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 09.12.2021


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SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Dallas, FenCon XVII literary science fiction and folk music convention,September 17-19

*Austin, Hybrid, Writers’ League of Texas 28th Agents & Editors Conference! September 17-19

NTX SCBWI Virtual Fall Retreat, September 18


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*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.

*Plano, The Dust Bowl, A Humanities Texas Traveling Exhibition, through September 30

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

*HoustonCitizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas, A Humanities Texas Exhibition, through October 4

*Fort Worth, In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez, A Humanities Texas Traveling Exhibition, through October 22


SUNDAY, September 12 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Writespace Houston, Writing Short & Sharp: Crafting Flash Fiction with Patricia Flaherty Pagan, 3PM

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room Presents: Billie Jean King
All In: An Autobiography In Conversation with Katie Couric,

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Harry L. Munsinger, The History of Marriage and Divorce: Everything You Need to Know and History of Inheritance Law: Everything You Need to Know, 12PM

Writing Workshops, Free Zoom Seminar with Joe Ide: WRITING THE KILLER CRIME NOVEL or How to Increase Your Odds of Getting Published, 1PM

*Dallas, Chocolate Lounge Exclusive, F*%! Cancer F*%! Love Official Book Signing with Author Alycia Morris, 3PM

*Georgetown, Lark & Owl, Kyndall Rae Rothaus THY QUEENDOM COME in conversation, 4PM

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Houston, Authors in Conversation: Tracy Walder The Unexpected Spy, 4PM


MONDAY, September 13 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Blue Willow Bookshop, Summer Nilsson to discuss her new novel The Land of the Pines, 5PM [Registration Required]

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Daniel Hander (aka Lemony Snicket) - Virtual Event, 6PM

Writespace Houston, Reading Your Way to Writing Well: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut with Matthew Hefti, 6PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Nandana Dev Sen – ACROBAT - in conversation with Suketu Mehta, 7PM

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse with Eva Shelton, 7PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Amanda Jayatissa - Virtual Event, 7PM

Write About Now, The Virtual Slam: Head2Head, 8PM

TUESDAY, September 14 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Blue Willow Bookshop, Max Brallier (The Last Kids on Earth and the Doomsday Race) in conversation with illustrator Doug Holgate! 5PM [Registration Required]


Harris County Public Library, HCPL Writes: Discussion Group (New Series): breathing life into your characters by giving them a vibrant voice, 6PM

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Summer Rachel Short with ATTACK OF THE KILLER KOMODOS, 6PM

Trinity University Press, Maverick Book Club – WEST SIDE RISING with Char Miller and Sarah Gould, 6PM

Writespace Houston, Muslim American Writers with Amal Kassir, 6PM

*Dallas, Dallas Area Writers Group (DAWG), Nancy Churnin– Writing the Children's Books That Only You Can Write, 7PM Hybrid

LitNight Dallas, LitNight Reading Series, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Tori Eldridge in conversation with Karen Dionne - Virtual Event, 7PM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV, 7PM

SCBWI Austin, The Importance of Backstory — Crafting Deeper Characters in Your Novels By Understanding Backstory Wounds with Author Janet Fox, 7PM

The Writing Barn, Scene & Structure: Killer Scenes and Perfect Pacing with Carrie Jones, 7PM

Write Art Out Inc., Words and Sh*t, featuring RADI, 7PM

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam OPEN CASH SLAM!! Hosted by Christopher Michael, 8PM

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


WEDNESDAY, September 15 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Live Interview with Kathi Appelt (Once Upon a Camel), Facebook Live, 3PM

*Dallas, Interabang Books, THE LAST TRIAL OF T. BOONE PICKENS - Chrysta Castañeda and Loren C. Steffy discuss the process of writing the book and the stories that unfold within it, 6PM

Gemini Ink, Veteran’s Writing Collective with Sarah Colby, 6:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Antoni Porowski virtual event for Antoni: Let's Do Dinner , 7PM [Ticketed]

