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 07.19.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


5th Annual Authors Marketing Event, July 25-26, 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



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



Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, Virtual iRead Book Club for Adults: The Tattooist of Auschwitz, 1PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Liara Tamani and Brandy Colbert discussing All the Things We Never Knew and Voting Booth, respectively, 2PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Dallas Public Library, Libby Copeland discussing The Lost Family, 6:30PM ONLINE

Inprint, writing workshop: Personal Essay with Justin Jannise, 6:30PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Joe Lansdale discussing More Better Deals, 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



Harris County Public Library, Draw LIVE with Picture Book Author and Illustrator Keith Graves, 11AM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Camp Blue Willow: Author and illustrator Greg Pizzoli sharing Baloney and Friends + an activity, 3PM FACEBOOK LIVE

MPIBA, Bookseller Summer Camp Author Showcase: Visionary Voices: Speculate Fiction Author Conversation, including Kim Powers, author of Rules for Being Dead, 4PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Adrianna Cuevas and Chantel Acevedo discussing The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez and Muse Squad, respectively, 4PM ZOOM

The Storybook Garden, David Bowles discussing his 13th Street book series, 6PM ONLINE

Interabang Books, Joe Lansdale launches More Better Deals, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, S. C. Perkins and Carolyn Haines discussing Lineage Most Lethal and The Devil’s Bones, respectively (in conversation with Miranda James), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Anonymous (Duchess Goldblatt) discussing Becoming Duchess Goldblatt (in conversation with Lyle Lovett), 7PM ZOOM [registration closed; FACEBOOK LIVE available]

Blue Willow Bookshop, Beat the Heat 2020: Book Recommendations from Publisher Reps, 7PM ZOOM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: James McBride discussing Deacon King Kong, 7PM ONLINE [ticketed event]

Austin Bat Cave, Summer Seminar Festival: Serial Poetics with Ted Dodson, 7PM ONLINE

The Moth, Houston virtual story slam: “Do Overs,” 7:30PM 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



Deep Vellum Publishing, Texas Literary Spotlight: Christina Rodriguez of Deep Vellum Books, 1PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: DIY Publishing with Kyle Schlesinger, 6PM ZOOM

Inprint, writing workshop: Writing and Medicine with Erika Jo Brown, 6:30PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, "10 Prompts for 10 Stories: A Generative Writing Workshop" ONLINE with John Pipkin, 6:30PM

BookPeople, Alexandra Burt discussing Shadow Garden (in conversation with Amy Gentry), 7PM ZOOM

Lark & Owl Booksellers, Katherine Center discussing What You Wish For with Amanda Eyre Ward, 7PM CROWDCAST

Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops Dallas, The Big Texas Read: Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Perez’s With The River on Our Face, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Elise Hooper and Allison Crotzer Kimmel will discuss their new books, Fast Girls and Unbeatable Betty, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Brad Thor discussing Near Dark (with special guest John McClain), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Trinity University Press, Dear America Virtual Town Hall featuring contributors Sandra Steingraber, Francisco Cantu, and Diana Babineau, 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, #TXBookChat: Texas Talking Book Program, 11AM ONLINE

Patrick Health Public Library, program with children’s author Chris Barton, 2PM ZOOM

Deep Vellum Publishing, Virtual Event: Printing, Bookmaking, and Protest, 4PM 

BookPeople, Kalynn Bayron discussing Cinderella is Dead (moderated by Chaunesey Clemmons), 6PM ZOOM

Gemini Ink, Writing Toward More Socially Just Futures, A Poetry Workshop with Emmy Pérez, 6:30PM ZOOM

Pflugerville Library, Writing Class: Writing Your Story & Keeping a Journal with Tracey Lander-Garrett, 6:30PM YOUTUBE

Austin Bat Cave, Summer Seminar Festival:  I’ll Build Me A World with Rion Amilcar Scott, 7PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, YA Panel on Queer and LGBTQ+ Story Telling featuring Kate Pentecost, Florence Gonsalves, L.C. Rosen, and Jay Coles, 7PM ZOOM

Burrowing Owl Books, High Plains Poetry Project: Art and Poetry Event featuring Angelina Marie and Wes Reeves, 7PM ZOOM

Allen Public Library, Tracy Walder discussing The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists, 7:30PM ONLINE

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



Malvern Books, guitarist and prize-winning poet Harold Whit Williams reading from his new book and performing songs from his new solo album, both titled My Heavens, 7PM ZOOM [All royalties from the download or stream of My Heavens go to Color of Change]

Murder By the Book, MBTB Recommends: Summer Edition, 6PM ZOOM [bring your own wine]

Montrose Center, Alex Sanchez discussing his graphic novel You Brought Me the Ocean with Austin Ruiz, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE


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



Writers’ League of Texas, "Growing Your Manuscript" ONLINE with Jessica Wilbanks, 10AM

BookPeople, virtual story time with Karen Kilpatrick, Luis O. Ramos Jr, and Germán Blanco, creators of When Pencil Met the Markers, 10:30AM ZOOM

Dallas Area Writers Group, Summer workshop: “Crafting Children’s Literature” with Erin Lee Golden, 1PM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Understanding Trees” with Mónica Gómez, 1PM ZOOM  

San Antonio Public Library, Slammin' the Stacks Poetry Workshop with Chibbi Orduña, 1PM ZOOM  

Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: Book Closure with Lena Rogy, 2PM ZOOM

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


*Arts & Letters Bookstore, Amanda Thrasher signing Mischief in the Mushroom Patch, 4PM



Writespace, workshop: “Writing History: Yours and Others'” with Jessica Handler, 12PM ZOOM

Writing Workshops Dallas, Seminar: Best Book Launch Ever with Shayla Raquel, 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.