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 10.11.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


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

Mid-Cities Teen Book Fest, October 16, ONLINE

20th Annual Inkstravaganza: Lift Every Voice, October 16, ONLINE

Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, October 16-18, ONLINE

Texas Roses, Romance, and Readers Showcase, October 17, ONLINE

O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships, October 17-24, ONLINE

Buns and Roses Romance Tea for Literacy, October 18, 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



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



Blue Willow Bookshop, V. E. Schwab discussing The Invisible Life of Addie Larue (in conversation with Alice Sola Kim and Marlon James), 6PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Pflugerville Public Library, Authors of Mystery talk Characters: How we create them with N.M Cedeño, David Ciambrone, and Kathy Waller, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE, YOUTUBE

Inprint, Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Julia Alvarez and Sigrid Nunez reading from Afterlife and What Are You Going Through, followed by a conversation with Houston writer, educator, and Ink Well podcast host Jasminne Mendez, 7PM ONLINE

The Dock Bookshop, Dock Power Hour with Chip Jones, author of The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South, 7PM CROWDCAST, FACEBOOK LIVE

Professor’s Corner, featuring the poetry of Carmen Tafolla, 7PM ZOOM (e-mail for link)

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



Harris County Public Library, Change & Build: Creative Writing for Kids, Part I with Dinorah Pérez, 3:30PM MICROSOFT TEAMS

WITS Houston, WITS Teen Workshop: “Night & Day” Part I with Josie Mitchell, 4:30PM MICROSOFT TEAMS

Blue Willow Bookshop, Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris will discuss A Polar Bear in the Snow with Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey, creators of The Old Truck, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos (illustrator) discussing I Am Anne Frank and I Am Benjamin Franklin (in Conversation with Holly Firfer), 5:30PM ZOOM

Austin Bat Cave, Upside Down: Writing the Familiar into Strange with Roohi Choudhry, 6PM ONLINE

Deep Vellum Books, An Evening with Daniel Saldaña Paris, author of Ramifications, and translator Christina MacSweeney, 6PM ZOOM, FACEBOOK LIVE

SMU, Tim Borstelmann discussing Just Like Us, 6PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council – DFW, Chris Whipple discussing The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future, 6PM ONLINE

American Short Fiction, My Constellation of 8: A Conversation with Carmen Maria Machado, 6:30PM ONLINE

Katy Budget Books, Robyn Carr discussing Return to Virgin River, 6:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Jardine Libaire, Amanda Eyre Ward, and Kathy Valentine discussing The Sober Lush (moderated by Sarah Hepola), 7PM ZOOM

LOGOS Poetry Collective, reading with Joanna Klink and Rita Dove, 7PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, David Slayton discussing White Trash Warlock, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Sarah Cormier, Valinda Miller, Tiffany Mensh, and Charity Spears, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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


* Hall of State - Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society Brown Bag Lecture: Paula Selzer discussing Adolphe Gouhenant: French Revolutionary, Utopian Leader, and Texas Frontier Photographer, 12PM [limited seating; mask required]


* Ghost Town Arts Collective, Rock Salt Writers Workshop: Fiction & More with Peter Anderson, 6:30PM



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Martin E. Dempsey discussing No Time For Spectators: The Lessons That Mattered Most From West Point to the West Wing, 11AM

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: John Brennan discussing Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, at Home and Abroad, 2PM

Harris County Public Library, Change & Build: Creative Writing for Kids, Part 2 with Dinorah Pérez, 3:30PM MICROSOFT TEAMS

BookPeople, Debbie Dunn and Tami Lewis Brown discussing Perkin's Perfect Purple: How a Boy Created Color with Chemistry (moderated by Meredith Davis), 4PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Tana French discussing The Searcher and Megan Abbott discussing Give Me Your Hand, 4PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Murder By the Book, Friends & Fiction: celebrate indie bookstore with Mary Alice Monroe, Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Patti Callahan Henry, and special guest Charlaine Harris, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Interabang Books, Reid Forgrave in conversation with John McClain on Love, Zac, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Austin Bat Cave, Live Write-In & Author Visit with Natalia Sylvester (6-12th grades), 6PM ZOOM

Harris County Public Library, Gulf Coast Reads Mythical Adventure: Aztec Myths in Fiction with David Bowles, 6:30PM ONLINE

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Reading & Roundtable: Rock 'n' Roll Fiction & Memoir: Go-go’s bassist Kathy Valentine and novelist Elissa R. Sloan, 7PM ONLINE

Interfaces, Artist Showcase & Open Mic featuring Bleached Roses and Gillian Kümm, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Christina Lauren will appear in conversation with Alisha Rai, moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Maureen Lee Lenker, to discuss their new books, In A Holidaze and Girl Gone Viral, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, Mexican American Women & Civil Rights in Texas: A virtual talk with author Cynthia E. Orozco, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Trinity University Press, Maverick Book Club: In the Loop with David Johnson and Rick Casey, 7PM ONLINE

