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 04.26.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


Valley International Poetry Festival, online, April 23-26

Lone Star Día/Children’s Book Day, April 30

Everywhere Book Fest, online, May 1-2

Austin 2020 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference, online, May 2-3

National Poetry Month, April 1-30



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

Dallas JCC, Rebecca Schrag Hershberger discussing The Tantrum Survival Guide, 8:30PM ZOOM



Laredo Public Library, Live Story time + Q&A with local author Caroline D. Flores, 10:30AM

Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break with Kevin Robbins, author of The Last Stand of Payne Stewart: The Year Golf Changed Forever, 12:30PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Bibliobar, virtual hangout with author and comedienne Suzanne Park, 1PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Dallas JCC, Paula Shoyer discussing The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, 3PM ZOOM

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

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



Texas Book Festival, Middle-grade story time with Meg Medina, author of Merci Suarez Changes Gears, 10AM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, lunchtime chat with John Grisham, author of Camino Winds, 12PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council-DFW, “Asia and the U.S. in a Post-Pandemic World: Lessons and Strategies for the U.S.” with Parag Khanna, author of The Future Is Asian, 5PM ZOOM

WITS, WITS U Virtual Poetry Writing Workshop for high schoolers with Vincent “BlackBluez” Johnson, 5PM ZOOM

Bibliobar, virtual hangout with Kathleen Barber, author of Follow Me, 6PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

BookPeople, Lawrence Wright discussing The End of October with Nicholas D. Kristof, 7PM

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



Texas Book Festival, Children’s story time with Vanessa Brantley-Newton, author of Just Like Me, 10AM ZOOM

Bibliobar, virtual hangout with Melanie Hudson, author of Dear Rosie Hughes, 1PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

The Twig Book Shop, live story time with Miss Anastasia and Aaron Reynolds, author of The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter, 3PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Front Street Books, Between the Covers virtual book talk with Ben H. English, author of Destiny's' Way, 5:30PM ZOOM

The Big Texas Read, Gemini Ink and Writing Workshops Dallas present David Samuel Levinson and Tell Me How This Ends Well, 7PM ZOOM

Waking Giants Book Club, Kathy Valentine discussing All I Ever Wanted, 7PM ZOOM

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

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



Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break with Russell Gold, author of Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy, in conversation with author Juli Berwald, author of Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone, 12:30PM ZOOM

Bibliobar, virtual hangout with Jennieke Cohen, author of Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance, 6PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Permian Basin Adult Literacy Center, Elizabeth Wetmore discussing Valentine, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Bookworm Box, Karina Halle live author takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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



The Writing Barn, virtual book launch Nancy Churnin, author of For Spacious Skies, and Teresa Robeson, author of Two Bicycles In Beijing, 11AM

World Affairs Council-DFW, “Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington” with author Ted Widmer, 11AM ZOOM

Bibliobar, virtual hangout with Julie Murphy, author of Dear Sweet Pea, 1PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Murder By the Book, Facebook Friday live chat with Jennifer Hillier, author of Little Secrets, 7PM 



Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Jennifer L. Bristol discussing Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas, 9AM ZOOM

Charity Marie, author’s virtual reading of her picture book, Jason, Lizzy, and the Ice Dragon, 10AM, 11AM & 12PM

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time: Kat Zhang reading Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Interfaces, Artists On Climate Change & Sustainability with poet (KB), 12PM ZOOM

Houston Public Library, Public Poetry: a tribute to Glynn Irby, 2PM 

Writespace, workshop: “Writing Toward Emotional Hygiene, 3:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Amanda Eyre Ward in conversation with Clay Smith about her new novel, The Jetsetters, 5PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, WLT and One Page Salon fundraiser for BookWoman with Owen Egerton and Mary Pauline Lowry, Lisa Olstein, Richard Santos, and Deb Olin Unferth, 8PM ZOOM



Brazos Bookstore, Jen Gotch discussing her new memoir, The Upside of Being Down, with Ülrika Moats, 1PM INSTAGRAM LIVE



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

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

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

Dallas Public Library, children’s story time, T & Th, 10:30AM ZOOM

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

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.