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 for Lone Star Literary Life

by Texas Book Lover

FOR THE WEEK OF 12.01.2019


15th Annual Signatures Author Series, The Woodlands, December 6

Midland Storytelling Festival, December 6-7

46th Annual Dickens on The Strand, Galveston, December 6-8

11th Annual Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair, Austin, December 7



Modernist Networks: The Annette Campbell-White Collection, Austin, August 24-January 5

Yuyi Morales: Soñadora, Abilene, November 14-May 28, 2020




B&N - Arboretum, Deanne King signing Twist of Fate, 2PM


Writespace, workshop: "#Metoo: Writing about Sexual Harassment and Trauma" with Dr. Cynthia Childress, 3PM


Half Price Books, Local Author Sundays: meet local indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Keenan Evans signing The Friday Night West Texas Deadkillers' Club, 12PM




Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: "DIY Publishing" with Kyle Schlesinger, 6PM

BookPeople, Ed Ward discussing and signing The History of Rock & Roll, Volume II, 7PM


Tracy Gee Community Center, SCBWI Houston meeting: "Self-Publishing: 1st Impressions, Book Trailers, Editing, Promoting & More" with Curt Locklear, 7PM

San Antonio

Franklin Park Independent Living, Poetry & Popcorn with Voices de la Luna: A Quarterly Literature & Arts Magazine, 6:30PM

San Marcos

Centro Cultural Hispano, "Children in Detention: Texas and Beyond": a roundtable discussion with Leticia Urieta, a writer and teaching artist from Austin; Michelle Garcia, a journalist and essayist reporting from New York, Texas, and Mexico; and Virginia Raymond, a lawyer, oral historian, and teacher from Austin, 6PM




Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam Women's Finals!, 7:15PM

The North Door, Writers' League of Texas presents One Page Salon with Dreux Carpenter, Laurie Filipelli, Sherry Thomas, and Kelsey Williams, 7:30PM


Deep Ellum Art Company, Texas native and celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez discussing his new memoir, Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, Writing Workshops Dallas happy hour, 6PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


Café Brasil, Glass Mountain Issue #23 Launch Party, 6PM


South Irving Library, Author Visit: Ray Cerda, Jr. discussing and signing The Life I Didn't Expect, 6:30PM

San Antonio

B&N - La Cantera, The Toll (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Arc of a Scythe Series #3) book signing with  Neal Shusterman, 7PM

The Mix, PuroSlam with DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Norma Wilson reading and signing Frog Creek Road, and Jerry Wilson reading and signing Eden to Orizaba, 5PM




Bullock Museum, High Noon Talk: Angela Boswell discussing Women in Texas History, 12PM

LBJ Library, An evening with co-founding member of the Supremes Mary Wilson, including a book signing of Supreme Glamour, 6PM

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Creative Writing literary release party: The Rio Review, 7PM

The North Door, "RISK!": storytelling, 8PM


UTRGV, The Chachalaca Review Launch Event - Noche de MAS (Volume 6: Fear), 6PM


Royal Oaks Country Club, Friends of the SMU Libraries annual holiday lunch: Dr. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell discussing Worn on this Day:The Clothes That Made History, 11:30AM

El Paso

El Velvet Elvis, Barbed Wire Open Mic Night, 9PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring B. Shatter , 7:30PM

Conversations from a Page, Holiday Hoopla with Houston Authors featuring Chris Cander, Amy Weinland Daughters, Judithe Little, S.C. Perkins, Sara Rosett, Katherine Center, and Francine Spiering, 9AM

Museum of Fine Arts, Kinder Institute Forum presents Eric Klinenberg, author of Palaces for the People, 7PM

San Antonio

Berry To Bean, Sun Poet's Society Open-Mic Poetry Readings, 7PM

Pharm Table, Food for Though: Jennifer Matthews, PhD, discussing The Bittersweet History of Life and Labor in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico in the 19th Century (plus dinner & a rum tasting), 5:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Walt Gragg reading and signing The Chosen One, 5PM




Austin Central Library: APL Then & Now: A Journey Through the History of the Austin Public Library, 6:30PM

BookPeople, Neal Shusterman reading and signing The Toll, 7PM

Malvern Books, Pterodáctilo Poetry & Ptamales Party, 6:30PM


Lone Star College - Montgomery, Emily Dickinson scholar and Poet Laureate of Missouri, Aliki Barnstone, discussing Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson’s Poetic Development, 3:30PM

Martin’s Hall, Emily Dickinson birthday celebration: Twenty distinguished poets reading their favorite Emily Dickinson poem and one of their own works, led by Dede Fox, 2019 Montgomery County Poet Laureate, and Dave Parsons, 2011 Texas Poet Laureate, 5:30PM


Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Peggy Wallace Kennedy discussing The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation, and Donna Wilhelm discussing A Life of My Own: A Memoir (in conversation with Krys Boyd of KERA), 7:30PM

The Wild Detectives, Alex Temblador reading and signing Secrets of the Casa Rosada and Noah Milligan reading and signing Into Captivity They Will Go, 7:30PM

Fort Worth

Moudy Gallery, The Women’s Center Monologues: Celebrating 40 Years of the Tarrant County Women’s Center, 5:30PM


Houston Public Library, chef Chris Shepherd, recently named Chef of the Year (in the world) by Robb Report, discussing Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World with KPRC news anchor Owen Conflenti, 6:30PM


