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 06.28.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


1st Writers’ League of Texas UnConference, June 26-28, ONLINE



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

*National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, ENCORE: A Look Back, June 11-September 19



Houston Chapter of Sisters in Crime, screenwriter Michelle Mower discussing "The Craft of Screenwriting: Crime Stories," 2PM ZOOM

Writing Workshops Dallas, Seminar: “Writing Poetry for our Current World” with Lindsay Tigue, 7PM ZOOM



Levy Park Houston, Workshop: Literacy and Photography with Fotofest, YAH, and Levy Park, 10AM FACEBOOK LIVE

LOGOS, poets Camille Dungy and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Emily Nussbaum discussing I Like to Watch (in conversation with Taffy Brodesser-Akner), 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Chanel Cleeton will appear in conversation with Valerie Koehler to discuss her novel The Last Train to Key West, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Katherine Sharp Landdeck discussing The Women with Silver Wings, 7PM ONLINE

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, Queer Voices Part 1: AWP20 off-site reading of queer prose and poetry, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE, YOUTUBE

Murder By the Book, Leah Konen and Kimberly Belle discussing All the Broken People and Stranger in the Lake, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

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



Voices de la Luna, Writing Workshop: The Prometheus Myth & The Pandemic with Jim Brandenburg, 5:30PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, S. A. Chakraborty launching The Empire of Gold, final installment of the Daevabad epic fantasy trilogy, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Riley Sager discussing Home Before Dark with Crime by the Book's Abby Endler, 6:30PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

BookPeople, Lara Prescott discussing The Secrets We Kept (paperback release) (in conversation with Angie Kim), 7PM ZOOM

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, Queer Voices Part 2: AWP20 off-site reading of queer prose and poetry, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE, YOUTUBE

Laredo Public Libraries, Local Author Spotlight: Gume Laurel III sharing his anthology of poems about love and heartbreak within the LGBT+ community, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Preservation Houston, History in Print author series: David Bush and Jim Parsons discussing their award-winning book Fair Park Deco: Art and Architecture of the Texas Centennial Exposition, 7PM ONLINE

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



Texas Book Festival, Literary Lunch Break with Richard Santos talking to Michael Zapata, author of THE LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU, 12:30PM, INSTAGRAM LIVE

BookPeople, Tim O'Brien discussing Dad's Maybe Book, 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 author, musician, and podcast host Rhett Miller), 7PM ONLINE [ticketed event]

Murder By the Book, Ellie Alexander discussing Nothing Bundt Trouble, 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



Patrick Heath Public Library, workshop: "Five Friends You Didn’t Know You Had: Spanning the Globe Through Poems" with award-winning author and poet Naomi Shihab Nye, 11AM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Christian Brose discussing The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare, 11AM

Voices de la Luna, workshop: Elements of Poetry with Dario, 6PM ZOOM

Austin Bat Cave, On Place: Regional Writing & Home Narrative in Fiction with Kristen Arnett, 7PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Reavis Wortham and John Gilstrap discussing Hawke’s Fury and Hellfire, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Laredo BorderSlam, virtual poetry open mic, 7:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE




*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Pull Up & Park Poetry, 7PM




Arts & Letters Bookstore, Debbie Taylor signing her children's book Little Van Gogh, CANCELLED



Awful Good Writers, performance and writing workshop with Q&A featuring Ebony Stewart with Amir Safi and the poets of Write About Now (part of the Heavy Hitters Festival), 1PM ONLINE



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.