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 08.15.2021


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SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Lewisville, Dallas Comic Show, August 21, 11AM

*Dallas, African American Museum, Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair, August 21, 12PM


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 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]


MONDAY, AUGUST 16 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Books, MTM Presents Sandie Jones - Virtual Event, 2PM

Blue Willow Books, Armchair Travel with YA Authors – Deb Caletti, Morgan Matson, Nafiza Azad and Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, 6PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Nev March - Virtual Event, 7PM

Writing Workshops, Introduction to Fiction Led by Morgan Talty


TUESDAY, AUGUST 17 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Overton, McMillan Memorial Library, BOOK TALK featuring local author Julie Lepelley as she discusses her book "Jehovah Shalom: The Lord is my Peace", 12PM [Pre-registration required]

*Bonham, Bonham Public Library, Chris Barton – Book Signing & Reading, 4PM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Liv Kane, GULFWATER some aftermaths, 5:30PM

BookKids, VIRTUAL EVENT: LINDSAY LESLIE & JULIE FALATKO - So You Want to Build a Library + Yours in Books, 6PM

Austin Bat Cave, Kinds of Wildness: Writing Childhood – Kimberly King Parsons, 7PM

Blue Willow Books, Jordan Ifueko | Redemptor, 7PM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter, 7PM

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

Murder By The Book, Lexie Elliott and Sarah Zachrich Jeng in conversation - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam Workshop Series and Open Mic feat. Mr. Dave, 8PM

*San Antonio, PuroSlam ft. DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

North Texas SCBWI, Webinar: Prepare to Publish: Self-Publishing a PB, 5PM

Texas Book Festival, Mix & Mingle with Author Lorena Junco Margain, 5PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: DON TATE - Pigskins to Paintbrushes, 6PM

*Sweeny, Abby Johnson the Author of Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line will be a guest speaker hosted by OLPH & SJA , 6PM

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library, Writing Workshop: Sarah Rafael Garcia – Writing About You, History & Culture Through Food, 6PM

The Writing Barn, FREE Write. Submit. Support. (WSS) Craft & Conversation Night, 6PM

Gemini Ink, Veteran’s Writing Collective with Sarah Colby, 6:30PM

Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops, The Big Texas Read Featuring: Nan Cuba, 7PM

Blue Willow Books, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell and L. Fury | Run, 7PM

*San Antonio, JCC Barshop Jewish Community Center, Author Speaker Series: An Evening with Elyssa Friedland, Author of "Last Summer at the Golden Hotel", 7PM

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Melonie Johnson, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Richard Chizmar in conversation with Linwood Barclay - Virtual Event, 7PM

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room Presents: Daniel Levin, Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East, 7PM

*Houston, Write About Now, Poetry Open Mic ft. Mason Granger, 7:30PM

*Dallas, Wild Detectives, Book Launch of Welcome to Midland, 7:30PM

*San Antonio, Write Art Out Inc., Open mic poetry, 8PM


THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Quill & Ink Writers Group, Quill & Ink Writers Group - Word Sprint, 1PM

*Winnsboro, Gilbreath Memorial Library, Storytime with Author Chris Barton, 4PM August 19

*Midland, George W. Bush Childhood Home, Third Thursday Reading Program, 4:30PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA - Velvet Was the Night, 6PM

Houston Public Library, HPL Presents Eddie Glaude Jr., 6PM

Interabang Books, UNBELONGING: Gayatri Sethi in convo w/Jasmin Kaur, 6PM

Voices de la Luna, Women’s Writing Workshop with Carla Piñeda, 6PM [Limited Space]

The Writing Barn, FREE Virtual Book Launch with Author Shannon Hitchcock and Illustrator Sophie Page! 6PM

The Printing Museum, Paper Marbling (Zoom demo), 6PM

Austin Bat Cave, The Writer’s Tool Belt: Practical Tips for Fixing Your Fiction – Alejandro Puyana, 7PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: FARRAH ROCHON - The Dating Playbook, 7PM

BookWoman, Trusted Eye meets That Which Remains: A Conversation with Claudia Chidester & C.F. Yetmen, 7PM

The Bookworm Box, J. Lynn Bailey LIVE Author Takeover! 7PM

Katy Budget Books, Virtual Cabernet Cozy Society Book Club with Author Dana Mentink, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Seraphina Nova Glass and Amber Garza in conversation with Abby Endler - Virtual Event, 7PM

*San Marcos, San Marcos Public Library, Poetry @ the Public, 7PM

Writers’ League of Texas & BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: Writers' League of Texas Third Thursday - Writing YA Today, 8PM


FRIDAY, AUGUST 20 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Boerne, Boerne Public Library, Bookshop Under the Windmill, 10AM

Murder By The Book, Megan Collins in conversation with Kathleen Barber - Virtual Event, 7PM

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


SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Fort Worth, Leaves Books & Tea, Book Signing – Kimberly Packard, 10AM

*Paris, Paris Public Library, Mary Walker Clark book signing (Landing in My Present), 10AM

The Writing Barn, Mini-Retreats for the Weekend Warrior with Claire Campbell ONLINE, 10AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Michael C. Taylor, The Financial Rules for New College Graduates, 11AM

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Taking Risks in Children’s Nonfiction Writing with Meeg Pincus, 11AM

Murder By The Book, James Lee Burke in conversation with Brian Panowich - Virtual Event, 1PM

Writespace Houston, Rock Your Romance Novel – Debbie Burns, 1PM

*Fort Worth, HPB, BOOK SIGNING – Lewis Ben Smith – President Hamilton, 2PM

TumbleWords Project, Dog Days of Summer – A writing workshop by Monica Gomez, 2PM

*Lewisville, Kindred Creatives Art & Literary Press, A LIT Evening with Frank Zaaqan Jordan, Award-Winning & Best-Selling Author, 4PM

*Mansfield, RLRW, Summer Social 2021 – Author Victor Avila – “Agent Under Fire” Guest Speaker, 6PM


SUNDAY, AUGUST 22 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

 *San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Renee Goodwin, GG's Life Lesson Storybook Series, 12PM

*Frisco, Sisters In Crime North Dallas, The Truth About Life And Money – Author Kathleen Baldwin, 2:30PM

Writespace Houston, Magical AF – Debbie Burns, 3PM

*Houston, Bohemeo's & Sleepy Panda Publishing, East End Book Fair Market @ Bohemeo's, 3PM


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.