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 09.06.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


Texas Tribune Festival, September 1-30, ONLINE

Hay Forum Dallas, September 2-7, ONLINE



*Abilene, National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, ENCORE: A Look Back, through September 19

*Midland, Museum of the Southwest, Lonesome Dove, through September 25 (by private appointment)

*College Station, Texas A&M, “The Eternal Passion: Nicholas A. Basbanes and the Making of A Gentle Madness,” through November 30

Ransom Center, Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer, through January 3, 2021 ONLINE

*Canyon, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country, through January 23, 2021



NO PUBLIC EVENTS; read happily amongst yourselves.



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

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



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: To Bring the Good News to All Nations: Evangelical Influence on Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations with author Lauren Frances Turek, of Trinity University, in conversation with SMU's Dr. Kate Carté, 11AM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Golden Age Mysteries: Sophie Hannah and Ruth Ware discussing The Killings at Kingfisher Hall and One by One, respectively, 12:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writing Workshops Dallas, Seminar: Growing Teen Writers AMA with Amber Royer, 5PM ONLINE

Cadenza TV, Jenna Bush Hager discussing Everything Beautiful in Its Time, 7PM ONLINE [ticketed event]

BookPeople, Love And Rebellion: An Evening with Angie Cruz, Jaquira Díaz, Carolina de Robertis, and Patricia Engel discussing Dominicana, Ordinary Girls, Cantoras, and Infinite Country, respectively, 7PM ZOOM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Keisha Richards, Stephanie Blassingame, Victor Jones, Dwayne Allen Smith, and Pamela Samuels Young, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Irving Library, NTTBF Presents Picture Our World Children's Author Panel with Vashti Harrison, Dan Santat, Yuyi Morales, and Daria Peoples-Riley, 7PM ONLINE

LitNight Dallas Reading Series, Join Sanderia Faye, Renea McKenzie, and featured authors, 7PM ZOOM

Dallas Area Writers Group, monthly meeting featuring author Kathryn McClatchy, 7PM 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, Joyce Collins discussing The Way of Reckoning, 4PM OUTDOOR EVENT



Conversations from a Page, Literary Salon: discussing Fast Girls and We Came Here to Shine with Elise Hooper and Susie Orman Schnall, 11AM ZOOM

JCC Dallas & ERJCC, Book Fest In Your Kitchen Presents Cooking on High! Moroccan Matzah Ball Soup with Danielle Renov, author of Peas, Love & Carrots: The Cookbook + cooking demo (with host Holly Firfer), 12PM ONLINE

Cadenza TV, Jenna Bush Hager discussing Everything Beautiful in Its Time, 12PM & 5PM ONLINE [ticketed event]

Front Street Books, Between the Covers with Dr. Sean Graham, author of American Snakes, 5:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Marit Weisenber discussing The Insomniacs (in conversation with author Leila Sales), 6PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, Whole30 cookbook authors Ronny Lvovski (The Primal Gourmet Cookbook) and Alex Snodgrass (The Defined Dish) discussing their books + cooking demonstration, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Austin Bat Cave, workshop: Politics, Desire, & the Politics of Desire with Michael Chang, 6PM ONLINE

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

Decatur Public Library, Author Talk: Julia Heaberlin discussing We Are All the Same in the Dark, 6:30PM ONLINE

Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture, Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson discussing issues faced in preparing Flannery O’Connor’s Why Do the Heathen Rage? for publication, 6:30PM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "The Agent Search: Tips, Tricks, and Timeless Advice" with Becka Oliver, 6:30PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Sadie Keller discussing Better Angels, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Katy Budget Books, virtual story time: Heather Leah reading and discussing her board book, Let's Make Yoga Magic!, 7:30PM ZOOM & FACEBOOK LIVE

