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 08.08.2021


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SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

 Delightfully Dirty in Dallas 2021, August 14th [Ticketed]


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*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

*Eastland, Lonesome Dove, A Humanities Texas Exhibition, Through October 15


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


MONDAY, AUGUST 9 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Progressive Rising Pheonix Press, National Book Lovers' Day Song & Story Time, 8:30AM

Austin Bat Cave, Going from Ideation to Publication: A Crash Course + Q&A with Mateo Askaripour, 6PM

Texian Books, Book Lover's Day Trivia Night, POSTPONED

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents David Bell - Virtual Event, 6PM

*San Marcos, San Marcos Public Library, Altered Book Art, 6PM

*Montgomery, Wine & Design, Book Lovers Day - Shabby Chic, 6:30PM [Ticketed]

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Isabella Maldonaldo - Virtual Event, 7PM

Blue Willow Books, Chandler Baker and Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, 7PM [Registration Required]


TUESDAY, AUGUST 10 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

San Antonio Public Library, Anna Meriano and Writing for Children, 11AM [Registration Required]

*Houston, Greater Houston Pachyderm Club, Lunch Mtg & book signing w/Jean Becker, 11:30AM

*Laredo, The Phoenix Bookstore, Family Yoga & Story Time, 5PM [Ticketed]

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: MARY ADKINS - Palm Beach In conversation with Lucas Schaefer, 6PM

Austin Bat Cave, From Plot to Print — Starting a Writing Career with One Perfectly Planned Project with Jacquelyn Mitchard, 7PM

Blue Willow Books, Courtney Ellis | At Summer's End, 7PM [Registration Required]

LitNight Dallas, LitNight Reading Series hosted by Tina McElroy Ansa, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Not YA Mama’s Book Club with author A.S. King, 7PM

*Dallas, Dallas Area Writers Group (DAWG), “The ABCs of Getting Your Book Published”, 7PM [In-person & Online]

Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Fabled's Book Club Discusses Haven Point, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Naomi Hirahara in conversation with Cara Black - Virtual Event, 7PM

Aaron Famil JCC, Cultural Market & Scribd, BookFest In Your Living Room and Scribd Present: Margaret Atwood, Two Scorched Men in Conversation with Holly Firfer, 7PM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV, 7PM

Texas Book Festival, Ethan Hawke and Greg Ruth Present MEADOWLARK, 7:30PM

*Boerne, Patric Heath Public Library, Sound Meditation, 7:30PM

*Arlington, Create Arlington, An Evening With Stephonia W Roberts . One of Texas's hardest working speakers/poets, 7:30PM [Ticketed]

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, APS Open Slam Hosted by Tova Charles, FEATURING Christopher Michael, 8PM [Registration Encouraged]


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Fort Worth, Monkey and Dog Books, Teachers Night – The Wellman Project, 5PM

*Boerne, Patric Heath Public Library, Writers' Roundtable, 6PM

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

Fort Worth Public Library, Comic Book Week: Artists Panel Discussion, 6:30PM

Blue Willow Books, Amy McGrath | Honor Bound, 7PM [Registration Required]

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Sid Balman Jr. – MURMURATION, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Joanna Schaffhausen and Chevy Stevens in Conversation - Virtual Event, 7PM

The Writing Barn, Perfecting The Picture Book II with Carmen Oliver (ONLINE), 7PM [Registration Required]

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

*San Antonio, Write Art Out Inc., Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot, 8PM


THURSDAY, AUGUST 12 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Bedford, Bedford Library, Bedford Library Friends Book Sale, 10AM

Katy Budget Books, Yours Cheerfully Advice Show with AJ Pearce, 5PM

*Dallas, Interabang Books, I SEE YOU BIG GERMAN: Dirk Nowitzki and What He Means to Dallas (and Me) – Zac Crain, 6PM

*Corsicana, Art & Seek, After Hours Book Launch, David Searcy, 6PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: TAO LIN - Leave Society - In conversation with Deb Olin Unferth, 6PM

*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop & The Write Side of the Road, 2nd Thursday Monthly Writing Class, 6PM

Harris County Public Library, Jim Gill Presents "May There Always Be Us," Written & Illustrated by Young Readers at HCPL! 6PM

The Printing Museum, Beginner Block Printing, 6PM [Registration Required]

Fort Worth Public Library, Ben Napier, David Doub, Hector Rodriguez and Taylor Shelton King writing and publishing comic books and graphic novels panel. 6:30PM

