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 12.13.2020

Please scroll down for the story time section


4th Annual Teachers, Write! With Harris County Department of Education, December 15, ZOOM

Heritage Auctions: Once Upon a Time - Rare Children's Literature from Justin G. Schiller, Ltd., December 16, 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



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



Brazos Bookstore, Jane Smiley discussing Perestroika in Paris, 7PM ZOOM

Denton Public Library, Professor’s Corner: A Literary Discussion Group will be devoted to the poetry of Texas Poet Laureate Steven Fromholz, 7PM ZOOM [email to join]

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



Murder By the Book, Talking Agatha Christie with Phoebe Judge and Sophie Hannah, 3PM FB & YT LIVE

Interabang Books, Rob Arnold discussing The Terroir of Whiskey: A Distiller’s Journey Into the Flavor of Place, 6PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, Authors in Conversation @ Home: Alice Hoffman, 6:30PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Jonathan Van Ness discussing Over the Top, 7PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, Matthew McConaughey in conversation with Brené Brown to discuss his new book, Greenlights, 7PM ZOOM [ticketed; a portion of the proceeds will go to the UT Outpost, a division of the University of Texas's Dean of Students Office, which assists students facing food insecurity]

Brazos Bookstore, Mauro Javier Cárdenas discussing The Revolutionaries Try Again (in conversation with Cristina Rivera Garza), 7PM ZOOM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV with Sharde’ O’Rourke, Cassidy Lee, Omar L. Harris, and Reco McCambry, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Catholic Literary Arts, workshop: “Birthing the Holy: Writing Advent and Christmas” with Judith Sornberger, 7PM

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



World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Admiral James Stavridis discussing Sailing True North, 5PM ONLINE

Harris County Public Library, Better Angels: Live with Sadie Keller and Congressman Michael McCaul, 6:30PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Writers’ League of Texas, "How to Conceive and Structure Personal Essays" ONLINE with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, 6:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, virtual book club: Chris Cander discussing The Weight of a Piano, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Christie Craig, author of Don’t Look Back, in conversation with April Hunt, author of Fatal Deception, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

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

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



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

Interabang Books, Author Rebecca Bruff discussing her new Christmas book, 2PM

Voices de la Luna, Writing Workshop with James Brandenburg, 6PM ONLINE

Defunkt Magazine, Volume 6 launch + open mic, 6:30PM ONLINE

LBJ Library, An Evening With Valerie Jarrett, author of Finding My Voice, 7PM ONLINE

The Bookworm Box, Kelly Oram live author takeover, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

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


*Athens-Limestone Library, Mystery Book Club: Jim Nesbitt will be talking about his writing, focusing on his first novel The Last Second Chance, 6PM




*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Sexual Avengers, 8PM



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

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Writing for the Dark Times” with Donna Snyder,1PM ZOOM


*The Boerne Bookshop, meet local author Janalyn Knight at her book signing, 3PM


*Arts & Letters Bookstore, acclaimed animal communicator and horror-movie icon Amelia Kinkade signs copies of her books that chronicle her work with animals, 1PM



San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Johana Hernandez discussing and signing I am a Gift and I Have Many Gifts, 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.