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 11.01.2020

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

5th Annual Texas Authors Celebration, November 5, ONLINE

*10th Annual Dobie Dichos, November 6, Oakville

Indie Author Day Celebration, November 7, ONLINE

*A Grave Is Given Supper, November 7-14, Dallas

Lit Crawl Austin, November 7-15, 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



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

Write About Now, Guided Freewrites instructed by Ariana Brown, 2PM ZOOM

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

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Ben Castillo discussing and signing Boxcar Bennie, 12PM OUTDOOR EVENT



Austin Library Foundation, Badgerdog Memoir & Storytelling Workshop for Adults, 10:30AM

Harris County Public Library, HCPL Writes: NaNoWriMo 2020 opening day with Summer Kiska and Ellias Quinn, 3PM ONLINE

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

World Affairs Council – DFW, Jim Falk’s conversation with Brother Christopher Savage and Marc Goldberg, co-authors of The Art of Training Your Dog, 6PM ONLINE

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, , 6:30PM ONLINE

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



Murder By the Book, Night of a Thousand Authors presented by the Atria Mystery Bus, ThrillerFest, and Ryan “The Real Book Spy” Steck, 2PM 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



ERJCC, Eshkol Nevo discussing The Last Interview, 12PM ONLINE

Fondren Library, Virtual Meet the Author: Julie Gianelloni Connor discussing Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It’s the Pilgrimage, not the Hike, 6PM ZOOM

Austin Book Arts Center, bookbinding workshop, 6PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Borrowing from Other Genres" with Erika T. Wurth, 6PM ZOOM

Dallas Public Library, Wendi Coffman-Porter discussing Aether Ones, 6:30PM ONLINE

WTAMU, Seth Wieck Virtual Poetry Reading, 7PM

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

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



Edmon Low Library, Dr. Holly Karibo, co-editor of Border Policing, 4PM FACEBOOK LIVE

University of Texas Press, Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson discussing Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back (with Mina Kimes), 6PM ZOOM [registration required]

Interabang Books, Kerri Arsenault discusses Mill Town (in conversation with Ben Fountain and David Searcy), 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Texas Sisters Press, launch  of ‘Tis the Season: A Holiday Anthology featuring contributing authors and prizes, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Symposium, 6PM ONLINE

Pflugerville Public Library, NaNoWriMo Romance Writers Panel with Cathy Maxwell, Sophie Jordan, Farrah Rochon, and Kharma Kelley, 6:30PM WEBEX

SMU, Sun & Star: The Belt, Road, and Beyond: Domestic Motivations & Implications for the World with author Min Ye, 6:30PM ONLINE [RSVP]

Murder By the Book, Sara Foster discussing The Hidden Hours, 7PM YOUTUBE

NTTBF, Dynamic Duos Graphic Novel Panel with Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright, Lily LaMotte, and Ann Xu, 7PM ONLINE

The Bookworm Box, Chanda Hahn Live Author Takeover!, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Catholic Literary Arts, Maritain and John Paul II: Art as a Bridge to Faith with Dr. John Hittinger, 7PM

SCBWI North Texas, Webinar: Revising Your Rhymer Picture Book with Tim McCanna, 7PM

Writers’ League of Texas, One Page Salon and Texas Author Celebration, 7:30PM ONLINE

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



Sam Houston State, Dateline Democracy: Andrea Mitchell, author of Talking Back, 1PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Bayou City Press, Julie Gianelloni Connor launching the audiobook version of Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It’s the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike and discussing how to turn a book into an audiobook, 6PM ZOOM



SCBWI Austin, Monthly Meeting: A Different Road to an Illustration Career with Laura Fisk & Crystal Kite Celebration, 9:30AM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, "Caressing the Flame: Writing the Difficult" with ire'ne lara silva, 10AM ONLINE

DEAR Indie, National Authors Day celebration, 10AM ONLINE

Writespace, The Fool’s Journey: A Generative Writing Workshop Using the Tarot with Cassandra Rose Clarke, 10AM ONLINE

Brazos Bookstore, story time: Adam Rex reading On Account of the Gum, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Write About Now, Writers Be Blockin' with Ebony Stewart, 11AM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Anthony Horowitz discussing Moonflower Murders, 12PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Writespace, Navigating Self-Publishing with Mike Kowis, 1PM ONLINE

Tumblewords Project, writing workshop, 1PM ZOOM  

The Writing Barn, The Writer’s Notebook: A Half-Day Class for Teens with Marianne Murphy, 2PM ONLINE

Write About Now, Ask the Shadows to Dance: How to Write 4 Poems in One Class with Clementine von Radics, 2PM ZOOM

Fort Worth Public Library, Pamela Skjolsvik discussing Forever 51, 4PM ONLINE

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



The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Writing a Rollicking Read-Aloud with Tammi Sauer, 11AM ONLINE

Dallas JCC, Book Fest In Your Living Room presents Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy discussing Never Alone, 12PM ONLINE

Write About Now, Angels on Zoloft: Images That Argue with Bill Moran, 2PM ZOOM

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

Writing Workshops Dallas, Zoom Seminar: Your Path to Publication with Blake Kimzey, 3PM

Inprint, Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Nick Hornby discussing Just Like You, 4PM ONLINE

Dallas JCC, Book Fest In Your Living Room presents Joan Lunden discussing Why Did I Come Into This Room? A Candid Conversation About Aging, 7PM ONLINE

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Deanna King discussing and signing Saving a Sioux Legacy: The Story of Blaze, 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.