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 08.30.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


ArmadilloCon 42, August 28-30, ONLINE

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

Hay Forum Dallas, September 2-7, ONLINE



*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

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



Bookouture, Ella Carey discussing Beyond the Horizon, 6AM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Simran Jeet Singh discussing Fauja Singh Keeps Going, 12PM ZOOM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Alice Randall discussing Black Bottom Saints, 7PM ONLINE

Inprint, Kevin Kwan discussing Sex and Vanity with Sarah Choi, 7PM ONLINE

Writing Workshops Dallas, seminar: “So You Want To Write For Children” with Rosi J. Pova, 7PM ZOOM

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

Writers’ League of Texas, Member Town Hall, 8PM ZOOM



Patrick Heath Public Library, Jan Wrede and Olly Neal discussing Outspoken: the Olly Neal Story, 10AM ONLINE

BookPeople, Mac Barnett and illustrator Mike Lowery discussing Mac B. Kid Spy: The Sound of Danger, 4PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, virtual launch party for Milo Moss Is Officially Un-Amazing with Lauren Allbright, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Katharine McGee discussing Majesty, the second in her American Royals series, with Elizabeth Holmes, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, David Eagleman discussing Livewired, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Alyssa Maxwell and Dianne Freeman discussing Murder at Kingscote and A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Barbara Peacock, Pamela Samuels Young, Lolita Allen, and J J Winston, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Katy Budget Books, virtual story time with Sabrina Moyle, author of Good Night, Baboon!, and illustrator Eunice Moyle, 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

San Antonio

* The Twig Book Shop, Daniela Weil discussing The Diary of Asser Levy: The First Jewish Citizen of New York, 5PM OUTDOOR EVENT



Murder By the Book, Lunchtime with Louise Penny, author of All the Devils are Here, 12PM ZOOM

Deep Vellum Publishing, Texas Literary Spotlight: Richard Z. Santos, author of Trust Me, 1PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: “The New Nuclear Arms Race” with William J. Perry, former secretary of defense, and Tom Collina, Ploughshares Fund policy director, authors of The Button, 4PM

Front Street Books, Between the Covers with Sonny Zae & Phoebe Rothfeld, Writers of the Future SF/F Award winners, 5:30PM ZOOM

Writespace, workshop: “Queer Writers’ Workshop” with Justin Jannisse, 6PM ZOOM

Holocaust Museum Houston, Jack Fairweather discussing The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz, 6:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Cherise Smith discussing Michael Ray Charles: A Retrospective (in conversation with Michael Ray Charles), 7PM ZOOM

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room presents Jon Meacham discussing His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope (on Conversation with Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice), 7PM ONLINE

High Plains Poetry Project, A Poetry Reading by Lytton St. Stephen, 7PM ZOOM

Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops Dallas, The Big Texas Read: Winner of the Iowa Prize for Nonfiction 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



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Ten Years to Midnight: Four Urgent Global Crises and Their Strategic Solutions with Blair Sheppard, dead of PWC Global Strategy and Leadership, 11AM

Voices de la Luna, Writing Workshop: “Elements of Poetry” with Dario, 6PM ONLINE

The Dock Bookshop, Hope LeNoir discussing Workday Catalyst: Proven Tips, Reminders and Inspiration to Advance and Inspire Your Career Journey, 6:30PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Elissa R. Sloan discussing The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes (in conversation with Amanda Eyre Ward), 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will appear in conversation with Ally Carter to discuss her novel The Inheritance Games, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Edmund White discussing A Saint from Texas with Michael Schaub, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Andrew Pyper discussing The Residence, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC & JCC Dallas, Bettina Elias Siegel, author of Kid Food, in conversation with Zibby Owens, 7:30PM ONLINE

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



BookPeople, Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Ellie Marney discussing The Inheritance Games and None Shall Sleep, respectively, 6PM ZOOM

Malvern Books, launch of Ute Carson’s Gypsy Spirit, 7PM ZOOM


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



Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Write Before You Write: Outlining, Planning, Plotting" with Jennifer Ziegler, 10AM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Book Launch Celebration with Candy Wellins (Saturdays Are for Stella) and Kirsti Call (Mootilda’s Bad Mood), 11AM ONLINE

Laredo Borderslam, writing workshop: Rhyme Time, 1PM ONLINE

Houston Public Library, September Public Poetry reading featuring Aris Kian, Alexis Mercedes, January O’Neil, and Khaya Osborne (Khalypso), 2PM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, workshop: “Writing with Structure” with Jessica Leader, 2PM ONLINE

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

Brazos Bookstore, Sim Kern discussing Depart, Depart! with María-Elisa Heg, co-founder of Zinefest Houston, 7PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, Owen Egerton’s One Page Salon & Hope Alliance Fundraiser featuring Charlie Clark (in partnership with Lark & Owl Booksellers), 8PM ZOOM



NO PUBLIC EVENTS; read happily amongst yourselves.



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.