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 12.06.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section


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

*Polar Express Parade at Katy Budget Books, Houston, December 12

Independently Published! A Local Author Showcase, December 12, ONLINE



*National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, “What Might You Do?: Christian Robinson”, through January 21, 2021

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



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



Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: secret Belgian binding, 6PM ZOOM

Malvern Books, Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse with Richard Santos, author of Trust Me, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Darcie Wilde discussing A Lady Compromised, 7PM YOUTUBE LIVE

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Pulitzer Prize–winning author Dave Barry discussing Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog, 7PM ONLINE

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



The Writing Barn, Ask an Agent Session with Prospect Agency, 12PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Jen Atkin discussing Blowing My Way to the Top, 7PM CROWDCAST [ticketed]

Murder By the Book, Jasmine Aimaq and Cara Black discussing The Opium Prince and Three Hours in Paris, respectively, 7PM YOUTUBE LIVE

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Damani and Ife Keen, Dr. Gary Damon Jr, Tymeka Coney, and Thomishia Booker, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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



Austin Book Arts Center, workshop: secret Belgian binding, 6PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Paige Shelton discussing Cold Wind, 7PM YOUTUBE LIVE

Trinity University Press, Maverick Book Club: Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico: Portraits of Soldaderas, Saints, and Subversives with contributor Sandra Cisneros, editors Ellen Riojas Clark and Kathy Sosa, moderated by contributor Norma Elia Cantú, 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 Books, story time: Laura Gehl celebrates Hanukkah and shares her book Happy Llamakkah!, 10AM FACEBOOK LIVE

TSLAC, Texas Center for the Book #BookChat: Engaging Middle Grade Readers with Crystal Allen, author of the Magnificent Mya Tibbs series, 11AM ZOOM

World Affairs Council – DFW, Dr. Rebecca Lissner discussing An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First-Century Order, 11AM ONLINE

Bartography, Join author Chris Barton and illustrator Shanda McCloskey for a 45-minute live presentation of Fire Truck vs. Dragon, including a read aloud, drawing lesson, answers to students' questions, and giveaways, 12PM ZOOM [ticketed]

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

San Antonio Book Festival, PIE Bake Along with Erin Jeanne McDowell, author of The Book on Pie, 6PM ONLINE

Blue Willow Bookshop, Anne Bogel will appear in conversation with Valerie Koehler to discuss book clubs, holiday gift suggestions, and her book Don't Overthink It, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Jeff Lindsay discussing Fool Me Twice, 7PM YOUTUBE LIVE

The Bookworm Box, Live Author Takeover with Willow Aster, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

BookWoman, Virtual Second Thursday OPEN Mic featuring Ann Howells, 7:15PM ZOOM

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



The Printing Museum, Follow-along Friday: Fishbone fold book, 12PM ONLINE

Gemini Ink & Writing Workshops Dallas, The Big Texas Read: Antonio Ruiz-Camacho discussing Barefoot Dogs, moderated by Oscar Cásares, 7PM ZOOM


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Fluid Fridays queer open mic featuring Ruby Miller, hosted by CRUSH, 8PM



Writers’ League of Texas, "Pacing and Motivation: What Novelists Can Learn from Screenwriters" ONLINE with Richard Santos, 10AM

Gemini Ink, Anxiety into Art—A One-Day Poetry Workshop with Alexandra van de Kamp, 10AM ZOOM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Dialogue for Characters in Fact and Fiction” with John Sparks, 1PM ZOOM

North Dakota State University Press, Texas poet Carolyn Dahl releases A Muddy Kind of Love, 2PM ZOOM

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

The Printing Museum, Refurbishing a Small Press, 2PM ONLINE

Malvern Books, 2021 Texas Poetry Calendar reading, 7PM ZOOM


*The Boerne Bookshop, Joanne Easley signing Sweet Jane, 12PM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Elizabeth Dinn Marsh discussing and signing The Whizzy Dizzy Bike Ride, 11AM OUTDOOR EVENT


*Ideation Station, Ghost Town Arts Collective: Poetry Jams open mic, 6PM



Museum of South Texas History, Sunday Speaker Series Online: “Nochebuena: Lard, Spice and Everything Nice” featuring chefs/authors Melissa Guerra and Adán Medrano, 2PM


*Galveston Bookshop, Vernita Harris and Bea Moore launch Pinch-Dash-Done, A Gateway to Flavorful Recipes (proceeds benefit Houston Food Bank and Prairie View A&M University), 11AM

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Jean Stephens discussing and signing If Katy Could Talk, 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.