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 03.08.2020


35th Annual Texas Storytelling Festival, Denton, March 12-15 CANCELLED

Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Spring Con 2020, Richardson, March 12-13



Yuyi Morales: Soñadora, Abilene, November 14-May 28

Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer, Austin, February 1-July 19 CLOSED

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

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




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




Abilene Public Library, SCBWI-North Texas Abilene Area Meet-Up: Mentor Texts, 5:30PM


BookPeople, Deb Olin Unferth discussing and signing Barn 8 (in conversation with Elizabeth McCracken), 7PM

BookWoman, bi-lingual reading with Tanya Ko Hong, author of The War Still Within, 6:30PM

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse: Reading & Open Mic, hosted by Charlotte Gullick, 7PM

Ransom Center, poet John Balaban reading from his new collection, Empires, 6:30PM

St. Edward’s U, Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series featuring educator and storyteller Jesús I. Valles, 7PM


Lamar University, Lamar University Literary Press Reading Series featuring poet Ken Waldman, 5:30PM


WTAMU, Distinguished Lecture Series: "An Art Forger Revealed: The Myth, Mystery, and Legacy of Elmyr de Hory” with Mark Forgy, preceded by a book signing, 5PM


Lakewood Branch Library, presentation and book signing by local author and Dallas Morning News columnist Howard Garrett, also known as the Dirt Doctor, 6PM


Alley Theatre, Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents Louise Erdrich and The Night Watchman (in conversation with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni), 7:30PM [ticketed event]

Blue Willow Bookshop, Shelf Stuff Event: middle grade authors Lisa Greenwald, Peter Lerangis, and Janae Marks playing games and talking about and signing their books, 5PM

Murder By the Book, Alma Katsu discussing and signing The Deep, 6:30PM




BookPeople, David Levithan discussing and signing 19 Love Songs, 7PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, a reading from poet Timothy Donnelly, author of The Problem of the Many (with Leanna Petronella and Logan Fry), 7PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam Semi Finals hosted by Christopher Michael, 7:15PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Man Booker Prize winner Anne Enright and Actress, 7:30PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling co-authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen discussing and signing their latest thriller, You Are Not Alone, 7PM

Hall of State – Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society Brown Bag Lecture: The Texas Ranch Sisterhood: Portraits of Women Working the Land with Alyssa Banta, 12PM

Interabang Books, Jason Pinter discussing and signing Hide Away, 6PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Open Mic Poetry Night, 8PM


Blue Willow Bookshop, Ally Carter discussing and signing Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor, 5PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Lyssa Kay Adams discussing and signing Undercover Bromance (in conversation with Ally Carter), 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Grace Talusan discussing and signing The Body Papers (in conversation with Alden Marte-Wood), 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Phillip Margolin discussing and signing A Reasonable Doubt, 6:30PM

Warehouse Live, The Moth StorySLAM presents “Challenge,” 7:30PM


Alamo Drafthouse, AIR Time featuring Kristian Donaldson, a local award-winning cartoonist and illustrator of graphic novels, 7PM

San Antonio

Central Library, Olga Muñoz Rodríquez discussing and signing Texas Town Legends, 6:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Henrique Salas Romer discussing and signing El Futuro Tiene Su Historia, 5PM




BookPeople, Emma Copley Eisenberg discussing and signing The Third Rainbow Girl, 7PM

Central Presbyterian Church, BookPeople presents Jason Reynolds discussing Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, 7PM [ticketed event]

Chez Zee American Bistro, Texas Author Series featuring Lara Prescott and The Secrets We Kept, 6PM

Flat Track Coffee, Chicon Street Poets Living Room Lit Open Mic, 7:30PM

Malvern Books, a reading from poets Zoe Tuck and Samuel Ace, 7PM

Monkeywrench Books, Sana Sana chapbook release by Ariana Brown, 7PM


Deep Vellum Books, Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Spring Con 2020 pre-con reception, 5PM

Half Price Books Mother Ship, New York Times bestselling author Phil Margolin discussing and signing his latest thriller, A Reasonable Doubt, 7PM

Interabang Books, Maegan Brown discussing and signing Beautiful Boards + food tasting, 6PM

UT Dallas, translator John Balaban reading and discussing Ca Dao Viet Nam, his translations of Vietnamese folk poetry, 12PM

UT Dallas, John Balaban reading and discussing his new poetry collection, Empires, 5:30PM

The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight Poetry Reading Series featuring Jenny Molberg and Kathryn Nuernberger + open mic, 7:30PM

El Paso

Pershing Inn, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series: El Velvet Elvis Open Mic Night, 8PM


Asia Society Texas, Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes and Kitchen Secrets with chef Najmieh Batmanglij, 6:15PM [includes dinner]

Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam featuring Michael Lee, 7:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Martha Hall Kelly discussing and signing Lost Roses, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Gibby Haynes discussing and signing Me & Mr. Cigar, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen discussing and signing You Are Not Alone, 6:30PM




BookWoman, Second Thursday Open Mic featuring poet Patty Crane, 7:15PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night reading with Judi Taylor Cantor and Marc Hess, 7PM


Herman Brown Free Library, Coffee Talks featuring mystery writer Becki Willis, 1:30PM


Conroe Art League, an evening with 2019 Texas Poet Laureate Carrie Fountain, 7PM

Copperas Cove

Copperas Cove Public Library, Friends of the Library hosting a local author night with the Central Texas Writers Society, 6PM


