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

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Bookish goings-on in Texas

compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life

by Texas Book Lover

FOR THE WEEK OF 06.14.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


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



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



BookPeople, Jewell Parker Rhodes and Kelly McWilliams discussing Black Brother, Black Brother and Agnes at the End of the World, respectively, 6PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: David Sibley discussing What It's Like to Be a Bird, 7PM ONLINE

Fresh Ink Austin, workshop: Writing with Magic, 7PM ZOOM 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: The Last Trial with Scott Turow, 11AM ZOOM

Epic Reads, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Dean Atta, Andrew Eliopulos, Tobly McSmith and Ciara Smyth in conversation with Sam Maggs as part of Epic Reads' EPIC PRIDE event, 3PM FACEBOOK LIVE

UT Dallas, Athenaeum Review Issue 4 Virtual Launch, 4PM ONLINE

Interabang Book, Lyla Lee launches I’ll Be the One (in conversation with Katie Zhao), 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Paulette Jiles discussing Simon the Fiddler, 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



BookPeople, Christina Soontornvat and Sarah Mlynowski discussing Diary of an Ice Princess: Slush Puppy Love and Upside Down Magic series, respectively, 3PM ZOOM

Gemini Ink, Nights of Noir with Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird, 6:30PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Jessica Barry and Kimberly McCreight discussing Don’t Turn Around and A Good Marriage, respectively, 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 Writing Barn, Virtual Book Launch with Author Rob Sanders, Illustrator Nabi H. Ali, and The Fighting Infantryman: The Story of Albert D. J. Cashier, Transgender Civil War Soldier, 2PM

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World with Robert Gates, 4PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Macmillan’s June Book + Author: Sarah Blake discussing The Guest Book plus audience Q&A (in conversation with Marion Winik), 6PM CROWDCAST

Writing Workshops Dallas, seminar: “The Travel Essay” with Alex Temblador, 6PM ZOOM

Dallas JCC, Chris Wallace discussing Countdown 1945, 7PM ZOOM

BookPeople, James Wade discussing All Things Left Wild (in conversation with Owen Egerton), 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Kelly McWilliams discussing Agnes at the End of the World with author Jewell Parker Rhodes, 7PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Katherine Sharp Landdeck discusses her recent book The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, 7PM ONLINE

The Bookworm Box, Kelsie Stelting live author takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Writers’ League of Texas, June Third Thursday: Practice Makes Pitch Perfect workshop with Becka Oliver and Lance Fitzgerald, 8PM ZOOM



Murder By the Book, Kim Harrison discussing American Demon, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam Presents: Men Of Dallas Slam Past & Present, 7PM



Writespace, workshop: “The Freshman Fifteen: Create a Compelling First Chapter” with Tex Thompson, 9AM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Tackling the Problem of Memory in Memoir" ONLINE with Rachel Starnes, 10AM ZOOM

Katy Budget Books, Liara Tamani and Sophie Jordan panel discussion of their June releases, All the Things We Never Knew and Kissing Lessons, respectively, 1PM ZOOM


*Moody Mansion, local authors Christine Ruiz Hopkins and Heidi Lutz signing 100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die, 10AM



No public events today



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