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 12.15.2019


Texas Christian University Press Holiday Book Fair, Fort Worth, December 18



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

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




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


B&N, Sixtus Atabong signing My Father's Gift: How One Man's Purpose Became A Journey Of Hope And Healing, 2PM


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




Austin Public Library-Old Quarry, Seasonal Stories for Children with local author, actor, and storyteller Bernadette Nason, 4PM


Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas annual holiday party and announcement of flash fiction contest winners, 7PM




Texas Star Trading Co., Abilene writer John Powell signing It’s Never That Simple: Essays to Broaden the Conversation, 12PM


Malvern Books, a poetry reading to celebrate the late, great poet laureate of Hyde Park, Albert Huffstickler (with MC Sylvia Manning), 7PM

Lilly Pulitzer, Angie Olszewski reading and signing special edition copies of her illustrated new children’s book, The Glamorous Life of Josie Marie, Hollywood 1957 (plus 1950s dance party, craft, and refreshments for littles), 5PM

Native Hostel, Last Austin Poetry Slam of 2019 featuring Early Era and Over the Rainbow with Jomar Valentin, 7:15PM


The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup mixed genre workshop, 7PM

El Paso

B&N – Fountains at Farah, Sergio Troncoso signing A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, and Make Tapia signing Gangs of the El Paso-Juarez Borderland: A History, 6PM

Fort Worth

The Dock Bookshop, member appreciation holiday reception, 6PM

The Dock Bookshop, Poetry Open Mic, 8PM


Notsuoh, Ekim Nepo open mic, 7:30PM


The Cold Brew Rock Bar, Laredo BorderSlam presents the Early Bird Slam, 7PM

San Antonio

The Mix, Puroslam poetry slam with DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, L. Samuels reading and signing Phoebe Douse: Secret Society for Special Abilities and Artefacts, 5PM



Malvern Books, Austin edition of the Why There Are Words reading series featuring  Sandra Sidi, Carrie Fountain, Josh Denslow, and The Flyin’ A’s, 7PM

Monkeywrench Books, ATX Interfaces Artist Showcase and Open Mic featuring BLakchyl with Hyah, Qween Paz, and Trojuan Henderson, 7PM


Arbor Oaks, John A. Adams Jr., author of Over There in the Air: The Fightin’ Texas Aggies in World War I, 1917-1918, 3PM

El Paso

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


Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring Porsha Olayiwola, 7:30PM


B&N – Legacy West, Open Mic Poetry Night, 7PM

San Antonio

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

Dead Tree Books, Christmas party and carol sing-along, 6PM

The Twig Book Shop, Norma Elia Cantú reading and signing Meditación Fronteriza: Poems of Love, Life, and Labor, 5PM




Deep Vellum Books, Deep Vellum Publishing sixth anniversary party, 6PM


River Oaks Bookstore, Bob Hopkins discussing and signing Philanthropy Misunderstood, 5PM


Irving Public Library-Valley Ranch, Winterfest Teens: Nightmare Before Christmas party, 6PM

Sulphur Springs

The Bookworm Box, Gianna Gabriela Live Author Takeover, 7PM




Deep Vellum Books, Pegasus Reading Series featuring Aaron Brown, Christian Cruz, L. E. Goldstein, and Collen Mayo, 7PM

El Paso

Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series and fundraiser, 8PM

New Braunfels

The Book Haus, We Love Our Bookworms holiday customer appreciation day, 4PM


The Blind Pig, Open Mic Night, 7PM




Austin Public Library-Carver, Austin Poetry Society holiday party and open mic, 1:30PM

Red Salmon Arts, annual Xmas Tiendita, 12:30PM

El Paso

Armijo Branch Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: “Writing for the Dark Time” with Donna Snyder, 1PM


Galveston Bookshop, Loren C. Steffy signing George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability, and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet, 2PM


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

Murder By the Book, holiday celebration with eggnog, live strings, duets, and a Christmas carol sing-along, 11AM


Unity Plaza, Pens, Pads, & Passion open mic, 6:30PM


West Pecan Coffee + Beer, family-friendly poetry reading, 2:30PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Dr. Stephanie L. Moses discussing and signing In Session: strong women don’t do therapy, 11AM



El Paso

Literarity Book Shop, Luke Lowenfield and Hal Marcus reading and signing Buenos Noches El Paso, 2PM

San Antonio

The Twig Book Shop, Barbie O’Connor signing Virgin at Sonoma, 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.