Interfaces, Artist Showcase & Open Mic featuring Meghan Ross and Vonne, 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: The Black Banners (Declassified): How Torture Derailed the War on Terror after 9/11 with author Ali Soufan, chairman and CEO of the Soufan Group, moderated by Lawrence Wright, 11AM ONLINE

BookPeople, Stephen Shaskan, Mika Song, Kaeti Vandorn, and Brian Yanish Doodlin' & Drawin' Pizza Taco, Donut Feed the Squirrels, Crabapple Trouble, and Shark and Bot, respectively, 4PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Jessica Luther and Kavitha Davidson discussing Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back (moderated by Joel Anderson), 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Kami Garcia discussing her new graphic novel, Teen Titans: Beast Boy, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Erik Larsen discussing The Splendid and the Vile with KERA’s Krys Boyd, 7PM ONLINE

The Bookworm Box, Leia Stone LIVE Author Takeover!, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

PechaKucha, San Antonio Storytellers Volume 39, 7PM ONLINE

Writespace, workshop: An A-B-C Approach to Feature Writing with Pat Baldwin, 7PM ONLINE

BookWoman, Second Thursday Open Mic featuring Liliana Valenzuela, 7:15PM ZOOM

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

Katy Budget Books, Shady Syndicates Virtual Event: Rob Hart discussing The Warehouse, and Karen Osborne discussing Architects of Memory, 8PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: Ask Us Anything: MFA Programs, Fellowships, & Residencies, 8PM ZOOM



JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room Presents Fredick Backman discussing Anxious People: A Novel, 1PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Susanna Kearsley, C. S. Harris, Anna Lee Huber, and Christine Trent discussing The Deadly Hours, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE


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



Writespace, workshop: Dreamworks: Dreams as Inspiration with Catherine Vance, 9:30AM ONLINE

Austin SCBWI, Monthly Meeting: Author Varian Johnson on Writing Graphic Novels, 10AM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Research like a Pro" with Sindya Bhanoo, 10AM ZOOM

ACFW DFW, workshop: God Is in the Details, and We Should Be Too with Mindy Obenhaus, 10:30AM ZOOM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Limitations are Possibilities” with Jason Fuentes, 1PM ZOOM  

The Writing Barn, Football! Football! Football! with Authors Bethany Hegedus and Fred Bowen and Illustrators Mike Deas and James Ransome, 2PM ONLINE

Irving Library, NTTBF Presents Rick Riordan's Middle Grade Authors Panel with J.C. Cervantes, Kwame Mbalia, and Tehlor Kay Mejia (moderated by Rebecca Marsick of StoryFest), 2PM ONLINE

Writespace, workshop: Exorcising 2020: A Generative Workshop with Cassandra Rose Clarke, 2PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, the team behind the Brains On! podcast discussing their new book, Brains On! Presents...It's Alive, 3PM ZOOM

InterNations, Jenny Bhatt discussing Each of Us Killers, 3PM ONLINE

Malvern Books, launch of Ocotillo Review Volume 4.2 featuring Gary V. Powell, 5PM ZOOM


* Municipal Garden & Arts Center, Caprock Writers’ & Illustrators Alliance meeting featuring Jodi Thomas, 10AM



North Texas SCBWI, workshop: process of working on picture books, graphic novels, middle grade and young adult novels from manuscript to finish with Sasha Illingworth, 1PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Afternoon Tea with Ann Cleeves, author of The Darkest Evening, 2PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

The Writing Barn, workshop: It’s Who & Where I Am: Anchoring Author Voice & Identity with David Bowles, 2PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, drawing tutorial with New York Times bestselling graphic novelist Maria Scrivan, 3PM INSTAGRAM

Writespace, workshop: Writing Short: Mini-Memoir with Joyce Boatright, 3PM ONLINE

Inprint, Inprint Book Club: Chris Cander discussing her book The Weight of a Piano, 4PM ZOOM

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, Author Talk: William H. Groner and Tom Teicholz discussing 9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders, 7:30PM 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.