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 09.20.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


National Book Festival, September 25-26, ONLINE

4th annual Texas Latino Comic Con, September 26, ONLINE

5th Annual Pflugerville Library Con, September 26, ONLINE

100 Thousand Poets for Change, September 26 ONLINE

Banned Books Week, September 27-October 3, ONLINE

Texas Tribune Festival, September 1-30, ONLINE



*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



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



BookPeople, John Mackey discussing Conscious Leadership (in conversation with Jonathan Keyser), 7PM ZOOM

Inprint, Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Yaa Gyasi reading Transcendent Kingdom (with Wayétu Moore), 7PM ONLINE [ticketed]

Blue Willow Bookshop, Mark Oshiro discussing Each of Us a Desert (in conversation with T J Klune and Bethany C. Morrow), 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Brazos Bookstore, Jamie Thompson discussing STANDOFF: Race, Policing, and a Deadly Assault That Gripped a Nation (in conversation with Tim Rogers), 7PM ZOOM

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

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



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Brittany K. Barnett discussing A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom (with Ambassador Ron Kirk), 4PM ONLINE

The Twig Book Shop, Rudy Ruiz discussing The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez, 5PM VIRTUAL

The Jung Center, Fall Benefit featuring Anthony Ray Hinton, author of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, 6PM ONLINE

Interabang Books, Launch Party: Summer Short discussing Mutant Mushroom Takeover (in conversation with Kim Long, author of Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament), 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

DIHC, Toni Morrison: A Tribute & Celebration featuring Drs. Darryl Dickson-Carr, Amber Dyer, Sanderia Faye, and Onyema Nweze, 6:30PM ONLINE

Writing Workshops Dallas, Zoom Seminar: The Writer's Pandemic Tool Box with Allie Pleiter, 6:30PM  

LBJ Library, Susan Eisenhower discussing How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions, 7PM ONLINE

LOGOS Poetry Collective, reading with Esteban Rodríguez and Joy Priest, 7PM ZOOM, FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Martha Serpas discussing Double Effect (in conversation with Derrick Austin), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Rachel Howzell Hall & Kellye Garrett discussing And Now She’s Gone and Hollywood Homicide, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writespace, Literary Fiction: Diving Deep into Voice and Prose with Mark Haber, 7PM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: H. R. McMaster discussing Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, 7PM

Texas Tech U, Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community Lecture featuring author Howard Norman, 7PM ONLINE

Fabled Bookshop, Book Club with Christina Baker Kline, author of The Exiles, 7PM ZOOM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Dr. Charlene Knight, Rebecca Outlaw, Mary Cole Watson, and Devangeo Hicks (with Gwen Richardson), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: P. J. O’Rourke discussing A Cry from the Far Middle, 4PM

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, webinar: Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin discussing Energy, Climate and The Clash of Nations, 5PM

BookPeople, Jessie James Decker discussing Just Feed Me, 6PM CROWDCAST [ticketed]

BookPeople, Renee Jain and Shefali Tsabary discussing SUPERPOWERED: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience, 6PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Interabang Books, LitTalk: The Rise Of The Young Adult Novel with Hafsah Faizal (We Free the Stars), Samantha Mabry (Tigers, Not Daughters) and C. Michael Morrison (Hannah Goodheart and the Guardian of Time) [moderated by Alex Temblador (Secrets of the Casa Rosada)], 6PM ZOOM

SMU, Fredrik Logevall discussing JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956, 6PM ONLINE

Fort Worth Public Library, Meet Authors: Jessica Luther and Kavitha Davidson discussing Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back, 6PM ONLINE

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

Murder By the Book, Adam Sass and Caleb Roehrig discussing Surrender Your Sons and The Fell of Dark, respectively, 6:30PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, "First Impressions Are Everything: Composing a Standout Query Letter" ONLINE with Becka Oliver, 6:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Madi Sinha discusses The White Coat Diaries with Kristan Higgins, author of Always the Last to Know, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Michael J. Sandel discussing The Tyranny of Merit (in conversation with Nick Lemann), 7PM ZOOM

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room presents Jodi Picoult discussing The Book of Two Ways: A Novel (with Judy Blume), 7PM ONLINE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Barbara Kingsolver discussing How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons), 7PM ONLINE

Trinity University Press, virtual town hall featuring Victoria Chang, Chris Dombrowski, Jeffrey Foucault, David Gessner, and Ana Maria Spagna, contributors from the book Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, 7PM, The Power of Our Voices: a conversation with Natalia Sylvester, author of Running, and narrator Frankie Corzo, 7PM ONLINE

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

Katy Budget Books, Parenting in the Age of COVID and Beyond Virtual Panel with authors Jenn Curtis, Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick, Pam Lobley, and Dr. Claire Nicogossian, 8PM ZOOM

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



BookPeople, Arvin Ahmadi discussing How It All Blew Up, 6PM ZOOM

Austin Bat Cave, Poet Study with Susan Niz, 6PM ONLINE

Harris County Public Library, A Conversation with Khawaja Azimuddin, M.D., author of The Boy Refugee: A Memoir from a Long-Forgotten War, 6:30PM ONLINE

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Poetry Workshop: Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era with Chad Bennett, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Mike Curato discussing Flamer (in conversation with Rex Ogle, author of Free Lunch, and moderated by Austin Ruiz of the Montrose Center), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Smith Henderson and John Marc Smith discussing Make Them Cry, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Deep Vellum Publishing, Fowzia Karimi discussing Above Us the Milky Way (with Micheline Marcom), 7PM ONLINE

Interabang Books, Susannah Marren discusses A Palm Beach Scandal (in conversation with Mary Simses, author of The Wedding Thief), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Allen Public Library, Susan Eisenhower discussing How Ike Led, 7PM VIRTUAL

The Bookworm Box, Jessica Hawkins Live Author Takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

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



Murder By the Book, Craig Johnson discussing Next to Last Stand, 6PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Anne Helen Petersen discussing Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation (in conversation with Delia Cai, S. E. Smith, and Connie Wang), 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]


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


* Lawndale Art Center, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Eduardo C. Corral, Justin Jannise, Paige Quiñones, 7PM OUTDOOR EVENT



Austin Library Foundation, MBC Book Crush Workshop: The Campaign with Leila Sales, 10AM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Strategies for Staying the Course" ONLINE with P. J. Hoover, 10AM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, story time: T. L. McBeth reading Randy, the Badly Drawn Horse, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writers Guild of Texas, Fall Workshop Part One with Amber Royer, 12PM ZOOM

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Book Crush Workshop: All These Monsters with Amy Tintera, 1PM ONLINE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: 100 Thousands Poets for Change with Mary Moore, 1PM ZOOM  

Houston Public Library, Author Talk: Dr. Cynthia Orozco discussing Agent of Change: Adela Sloss-Vento, Mexican American Civil Rights Activist and Texas Feminist, 2PM ZOOM    

The Writing Barn, Mining Real Life Emotion for Fictional Stories with Andrea J. Loney, 2PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Roshani Chokshi discussing The Silvered Serpents (in conversation with Marissa Meyer), 3PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Interabang Books, Yamile Saied Mendez discussing Furia, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE


*Levy Park, Outspoken Bean Redefines Poetry Performance, 1PM

San Antonio

* The Twig Book Shop, Justin Kipp signing Where Is My Underwear?, 11AM


*Ghost Town Arts Collective, Poetry Jams open mic, 6PM



Murder By the Book, C. J. Cooke discussing The Nesting, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Museum of South Texas History, Sunday Speaker Series: The Escuelitas of South Texas: An Educational History with Dr. Philis M. Barragán Goetz, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE



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.