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 08.09.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


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



*Midland, Museum of the Southwest, Lonesome Dove, through September 25 (by private appointment)

Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer, through January 3, 2021 ONLINE

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

*Canyon, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country, through January 23, 2021



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]



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

Murder By the Book, Matt Goldman discussing Dead West, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

The Blah Poetry Spot, poetry open mic, 8PM ONLINE



The Twig Book Shop, Robert Rivard of the Rivard Report interview with Sheryl Sculley, author of Greedy Bastards, 12PM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, Craft & Community: A FREE Evening of Picture Book Presentations, 6PM ONLINE

The Storybook Garden, story time: 123 Andrés sharing Hello, Friend / Hola, Amigo, 6:30PM CROWDCAST

BookPeople, Farrah Rochon discussing The Boyfriend Project (moderated by BookPeople's Well-Read Black Girl Book Club leaders), 7PM ZOOM

BookWoman, Pandemic Corona: Poems of Shock, Fear, Realization, & Metamorphosis with local author Jennifer Bloom, 7PM ZOOM

Dallas LitNight Reading Series, featuring founder Sanderia Faye, DFW Writers' Workshop host Brooke Martin Fossey, and authors John Bartell, Helen Dent, A. Lee Martinez, Candice Watson, Tahira Dean, and Tracy Underwood, 7PM ZOOM

Deep Vellum Publishing, Jean-Luc Persecuted: Olivia Baes in conversation with Emma Ramadan, 7PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, poet Benjamin Garcia reading from Thrown in the Throat, 7PM ZOOM

Conversations from a Page, Online Literary Salon with Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke discussing How to Save a Life, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Glen Erik Hamilton and T. Jefferson Parker discussing A Dangerous Breed and Then She Vanished, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Ty Pinkins, Kirk Berry, Avalon Brown, and Monique Hayward, 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



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Jeffrey Toobin discussing True Crimes and Misdemeanors, 4PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, webinar: Robert Reich discussing The System, 5PM ONLINE

Front Street Books, Between the Covers: Jennifer L. Bristol discussing Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas, 5:30PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, a conversation between Julia Heaberlin, bestselling Texas author of We Are All the Same in the Dark, and critically acclaimed filmmaker Rod Lurie, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Public Library & PEN America, Media Literacy series webinar: Misinformation y Las Noticias: Credible News for Latinx and Spanish-language Communities with James Barragán, Dallas Morning News; Stacy-Marie Ishmael, Texas Tribune; Liz Magallanes, Mi Familia Vota; Nicolás Ríos, Documented, 6PM ZOOM

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

BookPeople, Christopher Brown discussing Failed State (in conversation with Cory Doctorow), 7PM ZOOM

Dallas JCC, BookFest In Your Living Room webinar with Kevin Kwan, author of Sex and Vanity, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Fiona Davis and Suzanne Rindell discussing The Lions of Fifth Avenue and The Two Mrs. Carlyles, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Interfaces ATX, Artist Showcase & Open Mic, 7PM ZOOM

Trinity University Press, Maverick Book Club discussing 300 Tears of San Antonio: Writing Black History with the book's editor and contributors, 7PM ONLINE

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

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



Blue Willow Bookshop, story time: author and illustrator Bruce Hale sharing Clark the Shark, 10AM FACEBOOK LIVE #SharkWeek

Patrick Heath Public Library, Olly Neal and Boerne author Jan Wrede discussing Outspoken: The Olly Neal Story, 10AM ONLINE

Houston UNICEF, Carole Lindstrom reading We Are Water Protectors, 4PM ONLINE

UTEP Creative Writing, Somos Writers Summer Series featuring poets Cyrus Cassells and the current Texas Poet Laureate, Emmy Perez, 6PM ONLINE

Interabang Books, Jess Redman and Heather Kassner discussing Quintessence and Forest of Stars, respectively, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Writing Barn, Craft & Community: A FREE Evening of WSS Novel Presentations, 6PM ONLINE

High Plains Poetry Project, literary readings by poets Ryan McSwain and Erik Burdett, 7PM ZOOM

Inprint, workshop: A la brevedad with Mauricio Patrón Rivera, 7PM ONLINE

Austin Bat Cave, Summer Seminar Festival: A Different Way To Make A Writer with Lauren Francis-Sharma, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Alexis Daria in conversation with Sarah MacLean and Sophie Jordan to discuss her novel You Had Me at Hola, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Christopher Reich discussing The Palace, 7PM ZOOM

BookWoman, Second Thursday Open Mic with Christopher Manes, 7:15PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Dan Mathews in conversation with Tim Gunn about his memoir, Like Crazy, 7:30PM ZOOM

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

Writers’ League of Texas, Off the Beaten Craft: "Fetch the Fire: The Art of the Ghazal" with Usha Akella, 8PM ONLINE



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: “Third Rail: Is the Electoral College Relevant or a Relic” with authors Jesse Wegman and Tara Ross, 11AM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, FREE Virtual Book Launch with Kwame Alexander and Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume, 1PM ONLINE

The 19th & PEN America,  A Conversation on Race and Allyship in America with Robin DiAngelo, author, of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism and Brittney Cooper, author of Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, 1PM ZOOM

Dallas Public Library, What I wished I'd Known about Self-Publishing with Karlie Lucas, 4PM ONLINE

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

Murder By the Book, Joseph Reid and J. Todd Scott discussing Departure and Lost River, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE


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



Brazos Bookstore, story time: 123 Andrés sharing Hello, Friend / Hola, Amigo, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

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

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Hope is a song in a weary throat”: Writing to envision the future with Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva, 1PM ZOOM  

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

The Published Page, celebration of Texas romance authors, 7:30PM ONLINE

San Antonio

* The Twig Book Shop, Janet S. Dumas discussing Blessings from My Cats, 11AM OUTSIDE



Murder By the Book, Houston Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SInC) meeting: Carina Haynes from the Houston Forensic Science Center speaking on "Crime Scene Investigation: The Reality,” 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writespace, workshop: Intermediate Fiction I: Getting (Really) to Know Your Character with Kevin Winchester, 2PM 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.