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 02.14.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


SCBWI Winter Conference: Inside Children’s Publishing, February 19-21, ONLINE

Festiba, February 21-27, 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



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



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

BookPeople, Ethan Hawke presents A Bright Ray of Darkness, 7PM ONLINE [ticketed]

LOGOS, poetry collective presents Tess Taylor and Nate Klug, 7PM ZOOM

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse with Jacob Grovey, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Madeleine Henry presents The Love Proof (in conversation with Kristy Woodson Harvey), 7PM ZOOM

The Dock Bookshop, The Black Romantic Revolution: A Conversation with Matt Sandler, 7PM CROWDCAST & FB LIVE

The Writing Barn, FREE evening of writing craft and community featuring presentations by some of the Write. Submit. Support. (WSS) program writers, plus Q&A with the program writers, WSS Creator Bethany Hegedus, and award-winning faculty, 7PM WEBINAR

The Moth, Central GrandSLAM Showdown: Blessings In Disguise (includes the Houston grand slam champ), 7:30PM ONLINE

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



TAMU Press, Dr. Gerald North presents The Rise of Climate Science, 12PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Christina McDonald presents Do No Harm, in conversation with Mary Kubica, author of Local Woman Missing, 1PM YT & FB LIVE

JCC Dallas, Meet the Author: Ruth Behar and Letters from Cuba, 1:30PM ZOOM

Texas Book Festival, Book Club: Simon Han and Nights When Nothing Happened, 5:30PM ZOOM [registration required]

Interabang Books, Virtual Launch Party for Amelia Unabridged, the debut novel from Dallas author Ashley Schumacher, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, Elizabeth Kolbert presents Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, 6PM WEBINAR

Writing Workshops Dallas, Matthew Salesses, author of Craft in the Real World, in conversation with Jenny Bhatt, 6PM ZOOM

Houston Public Library, a cooking demonstration by Vernita Harris and Beatrice Moore, authors of the new cookbook Pinch-Dash-Done, A Gateway to Flavorful Recipes, 6:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Preservation Houston, award-winning author Steven Fenberg presents Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism and the Common Good, 6:30PM ZOOM

LOGOS, poetry collective presents John Murillo and Nicole Sealey, 7PM ZOOM

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



Conversations from a Page, Literary Salon with Julie Carrick Dalton, author of Waiting for the Night Song, and Nancy Johnson, author of The Kindest Lie, 11AM ZOOM

BookPeople, Lilah Sturges and Meaghan Carter present Girl Haven, 6PM ZOOM

Austin Book Arts Center, Bookbinding One with Kevin Auer, 6PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Justin Deabler launches Lone Stars (in conversation with Ernie Manouse), 7PM ZOOM

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Tracey Livesay, 7PM ONLINE

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

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



University of Texas Press, February 2021 Virtual Lunchtime Lecture with architect and professor Juan Miró, one of the authors of Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia, 12PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Houston Public Library, a talk with distinguished political expert Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and longtime nonfiction writer James Dale, co-authors of We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy, primarily authored by the late Congressman Elijah Cummings, 5:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

St. Edward’s University, Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series featuring poet Roger Reeves, 6PM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, Amelia Pang presents Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods, 6PM WEBINAR

Voices de la Luna, Writing Workshop with Octavio Quintanilla, 6PM ONLINE

Fort Worth Public Library, #FortWorthReads: Loriel Ryon and Tae Keller present Into the Tall, Tall Grass and When You Trap a Tiger, respectively, 6:30PM ONLINE

BookPeople, John J. Jacobson presents All the Cowboys Ain't Gone (in conversation with James Wade), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Walter Mosley presents Blood Grove, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

Write Art Out, Words & Sh*t featuring José Olivarez, 7:30PM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, February Third Thursday: Me, Myself, and I: Writing the Personal with Simon Han, Jasminne Mendez, and Jessica Wilbanks, 8PM ZOOM



Murder By the Book, Mark Greaney presents Relentless, 7PM YT & FB LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



Writespace, workshop: “How Characters Drive Stories” with Angélique Jamail, POSTPONED

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Pacing the Plot of Your Novel or Short Story" with John Pipkin, 10AM ZOOM

Dallas Public Library, Black Vegan Chefs of Dallas: Meet Chef Tisha Crear from Recipe Oak Cliff, 11AM ONLINE [registration required]

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Notes on Abstract Poetics and the Linguistic Sublime” with Miguel Escobar, 1PM (MST) ZOOM

Fort Bend County Libraries, “Author Spotlight: Voices of Diversity” with featured author and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, POSTPONED

Houston Public Library, Terry McMillan talks about her latest novel, It’s Not All Downhill From Here, with Houston Chronicle columnist Joy Sewing (plus limited book giveaway), 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writing Workshops Dallas, Craft Seminar: Writing a Series with Abby L. Vandiver, 2PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Middle Grade Book Club with Jennifer L. Holm, author The Lion of Mars, 3PM ZOOM

UH Honors College, Self-Portraits in Times of Crisis: A Poetry Reading with Three Arab American Poets featuring Jessica Abughattas, Daniele Badra, and Hayan Charara, 5PM ZOOM

The Dock Bookshop, Black History Celebration Open Mic, 6PM ZOOM & FB LIVE

BookPeople, Sarah J. Maas presents A Court of Silver Flames, 7PM ONLINE [ticketed]

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Selected Shorts presents Toni Morrison Remembered, with Emmy Award–winning actor Joe Morton, Tony Award–winning actor Anika Noni Rose, two-time Obie Award winner Charlayne Woodard, and Brandon J. Dirden; hosted by award-winning author Yaa Gyasi, 7PM ONLINE



Sisters in Crime – Houston, monthly meeting: writer and editor Tex Thompson will discuss Character Arcs and Architecture, 2PM ZOOM [email for link]

Malvern Books, a reading with four authors from independent press Four Way Books: Angela Narciso Torres (What Happens Is Neither); Reginald Gibbons (Renditions); Kevin Prufer (The Art of Fiction); and Rodney Terich Leonard (Sweetgum & Lightning), 3PM ZOOM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Midori Flores presents We are All Human, 12PM OUTDOORS



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.