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 10.25.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!



South Texas Book Festival, October 29-November 1, ONLINE

Texas Teen Book Festival, October 31-November 1, ONLINE

25th Annual Texas Book Festival, October 31-November 15, ONLINE

48th Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival, November 1-22, 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



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



Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: drop-spine box, 6PM ZOOM

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Brittany Barnett discussing A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom, 6:30PM ONLINE

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Creative Writing Department’s Literary Coffeehouse, hosted by Charlotte Gullick, featuring Nicky Drayden, author of Escaping Exodus, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Bryan Washington launches Memorial (in conversation with Jason Reynolds), 7PM ZOOM

Inprint, Brit Bennett discussing The Vanishing Half, 7PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Crooked Lane Books presents Sarah Warburton (Hurry Home), Roz Nay (The Monsters We Make), Kali White (Once Two Sisters), and Jody Gehrman (Girls Weekend), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Dock Bookstore, Dock Power Hour with Mary-Frances Winters, author of Black Fatigue, 7PM CROWDCAST, FACEBOOK LIVE

Literati Bookstore, At Home with Literati: Jenny Bhatt discussing Each of Us Killers: Stories and Suman Mallick discussing The Black-Marketer’s Daughter, 7PM ONLINE

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


* Arts & Letters Bookstore, Writers’ Bloc meeting: Kat Calaway discussing Professional Branding Photography for Writers, 7PM [also on ZOOM]



Lunch with a Librarian, Katie Proctor launches My Storied Year (in conversation with Kristy Hill), 12PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Austin Book Arts Center, making book cloth, 6PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Jimmy Fallon launches 5 More Sleeps 'til Christmas!, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

SMU, Lindsay M. Chervinsky discussing The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, 6PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Shock the Vote ATX/Tales from Your Crypt: Original Tales of Terror with Owen Egerton, Joe Brundidge, and Lady Grim Reaper, 7PM ZOOM

BookWoman, Book Launch: Death, Reflections from Sisters of the Holy Pen, 7PM ZOOM

Radio San Marcos, Judy Alter discussing Saving Irene and more, 7PM 

Brazos Bookstore, Nandini Bhattacharya discussing Love’s Garden (in conversation with Indira Ganesan), 7PM ZOOM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Gresha Lewis, Radiah Hubbert, Ronald Bonner, and Bernard Lee Jr., 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture, Questions of Culture: Words Into Action Conversations with Writers featuring Fowzia Karimi and A. Kendra Greene, 7PM ONLINE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Bryan Washington discussing Memorial (in conversation with Kiley Reid, author of Such a Fun Age), 7PM ONLINE

JCC Dallas, Nancy Grace discussing Don’t Be a Victim, 7PM ONLINE

Trinity University, Children's Book Reading with Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, author of Fauja Singh Keeps Going, 7:30PM 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


*Barron’s, Kimberly Fish signing Comfort Foods, 10AM



Austin Book Arts Center, bookbinding workshop, 6PM ZOOM

Front Street Books, Between the Covers: Horror novelist Andy Davidson, author of In the Valley of the Sun and The Boatman’s Daughter, 5:30PM ZOOM

TAMU, Dr. Valerie Hudson discussing The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide, 5:30PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, Trammell Crow and Bill Shireman discussing In This Together, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Character Development in Memoir: How to Deepen the Story" with Charlotte Gullick, 6:30PM ZOOM

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Reading & Roundtable: Crime, Mystery & the Birth of American CSI with Richard Santos, Laura Griffin, and Kate Winkler Dawson, 7PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Bryan Washington discussing Memorial, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Unputdownable Nonfiction with Christina Soontornvat, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Angie and Alli Simpson discussing Clouds (in conversation with Cody Simpson), 7PM ZOOM

McKinney Public Library, Kim Powers discussing Rules for Being Dead, 7PM ZOOM

Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops Dallas, Big Texas Read: Fowzia Karimi’s Above Us the Milky Way, 7PM ZOOM

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

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


* University of Texas Club, Witches Night Out: Ghosts of Bad Dates Past with author Rebekah Manley, 6PM



Healthier Texas Summit, Health Haves & Health Have Nots in the Time of COVID-19 with author Dr. Sandro Galea, 9AM ONLINE

BookPeople, Mari Mancusi discussing Frozen II: Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr (in conversation with Jen Calonita), 4PM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Introduction to Horror Writing with Madison Estes, 6PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council - DFW, Fareed Zakaria discussing 10 Lessons For The Post Pandemic World, 6PM ZOOM

Voices de la Luna, Writing Workshop with Mobi Warren: Thread and Nectar, 6PM ONLINE

Harris County Public Library, Looking for the Answers: Latinx Authors Amplify Teen Voices with Anna Garcia Schaper, Richie Narvaez, and Alex Temblador, 6:30PM ONLINE

Austin Library Foundation, MBC Poetry Workshop: The Nightgown & Other Poems by Taisia Kitaiskaia, 7PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Tori Eldridge discussing The Ninja’s Blade, 7PM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Bad Dates and Good Publishing: The Literary Launch of Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates with Rebekah Manley (author) and Catarina Oliveira (illustrator), featuring guests Natalie Lakosil & Claire Sielaff, 7PM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, Sara Faring discussing White Fox (in conversation with Andrea Bartz), 7PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Aaron Fagan discussing A Better Place Is Hard to Find, 7PM ZOOM

Katy Budget Books, Virtual Meet and Greet with Marissa Meyer, author of Instant Karma, 7PM ZOOM [sold out]

Murder By the Book, Stephen Spotswood discussing Fortune Favors the Dead, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Trinity University Press, The End of the World as We Know It: The Nonfiction of Apocalypse: authors Beth Peterson and Matt Donovan in Conversation, 7PM ZOOM

WTAMU, Dr. José Limón presents “From the Streets of Laredo to the Palo Duro Canyon and Other Texas Stories,” 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Allen Library, Mitchel Whitington discussing Ghosts of North Texas and Ghosts of East Texas and the Pineywoods, 7:30PM ONLINE

Trinity University, Islamophobia, Xenophobia, and Interreligious Engagement with authors Simran Singh and Najeeba Syeed, 7:30PM ONLINE

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

Katy Budget Books, Talk to Your Kids: A Virtual Parenting Panel with author Dr. Abi Gewirtz, Michelle Watson-Canfield, PhD, and Shafia Zaloom, 8PM ZOOM



Fort Worth Public Library, Libby Copeland discussing The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are, 4PM ONLINE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Glowetry, 8PM



Writers’ League of Texas, "Getting Started or Restarted: A Writer's Guide to Moving Forward" with Faylita Hicks, 10AM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, story time: Anne Lambelet reading The Poisoned Apple, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Pandemic - Día de los Muertos” with Raquel B. Mejía, 1PM ZOOM  

Museum of South Texas History, Ghosts of Rio Grande Valley with Dr. David Bowles, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE


*Fabled Bookshop & Café, J. H. Reynolds signing Monsterstreet #4, 10AM OUDOOR EVENT



Malvern Books, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review Issue 52 launch party, 2PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, John Connolly discussing The Dirty South and Stuart Neville discussing The Stranger, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writespace, Building Blocks for a Strong Memoir with Joyce Boatright, 3PM ONLINE

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, Max Brooks discussing author Devolution, 7:30PM ZOOM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Ben Castillo discussing and signing Boxcar Bennie, 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.