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 04.25.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


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

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

*A Celebration of Reading 2021, April 29, Houston HYBRID

‌Western States Virtual Book & Paper Fair, April 29-May 1, VIRTUAL

Children's Book Day, El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), April 30

*Winnsboro Festival of Books, May 1

Austin SCBWI 2021 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference, May 1-2, 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



UT Press, Architecture and the Art of Making: A Conversation with Ted Flato, Juan Miró, and Lawrence Speck, 5PM ONLINE

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



UTA, Hermanns Lecture Series: The Homesick Texan with cookbook author Lisa Fain, 12PM ONLINE

Harris County Public Library, workshop: local authors and HCPL librarians Amy Campbell and Molly McGinty as they answer your questions about editing your manuscript and getting it published, 4PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Interabang Books, Seamus McGraw presents From A Taller Tower (with Amye Archer), 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Michelle Zauner presents Crying in H Mart: A Memoir, 7PM ZOOM

Inprint, Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Jericho Brown will read a selection of poems, including from his most recent collection, The Tradition, followed by a conversation with francine j. harris, 7PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Cate Holahan presents Her Three Lives, and Mindy Mejia presents Strike Me Down, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

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


*Langdon Center, April meeting of Granbury Writers Bloc featuring Joy Massenburge speaking on audiobooks, 6PM



Morgan James, Louis Bodnar launches El Paso Sunset, 10AM (CST) ONLINE

Meadows Museum, Learning@Lunch: The Book as Art & Artifact at Bridwell Library Special Collections, 12:15PM

Blue Willow Books, Bruce Coville launches The Thief of Worlds (in conversation with Valerie Koehler), 5PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Ursula Pike presents An Indian Among Los Indígenas: A Native Travel Memoir, 6PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Trent Preszler presents Little and Often (in conversation with Nick Offerman), 6PM ZOOM

Author Michael S. Clifton, cover reveal for A Witch’s Brew, book three in the Conquest of the Veil series, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Greg Gerke presents See What I See, and Garielle Lutz presents Worsted, 7PM ZOOM

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

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Abi Daré presents The Girl with the Louding Voice, and Andrea Lee presents Red Island House (in conversation with Jaina Sanga), 7PM ONLINE

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



TCU, Tandy Executive Speaker Series: Tom Morris, author of Plato's Lemonade Stand, 8AM ONLINE

Conversations from a Page, Online Literary Salon Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey and The Last Night in London by Karen White, 11AM ZOOM

Austin Bat Cave, Writing Complicated Children’s Heroes and Villains with Carol Mitchell, 12:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Cynthia Levinson and Evan Turk present The People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art, 4PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, “Everyday Poetics: Creating Modern Forms” ONLINE with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, 6:30PM

BookPeople, Brooke Baldwin presents Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Emma Straub celebrates the paperback release of All Adults Here, with guests Leah Johnson, Monica Gomez-Hira, and Tobly McSmith, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Rikki Ducorent presents Trafik (in conversation with Mark Haber), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, C. S. Harris presents What the Devil Knows, and Victoria Thompson presents Murder on Wall Street, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with author Cynthia Ruchti, 7PM ONLINE

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

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



BookPeople, Bruce Sterling presents Robot Artists & Black Swans: The Italian Fantascienza Stories, 2PM ZOOM

Ransom Center, Renaissance Humanism between Islamic Covers: conservator Andrea Knowlton and curator Aaron T. Pratt will discuss an exciting new Ransom Center acquisition, 4:30PM FB & YT LIVE

BookPeople, Lauren Hough presents Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing: Essays, 6PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Sadhguru launches Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny (in conversation with Deepak Chopra, MD), 6PM ONLINE [ticketed]

Interabang Books, Jeffery Eisner presents The Lighter Step-By-Step Instant Pot Cookbook + cooking demo, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Twig Book Shop, Virtual Book Signing with New York Times Bestselling Author Raymond Arroyo, 6PM ZOOM

Malvern Books, Hoa Nguyen launches her new poetry collection, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure (with Roberto Tejada), 7PM ZOOM

Texas Book Festival, TBF Book Club: Nepantla Familias with Sergio Troncoso, Francisco Cantú, Diana López, and José Antonio Rodriguez, 7PM CROWDCAST

Blue Willow Books, Justin Baldoni presents Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity (in conversation with Ted Bunch), 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]


*Hearth & Soul, Katie Russell Newman discussing and signing A Season with Mom, 4:30PM



Murder By the Book, Christina Sweeney-Baird, author of The End of Men, in conversation with Christina Dalcher, author of Femlandia, 1PM FB & YT LIVE

Houston Public Library, A Poetry Month Celebration Featuring the New Houston Poet Laureate, 1:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Pflugerville Library, poetry writing workshop presented by creative-writing professor Tracey Lander-Garrett, 2PM ONLINE

Inprint, Comité Permanente: Trans-escrituras featuring Raquel Salas Rivera, Isa Saturno, and Migueltzinta Solís, 6PM ONLINE


*The Wild Detectives, Poetry & Performance: a backyard celebration of Deep Vellum’s newest chapbooks, featuring readings by Sherrie “Candy” Zantea, Leah Tieger, and Melania Luisa Marte (in conversation with Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi), 7PM

*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM

Fort Worth

*Monkey & Dog Books, Jennifer Bristol discussing and signing Parking Lot Birding; A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas, 11AM



Writers’ League of Texas, “Finding Your Voice” ONLINE with Heather Harper Ellett, 10AM

Gemini Ink, master class: Poems for the Future — Myth and Spirit Make for Vision and Community with Jackson Poetry Prize Winner Patricia Spears Jones, 10AM ZOOM

TCU, Saving a Great Neighborhood: Oakhurst and its History, Architecture, and Sense of Place with author Libby Willis, 10:30AM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, Writing Within or Outside Your Experience in Picture Books with Meera Sriram, 1PM ZOOM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “ART SEEDS-Cultivating Vision, Hope and Possibilities” with María R Pérez and Victoria R Meek, 1PM (MST) ZOOM  

Brazos Bookstore, debut novelist Ashaye Brown and Reni K Amayo of Onwe Publishing, 3PM ZOOM

Malvern Books, the Lion & the Pirate Unplugged open mic, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Theodora Ziolkowsky presents On the Rocks (with Will Burns and Lauren Berry), 7PM ZOOM


*Texas Star Trading Co., cookbook signing with Johnnie Lou Avery Boyd, 11AM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Alvin Strane discussing and signing The Jersey, 11AM OUTDOORS


*Haley Memorial Library, Patrick Dearen signing Haunted Border, 3PM 



JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Hadassah Lieberman, author of Hadassah: An American Story (in conversation with Holly Firfer), 7PM ZOOM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Bob Ross reading and signing Billy Above the Roofs, 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.