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 01.24.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


Fifth Annual Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, January 30, ONLINE



*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



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



Blue Willow Bookshop, educator meeting with author/illustrator Matthew Cordell and his new picture book, Bear Island, 5PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Jayne Ann Krentz and Nalini Singh present All the Colors of Night and Quiet in Her Bones, respectively, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]

The Dock Bookshop, Nadia Owusu present Aftershocks: A Memoir, 7PM CROWDCAST, FB LIVE

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



Conversations from a Page, The Chanel Sisters and Judithe Little, 11AM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, 2021 Baylor Global Business Forum webinar: Adrian Wooldridge presents The Wake Up Call: Why the Pandemic has Exposed the Weakness of the West – and How to Fix It, 11AM

Interabang Books, Patricia Falvey launches The Titanic Sisters, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Sajni Patel and Jesse Sutanto present The Knockout and The Obsession, respectively, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, J. Elle launches Wings of Ebony (in conversation with Nic Stone), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Hilary Davidson and Susan Elia MacNeal present The Damage Done and The King’s Justice, respectively, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

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

SCBWI Austin, Webinar: Indie-Publishing a Picture Book with Darcy Pattison, 7PM

Katy Budget Books, YA Fantasy Event with Maxine Kaplan and Django Wexler, 8PM 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



SMU, A Knock at Midnight and the Urgency of Now: A Conversation with Brittany K. Barnett, 12PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Books, Peter Sís presents Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued, 5PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, Mauro Gatti presents The Happy Broadcast: How to Stay Positive, Take Action & Make the World a Better Place (in conversation with Joel Arquillos), 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Maurice Chammah presents Let the Lord Sort Them, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Brazos Book Club with Ryan Chapman, author of Riots I Have Known, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Gregg Hurwitz presents Prodigal Son, 7PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Charles Yu presents Interior Chinatown, winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction (in conversation with Dr. Dennis Kratz), 7PM ONLINE

Half Price Books, New York Times bestselling-author Colleen Hoover presents Layla (in conversation with Anna Todd), 7PM CROWDCAST [ticketed]

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Alyssa Cole, 7PM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, Industry Webinar: You Need Help! Interns are the Answer with Rebekah Manley, 7PM

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

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



Murder By the Book, Eliza Jane Brazier and Stephanie Wrobel present If I Disappear and Darling Rose Gold, respectively, 1PM YT & FB LIVE

Ransom Center, Collection Connections: Authors and Presidential Inaugurations, 4:30PM ONLINE

The Dock Bookshop, Miss Cicely Tyson presents her new memoir, Just As I Am (in conversation with Whoopi Goldberg), 5PM ONLINE

The Wild Detectives, Daniel Loedel presents Hades, Argentina (in conversation with Cristina Rodriguez from Deep Vellum Books), 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Interabang Books, Sean Desmond presents Sophomores (in conversation with Harry Hunsicker), 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, Mel Kusin Lecture on National Security webinar: Charles A. Kupchan presents Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself From the World, 6PM

Fort Worth Public Library, #FortWorthReads: William Magnuson presents Blockchain Democracy, 6:30PM ZOOM

Allison Pittman, Pittman hosts a launch party for Pudge and Prejudice, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Lisa B. Thompson presents Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues: Three Plays, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Brigid Kemmerer presents A Vow So Bold and Deadly (in conversation with Jennifer Armentrout), 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Texas A&M Foundation, James H. Willbanks, LTC, USA (Ret) presents Danger 79er: The Life and Times of Lieutenant General James F. Hollingsworth, 7PM ZOOM

The Bookworm Box, Live Author Takeover with Lexi Ryan, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Write Art Out, Words & Sh*t featuring Bonafide Rojas, 7:30PM ONLINE



World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Global Connections: Abby Rapoport, publisher and cofounder of Stranger’s Guide, 12PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Kate Weinberg and M. L. Rio present The Truants and If We Were Villains, respectively, 1PM YT & FB LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



Writespace, workshop: Time Management for Writers with Ynes Freeman, 9:30AM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "The Agent Search: Tips, Tricks, and Timeless Advice" ONLINE with Becka Oliver, 10AM ZOOM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “I'm an Alligator! Exploring creative writing through the music and life of David Bowie” with Carlos Fidel Espinoza, 1PM (MST) ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Kelly Rippon presents Parent Up: Inspire Your Child to Be Their Best Self (in conversation with her son, Olympic-medalist Adam Rippon), 2PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Malvern Books, Aaron Fagan launches his third poetry collection, A Better Place is Hard to Find (plus Nick Flynn and other guests), 7PM ZOOM

Writespace, Sip and Slam: Courtney LeBlanc, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE



JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room: Gabrielle Glaser presents American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and The Shadow History of Adoption, 7PM ONLINE



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.