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 01.31.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


Bookworm Festival, February 1-5, ONLINE

Real Places 2021 Conference: Preserving Texas History, February 3-5, ONLINE

*2020 Will Rogers Medallion Award Weekend and Banquet, February 5-6, Fort Worth



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



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



Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, Front Porch Stories, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Lauren Tarshis and Melissa Cristina Márquez launch I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 and Crocodile Rescue, 7PM ZOOM

The Dock Bookshop, Kickoff Black History Month 2021: Dick Gregory and A Conversation with Journalist and News Publisher Cheryl Smith, 7PM CROWDCAST, FB LIVE

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



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Luke Patey presents How China Loses: The Pushback Against Chinese Global Ambitions, 12PM

Interabang Books, Amber Royer presents Grand Openings Can Be Murder, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Tami Charles presents Muted, 6PM ZOOM

BookWoman, Amy Gentry launches Bad Habits (in conversation with Laura Lippman), 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Ryan Serhant launches Big Money Energy: How to Rule at Work, Dominate at Life, and Make Millions, 6:30PM CROWDCAST

Blue Willow Books, Jen Yen launches A Taste For Love, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Alison Wisdom presents We Can Only Save Ourselves (in conversation with Elizabeth Wetmore), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Elle Cosimano and Megan Miranda present Finlay Donovan Is Killing It and The Girl from Widow Hills, respectively, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

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

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



Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Character Driven and Intricately Plotted Mysteries" with Sherry Thomas, 6:30PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Cambria Gordon launches The Poetry of Secrets, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Syed M. Masood presents The Bad Muslim Discount, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Jane Harper and Greer Hendricks present The Survivors and You Are Not Alone, respectively, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Adam Grant presents Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know (in conversation with Katie Couric), 7PM ONLINE

Barshop JCC, Steven G. Kellman presents Rambling Prose, 7PM ONLINE

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

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



Bullock Museum, High Noon Talks: Dr. Cristina Salinas presents her award-winning book, Managed Migrations, 12PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Kate Mosse, author of The City of Tears, in conversation with Anthony Horowitz, author of Moonflower Murders, 1PM YT & FB LIVE

Blue Willow Books, Alan Gratz presents Ground Zero, 5PM CROWDCAST

BookPeople, Edward Carey and Gregory Maguire present The Swallowed Man and A Wild Winter Swan, respectively, 7PM ZOOM

BookWoman, Randa Jarrar launches Love is an Ex Country (in conversation with Roxane Gay), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Joshua Hood, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Treadstone Exile, in conversation with Brian Freeman, author of Infinite, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

The Dock Bookshop, Sadeqa Johnson present Yellow Wife, 7PM DOCK TV & FACEBOOK LIVE

Write Art Out, Words & Sh*t featuring Aris Kian, 7:30PM ONLINE



Resistencia Books, Mauricio Novoa launches Memorias from the Beltway, 5PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, "After Hours" with Authors featuring Charlotte Gullick, Stacey Swann, and James Wade, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, John Hart, author of The Unwilling, in conversation with A. J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window, 7PM YT & FB LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "The Novel Hatchery: From Idea to the Page" with Stacey Swann, 10AM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, story time: Jason June reads Porcupine Cupid, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, story time: Avery Monsen reads I Am the Longest Dog, 11:30AM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Charles Trevino presents Seaside Stroll, 1PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Michael Koryta, author of Never Far Away, in conversation with Sandra Brown, author of Thick as Thieves, 1PM YT & FB LIVE

Writespace, workshop: LGBTQ+ workshop with Justin Jannise, 1PM ONLINE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Against Love Poems” with Kit Wren, 1PM (MST) ZOOM

Fort Bend County Libraries, Voices of Diversity with Local Authors: interview with Tonya Duncan Ellis, author of the Amazon-bestselling Sophie Washington children’s book series, 2PM ONLINE [registration required]

Fort Worth Public Library, Dr. Tyina Steptoe presents Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City, 6PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Texas Cozy Panel with Amber Royer, Rebecca Adler, Wendy Lyn Watson, Melissa Ramirez (aka Melissa Bourbon and Winnie Archer), and Diane Kelly, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

Writespace, Just Begin: a Workshop to Boost Creativity with Karleen Koen, 5PM ONLINE

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, J. D. May presents Factor 7, 11AM OUTDOOR EVENT



Malvern Books, The Lion & the Pirate Unplugged virtual, inclusive open mic, 1PM ZOOM

SCBWI North Texas, A Day in the Life of an Editor with Samantha Gentry, 1PM ONLINE

Irving Public Library, NEA Big Read: Poetry for Everyone Panel Discussion with Dr. Sylvia Vardell from TWU, former Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton, Dallas slam poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo, poet Naomi Shihab Nye, and poet Padma Venkatraman, 7PM ONLINE

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Emily English Medley presents From the Moon I Watched Her, 12PM OUTDOOR EVENT



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.