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 10.03.2021


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SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Boerne, Boerne Book & Arts Festival, October 3, 2021

El Paso Community College Literary Fiesta, October 3, 2021

Women Writing the West Conference, October 7-9, 2021

IndiePalooza 2021 – Houston Writers Guild, October 8-10, 2021

2021 Permian Basin Writers’ Workshop – Virtual, October 9 & 10, 2021

North Texas SCBWI Fall Conference, October 10-11, 2021



EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*HoustonCitizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas, A Humanities Texas Exhibition, through October 4

*Eastland, Lonesome Dove, A Humanities Texas Exhibition, through October 15

*Fort Worth, In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez, A Humanities Texas Traveling Exhibition, through October 22

*Ranger, Texas Writers, A Humanities Texas Traveling Exhibition, October 4-31

 *Southlake, Fact, Fiction, and the New World: The Role of Books in the Making of America, A Humanities Texas Traveling Exhibition, October 4-29

*Kyle, Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States, A Humanities Texas Traveling Exhibition, October 9 – November 6


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


MONDAY, October 4 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Blue Willow Bookshop, Dhonielle Clayton and Kwame Mbalia will appear in conversation to celebrate their new books: Dhonielle's The Mirror Shattered Midnight and Kwame's Tristan Strong Keeps Punching, 5PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Lisa Unger - Virtual Event, 6PM

*San Marcos, San Marcos Public Library, Altered Book Art, 6PM

Writespace Houston, Maniac Juxtapositions: Fiction Techniques in the Horror Genre with Charlotte Wyatt, 6PM

Gemini Ink, Small but Mighty: The Art of Microfiction with Tina Barry, 6:30PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Archer Mayor - Virtual Event, 7PM

Houston SCBWI, From Script to Page: Bringing an Author’s Vision to Life, 7PM

Bookwoman, What Fresh Hell Is This?- A Virtual Conversation with Heather Corrina & Special Guest Jennifer Weiss-Wolff, 8PM


TUESDAY, October 5 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book, C.J. Cooke in conversation with Rachel Harrison, 1PM

*Ozona, Crockett County Public Library, Ben English Book Signing, 5:30PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: COLM TÓIBÍN - The Magician, 6PM

San Antonio Public Library, Author talk session with María Amparo Escandón [in Spanish], 6PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Rex Ogle will appear in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald for the release of Rex's new memoir Punching Bag, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Not YA Mama’s Book Club with Erica Waters, 7PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Virtual Event: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers - In conversation with author Danielle Evans, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Elizabeth C. Bunce in conversation with Fleur Bradley - Virtual Event, 7PM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Susan K. Williams Smith, Ron Howell, Mbinguni, Billie Montgomery-Cook, and hosted by Rhonda Lawson, 7PM

The Dock Bookshop, Kwame Mbalia & Samira Ahmed Live! – Virtual Event, 7PM

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

*The Woodlands, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, James M. Olson - A Different Kind of Career: Under Cover in the CIA, 7PM

Write Art Out Inc., Words and Sh*t, featuring Anthony "The Poet" Flores, 7PM

*Austin, The Austin Poetry Slam, Poetry + Score Cards + Cash = Austin Poetry Slam! 8PM

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


WEDNESDAY, October 6 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book, Richard Osman in conversation with Jeffrey Deaver - Ticketed Virtual Event, 3PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: VARIAN JOHNSON - Playing the Cards You're Dealt, 6PM

World Affairs Council of Dallas – Fort Worth & Interabang Books, David McCloskey, former CIA analyst and consultant, McKinsey & Company - Damascus Station, 6PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Amor Towles in conversation with Ann Patchett to discuss his new book The Lincoln Highway, 7PM [Ticketed]

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - William Jack Sibley - HERE WE GO LOOP DE LOOP, in conversation with Steve Davis, 7PM

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room Presents: Joanne Samuel Goldblum, Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding and Ending US Poverty In conversation with Julie Liberman, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Rhys Bowen in conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan - Virtual Event, 7PM

*San Antonio, The Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio, Author Speaker Series: An Evening with Amy Schwartz, Author of "Can Robots Be Jewish? And Other Pressing Questions of Modern Life", 7PM

