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 10.04.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!



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

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

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



*National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, “What Might You Do?: Christian Robinson”, October 8-January 21, 2021

*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



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



Center for the Study of the Southwest, A Transnational Network of Anarcho-Feminists in the Gulf of Mexico with author Sonia Hernandez, 11AM ONLINE

SMU, Gail Koppman History Lecture: Peter Baker discussing The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III, 5PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Yamile Saied Méndez discussing Furia (in conversation with Nova Ren Suma), 6PM ZOOM

Austin Library Foundation, Mayor’s Book Club presents Reading & Roundtable: Amanda Eyre Ward & Deb Olin Unferth, 7PM ONLINE

Austin Book Arts Center, tunnel book construction, 6PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Rob Bell discussing Everything Is Spiritual (in conversation with Christian Washington), 7PM ZOOM

Inprint, the Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Marilynne Robinson will give a short reading from her new novel, Jack, followed by a conversation with novelist and physician Chris Adrian, 7PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Annie Lee Huber discussing A Pretty Deceit, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writespace, Making the City a Character: How to Create a Sense of Place in Your Writing with Alex Wukman, 7PM ONLINE

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg discussing The College Conversation: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education, 7PM ZOOM

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

SMU, Lecture Series: “Politics After Dark: The Campaign for President in the Digital Era of COVID” with authors Stephanie A. Martin and Jennifer Mercieca, 9PM ONLINE          



The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Writing Stories Driven by Voice, Character, and Plot with Author Natalia Sylvester, 11AM

Conversations from a Page, Literary Salon discussing Universe of Two by Stephen P. Kiernan and The Mountains Sing with Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, 6PM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Clarissa Ward discussing On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist, 11AM  

SHSU, Dateline: Democracy with author and journalist Lesley Stahl, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

SMU, The Future of US-Mexico Relations with Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Karla Valenzuela, and Richard Alm, 4PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Stuart Turton and Ragnar Jonasson discussing The Devil and the Dark Water and The Mist, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler launch Lights, Camera, Danger!, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright discussing Twins (moderated by Jennifer L. Holm), 6PM ZOOM [ticketed event]

St. Edward’s U, The Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series with ire’ne lara silva, 6PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Not YA Mama’s Book Club with author Adrienne Young, 6PM ZOOM

Jung Houston, “The Quality of Our Relationships Defines the Quality of Our Lives” with author Esther Perel, 6PM ONLINE [benefit]

Dallas Morning News, Questions of Culture: Words Into Action Conversations with Writers with Ayad Akhtar and Jaina Sanga, 6PM ONLINE

Interabang Books, Kevin O'Leary discussing Madison’s Sorrow, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Blue Willow Bookshop, S. C. Gwynne discussing Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War (in conversation with Justice Ken Wise), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Sherry Thomas discussing The Murder on Cold Street, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Patricia Haley-Glass, Brian W. Smith, Joan Vassar, and Curley West, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Claudia Rankine discussing Just Us (In conversation with Cathy Park Hong), 7PM ONLINE

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Casey Cep discussing Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, 7PM ZOOM

Trinity University Press, The West Coast is on Fire, Should We Be Worried ... A Conversation with authors Douglas Brinkley and Char Miller, 7PM ZOOM

Katy Budget Books, rom-com panel: Lyssa Kay Adams discusses Crazy Stupid Bromance, Tessa Bailey discusses Tools of Engagement, Ginny Baird discusses The Duplicate Bride, and Sarah Smith discusses Simmer Down, 8PM ZOOM

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



LBJ Library, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, joined by James A. Baker III, discussing The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III, 11AM ONLINE

Katy Budget Books, fantasy panel: Sarah Kozloff discusses her Nine Realms quartet, Brian Naslund presents Sorcery of a Queen, and Lavie Tidhar discusses By Force Alone, 12PM ZOOM

JCC Dallas, a conversation with Jeffrey Rosen and Dahlia Lithwick about Rosen’s new book, Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law, 4:30PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, John Rocco launches How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure (in conversation with Apollo engineers Steve Coester and J. Harvey LeBlanc), 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, webinar: Peter Baker and Susan Glasser discussing The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III, 5PM

TAMU, Richard Haass discussing his latest book, The World: A Brief Introduction, 5PM ZOOM

Trinity U, Afrolatinidades: Identities and Creative Activism with Ariana Brown, Mayra Santos Febres, and Alan Pelaez-Lopez, 5:30PM ONLINE

Front Street Books, Between the Covers with Writers of the Future, 5:30PM ZOOM

Austin Book Arts Center, tunnel book construction, 6PM ZOOM

SMU, Mark Wahlgren Summers will speak on his newest book Rum, Romanism, & Rebellion: The Making of a President, 1884, 6PM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, "Setting Matters More Than You Think" with Alex Temblador, 6:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, H. W. Brands discussing The Zealot and the Emancipator (in conversation with Stephen Harrigan), 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Saadia Faruqi and Jasmine Warga discussing A Thousand Questions and Other Words for Home, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

