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 03.01.2020


Association of Writers & Writing Programs annual conference, San Antonio, March 4-7

SMU’s 55th annual Women’s Symposium, Dallas, March 4

Angelo State University Writers’ Conference, San Angelo, March 5-6

Women of the World Poetry Slam 2020, Dallas, March 5-7

Victoria TX Book Festival, March 6

North Texas Teen Book Festival, Irving, March 6-7

Novel Ideas Art Book Fair, San Antonio, March 6-7

#DignidadLiteraria Read-In at AWP, San Antonio, March 7

Women of Wonder Con 2020, Dallas, March 7



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




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




BookPeople, Panache Desai discussing and signing You Are Enough, 7PM [ticketed event]


Interabang Books, Bea Johnson discussing and signing Zero Waste Home, 4:30PM

Interabang Books, Soniah Kamal discussing and signing Unmarriageable: Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan, 6PM


Project Row Houses, Brazos Bookstore presents Sandra Bolzenius discussing and signing Glory in Their Spirit, 7PM

Tracy Gee Community Center, SCBWI-Houston meeting: “The A-Zs of Writing Children’s Stories for TV & Picture Books” with Jennifer Hamburg, 7PM


Fabled Bookshop & Café, Kate Winkler Dawson signing American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI, 7PM




National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Meet the Illustrator: Yuyi Morales, 6PM


BookPeople, Russ Thomas discussing and signing Firewatching, 7PM

The George Washington Museum, BookWoman presents the release of Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era with the coeditors & an all-star cast of poets, 7PM

Malvern Books, the launch of acclaimed poet Gillian Conoley’s A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems (with Julie Carr and Micah Bateman), 7PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam, 7:15PM

The North Door, Owen Egerton’s One Page Salon with Erin Pringle, Emily Franklin, Tammy Stoner, Robin Chotzinoff, and Vernon Rust, 7:30PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Don Bentley discussing and signing his debut novel, Without Defense, 7PM

Interabang Books, Sheryl St. Germain discussing and signing 50 Miles, 7PM

The Writer’s Garret, “The Body Politic” workshop with Desiree Dallagiacomo, 6PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Open Mic Poetry Night, 8PM

TCU, The Live Oak Reading Series featuring Sidney Thompson, 6:30PM


Rice University, The Latin American Writer-in-Residency Series Lecture with Claudia Salazar Jiménez, 5PM

San Antonio

The Mix, PuroSlam, 9:30PM

San Antonio Central Library, After Rubén: a book launch for Francisco Aragón with fellow Macondo readers, 6:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, AWP reading: City of Asylum authors, 6PM

University of the Incarnate Word, lecture with Caldecott Award-winning author Juana Martinez-Neal, 6PM

Witte Museum, Anthony Head discussing and signing Spirit: The Life and Art of Jesse Treviño, 11AM




BookPeople, StacyPlays signing Wild Rescuers: Expeditions on the Tundra, 6:30PM [ticketed event]

BookWoman, an evening of poetry with Zania Alsous, 7PM

Bullock Museum, High Noon Talks: author and historian Raúl Ramos discussing Beyond the Alamo, 12PM

Malvern Books, Bonnar Spring discussing and signing Toward the Light, 7PM

Cedar Park

Half Price Books, Graphic Novel & Comic Book Creation Workshop with Bryan Douglas, 7PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Pam Muñoz Ryan discussing and signing her new YA novel, Mañanaland, 6PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now, 7:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Isaac Fitzgerald discussing and signing his new picture book, How To Be a Pirate, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, Megan Fernandes discussing and signing Good Boys (with Theodora Ziolkowski and Houston poet Analicia Sotelo), 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Russ Thomas discussing and signing Firewatching, and John McMahon discussing and signing The Evil Men Do, 6:30PM

San Antonio

Brick at Blue Star, Lit Down the I-35 Corridor, 7PM

San Antonio Central Library, Take a Stand: Art Against Hate community reading by the Raven Chronicles, 6PM

San Antonio Central Library, Meet the Author: Gabino Iglesias, 6:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, AWP Poetry Reading with Saint Julian Press, 5PM

The Twig Book Shop, AWP Event: Neon Lit Alumni Reading, 7PM




BookPeople, Isaac Fitzgerald discussing and signing How to Be a Pirate (in conversation with Summer Anne Burton), 6PM

UT, Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series with Sam Lebovic, author Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America, 7PM


Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, West Texas A&M University’s Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) reception and lecture with James E. Sherow, winner of its first CSAW Award for Outstanding Western Book, The Chisolm Trail: Joseph McCoy’s Great Gamble, 7PM


Aaron Family JCC, Mary Morris discussing and signing Gateway to the Moon, 7PM

Interabang Books, John Freeman discussing and signing Dictionary of the Undoing (in conversation with Ben Fountain), 6PM

SMU, Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State with author Eboo Patel, 11:30AM

The Wild Detectives, poet Detrick Hughes reading from Unsuitable for Fools, 7:30PM


Texas Woman's University, The Power of Books: Inspiring Hope and Fighting for Social Justice with Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, and Rose Brock, founder of the North Texas Teen Book Festival, 7PM 


Blue Willow Bookshop, Amanda Eyre Ward discussing and signing The Jetsetters, 7PM

Katy Budget Books, Sharon Cameron signing The Light in Hidden Places, 4:30PM

Murder By the Book, C.J. Box discussing and signing Long Range, 6:30PM

Rice University, Poet Eli Clare lectures on “Notes on Cure, Disability, and Natural Worlds,” 4PM

