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[line] in Texas

compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life

by Texas Book Lover

FOR THE WEEK OF 05.17.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


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



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



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



Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Esther Safran Foer discussing I Want You to Know We’re Still Here with Dr. Sara Abosch-Jacobson of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, 4PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

JCC Dallas, Ariel Burger discussing Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom, 5:30PM ZOOM

Granbury Writers’ Bloc, Cathy Rueter presents “Writing with Rubber Bands: Creating Tension in Story,” 6:30PM ZOOM

Inprint, Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Emily St. John Mandel discussing The Glass House and Colum McCann discussing Apeirogon online with Maggie Galehouse, former Houston Chronicle book editor, 7PM [ticketed event]

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

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



World Affairs Council - DFW, Jonathan Karl discussing Front Row at the Trump Show, 11AM ZOOM

BookPeople, Dragon Party: Mari Mancusi and Henry Clark discussing Dragon Ops and What We Found in the Maze and How It Saved a Dragon, 4PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

WITS, Workshop: “Different Alphabets” (grades: 9-12) with Keagan Wheat, 5:30PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "The Horror (writing)! The Horror (writing)!" with Owen Egerton, 6:3PM ZOOM

Austin Poetry Slam, virtual open mic, 8PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

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



Brazos Bookstore, Erin Entrada Kelly discussing We Dream of Space, 3PM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Live Webinar with Q&A: White House Warriors with John Gans, 5PM

WITS, workshop: “Dramatic and Mundane” (grades: 6-8) with Omer Ahmed, 5:30PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, LitTalk: “Writing Memoir: Your Story Matters” panel discussion with Sarah Hepola, Tracy Walder, and Kendra Allen, moderated by Alex Temblador, 6PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "The Straight-Up Skinny on How to Submit to Literary Journals" with M. M. Adjarian, 6:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Lauren McGoodwin discussing Power Moves, in conversation with Laura Youngkin, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

Trinity University Press, Virtual Town hall: Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy featuring contributors Pam Houston, Elena Passarello, Elizabeth Bradfield, and Arthur Sze, 7PM ZOOM

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

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



The Writing Barn, Editor Insight Session with Neal Porter of Holiday House, 10:30AM

BookPeople, John Grisham dicussing Camino Winds, 12PM ZOOM

Allen Public Library, writer, reporter, and historian Rusty Williams will discuss the famous Apollo 13 saga for the first time publicly in a virtual presentation, 4PM

UTEP, Words On a Wire’s Tim Z. Hernandez and Daniel Chacón host a “Words Under Quarantine” panel with author Natalia Sylvester, Lee Merrill Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press, and William Clark of Literary Book Shop, 6PM ZOOM

JCC Houston, Alan Zweibel discussing Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, Jennifer Bristol discussing Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas, 7PM ZOOM

The Dock Bookshop, Dock Radio with author N’Tyse, 7PM

The Bookworm Box, Aileen Erin Live Author Takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Writers' League of Texas, May Third Thursday: Well Versed: Reading & Writing Poetry with Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz and Sasha West, 8PM ZOOM



The DoSeum, Author Series: Jessie Oliveros reading The Remember Balloons, 11AM INSTAGRAM LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, Ben Buchanan discussing The Hacker and the State: Cyber Attacks and the New Normal of Geopolitics, 11AM ZOOM

Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break with Rebekah Manley, author of Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates: A Picture Book Parody for Adults, 12:30PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Meg Medina reading and discussing Merci Suárez Changes Gears with Joy Preble, 3PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

BookPeople, Don Zolidis discussing War and Speech, 4PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Murder By the Book, Scott Turow discussing The Last Trial, and Mark Pryor discussing The Bookseller, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE



WITS, Young Writers Workshop in partnership with Discovery Green (grades: 3-5) with James Hershberger, 10:30AM ZOOM

Interfaces, Artists On Series workshop: "Natural Solutions to Climate Change: Food, Gardens, and Farming" with poet/essayist Soups, 12PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Romancing Texas: Love and Laughter in the Lone Star State (A Virtual Panel) with Sajni Patel (The Trouble with Hating You), Farrah Rochon (The Boyfriend Project), and Carly Bloom (Cowboy Come Home), 5PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

New Braunfels

*The Book Haus, writing workshop with Jenny Irish, 3PM CANCELLED

*The Book Haus, Author Visit: Jenny Irish reading from and signing I Am Faithful, 5PM CANCELLED



Union Avenue Books, Jeannette Brown reading and discussing The Illusion of Leaving, 2:30PM ZOOM

Writing Workshops Dallas, seminar: “The Best Book Launch Ever” with Shayla Raquel, 6PM 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.