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


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

5th Annual People’s Poetry Festival, Corpus Christi, February 27-29

Book Lovers’ and Texana Collectors’ Breakfast (124th Annual Meeting of the Texas State Historical Association), Austin, February 27

LibraryPalooza: That Author Thing!, San Antonio, February 29

Pop Con, San Antonio, February 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

The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion, Fort Worth, February 18-May 17




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




BookPeople, Mannette Morgan discussing and signing Finding Your Voice, 7PM


Lamar University, Literary Reading Series presents poet Walter Bargen, author of My Other Mother’s Red Mercedes, 5:30PM


The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, “The History of Civil Rights in America: A 21st Century Perspective” with author Dr. Christopher Lebron, 6:30PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: “Texas Bound” with Allison Tolman reading Jenny Lawson and Naomi Shihab Nye, Christie Vela reading Sandra Cisneros, and Ruben Carrazana reading Benjamin Alire Sáenz, 7:30PM

SMU, “Colin Powell: Careers and Campaigns: Election Strategies in African Democracies” with author Dr. Karisa Cloward, 3PM


Murder By the Book, Meg Gardiner discussing and signing The Dark Corners of the Night, 6:30PM

Rice University, Ann Weisgarber discussing and signing The Glovemaker and The Promise, 7PM


Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas workshop: "Enter Stage Right: Playwriting Basics" with David Douglas, 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Mo Saidi discussing and signing Esther and the Genius, 5PM




Burrowing Owl Books, An Evening with the Author: Jodi Thomas interviewing Bill Briscoe, 5PM


BookPeople, Jerry Mitchell discussing and signing Race Against Time, 7PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Ari, hosted by Kevin W. Burke, 7:15PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, Percussion & Prose, 6:30PM

College Station

Texas A&M, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week: Professor Glynn S. Lunney, Jr. presents “Fair Use and the Citizen Author,” 2PM

Texas A&M, Brazos Valley Reads: award-winning author and poetry slam champion Elizabeth Acevedo discussing and signing The Poet X, her novel-in-verse, and her novel With the Fire on High, 7PM


Richland College, World Affairs Council-DFW presents Tracy Walder, former CIA officer and FBI agent, author of The Unexpected Spy, 6:30PM [SOLD OUT]

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Mardi Gras-PHAT Tuesday Open Mic, 8PM


Belin Chapel, Stephen Harrigan discussing and signing Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, 5PM

Bohemeo’s, Glass Mountain reading plus open mic, 7PM
Brazos Bookstore, Kristen Simmons discussing and signing Scammed (in conversation with Mary Lindsey), 6:30PM

Katy Budget Books, Kerrelyn Sparks’s launch party for How to Love Your Elf, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Joshua Hood discussing and signing Robert Ludlum's The Treadstone Resurrection, 6:30PM

Rice University, “Biography and the History of Slavery in West Africa” with author Dr. Sandra E. Greene, 6PM

United Way of Greater Houston, World Affairs Council presents Farah Pandith discussing and signing How We Win: How Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, and Social Media Can Defeat the Extremist Threat, 7PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam, 9:30PM




BookPeople, Holly Whitaker discussing and signing Quit Like a Woman (in conversation with Sondra Primeaux), 7PM

Terrazas Branch Library, Chicon Street Poets presents Aural Literature featuring Sunny Leal and Maryan Nagy Captan, 7:30PM


Interabang Books, Jerry Mitchell discussing and signing Race Against Time, 6PM

SMU, Women of Color and the Power of Narratives Event: A Tribute to Toni Morrison, 5:30PM

UT Dallas, “Zip Codes, Genetic Codes, and Envisioning an Equitable Culture of Health” with author Dr. Sean Valles, 7:30PM

El Paso

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

Harker Heights

B&N, story time and sing-along with Rickey Pittman and Rio Grande Valley ABC, 6PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now’s 6 Year Wanniversary Poetry Pizza Party featuring Yaw, hosted by Ebony, 7:30PM


B&N – Palms Crossing, Dr. Hillrey Dufner signing My Peace I Leave With You, 3PM

San Antonio

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

TAMU SA, 3rd annual African American Read In, 11AM

San Marcos

Wittliff Collections, “Three Chords and the Truth” with Bill Malone, author of Country Music U.S.A., 5:30PM

The Woodlands

Apergy, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Farah Pandith discussing and signing How We Win: How Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, and Social Media Can Defeat the Extremist Threat, 7PM




BookPeople, Deborah Kesten discussing and signing Whole Person Integrative Eating, 7PM

Lazarus Brewing Co., LOGOS Collective featuring poets Christian Wiman and Nate Klug, 7:30PM


The Wild Detectives, Kim Yideum presents a bilingual reading of Blood Sisters with translator Jiyoon Lee, 7:30PM


UNT, the Visiting Writers Series presents James Marcus, author of Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot-Com Juggernaut, 8PM

El Paso

B-17 Bombers Oyster Pub, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 9PM


Brazos Bookstore, Kate Murphy discussing and signing You’re Not Listening ( in conversation with Inprint’s Rich Levy), 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Steve Berry discussing and signing his new Cotton Malone thriller, The Warsaw Protocol (with audio narrator Scott Brick), 6:30PM

Poison Girl, Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Sadie Hoagland, Bruno Rios, and Aris Kian Brown, 8:30PM

San Antonio

Trinity University, "Architecture and Urbanism in the Museum: Legacies and Futures of Activism" with author Barry Bergdoll, 5:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, poet Alex Salinas discussing and signing Warbles (with Cyra Dumitru), 5PM

San Marcos

Texas State University, a reading and signing with Erika L. Sánchez, author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, 3:30PM


Fabled Bookstore & Café, local author Justin Rosolino signing Idiot: Sojourning Soul, 7PM




