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 08.02.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


Harris County Public Library’s 1st Annual Summer Authorama, July 28-August 5, FACEBOOK LIVE

Middle Ground book fest, August 1-2, YOUTUBE

Camp Spitfire ONLINE: 2-Week Creative Writing Camp for Kids 8-12, August 3-14

Writers’ League of Texas Summer Writing Retreat, August 3-28, ZOOM

Texas Library Association Virtual Summer of Learning, August 4 ONLINE

Love This Writing Life ACFW DFW Annual Mini Conference, August 8, ZOOM

Talleres Huitzilopochtli 3: Virtual Arts & Writing Workshops, August 8, ONLINE

WORDfestSW 2020, August 8, ZOOM



Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer, Austin, February 1-January 3, 2021 ONLINE

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

*Canyon, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country, July 17-Januay 23, 2021



Writespace, workshop: “Poetry for Protest” with Kendra Preston Leonard, 2PM ZOOM

Gemini Ink, Voices of Recovery Workshop, 2:30PM ZOOM

Writing Workshops Dallas, seminar: The Travel Essay with Alex Temblador, 6PM ZOOM



Day Drinking with Authors: Molly Fader discussing The Secret of You and Me with author Melissa Lenhardt, 3PM ONLINE

Gemini Ink, From Idea to Publication: The Journey of a Short Story with Jen Knox, 6:30PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Douglas Boin discussing Alaric the Goth (in conversation with Jessica Luther), 7PM ZOOM

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



Murder By the Book, Adele Parks and Lisa Jewell discussing Lies Lies Lies and The Family Upstairs, respectively, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Camp Blue Willow: author and illustrator duo Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey sharing The Old Truck + an activity, 3PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Interabang Books, Melissa Lenhardt discussing The Secret of You and Me (in conversation with Kathleen Kent), 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Syed M. Masood discussing More Than Just a Pretty Face (in conversation with Katie Henry), 7PM INSTAGRM LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Jessica Goudeau discussing After the Last Border, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Robert Pobi discussing Under Pressure, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with PR guru Pam Perry, children's author Shelita Anderson, religious/faith author Kendal Richardson, and author/book event coordinator Sharon Lucas, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE       

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: award-winning Dallas landscape designer Rebecca Winn discussing One Hundred Daffodils: Finding Beauty, Grace, and Meaning When Things Fall Apart (in conversation with Sarah Hepola), 7PM ONLINE [ticketed event]

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



BookPeople, S. G. Wilson discussing Me Vs. the Multiverse: Pleased to Meet Me, 4PM ZOOM

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

Writers’ League of Texas, 6:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, poet Francine J. Harris discussing Here Is the Sweet Hand (in conversation with Joy Priest), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Karen Dionne discussing The Wicked Sister, 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



Texas State Library and Archives Commission, #TXBookChat: Write NOW session with Claire Campbell, 11AM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, book launch for May Saves the Day by Laura Gehl and Bears Make the Best Science Buddies by Carmen Oliver, 12PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Tehlor Kay Mejia discussing Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, 4PM ZOOM

Houston UNICEF, Maria Dismondy reading Chocolate Milk, Por Favor, 4PM ONLINE

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

North Texas Teen Book Festival, Raise Your Voice Author Panel: Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, Kimberly Jones, and Christina Hammonds Reed, with BookTuber Nai’a Perkins (NayaReadsAndSmiles) moderating, 7PM YOUTUBE LIVE, FACEBOOK LIVE

Austin Bat Cave, Summer Seminar Festival: The Surreal Seminar: A One-Day Exploration with Sarah Rose Etter, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Kim Johnson in conversation with Renée Watson to discuss her debut novel, This is My America, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Laurell K. Hamilton discussing Sucker Punch, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

The Bookworm Box, Katie Ashley LIVE Author Takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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


*Dance Time, Storybook Garden Welcome to Ballet School story time & mini-class, with author Ashley Bouder, 6PM [ticketed event]



Murder By the Book, Lindsey Davis and Elsa Hart discussing The Grove of the Caesars and The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Public Library, “Why Writing Is So Important & Yes, It Can Be Fun” with Murray Richter, 2PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council – DFW, virtual book launch: Marc Grossman and John Limbert discussing Believers: Love and Death in Tehran, 6PM ONLINE

Writespace, workshop: “VIP Arts' The Focused Eye” with Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton and Marcell Murphy, 6PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Morgan Jerkins discussing Wandering in Strange Lands (in conversation with Mat Johnson), 7PM ZOOM


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



Austin SCBWI, Monthly Meeting: Author-Agent Jacqui Lipton Discusses Legal Issues, 10AM ONLINE

Gemini Ink, Writing for the Urgent American Now, A Workshop with John Phillip Santos, 11AM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Tehlor Kay Mejia discussing her novel Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Rhys Bowen discussing The Last Mrs. Summers, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Celebration of Life” with Nancy Lorenza Green, 1PM ZOOM  

Writespace, workshop: “Fiction Feedback Workshop” with ire'ne lara silva, 1PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan discussing A Place at the Table, 3PM ZOOM

BookPeople, story time: Laura Gehl reading The Ninja Club Sleepover + a super-cool stealthy-ninja craft, 6PM INSTAGRAM LIVE



Murder By the Book, James Lee Burke and John Grisham discussing A Private Cathedral and Camino Winds, respectively, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writespace, workshop: “Poetry for Protest” with Kendra Preston Leonard, 2PM ZOOM

Writing Workshops Dallas, seminar: “Submission Tools & Tricks Starts” with Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, 2PM ZOOM

Dallas JCC, Marty Golman discussing The Three-Year Weekend, 7PM ONLINE [fundraiser]



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.