Wolfmueller's Books, Stephen Harrigan signing Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, 4PM


Cultura Beer Garden, Laredo BorderSlam presents Women of the World Poetry Slam finals, 8:30PM


University of Houston, American Book Review reading series presents Nick Montfort, 11AM




Texas Star Trading Co., Carole Mahanay signing Mahanay Brothers: Between Two Dates of Infamy, 1PM

Texas Star Trading Co., Matt Roemisch signing The Purple Polka-Dotted Peanut Butter Eater, 4PM


Front Street Books, Stephen Harrigan discussing and signing Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, 6PM


Bridgeland High School, Blue Willow Bookshop presents Neal Shusterman discussing and signing The Toll, his new book in the Arc of a Scythe series, 6PM


B&N - Stonebriar, Instant Loss: Eat Real, Lose Weight: How I Lost 125 Pounds--Includes 100+ Recipes book signing with Brittany Williams, 6PM


Discovery Green, WITS Youth Performance Poetry Session, 6:30PM


B&N, Angel the Elf: An Adoptive Christmas book signing with Calvin and Jessica Murphy, 7PM


Haggard Park, the Biblio Bus will be at Dickens in Downtown Plano Arts District, 5PM




Texas Star Trading Co., Charles Russell signing When the Cactus Blooms, 11AM


Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, Texas children's author Shannon Mokry signing The Little Purple Porcupine and Saving Gardenia, 12PM

Malvern Books, 2020 Texas Poetry Calendar reading, 7PM


Sugar Cone Studio, Truth in Comedy: storytelling, 7PM


University of North Texas, American Literary Review Graduate Creative Writing Reading Series, 6PM

El Paso

Armijo Branch Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Writing that Bites!" with Mark Pumphrey, 1PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, The Gathering of Readers, 4PM


Friendswood Public Library, Gulf Coast Poets annual Holiday Reading featuring Sean Johnson, 12PM


B&N - Stonebriar, The Tale of the Tiger Slippers reading, drawing, and signing with Jan Brett, 10AM [wristband event]


Blue Willow Bookshop, Jennifer Lynn Barnes reading and signing Deadly Little Scandals, 11AM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Chitra Divakaruni reading and signing The Forest of Enchantments, 7PM

Foltz Fine Art, Artist Talk and Book Signing with photographer James H. Evans, 2PM

River Oaks Bookstore, JoAnn Petrie Carr signing Keeper of the Flame, 2PM

Writespace, workshop: "Writing From Childhood" with Amal Kassir, 9:30AM

Writespace, workshop: "Breaking the Mold in Memoir Writing" with Joyce Boatright, 1PM


South Irving Library, Lit's Alive: Little Women Christmas, 6:30PM


B&N, Bright Lights of Muleshoe book signing with Alice Liles, 2PM

B&N, Prolixity: Charred Coal book signing with Natasha Dee, 3PM

B&N, A Boyhood Dream Realized: Half a Century of Texas Culture, One Newspaper Column at at Time book signing with Burle Pettit, 3:30PM


The Bosslight, Gary Borders signing Yours Faithfully, J.A., and Bill King signing The Northern Lights, 1PM

San Antonio

San Antonio Central Library, Vincent Cooper reading and signing Zarzamora: Poetry of Survival, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, Brenda Mize Garza signing Shell Cove, 11AM

South Padre Island

Paragraphs on Padre, Holiday Open House, 10AM


B&N - Town Square, Lisa Lynn signing Unraveled, Time to Hear: An Investment Toward Your Eternity, 1PM

Sugar Land

B&N - First Colony, My Family Loves Me Book series book signing with Shanalee Sharboneau, 7PM


Temple High School, Lark & Owl Booksellers presents Jan Brett drawing, discussing, and signing The Tale of the Tiger Slippers, 5PM


B&N - Baybrook, Rachael Tamayo signing Break My Bones, 2PM




Malvern Books, The Lion & The Pirate Open Mic with Skip Bellon and David Romero, 1PM

Malvern Books, Austin Writers Roulette presents "Contemplation Creations," 4PM


Friendswood Public Library, Blue Willow Bookshop presents a Jan Brett drawing demonstration and book signing to celebrate her newest book, The Tale of the Tiger Slippers, 4PM


B&N - Stonebriar, Eragon (B&N Exclusive Collector's Edition) (Inheritance Cycle Series #1) book signing with Christopher Paolini, 2PM


Body Mind & Soul, Holiday Party, 4PM

Brazos Bookstore, Holiday Open House, 5PM

Houston Public Library, Independent Author Showcase featuring acclaimed author of the Love Sugar Magic series, Anna Meriano, a former and current Houston Poet Laureate, and publisher Arte Público Press, 1PM

Writespace, workshop: "Digging In: A Generative Workshop on the Novella" with Theodora Ziolkowski, 3PM


B&N, Girl at Dawn by JJ Henderson, 2:30PM


Half Price Books, Samantha Gollakner signing her various works, including her children's Christmas story, Madison's Christmas, 1PM

San Antonio

Dead Tree Books, Norma Elia Cantú signing Meditación Fronteriza: Poems of Love, Life, and Labor, 2PM

The Twig Book Shop, Izzy Anderson signing Princess Zoe and Her Marvelous Carriage, 12PM


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.