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

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Bookish goings-on in Texas

compiled exclusively by Lone Star Literary Life

FOR THE WEEK OF 08.29.2021


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SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Brenham, Brenham BookFest , September 4

*Dallas, Hay Forum Dallas 2021 September 5-6


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Waxahachie, Texas Writers, A Humanities Texas Exhibition, through August 31

*Lewisville, "Into the Resting Place" Art and Poetry Exhibition, Lewisville Grand Theater, through 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 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


MONDAY, AUGUST 30 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book,  MTM Presents Alice Feeney - Virtual Event, 6PM

Gemini Ink, Open Writers Lab with Dario Beniquez and Robert Allen, 6:30PM


Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Matthew FitzSimmons - Virtual Event, 7PM

North Texas Teen Book Festival & Irving Public Library, Level the Playing Field Virtual Author Visit with Donna Barba Higuera, Victoria Jamieson, Yamile Saied Méndez, and Gene Luen Yang, 7PM


TUESDAY, AUGUST 31 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Summer Nilsson with THE LAND OF THE PINES, 6PM

*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Author Wondra Chang, 6PM

Blue Willow Books, Natasha Lester will appear in conversation with Laura Morelli to celebrate the release of Natasha's new book The Riviera House, 7PM

BookWoman, GTKTG: Creatrix Rising Book Launch with Stephanie Raffelock, 7PM

Barshop JCC, Author Speaker Series: An Evening with Claudia Kalb, Author of "Spark: How Genius Ignites from Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers", 7PM

Murder By The Book, Victoria Laurie and Miranda James - Virtual Event, 7PM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter with Michelle Stimpson, Omar Tyree, Vanessa Riley, hosted by Gwen Richardson, 7PM

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, 310 Brown Street APS Takeover featuring Shake Madness hosted by Christopher Michael, 8PM

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

Austin Book Arts Center, Making Book Cloth, Last Day to register


WEDNESDAY, September 1 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Blue Willow Books, Todd Parr will celebrate 20 years of It's Okay to Be Different and will be joined by some special guests, 5PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ - Not "A Nation of Immigrants", 6PM

The Writing Barn, Demystifying Rhyme: Super-Simple Tools for Solid Meter with NYT bestselling author Sherri Duskey Rinker, 6PM

Writers’ League of Texas, “How to Give & Receive Writing Critiques” with John Pipkin, 6:30PM

Murder By The Book, Anna Lee Huber and Alyssa Maxwell in Conversation - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Houston, Write About Now, Poetry Open Mic ft. Kyla Jenee Lacey, 7:30PM

*San Antonio, Write Art Out Inc., The Blah Poetry Spot, 8PM


THURSDAY, September 2 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Brad Hanson with SECRET EYE, 6PM

Voices de la Luna, Elements of Poetry Workshop with Dario, 6PM

*Fort Worth, Fort Forth Public Library, Author Series - J.D. May, 6:30PM

BookWoman, Virtual Book Launch: Voice Lessons - Alice Embree in Conversation with Melissa Hield, 7PM

Patrick Heath Public Library, A Year of Miracles: Juried Poetry Reading, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Rachel Howzell Hall in conversation with Jess Lourey - Virtual Event, 7PM

Writers’ League of Texas, Ask Us Anything: “The Path to Publication”, 8PM


FRIDAY, September 3 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library, The Write Stuff Writers Workshop, 10:30AM

*Lewisville, Kindred Creative Art and Literary Press & True Meditations of the Heart, Adult Writing Course: So You Want To Be An Author, 2PM [Ticketed]

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Caroline Kusin Pritchard with GITTY AND KVETCH, 6PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Elizabeth Gregory - APPARITION OF SPLENDOR, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Nancy Springer - Virtual Event, 7PM


SATURDAY, September 4 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Alpine, Ben H. English Book Signing, at Big Bend Gun and Knife Show, September 4-5

The Writing Barn, FREE Webinar: Connecting Our Past To The Present Through Art & Writing – Honoring, Remembering, & Teaching About 9/11, 10AM

Writers’ League of Texas, “Flash Nonfiction: The Charm of the Focused Essay” with Charlotte Gullick, 10AM

*Bandera, Bandera County Library, Linmarie Garsee- Author Visit, 10AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Richard Amiss, The Laughter of Sanity, 11AM

*Waco, HPB, Book Signing with Lewis Ben Smith – President Hamilton, 1PM

*San Antonio, Gemini Ink, Pollinators & Poetry: Writing Workshop for Youth, 1:30PM [Registration Required]

*Houston, B-Moore-U Publishing, Bowling with Bailey Book Drive! 4PM

*Frisco, Gidi Bar N Grill, Teju Babyface Book Signing, 5PM

*Houston, Miss Bubbles Café, Book Release Event: "To Her From Her" by Enesia Ferrand, 5PM [Ticketed]

Malvern Books, The Lion & The Pirate Virtual Open Mic (Captioned), 7PM


SUNDAY, September 5 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Jason Hill, Moving Parts, 12PM

The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup Prose, 2PM

Kindred Creatives Art and Literary Press, Writing Course: Power of Poetry By Author ReGina Crawford, 4PM [Ticketed]

The Writing Barn, Beyond Fact-Flinging II with Heather L. Montgomery (ONLINE), 6PM



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.