4:30PM

The Cannon, Asia Society Texas presents Shuja Nawaz discussing and signing The Battle for Pakistan: The Bitter U.S. Friendship and a Tough Neighborhood (followed by lunch), 11:30AM [RSVP required]

Katy Budget Books, Maria V. Snyder reading and signing the second book in her YA series, Chasing the Shadows, 2PM

Murder By the Book, Houston Chapter of Sisters in Crime meeting featuring Chief Brian Harris, a retired Houston homicide detective, speaking on crime scene investigations, 2PM

Visionary Heights, Poetry Around Houston workshop, 1PM


Half Price Books, children’s author Mary Payton signing books from her series, Taylor’s STEM Adventures, 1PM


B&N – Palms Crossing, Nely Gonzalez signing Una Carta y Cien Poemas Para Ti, 3PM


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: “The Practical Guide to Author Promotion” with Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, 3PM


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.