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.

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 05.10.2020

* Denotes nonvirtual, on-location events

Please scroll down for the story time section!


Children's Book Week, May 4-10

San Antonio Book Festival & DoSeum present a Virtual Book Fest for Kids & Teens, May 15-19

Inspiration in Isolation: Austin Film Festival writing workshops, May 16

Austin Poetry Society annual awards ceremony, May 16



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



Lark & Owl Booksellers, Kathy Valentine discussing All I Ever Wanted with Sarah Hickman and Sarah Bird, 6PM



BookPeople, Shannon and Dean Hale present Princess In Black, 4PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

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

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



The Writing Barn, Ask and Agent Session: Emily van Beek + Marcy Posner of Folio Jr./ Folio Literary Management, 11AM

World Affairs Council – DFW, Lawrence Wright discussing The End of October, 4PM ZOOM

WITS, Workshop: Black, Green, Oolong: The Milk Tea On Haibun Poetry with Joshua Nguyen (for 9-12 graders), 5:30PM ZOOM

Dallas JCC, Brad Meltzer discussing The Lincoln Conspiracy, 7PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Anna Wiener and Jordan Kisner discussing Uncanny Valley and Thin Places, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

Writing Workshops Dallas, seminar: “The Hero's Journey & How to Use It for Your Novel” with Shayla Raquel, 7PM ZOOM

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

Puroslam, Puroslam turns 21 in Quarantine, 10PM ZOOM



The Trinity Review, celebrate the 2019-20 issue of the Trinity Review, 12PM ZOOM

Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break with Jennifer DuBois, author of The Spectators, 12:30PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

BookPeople, Emily McKay discussing Storybound and Tracy Wolff discussing Crave, 6PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, "The Agent Search: Tips, Tricks, and Timeless Advice" ONLINE with Becka Oliver, 6:30PM ZOOM

Maverick Book Club, Jenny Davidson and Char Miller discussing The Duchess of Angus, 7PM ZOOM

Interfaces, virtual Artist Showcase & Open Mic, 7PM ZOOM

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

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



LIT Kids, read aloud with Princess Walls, author of Super Cells, 11AM

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Cover to Cover: Michael Klare, author of All Hell Breaking Loose: Climate Change, Global Chaos, and American National Security, 2PM

Dallas JCC, Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue discussing What Makes a Marriage Last, 7PM ZOOM

The Bookworm Box, Mia Sheridan Live Author Takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Jennifer Steinhauer discussing The Firsts, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

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

BookWoman, Virtual: Second Thursday Open Mic featuring Nicole Brogdon and Juliana Maldonado, 7:15PM ZOOM

Writing Workshops Dallas, seminar: “Ask Me Anything on Planning and Drafting a Novel” with Amber Royer, 7:30PM ZOOM



World Affairs Council – DFW, Angela Stent discussing Putin’s World: Russia Against the West, 11AM ZOOM

Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break with Jose Ralat, taco editor at Texas Monthly and author of American Tacos: A History and Guide, 12:30PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

TCU Press, Severo Perez discussing Odd Birds, 1PM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Online Launch Celebration with Laurie Wallmark, author of Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics, and Annette Pimentel, author of All the Way to the Top, 1PM

JCC Dallas, John Grisham discussing Camino Winds, 1PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Jeffery Deaver discussing The Goodbye Man, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

*Dallas Poetry Slam, Poetry Pullup, 8PM 



WITS + Discovery Green, Young Writers Workshop with James Hershberger, 10:30AM

The Writing Barn, Craft + Create: Self Discovery through Art Journaling with Suzi Hunn, 2PM



Brazos Bookstore, Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek, in conversation with Katherine Center, 1PM

BookPeople, Emma Straub discussing All Adults Here, 2PM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Tied up with a Bow – The Short Story as a Gift to the Reader and Writer with Amy Emm, 2PM

Writing Workshops Dallas, seminar: “#OwnVoices: Helping Writers of Color Get Published” with Alex Temblador, 7PM ZOOM



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.