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 09.19.2021


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SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Lubbock, Lubbock Book Festival, September 25-26


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*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 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


MONDAY, September 20 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Julia Dahl - Virtual Event, 2PM

*Katy, Books-A-Million, Admiral William H. McRaven Reading and Book Signing! 3PM

SCBWI North Texas, Webinar: Skip the Slush:Work-for-Hire assignments, 6PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Stephanie Marie Thornton will appear in conversation with Kate Quinn to discuss her new historical novel A Most Clever Girl, 7PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Virtual Event: Liane Moriarty, in conversation with Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President and CEO, Texas Women’s Foundation, 7PM

Inprint, Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: LAUREN GROFF READING, 7PM

Kindred Stories, Virtual Author Talk: Clint Smith in Conversation with Jeffrey Page, 7PM

*McKinney, McKinney Public Library, Book Talks: Young Adult Romance with Authors Axie Oh, Erin Hahn, and Gabriela Martins (JJG and Zoom), 7PM (Hybrid)

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Andrea Bartz - Virtual Event, 7PM


TUESDAY, September 21 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Join Author Gail Kittleson as she discusses her new book, set in Loyal Valley, Texas, "Land That I Love."10AM

*Fort Worth, World Affairs Council Dallas/Fort Worth & The Fort Worth Club, Master Negotiator: James A. Baker, III's Role at the End of the Cold War, 11:30AM

*Granbury, Arts & Letters Bookstore, Country Reporter Bob Phillips Book Signing, 4PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Alex London's new novel Battle Dragons: City of Thieves. He will appear in conversation with Kwame Mbalia to celebrate the release of Battle Dragons, 5PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: ADRIANNA CUEVAS - Cuba in My Pocket, 6PM

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Brent Jones with DAYS OF STEEL RAIN, 6PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Sajni Patel to discuss her new novel First Love, Take Two. She will appear in conversation with Farrah Rochon, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Farzana Nayani - RAISING MULTIRACIAL CHILDREN, 7PM

Fabled Bookshop & Café, Dana Knox Wright Discusses Holding On Loosely, 7PM

Kindred Stories, Virtual Author Talk: Jason Wilson in Conversation with The Black Man Project, 7PM

LOGOS Collective & Bookwoman, LOGOS presents Kaveh Akbar + Danez Smith, 7PM

Murder By The Book, William Kent Krueger in conversation with David Heska Wanbli Weiden - Virtual Event, 7PM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Abiola Abrams, Cherrie Woods, Bonnie Hopkins, Mary Evans and hosted by Rhonda Lawson, 7PM

The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup Mixed Genre, 7PM

University of Texas Arlington, Maveric Speakers virtual series: HENRY LOUIS GATES JR., Reconstruction and Voter Suppression, 7:30PM

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, 8PM

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


WEDNESDAY, September 22 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Dallas, Dallas Market Center, Book Signing-EXPRESSIVE INTERIORS by Sandra Lucas & Sarah Eilers, 1:45PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: TORI ELDRIDGE - The Ninja Betrayed, 6PM

Houston Public Library, Houston Public Library Presents Sandra Cisneros, 6PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Granta 155 Panel with Aura García Junco, Carlos Fonseca, José Adiak Montoya, Lizzie Davis, Megan McDowell, and Samantha Schnee, 6:30PM

Gemini Ink, Film Structure and Fiction: A New Approach to Plotting Narrative, 6:30PM

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Jennifer Ryan, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Katie Lattari in conversation with Eliza Jane Brazier - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Houston, AvantGarden Houston, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic, 7:30PM


THURSDAY, September 23 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Writing Workshops, Learn About The Writers Community in a Special Zoom Meeting, 10:30AM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Virtual meet and greet with store favorite Soman Chainani for his new book Beasts and Beauty, 5PM

The Bookworm Box, L.A. Cotton LIVE Author Takeover! 5PM


Interabang Books, Caroline Kusin Pritchard to celebrate her new children’s book GITTY AND KVETCH, 6PM

*Houston, Chateau Cocomar, Houston Business Women Association - Becoming A Lioness The Book Launch & Business Expo, 6PM

Austin Bat Cave, Literary Birding: Writing About Birds with Julie Poole OPEN GENRE, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Victoria Lee and Hannah Whitten, 7PM

Fabled Bookshop & Café, Ashley Abercrombie Discusses Love is the Resistance, 7PM

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library, Author Series - Daniel Barbarisi - Chasing the Thrill, 7PM

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Chris Wallace, Countdown to Bin Laden: The Untold Story of 24/7-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice Zoom Author Talk & Q & A, 7PM

Montgomery County Literary Arts Council, Writers in Performance gets back underway with the incredible Robin Reagler! 7PM

Murder By The Book, Palm Springs Noir Panel - Virtual Event, 7PM

SCBWI North Texas, Webinar: Finding the Perfect Agent w/Saritza Hernandez, 7:30PM


FRIDAY, September 24 (*Denotes In-person Events.)


Houston Public Library, Community Cuentos y Charlas Series: HER HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, 6PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Jai Chakrabarti - A PLAY FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, in conversation with Chitra Divakaruni, 7PM

*Dallas, The Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM


SATURDAY, September 25 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Writespace Houston, Writing Short: Poetry in the Palm of Your Hand with Kendra Preston Leonard, 9:30AM

The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup Prose & Poetry, 10AM

Austin Bat Cave, Playing with Poetic Forms: A Six-Week Poetry Workshop Julie Poole, 11AM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Alda P. Dobbs will appear to celebrate her new book Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna, 11AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Michael P. Kihntopf, Unexpected Twists, 11AM

ACFW The Woodland, Deb Raney—Show Me a Story, 12PM

*Houston, The Printing Museum, Secret Stash Treasure Box (IN-PERSON), 12PM

The Writing Barn, Celebrate the release of TWO picture books by author Michael Genhart: MAY YOUR LIFE BE DELICIOSA, illustrated by Loris Lora, and THEY’RE SO FLAMBOYANT, illustrated by Tony Neal. The author and illustrators will be joined by special guest Bella Noche, 12PM

*Fort Hood, Words Unite Bookstore, Live book signing with Isabel Perez, 12PM

Malvern Books, Malvern’s Line/Break Poetry Book Club, 1PM

Tumblewords Project, Celia Aguilar – 100 Thousand Poets for Change: This Is What Community Looks Like, 1PM

Writespace Houston, Latinx Authors: An Interactive Workshop with Lorenzo Martinez, 1PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Jen Calonita will appear in conversation with Sean Giambrone and Chris Sonnenburg to celebrate her new book Lost Legends: The Rise of Flynn Rider, 2PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Samira Ahmed - AMIRA & HAMZA: THE WAR TO SAVE THE WORLDS, in conversation with Sayantani DasGupta, 3PM

Malvern Books, Borderlands Pre-Release Reading, 4:30PM

*San Antonio, Trices Café and Lounge, Warrior Women Project -- Book Launch and Signing, 5PM

SUNDAY, September 26 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

The Twig Bookshop, Jose A. Coronado, The Arrow's Heart and When You Were Pretty, 12PM

Malvern Books, Doireann Ni Ghriofa and Alyssa Harad: Reading & Conversation, 1PM

Writespace Houston, How to Outline Your Novel with D.L. Young, 3PM


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 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.