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 11.15.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section!


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

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

TEDxLenoxVillageWomen, November 21, ONLINE

Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) Houston, November 21-22, 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



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

Lit Crawl Austin, through 15, ONLINE

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



Blue Willow Bookshop, story time: Cylin Busby reading The Bookstore Cat, 10AM FACEBOOK LIVE

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

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

Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: case bookbinding, 6PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller discussing Otherlife, 7PM ZOOM

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse with ire’ne lara silva, 7PM ZOOM

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



Blue Willow Bookshop, story time: Matt Phelan reading Turtle Walk, 10AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Austin Book Arts Center, House Book With Pop-Ups (Children’s Workshop), 4PM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Declan Walsh discussing The Nine Lives of Pakistan, 6PM ZOOM

Interabang Books, Simon Han discussing Nights When Nothing Happened (in conversation with Kevin Wilson), 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Dr. Edith Eger discussing The Gift: 12 Lessons To Save Your Life, 7PM ZOOM

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

Cadenza, launch of HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style by Elizabeth Holmes, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Brandon Sanderson launches Rhythm of War, 7PM ONLINE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Barbara Peacock, Kayla Perrin, Corrine Gaile, and Joy Bussu, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Neal Karlen discussing This Thing Called Life: Prince’s Odyssey, On and Off the Record with Dr. Steven W. Lewis, Curator, National Museum of African American Music, 7PM ONLINE

Dallas Public Library, Andres de la Casa Huertas and Javier Garcia del Moral from The Wild Detectives discussing Reading Quirks, 7PM ONLINE

Trinity University, award-winning writer Natasha Saje, author of Terroir: Love Out Of Place, in conversation with Jennifer McGaha, 7PM ZOOM

Trinity University Press, editor Dale Peterson, ecologist Carl Safina, and Dr. Felicia Nutter discussing Thirty-Three Ways of Looking at an Elephant (moderated by Allen Rutberg), 7PM ZOOM

Fabled Bookshop & Café, Fabled Book Club: Asha Lemmie discussing Fifty Words for Rain, 7PM ONLINE

SCBWI Austin, Webinar: DIGITAL DUMMIES with Patrice Barton and Vanessa Roeder, 7PM

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

Dallas Area Writers Group, Perspectives in Writing: Writing About Differences with Ann Fields, William Ledbetter, and Alex Temblador, 7PM ZOOM

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



Blue Willow Bookshop, story time: Elliott Kalan reading Sharko and Hippo, 10AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Rebekah Manley, Inside the Illustrations with Catarina Oliveira, 12PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

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

San Antonio Public Library, Experiencing Disability Through Literature - A World of Words: Readings by Writers who Identify as Disabled with Naomi Ortiz, Larry P. Johnson, and Natalie Watkins, 6PM ZOOM

Austin Book Arts Center, bookbinding workshop, 6PM ZOOM

Pflugerville Library, NaNoWriMo event: World Building in Fantasy with Tracey Lander-Garrett, 6:30PM WEBEX

BookPeople, Lee Van Der Voo discussing As The World Burns, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Wendy Loggia will appear in conversation with Kiersten White to discuss her new book, All I Want for Christmas, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Marc Cameron and Boyd Morrison discussing Shadow of the Dragon and Marauder, respectively, 7PM YOUTUBE

Barshop JCC, Alexander Kriss discussing The Gaming Mind: A New Psychology of Videogames and the Power of Play, 7PM ONLINE

Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops Dallas, The Big Texas Read: poet Wendy Barker’s Gloss, 7PM ZOOM

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

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



Blue Willow Bookshop, story time: Ann Patchett reading Escape Goat, 10AM FACEBOOK LIVE

TSLAC, Texas Center for the Book’s #BookChat: Arte Público Press discusses their mission for Hispanic authors, 11AM ZOOM

Jung Center, Tracy Anne Hart discussing Seeing Stevie Ray (plus print giveaway), 5PM ONLINE

San Antonio Book Festival, Get Lit: Brit Bennett in conversation with Jason Reynolds about her new book, The Vanishing Half, 5PM CROWDCAST

WITS U, interactive online poetry workshops for young writers, 5:30PM

Deep Vellum Books, Acts of Courage: a Literary Conversation between Roxane Gay and Okay Ndibe, 6PM ONLINE

World Affairs Council – DFW, webinar: Rahm Emanuel discussing The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World, 6:30PM ZOOM

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

BookPeople, Jennifer Bristol discussing Parking Lot Birding, 7PM ZOOM

BookWoman, Book Launch: Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention, and Deportation, 7PM ZOOM

Malvern Books, Andrés de la Casa Huertas discussing Reading Quirks, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Teresa Unnerstall will appear in conversation with Valerie Koehler to discuss her book, A New Course: A Mother's Journey Navigating Down Syndrome and Autism, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Michael Connelly and Alafair Burke discussing The Law of Innocence and Piece of My Heart, respectively, 7PM ZOOM

Irving Public Library, North Texas Teen Book Festival presents “Get Graphic: Family Matters” featuring Kathleen Gros, Kiku Hughes, Trung Le Nguyen, and Victoria Jamieson, 7PM FACEBBOOK & YOUTUBE LIVE

The Dock Bookshop, Donna Hill discussing Confessions in B-Flat, 7PM CROWDCAST, FACEBOOK LIVE

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

Texas Tech, TTU Creative Writing Reading Series featuring A Reading and Conversation with Danielle Evans and Naomi Jackson, 7:30pm YOUTUBE LIVE

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

Writers’ League of Texas, November Third Thursday: Dear 2020: Writing About Recent History & Current Events with Jeff Goodell, 8PM ZOOM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Kimberly Fish discussing and signing Comfort Foods, 5PM OUTDOOR EVENT



Katy Budget Books, Marc Cameron presents Tom Clancy: Shadow of the Dragon, 12PM ZOOM

Texas A&M, discussion with Texas-based artist Hollis Hammonds and poet Sasha West, who are featured in the Wright Gallery’s newest art exhibition, “A Dark Wood Grew Inside Me,” 12PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookPeople, Carmen Maria Machado discussing The Low, Low Woods, 6PM ZOOM

Lawndale Art Center, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, giovanni singleton, Devereux Fortuna, and Sonia Hamer, 7PM FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and YOUTUBE LIVE



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

Writers’ League of Texas, "Introduction to the Picture Book: Writing for Young People" ONLINE with Liz Garton Scanlon, 10AM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Kensington Cozy Road Trip stops in Houston to discuss Sassy Sleuths of a Certain Age with Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross, Julie Anne Lindsay, Amanda Flower, and M. V. Byrne, 11:30AM ONLINE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Dreams in the Time of the Pandemia” with Lucía Martínez, 1PM ZOOM    

Brazos Bookstore, Middle Grade Book Club with K. A. Holt, author of Benbee and the Teacher Griefer, 3PM ZOOM


* 8th Street Market, Kimberly Fish signing Comfort Foods, 11AM

*Comfort Public Library, Kimberly Fish signing Comfort Foods, 1:30PM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Amy Aldridge Sanford discussing and signing From Thought to Action: Developing a Social Justice Orientation, 11AM OUTDOOR EVENT


*Interabang Books, designer David Hocker signing Hocker: 2005-2020 Landscapes, 2PM



Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Laura Morelli discussing The Night Portrait, 2PM ONLINE

Barshop JCC, Esther Safran Foer discussing I Want You to Know We're Still Here, 7PM ONLINE

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Mary Carolyn George discussing and signing Pearl Sets the Pace, 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.