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 10.18.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, October 16-18, ONLINE

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

Buns and Roses Romance Tea for Literacy, October 18, ONLINE

Tweens Read, October 19-24, ONLINE

National Black Book Festival, October 23-24, ONLINE

Houston Indiepalooza, October 24, ONLINE



*National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, “What Might You Do?: Christian Robinson”, through 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



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

JCC Dallas, 14th Annual Tycher Library Fall Community Read: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jonathan Kaufman discussing The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China, 3:30PM 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

BookWoman, Lucia and John Gilbert discussing Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys, 7PM ZOOM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Marcus Pena signing Scars of My Life, 12PM OUTDOOR EVENT



Center for the Study of the Southwest, Farm Labor and Migrant Citizenship in the New Deal with author Dr. Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, 4PM ONLINE

WITS, workshop: Night & Day-Creative Writing for Teens with Josie Mitchell, 4:30PM MS TEAMS

University of Texas Press, Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson discussing Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back, 6PM ONLINE

Austin Book Arts Center, Japanese bookbinding workshop, 6PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Matthew McConaughey discussing Greenlights (in conversation with Richard Linklater), 7PM ZOOM [SOLD OUT]

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Jonathan Safran Foer discussing We are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast, 7PM ONLINE

Neustadt Lit Fest, Neustadt Anthology Book Launch Panel with Deep Vellum’s Will Evans, Daniel Simon, and David Shook, 7PM ONLINE

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



“Engaging Elderly Loved Ones in the Midst of COVID 19” with author Kathryn Mitchell, 10AM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Eoin Colfer launches The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges (in conversation with Matt Wall of Artemis Fowl Confidential), 4PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Ambassador Wendy Sherman discussing Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence, 4PM ONLINE

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

Austin Book Arts Center, DIY publishing workshop, 6PM ONLINE

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Reading & Roundtable: Relationships & No Fun Truly Bad Dates with Rebekah Manley and Sajni Patel, 7PM ONLINE


Brazos Bookstore, Becky Wallace and Sonia Hartl discussing Far From Normal and Not Your #Lovestory, 7PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Murder By the Book, Christopher Chambers discussing Scavenger, and Gary Phillips discussing Michael Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem (in conversation with S. A. Cosby), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Shana Anderson, Joy Deja King, Trina Wiggins, and James Rollins, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Interabang Books, Cory Doctorow discussing "Tech in Sci Fi" with Ken Liu and Annalee Newitz, 7PM ONLINE [ticketed]

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Bill Haltom discussing Why Can’t Mother Vote? and Ben Sheehan discussing OMG WTF Does the Constitution Actually Say?: A Non-Boring Guide to How Our Democracy is Supposed to Work, 7PM ONLINE

Fabled Bookshop & Café, Fabled's Book Club: Amy Jo Burns discussing Shiner, 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



Austin Book Arts Center, House Book With Pop-Ups (Children’s Workshop), 4PM ZOOM

WITS, workshop: Night & Day-Creative Writing for Teens with Josie Mitchell, 4:30PM MS TEAMS

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, General H. R. McMaster discussing Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, 5PM ONLINE

Front Street Books, Big Bend Conservation Book Club: Seamus McGraw discussing A Thirsty Land, 5:30PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Writing the Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel" with Samantha M. Clark, 6:30PM ZOOM

LBJ Library, Emmy Award-winning legal journalist and co-host of The View Sunny Hostin discussing I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds, 7PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, Kristin Cast and Joelle Charbonneau discussing The Key to Fear and Disclose, respectively, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Laila Lalami discussing Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America, 7PM ONLINE

Trinity University Press, Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy virtual town hall with contributors Sherwin Bitsui, Fenton Johnson, Debra Marquart, and Aimee Nez (moderated by’s Simmons Buntin), 7PM ONLINE

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, Scott Erickson presents Honest Advent, 5PM OUTDOOR EVENT



Conversations from a Page, As The Page Turns: Alka Joshi discussing The Henna Artist, 11AM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, William Drozdiak discussing The Last President of Europe, 11AM

