The most comprehensive listing of book and author events, festivals, readings, lectures, and signings in the Lone Star State


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 by Lone Star Literary Life

FOR THE WEEK OF 08.01.2021


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SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

SCBWI Summer Conference, The BIG FIVE – OH! July 29 – August 2, Zoom

2021 Literacy Texas Annual Conference, August 2-4

*Terrell, Books on Blanche Bookstore, Terrell Artisan Fair, Book Signing, Writing Competition, and so Much More! August 7


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Huntsville, Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas, A Humanities Texas traveling Exhibition, through August 7

*Waxahachie, Texas Writers, A Humanities Texas Exhibition, August 1-31

*Orange, Welcome to Color: Stark Cultural Venues Coloring Book, Stark Museum of Art, through September 25


SUNDAY, AUGUST 1 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Allison Speer, Faith Flies and Theodore the Turkey Who Found a Zoo, 12PM

Malvern Books, The Lion & The Pirate Virtual Open Mic (Captioned), 1PM Zoom

Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup Prose, 2PM Zoom

Writespace Houston, Writing Short: Mini Memoir, 3PM Zoom


MONDAY, AUGUST 2 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book, Mystery and Thriller Mavens Presents Taylor Moore - Virtual Event, 5PM

Gemini Ink, Deep Revision, A Prose Workshop with Award-winning Author Katey Schultz, 6PM

Murder By The Book, Mystery and Thriller Mavens Presents A.R. Torre - Virtual Event, 6PM

Austin Book Arts Center, Secret Belgian Binding, 6PM

Bilingual MFA in Creative Writing UTEP, Independent Conversations: Starting Your Own Press, 6PM

Murder By The Book, Mystery and Thriller Mavens Presents Chandler Baker - Virtual Event, 7PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Julie Murphy | If the Shoe Fits, 7PM [Hybrid Ticketed, in person & online]

Writing Workshops, Online Advanced Personal Essay with Diana Spechler


TUESDAY, AUGUST 3 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

BookPeople, Virtual Event: Chandler Baker - The Husbands, In conversation with Angie Kim, 6PM

Murder By The Book, Novel Suspects Presents Women in Crime Fiction - Virtual Event, 6PM

Auston Book Arts Center, Sewn Boards Binding, 6PM

Writespace Houston, Writing Creative Nonfiction with Pat Baldwin, 6PM

*Dallas, Northway Christian Church of Dallas, Holy Hot Mess Book Release Event with Mary Katherine Backstrom, 6PM [Ticketed]

*Amarillo, Burrowing Owl Books, Taylor Moore / DOWN RANGE Book Signing, 6:30PM

*Irving, Irving Public Library, If the Shoe Fits: Julie Murphy Author Visit, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Ashley Winstead - IN MY DREAMS I HOLD A KNIFE, 7PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Leah Weiss | All the Little Hopes, 7PM [Registration Required]

Murder By The Book, Megan Abbott in conversation with Gillian Flynn - Virtual Event, 7PM

The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup Mixed Genre, 7PM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter, 7PM

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, Austin Poetry Slam Workshop and Open Mic Hosted by Danny Strack, 8PM [Registration Strongly Encouraged]


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Interabang Books, Darshana Khiani with How To Wear A Sari, 1PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Kwame Mbalia | Black Boy Joy, 5PM [Registration Required]

*Dallas, Half Price Books, Author Event with Larry Correia, 6PM

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Sid Balman with MURMURATION, 6PM

*Austin, The Austin Common, Bookbinding Using the Cartonera Tradition, 6PM

The Writing Barn, Write. Submit. Support. FREE Info + Inspiration Session, 6PM

Brazos Bookstore, Virtual - Ha Jin - A Song Everlasting, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Karen Rose in conversation with Jayne Ann Krentz - Virtual Event, 7PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Virtual Event: Charlotte McConaghy, 7PM [Ticketed]

*Houston, Write About Now, Poetry Open Mic, 7:30PM


THURSDAY, AUGUST 5 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book, Mark Billingham in conversation with Laura Lippman - Virtual Event, 1PM

*Harker Heights, Harker Heights Public Library, How to Nail Your Writing: College Essay Writing with Professor C., 5:30PM

Baker Book House virtual author event with Valerie Fraser Luesse and Under the Bayou Moon, 6PM

