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 04.04.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


Teen Book Con, April 3 & 10, VIRTUAL

Madrid Symposium on Latin@ Arts: Poet Tino Villanueva, April 6, VIRTUAL

Women of the World & International Poetry Slam, Dallas, April 6-10

Auction: The Art of the Disney Theme Park/Disney Storybook Art Collection, April 8-10, VIRTUAL

Austin International Poetry Festival, April 9-10, VIRTUAL

9th Annual San Antonio Book Festival, April 9-11, VIRTUAL

ACFW DFW Annual Mini Conference, April 10, 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



No public events this Easter Sunday



The Dock Bookshop, The New Age of Empire: A conversation with Author Kehinde Andrews, 7PM FB LIVE & DOCK TV

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



Murder By the Book, Adele Parks, author of Just My Luck, and Lisa Jewell, author of Invisible Girl, in conversation with J.T. Ellison, author of Her Dark Lies, 1PM FB & YT LIVE

BookPeople, Laekan Zea Kemp presents Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet, 6PM ZOOM

Laredo Library, Write Poetry Laredo reading and workshop with Laredo’s Poet Laureate, Rosa Maria Ceballos de Llano, 6PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, Not YA Mama’s Book Club with Rebecca Mahoney, author of The Valley and the Flood, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Anna Lee Huber, author of A Wicked Concert, in conversation with Tessa Arlen, author Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Katy Budget Books, Revenge of the Sluts: Authors in Conversation about Sex and Modern Teens with Natalie Walton and Shafia Zaloom, 8PM ZOOM

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


*Books & Barrels, Comfort Night with Kimberly Fish, 5:30PM



Trinity University, Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico with Kathy Sosa, Ellen Riojas Clark, and Norma Elia Cantú, 5:30PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council – DFW, Amelia Pang presents Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods, 6PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Author Panel Celebrating Leonora Carrington's The Hearing Trumpet with Alyssa Harad, Porochista Khakpour, Maria Dahvana Headley, Amber Sparks, and Taisia Kitaiskaia, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Maureen Johnson launches Hello, Cruel Heart (in conversation with Holly Black), 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Andrea Bajani presents If You Kept a Record of Sins, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Emmeline Duncan, author of Fresh Brewed Murder, and Kate Lansing, author of A Pairing to Die For, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room: Brooke Baldwin discussing Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power, 7PM ONLINE

Trinity University Press, Maverick Book Club: photographer John Langmore presents Fault Lines: Portraits of East Austin (in conversation with activist Bertha Rendón Delgado, Austin historian Harrison Eppright, and journalist Michael King), 7PM ZOOM

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

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



Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break: S. Kirk Walsh to discuss The Elephant of Belfast in conversation with Austin Bat Cave Executive Director Richard Santos, 12:30PM INSTA LIVE

Blue Willow Books, Roshani Chokshi presents Aru Shah and the City of Gold, 5PM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Dan Morain presents Kamala’s Way: An American Life, 5PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Jenna Luecke presents The Breakup Hair Handbook, 6PM ZOOM

SMU, Paul Renfro speaks about his new book, Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State, 6PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, Natalie Standiford presents Astrid Sees All, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Erica Ruth Neubauer, author of Murder at Wedgefield Manor, in conversation with Susanna Calkins, author of The Fate of a Flapper, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

TAMIU, Fifty Years on the Texas-Mexico Border with author Dr. Jerry Thompson, 7PM ONLINE

BookWoman, 2nd Thursday Poetry featuring Carolyn Dahl, 7:15PM ZOOM



Murder By the Book, Kerry Barrett presents The Smuggler’s Daughter, 1PM FB & YT LIVE

Blue Willow Books, Sarah Mlynowski and Max Brallier present Good as Gold and Thrilling Tales from the Tree House, 5PM ZOOM

Writing Workshops Dallas, Matthew Salesses in Conversation with Jenny Bhatt: Craft in the Real World, 6PM ZOOM

BookWoman, Sonora Jha with Lisa Olstein in Conversation for How to Raise a Feminist Son, 7PM ZOOM

Defunkt Magazine, No Surprises, a reading with Joshua Nguyen & Monica Davidson, 7PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Kent Harrington, author of Last Seen, in conversation with Gary Phillips, author of Matthew Hensen and the Ice Temple of Harlem, 7PM FB & YT LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



SCBWI Austin, Monthly Meeting: Finding Your Pitch Voice with Authors Lindsay Leslie and Samantha M Clark, 9:30AM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: “Anatomy of a Scene: Activating Setting” with Charlotte Gullick, 9AM ZOOM

Austin Book Arts Center, bookbinding workshop, 10AM ONLINE [teachers earn CPE]

Writing Workshops Dallas, Twisting Facts into Stories: Reality in Fiction & Nonfiction with Antonio Ruiz Camacho, 10AM ZOOM

The Printing Museum, Ex Libris: Printing Bookplates on a Cylinder Press, 11AM ONLINE

Patrick Heath Public Library, the Art of Writing workshop, 1PM ONLINE

Fort Bend County Libraries, National Poetry Month:  featuring internationally recognized poetry-performance artist Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton, 1PM LIVESTREAM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “100 Days into 2021” with Mónica Gómez, 1PM (MST) ZOOM  

Brazos Bookstore, Meg Medina and Linda Sue Park present their new releases, 3PM ZOOM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Sidney Thompson reading and signing Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves, 11AM OUTDOORS



JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room: Daniel Lee discussing The SS Officer’s Armchair: Uncovering the Hidden Life of a Nazi, 1PM ONLINE

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Catherine Stier reading and signing, I Am Skye, Finder of the Lost and I Am Tucker, Detection Expert, 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.