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,

each event in this week’s calendar is online.

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[line] in Texas

compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life

by Texas Book Lover

FOR THE WEEK OF 04.19.2020

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*NEW* Please scroll down for the story time section!

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National Library Week, April 19-25

Texas Library Association Annual Conference, online, April 21-22

Valley International Poetry Festival, online, April 23-26

Heritage Auctions Dallas, Illustration Art, April 24

National Poetry Month, April 1-30



Gemini Ink, Voices of Recovery workshop, 10AM VIA ZOOM

The Writing Barn, You Are A Poet: Half-Day Poetry Class with Susan Niz, 2PM

Writespace, workshop: “Including the Mysterious in Your Writing” with Julie Herman, 3PM

Writing Workshops Dallas, Free Zoom Seminar: “Ask an Author of Color: From Publishing to Writing Characters of Color, and Everything In-Between” with Alex Temblador, 7PM



Texas Book Festival, YA story time with Julissa Arce, author of Someone Like Me, 10AM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Biblioba, quarantine vitual hangout with YA fantasy authors Zoraida Cordova and Mark Oshiro, 1PM INSTAGRAM LIVE 

Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, Stay At Home open mic, 8PM ZOOM

The Blah Poetry Spot, virtual open mic, 8:30PM INSTAGRAM LIVE



The Writing Barn, Ask An Agent Webinar with Lauren Spieller of TriadaUS Agency (Q+A and First Paragraph Panel), 11AM

Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break with chef Ned Baldwin, co-author of How to Dress an Egg, 12:30PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

WITS, WITS U Virtual Poetry Writing Workshop for high schoolers, 5:30PM ZOOM

Bibliobar, virtual hangout with Tif Marcelo, author of Once Upon a Sunset, 6PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

LitNight Dallas Reading Series, local poets and a suprise guest (hosted by hosted by Sebastian Hasani Páramo and Darius Ajai Frasure), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE, ZOOM 

The Dock Bookshop, virtual poetry open mic, 8PM



South Texas Literacy Coalition, story time with author Ron Ramirez, 12PM

Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break with H. W. Brands, author of  Haiku History, 12:30PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Conversations from a Page, online literary salon with Brooke Fossey, author of The Big Finish, 1PM ZOOM

WITS, WITS U Virtual Poetry Writing Workshop (6-8th Grade), 5:30PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Writing Beyond What You Know" ONLINE with Richard Santos, 6:30PM

Trinity University Press, Dear America virtual town hall with Ellen Bass, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alison Deming Hawthorne, and Simon Buntin, 7PM

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

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



TSLAC, webinar: “Texas Libraries: Planning and Communicating the Library Message and Services under COVID-19” with Texas State Librarian Mark Smith and Assistant State Librarian Gloria Meraz, 2PM

Writing Workshops Dallas, Zoom Seminar: “Mastering the Scene” with Jaye Wells, 4PM

Texas A&M University Press, Tracy Anne Hart discussing Seeing Stevie Ray with guest Eric Tessmer, 7PM ZOOM

The Dock Bookshop, Dock Radio conversation with Eric Jerome Dickey, 7PM 

The Bookworm Box, M. Robinson Live Author Takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writers’ League of Texas, Ask Us Anything: Audiobooks live webinar with Becka Oliver and representatives from Penguin Random House Audio, 7PM

Laredo BorderSlam, virtual poetry open mic, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE



The Writing Barn, “Things Editors Wish You Knew” Webinar with Leila Sales, 11AM

World Affairs Council-DFW, webinar: David Rohde discussing In Deep: The Truth about America’s "Deep State," 11AM ZOOM

Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break with Lara Prescott, author of The Secrets We Kept, 12:30PM INSTAGRAM LIVE   

Bibliobar, Virtual Hangout with Author Mia Sosa, 1PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, virtual event with Jeni McFarland, in conversation with Andy Johnson, about her new novel The House of Deep Water, 7PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Murder By the Book, Facebook Friday: live chat with Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of Hid From Our Eyes, 7PM



Writers’ League of Texas, "Pacing the Plot of Your Novel or Short Story" ONLINE with John Pipkin, 10AM ZOOM

The Writer's Garret, online workshop: "Write Right Now!" with Joe Milazzo, 1PM

Writing Workshops Dallas, Zoom Seminar: “How to Write When Everything Goes Wrong” with Allie Pleiter, 1:30PM



Writespace, workshop: “Author Networking (Especially for Introverts)” with Dr. Cynthia Childress, 3PM

Writing Workshops Dallas, Zoom Seminar: “Writing With Our Emotions” with Alex Temblador, 6PM



Texas Monthly, bedtime story, DAILY, 8PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Texian Books, tiny Texians story time, DAILY, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Harris County Public Libraries - Fairbanks Branch: a variety of story times throughout the week

Hank the Cowdog, author John Erickson will be reading from his children's series, times vary, YOUTUBE

Houston Public Library, virtual story time, M, W, & F, 11A

Katy Budget Books, virtual story time, M-F, 9:30AM; virtual bedtime story, 7:30PM  FACEBOOK LIVE

Lark & Owl Booksellers, Super Silly Story Time, M-F, 10AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Leaves Books & Tea, read-aloud story time, M-F, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Doseum, virtual story time, T, 12PM

North Richland Hills Library, virtual story time, T & Th, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Old Town Books, children’s story time, T & F, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Laredo Public Libraries, story time live, T-Th, 10:30AM YOUTUBE

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Access Art & Adventure, T-Th, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Public Library, children’s story time, Th, 10:30AM ZOOM

Irving Public Library, online story time, Th, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Twig Book Shop, Miss Anastasia online story time, F, 10:30AM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Bibliobar, virtual story time, Sat, 11AM

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time, Sat, 10:30AM 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.