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 02.16.2020


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

Highland Park Literary Festival, February 20

2020 Southern Plains Conference, Canyon, February 20-21

Complete Picture Book Intensive: A River of Words, Austin, February 20-23

Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Alpine, February 21-22

VersoFrontera, La Feria, February 22

South Texas Literacy Symposium, Brownsville, February 22

Poetry Out Loud State Finals Competition, Austin, February 22

Border Regional Library Association Annual Awards Banquet, Sunland Park (NM), February 22

Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA), Brownsville, February 22-29



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

Blue Star Contemporary's Exhibitions Highlight the Written Word, San Antonio, February 7-May 3




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




BookPeople, Joseph Laycock discussing and signing Speak of the Devil, 7PM


SMU, author Aaron David Miller presents “Gulliver’s Troubles: How America Can Cope in a Broken, Angry, Dysfunctional Middle East,” 12PM [free but reservations required]


UNT, an evening with Sarah Broom, UNT alumna and National Book Award-winning author of The Yellow House, 6PM

Fort Worth

TCU, public lecture by Dr. Emer O'Dwyer, author of Significant Soil: Settler Colonialism and Japan’s Urban Empire in Manchuria<, 4PM


Murder By the Book, Scott Carson (AKA Michael Koryta) discussing and signing The Chill, 6:30PM


Sam Houston State, Dr. Richard Bell discussing and signing Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, 4PM




BookPeople, Tom Lutz discussing and signing Born Slippy, 7PM

BookWoman, Reading/Gathering/Discussion: “But What Can I Do?” with author Xan Joi, 7PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Ageless Ambition, 7:15PM

Prohibition Creamery, Texas Book Festival’s Sweet Reads Book Swap, 5:30PM


WTAMU, Distinguished Lecture Series: author Temple Grandin, 7PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Tembi Locke, author of From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home (in conversation with Krys Boyd), 7:30PM
SMU, “Global Transits: Media discourses on present-day migration” with Dr. Caroline Brettell and author Marta Vilar Rosales, 12PM [free but reservations required]

El Paso

The Black Orchid, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Black History Celebration Open Mic Poetry Night, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, Pam Houston discussing and signing Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, 6:30PM

Fix Coffeebar, Poetry FIX featuring Eric Blanchard and Dede Fox, 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam, 9:30PM

Tobin Library at Oakwell Farms, Voices de la Luna poetry workshop and open mic featuring Charles Darnell, 6PM

Trinity U, Stieren Arts Enrichment Series: a reading with commentary by author Kiese Laymon, 8PM

The Twig Book Shop, Mary Earle discussing and signing Did You Sing Your Song?, 5PM




Malvern Books, Austin Community College’s Creative Writing Department presents the winners of their 2018 Balcones Prizes, 7PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Kathleen West discussing and signing Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes, 7PM

Interabang Books, Kate Winkler Dawson discussing and signing American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI, 6PM

El Paso

Pershing Inn, El Velvet Elvis Open Mic Night, 8PM

Fort Worth

TCU, Premier Honors Chair lecture featuring Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, 6PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring UT Spitshine, 7:30PM

Murder By the Book, Erica Spindler discussing and signing The Look-Alike, 6:30PM

St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 2020 Nancy Stallworth Thompson Horticulture Lecture with Victoria Johnson, author American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, 10AM


Sam Houston State, a reading by fiction writer and essayist Michael Martone, 5PM


Golondrina Food Park, Laredo BorderSlam Winner Takes All Slam, 8PM


B&N – Legacy West, Open Mic Night, 7PM

San Antonio

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




Abilene Public Library-South, Open Mic Night, 6PM


Austin Book Arts Center, Carbonera Book Publishing workshop, 7PM

BookPeople, Writers’ League of Texas presents “Building a Career as a Writer” with Gabino Iglesias, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Don Tate, 7PM

BookPeople, Paul Yoon discussing and signing Run Me to Earth, 7PM


Deep Vellum Books, REvolution Cafe & Bookstore presents a Queer AF Poetry Open Mic, 6PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Mark Greaney discussing and signing the next installment of his Gray Man series, One Minute Out, 7PM

