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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 03.15.2020


National Freedom of Information Day, March 16

WORDfest, Hurst, March 20 ONLINE EDITION

Uncle Bob's Photo Zine Market (part of FotoFest), Houston, March 21 POSTPONED, DATE TBD

World Poetry Day, March 21



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

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

The Eternal Passion: Nicholas A. Basbanes and the Making of A Gentle Madness, College Station, March 19-August 14 CLOSED




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 CANCELED


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 CANCELED

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

San Antonio

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


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




BookPeople, Jason Pinter, Scott Phillips, and Jon Bassoff presenting “Crime Writing Outside The Lines: A Discussion on Breaking Boundaries in Mystery Fiction,” 7PM CANCELED

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Roberto Ontiveros discussing and signing The Fight for Space, 5PM CANCELED




BookWoman, Meeting the Wild Child with Bettina Behrend and friends, 7PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam, 7:15PM CANCELED

El Paso

The Black Orchid Lounge, Barbed Wire Series presents a St. Patty’s Day open mic, 8PM MOVED ONLINE

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Open Mic Poetry Night, 8PM CANCELED


Murder By the Book, Jason Pinter will sign and discuss Hide Away and Scott Phillips will sign and discuss That Left Turn at Albuquerque, 6:30PM CANCELED


The Cold Brew Rock Bar, Laredo BorderSLAM’s Early Bird St. Patrick's Day Slam, 6:30PM CANCELED

San Antonio

Supremes Sport Lounge, PuroSlam poetry with DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM

Tobin at Oakwell Farms, Voices de la Luna Literary Workshop and Open Mic featuring Pat Keoughan “Focusing on Haibuns,” 6PM CANCELED




Monkeywrench Books, Interfaces: Artist Showcase & Open Mic, 7PM CANCELED

The Texas Tribune, panelists Pamela Colloff (ProPublica, New York Times Magazine), Keri Blakinger (The Marshall Project), Lara Witt (Wear Your Voice), and Virginia Cumberbatch (UT DDCE, Rosa Rebellion) discuss the state of journalism, 3PM CANCELED


Deep Vellum Books, Daniel Denvir discussing and signing All-American Nativism, 7PM CANCELED


TWU, Open Mic Night, 6:30PM CANCELED

El Paso

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


Avant Garden, Write About Now Ladies Open Mic featuring Anita D., hosted by Loyce Gayo, 7:30PM CANCELED

Brazos Bookstore, Middle Grade Writing Workshop with Anna Meriano, 3PM CANCELED


B&N-Legacy West, Open Mic Poetry Night, 7PM

San Angelo

Old Town Books, Rais Bhuiyan, speaker, founder, and president of World Without Hate, discussing and signing The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, 3PM CANCELED




Abilene Public Library-South, Open Mic Night, 6PM CANCELED


Burrowing Owl Books, book launch, poetry reading, and book signing by Chera Hammons’s Maps of Injury, 6:30PM MOVED ONLINE


Austin Book Arts Center, Third Thursday, learn about Austin Edible Books festivals with festival veteran Mary Baughman, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Manchaca Branch Library, Graphic Novelist Panel: Life as a Comic Creator: local professional artists talk about writing and drawing graphic novels and their journeys into the world of comics, 6:30PM CANCELED

Writers' League of Texas, Third Thursday: "How Books Are Sold" with Brian Contine, Gillian Redfearn, and Liz Sullivan, 6:30PM ONLINE VIA ZOOM

College Station

TAMU, “The Eternal Passion: A Symposium Celebrating 25 Years of A Gentle Madness” with the book’s author, Nicholas A. Basbanes, and a panel featuring Rebecca Romney, co-founder of TypePunchMatrix; Kurt Zimmerman, president of the Book Hunters of Houston; and Kevin M. O’Sullivan, Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, TAMU), 3PM CANCELED


B&N – Lincoln Park, Mannette Morgan signing Finding Your Voice, 7PM CANCELED

Interabang Books, Sidney Thompson discussing and signing Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves: The Bass Reeves Trilogy, Book One, 6PM CANCELED


Brazos Bookstore, Susan J. Douglas discussing and signing IN OUR PRIME: How Older Women Are Reinventing the Road Ahead, 6:30PM POSTPONED

River Oaks Bookstore, book launch & signing with Tristan Smith, author of A History Lover’s Guide to Houston, 5PM CANCELED

Trini Mendenhall Community Center, Houston Archeological Society: historian and author Gary Pinkerton discussing Trammel's Trace: The First Road from Texas to the North, 7PM CANCELED


Marfa Book Co., Bagley Wright Lecture Series with artist and author Renee Gladman, 6PM CANCELED


Menard Public Library, the Writers’ League of Texas presents a Texas Writes workshop with Donna M. Johnson and Marshall Ryan Maresca, 1PM POSTPONED

San Antonio

B&N-San Pedro, Melanie Shankle signing On the Bright Side and Piper and Mabel, 7PM CANCELED

The Twig Book Shop, J. L. Maclin discussing and signing Enigma of Deliverance, 5:30PM CANCELED




Front Street Books, book discussion and signing with J. J. Rusz, Big Bend mystery author, 6PM POSTPONED


Arts Mission Oak Cliff, Authors In-Depth: Josh Hickman & Jane Alvey Harris, 7:30PM POSTPONED

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam 2020 Grand Slam, 8PM POSTPONED

El Paso

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

Fort Worth

Leaves Books & Tea, Leaves After Hours presents Haiku Death Match, 7PM POSTPONED


Brazos Bookstore, Poetry Round Up Open Mic Night with WITS, 6:30PM CANCELED

Lawndale Art Center, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Melissa Barrett, Katie Milligan, Daniel Kennedy, and Liza Watkins, 7PM POSTPONED


