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


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 by Lone Star Literary Life

FOR THE WEEK OF 10.31.2021


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SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Austin, Texas Book Festival, through October 31- Hybrid

Virtual South Texas Book Festival – Booktacular, through October 31

*Oakville, 11th Annual Dobie Dichos, November 5

*San Antonio, Hybrid, San Antonio Public Library, Potranco Branch Library's 5th Anniversary Celebration! November 5

Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, November 6-16


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*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

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, GOLDEN LEGACY: 80 YEARS OF ORIGINAL ART FROM GOLDEN BOOKS, through December 24


SUNDAY, October 31 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Fort Worth, The Dock Bookshop, Boo! Books & Treats, 2PM

*Denton, Spiderweb Salon, spiderdead 2021, 2PM


MONDAY, November 1 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Book World: The Great Escape, Lone Star Lit’s very own Kristine Hall in conversation with Michael Scott Clifton and C.J. Peterson, 11AM

*San Marcos, San Marcos Public Library, The Launch of a Poetry Publication, 5:30PM

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room Present: Michael Bar-Zohar, The Mossad Amazons: The Amazing Women in the Israeli Secret Service, 6:30PM

Writers’ League of Texas, 2021 Write-In November, 6:30PM


TUESDAY, November 2 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Dallas, The Store in Lake Highlands, Book Signing at The Store with Chef Michael Wende, 11AM

The Writing Barn, FREE Virtual Book Launch with Author Jocelyn Rish and Illustrator David Creighton-Pester! 6PM

*Houston, Houston Public Library, Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza: Reading Local – Meet Texas Poet Tomás Morín, 6PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Karen Walrond will appear in conversation with Mira Jacob for the release of Karen's new book The Lightmaker's Manifesto, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Alison Gaylin & Laura Lippman Crowdcast - Ticketed Event, 7PM

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

The Writing Barn, Make It Memorable: Major & Minor Character Development with Carrie Jones, 7PM

The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup Mixed Genre, 7PM

Write Art Out Inc., Words and Sh*t, featuring Patrick Roche, 7PM

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, 8PM

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


WEDNESDAY, November 3 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Gemini Ink, Making a Scene – A Prose Workshop with Kurt Caswell, 6PM

*Bryan, Degallery, Book Signing by Magda Zietsman, 6PM

Writespace Houston, Spiritual Writing on Trauma with Phuc Luu, 6PM

Austin Bat Cave, The Sentence Lab with Olga Vilkotskaya, 6:30PM

Writers’ League of Texas, “The Art of the Short Story” with Trent Hudley, 6:30PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Live Virtual Event: Ai Weiwei – 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows, 7PM

Monkey and Dog Books, Scholastic Parents Night: Graphix Got Me Reading, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Nicole Baart in conversation with Kimberly Belle - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Houston, Write About Now, Poetry Open Mic ft. Kas Poetess, 7:30PM


THURSDAY, November 4 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: The ABCs of Poetry – Writing in Verse for Children and Teens with Lesléa Newman, 10AM

Texas Sisters Press, 'Tis The Season, A Holiday Anthology Book Launch Party! 6PM

Voices de la Luna: A Quarterly Literature & Arts Magazine, Elements of Poetry Workshop with Dario, 6PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Rektok Ross will appear in conversation with J. Elle to discuss Rektok's new novel Ski Weekend, 7PM

Texas Tech University, Creative Writing Series: Chad Davidson: Face to Face, 7:30PM

Writers’ League of Texas, WLT Off the Beaten Craft: “Literature in Translation”, 8PM


FRIDAY, November 5 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

The University of Texas at Dallas, Author Event and Book Discussion: Samantha Rose Hill "Hannah Arendt", 9:30AM

*Abilene, Texas Star Trading Co, Book Signing with John Erickson, 3PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: MITCH ALBOM - The Stranger in the Lifeboat, 6:30PM

*Lewisville, Kindred Creatives Art and Literary Press, A Lit Evening with Nattyboy Blac, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Scott Carson (Michael Koryta) in conversation with Sarah Langan - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Dallas, The Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM


SATURDAY, November 6 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Writers’ League of Texas, “Write Before You Write: Outlining, Planning, and Plotting” with Jennifer Ziegler, 10AM

*Buchanan Dam, Writers’ League of Texas, Rachel Starnes presenting on “Problems of Memory in Memoir” and Julie Poole presenting on “Nature Poetry: A Field Guide to Capturing Everyday Wonder”, 10AM

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Book Signing with Dan Hill, author of First Blush, 10:30AM

*Bee Cave, Bee Cave Public Library, The Cats on My Block Book Signing, 11AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Vernette V. Ayers, The Healing Journey: A Guide to Self-Discovery, 11AM

The Writing Barn, FREE Virtual Book Launch with Authors Karen Jameson and Dianne White! 11AM

*Abilene, Texas Star Trading Co, Book Signing with Charlie Russell, 12PM

*Dallas, SMU Pollock Gallery, "See You There" Nishiki Sugawara-Beda book launch, 12PM

*McKinney, Carpe Diem Comics, Book Signing: Morgan Chalut, 12PM

Murder By The Book, Kensington Cozy Christmas Panel – Virtual, 1PM

Writespace Houston, Let’s Start with Sentences with Matthew Hefti, 1PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Mitali Ruths | Archie Celebrates Diwali, 2PM

*Houston, Public Poetry, Public Poetry Reading Series, 2PM

*Houston, The Branch, City Seeds release and book signing with Amy Williams, 2PM

The Writer’s Garret, Writing the Great Outdoors with Lisa Huffaker, 2PM

*Corsicana, Storefront Corsicana, Mill Towns & Oil Cities: conversation and book signing with author Kerri Arsenault, 4:30PM

*Cedar Hill, Alan E. Sims Cedar Hill Recreation Center, Book signing with Author Tam, 5:30PM

Malvern Books, Sequoia Maner’s Little Girl Blue: Poems Chapbook Launch, 7PM

Malvern Books, The Lion & The Pirate Virtual Open Mic (Captioned), 7PM


SUNDAY, November 7 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Haleigh Wenger, A Feeling Like Home, 12PM

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room Present: Lucy Adlington, The Dressmakers of Auschwitz: The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive Q + A Session via Zoom, 2PM

Writespace Houston, Promoting Your Work to Bookstores with Ülrika Moats, 3PM

*Dallas, The Wild Detectives, Noir at the Bar, 6PM


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.