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 05.02.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


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

Children’s Book Week, May 3-9, nationwide

*O. Henry Pun Off, May 8, Austin or Virtual or who knows? (seriously, click the link)



*Leander, Texas Writers, a Humanities Texas traveling exhibition, May 3-31

*Irving, Lonesome Dove, a Humanities Texas traveling exhibition, March 6–July 11

*Abilene, The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature: A David Small World, February 11-May 22



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



Blue Willow Bookshop, Elizabeth Eulberg launches Best Worst Summer (in conversation with Jen Calonita), 5PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Perry M.D., Ph.D. discuss their new book, What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, 6PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: limp vellum binding, 6PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Martha Wells, author of Fugitive Telemetry, in conversation with Kate Elliott, author of Unconquerable Sun, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

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



Murder By the Book, Carole Johnstone, author of Mirrorland, in conversation with Sarah Pinborough, author of Dead to Her, 1PM FB & YT LIVE

Blue Willow Books, Graci Kim launches The Last Fallen Star (in conversation with Rick Riordan), 5PM ZOOM [ticketed]

BookPeople, Ryan Leslie presents The Between, 6PM ZOOM

LBJ Library, Fareed Zakaria presents Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World, 6PM ONLINE

Preservation Houston, Barrie Scardino Bradley presents Improbable Metropolis: Houston's Architectural and Urban History, 6:30PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, Not YA Mama’s Book Club with Anuradha D. Rajurkar, author of American Betiya, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Mary Kay Andrews, author of The Newcomer, in conversation with Karin Slaughter, author of False Witness, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

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

The Dock Bookshop, Tochi Onyebuchi presents (S)kin Folk (in conversation with Jason Reynolds), 7PM CROWDCAST

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


*Books & Barrels, Meet and Greet with Brandy Flanagan, author of Making Business Fun Again, 5:30PM



Dallas Public Library, Ladies who Lunch: Discussion of Motherhood and Poetry, 12PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Ryan Higgins presents The Bruce Swap, 5PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Stacey Swann presents Olympus, Texas, 6PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, Niles Southern and Gabriel Levinson discussing Terry Southern’s The Hipsters, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, Susannah Jacob presents The Secret Life of the White House, 6PM ONLINE

Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: drum leaf binding, 6PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Emmanuel Acho presents Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy, 7PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Murder By the Book, Stephen Hunter presents Basil’s War (in conversation with Otto Penzler), 7PM FB & YT LIVE

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Lea Geller, 7PM ONLINE

ERJCC, Authors in Conversation: Tovah Feldshuh, 7:30PM ONLINE

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



Bullock Museum, High Noon Talk: Michael Miller presents XIT: A Story of Land, Cattle and Capital in Texas and Montana, 12PM ZOOM

SMU, Christopher McKnight Nichols and Andrew Preston discuss their new book, Rethinking American Grand Strategy, 12PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Melissa de la Cruz presents High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Road Trip, and Robert Beatty presents Willa of Dark Hollow, 5PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Mira Sethi presents Are You Enjoying?: Stories, 6PM ZOOM

Gemini Ink, The Best of Both Worlds: Welcoming Poetry and Poetic Elements into Your Prose—A Workshop with Jasminne Mendez, 6:30PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Books, Ann Braden presents Flight of the Puffin, and Lisa Fipps Starfish, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Gina Nutt presents Night Rooms (in conversation with Sara Rose Etter), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Mia P. Manansala presents Arsenic and Adobo, Jenn McKinlay presents For Batter or Worse, and Terrie Moran Farley presents Murder She Wrote, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room: Pam Jenoff presents The Woman with the Blue Star, 7PM ONLINE

Patrick Heath Public Library, A Year of Miracles: Juried Poetry Reading, 7PM ONLINE



Monkey & Dog Books, Catherine McKenzie presents Six Weeks to Live, 10:30AM ZOOM

Beyond the Sea book launch, 5:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Malvern Books, Kathleen Peirce launches Lion’s Paw (joined by poet Joanna Klink), 7PM ZOOM

Defunkt Magazine, Alexis Ivy Reading & Open Mic, 7PM ONLINE

Katy Budget Books, Into Darkness Virtual Campfire with author Liz Braswell, 7PM


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Noodling with Nonfiction Text Structures with Kirsten W. Larson (ONLINE), 10AM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Stacey Swann presents Olympus, Texas (in conversation with Claire Lombardo), 1PM ZOOM

Patrick Heath Public Library, The Art of Writing: Memoir, 1PM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, FREE Virtual Book Launch with Author Kari Lavelle and Illustrator Nabi H. Ali!, 2PM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Green and Gray” with Luis “Sito” Negron, 1PM (MST) ZOOM  

Blue Willow Bookshop, Victoria Aveyard presents Realm Breaker (in conversation with Ciannon Smart), 3PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Katy Budget Books, Munch Bunch Cookbook Club: Cooking with Beyond and Impossible Meat, with author Ramin Gameshram, 6:30PM ONLINE


*The Boerne Bookshop, Mark Giardinelli book signing, 10AM

*The Boerne Bookshop, Melanie D. Snitker book signing, 1PM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Michael Earney presents The A-Z Book of Cats, 11AM OUTDOORS


*Pan African Connection, Chief Obafemi Fayemi discussing and signing Understanding the Fundamentals of the Odus, 5PM



Malvern Books, Book Club with Greg Levin discussing The Exit Man, 1PM ZOOM


*Arts & Letters Bookstore, Mother’s Day Tea, 12, 2 & 4PM [reservations required]



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.