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 05.16.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section



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

Read Across Texas Author Event, May 19, ONLINE

Heritage Auctions Dallas: Manuscripts, May 19, ONLINE



*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



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



BookPeople, Stacey Abrams presents While Justice Sleeps (in conversation with Sarah Michelle Gellar), 5PM ZOOM [ticketed]

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

Murder By the Book, May Agora and Polis Night, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

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



BookPeople, May Cobb presents The Hunting Wives (in conversation with Riley Sager, author of Survive the Night), 6PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Emiko Jean launches Tokyo Ever After (in conversation with David Yoon), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Chelsea Mueller presents Prom House, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

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

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Pip Williams presents The Dictionary of Lost Words (in conversation Simon Winchester), 7PM ONLINE

The Dock Bookshop, Ben Philippe presents Sure I’ll Be Your Black Friend, 7PM CROWDCAST

Brazos Bookstore, Jennifer Weiner presents That Summer, 7PM ZOOM

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



The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Using Your Anger to Write Multi-Layered Realistic Fiction with Ann Braden & Nancy Paulsen, 1PM

BookPeople, Nicholas Solis presents The Color Collector, and Candy Wellins presents The Stars Beckoned: Edward White's Amazing Walk in Space, 6PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, John Green presents The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet (in conversation with Hank Green), 6PM ZOOM [ticketed]

World Affairs Council – DFW, Daniel Levin presents Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East, 6PM ZOOM

Austin Bat Cave, workshop: No Room For Fear: Writing What Scares You with Dana De Greff, 6PM ZOOM

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

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: “What Authors Need to Know: Marketing and Publicizing Your Book” with Katharine Duckett, 6:30PM ZOOM

Fort Worth Public Library, Writer's Workshop with Jason Hensel, 6:30PM ZOOM

Harris County Public Library, Public Poetry presents Poetry Live, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Books, Jeff Guinn releases War on the Border: Villa, Pershing, the Texas Rangers, and an American Invasion (in conversation with Judge Ken Wise), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, May Cobb presents The Hunting Wives (in conversation with Amy Gentry), 7PM FB & YT LIVE

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Kelly Bowen, 7PM ONLINE

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room: Senator Amy Klobuchar presents ANTITRUST: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age, 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



BookPeople, No Place For Hate® Book Talk with Hena Khan, author of Amina’s Song, 10AM ZOOM

Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break: Carrie Fountain presents The Life, 12:30PM INSTA LIVE

Trinity University Press, The Nation Must Awake: My Witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 with Anneliese M. Bruner, the author’s great-granddaughter; author Scott Ellsworth, and Professor Carey Latimore, 6:30PM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Creative Black Joy for the Black/African American Writer, 6:30PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Steven Raichlen launches How to Grill Vegetables, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Brenda Peynado presents The Rock Eaters (in conversation with Dantiel Moniz), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Ben H. Winters, author of The Quiet Boy, in conversation with Jonathan Ames, author of A Man Named Doll, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

Writers’ League of Texas, May Third Thursday: The Great Outdoors: Bringing the Natural World into Your Writing with Matt Bell, David Marquis, and Julie Poole, 8PM ZOOM



The Dock Bookshop, Tamika D. Mallory presents State of Emergency + panel discussion, 6PM CROWDCAST [ticketed]

San Antonio

*Angie K Bookstore, Black Writers of San Antonio presents: Mixbook Vol. 1 Book Release Party, 6PM


*The Wild Detectives, A Pedestrian´s Recent History of Dallas with Zac Crain, 7PM

*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: “Writing a Kickass Screenplay” with Owen Egerton, 10AM ZOOM

Gemini Ink, Crafting the Short Story: Idea to Final Draft with JP Goggin, 10AM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “White Space & the Ruckus of Line” with Aldo Amparán, 1PM (MST) ZOOM  

Brazos Bookstore, Brazos Book Club with Chelsea G. Summers, author of A Certain Hunger (in conversation with Mark Haber), 2PM ZOOM

The Dock Bookshop, Sadhguru presents Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny (in conversation with Kunal Nayyar), 6PM ONLINE [ticketed]

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Jessica Thompson reading and signing A Caterer's Guide to Love and Murder, 11AM OUTDOORS

New Braunfels

*The Book Haus, author visit with Joanne Easley, 2PM



San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Joe Aguilar reading and signing For You, For Me, For Us, 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.