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 02.09.2020


Austin Anarchist Book Fair, February 9

Sin Muros Latinx Theatre Festival, Houston, February 13-16

Central Texas Teen & Kids Comic Con, Round Rock, February 15



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, 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




Abilene Public Library, SCBWI-North Texas are meet-up, 5:30PM


BookPeople, Rick Wilson discussing and signing Running Against the Devil, 7PM

The LINE Hotel, American Short Fiction’s Lit City with Oscar Casares and Karen Russell, 7PM

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Creative Writing Department’s Literary Coffeehouse, hosted by Charlotte Gullick, 7PM

UT, Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series presents poet Evie Shockley, 7PM

College Station

TAMU, Kim Ghattas discussing Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion and Collective Memory in the Middle East, 6PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Letters Aloud: “Love Me or Leave Me” with letters written by Mark Twain, Frida Kahlo, Charles Bukowski, George Carlin, Virginia Woolf, Napoleon Bonaparte, and “a nice kid who grew up to be Slash,” 7:30PM

Interabang Books, David Kessler discussing and signing Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief, 6PM

SMU, Prize-winning historian Darren Dochuk discussing Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America, 6PM




Texas Star Trading Co., Penny Parker Klostermann signing There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight, 4PM


College Park Center, Maverick Speaker Series presents an evening with Common, hip-hop recording artist, actor, film producer, poet, and activist, 7:30PM


BookPeople, Helena Woodard discussing and signing Slave Sites on Display, 7PM

BookWoman, Blair Imani discussing and signing Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream, 7PM

Flat Track Coffee, Chicon Street Poets present the Living Room Lit Open Mic, 7PM

Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave’s Story Department presents “BFFs,” 7:30PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam, 7:15PM

Cedar Hill

Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group meeting featuring Amanda Arista, 7PM


Chocolate Secrets, Sanderia Faye’s LitNight Dallas Reading Series, 7PM

Interabang Books, Kathleen Kent launches The Burn (Detective Betty #2), 6PM

Temple Emanu-El, Aaron Family JCC presents Pamela Nadell, author of America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, 7PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Open Mic Poetry Night, 8PM


Warehouse Live, the Moth StorySLAM presents “Love Hurts,” 7:30PM

San Angelo

Angelo State, local authors Dr. John Garrett and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. (retired) Tom Nurre signing Goodfellow Air Force Base, 10:30AM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam, 9:30PM

Urban Ecology Center Gathering Hall, Gemini Ink presents “Urban Wild,” an evening of poetry and photography celebrating nature with local poets Wendy Barker, John Phillip Santos, Francis Trevino, and Mobi Warren, 6:30PM




UT Arlington, Patrick Burkart discussing Why Hackers Win, 12PM


BookPeople, Gary Barker discussing and signing The Museum of Lost Love, 7PM

College Station

TAMU, Dennis Ross discussing Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny, 6PM


Interabang Books, Writing Workshops Dallas presents LitTalk: Exploring Identity in Fiction: Alex Temblador moderating a panel that includes Julie Murphy, Hafsah Faizal, and Sanderia Faye, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight Poetry featuring Robin Turner and Emma Ramsey, 7:30PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now poetry presents the Petty Weight Championship, 7:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed will discuss and sign Yes No Maybe So, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Lidia Yuknavitch discussing and signing Verge: Stories, 6:30PM

Cy Twombly Gallery, an intimate reading with the renowned and award-winning poet Carl Phillips, 7PM

Houston Maritime Museum, “Darwin's Naturalist Journey Aboard Beagle” with author Dr. Scott Solomon, 6PM

Midtown Arts and Theatre Center, Urban Reads: Steven Higashide discussing and signing Better Buses, Better Cities, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Kate Winkler Dawson discussing and signing American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI, 6:30PM

Rice University, Heather Boushey discussing Unbound: How Economic Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It, 5:30PM

University of Houston, UH Creative Writing presents Carl Phillips’s Craft Talk: Pattern + Variation, 7PM


Sam Houston State, Suicide Prevention Speaker Event: motivational speaker and author Kevin Hines, 2PM


Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Reading Series presents professor, lawyer, and author David R. Dow, 7:30PM

San Antonio

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

The Twig Book Shop, Ryan Houser discussing and signing Thru Hiking the AT, 5PM




Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: Bookbinding Happy Hour for Teachers, 6PM [You don’t have to be a teacher, but teachers earn CPE.]

