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 11.29.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section


Margot Rosenberg Pulitzer Dallas Jewish Bookfest, through December 7, 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

*San Antonio, McNay Art Museum, Robert Indiana: A Legacy of Love, through January 24, 2021



San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, David Quanstrom discussing and signing Mesa, Texas, 12PM OUTDOOR EVENT



Barshop JCC, Hands on Hanukkah at Home featuring Erica S. Perl, author of The Ninth Night of Hanukkah, 5PM ONLINE

Deep Vellum Books, Jorge Carrión discussing Against Amazon and Other Essays, 6PM ONLINE

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

Murder By the Book, Brian Freeman and Jeffrey Fleishman discussing The Deep, Deep Snow and Last Dance, respectively, 7PM YOUTUBE LIVE

The Dock Bookshop, Alice Baumgartner discussing South to Freedom Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War, 7PM ONLINE

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



Murder By the Book, Caz Frear discussing Shed No Tears, 1PM YOUTUBE LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell launch their new picture book, Pirate Stew, 5PM CROWDCAST [ticketed]

Austin Book Arts Center, DIY Publishing workshop, 6PM ONLINE

BookWoman, An Evening of Mystery with Lynn Miller and Pamela Ferguson, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Jenn McKinlay and Marty Wingate discussing One for the Books and Murder Is a Must, respectively, 7PM YOUTUBE LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with William L. Ingram, Janeice Haynes, Brenda Hardwick, Sanya Whitaker Gragg, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Old Firehouse Books, Reading Quirks with Andrés de la Casa-Huertas of the Wild Detectives, 7PM ONLINE

Allen Public Library, A. Kendra Greene will discuss The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: And Other Excursions to Iceland’s Most Unusual Museums, 7:30PM 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


*Boerne Bookshop, workshop: “The Write side of the Road” with Jason M Waltz, 6PM



BookPeople, Don Tate presents Swish and William Still, 6PM ZOOM

Austin Book Arts Center, bookbinding workshop, 6PM ZOOM

Writers’ League of Texas, "Revision Essentials: Finding the Right Technique for Your Work" ONLINE with Sanderia Faye, 6:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Kristi Nelson will appear in conversation with Valerie Koehler to discuss her new book, Wake Up Grateful, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Thomas Perry discussing Eddie’s Boy, 7PM YOUTUBE LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Maggie O'Farrell discussing Hamnet (in conversation with Kate Mosse, co-founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction), 7PM ONLINE

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

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



BookWoman, Big Freedia in conversation with Faylita Hicks, celebrating the paperback release of Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva, 12PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Ransom Center, Billy Collins will read from his new collection, Whale Day, and then discuss his poetry with Ransom Center Director Stephen Enniss, 5PM ONLINE

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

Interabang Books, Steven Rinella in conversation with Jon Mooallem on The Meateater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival, 6PM ONLINE

SMU, Richard Bell speaks about his new book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, 6PM ONLINE

Voices de la Luna, Elements of Poetry with Dario, 6PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Fred Dust discussing Making Conversation, 7PM ZOOM

LBJ Library, CNN White House correspondent Kate Bennett and Julia Sweig, author of the forthcoming book, Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight, 7PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, K J Dell'Antonia will appear in conversation with Katherine Center to discuss her new book, The Chicken Sisters, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Tessa Arlen discussing Poppy Redfern and the Fatal Flyers, 7PM YOUTUBE LIVE

Catholic Literary Arts, workshop: “The Christ-Centered Short Story” with Joshua Hrne, 7PM



Patrick Heath Public Library, Holiday Book Club Brunch Featuring Laurie Notaro, 11:30AM ONLINE

Dallas Public Library, Krampusnacht: A storytelling event, 12PM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Peter Lovesey Virtual Gala celebrating 50 years of Lovesey’s crime fiction with special guests Louise Penny, Jeffery Deaver, and Peter Robinson, 6PM YOUTUBE LIVE

Texas Tech, LHUCA Literary Reading Series featuring Joy Priest, Emma Aylor, and Kit Aldridge, 7:30PM ZOOM



SCBWI Austin, Advanced Picture Book Workshop: LEVEL UP: The Kitchen Sink Edition with Tara Lazar, 9AM ONLINE

Writespace, workshop: Lyric Essay with Justin Jannise, 9:30AM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, "How to Write Funny" ONLINE with Wendi Aarons, 10AM

UTEP, Wind, Flag, Mind Moves - Writers Workshop featuring Lance Brunner, 11AM ONLINE

Murder By the Book, Lars Kepler discussing Lazarus, 12PM YOUTUBE LIVE

SCBWI Austin, Novel Workshop - Who's the Boss? Power Dynamics in Characters & Plot with Tracey Baptiste, 1PM ONLINE

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “The Caged Bird Sings” with Kahn Rass Fiyaa, 1PM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Writing Animal Stories: An Online Class for Kids 8-12 with Mary Quattlebaum, 2PM

Writespace, workshop: Writing about Ghosts with Kendra Preston Leonard, 2PM ONLINE

Interabang Books, Nathan Hale discussing Blades of Freedom, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Minotaur Books presents A Cozy Christmas with Ellie Alexander, Donna Andrews, Carolyn Haines, and S. C. Perkins, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed]

Writers’ League of Texas, One Page Salon fundraiser for WLT, 8PM ONLINE



LOGOS Collective, LOGOS presents Fiona Sze-Lorrain and Dan Beachy-Quick, 12PM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, NEW Flash Fiction & Story Starter Session with Robin Bissett, 2PM ONLINE

Houston Sisters in Crime, Laurie Schnebly will talk about “Psychology for Creating Characters,” 2PM ONLINE

Writespace, workshop: Navigating Traditional Publishing with Joy Preble, 3PM ONLINE

Inprint, Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People: Chris Grabenstein. Chris will make a lively presentation about his new novel, The Smartest Kid in the Universe, followed by and respond to video messages/questions submitted by Houston kids, 4PM ONLINE

Trinity University Press, award-winning writer Natasha Saje, author of the memoir-in-essays Terroir: Love Out of Place, in conversation with Jennifer McGaha, 5PM ZOOM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, David Stanley reading and signing The Tin Angels, 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.