Front Street Books, Ben H. English discussing and signing Destiny’s Way, 6PM & 7:30PM


B&N, Rye Curtis signing Kingdomtide, 7PM


BookPeople, William Magnuson discussing and signing Blockchain Democracy, 7PM

Casa de Resistencia, Platica on Community Violence & Healing: An evening with the Institute of Chicana/o Psychology and Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, author of Yolqui, a Warrior Summoned from the Spirit World: Testimonios on Violence, 7PM

Malvern Books, I Scream Social Anthology release party, 7PM


Deep Vellum Books, Pegasus Reading Series featuring Leila Chatti, Keith Flynn, Chloe Honum, Dustin Pearson, Kim Yi-Deum, and Jiyoon Lee, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM

Latino Cultural Center, an evening with Farid Matuk, author of the poetry collections This Isa Nice Neighborhood and The Real Horse, 7PM

Maggiano's Little Italy, Half Price Books hosting lunch with New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry, who will discuss and sign his latest book, The Warsaw Protocol, 11:30AM

El Paso

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


Murder By the Book, Susan Elia MacNeal discussing and signing The King's Justice, the latest in her Edgar-nominated Maggie Hope series, 6:30PM

TBH Center, Open Mic Night hosted by Juan Villareal, 7:30PM


Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, a reading and signing with Erika L. Sánchez, author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, 7:30PM


2nd & Charles, Open Mic, 5PM


B&N – Palms Crossing, Dr. Stephen A. Missick signing The Saint Jude Thaddeus Storybook, 6PM




B&N – Arboretum, story time and book signing with JoAnn Matthews, 11AM

BookPeople, The Craft + Business of Writing with Writers’ League of Texas: Austin Edition, 3PM

Half Price Books – Southpark Meadows, John Baltisberger signing his urban fantasy novels, Inhuman Error and Artifice of Flesh, as well as his poetry collection, Configuration Discordant, 1PM

Malvern Books, Julie Howd releases her chapbook, Threshold, 7PM

Monkeywrench Books, ABC zine printing party, 3:30PM

Norris Conference Center, Austin Romance Writers of America workshop: “Elevate Your Novel Through Criteria-Driven Story Development” with Larry Brooks, February 29

St. Edwards U, Writers’ League of Texas workshop: "Writing Beyond What You Know" with Richard Santos, 10AM

College Station

B&N, Sandra M Bolzenius discussing and signing Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took on the Army during World War II, 1PM


B&N – Preston/Royal, Jackie Anders signing Phoenix: Field of Mars, 1PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury and her co-author, and son, Tyler Russell, discussing and signing the second installment of the beloved Baxter Family Children series, Finding Home, 2PM

El Paso

UTEP Centennial Museum, Tumblewords Project workshop: “The Art of the Thank You Note” with Mónica Gómez, 1PM


Aurora Picture Show, Space City Slam Prelim #1, 5PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Vanessa Roeder reading and signing her picture book The Box Turtle, 11AM

Brazos Bookstore, An Evening with Patrick Stockwell and Jennifer Sperry Steinorth discussing and signing The Light Here Changes Everything, 6:30PM

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

Inprint House, una noche de lectura con Raquel Abend van Dalen, como parte de la serie de lecturas en español de Inprint, Escritores en la casa, 7:30PM

Murder By the Book, Kathy L. Murphy discussing and signing The Pulpwood Queens Celebrate 20 Years, 1PM

Murder By the Book, Bonnar Spring discussing and signing Toward the Light, 4:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Mark Lardas discussing and signing Vanished Houston Landmarks, 3PM


Patchouli Joe’s Books & Indulgences, Leander Author Panel: Michael Angel, Amanda Kai, Aaron Gallagher, Tricia L. Sanders, and Susan Niz discussing writing and publishing and signing their books, 4:30PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Local Author Visit with Misha Elliott, 10AM

The Book Haus, book signings with Lindsey Renee Backen and John Layne, 2PM


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: “How to Find Your Narrative Voice” with Eden Elieff, 1PM

San Antonio

B&N – La Cantera, David Peche signing San Antonio's Historic Hotels, 1PM

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, a reading and plática with Lydia R. Otero, author of In the Shadows of the Freeway: Growing Up Brown & Queer, 6PM

Tha Event Center, a photography exhibit, poetry reading, and book signing of Labyrinth, the debut poetry collection from San Antonio author and writer Fernando Rover Jr., 4PM

The Twig Book Shop, Scarlett Ryan Foster signing The Aztec Adventure, 11AM




B&N – Arboretum, Casey Chapman Ross signing her new coloring book, I Am an Activist, 2:30PM

BookPeople, Marissa Meyer discussing and signing the Lunar Chronicles series, 5PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, Sarah Harris Wallman releases her story collection, Senseless Women, winner of the 2019 Juniper Prize for Fiction (with guests Ashleigh Pedersen and Jaime DeBlanc-Knowles), 1PM

Malvern Books, Poet-Scientists: Lisa Rosenberg discussing and signing A Different Physics, and Adrienne Drobnies discussing an signing Salt and Ashes, 4PM

Malvern Books, a bilingual reading with Kim Yideum and Jiyoon Lee, author and translator respectively, of the novel, Blood Sisters, 6PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Jonathan Johnson signing his children’s book, Stars of the Bible, and Misty Hayes signing the newest book in her Blood Dagger series, Tree of Souls, 1PM

Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Interabang Books presents Karen Blumenthal discussing and signing Jane Against the World, and Melanie Sumrow discussing and signing The Inside Battle, 2PM


Half Price Books, Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last


B&N – Palms Crossing, local author J.T. Lozano signing his science-fiction books, 3PM


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: “Write Your Business Book Outline” with Jennifer Locke, 3PM


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.