Aaron Family JCC, Dr. Rebecca Erbelding discussing and signing Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe, 7PM

Interabang Books, Alicia Wolf discussing and signing The Dizzy Cook, 6PM

Turner House, March Salon: “The Awakening” with musician and poet Dana Spencer, 7:30PM


Lanier Middle School, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Jason Reynolds discussing his Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, 7PM [ticketed event]

The Menil Drawing Institute, “A Lecture of Lines” with author Renee Gladman, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Peter Swanson discussing and signing Eight Perfect Murders, 6:30PM

Rice University, “Women in Early Arab America: Making Communities Across Borders” with author Dr. Sarah Gualtieri, 6PM


Gallery 201, Laredo BorderSlam Poetry Last Chance Slam, 9PM


UHV, American Book Review Reading Series presents poet and essayist Ladan Osman, 11AM




BookWoman, Prerna Lal discussing and signing Unsung America: Immigrant Trailblazers and Our Fight for Freedom, 7PM

Malvern Books, a reading with visiting poet Rosebud Ben-Oni and special guests Celeste Guzmán Mendoza, Jason Myers, and Esteban Rodríguez, 7PM CANCELLED

El Paso

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


Brazos Bookstore, Ariana Brown discussing and signing Sana Sana (joined by Jeremy Eugene, natasha carrizosa, and Loyce Gayo; hosted by Ebony Stewart), 6PM

Katy Budget Books, Sara Harris discussing and signing Rebekah's Quilt, 6:30PM

Murder By the Book, Deanna Raybourn discussing and signing A Murderous Relation, 6:30PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Jason Hill discussing and signing American Hill and Prospect Hill, 5PM




Arlington Community Church, ACFW DFW March meeting: “Keys to Meaningful Memoir Writing” with Gail Kittleson, 10:30AM


Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: Making Book Cloth, 9AM

B&N – Arboretum, Dr. Sheila Williams signing her memoir, My Mother's Keeper, 2PM CANCELLED

BookPeople, story time: Chris Barton reading and signing Fire Truck vs. Dragon, 10:30AM CANCELLED

BookPeople, SCBWBI meeting: “20 Things I've Learned from 20 Books” with Chris Barton, 11:30AM NOW ONLINE

Half Price Books – Southpark Meadows, Marcus Talese signing 365, The Never Ending, Words of Wisdom, and A Life Towards Heaven, 12PM

Malvern Books, The Lion & the Pirate Unplugged, an inclusive open mic, 7PM CANCELLED

St. Edward’s U, Writers’ League of Texas workshop: "Stir Things Up: Creating Conflict in Fiction" with Brian Yansky, 10AM CANCELLED

The Writing Barn, workshop: “The Logic of Storytelling” with Leila Sales, 2PM

Corpus Christi

B&N, Mannette Morgan signing Finding Your Voice: A Path to Recovery for Survivors of Abuse, 1PM


Interabang Books, illustrator Jared Chapman discussing and signing Didi Dodo, Future Spy: Double-O Dodo (Didi Dodo, Future Spy #3), 1PM CANCELLED

Interabang Books, Tracy Walder discussing and signing The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists, 6PM

El Paso

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


Galveston Bookshop, Kimber Fountain signing The Maceos and the Free State of Galveston: An Authorized History, 2PM


The Antiquarium, Tracy Anne Hart signing Seeing Stevie Ray & opening day of exhibit, 10AM

Art League Houston, Space City Slam Prelim #3, 5:30PM CANCELLED

Blue Willow Bookshop, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton and Rozella Haydée White discussing and signing their books, 3PM CANCELLED 

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

Murder By the Book, Mark and Charlotte Phillips, C.J. Sweet, Natasha Storfer, and Laura Elvebak will be joined by moderator Cash Anthony to discuss and sign Menu For Mayhem, 4:30PM CANCELLED

Writespace, workshop: “Scrivener 101” with Cassandra Rose Clarke, 1PM MOVED ONLINE

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Local Author Visit: Randy Rawls and Daniel Logan, 2PM


Pflugerville Public Library, poetry writing workshop with Tracey Lander-Garrett, 2PM


Books Ink, Tre Garcia signing Fast Food Junky, 3PM CANCELLED

San Antonio

B&N – La Cantera, Rolf Stibbe signing The Isle of the Dragon: The Last Flight of the Bugs Bunny, 1PM

The Twig Book Shop, Michelle Tate signing Be: Be Unique. Be Courageous. Be Kind, 11AM CANCELLED


Half Price Books, suspense author Deanna King signing her debut crime novel, Twist of Fate —A Jack West Novel, 3PM


B&N, Gulf Coast Poets meeting featuring Carrie Kornacki, 10:30AM CANCELLED




B&N – Arboretum, Kymberli S. J. Speight signing I Need to Know You, 2PM

Malvern Books, the launch of Tyler Thompson’s eco-horror novel, Listener, 4PM CANCELLED


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Toshia Stelivan signing her new children’s inspirational book, Horse of a Different Color: The Tallest Kids in The Class, 1PM


Murder By the Book, Houston Chapter of Sisters in Crime meeting featuring poison expert Luci Zahray, 2PM

Writespace, workshop: “A Workshop of Unusual Texts: Generating Ideas from Strange Sources” with Icess Fernandez Rojas, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, A. J. Kehl signing My Rich Uncle: An Informal Guide to Maximizing Your Enlistment, 12PM



Chapel on the Bosque, Pickers & Poets Singer-Songwriter series with Luke Wade, 4PM


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.