Interabang Books, Cynthia Newberry Martin discussing and signing Tidal Flats, and Pam Houston discussing and signing Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, 6PM

Dripping Springs

Pioneer Bank, reading of Through Layered Limestone at the Thirsty Thursdays poetry group, 7PM

Fort Worth

TCU, AddRan Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Kara Dixon Vuic, author of The Girls Next Door: Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines, 6:30PM

TCU, The Live Oak Reading Series featuring poet Tina Chang, 6:30PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Kathleen West discussing and signing Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Candace Taylor discussing and signing Overground Railroad, 6:30PM

Katy Budget Books, Luncheon with Erica Spindler, author of The Look-Alike, 12PM

Murder By the Book, Simone St. James discussing and signing The Sun Down Motel, 6:30PM

Museum of Fine Art, Meet the Books: “Modernist Myths: Aesthetics of Identity in Latin American Graphics,” 1PM

Rice University, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality public lecture with Dr. Bianca C. Williams, author of The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism, 4PM

Rice University, The Latin American Writer-in-Residency Series’ Lecture: Diversidad lingüística y tradiciones poéticas with Yàsnaya Elena Aguilar Gil, Mexican writer & linguistic rights activist, 5PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Gary Scharrer discussing and signing Connecting Texas: True Tales of the People Who Built Our Highways and Bridges, 5PM


McAllen Public Library, the Storybook Garden presents NYT best-selling author Gordon Korman, 7PM

San Angelo

Old Town Books, a Music in Literature presentation by Ellen Myer from the San Angelo Symphony, 10:30AM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Jack Clark Robinson discussing and signing Franciscan Friars Coast to Coast, 5PM


UH, American Book Review Reading Series presents Sarah Etter, 11AM


Fabled Bookshop & Café, Susan Peters signing Unbound + a conversation about human trafficking with Detective Scaramucci of the McLennan County sheriff's office and Sergeant Lundquist of the Waco Police, 7PM

Mayborn Museum, Mike Cox discussing and signing Train Crash at Crush, Texas: America's Deadliest Publicity Stunt, 6PM




BookPeople, Daina Ramey Berry discussing and signing A Black Women's History of the United States, 7PM

BookWoman, Addie Tsai discussing and signing Dear Twin, and poet Leanna Petronella discussing and signing The Imaginary Age, 7PM

Paramount Theatre, an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow, author of Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, 7PM

College Station

Bush Presidential Library and Museum, author and historian H. W. Brands discussing “From George Washington to Donald Trump: A Headlong History of the Presidency,” 6:30PM


Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents WOWPS’s Rep: C.R.U.S.H., 8PM

Rosewood Mansion, World Affairs Council-DFW presents “2020 IPS: Education and U.S. Foreign Policy: How Are They Related?” with author David P. Baker, 12PM

Deer Park

Deer Park Public Library, Lora-Marie Bernard discussing The Yellow Rose of Texas: The Song, the Legend and Emily D. West, 11AM

El Paso

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


Brazos Bookstore, Sarah Rose Etter discussing and signing The Book of X, 6:30PM

Conversations from a Page, Literary Salon with Simone St. James, author of The Sun Down Motel, and Kathleen West, author of Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes, 8:45AM [location is a personal home-see the website for further info]

Katy Budget Books, cocktail party with Roxanna Elden, author of Adequate Yearly Progress, 5:30PM

Lawndale Art Center, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Kazim Ali, Daniel Tompkins, Laura Biagi, and Chris Flakus, 7PM

Rice University, Camden Lecture by Geraldine Heng, author of The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages, 4PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Dr. Dorian Williams, Sr. discussing and signing Strategic Planning for Black Folk, 5PM

Sugar Land

B&N, Dr. Sheila D. Williams signing My Mother's Keeper: A Memoir, 7PM




Abiding Love Lutheran Church, A Day with Poet Naomi Shihab Nye, includes a three-hour workshop, lunch, and 90-minute conversation and Q&A, 10AM

