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 02.07.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


Texoma 2021: Signum University’s Fourth Annual Texas Literature & Language Symposium, February 13, ONLINE

Romance Readers’ Social, February 13, ONLINE



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

*Abilene, The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature: A David Small World, February 11-May 22



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

BookWoman, Elizabeth Kropf's Virtual Book Launch for What Mothers Withhold, 4PM ZOOM

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room: Philippe Sands presents The Ratline: The Exalted Life and Mysterious Death of a Nazi Fugitive (in conversation with Deborah Lipstadt), 7PM ZOOM

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



Brazos Bookstore, I Read YA - Love Stories Panel with Stephan Lee, Alice Oseman, Debbie Rigaud, Lucas Rocha, and Jessica Verdi (moderated by Aurora Dominguez of Frolic), 4PM YOUTUBE LIVE

Trinity University, author Dr. Judy A. Alston will be presenting "Education and the Disinherited: Leading through Fear, Deception, and Hate with Love," 5:30PM ZOOM [registration required]

Blue Willow Bookshop, Susan Meissner launches The Nature of Fragile Things, 7PM ZOOM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Walter Mosley presents Blood Grove (in conversation with Kathleen Kent), 7PM ONLINE [ticketed]

Professor’s Corner, The Poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye, 7PM ONLINE [email for link]

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



BookPeople, James Patterson and retired serviceman Matt Eversmann present Walk in My Combat Boots, 6PM ZOOM

Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: tunnel-book construction and collage, 6PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Masuma Ahuja launches Girlhood: Teens around the World in Their Own Voices (in conversation with Rainesford Stauffer), 6PM ZOOM

Houston Public Library, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson presents Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, 6:30PM ZOOM [registration required]

Murder By the Book, Ellery Adams releases Ink and Shadows, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

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

LitNight Reading Series, Black History Month Celebration with authors, Barbara Porter, Sharron Pete, Enid Jones, Nikki Coe, Barbara Porter, Kat Smith, Toyette, and D. Allen, 7PM ZOOM

Midland College, Rebekah Manley presents Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates: Picture Book Parody for Adults, 7PM ZOOM

SCBWI Austin, Webinar: Creating in the Midst of Chaos with Paige Britt, 7PM

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



Sam Houston State University, A discussion of the Broadview Edition of Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins' 1901-02 novel Hagar's Daughter with editors Dr. Alisha Knight and Dr. John Gruesser, 11AM ZOOM

BookPeople, Gabriela Epstein and Gale Galligan present the Babysitters Club Graphix, 6PM ZOOM

IPA LIVE!, Texas Poet Lisa Toth Salinas presents a free Writing Poetry for Children workshop online with the Iowa Poets Association series. 

Katy Budget Books, Scholastic Parents Night: Keeping Kids Engaged as Readers with Pam Allyn, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Phil Falco, Malcolm Mitchell, Ernest Morrell, and Lauren Tarshis (moderated by John Schu), 6PM ONLINE

SMU, webinar: Alexis Coe presents You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington, 6PM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "The Art of Freelance Writing" with Alex Temblador, 6:30PM ZOOM

Fort Worth Public Library, Writer's Workshop with Sebastián Hasani Páramo, 6:30PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Books, David Arnold presents Electric Kingdom (in conversation with Justin A. Reynolds), 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Murder By the Book, M. J. Rose presents The Last Tiara, in conversation with Fiona Davis, author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Kristin Hannah presents The Four Winds (in conversation with Sarah Bird), 7PM ONLINE [ticketed]

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Mary Burton, author of Burn You Twice, 7PM ONLINE

Trinity University Press, Maverick Book Club: Hometown Texas with photographer Peter Brown and author Joe Holley (moderated by Bob Rivard), 7PM ZOOM

Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops Dallas, The Big Texas Read featuring Andrea Vocab Sanderson’s She Lives in Music, 7PM ONLINE

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

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



TSLAC, #Bookchat: “Love of Writing: Fueling Literary Dreams” with Texas Center for the Book coordinator Rebekah Manley discussing her debut book, 11AM ZOOM

Center for the Study of the Southwest, Dr. Ana Martinez presents Performance in the Zocalo, 12:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Rio Cortez and Lauren Semmer present The ABCs of Black History, 4PM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, webinar: Philip H. Gordon presents Losing the Long Game: The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East, 5PM

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Robert Zoellick presents America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, 6PM

SMU, webinar: Marcia Chatelain presents Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, 6PM ZOOM

Fort Worth Public Library, #FortWorthReads: Andres de la Casa-Huertas of The Wild Detectives presents Reading Quirks, 6:30PM ONLINE

Gemini Ink, workshop: Writing for Heroic Power: Homer, Dante & Virgil in Light of Modern Realities with Charles Massiatte, 6:30PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Phil Stamper presents As Far As You'll Take Me (in conversation with Leah Johnson), 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Murder By the Book, Dorothy St. James presents The Broken Spine, in conversation with Olivia Blacke, author of Killer Content, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

Irving Public Library, NEA Big Read: YA Author Panel with Samantha Mabry, author of All the Wind in the World, and Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, author of Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

The Bookworm Box, Danielle Bannister Live Author Takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookWoman, Second Thursday OPEN Mic Poetry featuring Susan Signe Morrison, 7:15PM ZOOM

Write Art Out, Words & Sh*t featuring Christopher Michael, 7:30PM ONLINE

Katy Budget Books, Books with Bite Virtual Panel with Marlene Perez, Jennifer Ann Shore, and Kiersten White, 8PM ZOOM



Houston Public Library, Become Houston’s next Poet Laureate: The Houston Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs host an information session to address guidelines, the application process, and answer questions, 6PM ONLINE

The Paramount Theatre, Margaret Atwood: A Virtual Conversation for 2021 and Beyond (moderated by Emily Ramshaw), 7PM [ticketed]

Murder By the Book, Valerie Wilson Wesley presents A Glimmer of Death, in conversation with Angela M. Sanders, author of Bait and Witch, 7PM YT & FB LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



SCBWI Austin, Monthly Meeting: Q&A with Author Wendelin Van Draanen, 9:30AM ONLINE

Writespace, workshop: The Ins and Outs of Great Sex Scenes with Marian Szczepanski, 9:30AM ONLINE

ACFW – DFW, workshop: Twitter & Instagram for authors, 10:30AM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: “A Voice to Remember” – Creating Unique Picture Book & Middle Grade Character Voices with Leah Henderson, 11AM ONLINE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Writing for Our Lives: Poetic Storytelling” with Maria R. Palacios, 1PM (MST) ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Neal Shusterman presents his new novel, Game Changer, 3PM ZOOM [registration required]

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "After Hours" with Authors featuring Owen Egerton, Britta Jensen, and Jessica Wilbanks, 7PM ZOOM



The Writing Barn, Virtual Mini-Retreats for the Weekend Warrior led by Claire Campbell, 10AM 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.