The most comprehensive listing of book and author events, festivals, readings, lectures, and signings in the Lone Star State


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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 10.10.2021


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SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Houston Indiepalooza, ends October 10

Permian Basin Writers' Workshop, ends October 10

North Texas SCBWI Fall Conference, October 10 & 11

*Denton, University of North Texas (Hybrid), The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, October 15 & 16

*North Richland Hills, MID-CITIES TEEN BOOK FEST, October 15 & 16

Border Regional Library Association (BRLA) Fall Conference, October 15 & 16

Jaipur Literature Festival Houston, October 16 & 17

The 16th annual Buns & Roses Virtually Yours Weekend! October 15-17

*Waco, W O R D F E S T featuring poet Kathleen Hudson, Ph.D., October 15-17

*San Antonio, Gemini Ink, Inkstravaganza: Rebel with a Cause: A Celebration of the Literary Life of Gregg Barrios, October 15 & 16 – hybrid


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*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

 *SouthlakeFact, Fiction, and the New World: The Role of Books in the Making of America, A Humanities Texas Traveling Exhibition, through October 29

*Ranger, Texas Writers, A Humanities Texas Traveling Exhibition, through October 31

*KyleVoces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States, A Humanities Texas Traveling Exhibition, through November 6


 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


MONDAY, October 11 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Austin Bat Cave, Sports Writing (7-12th grade), 5:30PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Dr. Ian K. Smith - Virtual Event, 6PM

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library, Author Series – Adrian Miller – Black Smoke: African Americans and the United Staes of Barbeque, 6:30PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Virtual Event: Richard Antoine White in conversation with Andre Dowell, Chief of Artist Engagement at the Sphinx Organization, 7PM

Professor’s Corner & Denton Public Library, Professor’s Corner: Pandemic Poetry by Texas Poets / via Zoom, 7PM

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


TUESDAY, October 12 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book, Val McDermid in conversation with Patricia Cornwell - Virtual Event, 1PM

San Antonio Public Library, María Amparo Escandón Author Talk: “L.A. Weather”, 6PM

Writespace Houston, Performance Poetry with Amal Kassir, 6PM

*Houston, Houston Public Library, Reading Local: An Author Talk with Lise Olsen, 6:30PM

Austin Bat Cave, Scary Stories: Haunted Objects (3-5th grade), 6:30PM

Austin Bat Cave, Uncovering Your Voice: Discovering What Makes Your Writing Yours – A Six-Week Workshop, 7PM


Bookwoman, Virtual Discussion : Reading Promiscuously with Anya Kamenetz and Arielle Zibrak, 7PM


Fabled Bookshop & Café, Fabled's Book Club in Discussion with William Kent Krueger, 7PM

*Dallas, Chocolate Secrets, LitNight Reading Series, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Join editors Alafair Burke and Steph Cha, as well as contributors Nikki Dolson, Alex Segura, and Laura Lippman as they discuss The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021 collection – Virtual, 7PM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV, 7PM

*San Antonio, Texas A&M University San Antonio, Book Launch Celebration: Laurie Ann Guerrero, 7PM

Write Art Out inc., Words and Sh*t, featuring Karla Cordero, 7PM

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, Christopher Michael Birthday Slam!! 8PM

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


WEDNESDAY, October 13 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: A.R. CAPETTA - The Heartbreak Bakery, 6PM

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room Presents: Mindy Weisel, After: The Obligation of Beauty in conversation with Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, 6:30PM

World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth, Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran, and the Rise of Irregular Warfare (Virtual), 6PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Brazos Book Club with Lydia Millet, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Virtual - An Evening with Lindsay Ellis in conversation with John Scalzi – Ticketed, 7PM

Fresh Fiction, Video Book Club with Author Julia London, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Greg Herren and David R. Slayton in conversation - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Houston, Write About Now, LatinX Open Mic + Book Fair hosted by Zachary Caballero, 7:30PM


THURSDAY, October 14 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The J San Antonio, Author Speaker Series: An Afternoon with Bob Abelman, Author of "All the World's a Stage Fright: Misadventures of a Clandestine Critic: A Novella", 1PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Brendan Wenzel will appear in conversation with Shawn Harris for the release of Brendan's new picture book Inside Cat, 5PM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Tom Murphy, Pearl, 5PM


World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream, 6PM

Austin Bat Cave, Show Me How You Feel, 7PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Rick Bragg will appear in conversation with our own Valerie Koehler to celebrate his new book The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People, 7PM


Murder By The Book, Lori Rader-Day in conversation with Amy Stewart - Virtual Event, 7PM

Writing Workshops, How to Pitch to your Dream Publication Zoom Seminar, 7PM

Bookwoman, 2nd Thursday Virtual Poetry featuring Bree Rolfe + Open Mic, 7:15PM

Katy Budget Books, Chilling Fall Reads YA Virtual Panel, 8PM


FRIDAY, October 15 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Char Miller, West Side Rising, 5:30PM

Murder By The Book, James Han Mattson in conversation with Steph Cha - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Dallas, The Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM


SATURDAY, October 16  (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Writespace Houston, Speed Up Your Process with Cynthia Childress, 9:30AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Claudia Villarreal, The Bully Who Learned to Love, 11AM

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Picture Books with Heart with Anika and Christopher Denise, 11AM

*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Maverick Welcomes Author Gil Dominguez, 12PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Elaine Feeney - AS YOUR WERE, 1PM

*Duncanville, endasBOOKtique, Fall Festival at the BOOKtique, 1PM

*Abilene, Texas Star Trading Co., Book Signing with Author Lindy Bell, 1PM

*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, Cheryl Pena Book Signing, 1PM

Tumblewords Project, Lee Martínez Soto: Shadow Work: Embrace your Dark Side, 2PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Middle Grade Book Club with Karen Cushma, 3PM


SUNDAY, October 17 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Dallas, JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room Present: Einat Nathan, My Everything in Conversation with Tara Ohayon in person at the GFEC for Mimosas in the Morning – Einat Nathan virtually from Israel, 10AM

The Writing Barn, Mini-Retreat for the Weekend Warrior with Claire Campbell ONLINE, 10AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Mark Lardas, The Vanished Texas Coast, 12PM

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

The Writing Barn, FREE Virtual Picture Book Launch with Author Anne Wynter! 3PM

Writespace Houston, Approaching Revision as a Creative Endeavor, 3PM


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.