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 12.05.2021


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EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

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

*Fort Worth, Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition, Fort Worth Public Library – Central, through January 31, 2022


SUNDAY, December 5 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Writing Workshops, Carving Out Space In The Literary World 1-Day Zoom Seminar, 10AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Gil Dominguez, This Used to Be San Antonio, 12PM

Malvern Books, The Lion & The Pirate Virtual Open Mic, 1PM

*Spring Branch, Rebecca Creek Bed & Breakfast, Book Signing with Kady Hinojosa, 2PM

*Elgin, The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store, Conversation & Book Signing with Author Deborah Cole, 2PM

The Writing Barn, Misbelief: The Foundation of Story with Joanna Cooke (ONLINE), 3PM

MONDAY, December 6 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Blue Willow Bookshop, Lee Wind and Paul Zelinsky will appear in conversation for their new picture book Red and Green and Blue and White, 5PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents David Corbett - Virtual Event, 6PM

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse with Maurice Chammah, 7PM

Murder By The Book, MTM James Queally - Virtual Event, 7PM


TUESDAY, December 7 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Gaylon Finklea Hecker and Marianne Odom, Growing Up in the Lone Star State: Notable Texans Remember Their Childhoods, 5PM

Brazos Bookstore, Women in the Visual and Literary Arts, and the Houston Writers Guild, Virtual - Spooky Christmas, 6:30PM

*Houston, Origin Cowork, Book signing for The Big Empty with Loren Steffy, 6:30PM

*Dallas, LitNight, LitNight Dallas, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Paige Shelton - Virtual Event, 7PM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV, 7PM

*Dallas, The Wild Detectives, Book launch of Cremation (New Directions, 2021), the masterpiece from one of our most beloved Spanish authors, Rafael Chirbes, translated by Valerie Miles, 7PM

The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup Mixed Genre, 7PM

*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, APS Performance & Writing Workshop Series| Open Mic Hosted by Tova Charles, 8PM

*San Antonio, PuroSlam ft. DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM


WEDNESDAY, December 8 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Dallas, Dallas Theater Center, penny candy: a confection book launch, 6PM

*San Antonio,  JCC San Antonio, JCC Author Speaker Series: An Evening with Brad Aronson, author of HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act at a Time, 6PM

Writers’ League of Texas, “First Impressions Are Everything: Composing A Standout Query Letter” with Becka Oliver, 6:30PM

Gemini Ink, The Big Texas Read featuring Sergio Troncoso – A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, 7PM

*Dallas, The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight: Shug Avery for live poetry from one featured writer, with a brief open mic to follow, 7:30PM

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

Katy Budget Books, Far Side of the Moon Virtual Event with Liisa Jorgensen, 8PM


THURSDAY, December 9 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Murder By The Book, Anne Marie Ryan, Jenny Bayliss, and Maggie Knox in conversation - Virtual Event, 1PM

*Abilene, Texas Star Trading Co, Book Signing with John Thompson, 1PM

Blue Willow Books, Natasha Ngan will appear on Instagram Live to discuss her new book Girls of Fate and Fury. She will be in conversation with Rebecca Kuang, 4PM

*Austin, Austin Public Library, Give a Great Story Book Crafting Workshop, 6PM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Florence Weinberg, Before the Alamo, 5PM

Murder By The Book, Laura Bradford and Cynthia Kuhn in conversation - Virtual Event, 7PM

Bookwoman, 2nd Thursday Poetry: Letters Sent Inland: Selected Poems of Glynn Monroe Irby + Open Mic, 7:15PM


FRIDAY, December 10 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

The Writing Barn, Craft Webinar: Structural Strategies for Expository Nonfiction with Rebecca E. Hirsch and Heather L. Montgomery, 10:30AM

*Comfort, 8th Street Market, Comfort Zone Book Signing with Author Kimberly Fish, 11AM

*Dallas, Talulah & HESS, Book Signing with The Baker Mama, Maegan Brown, 12PM

Bookwoman, BookWoman presents Tejanaland by Teresa Palomo Acosta, 7PM

Malvern Books, Joshua Nguyen Book Launch, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Jeffery Deaver in conversation with Riley Sager - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Wichita Falls, The Museum of North Texas History, Women of Wichita County Texas Book Signing, 3:30PM


SATURDAY, December 11  (*Denotes In-person Events.)

The Writing Barn, Mini-Retreat for the Weekend Warrior with Claire Campbell ONLINE, 10AM

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

ACFW-DFW,  Presents Josh Fortney "Book Launch Tips & Tricks"Tips, 10:30AM

Brazos Bookstore, VIRTUAL - Holiday Story Time with Matt Tavares – DASHER, 11AM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Keith Rees, This Enchanted Old Ruin, 11AM

*San Antonio, Dead Tree Books, Book Signing - I am a Gift and I Have Many Gifts – Meet Author Johana Lizeth Hernandez, 12PM

*Grand Prairie, The Epic, Always Be Your Best You - Book Release with Author Warren Landrum, 1PM

*Grapevine, House of Mo Boutique, Book Signing with Ann Ensey Papayoti, 1PM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, David H. Garcia, Pandemic Preaching, 1PM

Tumblewords Project, Ekphrastic Poetry: Responses to the art of Kemlyn Tan Bappe, 2PM

*San Angelo, Old Town Books, Book Signing and Discussion with Regina Corbin, 3PM


SUNDAY, December 12 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, F. Howard Billings, When Gods War (Roman Candle), 12PM

The Writing Barn, Writing Neurodivergent Characters with Sensitivity (ONLINE), 2PM

Malvern Books, Texas Poetry Calendar Reading, 3PM

*Lubbock, Atomic Lounge & Pizza Kitchen, Christmas Q&A and Book Signing: Katharine Hayhoe, SAVING US, 5PM


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.