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 05.24.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


Boldface Conference 2020: Strikethrough Workshop, May 25-28



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



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



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

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



WITS, Workshop: “Words on the Night Breeze – Secrets on the Radio” (grades 9-12) with Josie Mitchell, 5PM ZOOM

LOGOS Collective, Digital LOGOS featuring KB and Faylita Hicks, 6PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Adalyn Grace discussing All the Stars and Teeth, 7PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

BookPeople, Conor Dougherty discussing Golden Gates (in conversation with Megan Kimble of Texas Observer), 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


*Highland Park United Methodist Church, Authors LIVE! presents Chris Whipple discussing and signing The Spymasters: How the CIA's Directors Shape History and the Future, 7PM CANCELED



Book Festival Network, 2nd Virtual Book Festival: Adult Fiction & Nonfiction, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Interabang Books & the World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: David Ignatius discussing The Paladin: A Spy Novel with David Sanger of the New York Times, 4PM ZOOM

WITS, workshop: “Hooks for Phonics – The Minimalist Art of Pop Choruses” (grades 6-8) with Kell Jettson Bernardo, 5:30PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "First Impressions Are Everything: Composing a Standout Query Letter" with Becka Oliver, 6:30PM ZOOM [sold out]

Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops Dallas, The Big Texas Read discussing Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson, 7PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Marissa Mullen discussing That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Laird Barron discussing Worse Angels, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

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



The Twig Book Shop, Oh, the Places You'll Go! with Miss Anastasia, celebrating the graduating classes of 2020, 10:30AM INSTAGRAM LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Dennis Ross, American Diplomat and author of Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny, 11AM ZOOM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Katherine Sharp Landdeck discussing The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II (in conversation with Alicia Morgan of the Frontiers of Flight Museum), 4PM

Bookworks Albuquerque, virtual: Jose Ralat discussing American Tacos (with Russell Contreras), 6PM (MDT)

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Condoleezza Rice and Philip Zelikow discussing To Build a Better World, 6:30PM

Pulpwood Academy, Reavis Z. Wortham discussing Hawke's Fury7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Blue Willow Book Shop, Elizabeth Wetmore discussing Valentine with Valerie Koehler, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, poet Sasha Banks discussing America, Mine, 7PM ZOOM

The Dock Bookshop, Dock Onshore Radio with author Rashonda Tate Billingsley, 7PM

BookPeople, Jimmy Wong and Ashley Adams discussing Feast of Fiction Kitchen, 7PM ZOOM

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



Murder By the Book, Michael Connelly discussing Fair Warning and Greg Hurwitz discussing Into the Fire, 12:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Tracy Anne Hart discussing Seeing Stevie Ray, 7PM ZOOM

Malvern Books, I Scream Social reading series featuring nicole v basta, Cindy Huyser, and Neysa King, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Liv Constantine discussing The Wife Stalker and Ivy Pochoda discussing These Women, 7:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam Poetry Pullup & Park, 7PM



Book Festival Network, 2nd Virtual Book Festival: Children's & YA Authors, 9AM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

The Writing Barn, Ask an Agent Session with Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group, 11AM ZOOM

Interfaces, Artists On Series featuring Faylita Hicks, 12PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Alexander McCall Smith discussing The Talented Mr. Varg, 12PM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Dock Bookshop, Dock Onshore Radio with author Edward A. Farmer, 1PM

Patrick Heath Public Library, workshop: “The Art of Writing: Poetic Forms” with D. Ellis Phelps, 1PM ZOOM

Interfaces, Artists On Series panel on sustainability, 2:30PM ZOOM

The Dock Bookshop, celebrate the Dock’s 12th anniversary with author Kimberla Lawson Roby, 3PM



Brazos Bookstore & Project Row Houses, jessica care moore discussing We Want Our Bodies Back, 1PM ZOOM

Museum of South Texas History, Sunday Speaker Series Online: Robert RamÍrez, grandson of bilingual education pioneer Emilia Schunior RamÍrez, will discuss his grandmother’s book, Ranch Life in Hidalgo County After 1850, 2PM  

Writespace, workshop: “How to Outline Your Novel” with D. L. Young, 3PM ZOOM

Writing Workshops Dallas, seminar: “Finding Online Writing Work Right Now” with Alex Temblador, 6PM ZOOM

Aprilific Book Club, Smallest Leaf: Q & A with Poet Lisa Toth Salinas, 6:30PM GOOGLE MEET



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.