BookPeople, Stuart Gibbs discussing Spy School Revolution (in conversation with Gordon Korman), 4PM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, book launch for Flying Over Water with authors Shannon Hitchcock and N. H. Senzai (with Janet Blair and Reverend Vicki Walker), 5:30PM

Writespace, Performance Poetry with Amal Kassir, 6PM ONLINE

Interabang Books, Elizabeth Jeffett discussing Crude Intent, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

River Heron Review, Fall Reading Series: Janice Northerns reading from Some Electric Hum, 6PM ZOOM

Dallas Public Library, a discussion on the importance of voting with Natalia Sylvester, author of Running, 6:3PM ONLINE

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Poetry Workshop: Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era with Badgerdog’s Steven Espada Dawson, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Kathryn Haueisen discussing The Mayflower Chronicles, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Soniah Kamal discussing Unmarriageable (in conversation with Devoney Looser), 7PM ZOOM

Houston Public Library, Author Talk with Rebekah Taussig: Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

North Texas Teen Book Festival, Haunting Reads: Kalynn Bayron (Cinderella is Dead), Zoraida Cordova (Wayward Witch-Brooklyn Brujas series), Nina Lacour (Watch Over Me), Shelby Mahurin (Blood & Honey-Serpent & Dove series), Ellie Marney (None Shall Sleep), 7PM ONLINE

The Bookworm Box, Ilsa Madden-Mills Author Takeover, 7PM

Texas Tech, Conference on the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World presents “Memoir: Memory and Landscape, Memory and Family, Memory and Love,” with author Howard Norman, 7PM VIRTUAL

Catholic Literary Arts, Ins & Outs of Editing with Johnnie Bernhard, 7PM ONLINE

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, Cameron Douglas discussing Long Way Home, 7:30PM ONLINE

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

Writers’ League of Texas, Off the Beaten Craft: Fanfiction, 8PM ZOOM


*Fabled Bookshop & Café, Scott Erickson signing Honest Advent, 6:30PM OUTDOOR EVENT



Malvern Books, Four Way Books reading with Charlie Clark (The Newest Employee of the Museum of Ruin), Brian Komei Dempster (Seize), and Susan Buttenwieser (We Were Lucky with the Rain), 5PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, 7.13 Books Panel: Jenny Bhatt (Each of Us Killers), Leland Cheuk (No Good Very Bad Asian), Beth Lisick (Edie on the Green Screen), and Ross Wilcox (Golden Gate Jumper Survivors Society), 7PM ZOOM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Jessica Thompson presents A Caterer's Guide to Love and Murder, 5PM OUTDOOR EVENT



Writespace, Writing the Uncanny: A Generative Workshop with Charlotte Wyatt, 10AM ONLINE

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Book Crush Workshop: The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez with Adrianna Cuevas, 10AM ONLINE

SCBWI Austin, Webinar: NEXT LEVEL WORLD BUILDING with Cory Putman Oakes, 10AM ONLINE

Writers Guild of Texas, Fall Workshop Part Two with Dr. Kerin Groves, 10AM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, story time: Hannah Barnaby reading There’s Something About Sam, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Book Crush Workshop: Check, Please! Book Two: Sticks & Scones with Ngozi Ukazu, 1PM ONLINE

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

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Virtual Travel to Places We’ve Been and to Those We Would Love to Go” with Carol A. Cross, 1PM ZOOM  

The Writing Barn, Fantasy Writing Class for Kids 8-12 with Robin Bissett and Thom V.Z. Johnson, 2PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Angelique Jamail discussing Homecoming, 4PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Interabang Books, Casey Cep in conversation with Jia Tolentino on Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

2020 Debuts, 5 Minute Reads of 2020 debuts with Jennifer J. Chow, Rita Woods, Elizabeth Shelburne, and Pamela Skjolsvik, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Misty Fawn Spray signing The Paper Rose Pony, 11AM OUTDOOR EVENT



Murder By the Book, Lee Child and Andrew Child discussing The Sentinel, 2PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, Harlan Coben discussing The Boy from the Woods, 7PM ZOOM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Steven Limon signing Mary's Lamb and Molly and the Octopod, 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.