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 11.08.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


25th Annual Texas Book Festival, through November 15, ONLINE

48th Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival, through November 22, ONLINE

*A Grave Is Given Supper,  through November 14, Dallas

Lit Crawl Austin, through November 15, ONLINE

Margot Rosenberg Pulitzer Dallas Jewish Bookfest, through December 7, ONLINE

Workshop: Rainbow Weekend Intensive (for Members of the LGBTQIAP+ Community), November 12-14, ONLINE

Fort Bend County Libraries Book Fest, November 14, ONLINE

11th Annual iWRITE Book Signing Celebration, November 14, ONLINE

* Galveston Island Book Festival, November 14



*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, 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



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

SCBWI North Texas, Picture Book Workshop for Authors & Illustrators with the Ransomes, 12:45PM

Harris County Public Library, NaNoWriMo 2020: Setting the Scene with Tiffani Feathers, 3PM ONLINE

Writing Workshops Dallas, Zoom Seminar: How to Develop a Sellable Script for Film, TV or Theatre with Taz Skylar, 5PM

Pflugerville Library, NaNoWriMo Event: Authors of Mystery talk Writing Humor in Mysteries with Kelly Cochran, Nancy G. West, and K. P. Gresham, 6PM ONLINE

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

Denton Library, Professor’s Corner: the poetry of 2017 Texas Poet Laureate Jenny Browne, 7PM ZOOM

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



Sam Houston State, Dateline: Democracy with author Susan Page, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Interabang Books, Susan Buttenwieser discussing We Were Lucky with the Rain, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, Ruth Ben-Ghiat discussing Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present, 6PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Jacqueline Winspear discussing This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing (in conversation with Forever 35's Doree Shafrir), 6:30PM YOUTUBE

LOGOS Collective, reading with poets Catherine Pierce and Marcus Wicker, 7PM ONLINE

Malvern Books, Brown in America: Community, Culture, and Code with Donna Miscolta,  Grace Talusan, Sejal Shah, Sopan Deb, and Jenny Bhatt, 7PM ZOOM

Austin Library Foundation, The Freedom House: A Social Justice & Poetry Workshop Series, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Emma Theriault discussing The Queen's Council: Rebel Rose (in conversation with Victoria Aveyard), 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with K’Wan Foye, JC Sykes, Christina Burnes, and Miss T. N. King, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Twig Book Shop, Raymond Arroyo discussing The Spider Who Saved Christmas, 7PM ZOOM

Poetry Workshop, Unearthing to Rebuild Memory: A generative writing workshop with Jo Reyes-Boitel and Leticia Urieta, 7PM ONLINE

Writespace, Rhyme, Rhythm and Meter: Spicing Up your Writing with Poetic Techniques with Alex Wukman, 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



Dallas Public Library, Live with Conor Bender, author of Jubilee, 4PM ONLINE

Austin Book Arts Center, Tweens, Teens and ZINES! (Children’s Workshop), 4PM ZOOM

Austin Book Arts Center, bookbinding workshop, 6PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "It's All in the Details: Tapping into Visceral Imagery" ONLINE with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, 6:30PM ZOOM

Symphony Space, “Selected Shorts” celebrating Best American Short Stories 2020: actors Hope Davis, Purva Bedi, and Hampton Fluker will read stories from the collection, including from Austin’s own Elizabeth McCracken (moderated by Curtis Sittenfeld), 6:30PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Lou Diamond Phillips discussing Tinderbox: Soldier of Indira, 7PM ZOOM

Write NOW, Rebekah Manley discussing Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun Truly Bad Dates: A Picture Book Parody for Adults, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Bishop Michael Curry discussing Love Is the Way (in conversation with Bishop Doyle), 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Emily Schultz and Halley Sutton discussing Little Threats and The Lady Upstairs, respectively, 7PM YOUTUBE

Deep Vellum Publishing, Writers Talk Mental Health with Joe Clifford, Heather Harper Ellett, and Patricia Smith, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Trinity University Press, Maverick Book Club: Pat Hammon, Robert Hammon, and Name Them They Fly Better, 7PM YOUTUBE

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

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

San Antonio

*Hotel Emma, Sherry Kafka Wagner discussing Hannah Jackson (with Alexandra Vandekamp), 6PM [masks required]



Blue Willow Bookshop, Kelly Bennett reading Norman One Amazing Goldfish, 10AM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Admiral James Stavridis discussing Sailing True North, 5PM ONLINE

Interabang Books, Pamela Fuller, Mark Murphy, and Anne Chow discussing The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – DFW, Thomas Ricks discussing First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country, 6PM ZOOM

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

Gemini Ink, A Map to Poetry: Techniques to Defeat Writer’s Block with Aminah Decé, 6:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Paola Ramos discussing Finding Latinx, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Ryan Sitton discussing Crucial Decisions, 7PM ZOOM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Anthony Horowitz discussing Moonflower Murders (in conversation with KERA’s Bill Young), 7PM ONLINE

The Dock Bookshop, K’Wan discussing Black Lotus 2: The Vow, 7PM CROWDCAST, FACEBOOK LIVE

The Bookworm Box, Kennedy Ryan 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

BookWoman, Second Thursday OPEN Mic featuring Rachelle Toarmino, 7:15PM ZOOM

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

Katy Budget Books, Dial Down the Stress: A Virtual Parenting Panel with authors Rachel Bertsche, Lindsay Powers, and Olivia Scobie, 8PM ZOOM



No public events



Houston Chapter of Sisters in Crime, workshop featuring detective and author Bernard Schaffer, 9AM ZOOM

Writespace, workshop: Social Justice Writing with Amal Kassir, 9:30AM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, "Stepping Off the Soap Box: Writing Characters Who Persuade Not Preach" with Trent Hudley, 10AM ONLINE

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

ACFW-DFW, workshop: Tips, Tricks, & Pitfalls of Amazon Advertising with Kelley Rene, 10:30AM ZONE

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

Austin Library Foundation, Badgerdog Young Authors Reading & Anthology Launch, 1PM ZOOM

Patrick Heath Public Library, workshop: the art of writing, 1PM ONLINE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Understanding Trees” with Mónica Gómez, 1PM ZOOM  

Malvern Books, Rachel Genn discussing What You Could Have Won, 2PM ZOOM

The Published Page, William Humble discussing The Barrington Job, 2PM ONLINE

Fort Worth Public Library, Sasha Geffen discussing Glitter Up the Dark How Pop Music Broke the Binary, 4PM ONLINE

Inprint, Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Margaret Atwood reading from her new poetry collection, Dearly, followed by a conversation with MacArthur Fellow Natalie Diaz, 7PM ONLINE

San Antonio

*DoSeum, Author Series: poetry celebration, 10AM

*The Twig Book Shop, Martyna Nowacka discussing and signing Green Card Marriage, 11AM OUTDOOR EVENT


*Ghost Town Arts Collective, Poetry Jams Open Mic, 6PM



The Writing Barn, Mini-Retreat for the Weekend Warrior with Claire Campbell, 11AM ONLINE

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

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, April Grunspan discussing and signing The Coat, 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.