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 01.26.2020


REELpoetry, Houston, January 24-26

Bookworm Festival, Jersey Village, February 1

10th Romance in Bonham, February 1

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Children’s Book Fair, Austin, February 1-2

Let’s Write About Sex Education: a Journalism Workshop for Grades 9-12, Austin, February 1-2



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

Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer, Austin, February 1-July 19




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




Alley Theater, Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents poet Carolyn Forché and Carmen Maria Machado, 7:30PM

San Angelo

Old Town Books, Jeremy Everett discussing and signing I was Hungry: Cultivating Common  Ground to End an American Crisis, 4PM




Burrowing Owl Books, an evening with author Jodi Thomas, discussing writing and publication, 5PM

Austin Public Library, Carmen Maria Machado discussing and signing In the Dream House (in conversation with Deb Olin Unferth), 7PM [ticketed event]

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam Open Slam hosted by SC Says, 7:15PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, Percussion & Prose, 6:30PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Letts reading and signing the paperback release of Finding Dorothy, 7PM

Temple Emanu-el, Educational First Steps presents One Childhood One Chance: An Evening with Tara Westover, author of Educated (in conversation with Krys Boyd), 6PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Year of the Rat poetry open mic featuring Matt Sacks, 8PM


Bohemeo’s, January Glass Mountain reading, 7PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam, 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Kiran Bhat reading and signing We of the Forsaken World..., 5PM




Austin Public Library-Terrazas, Chicon Street Poets presents the January Aural Literature reading, 7:30PM

Malvern Books, the launch of Kiran Bhat’s new novel, We of the Forsaken World…, 7PM


Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, Jillian Cantor reading and signing In Another Time, 7PM

Deep Vellum Books, the Love Revolution Continues: poetry & music, 7PM

Interabang Books, Donna Wilhelm discussing and signing A Life of My Own, 6PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring Mr. Dave, 7:30PM

Rice University, Society of Rice University Women presents Dr. Andrea Ballestero discussing and signing A Future History of Water, 7PM

Rice University, Taylor Lustig discussing and signing Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House (in conversation with Melissa Marschall), 7:30PM


The Phoenix Bookstore, Laredo Poetry Workshop with Nöel Heller, 6PM

North Richland Hills

North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book: Lisa Gardner reading and signing When You See Me, 1PM [ticketed reception at 12PM]

San Antonio

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

The Twig Book Shop, Jay Brandon reading and signing From the Grave, 5PM




Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin Community Foundation presents Keyholder '20, featuring Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai and author of Let Her Fly, 5:30PM

College Station

Texas A&M University, Dave South discussing and signing You Saw Me on the Radio: Recollections and Favorite Calls as the Voice of Aggie Athletics, 3PM


Angelika Film Center, Flick Fest for LitFest: Friday Night Lights Talk given by writer and producer David Hudgins, 7PM

Interabang Books, Luke Geddes reading and signing Heart of Junk, 6PM

El Paso

B-17 Bombers Oyster Pub, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM

UTEP, Pulitzer Prize-winning, 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith, reading and signing Wade in the Water (Spanish translation by Andrea Cote Botero), 6:30PM


Lark & Owl Booksellers, Community Conversation with Sherron Watkins, Enron whistleblower and co-author of Power Failure, 7PM


Brazos Bookstore, Layla F. Saad discussing and signing Me and White Supremacy, 6PM

Poison Girl, Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Lauren Berry, Phuc Luu, and Annie Shepherd, 8:30PM

Rice University, 2020 reception honoring Rice University authors, editors, composers, and artists of works published in 2019, 5:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Ralph Bivins discussing and signing Houston 2020: America's Boom Town - An Extreme Close Up, 5PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Live Author Takeover with Lisa Sorbe, 7PM


University of Houston-Victoria, American Book Review Reading Series presents novelist Jennifer duBois, 11AM




UT Arlington, Friends of the Libraries presents Ron Tyler discussing and signing The Art of Texas: 250 Years, 7:30PM


BookPeople, Isabel Ibañez reading and signing Woven in Moonlight, Adrienne Young reading and signing The Girl the Sea Gave Back, and Shea Ernshaw reading and signing Winterwood, 7PM

Malvern Books, the launch of Chad Bennett’s debut poetry collection, Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era (with local poets including Lisa Moore, Cindy St. John, Desiree Morales, Austin Rodenbiker, and Sequoia Maner), 7PM


Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents S.P.I.T. 2 For 1 Slam, 8PM

Lucky Dog Books – East Dallas, Kiran Bhat reading and signing We of the Forsaken World..., 7PM

Parish Episcopal School, World Affairs Council-DFW presents John Carreyrou discussing and signing Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, 7:30PM

El Paso

Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM

Fort Worth

Commonplace Books, Sarina Harz, Certified Warrior Heart Facilitator, discussing The Warrior Heart Practice Book + call-in from author HeatherAsh Amara, 6PM

Harker Heights

B&N, Jerry Craft signing New Kid, 6PM


Brazos Bookstore, poet Danez Smith reading from and signing Homies, 6:30PM

Rudyard’s, Write About Now presents the Black Excellence Open Mic x Home Girl Hood, 7:30PM




B&N – Arboretum, Ruben Gonzales signing Barrio Walk: Stepping Into Wisdom, 2PM

BookPeople, Katie Jaffe and Jennifer Lawson reading and signing Fly, Fly Again, 2PM

BookPeople, Roberto Ontiveros reading and signing The Fight for Space, 5PM

St. Edward’s University, Writers’ League of Texas workshop: "Self-Publishing: What You Need to Know to Get Started" with Lori Ryan, 9AM

St. Edward’s University, Writers’ League of Texas workshop: “Self-Pub Marketing Mastery” with Lori Ryan, 1PM


Burkburnett Library, Writers’ League of Texas workshop: “Texas Writes” with Kathleen Kent and Jeramey Kraatz, 10AM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Selected Shorts presents an evening of O. Henry Prize–winning stories, 7:30PM [ticketed event]

El Paso

UTEP Centennial Museum, Tumblewords Project workshop: “Clichés and How to Avoid Them” with Robin Scofield, 1PM


Brazos Bookstore, launch party for Anna Meriano’s Love Sugar Magic 3: A Mixture of Mischief, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Dean "Miranda" James will sign and discuss Careless Whiskers, and Ellery Adams will sign and discuss The Book of Candlelight, 4:30PM

Writespace, workshop: “Writing About Place” with Icess Fernandez Rojas, 9:30AM

Writespace, workshop: “Writing Memoir with Emotional Honesty” with Joyce Boatwright, 1PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, “Breaking down the Creative Block” writing workshop with K. Wendt, 9AM

San Antonio

The DoSeum, the DoSeum's Author Series presents activities, a reading, and book signing with Jon Lasser, author of Grow Happy, 11:30AM

The Twig Book Shop, William Hoffman signing Wings of Deceit, 11AM


Half Price Books, Anne Odom signing Mr. Piano, Act 1, 3PM




BookPeople, Shauna Shapiro discussing and signing Good Morning, I Love You (in conversation with Kristin Neff), 5PM

Malvern Books, the Lion & the Pirate inclusive open mic, 1PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Deanna King signing Twist of Fate, and Chevron Ross signing Weapons of Remorse, 1PM


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


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: “How to Find Your Narrative Voice” with Eden Elieff, 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.