JCC Houston, Jennifer Rosner discussing The Yellow Bird Sings, 7PM ONLINE

Deep Vellum Books, Launch for Grieving by Cristina Rivera Garza (with Sarah Booker and Lina Meruane), 7PM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Pete Buttigieg discussing Trust: America’s Best Chance, 7PM

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

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

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Jennifer Bristol discussing and signing Parking Lot Birding, Volume 60: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas, 5PM OUTDOOR EVENT



Texas State Library & Archives, #TXBookChat: go behind the scenes with Texas Book Festival staff, 11AM ONLINE

Deep Vellum Publishing, One-on-One readings with Tatiana Ryckman, author of The Ancestry of Objects, 5PM CALL 214-945-4309

Writespace, Performance Poetry with Amal Kassir, 6PM ONLINE

Defunkt Magazine, Vol. 5 launch party, 6:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Casey Cep discussing Furious Hours (in conversation with Michael Lewis), 7PM ZOOM

Malvern Books, Austin launch of Catherine A. Hamilton’s debut novel, Victoria’s War, 7PM ZOOM

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Poetry Workshop: I Scream Social Vol. 2 featuring Claudia Delfina Cardona, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Julie C. Dao discussing The Mirror: Broken Wish (in conversation with Anna-Marie McLemore), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips discussing Living Weapon (in conversation with Aaron Fegan), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Lisa Unger discussing Confessions on the 7:45 with Crime By The Book’s Abby Endler, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Colin Quinn discussing Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States, 7PM ONLINE

The Bookworm Box, L. J. Shen LIVE Author Takeover!, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Catholic Literary Arts, poetry workshop: Writing in Response to Painted Interiors with Judith Sornberger, 7PM ONLINE

BookWoman, Second Thursday Open Mic featuring Jill Alexander Essbaum, 7:15PM ZOOM

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

Writers’ League of Texas, Ask Us Anything: Middle Grade & Young Adult, 8PM ZOOM



The Writing Barn, book launch: Nancy Bo Flood’s I Will Dance, illustrated by Julianna Swaney, 11AM ONLINE

Writing Workshops Dallas, Seminar: An Introduction to Writing for Film, TV and Theatre with Taz Skylar, 4PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, mystery panel: Debra H. Goldstein, Becky Clark, Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Graham, and Margaret Mizushima, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Fluid Fridays hosted by CRUSH, 8PM



Writespace, What I Want You to Know: Writing Legacy Letters in a Time of Pandemic with Catherine Vance, 9:30AM ONLINE

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Book Crush Workshop: Benbee and the Teacher Griefer by K. A. Holt, 10AM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, "Anatomy of a Scene: A Deep Dive into Dialogue" with Stacey Swann, 10AM ZOOM

SCBWI Austin, Monthly Meeting: Panel on Self-Publishing with P.J. Hoover, Britta Jensen & Mariya Prytula, 10AM ONLINE

TCU, Brian Cervantes discussing Amon Carter: A Lone Star Life, 10:30AM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, story time: Aram Kim reading Let’s Go to Taekwondo!, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Book Crush Workshop: The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg, 1PM ONLINE

Writespace, Poetry Critique Workshop with Holly Lyn Walrath, 1PM ONLINE

Gemini Ink, “Eight Literary Jailbreaks beyond Traditional Narrative” with David Shields, 1PM ONLINE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Writing for History: Past, Present, and Future” with Bill Sparks, 1PM ZOOM  

Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne), Art of Writing Workshop with D. Ellis Phelps, 1PM ZOOM

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

Brazos Bookstore, Lauren Tarshis discussing I Survived the California Wildfires (in conversation with Houston author Crystal Allen), 3PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Kwame Mbalia discussing Tristan Strong Destroys the World, 4PM ZOOM

SCBWI Austin, Hirana's War Book Launch Party with Britta Jensen, Brianna Steinfort-Springer, and Bradley P. Wilson, 4PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, virtual meet and greet with Eva Chen for her new picture book, Roxy the Last Unisaurus Rex, 6PM ZOOM

Malvern Books, Book Launch: What Remains by Claudia Delfina Cardona, 7PM ZOOM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Alexia Bartholomew discussing and signing Father, Give me the Heart, 11AM OUTDOOR EVENT



Blue Willow Bookshop, Rick Riordan discussing The Tower of Nero, fifth book in his Trials of Apollo series, 3PM [SOLD OUT]

Inprint, Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People: Lois Lowry sharing her new novel, The Willoughbys Return, 4PM ONLINE

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Mary Tenner signing Grandma's Halloween Stories, 12PM OUTDOOR EVENT



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.