Bookworm Box, Nana Malone LIVE Author Takeover! 7PM

Murder By The Book, Julia Dahl in conversation with Amy Gentry - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Houston, Write About Now, Poetry Slam, 7:30PM


THURSDAY, September 16 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Texas State Library and Archives Commission & Center For The Book Texas, #TXBookChat - Letters About Literature Program and Winners, 11AM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Lori M. Lee to celebrate her new novel Pahua and the Soul Stealer, 5PM [Registration Required]

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, William Jack Sibley, Here We Go Loop De Loop, 5PM

DFW World Affairs Council, After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made with Ben Rhodes (In-Person or Livestream Option), 6PM

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Dana Knox Wright with HOLDING ON LOOSELY, 6PM

*San Antonio, Voices de la Luna, Crafting and Designing Poetry Workshop led by James R. Dennis, 6PM

Murder By The Book, Hank Phillippi Ryan in conversation with Robyn Harding, 7PM

*San Marcos, San Marcos Public Library, Poetry @ the Public, 7PM

*San Antonio, Write Art Out Inc., What Dat Mouf Do? Erotic Poetry Slam, 8PM


FRIDAY, September 17 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book, James R. Benn in conversation with Francine Mathews - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Kyle, Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, A reading with Hilton Als, 7:30PM

*Dallas, The Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM


SATURDAY, September 18 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Fort Worth, The Dock Bookshop, 13th ANNUAL LITERARY SOULFEST, 10AM (Hybrid)

ACFW Dallas, Carolyn Curtis speak on “Current Fiction Trends, 10:30AM [Ticketed]

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Antonina Duridanova, New Beginnings: From Behind the Iron Curtain to America, 11AM

San Antonio Public Library, Poetry Workshop with Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson, 11AM

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Why Back Matter Matters with Laurie Wallmark, 11AM

2021 Picture Book Palooza, Nancy Churnin, 12PM

*Round Rock, HPB, Meet Lewis Ben Smith and his new historical epic, PRESIDENT HAMILTON!, 1PM

*North Richland Hills, North Richland Hills Library, Pop-Up Book Sale, 1PM

Tumblewords Project, Hannah Hollandbyrd - Empathy, Pena Ajena and Hurting for Others, 1PM

Writespace Houston, Writing the Unreal: A Speculative Fiction Workshop with Tanya Aydelott, 1PM

Austin Bat Cave, Setting Your Story Free—Finding & Sharing What You Long to Write with Gabriella Souza, 2PM

*Irving, Irving Public Library – Valley Ranch, MiY Zone Valley Ranch: Sew a Book Sleeve, a DIY Geek Chic Program, 2PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Middle Grade Book Club with Jess Redman, 3PM

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library, Author Series - Maya Sharma, 3:30PM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Alda P. Dobbs, Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna, 6:30PM

*Dallas, Mighty Fine Arts, Wordspace X + Returns, 7PM

*Dallas, The Wild Detectives, Talking Dirty After Dark, 9PM [Ticketed]


SUNDAY, September 19 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Cassy Joy Garcia, Cook Once Dinner Fix, 12PM

2021 Picture Book Palooza, Rosie J. Pova, 12PM

Sisters In Crime Houston, Special Guest Author Kristi Jones will speak on "Using Research in Fiction”, 2PM

The Writing Barn, Write. Submit. Support. for Novelists with Nanci Turner Steveson ONLINE, 2PM

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

Writespace Houston, Rise of the Re-Moir: Where Research and Memoir Intersect with Pat Baldwin, 3PM

Writing Workshops, Publishing in Literary Journals to Launch Your Career Zoom Seminar with Blake Kimzey, 3PM

2021 Picture Book Palooza, Callie Metler, 6PM

*San Antonio, The Dakota East Side Ice House, The Mouth Dakota Poetry Project - Thank You, Xicanext followed by an open mic, 7PM


STORY TIMES (*Denotes In-person Events.)

BookKids, STORYTIME: Meghan P. Browne + Kari Lavelle - INDELIBLE ANN + WE MOVE THE WORLD, 10:30AM – September 15

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 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.