*Houston, Write About Now, Poetry Open Mic ft. LeChell "The Shootah" R.H., 7:30PM


THURSDAY, October 7 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, Texas A&M University – San Antonio, University Library Open House! 3PM

Harris County Public Library & Arte Público Press, Live Author Event! Our Heroes in History: Hispanic Icons, 4:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Rick Riordan to celebrate the publication of his new novel Daughter of the Deep, 5PM [Ticketed]

Pflugerville Writing Club & Austin Bat Cave, Pflugerville Writing Club: Super Fandom Edition, 5PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: HEARTDRUM PANEL feat. Cynthia Leitich Smith, Christine Day, Dawn Quigley, Brian Young, 6PM

*San Antonio, Trinity University Press, The Blues of Heaven: An Evening with Poet Barbara Ras, 6PM

The Writing Barn, FREE Virtual Book Launch with Uma Krishnaswami and Veera Hiranandani! 6PM

Voices de la Luna, Elements of Poetry Workshop with Dario, 6PM

Writespace Houston, LGBTQIA+ Writers with Justin Jannise, 6PM

AARP, Conversation with writer, poet, performer, and artist Sandra Cisneros, 7PM

Bookwoman, Dark Academia: A Virtual Panel Discussion with authors Amy Gentry, Layne Fargo, Nina Revoyr, and Ashley Winstead. Our moderator will be Molly Odintz of CrimeRead, 7PM

*Cisco, Cisco Writers Club, Carol B. Cook: Putting the Face on Your Story: Book Covers, 7PM

Patrick Heath Public Library, A Year of Miracles: Poetry Reading, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Susanna Kearsley in conversation with Hallie Ephron - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Houston, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, Tara Kangarlou - The Heartbeat of Iran: Real Voices of a Country and Its People, 7PM


FRIDAY, October 8 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: RICK RIORDAN - Daughter of the Deep, 6PM [Ticketed]

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Cappy McGarr - THE MAN WHO MADE MARK TWAIN FAMOUS, 6PM

Murder By The Book, L. Alison Heller in conversation with Chandler Baker - Virtual Event, 7PM

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


SATURDAY, October 9  (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Austin SCBWI, Monthly Meeting: Hidden Gems: Digging Resources for Historical Fiction and Nonfiction Writing with Author Alda P. Dobbs, 9:30AM

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

ACFW DFW, Writing with Diversity-Toni Shiloh, 10:30AM

League of Romance Writers, "Copyright & Trademark: What Every Author Needs to Know" with IP attorney, Maggie Marr Legal PC! 10:30AM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL STORY TIME - Lucy Ruth Cummins – VAMPENGUIN, 11AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Rosie J. Pova, Sunday Rain, 11AM

The Writing Barn, FREE Virtual Book Launch with Authors Cynthia Argentine and S.K. Wenger! 11AM

*Dallas, Soirée Coffee Bar, Author Vibes For Brunch: Book Signing with Stephanie Sterling, 12PM

Austin Bat Cave, Ghost Story Workshop (5th-8th grade), 1PM

*Abilene, Texas Star Trading Co, Book Signing with Bob Phillips, 1PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: CHRIS BARTON - How To Make a Book (About My Dog), 2PM

*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Patrick Flenniken Book Signing, 2PM

Tumblewords Project, Donna Snyder: When Sky and Earth Gave Birth to Justice, 2PM

*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books & Indulgences, Jennifer Coleman will be visiting the store to sign her newly released children's book "Come 'N Git It!", 2PM

The Writer’s Garret, Small Wonders: Writing with Objects that Surround Us with Lisa Huffaker, 2PM

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Tabitha Brown Dallas Signing - FEEDING THE SOUL, 4PM

*Laredo, The Phoenix Bookstore, Fright Night with Author Chris James, 4PM


SUNDAY, October 10 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Writespace Houston, Our Silent Voice Collaboration with Justin Jannise, 11AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Becca Waugh, The World Famous Texas Alphabet Coloring Book & Activities, 12PM

*McKinney, HPB, Author Lewis Ben Smith Signing President Hamilton!, 1PM

Author Lewis Ben Smith  presentation on “PRESIDENT HAMILTON vs. History’s Hamilton”, with live Q&A afterward! 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.