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 08.16.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


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, 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



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

BookPeople, Jessica Goudeau discussing After the Last Border (in conversation with Helen Thorpe, Ashley Faye of Refugee Services of Texas, and Lu Zeidan of iAct), 7PM ZOOM

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



World Affairs Council - DFW, webinar: Mira Rapp-Hooper discussing Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances, 11AM ONLINE

Midtown Houston, children’s story time: Melissa Williams reading Little Miss Molly, 11:30AM ONLINE

Dallas JCC, Al Roker discussing You Look So Much Better In Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success, 4:30PM ONLINE

BookPeople, John Freeman and A. Kendra Greene discussing The Park and The Museum of Whales You Will Never See, respectively, 7PM ZOOM

Burrowing Owl Books, Chera Hammons discussing Monarchs of the Northeast Kingdom, 7PM ZOOM, FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Chris Mooney and Gregg Hurwitz discussing Blood World and Into the Fire, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Mary Monroe, Sefa Noir, Antipas Harris, and Sarian Bouma, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Moth Virtual StorySlam, “Enthusiasm” with Houston storytellers, 7:30PM ZOOM

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



Deep Vellum Publishing, Authors in Their Homes: Noemi Jaffe, 5PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest with author Angela Stent, 5PM ONLINE

Front Street Books, Between the Covers with Writers of the Future SF/F Award winners Zack Be and Brock Aguiire, 5:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Mikaila Ulmer discussing Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid, 6PM ZOOM

Chez Zee American Bistro, Texas Author Series: John Taliaferro discussing Grinnell: American Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West, 7PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Keith McCafferty discussing The Bangtail Ghost, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

San Antonio JCC, Jamie Bernstein discussing Famous Father Girl, 7PM ONLINE

Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops Dallas, The Big Texas Read: When You Learn the Alphabet by Kendra Allen, 7PM ZOOM

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 & Archives Commission, #TXBookChat Series: "How to Draw from History: Developing Characters Today" with author and illustrator Don Tate, 11AM ONLINE

Dallas JCC, Book Fest In Your Living Room: Get Lit for Lunch! with Marian Keyes (Grown Ups), Gigi Levangie (Been There Married That), and Laura Zigman (Separation Anxiety) (in conversation with journalist Holly Firfer), 12PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Daniel Nayeri discussing Everything Sad is Untrue, 4PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

San Antonio Book Festival, A Conversation with Former City Manager Sheryl Sculley, author of Greedy Bastards, 6PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, David Joy and S. A. Cosby discussing When These Mountains Burn and Blacktop Wasteland, respectively, 7PM ZOOM

The Bookworm Box, R. K. Lilley Live Author Takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Asia Society Texas, author Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani discussing Has China Won?, 7:30PM YOUTUBE LIVE, FACEBOOK LIVE

LOGOS Collective, poet Tess Taylor and Forrest Gander, with EcoTheo Review, 7PM ZOOM, FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Writers’ League of Texas, August Third Thursday: Writing About Texas with David Bowles, Michael Hall, and Mary Helen Specht, 8PM ZOOM



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Ellen Carol DuBois, author of Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote, 4PM ONLINE

Cochise Creative Writing Celebration, Chera Hammons discussing Monarchs of the Northeast Kingdom + open mic, 6PM ZOOM

Austin Bat Cave, Summer Seminar Festival: I’ll Build Me A World with Rion Amilcar Scott, 6PM ONLINE

BookWoman, poet Tiff Holland launches My Mother’s Transvestites, 6:45PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Jennie Fields discussing Atomic Love, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE


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



Writespace, workshop: Critical Art Writing 101 with Justine Jannise, 9:30AM ONINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Mo O'Hara and Jess Bradley discussing their new graphic novel, Agent Moose, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Tumblewords Project, workshop: Agency in Writing and Change: What the Ancients Can Teach Us with Gilda Baeza Ortego, 1PM ZOOM  

The Writing Barn, workshop: What’s The Big Idea? Nonfiction Structures That Sell with Heather L. Montgomery, 2PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Kelly Jensen, Rachael Lippincott, Eric Smith, Junauda Petrus-Nasah, and Alicia Lutes discussing Body Talk, 3PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Desmond Is Amazing discussing Be Amazing! (moderated by Austin Drag King Papi Churro), 4PM ZOOM

Michael Scott Clifton, book launch for Escape from Wheel, 4PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Miranda James and Hannah Dennison discussing Cat Me If You Can and Death and High Tide, 4:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Malvern Books, An Evening with poets Jabari Asim and Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, 7PM ZOOM

New Braunfels

*The Book Haus, Local Author Visit with Aaron Zook, 2PM



Writespace, workshop: Our Silent Voice: Write Your #Metoo Stories with Cynthia Childress, 12:30PM ONLINE

Museum of South Texas History, Sunday Speaker Series: The Phantom Zone and Other Stories with author José Alaniz, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writespace, workshop: Intermediate Fiction II: Make a Scene with Kevin Winchester, 2PM ZOOM



Texian Books, tiny Texians story time, F, 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

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

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

The Doseum, virtual story time, days & times vary

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time, Sat, 11AM 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.