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 09.27.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


Houston SCBWI 2020 Virtual Conference, October 1-4, ONLINE

El Paso Community College Literary Fiesta, October 2-3, ONLINE

2nd Annual Houston Literary Awards, October 3, ONLINE

Boerne Book & Arts Festival, October 3-4, ONLINE

Banned Books Week, September 27-October 3, ONLINE

Texas Tribune Festival, September 1-30, ONLINE





*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



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



WITS Houston, Youth Poetry Workshop and Open Mic with Outspoken Bean, 5:30PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Garth Nix discussing The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, 6PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

Arts & Letters Bookstore, Granbury Writers Bloc meeting: Bud Humble will present “Spec Fiction for the Masses, a Reader/Writer Guide,” 6:30PM ZOOM [hybrid format: meeting will also take place in person]

BookPeople, Alyssa Rosenheck discussing The New Southern Style (in conversation with Paige and Smoot Hull), 7PM ZOOM

Austin Library Foundation, Mayor’s Book Club presents a Reading & Roundtable: Great Texas Novels with local authors Nancy Wayson Dinan, Myra Hargrave McIlvain, and Scott Semegran, 7PM ONLINE

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



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Yergin discussing The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations, 11:30AM  

BookPeople, Leila Sales discussing The Campaign (with special guests, illustrator Kim Balacuit and Texas House candidate Celina Montoya), 4PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney discussing Loretta Little Looks Back (in conversation with Brandy Colbert), 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Morning News, Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All with PEN America’s Suzanne Nossel and Ben Fountain, 5PM ONLINE

BookWoman, Teresa Fazio discussing Fidelis (in conversation with Brian Van Reet), 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, poet Joy Priest reading from Horsepower (with Sasha Banks and Nikki Wallschlaeger), 7PM ZOOM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Gabrielle Sessoms, Shellice Belhari, James Kelly, and Kimberley Jones (moderated by Rhonda Lawson), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Austin SCBWI, Webinar: Minutiae and You: How Details Add Depth To A Story with Jo Whittemore, 7PM ONLINE

North Texas SCBWI, Webinar: Nurturing Your Artistic Voice featuring author Meg Medina, 7PM 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


* Rockin OT, Dr. Amy Von Lintel signing Georgia O'Keeffe’s Wartime Texas Letters, 6PM



Bullock Museum, High Noon Talk: Dr. Dwight Watson discussing Race and the Houston Police Department, 1930–1990: A Change Did Come, 12PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Jasper Fforde and Matt Haig discussing The Constant Rabbit and The Midnight Library, respectively, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Kate the Chemist celebrating The Great Escape, 4PM ZOOM

University of Houston Libraries, Poetry & Prose, 5:30PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, bestselling-author Chelsea Clinton discussing She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game (with Nicole Jeter West), 6PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

BookPeople, Rachel Hollis discussing Didn't See That Coming (in conversation with Brit Barron), 6:30PM CADENZA TV [ticketed event]

Dallas Public Library, PLP Podcast Live with Brandy Colbert discussing The Voting Booth, 6:30PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, Duff Goldman, celebrity chef and host of Food Network’s Ace of Cakes and The Kids Baking Championship, launches first cookbook for young readers, Super Good Baking for Kids, 7PM CROWDCAST

Murder By the Book, Wendy Walker and Aimee Molloy discussing Don’t Look for Me and Goodnight Beautiful, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Deep Vellum Publishing, Writers on BIPOC and Disability Inclusion: Accessibility in the Literary Arts, 7PM ZOOM [donations for participants are welcomed]

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Deepak Chopra discussing Total Meditation: Practices In Living the Awakened Life (with guest host Nadia Bilchik), 7PM ZOOM

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



Texas Woman’s University, Paup Lecture featuring Steve Forbes and Elizabeth Ames, authors of Money, 5PM ONLINE

Voices de la Luna, Elements of Poetry with Dario: Scenic View: Viewpoint in Poetry, 6PM ZOOM

Harris County Public Library, HCPL Gulf Coast Reads: Silvia Moreno Garcia, author of Gods of Jade and Shadow (in conversation with David Bowles), 6:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Malvern Books, celebrating the recent release of Liliana Valenzuela’s Codex of Love: Bendita ternura (with poets jo reyes-boitel and Edward Vidaurre), 7PM ZOOM

LBJ Library, An evening with Bob Woodward discussing Rage, 7PM ONLINE

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Poetry Workshop: Violence / Joy / Chaos by Jane Marshall Aman, 7PM ONLINE

Texas State Historical Association, award-winning author Art Martínez de Vara discussing Tejano Patriot: The Revolutionary Life of Jose Francisco Ruiz, 1783-1840 (moderated by TSHA Press Managing Editor Ryan Schumacher), 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Gena Showalter discussing The Glass Queen (in conversation with Jill Monroe), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Syndey Sadick discussing Aim High (in conversation with Lela Rose), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, James Rollins discussing Unrestricted Access (in conversation with The Real Book Spy's Ryan Steck), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Ken Follett discussing The Evening and the Morning, 7PM ONLINE

Texas Tech, Creative Writing Reading Series presents Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Pérez, 7:30PM YOUTUBE

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



Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, Radical Cartographies: Faculty Book Presentation, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Blue Willow Bookshop, meet and greet Marie Lu for her new book, Skyhunter, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

The Blah Poetry Spot, Flowersong Press presents a reading from Contra: Texas Poets Speak Out, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE [all proceeds benefit MOVE Texas]


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 7PM



Book Festival Network, 3rd Indie Book Fest, 9AM ONLINE

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Book Crush Workshop: A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat, 10AM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, "Anatomy of a Scene: Getting Intimate" with Tracy Wolff, 10AM ZOOM

Laredo Public Libraries, One City, One Book: Irish author Colin Broderick discussing That's That: A Memoir, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Fort Worth Public Library, Marjorie Lewis discusses When the Men Were Gone, 11AM ZOOM

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Book Crush Workshop: Hood by Jenny Elder Moke, 1PM ONLINE

Tumblewords Project, writing workshop, 1PM ZOOM  

Houston Public Library, Public Poetry’s October Virtual Library Reading with Erin Belieu, Randall Watson, Patricia McMahon, and Winston Derden, 2PM ZOOM          

Austin Book Arts Center, Bookbinding workshop, 2PM ZOOM [teachers earn CPE]

The Writing Barn, Frozen Moments: Going from Prose to Graphica with David Bowles, 2PM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, Art Class for Kids 8-12 with Anneke Swanson, 2PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, town hall with Chris Colfer to celebrate A Tale of Witchcraft (with surprise guests, audience Q&A, games of trivia and “Stump the Author,” and the chance for a virtual meet-and-greet), 3PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

Katy Budget Books, Entangled Teen Virtual YA Event featuring Pintip Dunn author of Dating Makes Perfect, and Tracy Wolff, author of Crush, the second book in her Crave trilogy, 4:30PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, Becky Wallace discussing Far from Normal (in conversation with Ishita Kent), 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Malvern Books, celebrating the launch of Scott Semegran’s The Benevolent Lords of Sometimes Island (with readings from Scott and special guest Charlotte Gullick), 7PM ZOOM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Carolyn Leiloglou reading and signing Library's Most Wanted, 11AM OUTDOOR EVENT


*Pan African Connection, The PH Balance "When Doves Cry" An Artistic Examination of Family Violence Lunch & Learn Writing Workshop, 12PM



Malvern Books, The Lion & the Pirate Unplugged Open Mic (with featured reader Edith Tapia “Blackbird”), 1PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson discussing Fault Lines in The Constitution: The Graphic Novel, 3PM ZOOM



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.