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 09.13.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


Diverse Literary Voices of Texas: Austin Emerging Authors Readings, September 19, ONLINE

Texas Tribune Festival, September 1-30, 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



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

Writing Workshops Dallas, Poetry Workshop: Writing Poems About the Pandemic, 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



Center for the Study of the Southwest, The Living Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo with Dr. Omar Valerio-Jiménez, 11AM ONLINE

SMU, Dr. Pawan Dhingra discussing Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough, 12PM ONLINE

JCC Dallas, BookFest in Your Living Room: Ruth Ware discussing One By One (in conversation with David Baldacci), 1PM ONLINE

Pflugerville Public Library, Authors of Mystery talk Setting: the Lone Star State with Helen Currie Foster, Laura Oles and K.M. Hodge, 6PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Sarah Huckabee Sanders discussing Speaking for Myself (in conversation with Jim Falk), 6PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Ellen Byron discussing Murder in the Bayou Boneyard, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Denton Public Library, Professor’s Corner: A Literary Discussion Group: September meeting discussing the poetry of Texas Poet Laureate Carol Coffee Reposa, 7PM ZOOM [email for link]

Katy Budget Books, virtual story time: Virtual Storytime: Kimberlee Gard reading Snoozapalooza, 7:30PM ZOOM

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

San Antonio

* The Twig Book Shop, Roberto Ontiveros discussing and signing The Fight for Space, 5PM OUTDOOR EVENT



UT, Joynes Reading Room Literary Speaker Series: Peniel Joseph, author of The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, 3:30PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: David Rundell discussing Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads (in conversation with Ambassador Robert Jordan), 4PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Max Brallier celebrating The Last Kids on Earth and the Skeleton Road with voice talents from the Netflix series, 4PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

Blue Willow Bookshop, Ryan Higgins will discuss his new book, We Will Rock Our Classmates, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Interabang Books, Launch Party for Beth Ferry's Fox & Rabbit Make Believe, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Austin Bat Cave, Writing the Familiar into Strange: A One Day Generative Workshop with Roohi Choudhry, 6PM ONLINE

American Short Fiction, My Constellation of 8: A Conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang, 6:30PM CROWDCAST

AIA Houston, Barrie Scardino Bradley, Stephen Fox, and Michelangelo Sabatino discussing Making Houston Modern: The Life and Architecture of Howard Barnstone, 6:30PM ONLINE

SMU, Why They Marched: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage with author Susan Ware, 6:30PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Yamile Saied Méndez will appear in conversation with Samantha Mabry, moderated by Jasminne Mendez, to discuss Yamile's new book Furia, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Ginger Gaffney discussing Half Broke: A Memoir (in conversation with Pam Houston), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Mark Pryor discussing The French Widow, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Robin Chappell, Christina Jones MD, Regina Brooks, and Juanita Rasmus (moderated by Rhonda Lawson), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Austin SCBWI, Webinar: Humor 101: Making Humorous Stories Irresistible for Kids with Cate Berry, 7PM

JCC Dallas, BookFest in Your Living Room: Fred Guttenberg discussing Find the Helpers: What 9/11 and Parkland Taught Me About Recovery, Purpose, and Hope (in conversation with Holly Firfer), 7:30PM ONLINE

Moth StorySLAM, “Silenced” with Houston storytellers, 7:30PM ONLINE

Cadenza TV, Jenna Bush Hager discussing Everything Beautiful in Its Time, 8PM ONLINE

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



TAMU, Jessica Mercieca discussing Demagogue for President, 12PM ZOOM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Frederik Backman discussing Anxious People (In conversation with Angela Haupt), 4PM ONLINE

Dallas Public Library, Blackout Poetry workshop, 4PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Neil Patrick Harris celebrates the release of The Magic Misfits: The Fourth Suit! (in conversation with author Rex Ogle), 6PM ZOOM

SMU, Julian Zelizer discussing Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party, 6PM ONLINE

Fort Worth Public Library, José Ralat, Texas Monthly’s taco editor, discusses American Tacos: A History and Guide, 6PM ZOOM

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

Murder By the Book, Lee Child celebrating The Nicotine Chronicles, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops Dallas, The Big Texas Read: Edgar-winning novelist Joe R. Lansdale’s Edge of Dark Water, 7PM ZOOM

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

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



TSLAC, #TXBookChat: The Power of Stories with author and professor Dr. Norma E. Cantú, 11AM

Deep Vellum Publishing, Ask Me: An Open Q&A with Will Evans, publisher of Deep Vellum, 1PM ONLINE

BookPeople, author Kit Rosewater and illustrator Sophie Escabasse discussing The Derby Daredevils: Shelly Struggles to Shine, 4PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Amy Timberlake and Jon Klassen will discuss their new book, Skunk and Badger, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Interabang Books, Elizabeth Lesser in conversation with Robyn Moreno about Cassandra Speaks, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Austin Library Foundation, Poetry as Praise, Protest, & Power: A Reading & Roundtable Conversation with KB, Amanda Johnston, and Sequoia Manor, 7PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Claudia Rankine discussing Just Us (in conversation with Jennifer M. Wilks), 7PM ZOOM

BookWoman, Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy with Kelly Jensen, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Andrew Imbrie discussing Power in the Precipice (in conversation with Rear Admiral John Kirby), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Kyle Mills and Jack Carr discussing Total Power and Savage Son, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

San Antonio Book Festival, Get Lit with Maria Hinojosa discussing Once I Was You (in conversation with Diane Guerrero), 7PM ONLINE

The Bookworm Box, Marni Mann LIVE Author Takeover!, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Asia Society Texas, Dr. Jung Pak discussing Becoming Kim Jong Un: How North Korea's Enigmatic Leader Shapes Global Security, 7:30PM ONLINE

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

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: Off the Beaten Craft: "Into the Wild: Embracing the Interdisciplinary Art Practice" with Faylita Hicks, 8PM ZOOM



Dallas Public Library, Storytelling: Latinx Folktales, 12PM ONLINE

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, An evening with Hilton Als, discussing the life, work, and legacy of KAP, in celebration of the Center’s 20th anniversary, 7PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Eddie R. Cole discussing The Campus Color Line (in conversation with Ashley Farmer), 7PM ZOOM

Malvern Books, the launch of Ross Wilcox’s debut short story collection, Golden Gate Jumper Survivors Society: Stories (with author Josh Denslow and Leland Cheuk, founder of 7.13 Books), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Tori Eldridge and Boyd Morrison discussing The Ninja’s Blade and Final Option, respectively, 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

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "How to Give and Receive Writing Critiques" ONLINE with John Pipkin, 10AM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time: Beth Ferry reading Fox and Rabbit Make Believe, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Becky Wallace will appear in conversation with Pintip Dunn to discuss her new book, Far From Normal, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Public Library, Twelfth Night of Quarantine: Meet Melanie Rio, author of If We Were Villains, 1PM ONLINE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “The Chessboard of Life” with Juda the Griot, 1PM ZOOM  

Pflugerville Public Library, Pflugerville Poetry Society reading their original poetry, 2PM ONLINE


*Ghost Town Arts Collective, Poetry Jams Open Mic Night, 6PM



Lark & Owl Booksellers, Primal Gourmet Virtual Event with Author Ronny Joseph Lvovski, 2PM CROWDCAST

Houston Sisters in Crime, monthly meeting featuring Luci Zahray, aka "The Poison Lady," discussing "How to Murder Your Character with Everyday and Unusual Poisons," 2PM ONLINE

Writespace, workshop: Curating Your Poetry Chapbook with Kendra Preston Leonard, 3PM 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.