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 11.07.2021


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SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

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

*Houston, League of Romance Writers Fall Conference! November 12 & 13

The Funny Women of Kidlit Confab: A Weekend Event! The Writing Barn, November 13 & 14


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

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


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


MONDAY, November 8 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

The University at Dallas, Peer Feedback Workshop: Writing for Clarity and Concision, 1PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Alice Henderson - Virtual Event, 6PM

Nowhere Bookshop, Andrea Stewart (in conversation with Jenny Lawson), 6PM

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: The 5 Kinds of Children’s Nonfiction with Melissa Stewart, 6PM

*Lubbock, Lubbock Public Library, Groves Branch, Linda Broday presents Writing the Old West While Living in a Modern World & book signing, 6:30PM 

Austin Community College, Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse with Kendra Christel, 7PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Mimi Swartz and Kathy Blackwell will appear to talk about strong Texas women and their contributions to the new book Being Texan: Essays, Recipes, and Advice for the Lone Star Way of Life, 7PM

JCC Dallas, Nicole Krauss, To Be a Man: Stories In Conversation with Greg Changnon, 7PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Nicholas Meyer - Virtual Event, 7PM


TUESDAY, November 9 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Abilene, Texas Star Trading Co, Book Signing with Bronwyn Bowen, 1:30PM

*Austin, Heart & Soul, Mix and Mingle with Lorena Junco: Sponsored by Texas Book Festival & La Revista Mujer, and featuring BOXT Wine, 5PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Lana Wood - Virtual Event, 6PM

The Twig Bookshop, Virtual Event: Texas Monthly Being Texan Book Tour, 6PM

Writing Workshops, Crafting Compelling Openings in Fiction: Free Zoom MasterClass with Gordy Sauer, 6PM

Writers’ League of Texas, 2021 Write-In November 9, 6:30PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: H. W. BRANDS - Our First Civil War, 7PM

Dallas Area Writers Group (DAWG), Zoom Meeting, 7PM

JCC Dallas, Dorie Greenspan, Baking with Dorie, In conversation with Melissa Clark, 7PM

*Dallas, Chocolate Secrets, Featured Authors from Writing Workshop Dallas, and they’re ready give a stellar performance at LitNight Reading Series, hosted by Jenny Bhatt, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Midnight Hour Panel - Virtual Event, Editor Abby L. Vandiver will lead a panel discussion with Midnight Hour contributors, Tracy Clark, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Richie Narvaez, Jennifer J. Chow, and Stella Oni, 7PM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Trice Hickman, Pat Simmons, Anita Bunkley, OlaRonke Akinmowo, and hosted by Gwen Richardson, 7PM

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Creating Characters with Depth and Staying Power with Donna Gephart, 7PM

Write Art Out Inc., Words and Sh*t, featuring Kemi Alabi, 7PM

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, APS OPEN Slam Hosted by Addy Lugo, 8PM

*San Antonio, Bentley’s Bar, PuroSlam ft. DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM


WEDNESDAY, November 10 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, ULI/SA Leadership Luncheon - Walkable City with Jeff Speck, 11AM

Writing Workshops, Elements of Portraiture in Nonfiction, 11AM

*Grapevine, Books-A-Million, Meet the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, Book Signing The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Super Easy, 5PM [Ticketed]

JCC Dallas, Rachael Ray: This Must Be the Place: Dispatches & Food from the Home Front In conversation with Harlan Cobe, 5PM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: WILLIAM BOYLE, ALISON GAYLIN, & MEGAN ABBOTT - Shoot the Moonlight Out & The Collective, moderated by Megan Abbott, 6PM 

*San Antonio, JCC San Antonio & The Twig Bookshop, Author Speaker Series: An Evening with Steven Nadler, Author of "When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People: How Philosophy Can Save us From Ourselves", 6PM

World Affairs Council Dallas/ Fort Worth, The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel (Virtual Event), 6PM

Writers’ League of Texas, “The Agent Search: Tips, Tricks, and Timeless Advice” with Becka Oliver, 6:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Keith Ryan Cartwright, Harold Cash, and Dennis Davis in conversation with Judge Ken Wise, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Agora and Polis Night - Virtual Event, 7PM

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

THURSDAY, November 11 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Lone Star Literary Life, Join us and learn more about this digital media outlet dedicated to all things bookish in Texas, 11AM

*San Antonio, JCC San Antonio & The Twig Bookshop, Author Speaker Series: An Afternoon with Eddie Shapiro, Author of "A Wonderful Guy: Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater", 1PM

