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 05.03.2020


Please scroll down for the story time section!



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

Writefest Online, Houston, May 4-7

Children's Book Week, May 4-10

¡Viva! A Live Telethon Supporting the Arts & Artists in San Antonio, May 9



Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer, Austin, February 1 – August 30



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



The Writing Barn, Ask an Agent Webinar: Jim McCarthy of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret + Author Tehlor Mejia, 1PM

Houston SCBWI, “Back Matter Matters” with Pat Miller, 7PM ZOOM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents a virtual chat with Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Book of Longings, 7:30PM [ticketed event; members only]

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

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



WITS, writing workshop for 9-12 grades with Xach Blunt, 5:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Jen Gotch discussing The Upside of Being Down with Jane Hervey, 5PM ZOOM

Texas Monthly, José Ralat discussing American Tacos, 6PM

Interabang Books, Leslie Lutz discussing Fracture Tide with local author Brooke Fossey, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Stir Things Up: Creating Conflict in Fiction" with Brian Yansky, 6:30PM ZOOM

Texas Public Radio, Worth Telling presents “My New Normal,” 7PM FACEBOOK PREMIERE

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



The Writing Barn, virtual book launch & pet part: Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family by Nelly Buchet and Andrea Zuill, No Room for a Pup! by Elizabeth Suneby and Laurel Molk, and Hound Won’t Go by Lisa Rogers and Meg Ishihara, 12PM

Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break with Maya Shanbhag Lang, author of What We Carry, 12:30PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

WITS, writing workshop for 6-8 grades with Amy Lin, 5:30PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: “Multi-Genre Worldbuilding: Crafting an Emotional and Physical Landscape” with Britta Jensen, 6:30PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Jamie Pacton reading The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly, 7PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

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

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



Conversations from a Page, Online Literary Salon with Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of Feels Like Falling, 11AM

Dallas JCC, Jennifer Weiner discussing Big Summer, 7PM ZOOM

The Bookworm Box, Jewel E Ann Live Author Takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Writers’ League of Texas, new reading series: Houston Tells It Slant: Motherhood” with Erin Belieu, author of Slant Six, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, author of Newsworthy, and Jessica Wilbanks, author When I Spoke in Tongues, 8PM ZOOM



Texas Book Festival, Story time with Avi, author of Gold Rush Girl, 10AM INSTAGRAM LIVE

The Writing Barn, Editor Insight Session with Tamar Brazis of Penguin’s Viking Children’s Books, 2PM

World Affairs Council-DFW, webinar: Gene Sperling discussing Economic Dignity, 4PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Facebook Friday live chat with Jordan Farmer, author of The Poison Flood, 7PM

Interabang Books, Andrea Robinson discussing Forged In Fire and Stars with Beth Revis, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE



Tumblewords Project, workshop: "Keepsakes and Recuerdos" with Mónica Gómez, 10AM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Revisions are like Onions: Peeling Apart Your Manuscript one Layer at a Time" with P J Hoover, 10AM ZOOM

Fresh Ink Austin, workshop: “Assess and Refine Your Rough Draft” with Jaime deBlanc-Knowles, 10AM

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time: Laura Perdew reading The Fort, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

American Christian Fiction Writers – DFW, “Writing with Rubber Bands: Creating Tension in Story” with Cathy Rueter, 11AM ZOOM

The Dock Bookshop, Dock Radio Mother's Day Special with autho Nisi Shawl discussing the work of Octavia Butler, 1PM 

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Cover to Cover: Daniel Markey, author China's Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia, 1PM

The Writing Barn, workshop: Finding Your Unique and Quirky Voice with Linda Oatman High, 2PM

The Dock Bookshop, a virtual afternoon with poet Jessica Care Moore, author of We Want Our Bodies Back, 3PM

BookPeople, Mikel Jollett discussing Hollywood Park, featuring a live music performance and audience Q&A, 5PM ZOOM



Lark & Owl Booksellers, Kathy Valentine discussing All I Ever Wanted with Sarah Hickman and Sarah Bird, 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

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.