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 06.07.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


ABAA Virtual Book Fair, June 4-7

Granbury Writers Bloc Annual Summer Workshop, June 13 ONLINE

ArlingCon 2020, June 13 ONLINE

4th Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas: Fiction Writers, June 13 ONLINE



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



Murder By the Book, Natalie Jenner discussing The Jane Austen Society, 3PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt discussing The Gift of Forgiveness with Cora Jakes Coleman, 7PM ONLINE



BookPeople, Meena Harris discussing Kamala and Maya's Big Idea (in conversation with journalist & author Nancy Redd), 3PM ZOOM

LOGOS Collective, Graywolf Press presents poets Leah Naomi Green and Allison Seay, 7PM ZOOM

Inprint, Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: poets Reginald Dwayne Betts and Natalie Diaz will read from Felon and Postcolonial Love Poem, respectively, 7PM ONLINE

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, webinar: Barry Gewen discussing The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World (moderated by Talmage Boston), 4PM

Interabang Book, Kelly McWilliams discussing Agnes at the End of the World (in conversation with Jewell Parker Rhodes), 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

PEN America, LitNite Dallas Reading Series’ 2nd Anniversary Sanderia Faye, Deb Olin Unferth, Renee Simms, Fowzia Karimi, and Natalie Baszile, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Shannon Watts discussing Fight Like A Mother, 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



Amber Royer, launch of Story Like a Journalist: A Workbook for Novelists, 6PM ZOOM [attendees will be entered to win one of three ten-page critiques from Amber]

BookPeople, Jenny Elder Moke discussing Hood (in conversation with author Jen Calonita), 6PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "What Authors Need to Know About the Publishing Business" with Leila Sales, 6:30PM ZOOM

Trinity University Press, Maverick Book Club: David Martin Davies and Yvette D. Benavides discuss San Antonio 365, 7PM ZOOM

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

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Conor Knighton discussing Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park (in conversation with Rhett Miller), 7PM ONLINE

Interfaces, Artist Showcase & Open Mic featuring S. C. Says and Njera Keith, 7PM ZOOM

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

Dallas JCC, Robert Kolker discussing Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, 7:30PM ZOOM

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

Katy Budget Books, Grace Draven virtual launch party for Dragon Unleashed, 9PM ZOOM



Round Rock Public Library, virtual book club with P. J. Hoover, featuring Homer’s Excellent Adventure and The Hidden Code, 2PM  

Interabang Books, Emily Giffin discussing The Lies that Bind (in conversation with Michelle Staubach Grimes), 6PM ZOOM [ticketed event] POSTPONED

BookPeople, Kristen Arnett discussing Mostly Dead Things (in conversation with Elizabeth McCracken), 7PM ZOOM

The Bookworm Box, Meagan Brandy Live Author Takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

BookWoman, 2nd Thursday Open Mic featuring Susan J. Rogers, 7:15PM ZOOM



Dallas Public Library, story time: Tim Grove reading Star-Spangled Banner: The Story of a Flag, a Battle, and the American Anthem, 10:30AM ZOOM

Texas Tribune, TribFeast: An Evening to Support Nonprofit Journalism featuring Brené Brown, 6:30PM ONLINE [ticketed event]

Blue Willow Bookshop, Liara Tamani book launch party for All the Things We Never Knew, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

Brazos Bookstore, Phuc Luu discussing Jesus of the East (in conversation with Kate Martin Williams), 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Marina Endicott discussing The Voyage of the Morning Light (in conversation with Madeleine Thien), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Kelley Armstrong discussing Every Step She Takes and Drew Murray discussing Broken Genius, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Girls Night Out featuring Shandhra Ramana, 7PM



SCBWI Austin, Monthly Meeting: Writing About Difficult Topics for Young Readers with Cindy Baldwin, Bethany Hegedus, and Catherine Stier, 10AM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Forget Discipline: How to Want Your Way Through Writing" with ire'ne lara silva, 10AM ZOOM

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

ACFW DFW, workshop: “Creating Dynamic Characters” with Jennifer Slattery, 11AM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time: Jonathan E. Jacobs reading The Secret Rhin Society, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Two Dollar Radio, virtual reading: Dima Alzayat, author of Alligator and Other Stories, and Fowzia Karimi, author of Above Us the Milky Way, 12PM ZOOM

Writespace, workshop: “Character: The Beating Heart of Your Story--And How to Find It!” with K. C. Sinclair, 1PM [all Writespace workshops are now online]

The Writing Barn, workshop: “Visual Storytelling for Picture Book Authors” with Carter Higgins, 2PM ONLINE


*Paris Public Library, Reavis Z. Wortham signing Hawke's Fury, 1PM


*Books & Crannies, Taylor Anderson signing Wings of Wrath, 2PM



LOGOS Collective, a reading with poets Marie Howe and Pádraig Ó Tuama (with EchoTheo Review), 12PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore & Project Row Houses, reading, discussion, and audience Q&A with poet Minna Salami, author of Sensuous Knowledge, 1PM ZOOM

SCBWI – N. Texas, webinar: “Have a Little Heart: Writing That Speaks to the Soul” with Pat Zietlow Miller, 2PM

Writing Workshops Dallas, seminar: “Capturing the YA Voice” with Alex Temblador, 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.