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 02.02.2020


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

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 23rd annual University Authors’ Day, February 6

Texas Author Project Awards Reception, Austin, February 6

First Annual San Antonio African American Book Festival, February 8

TexMoot: Third Annual Texas Literature & Language Symposium, Houston, February 8

Annual Romance Readers’ Social, Pflugerville, February 8

Austin Anarchist Book Fair, February 9



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




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




Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: “The Legacy of Little Women” with a sneak peek of Dallas Theater Center actors performing brief excerpts from Little Women, and Sarahbeth Grossman (Artistic Producer, Dallas Theater Center) will moderate a conversation with Anne Boyd Rioux, author of Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters, and director of the DTC production, Sarah Rasmussen, 7:30PM

Fort Worth

TCU, author Levi McLaughlin presents a public lecture on “Shinto Nationalism and Buddhist Electioneering:  Understanding Japanese Politics through Religion,” 4PM


Brazos Bookstore, poet Nick Flynn reading from and signing I Will Destroy You, 6PM

Murder By the Book, Gregg Hurwitz discussing and signing Into the Fire, 6:30PM

Tracy Gee Community Center, SCBWI-Houston meeting: “The Illustrated Biography of an Illustrator & Muralist, Too” with illustrator Bill Ferguson, 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Katherine Hampsten and Kate Murphy, author of You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters, 5PM

University of the Incarnate Word, 2020 Pierre Lecture: “The Christian Bible as a Text of Migration” by Dr. Jacqueline Hidalgo, co-editor of Latinxs, the Bible, and Migration, 7PM




BookPeople, Jenn Shapland discussing and signing My Autobiography of Carson McCullers (in conversation with Adeena Reitberger), 7PM

BookWoman, Dr. Lauren Jae Gutterman discussing and signing Her Neighbor's Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire Within Marriage, 6:30PM

Chez Zee America Bistro, Chez Zee Author Series with S. C. Gwynne discussing and signing Hymns of the Republic, 6PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam, 7:15PM

The North Door, Owen Egerton’s One Page Salon, 7PM


SMU, Sun & Star: Understanding Religious Nationalism in Japan with author Dr. Levi McLaughlin, 12PM


UNT, UNT Fine Arts Series featuring improvisational singer, avant-garde composer and bestselling author Tanya Tagaq, 7:30PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Open Mic Poetry Night, 8PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Erin Hunter discussing and signing The Spirit Eater, the newest book in the Bravelands series, 5PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam, 9:30PM

The Woodlands

B&N, Beth Moore signing Chasing Vines: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life, 11AM




BookWoman, Kate Messner discussing and signing Chirp, 6PM

Bullock Museum, High Noon Talks: Joe Nick Patoski discussing and signing Austin to ATX, 12PM

College Station

B&N, Beth Moore signing Chasing Vines: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life, 11AM


Avant Garden, Write About Now poetry, 7:30PM

B&N – River Oaks, John Bacon signing Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football, 6PM

Italian Cultural & Community Center, “Giordano Bruno: the Birth of Science” with Dr. Luca Oliva, author of L'ontologia della materia: Giordano Bruno tra Otto e Novecento, 7PM

Museum of Fine Art, Frank and Eleanor Freed Lecture: a talk with author Abigail Rockwell about her grandfather, Norman Rockwell, 6:30PM

Rudyard’s, Transcendent Zero Press presents "Has Liberalism Killed Writing?", a discussion between noted critic, novelist, and poet Anis Shivani and C. Wadsworth Longfellow of, 7:30PM

San Antonio

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

SAY Sí, San Antonio Book Festival Author Lineup Announcement Party, 6PM

Trinity University, Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series presents author Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi, 7:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Paul Yoon discussing and signing Run Me to Earth, 5PM




Interabang Books, Ashley Feinstein Gerstley discussing and signing The 30-Day Money Cleanse: Take Control of Your Finances, Manage Your Spending, and De-Stress Your Money for Good, 6PM [entrance fee]

Meadows Museum, 2020 Godbey Lecture Series: Joan of Arc in History and Literature with author Dr. Bonnie Wheeler, 5:15PM

Park City Club, World Affairs Council-DFW presents Anthony Kronman discussing and signing The Assault on American Excellence, 12PM


Brazos Bookstore, Kate Messner discussing and signing Chirp, 5PM

Holocaust Museum Houston, a conversation with award-winning author Joseph Kanon, moderated by Ernie Manouse, 6:30PM

Rice University, “Antisemitism, Pornography, and American Jews” with Dr. Josh Lambert, author of Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture, 4PM

Rice University, The Latin American Writer-in-Residency Series’ Lecture with Puerto Rican author Mayra Santos-Febres, 5PM

San Antonio

Trinity University, “The Distinguished Day: How Clock Time Arrived in Rome” with Dr. James Ker, author of The Deaths of Seneca, 4PM

San Marcos

Texas State University, a reading and signing by poet Adrian Matejka, author of Map to the Stars, 3:30PM


B&N, Beth Moore signing Chasing Vines: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life, 3:30PM




Front Street Books, Nicholas McIntire discussing and signing The Hunter’s Gambit, 6PM