San Antonio

Cody Branch Library, Olga Munoz Rodriquez discussing and signing Texas Town Legends, 6PM

The Friendly Spot Ice House, EcoTheo Review and LOGOS present Li-Young Lee and Jericho Brown, 7:30PM

San Antonio Central Library, One Poem Festival with Macondo, CantoMundo, and Letras Latinas, 6PM




BookPeople, Emily Beyda discussing and signing The Body Double, 7PM

Paramount Theatre, Ross Mathews: Name Drop book tour, 8PM


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Penguin Teen on Tour: Marie Lu, Melissa de la Cruz and Astrid Scholte participating in a panel discussion, audience Q&A, and book signing for their latest fantasy novels, The Kingdom of Back, The Queen’s Assassin, and The Vanishing Deep, 6PM


Contemporary Arts Museum, Lance Scott Walker discussing and signing Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop, 12PM

Discovery Green, WITS Youth Performance Poetry Session, 6:30PM

Inprint House, First Friday Reading Series featuring poet Sara Henning, 8:30PM

Murder By the Book, Don Bentley discussing and signing his debut thriller, Without Sanction, 6:30PM


Sam Houston State, Brian Kilmeade discussing and signing Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers, 2PM

San Antonio

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, Queer Voices: Nuestra Voz, Nuestro Cuerpo, Nuestro Tiempo—Our Voice, Our Bodies, Our Time, 7PM

Francis Bogside, 3x3: reading with American Literary Review, The Pinch, and The Arkansas International, 6PM

San Antonio Central Library, Johnnie Bernhard discussing and signing Sisters of the Undertow, 3PM 

The Twig Book Shop, AWP Reading Voices from the Working-Class, 5PM




Austin Book Arts Center, bookbinding workshop, 9AM [teachers earn CPE]

B&N – Arboretum, David Galindo Rivera signing Tales of the Marked Hand, 2PM

BookPeople, Colin O'Brady discussing and signing The Impossible First, 5PM

Half Price Books – Southpark Meadows, Angela Castillo signing her Texas Women of Spirit series, 12PM

Malvern Books, the recent release of Arielle Greenberg’s I Live in the Country & other dirty poems (with E.C. Belli, Julia Guez, LiAundra Grace, and Julie Kantor), 7PM


Dallas Public Library, New Media Mini-Camp: Audio & Your Book, 11AM

Interabang Books, Martha MacCallum discussing and signing Unknown Valor: A Story of Family, Courage, and Sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima, 2PM

Interabang Books, Grace Talusan discussing and signing The Body Papers: A Memoir, 6PM

Texas Theatre, Ross Mathews: Name Drop book tour, 7PM

El Paso

UTEP Centennial Museum, Tumblewords Project workshop: “Inner Voices” with Nancy Lorenza Green, 1PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Cassandra Clare discussing and signing Chain of Gold (in conversation with Rena Barron), 1PM

Bohemeo’s, Space City Slam Prelim #2, 5PM

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

Houston Public Library, Public Poetry reading with Mike Alexander, Katherine Hoerth, Audrey Schwartz Rivers, and Dulcie Veluthukaran, 2PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Mannette Morgan discussing and signing Finding Your Voice: A Path to Recovery for Survivors of Abuse, 3PM

Writespace, workshop: “Everyone Has Everything in Them: Creating Complex Characters” with Matthew Hefti, 7PM


B&N, a book signing with Heath Daniels, 2PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Local Author Visit: Celia Hayes, 10AM

The Book Haus, Local Author Visit: Ann Noble, 2PM

San Antonio

B&N – La Cantera, Ansu Kamara signing Driven by Hope, 12PM

San Antonio Central Library, Meet the Poet: Yesika Salgado, 2PM


Half Price Books, James Cooley signing Country Boy, City Boy: A Journey that Ain’t Over Yet, 1PM




BookPeople, Rachel Renée Russell and Nikki Russell discussing and signing Dork Diaries 14: Tales from a Not-So-Best Friend Forever, 11AM

BookPeople, Ally Carter discussing and signing Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor, 2PM

BookPeople, Erin Pringle discussing and signing Hezada! I Miss You (in conversation with Owen Egerton), 5PM

BookWoman, International Women’s Day Extravaganza, 3PM

Malvern Books, the launch of David Cavanagh’s new poetry collection, The Somnambulist and The Good Life (with Sharon Webster and Steven Ray Smith), 2PM

Malvern Books, an afternoon of poetry with Jenny Molberg, Roger Reeves, and Kathryn Nuernberger, 4PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Louise Erdrich discussing and signing The Night Watchman, 7PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, Regina Brown signing her interactive devotional journal, Level Up, 1PM

The Writer’s Garret, Writer's Block Writing Workshop with Ebony Stewart, 1PM


Museum of South Texas History, Sunday Speaker Series: Dr. Armando C. Alonzo discussing Tejano Legacy: Rancheros and Settlers in South Texas, 1734-1900, 2PM


Brazos Bookstore, bilingual reading from Blood Sisters with the author, Kim Yideum, and the translator, Jiyoon Lee, 4:30PM


B&N, Neal Shusterman signing The Toll (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Arc of a Scythe Series #3), 2PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Hays Gray signing Hays' Type One-derful Journey, 12PM


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.