ACC-Riverside, Diverse Literary Voices of Texas: Journalism, Love, Justice with Hopeton Hay, 12:30PM

Austin Book Arts Center, children’s board books workshop, 1PM

B&N – Arboretum, Marvin Allen signing The Conscious Road Home: A Revolutionary Approach to Healing Yourself and Your Love Relationship, 2PM

BookPeople, Bryce Gilmore and Veronica Meewes discussing and signing The Odd Duck Almanac, 2PM

BookPeople, Meg Gardiner discussing and signing The Dark Corners of the Night (in conversation with Amy Gentry), 5PM

Casa de Resistencia, Lenguas Locxs Writers Collective workshop, 12:30PM

Malvern Books, Kallisto Gaia Press presents The Ocotillo Review Volume 4.1, 7PM

St. Edwards U, Writers’ League of Texas workshop: "Finding the Shift: Crafting Your Story's Turning Point" with Sindya Bhanoo, 10AM

Twin Oaks Branch Library, local author Alex Kiester discussing her audiobook, In Her Skin, 1PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, The Art of Writing workshop with D. Ellis Phelps, 1PM


B&N – Preston/Royal, Deanna King signing Gracie's Stories and Twist of Fate, 12PM

Interabang Books, Tom and Lisa Perini discussing and signing their new cookbook, Perini Ranch Steakhouse, 6PM


Decatur Public Library, Writers’ League of Texas workshop: “Texas Writes” with Tex Thompson and John Pipkin, 10AM


The Bearded Monk, American Literary Review Graduate Reading Series, 4PM

El Paso

B&N – Sunland Park, Robert Bettes reading and signing Dear Bubble Bath, Give Back My Dad!, 2PM

UTEP Centennial Museum, Tumblewords Project workshop: “Speaking In Tongues: The Poetry of Invented Languages” with David Romo, 1PM

Fort Worth

UNT Health Science Center, SCBWI-North Texas area meet-up, 1PM


Brazos Bookstore, John Allman discussing and signing A Is for Audra, 2PM

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

Vox Culture, Vox Storytellers: “Voices on Immigration,” 3PM

Writespace, Emerging Writer Fellowship Reading & Reception, 7PM


B&N, Andrew Brandt signing In the Fog, 2PM

Garden Arts Center, Caprock Writers & Illustrators Alliance launch party featuring Jodi Thomas, 10AM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, meet local author Dr. Deirdre Williams, 10AM

The Book Haus, local author  Joanne R. Easley discussing and signing Sweet Jane, 2PM


The Blind Pig, Open Mic Night, 7PM


West Pecan Coffee + Beer, Family Friendly Poetry Reading, 2:30PM

San Antonio

B&N – La Cantera, Ken D. Berry signing Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health, 3PM

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, Dignidad Literaria: Latinx Authors & the Publishing Industry, 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, Sarah Keeling signing Psalm Prayers for Kids, 11AM


Half Price Books, Lewis Ben Smith signing The Gnostic Library, 3PM




BookPeople, Debbie Trominski discussing and signing Rich Slow is My Homeboy, 5PM

Malvern Books, a public reading with the South Austin Writers Workshop, 1PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Clay Wonnell signing his humorous golf book, Sandbaggery, 1PM

Interabang Books, John Allman discussing and signing A Is for Audra, 1PM

El Paso

Mona Bar of Modern Art, The Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM


Brazos Bookstore, César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández discussing and signing Migrating to Prison, 4:30PM

Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People presents Alan Gratz discussing and signing Allies, 3PM

Visionary Heights, Poetry Around Houston workshop, 1PM


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: “How to Write Magical Realism” with Alex Temblador, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Andrés de la Casa Huertas and Javier García del Moral (founders of Dallas’s The Wild Detectives bookstore) signing Reading Quirks-Weird Things That Bookish Nerds Do!, 12PM

Sugar Land

B&N, Rachael Tamayo signing Break My Bones, 2PM


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.