Interabang Books, Tracey Swinton Bailey with Forever Free, 6PM

*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop & The Write Side of the Road, 1st Thursday Creative Writing Prompt Night, 6PM

*Cisco, Cisco Writers Club, Author Showcase & Book Fair, 6PM

Voices de la Luna, Elements of Poetry Workshop with Dario, 6PM

Murder By The Book, Penguin Random House Night - Virtual Event, 7PM

Patrick Heath Public Library, A Year of Miracles: Juried Poetry Reading, 7PM

Austin Bat Cave, Writing the Short Play with Zachariah Ezer, 7PM

Writers’ League of Texas, WLT On the Craft of Writing: Writing the Novella, 8PM


FRIDAY, AUGUST 6 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book, Martin Walker - Virtual Event, 1PM


SATURDAY, AUGUST 7 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*New Braunfels, The Book Haus, Storytime for our Families with Special Needs, 9AM

Writespace Houston, Memori 2 with Lorenzo Martinez, 9:30AM

*Harker Heights, Harker Heights Public Library, Local Author Fair, 10AM

*Houston, Trini Mendenhall Community Center, Dr. Jennifer Gilbert Writers workshop, 10AM [Ticketed]

Brazos Bookstore, Virtual Story Time - Liz Garton Scanlon - I Want A Boat! 11AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, E.R. Bills, Texas Oblivion, 11AM

Blue Willow Books, Tehlor Kay Mejia | Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares, 12PM

*Mansfield, Half Price Books, Tank Gunner Book Signing, 1PM

Writing Workshops, Finding the Humor in the Horrible: Writing Topical Satire on Today's News Zoom Seminar, 1PM

*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Book Signing with Author Earnest Painter, 1PM

*Dallas, Business Lounge Dallas, Meet & Greet Book Signing with Author L.L. Brown, 1PM [Limited Seating, Register at Eventbrite]

BookPeople, Virtual Event: Holly Green + Brianna Bourne - In the Same Boat + You & Me at the End of the World, 2PM

*Austin, Austin Book Launch Party for What Kind of Love is This? 2PM

Writers’ League of Texas, 2021 Write-In, 2PM

Public Poetry, August Virtual Library Reading, 2PM


SUNDAY, AUGUST 8 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Betty Swem, I Rise and Jena Parker: The Final Resolution, 12PM

*Dallas, The Mix Creative Space, Free Altered Art Workshops - Workshop 2 - Altered Books - Pop up and Inserts, 12PM

Malvern Books, Lone Star Lit Book Club at Malvern Books with Author K.P. Gresham, 1PM

Defunkt Magazine, Virtual Workshop w/Arielle Cottingham, 2PM [Registration Required]

*Dallas, Color Snack Creative Studio, Watercolor Snacks: Book Launch Celebration, 2PM

Writespace Houston, How to Get Published in Literary Journals, 3PM


STORY TIMES (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*New Braunfels, Westside Community Center, New Braunfels Parks and Recreation presents, Cooks With Books featuring Laura Numeroff’s If You Give Series ! August 2-5

Lark & Owl Booksellers, Super Silly Story Time, M, W & F, 9:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Seguin Public Library – Toddler & Preschool Storytime via Zoom on Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10AM, or for the Whole Family Tuesdays at 11:15AM outside

Allen Public Library – Monday thru Thursdays at 10:15 via Facebook Live

Dallas Public Library, children’s story time, T & Th, 10:30AM ZOOM

Longview Public Library – Every Tuesday via Facebook Live at 10:30AM

North Richland Hills Library, virtual story time, T, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

*New Braunfels, The Book Haus, musical story time, T, 10:30AM

Texian Books, tiny Texians story time, F, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Old Town Books, children’s story time, T & F, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Twig Book Shop, Miss Anastasia online story time, F, 10:30AM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time, Sat, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

*Fort Worth, Monkey and Dog Books, Story Time, T, F & Sat at 10:30AM

Leaves Books & Tea, read-aloud story time, T-Th, 2PM 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

Houston Public Library, virtual story time, daily, times vary.

Laredo Public Libraries, story time live, days & times vary, YOUTUBE

Irving Public Library, online story time, days & times vary, YOUTUBE

The Doseum, virtual story time, days & times vary.


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.