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 02.21.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


Festiba, February 21-27, VIRTUAL

REELpoetry, February 24-28, VIRTUAL

Highland Park Literary Festival, February 25, VIRTUAL

Peoples Poetry Fest, February 25-27, VIRTUAL

Voices in Verse Writing Conference, February 27, VIRTUAL



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



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

Writing Workshops Dallas, Poetry Workshop: Writing Poems About the Pandemic with Justin Balog, 3PM ZOOM

San Antonio

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



Inprint, Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Lily King and Chang-rae Lee will give short readings from their new novels, Writers & Lovers and My Year Abroad, respectively, followed by a conversation with Maggie Galehouse, former book editor at the Houston Chronicle, 7PM ONLINE

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


* Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Education Center, Granbury Writers Block meeting: Guest speaker Kathryn McClatchy presents “Unleashing Hashtags”, 6PM (also on ZOOM)



LBJ Library, Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and Will Guzman, author of Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands, will reflect on the life and legacy of physician Lawrence Nixon, a community and civil rights leader in El Paso, 6PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council – DFW, Ira Rosen presents Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes, 6PM WEBINAR

BookPeople, Zibby Owens presents a Moms Don't Have Time To panel discussion with Jill Santopolo, Bonnie Tsui, and Christina Geist, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Ann Goldstein, translator to Elena Ferrante, in conversation with Europa Editions Editor-In-Chief Michael Reynolds, 7PM

Katy Budget Books, The Be. You Virtual Tour with Jessica Zweig and Dom Roberts, 7PM [ticketed]

Murder By the Book, Joanne Fluke presents Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

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

UTEP, Mining Books: author and UTEP Professor of Creative Writing Daniel Chacón discusses his short story collection Kafka in a Skirt, 7PM (6 MST) ZOOM

SCBWI Austin, Webinar: Rising from the Wreckage: Revision Tips for Your Picture Book with Pat Zietlow Miller, 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



Murder By the Book, February of Forge virtual, interactive murder-mystery game with detective-hosts Rachel Howzell Hall and Hank Phillippi Ryan, 5PM CROWDCAST

BookPeople, Jen Calonita presents The Retake, 6PM ZOOM

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

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Flash Fiction: The Art of the Very Short Story" with Katharine Duckett, 6:30PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Books, Alexis Landau presents Those Who Are Saved, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Brazos Book Club with Daniel Saldaña Paris, author of Ramifications, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Steve Berry presents The Kaiser’s Web, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Lily King presents Writers & Lovers and Chang-rae Lee presents My Year Abroad (in conversation with Lois Kim of the Texas Book Festival), 7PM ONLINE

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room: Bill Gates presents How To Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and The Breakthroughs We Need (with Kristen Welker of NBC News), 7PM ZOOM

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Erin Bartels, 7PM ONLINE

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

Trinity University Press, Corky Parker, author of La Finca: Love, Loss, and Laundry on a Tiny Puerto Rican Island, in conversation with Charlotte Kilcher, 7:30PM ZOOM

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



Ransom Center, Collection Connections: Stories Re-imagined with Author Edward Carey, 4:30PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Ioan Grillo presents Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels, 5PM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, workshop: Embracing Our Many Voices: Desi Writers in Community with Executive Editor Zareen Jaffery, Literary Agent Tanusri Prasanna, and Author Rajani LaRocca (moderated by Jyoti Gopal), 6PM ONLINE

Inprint, Comité Permanente: “The Sick Body” with Chilean writer Lina Meruane, Venezuelan poet Jacqueline Goldberg, and Cuban writer Jago Molinete, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, 2021 Baylor Global Business Forum: Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Krugman presents Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future, 6PM WEBINAR

Fort Worth Library, #FortWorthReads Author Series: Michael Hurd presents Thursday Night Lights, 6PM ONLINE

SMU, Jonathan E. Hillman presents The Emperor’s New Road, 6:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Ransom Riggs presents The Desolations of Devil’s Acre (in conversations with Leigh Bardugo), 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Blue Willow Books, Emily English Medley presents From the Moon I Watched Her, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Mark Wunderlich presents God of Nothingness (in conversation with Erin Belieu and Cate Marvin), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Russ Thomas, author of Nighthawking, in conversation with Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of Hid from Our Eyes, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

The Dock Bookshop, The Marriage Pass with author by Briana Cole, 7PM FB & DOCKTV LIVE

The Bookworm Box, Ellie Wade Live Author Takeover!, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Write Art Out, Words & Sh*t featuring Rudy Francisco, 7:30PM ONLINE 

Fawkes Press, Open Mike with special guest Pamela Skjolsvik, author of Forever 51. 8PM ONLINE

Katy Budget Books, Work-Life Balance: A Virtual Parenting Panel with authors Shari Medini, Karissa Tunis, Joann S. Lublin, and André and Jeff Shinabarger, 8PM



TWU, workshop: Writing a Book Proposal and Negotiating a Book Contract, 1PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Charlaine Harris, author of The Russian Cage, in conversation with Toni Kelner, 6:30PM YT & FB LIVE

Gulf Coast Journal, Reading Series featuring Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Addie Eliades, Erin McCoy, and Brendan Stephens, 7PM FB, YT & INSTA LIVE

Murder By the Book, Joe Ide presents Smoke, 8PM YT & FB LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



Austin Book Arts Center, bookbinding for teachers workshop, 9AM ZOOM [you don’t have to be a teacher to attend but teachers earn CLE]

Fort Worth Library, #FortWorthReads Author Series: Joe Nick Patoski, Mike Buck, and Jackie Newhouse will discuss The Ballad of Robert Ealey and His Five Careless Lovers - An Oral History, followed by Q&A, 10:30AM ONLINE

The Dock Bookshop, Black History Month celebration: African American Read-in and Author Showcase, 12PM ZOOM & FB LIVE

Writers on the Storm (ACFS Woodlands Chapter), February meeting: Robin Lee Hatcher presents “Staying Organized During the Chaos of Writing a Novel,” 12PM ZOOM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: The Road to Sellable Writing, 1PM (MST) ZOOM

Fort Bend County Libraries, Author Spotlight: Voices of Diversity featuring Crystal Allen, 2PM ONLINE

Irving Library, NEA Big Read grand finale keynote address by Alberto Rios, Arizona's first poet laureate and author of A Small Story About the Sky, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Julie Little presents Light on the Pond Scum: a Memoir, 11AM OUTDOORS



Writespace, workshop: “Be The Change: Crafting Your Social Justice Essay” with Catherine Vance, 2PM ZOOM

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

Harris County Library, Centennial Jubilee with the Apollo Chamber Players, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE



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.