2nd & Charles, open mic night, 5PM CANCELED

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, story time with author Judy Lowe, 10AM CANCELED


Bella la Brew, Aransas County Poetry Society Open Mic, 6PM CANCELED

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, special guest story time with Melanie Shankle, author of Piper and Mabel, 10:30AM CANCELED

UTSA, Creative Writing Reading Series featuring Pushcart Prize-nominated writer Kimberly Garza, 7PM CANCELED




B&N – Arboretum, Anthea Gillain Tripp signing My Soul Sings for You: Spiritual Peace in the Life and Times of Now, 2PM CANCELED

BookPeople, Julian Tepper discussing and signing Between the Records, 5PM CANCELED

Carver Branch Library, Austin Poetry Society meeting featuring Joyce Benvenuto, 1:30PM CANCELED

Half Price Books – N. Lamar, Moira Dolan, MD signing Boneheads & Brainiacs: Heroes and Scoundrels of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1PM CANCELED

St. Edward’s U, Writers’ League of Texas workshop: “Multi-Genre Worldbuilding: Crafting an Emotional and Physical Landscape” with Britta Jensen, 10AM POSTPONED, DATE TBD


Bandera County Library, Joanne R. Easley reading and signing Sweet Jane11:00AM CANCELED

College Station

B&N, story time: Renee Nolte reading and signing Baseball Dreams, 11:30AM CANCELED


Interabang Books, Benjamin E. Park discussing and signing Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier, 2PM CANCELED

El Paso

UTEP Centennial Museum, Tumblewords Project workshop: “Inspirations from Nature” with Carol A. Cross, 1PM CANCELED


Half Price Books, Tank Gunner signing Palomino and Cookie Johnson, 2PM CANCELED


Galveston Bookshop, Saralyn Richard signing A Palette for Love and Murder, 2PM POSTPONED 


Arts & Letters Bookstore, John Layne signing Gunslingers: A Story of the Old West, 12PM CANCELED


B&N – Town & Country, Michael Weisberg, M.D. discussing and signing his most recent novel, In the End, 12PM CANCELED

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


2nd & Charles, World Poetry Day slam!, 2PM CANCELED


Patchouli Joe’s Books & Indulgences, Karen R. Thompson and Kathy R. Howell discussing and signing Historical Leander, Texas, 2PM CANCELED


2nd & Charles, World Poetry Day slam!, 2PM CANCELED

B&N, Kandy Ayala signing Listen to the Voice You Were Born With, 2PM CANCELED

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, Sandra Rhea signing Willowmena's Quest, 2PM CANCELED

San Antonio

B&N – La Cantera, Suzanne Rothman signing Harbor’s Edge, 10AM CANCELED

B&N-San Pedro, Norma Astorga Garcia signing In Spite of My Disability, 2PM CANCELED

Bihl Haus Arts, Bihl Haus Golden senior writers and the Young Poets Society and Creative Writing Class of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy present an intergenerational reading in celebration of Women’s History Month, 2PM CANCELED

Confluence Park, Wisdom Tales and Fool's Errands Storytelling Concert, 2PM

Dead Tree Books, poet Fernando Rover, Jr. signing Labyrinth, 2PM CANCELED

The Twig Book Shop, Sidney Thompson signing Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves, 11AM CANCELED


Half Price Books, Isabella Milan signing her memoir, Praying for a Miracle When It’s Hopeless, 3PM CANCELED


Half Price Books, Marilyn Lewis signing her poetry collection, From the Well O’ My Soul, and Daniel Fasler signing The Lost King, 1PM CANCELED

The Woodlands

B&N, Major General (Ret.) Dana J.H. Pittard signing Hunting the Caliphate, 11AM CANCELED




B&N – Arboretum, Douglas A. Burton signing Far Away Bird, 2PM CANCELED


Half Price Books Mother Ship, Kena Sosa signing her children’s books, Kindertransport: A Child’s Journey and The Unhuggables, and Wesley Trammel signing his inspirational book, Life Pushes Us Around: Dealing with Being Mistreated, 1PM CANCELED

The Writer’s Garret, workshop: “Tapping Into Your Protagonist's Voice” with Alex Temblador, 1PM CANCELED

El Paso

Literarity Book Shop, Kathy Staudt discussing and signing Hope for Justice and Power, 3PM CANCELED

Mona Bar of Modern Art, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 8PM CANCELED

Fort Worth

Leaves Books & Tea, Afternoon with Authors: “Writing to Help Others” with Joy Don Baker, Laurie Cockerell, Terri Goodman, and Misty Hayes, 2PM MOVED ONLINE


Arts & Letters Bookstore, Sidney Thompson, PhD signing Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves, 12PM CANCELED


Unity of Houston, Panache Desai presents You Are Enough VIP meet, greet, and lunch (followed by an interactive session at 2:30PM), 12:30PM [ticketed events] CANCELED


Half Price Books, Frank Allen signing his inspirational books, How Long Lord and I Think Myself Happy, 1PM CANCELED


B&N-Palms Crossing, Gabriel Hugo Sanchez signing Once Upon a Bad Hombre, 3PM CANCELED


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: “Writing Nature In the City” with Rebecca A. Spears, 3PM CANCELED

The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: “Self-Publishing Class: Become an A+ Indie Author” with Shayla Raquel, 3PM CANCELED

San Antonio

B&N-La Cantera, David Quanstrom signing Mesa, Texas, 12PM CANCELED

The Twig Book Shop, Jennifer Drez signing Goodnight San Antonio and Goodnight Firehouse, 12PM CANCELED


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.