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 05.09.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


*1st Annual Southside Book Fair, San Antonio, May 16



*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




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



The Dock Bookshop, Rita Williams-Garcia presents One Crazy Summer, 4:30PM ZOOM

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

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse with Jacob Grovey, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Chanel Cleeton and Renée Rosen discuss their new novels, The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba and The Social Graces, respectively, 7PM ZOOM

Inprint, Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Jhumpa Lahiri reading from her new novel, Whereabouts, followed by a conversation with Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing and Transcendent Kingdom, 7PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Ragnar Jonasson, author of The Girl Who Died, in conversation with Icelandic Ambassador Bergdis Ellertsdottir, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room: Judy Batalion presents The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos (in conversation with Dr. Catherine M. Lewis), 7PM

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



World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire with Brad Stone, 5PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Maggie Shipstead presents Great Circle (in conversation with Aja Gabel), 6PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Andrew McCarthy presents Brat: an 80's Story (in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald), 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Murder By the Book, Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of Under the Southern Sky, in conversation with Karen White, author of The Last Night in London, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

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

The Dock Bookshop, Parents & Youth Adventure Night with Kwame Mbalia, Prince Joel David Makonnen, and Daniel José Older, 7PM CROWDCAST

Barshop JCC, Dare To Speak: A Conversation with Suzanne Nossel, 7PM ONLINE

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



Blue Willow Bookshop, Ashley Elston presents 10 Truths and a Dare, 5PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Carrie Fountain presents The Life (in conversation with Maggie Smith), 6PM ZOOM

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

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: “First Impressions Are Everything: Composing a Standout Query Letter” with Becka Oliver, 6:30PM ZOOM

LOGOS, poets Jesse Bertron and Tiana Clark, with EcoTheo Review, 7PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis - Panel Discussion Featuring Daniel Peña and Kirsten West Savali, moderated by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Jeffery Deaver presents The Final Twist, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Jessica Koosed Etting & Alysse Emree Schwartz, 7PM ONLINE

Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops Dallas, The Big Texas Read featuring Jenny Browne, 7PM ZOOM

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

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

San Antonio

* Jandro's Garden Patio, The Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot open mic, 8:30PM



Harris County Public Library, Live with YA Author Gloria Chao!, 5PM ONLINE

Interabang Books, Local Author Stacey Swann presents Olympus, Texas, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

JCC Dallas, Book Festival In Your Living Room: Paula Shoyer presents The Instant Pot® Kosher Cookbook (plus cooking demonstration), 6:30PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Stephanie Danler presents Stray: A Memoir, and Emily Gould presents Perfect Tunes, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Xio Axelrod presents The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes (in conversation with Rosie Danan, Annabeth Albert, and Avery Flynn), 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Bill Minutaglio presents A Single Star and Bloody Knuckles, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Jake Tapper, author of The Devil May Dance, in conversation with Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

The Dock Bookshop, The Dock Bookshop 13th Anniversary Toast, 7PM FB LIVE & ZOOM

BookWoman, 2nd Thursday Poetry featuring Lesléa Newman, 7:15PM ZOOM

Write Art Out, Words & Sh*t featuring Buddy Wakefield, 7:30PM ONLINE

Katy Budget Books, Hot Summer Reads YA Virtual Panel with Sophie Jordan, Molly E. Lee, Destiny Soria, Jordyn Taylor, and Zoe Hana Mikuta, 8PM ZOOM [ticketed]


*Buffalo Public Library, Meet & Greet with Local Authors, 1PM


*The Boerne Bookshop, 2nd Thursday Monthly Writing Class, 6PM


*Fabled Bookshop, Authors Beth Allison Barr and Kristin Kobes Du Mez in Discussion, 7PM



Murder By the Book, R. H. Herron presents Hush Little Baby, 7PM FB & YT LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



Writing Workshops Dallas, Seminar: “The Possibilities of Time” in Storytelling with Simon Han, 10AM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Meredith Tate presents Shipped (in conversation with Jess Rubinkowski), 1PM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, FREE Virtual Book Launch with Author Rob Sanders and Illustrator Robbie Cathro!, 1PM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Poetry and Prose in Conversation with Itself” with Leslie Ullman, 1PM (MST) ZOOM  

Brazos Bookstore, Middle Grade Book Club with Elana K. Arnold, 3PM ZOOM


*The Boerne Bookshop, J. R. Knoll Book Signing, 1PM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Janel Perez presents The Best Day It Could Be, 11AM OUTDOORS

New Braunfels

*The Book Haus, Author Visit with Sandra Rhea, 12PM


*Pan African Connection Bookstore, Rancher in Stilettos Book Signing and Discussion, 1PM


*Arts & Letters Bookshop, Book Signing Event with Teal L. Gray, Rev. N.D., 5:30PM


*Six Car Pub & Brewery, Amazon-bestselling author Andrew J Brandt launches Mixtape for the End of the World (in conversation with PenCraft Award-winning author Rick Treon), 6PM 



Murder By the Book, Sisters in Crime Meeting: Luci Zahray will speak on "Classical Poisons," 2PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Dr. Jane Goodall and New York Times bestselling author Peter Wohlleben discuss Wohlleben’s new book, The Heartbeat of Trees (moderated by Donna Seaman), 6PM ONLINE [ticketed]

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Rolfe Stibbe presents The Isle of the Dragon: The Last Flight of the Bugs Bunny, 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.