*San Angelo, Old Town Books, Book Signing and Discussion with Jeff Dowdy, 4PM

Voices de la Luna, Dario's Elements of Poetry Workshop Open Mic Night, 6PM

JCC Dallas, Andrew Lawler, Under Jerusalem, 6:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for a virtual launch party celebrating the release of AURORA’S END, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Nicole Glover in conversation with Deanna Raybourn - Virtual Event, 7PM

Bookwoman, 2nd Thursday Poetry featuring Lauren Berry + Open Mic, 7:15PM

*Dallas, The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight: featuring Dallas poet Vic Victory, 7:30PM


FRIDAY, November 12 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Austin Book Arts Center, Custom Clamshell Book Box, 10AM

BookPeople, VIRTUAL EVENT: ADAM SOTO - This Weightless World, 6PM

*Dallas, Interabang Books, John S. Huntington, Professor of History at Houston Community College, with his book FAR RIGHT VANGUARD, Book Signing & Discussion, 6PM

Murder By The Book, Catherine Bruns, Lynn Cahoon, Jenn McKinlay, and Denise Swanson in conversation - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Kyle, Katherine Ann Porter Literary Center, Phillip B. Williams, 7:30PM

*Dallas, The Dallas Poetry Slam, Dopest Queer poets in the DFW + Dope features >> National spoken word artist, BlacqWildflowr ++ Musician/Vocalist, Tie the Oracle, an open mic for anyone who wants to spit, sing, share! 8PM


SATURDAY, November 13 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Austin SCBWI, Monthly Meeting: Illustration for Dummies (Including Writers) with Author Meredith Davis and Author/Illustrator Emma Virján, 9:30AM

Writers’ League of Texas, “What Your Character Wants: Uncovering the Driving Force of Your Novel” with Sherri L. Smith, 10AM

ACFW DFW, Write Men Write with JP Robinson, 10:30AM

*Columbus, Writers’ League of Texas, TX event features Jennifer duBois presenting “Where to Begin?: Ideas, Outlines and Getting Started” and Sindya Bhanoo presenting “The Stories We Must Tell,” 11AM

*Fort Worth, The Dock Bookshop, Fall Book Fest – Activities include author & book presentations, interviews, panels, book discussions and more! This event has virtual and in-store activities, 10AM

The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup Prose & Poetry, 10AM


*Houston, Houston Public Library, Vibe N Write: A Houston Poet Laureate Workshop, 11AM

*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Second Saturday Author Signing with novelist Joanne Easley "Just One Look." 11AM

Resistencia Books & Red Salmon Arts, Café Librito Virtual Cuento Time: Child of the Flower-Song People, 11AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Summer Nilsson, The Land of Pines, 11AM

*Coppell, Cozby Library and Community Commons, Indie Author Fair! 1PM

*Galveston, Rosenberg Library & Galveston College, 2021 Galveston Reads - Author Visit: Oscar Cásares, to speak on his remarkable book, Where We Come From, 1PM

*Houston, The Printing Museum, Intro to Paper Making (IN-PERSON), 1PM

Writespace Houston, Mags II Riches with INSTRUCTOR: Jody T. Morse, 1PM

Writing Workshops, How to Write Guest Essays, 1PM

*Granbury, Arts & Letters Bookstore, Book Signing with Melinda Jo Ray, Local Historian, 2PM

*McAllen, Barnes and Noble, Meet The Author: Daniel García Ordaz, 2PM

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library, Young Writer's Workshop, 2PM

Tumblewords Project, Phynne-Belle presents Fun Unlocks Creativity, 2PM

The Writer’s Garret, Getting Submission Ready with Nadia Arioli, 2PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Middle Grade Book Club with Heather Kassner, 3PM

*San Antonio, Backyard on Broadway, Book Signing with local Author Ellie Elle, 3:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Chelsea B. DesAutels - A DANGEROUS PLACE - will be in conversation with Theodora Ziolkowski, 7PM

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, Jake Cohen, author of JEW-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch, In conversation with Eric Sandler, 7:30PM


SUNDAY, November 14 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Henry Cisneros, The Texas Triangle An Emerging Power in the Global Economy, 12PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Olivia Dade will appear in conversation with Julie Murphy for the release of Olivia's new book All the Feels, 2PM

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, Sherry Thomas, bestselling author of the Charlotte Holmes Mysteries will sign and discuss her new book, MISS MORIARTY, I PRESUME, 2PM

Writespace Houston, The Poetry of Relationship: Writing Our Loves and Losses INSTRUCTOR: Catherine Vance, 3PM


JCC Dallas, Andrew Feiler, A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools That Changed America, 6:30PM


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.