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 08.22.2021


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SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

 *San Antonio, Book Drive - Collecting Used Children's Books, Rolling Oaks Mall, August 28, 12PM


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Waxahachie, Texas Writers, A Humanities Texas Exhibition, August 1-31

*Lewisville, "Into the Resting Place" Art and Poetry Exhibition, Lewisville Grand Theater, August 24 – September 18

*Orange, Welcome to Color: Stark Cultural Venues Coloring Book, Stark Museum of Art, through September 25

*Abilene, SOMETHING LIKE A HELLO, National Center For Children’s Illustrated Literature, through September 28.

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


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


MONDAY, AUGUST 23 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Brandon Webb and John David Mann - Virtual Event, 2PM

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Francine Prose – The Vixen: A Novel Zoom Author Talk & Q & A, 7PM

McKinney Public Library, Meet the debut authors everyone is talking about this fall! Join us for a conversation with Cassie Gustafson, June CL Tan, Vera Kurian, and Lee Mandelo, 7PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Samantha Downing - Virtual Event, 7PM

Write About Now (WAN Poetry), The Virtual Slam: Head to Head, 8PM


TUESDAY, AUGUST 24 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Katy Budget Books, Munch Bunch Cookbook Club Dessert Edition: Baked to Perfection, 11AM

Harris County Public Library, WITS Writing Workshop for Kids: "Write Yourself", 4PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: NATE CERNOSEK - The Hiddenseek in conversation with DAVID YOON, 6PM

Katy Budget Books, Join author Sarah MacLean for a special virtual launch to celebrate the release of Bombshell, 6PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Dana Duterroil and Joni Fincham - 111 PLACES IN HOUSTON THAT YOU MUST NOT MISS, 7PM

National Black Book Festival, With Yolanda Washington-Cowan, Tonisha Kimble, Rhoan Flowers, Alan Benson, Hosted by Rhonda Lawson, 7PM

Murder By The Book, August Agora and Polis Night - Virtual Event With Dea (D.H) Poirier, Meghan Holloway, J.D. Rhoades, 7PM

Austin SCBWI, Webinar: How to Stand Out in the PB Market with Tara Lazar, 7PM

*Dallas, The Wild Detective, Readings, cocktails, and conversation with writers Kendra Allen and Casey Gerald, 7PM

Write Art Out, Words & Sh*t ft: Seema Reza, 7PM

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam OPEN CASH SLAM!! 8PM

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


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Interabang Books, Special Virtual Storytime - Kevin Cornell with NEW IN TOWN, 10AM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Bill Harley - NOW YOU SAY YES, 5PM

Fort Worth Public Library, Author Series - Kim Todd, 6:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Brazos Book Club with Bruno Lloret, 7PM

BookWoman, Virtual Book Launch: "You'll Never Find Us: A Memoir" by Jeanne Guy, 7PM

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Amy Mason Doan, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Zoje Stage in conversation with May Cobb - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Houston, Write About Now (Wan Poetry), Poetry Open Mic, 8PM

Austin Book Arts Center, Case Binding


THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book, Hannah Dennison - Virtual Event, 1PM

*Elgin, The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, Book Signing & Author Discussion with Awbrey Collins, 5:30PM

The Writing Barn, Writing About Mental Health: Creating Relevant Literature for Kids & Teens, 6PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Granta 155 Launch: Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists 2, 6:30PM

*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop & The Write Side of the Road, Last Thursday WINE & WRITE, 7PM

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room Present: Jake Cohen, Jew-ish: A Cookbook Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch in Conversation with Holly Firfer of CNN, 7PM

Writers’ League of Texas, WLT Off the Beaten Craft: “The Ins & Outs of Sensitivity Reading” with Shenwei Chang, 8PM


FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Arlington, The Messages We Carry, Book Launch with Danny L. Ross, 7PM Hybrid in person & Online

Murder By The Book, Underrepresented Voices Reception - Virtual Event With Crime Writers of Color – Readings from: David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Wanda Morris, Raquel Reyes, John Copenhaver, and Tori Eldridge! 7:30PM

*Duncanville, Black & Bitter Coffee and Books, Black & Bitter presents: Poetry Night! Hosted by Michael Guinn! 8PM


SATURDAY, AUGUST 28 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Gemini Ink, Best Summer Poetry Reads for the “Beach”: An August Poetry Boost & Discussion, 10AM

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

Longview Public Library, Book Talk & Tasting with local Author Ethan Cooper, 10:30AM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL STORY TIME - Kevin Cornell - NEW IN TOWN, 11AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Verena Mahlow, Island of Dead Gods, 11AM

*Beaumont, Author Alvin J. Walters Book Signing, 11AM

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: How to Open and Close Picture Books with Liz Garton Scanlon, 11AM

*Granbury, Arts & Letters Bookstore, Ghostly Tales of Granbury Book Party with Author Brandy Herr, 12PM

*Fort Hood, Words Unite Bookstore, Book-Signing with Author Shawntae Sneed, 12PM

The Woodlands ACFW, Sarah Sundin—The Super Synopsis, 12PM

*Rockport, Texas Maritime Museum, The Vanished Texas Coast Book Signing with Mark Lardas, 1PM

Malvern Books, Malvern’s Line/Break Poetry Book Club, 1PM

Murder By The Book, Paula Hawkins in conversation with Lee Child - Ticketed Virtual Event, 1PM

*Houston, Unity of Houston, Escape from Insanity, Illusions, and Lies Book Signing with Ed Green LCSW, 2PM

Tumblewords Project, You Too Can Be a Comedian: A Writing Workshop with Sha Rita, 2PM

*Laredo, The Phoenix Bookstore, Author Reading & Signing with Carlos Nicolas Flores & Marisol Cortez, 2PM

BPTeens, VIRTUAL EVENT: HOLLY GREEN + BRIANNA BOURNE - In the Same Boat + You & Me at the End of the World, 3PM

*Poth, Chiari book signing/ walk with Matthew Lemke, 4PM

*Dallas, Wordspace, The Last Wordspace Lit Hop for 2021, 7PM

*Grapevine, RE:defined Coffee House, A Red Carpet Book Launch Celebration with Dumbi Mabiala – Dirty Virgin, 8:30PM


SUNDAY, AUGUST 29 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

 *San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Shina James, Kai the Kangaroo and His Mask Too, 12PM

The Writing Barn, FREE Virtual Book Launch with Author Gloria Amescua, 3PM

Writespace Houston, Fiction in the Time of COVID: Ten Easy Steps to Timely Writing, 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

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Miss Dakota for Twiglet Yoga Storytime, 10:30AM

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.