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 07.12.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


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



No public events



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

BookPeople, Amy Tintera discussing All These Monsters (in conversation with Sarah Henning), 6PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, bestselling author Julie Murphy and Dumplin' star Danielle Macdonald will discuss Julie's new novel, Faith Taking Flight, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Spencer Quinn discussing Of Mutts and Men, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, Stay At Home open mic, 8PM ZOOM (YOUTUBE LIVESTREAM)

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



Boerne Book & Arts Festival, Lattes and the Library with author Robert Flynn, 11AM ZOOM

Harris County Public Library, Writers in the Schools LIVE spoken Word Poetry Workshop Part I, 2PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Lane Moore discussing How to Be Alone, 3PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: James Carter discussing The Last Kings of Shanghai, 4PM

Murder By the Book, Elly Griffiths discussing The Lantern Men, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, TJ Klune discussing The Extraordinaries, 6PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book & The Twig Book Shop, Daniel Silva discussing The Order, 6:30PM CROWDCAST

Texas Book Festival, Natalia Sylvester launches Running (in conversation with Maya Perez), 7PM CROWDCAST

Blue Willow Bookshop, Laurie Halse Anderson will appear in conversation with Rex Ogle to discuss her graphic novel Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Katherine Center discussing What You Wish For (in conversation with Taylor Jenkins Reid), 7PM ZOOM

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

LitNight Dallas, Sanderia Faye and Zac Crain, editor of D Magazine, will host the third "Your Summer Reading List" along with several esteemed local authors who will be reading the short stories they wrote for the July issue, including Kathleen Kent, Blake Kimzey, Joseph Milazzo, Samantha Mabry, Ben Fountain, Will Clarke, Harry Hunsicker, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Texas Public Radio, Worth Repeating: Reckoning with Racism (a live virtual storytelling event), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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



Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, Daniel Silva discussing The Order (in conversation with CNN’s Jamie Gangel), 7PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

Nowhere Bookshop & San Antonio Book Festival, Lara Prescott discussing The Secrets We Kept (in conversation with Clay Smith), 6PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

Gemini Ink, Nights of Noir: Lisa Sandlin and The Do-Right, 6:30PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Katherine Center will appear in conversation with Valerie Koehler to discuss Katherine's new novel, What You Wish For, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Jim Butcher discussing Peace Talks, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

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

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



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Richard Haass discussing The World: A Brief Introduction, 11AM

Writing Workshops Dallas, Seminar: “The Freelance Business Blueprint - How to Make More Money As a Freelance Writer” with Austin L. Church, 12PM ZOOM

SCBWI North Texas, “Sticks and Stones and the Stories We Tell: Children’s Book Creators on Channeling Random Acts of Racism,” 1PM ZOOM

Harris County Public Library, Writers in the Schools LIVE spoken Word Poetry Workshop Pt. II, 2PM ONLINE

Patrick Heath Public Library, author event for teens with Amy Bearce, author Paris on Repeat, and P. J. Hoover, author of  Homer's Excellent Adventure, 4PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Colin Jost discussing A Very Punchable Face (in conversation with John Grisham), 5:30PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

Austin Bat Cave, Summer Seminar Festival: Scriptwriting for Television and Film with Gillian Kümm, 7PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Walter Mosley and S. A. Cosby discussing Trouble Is What I Do and Blacktop Wasteland, respectively (in conversation with Rachel Howzell Hall), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Daniel Silva discussing The Order with audience Q&A, 7PM ONLINE [ticketed event]

The Bookworm Box, Alessandra Torre Live Author Takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Blah Poetry Spot, Words and Sh*t, featuring Amir Safi, 7:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Writers' League of Texas, Third Thursday: "The Dreaded Middle" with Charlotte Gullick, Donna Johnson, and ire'ne lara silva, 8PM ZOOM



Harris County Public Library, LIVE: Writers in the Schools Presents Meta-Four Houston Youth Poetry Slam Team, 6PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Leah Hampton discussing F*ckface (in conversation with Edward Carey), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Anna Downes and Julie Clark discussing The Safe Place and The Last Flight, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE


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



Writers’ League of Texas, "Final Pages, Final Paragraphs: Crafting the Right Ending for Fiction" ONLINE with Chaitali Sen, 10AM

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time: Cristina Lalli reading Nola’s Scribbles Save the Day, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Public Library, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal joins the FanCentral Virtual Experience to chat about books, 1PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Ace Atkins and Jeff Abbott discussing The Revelators and Never Ask Me (in conversation with Megan Abbott), 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Interweaving Fiction with the News” with Almendra Voladora, 1PM ZOOM     

The Writing Barn, workshop: “Law for Authors/Creative Artists” with Jacqui Lipton, 2PM ONLINE

Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: making book cloth, 2PM ZOOM

Dallas Public Library, a conversation with Hector Rodriguez from Rio Bravo Comics, 6PM ONLINE

Katy Budget Books, virtual story time: Lindsay Leslie reading Dusk Explorers, 7:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE


*Arts & Letters Bookstore, Louis H. Campbell signing Texas Rising, 3PM



The Writing Barn, workshop: “Nonfiction Picture Books 101” with Meeg Pincus, 2PM ONLINE

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.