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 08.23.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


Writers’ League of Texas Summer Writing Retreat, August 3-28, ZOOM

ArmadilloCon 42, August 28-30, ONLINE

*Independent Bookstore Day, August 29, IN PERSON & ONLINE

Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins (a birthday celebration, film screening, fundraiser for the Texas Observer), August 30, 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



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



BookPeople, Mo O'Hara and Jess Bradley celebrating Agent Moose, 3PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Ilona Andrews will appear to discuss their novel Emerald Blaze, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Lauren Akins discussing Live in Love with Hoda Kotb, 7PM ONLINE

Granbury Writers’ Bloc, workshop: “The Importance of Character Attachment” with Amber Royer, 7PM ZOOM

Writers Guild of Texas, workshop: “What to Leave on the Cutting Room Floor” with JoAnne Turner, 7PM ZOOM

Fresh Ink Austin, workshop: “Key Elements of Scene” with Jaime deBlanc-Knowles, 7PM ZOOM

Katy Budget Books, virtual story time with Kimberlee Gard, author of The Mighty Silent e!, 7:30PM ZOOM

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

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



World Affairs Council - DFW, webinar: America Through Foreign Eyes with Dr. Jorge Castañeda, former foreign minister of Mexico, 11AM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, S. J. Watson discussing Final Cut, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Mikaila Ulmer in conversation with former star running back for the Houston Texans Arian Foster about her new book, Bee Fearless, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Voices de la Luna, Writing Workshop: “When Touch is Dangerous: Use Your Words” with Pat Keoughan, 6PM ONLINE

American Short Fiction, My Constellation of 8: A Conversation with Roger Reeves (benefitting Black Pearl Books), 6:30PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Tiffany McDaniel discussing Betty (in conversation with Lara Prescott), 6PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Perry O'Brien and Phil Klay discussing Fire in the Blood and Redeployment, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Ricky Boone, Troy Johnson, Dwayne J. Torres, and Curtis Jordan, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Katy Budget Books, Paranormal Romance Virtual Launch: Kerrelyn Sparks discusses The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea, and Abigail Owen discusses The Blood King, 8PM 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


*Boerne Bookshop, Book Release Party: Reading and Signing of The Jellies and The Crunchers with Matt Bell, 6PM



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy with Capricia Penavic Marshall, form chief of protocol of the United States, 11AM

Deep Vellum Publishing, “Dyslexia: Strategies for Inclusion” with Don Winn (Raising a Child with Dyslexia: What Every Parent Needs to Know), Tiffany Sunday (How Dyslexics Will Rule the World and Dyslexia's Competitive Edge), and Jasmin Dean, MM (executive director, Celebrate Dyslexia), 5PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, “Destruction in Beirut & the Outlook for Lebanon & Beyond” with author Nicholas Blanford, 5PM ONLINE

Interabang Books, 15-year old CEO and author Mikaila Ulmer discusses Bee Fearless, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Aisha Redux discussing Stupid Black Girl, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Sarah Maslin Nir in conversation with Monty Roberts about her book, Horse Crazy, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Victoria Laurie and Juliet Blackwell discussing To Coach a Killer and The Last Curtain Call, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Trinity U, Reading TUgether Lecture: Thi Bui discussing The Best We Could Do, 7PM ONLINE

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

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, “Did suffrage matter to Tejanas before & after 1920?” with author Dr. Cynthia Orozco, 8PM FACEBOOK LIVE, YOUTUBE LIVE

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



BookPeople, Cory Putnam Oakes discussing The Second-Best Haunted Hotel on Mercer Street (in conversation with Adrianna Cuevas), 4PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Chris Grabenstein discussing his novel, Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

PEN America Dallas/Fort Worth, Virtual Happy Hour: chapter leaders, Will Evans and Sanderia Faye, exploring the unique free expression threats in DFW and how to leverage the power of literature, 5:30PM ONLINE

Interabang Books, Sandra Brown discusses Thick as Thieves with Julia Heaberlin, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Pulpwood Academy, Pulpwood Queen and USA Today bestselling author Pamela Fagan Hutchins discussing her romantic mystery Live Wire, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

UT Arlington, “Create Your Own Light Finding Post Traumatic Purpose” with author Travis Howze, 6:30PM ONLINE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Letters Aloud presents "All Our Best: Perseverance in Times of Struggle," 7PM ONLINE

The Dock Bookshop, Celebrating Life, Legacy, and Literary Works of John Lewis, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Laredo BorderSlam, Virtual poetry slam, 7:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Katy Budget Books, Contemporary Romance Virtual Event: Avery Flynn discusses The Wedding Date Disaster, and Stefanie London discusses Her Aussie Holiday, 8PM ZOOM



Malvern Books, Donna Dechen Birdwell launches Song Of All Songs: Earthcycles, Book One (in conversation with Patrice Sarath), 7PM ZOOM

Laredo BorderSlam, Virtual Anniversary Gala, 7:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE


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



Writespace, workshop: “Pilgrims Unstuck in Time: Playing with Linear Time in Unexpected Ways” with Matthew Hefti, 9:30AM ONLINE

Dallas Area Writers Group, summer workshop: “Criminal Minds: The Elements of Crime Writing” with Kathleen Kent, 10AM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Linda Sue Park and Debbie Ridpath Ohi discussing their new picture book, Gurple and Preen: A Broken Crayon Cosmic Adventure, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Strange Times, Strange Dreams” with Maria Miranda Maloney, 1PM ZOOM  

Brazos Bookstore, Middle Grade Book Club with Jess Redman, author of Quintessence, 3PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, James Lee Burke and Stephen King discussing A Private Cathedral and If It Bleeds, respectively, 6:30PM YOUTUBE LIVE

Tumblewords Project, a reading to celebrate 25 years of the Tumblewords Project (hosted by the Barbed Wire Open Mic Series), 8PM ZOOM


*Levy Park, Outspoken Bean Redefines Poetry, 1PM IN PERSON & FACEBOOOK LIVE



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

Aztlan Libre Press, celebrate 10 years of Aztlan Libre with the launch of Pandemia and Other Poems by Edward Vidaurre, 3PM FACEBOOK LIVE

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room presents Erin Brockovich discussing Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It (in conversation with CNN’s Holly Firfer), 7PM ONLINE



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.