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 09.26.2021


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SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Lubbock, Lubbock Book Festival, September 26

*Boerne, Boerne Book & Arts Festival, October 2


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*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 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


MONDAY, September 27 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Hank Phillippi Ryan - Virtual Event, 6PM

Interabang Books, Meera Sriram with BETWEEN TWO WORLDS in conversation with Gayatri Sethi, 6PM

Gemini Ink, Open Writers Lab with Dario Beniquez and Robert Allen, 6:30PM

Inprint, Ruth Ozeki will give a brief reading from her new novel The Book of Form and Emptiness, followed by a conversation with fiction writer Elizabeth McCracken, 7PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Spencer Kope - Virtual Event, 7PM


TUESDAY, September 28 (*Denotes In-person Events.)


*Houston, Café Brasil, Public Poetry’s happy hour! 6PM

*Houston, the Montrose Center, GIRL SQUAD Book Signing and Q&A with Author Kim Hoover, 6PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Shruti Swamy - THE ARCHER, 7PM

Bookwoman, Book Event-Forget Prayers, Bring Cake... with Merissa Nathan Gerson on Zoom, 7PM

*Waco, Fabled Bookshop & Café, Kyndall Rae Rothaus Discusses Thy Queendom Come, 7PM

Lark & Owl, An Evening with Authors Julia London & Laura Griffin! 7PM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Jayne Allen, Elmo Hudson, Suzan Johnson Cook, D. J. Yella, and Hosted by Gwen Richardson, 7PM

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, 8PM

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


WEDNESDAY, September 29 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: VICTORIA KANN – Rubylicious, 6PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, A virtual meet and greet with store favorite Marie Lu for her new book Steelstriker! 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Benjamín Labatut - WHEN WE CEASE TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD, 7PM

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Amy Mason Doan, 7PM

Inprint, Escritores en la casa, we invited you to a night of reading with Bolivian writers Giovanna Rivero and Magela Baudoin in conversation with Rodrigo Hasbún, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Laura Griffin and Rachel Grant in conversation - Virtual Even, 7PM

*Houston, Write About Now, Poetry Open Mic ft. Poetry Lived! 7:30PM

*San Antonio, Write Art Out Inc, The Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot, 8PM


THURSDAY, September 30 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*El Paso, University of Texas at El Paso, Panel Presentation: “Community Organizing in El Paso: Older and Newer 21st Century Strategies” By Kathleen (Kathy) Staudt, 1:30PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: NAOMI NOVIK - The Last Graduate, 6PM

*New Braunfels, The Book Haus, Book Swap, 6PM

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Robert Matzen with WARRIOR: AUDREY HEPBURN, 6PM

St. Edwards University, The Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series: Emmy Pérez, 6PM

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library, Author Series - Marianne Odom & Gaylon Finklea Hecker, 6:30PM

Blue Willow Books, Connor Towne O'Neill will appear in conversation with W. Ralph Eubanks to discuss his book Down Along with That Devil's Bones, 7PM

Blue Willow Books, R.J. Palacio will appear in conversation with actor, writer, director, and musician Josh Radnor to celebrate the release of her new novel, Pony, 7PM

Bookwoman, Jane Creighton's Book Celebration for Bone Skid, Bone Beauty with Robin Davidson, 7PM

*Glen Rose, Glen Rose First Baptist Church, God's Unseen Plan - Book Signing, 7PM

*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop & The Write Side of the Road, Last Thursday WINE & WRITE, 7PM

*Waco, Fabled Bookshop & Café, Shannon Deer and Cheryl Miller Discuss Business Doing Good, 7PM

Writers’ League of Texas, WLT On the Writing Life: “Writing Through Difficult Times” with Laekan Zea Kemp, 8PM


FRIDAY, October 1 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: ROMANCE IS COMFORT - Alexis Daria, Emily Henry, Sajni Patel, and Shyla Watson, 5PM

*Waxahachie, Brownie Books, Book Signing with Robert Rodriguez at White Rhino Coffee, 6PM

*San Antonio, Aztlan Libre Press & Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's Latino Bookstore & Gift Shop, "Writing 50 Years (más o menos) Amongst the Gringos" by award-winning journalist and professor Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodríguez, 6:30PM

*Dallas, Infinite Arts Movement & The Wild Detectives, Presents: P.O.P Kulture (Poetry on the Patio), 8PM

*Dallas, The Dallas Poetry Slam, Open Mic and Poetry Slam with Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM


SATURDAY, October 2  (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Southwest Texas SCBWI, The Nuts and Bolts of Illustration Half-Day Intensive, 8AM

Writespace Houston, Writing the Humorous Essay with Justin Jannise, 9:30AM

*Boerne, Boerne Book & Arts Festival, John Erickson will speak about his new book, "Bad Smoke, Good Smoke," and also of course about Hank the Cowdog! 10AM

*Humble, Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library, Book Sale, 10AM

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

Writing Workshops, Memoir & Memory: Creating Distance From Your Past Self Zoom, 10AM

Gemini Ink, “The Business of Writing”: The Path to Traditional Publishing for Fiction with Johnnie Bernhard, 11AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Dana Knox Wright, Holding on Loosely: Opening My Hands, Lightening My Load, and Seeing Something Else, 11AM

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Meaning & Music – Writing Picture Books that Sing with Dianne White, 11AM

Writing Workshops, Intro to Food Writing Zoom Seminar, 11AM

*San Antonio, Authors in the Alamo City! Author signing event featuring over 40 authors on San Antonio's famed river walk, 12PM

Blue Willow Books, Trisha Yearwood for a virtual event in celebration of her new cookbook Trisha's Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family, 12PM

*Mansfield, Mansfield Activities Center, Amazon Best Selling Author Sherry F. Hicks & Desy Smith Book Signing, 12PM

Murder By The Book, Daggers Drawn Panel - Virtual Event. Join us as editor Maxim Jakubowski discusses the Daggers Drawn anthology with contributors Larry Beinhart, Danuta Kot, Lauren Henderson, and Martin Edwards, 12PM 

*Arlington, Half Price Books, Author Lewis Ben Smith signing PRESIDENT HAMILTON, 1PM.

*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Makenna Lee and Jolene Navarro Book Signing, 1PM

Writespace Houston, Gothic Story Elements with Angélique Jamail, 1PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: CHRIS COLFER - A Tale of Sorcery, 2PM

*Plano, Book Signing with Alison Lumbatis! 2PM

Writers’ League of Texas, 2021 Write-In October 2, 2PM

*Katy, ErmaRose Winery, Embrace, Empower, Educate, and Include by Salandra Grice (The Conscious Educator) Book Signing! 3PM

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library, Author Series - Charlaine Harris, 6:30PM

Malvern Books, Marian Schwartz Book Launch with Philip Boehm, 7PM


SUNDAY, October 3  (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, LaQuisha Barnes, Living Vessel, 12PM

*Watauga, Half Price Books, Author Lewis Ben Smith signing PRESIDENT HAMILTON, 1PM.

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

*Allen, Allen Public Library, That Book Woman - Kat's debut with the Allen Philharmonic, 3PM

Writespace Houston, Reading Your Way to Writing Well: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern with Angélique Jamail, 3PM

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room Present: David Rubenstein, The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream, In Conversation with Holly Firfer, 7PM


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.