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 04.11.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


Mega Corazón: San Antonio’s annual Poetry Month celebration, April 5-30, VIRTUAL

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

Gemini Ink Autograph Series Featuring Ben Fountain, April 16, VIRTUAL

Texas Institute of Letters Annual Meeting, April 16-17, VIRTUAL [registration required]

53rd Comparative Literature Symposium, April 16-17, VIRTUAL

The Dock Bookshop’s annual Spring Fling, April 16-18, 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



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



Austin Book Arts Center, case binding workshop, 6PM ONLINE

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse with Jedah Mayberry, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Martha Hall Kelly presents Sunflower Sisters, 7PM ZOOM

Inprint, Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Viet Thanh Nguyen will give a short reading from his new novel, The Committed, followed by a conversation with Houston writer and Inprint Advisory Board member Sarah Choi, 7PM ONLINE [ticketed]

Denton Public Library, Professor’s Corner: Dr. Stephen Souris (TWU) will lead a discussion of the poetry of 2016 Texas Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero, 7PM ZOOM [email for link]

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



JCC Dallas, New York Times bestselling author Charles Belfoure presents The Fabergé Secret, 1:30PM ONLINE

Austin Book Arts Center, Tweens, Teens and ZINES! (Children’s Workshop), 4PM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, Baylor Global Business Forum Dr. Elizabeth C. Economy presents The Third Revolution, 6PM WEBINAR [members only]

BookPeople, Heather Walter presents Malice, 7PM ZOOM

LBJ Library, Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty presents The Triumph of Nancy Reagan (with First Lady scholar Anita McBride), 7PM ONLINE

LOGOS Collective, LOGOS presents poets Julie E. Bloemeke + Jane Hirshfield, with EcoTheo Review, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Books, Lizzy Mason presents Between the Bliss and Me with Robin Benway, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Bryan Christy, author of In the Company of Killers, in conversation with Alma Katsu, author of Red Widow, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

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

Lit Night Dallas, reading series with Sanderia Faye, 7PM ONLINE

Dallas Area Writers Group, Synopsis – A Writer’s Best Friend, aka the Dreaded Synopsis with Sandy Steen, 7PM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: The Ins and Outs of Graphic Novel Writing with Varian Johnson, 7PM

Austin Poetry Slam, virtual open mic, 8PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

The Dock Bookshop, virtual poetry open mic, 8PM INSTAGRAM LIVE, ZOOM

SMU, African American Classical Music: From Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement with Writer and Violinist Rosalyn Story, 9PM ONLINE

Puroslam, virtual poetry slam, 10PM ZOOM



Murder By the Book, Flynn Berry, author of Northern Spy, in conversation with Abigail Dean, Girl A, 1PM FB & YT LIVE

Blue Willow Books, Erika J. Kendrick presents Squad Goals with Tiffany D. Jackson, 5PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Roshani Chokshi presents Aru Shah and the City of Gold with Rick Riordan, 6PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Being Ram Dass with Rameshwar Das, Lex Gillan, and Kate Rodemann, 6PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, “Double Talk: Making Dialogue Work for You” ONLINE with Jeramey Kraatz, 6PM

Fort Worth Library, Author Series – Loriel Ryon and Tae Keller, 6:30PM ONLINE

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Rochelle Alers, 7PM ONLINE

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

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



TSLAC, Texas Center for the Book: discussion and poetry reading with National Student Poet of the Southwest, Texan Ethan Wang, 11AM ZOOM

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site: Front Porch Stories (Virtual Story Time), 11AM

Murder By the Book, Bonnie MacBird presents The Three Locks, 1PM FB & YT LIVE

Austin Book Arts Center, Tweens, Teens and ZINES! (Children’s Workshop), 4PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Jeff Vandermeer presents Hummingbird Salamander with Meg Gardiner, 6PM ZOOM

Fort Worth Library, Author Series - Frederick Gooding, Jr. presents Black Oscars, 6:30PM ONLINE

BookWoman, Badass Women, Portraits with artist Valerie Boyd, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Patric Richardson and Karin Miller present Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Justin Jannise (How to Be Better by Being Worse) and Randall Mann (A Better Life) in conversation with Deborah Paredez (Year of the Dog), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Will Thomas presents Dance with Death, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

JCC Dallas, Book Festival In Your Living Room: Tovah Feldshuh presents Lilyville (with Holly Firfer), 7PM ONLINE

The Bookworm Box, Skye Warren LIVE Author Takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

WTAMU, CSAW/DLS Lecture: Ramona Emerson, "Mayors of Shiprock: Changing the Narrative with Community," 7PM ZOOM

Persea Books, reading to celebrate the publication of Town Crier, the debut collection of poems from Sarah Matthes, 7PM ZOOM

Write Art Out, Words & Sh*t featuring Claude Cardona, 7:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writers’ League of Texas, Debut Fiction: The Road to Publication with Alex McElroy, Stacey Swann, and Monica West, 8PM ZOOM



Macondo Writers Workshop, Macondo celebrates National Poetry Month, 5PM ONLINE

UTEP Bilingual Department of Creative Writing, Somos Writers Series: a reading and conversation with Joy Harjo, second-term Poet Laureate of the United States, 5 PM (MT) ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Jack Carr, author of The Devil’s Hand, in conversation with Jessica Donati, author of Eagle Down, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Texas Bound: Maryam Baig reads Jenny Bhatt; Kenya Flippin reads LaToya Watkins; Marcia Gay Harden reads Elizabeth Wetmore; Matthew McConaughey reads an excerpt from his memoir, Greenlights; Chris Ramirez reads Dagoberto Gilb, 7PM ONLINE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



Gemini Ink, Workshop: Four Ways to Develop as a Fiction Writer with Ben Fountain, 9AM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, “Launch to Success: Self-Publishing in 2021” ONLINE with Deanna Roy, 10AM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Virtual Mini-Retreats for the Weekend Warrior led by writer and creative Claire Campbell, 10AM

SCBWI N. Texas, 2021 Agent Day with Tricia Lawrence, 10AM ONLINE        

Writing Workshops Dallas, Seminar: Pitch to Publish with Lisa Levy, 11AM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time: Aram Kim reading Sunday Funday in Koreatown, 11AM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Picture Book Revision & Cutting an Already Tight Word Count with Carole Lindstrom, 11AM

Esperanza Center, Breaking Silences & Envisioning the Future: A Generative Creative Writing Workshop with Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Pérez, 11AM ONLINE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Metaphors Be with You” with Robin Scofield, 1PM (MST) ZOOM  

Houston Public Library, Celebrate Houston's rich heritage in poetry at the 10th Anniversary of the Public Poetry Library Reading Series, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Pflugerville Public Library, National Poetry Month Annual Poetry Reading, 2PM ONLINE

Defunkt Magazine, writing workshop co-hosted by Monica Davidson and Joshua Nguyen, 2PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, Middle Grade Book Club with Karah Sutton, author of A Wolf for a Spell, 3PM ZOOM

The Dock Bookshop, National Poetry Month Open Mic, 6PM ONLINE


*The Boerne Bookshop, Meet & Greet with Dr. H K Jacobs, author of Wilde Type, 2PM


*Spring Street Studios, Color:Story opening art show and poetry reading, 6PM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, HK Jacobs reading and signing Wilde Type, 11AM OUTDOORS



Sisters in Crime, April Meeting: Kelly Riddle, a private investigator who owns his own firm, will discuss "Understanding the Mysteries of Private Investigations," 2PM ZOOM [email for link]

Interabang Books, Shelly Anand presents Laxmi’s Mooch, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, John Spietz reading and signing Thrill Chase, 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.