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 02.28.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


REELpoetry, February 24-28, VIRTUAL

North Texas Teen Book Festival, March 5-6, VIRTUAL



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

*Irving, Lonesome Dove, a Humanities Texas traveling exhibition, March 6–July 11



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



Austin Bat Cave, workshop: “Short but Mighty: Crafting Flash Nonfiction” with Kate Carmody, 6PM ONLINE

Writespace, workshop: Speculative Fiction I with Charlotte Wyatt, 6PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Ethan Hawke discussing A Bright Ray of Darkness with James McBride, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Blue Willow Books, Justin Deabler discussing Lone Stars with Ernie Manouse, 7PM ZOOM

The Dock Bookshop, Anna Malaika Tubbs discussing The Three Mothers, 7PM CROWDCAST & FB LIVE

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



SMU, Literature, Law and Leadership: A Conversation with John Grisham, 12:15PM WEBINAR

Austin Book Arts Center, House Book With Pop-Ups (Children’s Workshop), 4PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey launch The Old Boat (with Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith), 5PM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, David Michaelis presents Eleanor, 6PM WEBINAR

Houston Public Library, From The Kitchen To The Living Room at HPL - "Pinch-Dash-Done!", 6:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Don Bentley presents The Outside Man, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Eric Berger launches LIFTOFF: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX (with Andrea Leinfelder), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, C. J. Box presents Dark Sky, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

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


*The Boerne Bookshop, workshop: The Write Side of the Road with Jason M. Waltz, 6PM



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

Assistance League of San Antonio, Lit and Lunch with Paulette Jiles, author of Simon The Fiddler and News of The World, 12PM ONLINE [ticketed]

BookPeople, Tracy Wolff present Covet, 6PM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, Joby Warrick presents Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America’s Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World, 6PM WEBINAR

Interabang Books, Mark Kurlansky discusses his new book Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and Their Common Fate, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Asia Society Texas & Humanities Texas, Meet the Author: Untold Stories of Female Friendship and Immigration: A Conversation with Lisa See (with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni), 7PM WEBCAST

Murder By the Book, Alex Finlay discussing Every Last Fear with Jennifer Hillier, author of Little Secrets, 7PM YT & FB LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Anne Lamott presents Dusk Night Dawn, 7PM ONLINE

Trinity University Press, Maverick Book Club: Marfa Garden: The Wonder of Dry Desert Plants with Jim Martinez, Mary Lou Saxon, Jim Fissel, and Martha Hughes; moderated by Rainer Judd of The Judd Foundation, 7PM ZOOM

Schreiner University, Novel, TX: Writers of the Texas Hill Country Lecture Series with W. W. McNeal, author of Hardeman Lodge, 7PM ONLINE [email for link]

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Seeing the Forest Through the Trees When Writing Nonfiction with Martha Brockenbrough, 7PM ONLINE

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

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



Austin Book Arts Center, House Book With Pop-Ups (Children’s Workshop), 4PM ZOOM

PEN America, PEN Out Loud and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop with Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Jia Tolentino, 5PM ONLINE [ticketed]

Houston Public Library, co-authors Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and James Dale discussing We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy, primarily authored by the late Congressman Elijah Cummings (limited book giveaway and live Q&A), 5:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Austin Bat Cave, workshop: “Magical Objects & Fabulist Fiction” with Robin Bissett, 6PM ONLINE

Voices de la Luna, Elements of Poetry with Dario, 6PM ONLINE

BookPeople, John J. Jacobson discussing All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone with James Wade, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Mary H. K. Choi discussing Yolk with Shea Serrano, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Ryan Sitton discussing Crucial Decisions, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Deanna Raybourn presents An Unexpected Peril, Lauren Willig presents Band of Sisters, and Tasha Alexander presents The Dark Heart of Florence, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]

The Dock Bookshop, Shanora Williams discussing Until the Last Breath, 7PM FB & DOCKTV LIVE

Center for the Study of the American West, 2020 Book Award Virtual Reception & Lecture: What is a Western? with Josh Garrett-Davis, 7PM ZOOM [registration required]

Asia Society Texas, A Transformed Post-Pandemic World: Conversation with author Fareed Zakaria, 7:30PM WEBCAST

Texas Tech, Self-Portrait with Dogwood: A Conversation with Christopher Merrill, 7:30PM ONLINE

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

Writers' League of Texas, Literary Chat Box Trivia fundraiser for Texas aid groups working with the effects of Winter Storm Uri, 8PM ONLINE



Patrick Heath Public Library, Madeleine Henry discusses The Love Proof, 10AM ONLINE

Flowersong Press, Marisol Cortez launches Luz at Midnight, 6PM ZOOM [click here to join]

Murder By the Book, Don Bentley discussing The Outside Man with Nick Petrie, author of The Breaker, 7PM YT & FB LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Anatomy of a Scene: Opening Pages" ONLINE with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, 9AM ZOOM

Fort Worth Library, Alyssa Banta presents The Texas Ranch Sisterhood: Portraits of Women Working the Land, 10:30AM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Writing a Picture Book Biography That Kids Can’t Wait to Read with Laurie Wallmark, 11AM ONLINE

Blue Willow Books, Leslie Lutz will appear in conversation with Daka Hermon and Rosemary Clement Moore to discuss her book Fractured Tide, 1PM ZOOM

Tumblewords Project, writing workshop, 1PM (MST) ZOOM

Public Poetry, Public Poetry’s March Virtual Library Reading, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Blue Willow Books, Adam Silvera in conversation with Ryan La Sala discussing Infinity Reaper, 3PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Natasha Preston discussing The Lake and Holly Jackson discussing Good Girl, Bad Blood: The Sequel to A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (with Karen M. McManus), 3PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Murder By the Book, Simon Turney and Gordon Doherty discussing Sons of Rome with Kate Quinn, author of The Rose Code, 5PM YT & FB LIVE

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Jeremy Banas presents Celis Beer: Born in Belgium, Brewed in Texas, 11AM OUTDOORS



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

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

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room: Mark Gerson discussing The Telling: How Judaism’s Essential Book Reveals the Meaning of Life with Rabbi Brian Glusman, 3PM ZOOM

Writing Workshops Dallas, Craft Seminar: Your Path to Publication with Blake Kimzey, 3PM ZOOM

Inprint Houston & the Dallas Museum of Art, Margarett Root Brown Reading Series and Arts & Letters Live: Kazuo Ishiguro discussing Klara and the Sun with Jim Shepard, 5PM ONLINE

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Raquel Hernandez presents At His Table con amor, 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.