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 05.30.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


*Irving, Irving Public Library Summer Book Sale, June 4-6 



*Leander, Texas Writers, a Humanities Texas traveling exhibition, May 3-31

*Irving, Lonesome Dove, a Humanities Texas traveling exhibition, March 6–July 11



San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Deanna King reading and signing Lethal Liaisons, 12PM OUTDOORS



*Dallas The Biker Book For Charity, The Meaning of Life According to Bikers, 10AM

The Dock Bookshop, Musical Artist Michelle Williams and Checking In conversations: Embracing Singleness, 6PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, an evening with authors Alex Aster and Sabaa Tahir, 7PM ZOOM

Gemini Ink, Open Writers Lab with Dario Beniquez & Robert Allen, 6:30PM ZOOM

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




Ransom Center, Wordplay: Ransom Center Poetry Series Featuring Alley Theatre Actor Dylan Godwin, 12PM VIDEO

Murder By the Book, The Best of World SF Launch Party with editor Lavie Tidhar and contributors Silvia Moreno-Garcia, R. S. A. Garcia, and Ng Yi-Sheng, 1PM FB & YT LIVE

BookPeople, Jason June presents Jay’s Gay Agenda, in conversation with Becky Albertalli, 6PM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, Jeff Shesol presents Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War, moderated by Peter Baker, 6PM ONLINE

The Dock Bookshop, Musical Artist Michelle Williams and Checking In conversations: Healing Our Community, 6PM ONLINE

Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: woven accordion window book, 6PM ZOOM

Malvern Books, Julie Poole launches Bright Specimen, with guest Taisia Kitaiskaia, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Alexandra Bracken and Marie Lu join Veronica Roth for the Divergent tenth anniversary celebration, 7PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Nekesa Afia, author of Dead Dead Girls, in conversation with Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

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

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Chef Aarón Sánchez presents Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef, 7PM ONLINE [ticketed]

*Austin The Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam Comeback Show, 8PM

*San Antonio Bentley’s on Broadway, Puroslam: The Resurrection featuring DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM



Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: “The Hybrid Essay: What It Is & How To Do It” with Jasminne Mendez, 6:30PM ZOOM

*Longview Books & Barrels, Spoken Word Poetry, 6PM

Blue Willow Books, Peyton Roberts presents Beneath the Seams, in conversation with Julie Cantrell, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, A. J. Gnuse presents Girl in the Walls, 7PM ZOOM

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Camille Pagan, 7PM ONLINE

*San Antonio Berry to Bean Coffeehouse, Sun Poet's Society, Open-Mic Poetry Readings, 7PM

*Dallas The Wild Detectives, Backyard Conversations: Anna Reser and Leila McNeill present Forces of Nature, 7:30PM

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



Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break: historian and author P. Djèlí Clark presents A Master of Djinn, moderated by Austin Bat Cave Executive Director Richard Z. Santos, 12:30PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

SCBWI, workshop: “Creating a Cast of Characters in You Middle Grade Novel" with Meg Medina, 1PM PDT ZOOM[registration required]

*Quanah  Thompson-Sawyer Library, Author Julie Altman reads Hitchin' Post and the 6B Ranch Kids, 2PM

BookPeople, NBA Champion Chris Bosh presents Letters to a Young Athlete, in conversation with Gen Padalecki, 6PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Interabang Books, Jeff Guinn presents War on the Border, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, Jason Riley presents Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell, 6PM ONLINE

*San Antonio St. Marks Episcopal Church, James Dennis reading from and signing his second poetry collection, Listening Devices. (Also on FACEBOOK LIVE), 6PM

Blue Willow Books, celebrate S. K. Ali’s Misfit in Love with “Writing Strong Muslim Women” with Hafsah Faizal, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, David Swinson, author of City on the Edge, in conversation with Joseph Finder, author of House on Fire, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

Laredo BorderSlam, Online Open Mic, 8PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writers’ League of Texas, WLT On the Craft of Writing: Writing Short Fiction with Elizabeth McCracken and Thisbe Nissen, 8PM ZOOM



*Dallas Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: “A Behind the Scenes Look at Novel Revision” with Simon Han, 10AM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Crafting a Narrative Nonfiction Picture Book with Barb Rosenstock, 11AM

*San Antonio The Twig Book Shop, Stacee L. Reicherzer, PhD discussing The Healing Otherness Handbook, 11AM OUTDOORS

Blue Willow Books, Rachel Griffin, author of The Nature of Witches, in conversation with Shelby Mahurin, 1PM ZOOM

Writespace, workshop: “Renew Your Love for Writing: All-Genre Generative” with Kendra Preston Leonard, 1PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Jenny Elder Moke presents Curse of the Specter Queen, in conversation with Samantha Cohoe, 2PM ZOOM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “The New Intelligence: Timothy Donelly” with Kit Wren, 2PM ONLINE

Defunkt Magazine, Workshop: Finding the 'I' in Art, Chris Allen & Dani Putney, 2PM ONLINE

*San Antonio Dead Tree Books, Book Signing: When 40 Acres and a Mule Won't Do - Retirement is Not an Age, But a Financial Number, 2PM

Blue Willow Books, Nicola Yoon, author of Instructions for Dancing, in conversation with author duo Christina Lauren, 3PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Dawn Quigley, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Brian Young will hold a panel on HarperCollins’ newest imprint, Heartdrum, 3PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, Christopher Buehlman presents Blacktongue Thief, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE



BookWoman, EXTRA BOLD: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers: A Panel Discussion, 3PM ZOOM



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

*New Braunfels, The Book Haus, musical story time, T, 10:30AM

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.