Austin Bat Cave, Ekphrasis with Maryan Nagy Captan, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Ashley Nelson Levy - IMMEDIATE FAMILY, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Camilla Trinchieri in conversation with Terry Shames - Virtual Event, 7PM

Bookworm Box, J.D. Hollyfield LIVE Author Takeover! 7PM

BookWomen, 2nd Thursday Poetry + Open Mic featuring Robin Reagler, 7:15PM

Writers’ League of Texas, New Member Orientation August 20217:15PM followed by Member Meet-up August 20218PM


FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Abilene, Lone Star Dry Goods, Taylor Moore book signing, 2PM

*Pearland, Pearland Library, Adult Writers Group, 6:30PM

*Waco, Fabled Bookshop & Café, Back to School Teacher Night at Fabled, 5PM

*Bandera, Bandera County Library, Dennis Allyn signing Bandera Politics, 5PM

Murder By The Book, Killer Humor Cozy Panel - Virtual Event, 7PM

The Dallas Poetry Slam, Poetry Slam & Open Mic, 8PM


SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Garland, The Urban Market, Author Sharon Jones-Scaife signing her Li'l Marco and Maddie books, 9AM

*Irving, Irving Public Library, Teachers and Friends Book Sale, 9AM

*Corpus Christy, Comics Plus, Free Comic Book Day's 20th Anniversary, 9AM

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library – Reby Cary, Grand Opening - Reby Cary Youth Library, 9:30AM

The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup Prose & Poetry, 10AM

*Harlingen, South Texas Literacy Coalition & Harlingen Public Library, Harlingen Story Walk and FREE Book Distribution, 10AM

League of Romance Writers, “Awesome – Authors on the Web” with Lisa Norman, 10:30AM

ACFW DFW, Your Writing Voice with Chris Bohon, 10:30AM [Ticketed]

SCBWI North Texas, Webinar: Layering in Layers in PBs w/Wendi Silvano, 11AM

*Midland, Midland County Centennial Library, James R. Dennis will read from and sign his new book, Listening Devices, 11AM

*Austin, Belinda Mays – Book Launch Celebration, 11AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Harriet Romo and William Dupont, Bridging Cultures: Reflections on the Heritage Identity of the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, CANCELLED

Houston Public Library, HPL Presents Meg Medina, 11AM

*Fort Worth, Celebration Party & Event Center, Book Presentation for I Am A Little Ball with Author Fatima Tharp, 11AM

*Houston, The Printing Museum, FAMILY FUN: LEGO PRINTING (IN-PERSON), 12:30PM


*New Braunfels, The Book Haus, Author Visit with MJ Slate, 1PM

Writespace Houston, Digging the Well: Building Emotional Content in Our Work with Matthew Hefti, 1PM

Fort Worth Public Library, Interview with Kenny Keil, 2PM

*Houston, High Volume Music Live, POP UP EXTRA Book & Vinyl Signing, 2PM

*El Paso, Tumblewords Project, Creating Transforming Moments in Poetry, 2PM

*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Potranco Writers Group, 3PM

Wordspace, Dallas Lit Hop @Lucky Dog Books with Jeffrey Liles, 3PM

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library, Author Series - Micha Archer, 4PM

*Lewisville, Kindred Creatives Art and Literary press, A Night of Poetry, Featured Poets and Open Mic, 7PM


SUNDAY, AUGUST 15 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Fort Worth, Black Coffee, Pop Up Shop/Book Signing with Author Brieanna Lightfoot Smith, 10AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Jasmine Paul, A Boy, a Budget, and a Dream, 12PM

Sisters In Crime Houston, August Online Event: “Are you a methodical writer, mystery maverick, or both?” with Author Lisa Haneberg, 2PM

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

*Montgomery, Adventure Kids Playcare Woodforest, Tooth Collector Fairy Book Launch Celebration! 2PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Middle Grade Book Club with Leah Cypess, 3PM

Writespace Houston, Small Press, Big Dreams: What an Indie Press Wants Writers to Know, 3PM

*Cedar Park, Forward Thinking Women, Forward Thinking Women "Forget the Alamo" Book Club with author Jason Stanford, 4PM

*Galveston, Nia Cultural Center Inc, The Absolute | Live Spoken Word Poetry, 6PM [Ticketed]


STORY TIMES (*Denotes In-person Events.)

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

Allen Public Library – M-TH at 10:15 via Facebook Live

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

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

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

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

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

Longview Public Library – T, 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

*Midland, Centennial Library, story time, W, 10:30AM & 11:30AM

*Midland, Downtown Library, story time, TH, 10:30AM & 11:30AM

Texian Books, tiny Texians story time, 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

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.