BookPeople, Kate Murphy discussing and signing You're Not Listening, 7PM

BookWoman, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton reading and signing Newsworthy: Poems, 7PM


Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, photographer and author Michael Nye opens the “My Heart Is Not Blind” exhibition, 6PM


Hilton Anatole, World Affairs Council-DFW presents “Reimagining America’s Foreign Policy” with author Victor Davis Hanson, 12PM

Wyly Theatre, a conversation with Jessica Simpson to celebrate the launch of her new memoir, Open Book, 8PM [ticketed event]


Discovery Green, WITS youth performance poetry session, 6:30PM

Inprint House, First Friday Poetry Series featuring John Milkereit, 8:30PM

Museum of Fine Art, Frank and Eleanor Freed Lecture: “Galloping Horses: Artist Xu Beihong and His Family in Mao’s China” with author Xu Fangfang, 3PM


Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, a reading and signing by poet Adrian Matejka, author of Map to the Stars, 7:30PM


B&N, Kate Messner signing Chirp, 9AM




Austin Book Arts Center, Open House Hands-on Book Arts and Printing Ink, 10AM

BookPeople, Linsey Miller discussing and signing B​​​​​elle Révolte (in conversation with author Rosiee Thor), 2PM

BookPeople, Donna Kornhaber discussing and signing Nightmares in the Dream Sanctuary, 5PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, book signing with San Antonio romance authors Pam Humphrey, Storm Navarro, and Holly Castillo, 2PM

Cedar Park

Half Price Books, local YA author Carol Beth Anderson reading and signing The Frost Eater, 1PM


B&N – Preston/Royal, Cynthia Marlowe signing R Is the Roughest Sound, 1PM

Interabang Books, Laura Bull discussing and signing From Individual to Empire, 6PM

The Writer’s Garret, Ekphrasis Workshop With Logen Cure, 1PM


DeSoto Civic Center, Dallas Area Writers Group open mic night, 7:45PM

El Paso

UTEP Centennial Museum, Tumblewords Project workshop: “Art Shots: Write the Image, Part 2” with Jeanette DesBoine, 1PM


B&N – Stonebriar, Sara Pennypacker signing Here in the Real World, 12PM


Lark & Owl Booksellers, Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey reading and signing The Old Truck, 3PM


B&N – Vanderbilt Square, Miriam Kalman Friedman discussing and signing Rivers of Light: The Live of Claire Myers Owens, 3PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Robert Jacobus discussing and signing Black Man in the Huddle: Stories from the Integration of Texas Football, 11AM

Brazos Bookstore, Ashley Bryan reading and signing Infinite Hope, 2PM

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

Rudyard’s, Defunkt Magazine Anti-Valentine Bash, 8PM

Writespace, workshop: “Handling Time: A Hands-On How To” with Mark Haber, 1PM


The Phoenix Bookshop, panel discussion: “Feminism and the Macho” with Nicolas Flores, author of Sex as a Political Condition, and Holly Dykstra, 3PM


B&N, Jenny Luke signing Delivered by Midwives, 3PM


B&N – Palms Crossing, Amy Glover signing Unresectable: Keeper of the Cure, 1PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Story time: Houston author Amy Brazda reading and signing Jesse Unleashed, 10:30AM

The Book Haus, book signing with San Antonio romance authors Erin Ljungdahl, Sasha Summers, Maida Malby, Patricia Walters-Fischer, and Karen Kinna + giveaways, 2PM

San Antonio

B&N – Bandera Pointe, book signing with San Antonio romance authors Janalyn Knight & Suanne Schafer, 2PM

B&N – La Cantera, Meet J.G. Schwartz, author of Inventing Madness and The Pearl Harbor Conspiracy, 12PM

B&N – La Cantera, book signing with San Antonio romance authors Jolene Navarro & Cerise DeLand, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, Louise Brunner signing What Fathers Should Tell Their Daughters: Communication Between Fathers and Daughters about Obedience and Relationships for Ages Ten to Eighteen, 11AM


Half Price Books, Ciara O’Neal signing her picture book, Flamingos Aren’t For Everyone, 3PM


B&N, Gulf Coast Poets meeting featuring Terry Jude Miller, 10:30AM




BookPeople, E. R. Bills discussing and signing Pendulum Grim, 5PM


B&N – Preston/Royal, Margie Woods signing Happy Tunes, 2PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Crystal Allison Gore signing her romantic thriller, Silver Heart, and Demeshia Lavette signing her memoir, Refined, 1PM

Pan African Connection, workshop and book signing: Transform Your Mind and Discover Your Purpose, Vision, and Legacy, 1PM


Arts & Letters Bookstore, Lori Wilde signing her Twilight, Texas series, 5PM


Brazos Bookstore, Blair Imani discussing and signing Making Our Way Home, 4PM


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: “The Body and the Essay” with Rebecca A. Spears, 3PM

The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: “How to Write a Great Novel Synopsis” with Amber Royer, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, J. E. Kilpatrick signing The Year of My Novela, 12PM


Chapel on the Bosque, the Pickers & Poets Singer-Songwriter series featuring Courtney Patton, 4PM


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.