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 by Lone Star Literary Life

FOR THE WEEK OF 06.13.2021


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*Irving, Lonesome Dove, a Humanities Texas traveling exhibition, through July 11

*Huntsville, Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas, A Humanities Texas traveling Exhibition, through August 7th

*Kerrville, Cartooning Texas: One Hundred Years of Cartoon Art in the Lone Star State, A Humanities Texas traveling exhibition, June 14th-July 14th


Sunday, June 13th *Denotes In-person Events

Writing Barn, Nonfiction Kidlit Confab, 9AM

*San Antonio The Twig Book Shop, John C. Payne Presents Three and Out: Murder in a San Antonio Psych Hospital Book Signing, 12PM

Austin Public Library, Virtual Poetry Potpourri for Kids!, 2PM

Inprint Book Club, Viet Thanh Nguyen Presents The Committed, 4PM Zoom


Monday, June 14th *Denotes In-person Events

Asia Society, Culture Camp For Kids: Animated Stories: A Stop-Motion Animation and Writing Virtual Camp, 9AM

The Writing Barn, Camp Spitfire ONLINE: Creative Writing Camp for Kids, 10AM, [Registration Required]

BookPeople, Lawrence Wright Presents The Plague Year in Conversation with Patrick Radden Keefe (The New Yorker), 6PM Zoom [Ticketed]

The Writing Barn, Perfecting the Picture Book with Lisa Katzenberger, 7PM [Registration Required]

Fort Worth Public Library, Africa to Texas: A Juneteenth Journey, 7PM Zoom

Write About Now, The Virtual Slam: Head to Head, 8PM Facebook Live


Tuesday, June 15th *Denotes In-person Events

Murder By The Book, Elizabeth Kay Presents Seven Lies, 1PM Facebook Live & YouTube

The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup: Mixed Genre Critique, 2PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Sarah Beth Durst Presents Even and Odd in Conversation with Author Jessica Day George, 5PM Zoom [Registration Required]

Brazos Books, Ben Percy Presents The Ninth Metal in Conversation with James Ponsoldt, 6PM Zoom

BookPeople, Lauryn Evarts Bosstick Presents Get the F*ck out of the Sun in Conversation with Alex Snodgrass, 6PM Zoom [Ticketed]

Murder By The Book, Katherine Dykstra (What Happened to Paula) in Conversation with Kevin Cook (Kitty Genovese), 7PM Facebook Live & YouTube

Austin SCBWI, “Creating Multilayered Characters in a Compact Space” with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, 7PM

World Affairs Council DFW, On Juneteenth with Annette Gordon-Reed, 7PM

BookPeople, Blue Willow Bookshop, The Dock Bookshop & Katy Budget Books, Presenting In the Heights: Finding Home with Authors Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegria Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter, 7PM Zoom [Registration Required]

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, OPEN SLAM, RSVP Recommended, 7:30PM


Wednesday, June 16th *Denotes In-person Events

El Paso Public Library, Author Peter Zheutlin Presents Spin, 12PM Facebook Live.

Texas Commission on the Arts, Letting Your Light Shine: How To Use and Engage Social Media Influencers to Empower Your Arts Marketing Efforts with Dr. Lindsey Tyhra-Warren, 2PM Zoom [Registration Required]

BookPeople, Joshua Henkin Presents Morningside Heights: A Novel in conversation with Bret Anthony, 6PM Zoom

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

Gemini Ink, Veteran’s Writing Collective with Sarah Colby, 6:30PM Zoom

Gemini Ink, The Big Texas Read Featuring Rebekah Manley, 7PM Zoom

Brazos Books, YA Community Panel (With 6 YA Authors) Moderated by Tricia Levenseller, 7PM Zoom

Murder By The Book, Behind the Scenes with Special Guest Author Sara DiVello, 7PM Facebook Live & YouTube

Harris County Public Library, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton: Live Writing Workshop (Teens or Adults), 7PM TEAMS

Fresh Fiction, Book Club with Author Colleen Oakley (The Invisible Husband of Frick Island), 7PM Eventbrite


Thursday, June 17th *Denotes In-person Events

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Atmosphere: Where Character, Setting, Mood, and Emotion Converge with Author Nina LaCour, 1PM

BookPeople BookKids, Kit Rosewater & Sophie Escabasse Present Tomoko Takes the Lead Moderated by Adrianna Cuevas, 6PM Zoom

Nowhere Bookshop, Brooke Shaden (Reflection: Exploration of Self) in Conversation with Jenny Lawson, 6PM Eventbrite

Interabang Books, Christopher Buehlman Presents The Blacktongue Thief, 6PM Facebook Live

*El Paso, Corralito Steak House, James. R. Dennis reading and signing his latest poetry collection, Listening Devices6PM