BookPeople, Laura McKowen discussing and signing We Are the Luckiest (in conversation with Sarah Hepola), 7PM

BookWoman, Second Thursday Open Mic featuring Sequoia Maner, 7:15PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night with Tracey S. Phillips & Josephine Blacke, 7PM

St. Edward’s U, Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series presents author Karen Russell, 6PM


Herman Brown Free Library, Coffee Talks: Robin Doughty and Matt Turner discussing and signing Unnatural Texas? The Invasive Species Dilemma, 1:30PM


Clarendon College, Clarendon Chamber Banquet featuring author Jodi Thomas, 6PM


Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, Dr. Omer Bartov discussing the anatomy of a genocide, the focus of his most recent book about the town of Buczacz, Ukraine, during the Holocaust, 7PM

Interabang Books, Taylor Stevens discussing and signing Liars’ Legacy, 6PM


Gallery 201, Laredo BorderSlam presents the Pro/Anti Valentine’s Day Slam, 9:30PM


Midland College, a special guest lecture author presentation and Valentine's chocolate celebration with Linda Thorsen Bond, 6PM




UT Arlington, LeAnna Schooley and Tom Kellam discussing Wanted in America: Posters Collected by the Fort Worth Police Department, 1898–1903, 7:30PM


Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Girls’ Night Out: Valentine’s Day, 8PM

Margo Jones Theatre, “A View From the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” with poet/performance artist Al Staggs, 7:30PM

The Wild Detectives, panel discussion on the Peruvian magazine AMAUTA and the avant-garde networks of Latin America, 6:30PM

El Paso

Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Series Open Mic Night, 8:30PM

San Antonio

University of the Incarnate Word, Frank Bennack discussing Leave Something on the Table and Other Surprising Lessons for Success in Business and in Life, 10AM


Fabled Bookshop & Café, Melissa Copp signing Raising Wheels, 6PM




Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: Book Hospital, 1PM 

BookPeople, SCBWI-Austin Monthly Meeting: Color Palettes with Mark Mitchell, 10AM

BookPeople, Vanessa Roeder discussing and signing The Box Turtle, 2PM

BookPeople, Kate Winkler Dawson discussing and signing American Sherlock (in conversation with Becka Oliver from Writers’ League of Texas), 5PM

Half Price Books – N. Lamar, Texas-native and children's author Shannon Mokry signing Bubbles and the Big Race, 1PM

Infinite Monkey Theorem, Austin Poetry Brothel presents an immersive literary cabaret with special guest Gabino Iglesias, 8:30PM

St. Edwards U, Writers’ League of Texas workshop: "Twisting Facts into Stories: Reality in Fiction and Nonfiction" with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, 10AM

Twin Oaks Library, Austin Poetry Society meeting with guest speaker Christa Pandey, 1:30PM


B&N – Preston/Royal, Josh Martin and Walt Ferris singing Adam and Eve, 2PM

Interabang Books, Nancy Churnin discussing and signing Beautiful Shades of Brown, 1PM

Interabang Books, Catana Chetwynd discussing and signing Snug: A Collection of Comics About Dating Your Best Friend, 6PM [SOLD OUT]

El Paso

UTEP Centennial Museum, Tumblewords Project workshop: “Against Love Poetry” with Kit Wren, 1PM


B&N – Stonebriar, Neal Shusterman signing The Toll (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Arc of a Scythe Series #3), 2PM


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

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Artist Talk with illustrator Aya Kakeda, 3PM

Writespace, workshop: “Writing the Immigrant and International Experience” with Onyinye Ihezukwu, 9:30AM


The Bosslight, Keith R. Rees launches Legend at Lanana Creek, 1PM

San Angelo

Eggemeyer's General Store, Eric Braeden signing of his memoir I'll Be Damned, 2PM

San Antonio

B&N – La Cantera, Norma Garcia signing In Spite Of My Disability, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, K. K. Martinez signing Dark Sun Rising, 11AM




BookPeople, George Vance McGee discussing and signing The Nation We Live In, 5PM

BookWoman, Amanda Johnstone hosting the TORCH: Wildfire Reading Series: KB + Community Open Mic, 3PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Fred Zuker signing Standing Tall & Looking Good: One Soldier’s Life & Lessons Learned from 1068-71, and Frank Myer signing Don’t Put The Cart Before The Unicorn: How To Survive and Thrive in The Online Dating World, 1PM

The Wild Detectives, Backyard Story Night – Dallas edition, 7PM

Fort Worth

Leaves Books & Tea, An Afternoon with Authors: Maz Maddox, Fabiana Martinez, Michele McCarthy, and C.A. Szarek discussing “Writing Because You Have To,” 2PM


Brazos Bookstore, Richard Bell discussing and signing Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, 4:30PM

Murder By the Book, A panel of Houston Sisters in Crime published authors will share their secrets to success, 2PM

San Antonio

Trinity University, Role of Cultural Heritage Preservation in Gentrification: a panel including Austin author and photographer John Langmore, 4PM

The Twig Book Shop, Dr. Robb Kelly signing Daddy, Daddy Please Stop Drinking, 12PM


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.