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 07.05.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


Barrio Writers Online Summer Workshop, July 6-10 WEBEX

Texas Library Association Virtual Summer of Learning, July 7 ONLINE

Diverse Literary Voices of Texas: Protests & Civil Rights, July 11 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



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



Gemini Ink, In Response to the River: Zine Workshop for Kids, 9:30AM ZOOM

Houston SCBWI, monthly meeting: “Humor in Writing” with Crystal Allen, 7PM ZOOM

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

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



Murder By the Book, Karen Hamilton and Hannah Mary McKinnon discussing The Last Wife and Sister Dear, respectively, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Camp Blue Willow: Author and illustrator Sam Wedelich reading her new picture book, Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale + art activity, 3PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: “A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations” with author and journalist Robert Bryce (in conversation with Jay T. Young), 4PM

Murder By the Book, Katherine St. John and Janelle Brown discussing The Lion’s Den and Pretty Things, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Paulette Jiles discussing Simon the Fiddler (in conversation with Heather Young), 7PM ZOOM

JCC Dallas, New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Taddeo and Chelsea Handler discussing Three Women and Life Will Be the Death of Me…and  you too, respectively, 7PM ZOOM

Austin Poetry Slam, virtual open mic, 8PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

The Dock Bookshop, virtual poetry open mic, 8PM INSTAGRAM LIVE, ZOOM

Katy Budget Books, Ophelia London, author of Never an Amish Bride, and Sara Harris, author of Rebekah’s Quilt, in conversation, 9PM ZOOM

Puroslam, virtual poetry slam, 10PM ZOOM



Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, Online Author Talk + Q&A: Nearing Ninety: And Other Comedies of Late Life with Judith Viorst, 1PM

Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: tunnel book construction and collage, 2PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, "Using the 3-Act-Structure to Construct A Riveting Novel" ONLINE with Carolyn Cohagan, 6:30PM

BookPeople, Rep. Eric Swalwell discussing Endgame: Inside the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump (in conversation with Beto O'Rourke), 7PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

Blue Willow Bookshop, Megan Miranda will discuss her novel The Girl from Widow Hills, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Susan Wiggs discussing The Lost and Found Bookshop, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

JCC Dallas, Barry Sonnenfeld discussing Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother, 7PM ZOOM

Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops Dallas, The Big Texas Read: New York Times bestselling novelist Kathleen Kent: The Dime and The Burn, 7PM ZOOM

Interfaces, Artist Showcase & Open Mic featuring Ari B. Cofer and Tåsi, 7PM ZOOM

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

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



Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas Center for the Book launches #TXBookChat featuring Austin author Bethany Hegedus, 11AM ZOOM

Austin Bat Cave, Summer Seminar Festival: Flash Fiction with Hilary Leichter, 7PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Mike Maden discussing Tom Clancy's Firing Point (in conversation with Mark Greaney), 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Jenny Elder Moke discussing Hood in conversation with Sophie Jordan, 7PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, Online Author Talk + Q&A: Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker with Barry Sonnenfeld (in conversation with CNN’s Holly Firfer), 7PM

Murder By the Book, Lara Prescott and Kate Quinn discussing The Secrets We Kept and The Huntress, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Bookworm Box, Jennifer Wilson Live Author Takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writespace, workshop: “Ask a Small Press Editor” Q&A with Holly Lyn Walrath, 7PM ZOOM

BookWoman, Virtual: 2nd Thursday Open Mic featuring David Meischen, 7:15PM ZOOM

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



Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: bookbinding for teachers, 9AM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Camilla Lackberg discussing The Golden Cage, 12PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: watercolor sketchbook book binding, 2PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Maria Reva discussing Good Citizens Need not Fear in conversation with Lara Prescott, 5PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Nikki Dolson and Helen Ellis discussing Love and Other Criminal Behavior and Southern Lady Code, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE


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



Austin SCBWI, Monthly Meeting: Three Things You Need to Start (& Finish!) Any Story with Author Jenny Elder-Moke, 10AM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, "Troubleshooting Your Novel" ONLINE with Tex Thompson, 10AM

ACFW DFW, workshop: “Making Your Characters Your BFFs” with Jaime Jo Wright, 10:30AM ZOOM

Gemini Ink, workshop: “Stop Author! Before Submitting that Poetry Manuscript, A Publisher Requests This From You” with FlowerSong Press publisher and editor Ed Vidaurre, 11AM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Talia Hibbert will appear in conversation with Liara Tamani to discuss her novel Take a Hint, Dani Brown, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: "Metaphors Be with You" with Robin Scofield, 1PM (MT) ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Beatriz Williams discussing Her Last Flight, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Public Poetry & the Houston Public Library, July poetry reading featuring Erik Brown, Billie Duncan, Saba Husain, and Bradley Hoge, 2PM ZOOM

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, The Writer As Witness: Nonfiction & Memoir Writing Workshop with Dr. Norma Cantú, 2PM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Writing STEM Picture Books Webinar with Melissa Stewart, 2PM ONLINE

Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: Design Your Own Patterns for Japanese Stab Binding, 2PM ZOOM


*Arts & Letters Bookstore, Cowboy Christmas in July featuring John Layne, author of Gunslingers: A Story of the Old West, and Sidney Thompson, author of Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves, 4PM



Museum of South Texas History, Sunday Speaker Series: “Adela Sloss-Vento of San Juan and Edinburg: Major Tejana Civil Rights Activist and Feminist, 1927-1990,” with author Cynthia Orozco, 2PM 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.