Gemini Ink, Creative Journeys: A Book Launch for Jo Reyes-Boitel’s chapbook mouth and Group Poetry Reading with C.L. “Rooster” Martinez, Noel Bella Merriam, and Eric Cruz, 6:30PM Zoom

*Austin, The Little Gay Shop, Black & Queer as F*ck, featuring a variety of comedy, drag, music and poetry, 6:30PM [tickets required]

Blue Willow Bookshop, Samantha Silva Presents Love and Fury: A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft in Conversation with Author Anthony Doerr, 7PM Zoom [Registration Required]

The Bookworm Box, Author Q&A with K.A. Tucker, 7PM Facebook Live

Murder By The Book, John McMahon (A Good Kill) in Conversation with William Kent Krueger (Lightning Strike), 7PM Facebook Live & YouTube

Austin Bat Cave, From Plot to Print – “Starting a Writing Career with One Perfectly Planned Project” with Author Jacquelyn Mitchard, 7PM Crowdcast

LBJ Presidential Library, “On Juneteenth” A Conversation with Author Annette Gordon-Reed Moderated by Dr. Diana Ramey Berry, 7PM

BookPeople & Writers’ League of Texas Present “Writing About the Body”, 8PM Zoom


Friday, June 18th *Denotes In-person Events

*Austin, Kick Butt Coffee, The Trilogy Bash Author Book Signing with Sasha DeVore + Pop up Market of Local Art, 10AM

*New Braunfels, Book Haus, Bilingual Story Time, 10:30AM

*Canyon, Honey Buzz Winery, Book Signing: Bestselling Author Andrew J. Brandt (Mixtape for the End of the World), 5PM

Murder By The Book, Melissa Larsen (Shutter) In Conversation with Carol Goodman (The Stranger Behind You), 7PM Facebook Live & YouTube


Saturday, June 19th *Denotes In-person Events

Writers' League of Texas, “Building Your Platform as a Writer” with KB, 10AM

Dallas Public Library, Juneteenth Jamboree: Author Talk with Carole Boston Weatherford, 11AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, John Casey Presents Meridian, 11AM

*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Book Signing with Author Courtney Maquire, 1PM

*Fort Stockton, Fort Stockton Public Library, Book Signing & Talk with Author Ben H. English, 1PM

Igniting the Story in Your Writing Process: A 2-Day Bootcamp with New York Times Bestselling Author Andre Dubus III, Presented by Gemini Ink, 1-3PM, June 19-20, Zoom. [fee]

Writespace Houston, Writing Short: Micro Essay with Justin Jannise, 1PM Zoom

Dallas Public Library, Juneteenth Jubilee 2021: Guest Lecture by Author Shomari Wills, 2PM

Tumblewords Project, Juneteenth, a Day of Celebration: A Writing Workshop by Sarah Addison aka Juba, 2PM Zoom

Blue Willow Bookshop, Alexis Need Presents Don’t Hate the Player in Conversation with Author Isaac Fitzgerald, 3PM Zoom [Registration Required]

Brazos Books, Gillian McDunn Presents These Unlucky Stars. A Middle Grade Book Discussion, 3PM Zoom

*Frisco, Black Walnut Café, “This Can’t Be It: Elevate on a Job Where You Feel Left Behind” Author Book Signing & Book Launch with Trish Batson, 3PM

*Katy, Katy Budget Book, Munch Brunch Cookbook Club Featuring Author and Chef Jason Goldstein, 4PM


Sunday, June 20th *Denotes In-person Events

The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup: Prose a Critique Group, 9AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Author and Chef Vincent Tropepe Presents Slaughtered, 1PM

San Antonio Public Library, Author Annette Gordon-Reed will speak about her book On Juneteenth, 2PM ZOOM (Registration Required)



Story Times *Denotes In-person Events

Lark & Owl Booksellers, Super Silly Story Time, M, W & F, 9:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Seguin Public Library – Toddler & Preschool Storytime via Zoom on Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10AM, or for the Whole Family Tuesdays at 11:15AM outside

Allen Public Library – Monday thru Thursdays at 10:15 via Facebook Live

Dallas Public Library, children’s story time, T & Th, 10:30AM ZOOM

Longview Public Library – Every Tuesday via Facebook Live at 10:30AM

North Richland Hills Library, virtual story time, T, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Texian Books, tiny Texians story time, F, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Old Town Books, children’s story time, T & F, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Twig Book Shop, Miss Anastasia online story time, F, 10:30AM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time, Sat, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Leaves Books & Tea, read-aloud story time, T-Th, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

*Fort Worth, Monkey and Dog Books, Story Time, T, F & Sat at 10:30AM

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

Laredo Public Libraries, story time live, days & times vary, YOUTUBE

Irving Public Library, online story time, days & times vary, YOUTUBE

The Doseum, virtual story time, days & times vary



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.