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

Katy Budget Books, Billionaire Romance Panel: Helen Hardt (Follow Me Darkly), J. Kenner (My Fallen Saint), and Angelina Lopez (Hate Crush), 8PM ZOOM

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

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Gary Scharrer discussing and signing Connecting Texas: True Tales of the People Who Built Our Highways and Bridges, 5PM OUTDOOR EVENT



World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Susan Eisenhower discussing How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions, 11AM

Murder By the Book, Lisa Jewell discussing Invisible Girl and Ruth Ware discussing One by One, 1PM ZOOM [ticketed]

BookPeople, Oliver Jeffers discussing What We'll Build, 4PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Coyote Peterson (The Beast of Bites), Mike Lowery (Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures!) and Jess Keating (Eat Your Rocks, Croc!: Dr. Glider's Advice for Troubled Animals) discussing their latest books, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writespace, Performance Poetry with Amal Kassir, 6PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Ina Garten discussing Modern Comfort Food (in conversation with Shay Spence), 7PM ONLINE [ticketed]

North Texas SCBWI, Not Every Story Arcs: Writing Nontraditional Picture Books That Will Be Read and Re-Read with Liz Garton Scanlon, 7PM ONLINE

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Poetry Workshop: Listen to the Trees by Sean Petrie, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem discussing Swamp Thing: Twin Branches, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Steve Madden discussing The Cobbler: How I Disrupted an Industry, Fell from Grace, and Came Back Stronger Than Ever (in conversation with Holly Firfer), 7PM ONLINE

Barshop JCC San Antonio, Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz discussing The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia, 7PM ONLINE

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

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

Writers’ League of Texas, October Third Thursday: How Do You Know When You're Done with Edward Carey, Trent Hudley, and Alex Temblador, 8PM ZOOM


*II Brothers Bar & Grill, Tricia Kagerer discussing The B Words: 13 Words Women Must Navigate for Success, 5:30PM OUTDOOR EVENT


* Ghost Town Arts Collective, Dancing Catfish: Poetry Writers Workshop with Peter Anderson, 6:30PM



JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Yotam Ottolenghi discussing Ottolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook with Co-Author Ixta Belfrage (in conversation with Lee Schrager), 11:30AM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, John Grisham discussing A Time for Mercy, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, William Dylan Powell discussing Culture Shock: Houston, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Rage Almighty Slam, 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: Twins by Varian Johnson, 10AM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, "Anatomy of a Scene: Violence: When, Why, and How" ONLINE with Gabino Iglesias, 10AM ZOOM

ACFW DFW, “From Pumpkin Patches to Christmas Cookies: How to Write a Heartwarming, Hallmark-Sweet Romance” with Teri Wilson, 10:30AM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, story time: Donna Guthrie reading Flibbertigibbety Words, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Writing Barn, The Making of a Middle-Grade Novel with Rajani LaRocca ONLINE, 12PM

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Book Crush Workshop: War and Speech by Don Zolidis, 1PM ONLINE

Austin Bat Cave, Ghost Story Workshop with Carrie Juettner (5-8th grades), 1PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Dylan Powell discussing Culture Shock: Houston, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writespace, Write Your Nanowrimo Novel! with Icess Fernandez Rojas, 1PM ONLINE

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

Tumblewords Project, workshop: Storytelling in Times of Change with Rubi Orozco Santos, 1PM ZOOM  

Brazos Bookstore, Middle Grade Book Club with Keir Graff, author of The Tiny Mansion, 3PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Lauren Berry discussing The Rented Altar, 7PM ZOOM


*Holy Cross, Mary Walker Clark discussing and signing Landing in My Present (in conversation with Syndey Snelling Young), 11AM OUTDOOR EVENT  


*Scenes from a River, Jodi Thomas will be signing books, 1PM


* Ghost Town Arts Collective, Poetry Jams Open Mic Night, 6:30PM



The Writing Barn, celebrating the release of Nicholas Solis’s new book, The Staring Contest, 12PM ONLINE

Sisters in Crime - Houston, October Meeting: Let’s Get Cozy with Peg Cochran, 2PM ZOOM

Writing Workshops Dallas, Poetry Workshop: Writing Poems About the Pandemic with Justin Balog, 3PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Christina Soontornvat discussing All Thirteen (in conversation with author Kate Messner), 4PM ZOOM

Austin Bat Cave, Who Mothers the Writer? Reconnecting with the Craft in Trying Times with Szilvia Molnar, 4PM ONLINE

Saint Michael And All Angels Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Curry presents Love Is the Way, 5PM ONLINE

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Marcus Pena signing Scars of My Life, 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.