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 12.08.2019


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

The National Book Foundations “Literature for Justice: Women Writing Beyond Bars,” Dallas, December 12

The Dock Bookshop Holiday Expo, Frisco, December 14

Laredo Book Festival 2019, December 14



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

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




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




BookWoman, Susan Niz reading and signing Left-Handed Like a Lightning Whelk (with Jasmine Waiters), 7PM

Empire Control Room & Garage, Aarón Sánchez discussing and signing Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef, 6PM

Fort Worth

TCU, Polyvox World Salon & Open Mic, 3:30PM


Pflugerville Public Library, Wine & Poetry Reading with Pflugerville Poetry Society, 6:30PM


Congregation Anshai Torah, Dallas JCC presents Michael J. Coles discussing and signing Time to Get Tough: How Cookies, Coffee, and a Crash Led to Success in Business in Life (in conversation with Rabbi Stefan Weinberg), 7PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Steven L. Davis discussing and signing The Essential J. Frank Dobie, 5PM




Flat Track Coffee, Chicon Street Poets Living Room Lit Open Mic, 7:30PM

Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave’s Story Department presents “Victory Lap,” 7:30PM

Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam Quarterfinal, 7:15PM


Chocolate Secrets, Sanderia Faye’s LitNite Reading Series, 7PM

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

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM

Southwest Regional Library, Dog Man book release party, 4PM


Holocaust Museum Houston, the Antidefamation League presents the From Hate to Hope Storyteller Series, 7PM

Houston Methodist Research Institute, Melinda Wenner Moyer presents the Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine Fourth Annual Lectureship, 12PM

Warehouse Live, The Moth presents “Family,” 7:30PM

Valley Ranch Library, Winterfest: Jingle Bells, Bells, Bells featuring storyteller Rochelle Rabouin, 7PM



Batch, Yellow Lark Press ATX book launch featuring 2031 by Jim Trainer and No Comebacks by Will Stenberg, 6:30PM

Malvern Books, Carmen Gray and William Jensen reading their short stories from Road Kill Volume IV: Texas Horror by Texas Writers, 7PM


Hotel Crescent Court, World Affairs Council DFW presents Amaryllis Fox discussing and signing Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA, 6:30PM

The Wild Detectives, Inner Moonlight Poetry Reading featuring Mag Gabbert and Alexandra Corinth, 7:30PM

El Paso

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

Plaza Theater, chef Aaron Sanchez discussing and signing Where I Came From, 7PM


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Slam featuring Marlon Lizama, 7:30PM

San Antonio

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

The Twig Book Shop, Jack Carr reading and signing True Believer, 5PM




04 Center, Half Price Books presents Emily Ley, founder of Simplified®, discussing her new book, When Less Becomes More, with New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker, 7PM [ticketed event]

Austin Book Arts Center, Bookbinding Workshop, 6PM

BookWoman, Second Thursday Open Mic + Virgin Day with ire’ne lara silva and Natalia Treviño, 7:15PM

Malvern Books, Novel Night with Samantha Inman (Tea Time) and Bennett Donovan (Devil’s Sinkhole), 7PM

Paramount Theatre, The Moth Mainstage: storytelling, 8PM

Texas Folklife Resources, Casa de Resistencia presents Dr. Rachel Valentina González's discussing and signing Quinceañera Style: Social Belongings and Latinx Consumer Identities, 6PM


The Wild Detectives, Andrés de la Casa Huertas & Javier García del Moral launch Reading Quirks: Weird Things That Bookish Nerds Do (in conversation with Christina Rodriguez of Deep Vellum), 7:30PM

San Antonio

Bishop Jones Center, Mary C. Earle reading and signing Did You Sing Your Song?: Poems, 5PM

Gemini Ink, annual winter potluck and book swap, 6PM




Casa de Resistencia, Alchemy: A Night of Poetry with Eric Anguamea and Ricardo Tane Ward Ramirez, 7PM

Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading Series and Open Mic featuring KB, Faylita Hicks, Alana Torrez, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, 7PM

Trinity Church of Austin, BookWoman presents Clark Strand and Perdita Finn discussing and signing Hour of Her Return: The Eco-Feminist Wisdom of the Rosary, 7PM


Ursa at Branch on High, Quarterly Poetry Reading featuring writers published in Through Layered Limestone: A Texas Hill Country Anthology of Place, 6:30PM


Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam presents Girls Night Out: Sexual Avengers Poetry Battle, 8PM

Galena Park

Galena Park Branch Library, WITS Workshop and Open Mic Series with Monica Davidson, 4PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, The Impossible Winterbourne reading and signing The Alpha Bots, 10:30AM




Austin Book Arts Center, Bind Your Own Manuscript workshop, 10AM

B&N – Arboretum, Tim O’Brien signing Dad’s Maybe Book, 2PM

Half Price Books - Southpark Meadows, Curt Locklear signing his works, 12PM

Private home, annual Austin SCBWI book-themed holiday potluck, 6:30PM [RSVP]

Red Salmon Arts, Lenguas Locxs 2nd Annual Live Reading, 7PM


Patrick Heath Public Library, a book signing with Phyllis Clark Nichols, 11AM


2nd & Charles, book signing with GM Kelso, 11:30AM

Corpus Christi

B&N, Andy Purvis signing Shadows of Greatness, 1PM


Interabang Books, Stephen Harrigan discussing and signing Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, 2PM

Pan African Connection, The PH (Poetry+Healing) = Balance Open Mic, 6:30PM

El Paso

Armijo Branch Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: “Embodying the Seven Generations” with Celia Aguilar, 1PM


Galveston Bookshop, Myra Hargrave McIlvain signing Stein House: A German Family Saga, 2PM


Art League Houston, WITS Free Verse Open Mic, 5:30PM

Half Price Books -  Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release, while supplies last

River Oaks Bookstore, Diann Floyd Boehm reading and signing Harry the Camel, 3PM

Writespace, workshop: “Rev Up Your Revision” with Writespace staff and a team of editors, 1PM

Writespace, Writers of Color workshop reading, 6PM


East Branch Library, Posadas Holiday Celebration featuring Dr. René Saldaña, celebrated children’s author of the Mickey Rangel Mysteries series and The Jumping Tree, 2:30PM

West Branch Library, 5th annual Harry Potter Yule Ball, 5PM


B&N, Debra Steffens signing Shadow's Utah Adventure, 1PM

B&N, Tina Siemens signing Seminole Some People Never Give Up, 2PM

Josey Books, Heath Daniels book signing, 11AM


B&N – Palms Crossing, Luna Rae signing Hit, 4PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Robert D. Jacobus signing Black Man in the Huddle: Stories from the Integration of Texas Football, 11AM

San Antonio Central Library, Robert D. Jacobus discussing and signing Black Man in the Huddle: Stories from the Integration of Texas Football, 2PM


B&N - Town Square, illustrator Vicki Guess signing A Transistor Christmas, 1PM                                                                                                


Copperfield’s Books, Freddy Cruz signing When America Fell Silent, 12PM




B&N – Arboretum, Stephen Harrigan signing Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, 2PM


Enchanted Springs Ranch Christmas Light Fest, Romance Under the Lights featuring local romance authors, 6PM 


The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: “The Editing Mindset” with Jeannette Smith, 3PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Patsy Swendson signing Gracie: Love is Blind, 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.