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 04.18.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


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

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

20th Annual Poetry at Round Top, April 19-23, VIRTUAL

14th Annual Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, April 22-25, VIRTUAL

Texas Library Association Annual Conference, April 22-24, 2021 VIRTUAL

Independent Booksellers Day, April 24, HYBRID (click for map of participating Texas stores)

2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival, April 24, 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



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



BookPeople, Admiral William H. McRaven discusses The Hero Code with James Patterson, 6PM ZOOM [ticketed]

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

Murder By the Book, April Agora and Polis night with editor Chantelle Aimée Osman, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Gabriela Garcia presents Of Women and Salt, and Kaitlyn Greenidge presents Libertie (in conversation with Mira Jacob), 7PM ONLINE

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



Murder By the Book, Will Dean, author of The Last Thing to Burn, a in conversation with Shari Lapena, author of Not a Happy Family, 1PM FB & YT LIVE

BookPeople, Gregory Curtis presents Paris Without Her: A Memoir, 6PM ZOOM

Austin Book Arts Center, closed structure binding workshop, 6PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, President George W. Bush discusses Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants with Valerie Koehler, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Brazos Bookstore, translator Philip Boehm discusses The Passenger, by Ulrich Alexander Bochwitz, with Mimi Swartz, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, A. E. Osworth, author of We Are Watching Eliza Bright, in conversation with Tiphanie Yanique, author of Monster in the Middle, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

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

SCBWI Austin, Webinar: Revising From Manuscript to Novel with Ashley Hope Pérez, 7PM

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



Austin Bat Cave, workshop: Writing for Children with Carol Mitchell, 12:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Elizabeth McCracken presents The Souvenir Museum, and S. Kirk Walsh presents The Elephant of Belfast, 6PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, Gregory Curtis presents Paris without Her, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Trinity University, Stieren Arts Enrichment Series presents Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans, 6:30PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, “Crafting an Effective Novel Synopsis” ONLINE with Richard Z. Santos, 6:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Brazos Book Club: Mark Haber speaks with Martin Riker, author of Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Anne Hillerman, author of Stargazer, in conversation with Dean "Miranda" James, author of What the Cat Dragged In, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Amy E. Reichert, 7PM ONLINE

Trinity University, Dr. Ruben Espinosa launches Shakespeare on the Shades of Racism, 7PM ZOOM

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

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


*Books & Barrels, Spoken Word Poetry, 6PM



World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Speaker of the House John Boehner presents On the House, 5PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Sergio Troncoso (editor) presets Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds, 6PM ZOOM

SMU, Sarah Milov speaks about her new book, The Cigarette: A Political History, 6PM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, Elevating Queer Voices: LBGTQIA+ Writers in Community with Jason June, Adib Khorram, Sara Ryan, and Diana M. Pho (moderated by Aileen Johnson and Evan Griffith, 6PM ONLINE

Austin Book Arts Center, closed structure binding workshop, 6PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Kevin Prufer discusses The Art of Fiction, and Craig Morgan Teicher discusses Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey, 7PM ZOOM

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, Spring Community Read: Exile Music with Jennifer Steil, 7:30PM ONLINE

Interabang Books, Nigella Lawson discusses Cook, Eat, Repeat with Yotam Ottolenghi, 8PM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, WLT On the Writing Life: Channeling Anxiety & Depression into Creativity with Heather Harper Ellett, 8PM ZOOM


*The Boerne Bookshop, Wine and Write, 7PM



Center for the Study of the Southwest, Dr. Jennifer Marshall presents The Little Art Colony and US Modernism, 12:30PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Kris Calvin, author of All that Fall, in conversation with Gayle Lynds, author of The Assassins, 7PM FB & YT LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



Houston Public Library, Always Write: a Houston Poet Laureate workshop, 11AM ZOOM

The Bookworm Box, Lacey Dailey LIVE Author Takeover, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

ACFW – The Woodlands, workshop: How to Get into Screenwriting with Rene Gutteridge, 12PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Best Novel Edgar Nominee Panel with Deepa Anappara, Caroline B. Cooney, Richard Osman, Ivy Pochoda, Kwei Quartey, and Heather Young, 1PM FB & YT LIVE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Prose Poetry/It’s Enough” with Kimberly Klorer, 1PM (MST) ZOOM  

San Antonio Public Library, storytelling workshop for queer voices led by local wordsmith Chibbi Orduña, 1PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, Ellen Leventhal and Blythe Russo launch A Flood of Kindness, 3PM ZOOM

San Antonio Public Library, Rhythm & Rhyme - Creative Writing Workshop with poets Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson and Nick Blevins, 5:30PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, poets Fady Joudah and Wayne Miller present their new poetry collections, Tethered to Stars and We the Jury, respectively, 7PM ZOOM

Tumblewords Project, National Poetry Month reading hosted by Richie David Marrufo, 7PM ZOOM

Fort Worth

* Monkey & Dog Books, Sandra Rhoads will discuss and sign her latest YA fantasy novel, Realms of Light, 2PM


* The Sam Houston, Timothy Gene Sojka discusses and signs Payback Jack, 11AM


*Books & Barrels, Meet local author Susan Byrde, 3:30PM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Tana Holmes presents (Not) Scary Stuff at the Doctor's Office, 11AM OUTDOORS

*Angie K Books, Meet & Greet with poet Fernando Rover, Jr, 2PM



JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room: Robert Lefkowitz, M.D. discusses A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm: The Adrenaline-Fueled Adventures of an Accidental Scientist (in conversation with Holly Firfer), 7PM ZOOM



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.