The most comprehensive listing of book and author events, festivals, readings, lectures, workshops, 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, workshops, and signings in the Lone Star State

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FOR 9.16.2023 - 9.24.2023





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Bookish goings-on in Texas

compiled exclusively by Lone Star Literary Life


SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*HoustonJaipur Festival, September 15-17, 2023

*Fort WorthTrinity River Book Festival, September 16, 2023


EXHIBITIONS, ETC. (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*DallasSMU Campus, “I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere”: Collecting the Multilingual Cannon, through September 22, 2023

*Boerne, Patrick Heath Public Library, Pastures of the Empty Page: Fellow Writers on the Life and Legacy of Larry McMurtry, through October 5, 2023

*Plano, Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy (Humanities Texas), through October 17, 2023

*Denton, Emily Fowler Library, Literature of Prescription - Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Yellow Wallpaper", 9AM, through October 21, 2023

*Austin, Harry Ransom Center, The Long Lives of Very Old Books, through December 30, 2023

*San Marcos, The Wittliff Collection, I Pray You Stay Alive: Writing on the Edge, through May 10, 2024



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Fort Worth, Trinity River Book Festival, 8AM,

*Allen, author Robin Hollo Signing at Kroger (Day 1), 10AM,

*Arlington, Ashlaroo's, book signing for MUMENTOUS by Amy Schultz, 10AM,

*Dallas, Central Library, Creative Writing Club, 10AM,

*El Paso, El Paso Public Libraries, Read & Ride: Luchadores de la Literatura, 10AM,

*Tyler, Tyler Public Library, Book Sale, 10AM,

*Dallas, Interabang Books, Special Storytime with author Rachel Más Davidson (I LOVE YOU MUCHO MUCHO), 10:30AM,

*Bulverde, Friends of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District Book and Author Luncheon, 11AM,

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Dr Yanko Yankov signing HOW OUR BRAIN BECAME HUMAN, 11AM,

*Austin, Carver Branch Library, Carver's 90th Anniversary Party, 1PM,

*Austin, Central Library, Author Talk: Latinx Pop Culture Matters! with Professor Frederick Luis Aldama, 1PM,

*Dallas, Fretz Park Branch Library, Recycled Book Art, 1PM,

*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, author Licia Chenoweth signing, 1PM,

*Fort Worth, Fort Worth History Center, Paper Preservation, 1PM,

*McAllen, McAllen Heritage Center, book reading with author Thomas Ray Garcia, 1PM,

*Amarillo, Barnes & Noble, author Taylor Moor (RICOCHET) book signing, 2PM,

*Arlington, Barnes & Noble, author Susan Layne (ELINOR'S GLAD-TO-BE-TOGETHER FAMILY) book signing, 2PM,

*Austin, Central Library, Art Workshop: Zine/Poster Making with Julio Moreno, 2PM,

*Austin, Recycled Reads Bookstore, Zine Workshop, 2PM,

*Austin, Yarborough Branch Library, The Crafty Adult/Eco Craft: Recycle-Recraft-Restyle: Magazine Mobiles, 2PM,

*Frisco, Barnes & Noble, authors Idina Menzel & Cara Mentzel (PROUD MOUSE) discussion and sing-along, 2PM,

*Kerrville, Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library, author David Schwarz (BEATING CANCER THROUGH FAITH AND INSPIRATION), 2PM,

Tumblewords Project, Kris Kaila - Art Hurts, 2PM, ONLINE

*Denton, Emily Fowler Library, book discussion with author Susie Finkbeiner (THE ALL-AMERICAN), 2:30PM, HYBRID,

*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, author Remy Lai (GHOST BOOK), 3PM,

*Houston, Murder By The Book, author DiAnn Mills signing, 3PM,

*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Prudence L. Curry Writers Series Presents Jeffery Renard Allen, 3PM,

*Arlington, Amber Royer, Saturday Night Writes, 4PM, HYBRID,

*Dallas, Interabang Books, author R.J. Jacobs (THIS IS HOW WE END THINGS) discussion & book signing, 4PM,

*Houston, Basket Books & Art, book launch: OTHERWISE, IT WOULD JUST BE ANOTHER RIVER by the Borderland Collective, 6:30PM,

*San Marcos, Texas State University, Hispanic Heritage Night with authors David Bowles, Adriana Garcia, Xelena Gonzalez, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, and Carmen Tafolla, 6:30PM,

*Austin, Write About Now Poetry, Poetry Jam + Open Mic ft. the Write About Now National Champion Poetry Team, 7PM,




SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Kacy Ritter signing, 11AM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books - Flagship, authors Ellen Schum (SIXTEEN DAYS TO FREEDOM) & Paige Lehmann (FREEDOM FROM GRIEVING) book signing, 1PM,
*Dallas, Pan-African Book Connection Bookstore, author Dr. J Bliss signing, 1PM,
*Fort Worth, East Regional Library, FW Writes: Writers' Workshop, 1:30PM,
*Dallas, Native Prairies Association of Texas, author Amy Martin reading & signing, 3PM,
*Dallas, The Writer's Garret, Mixed Genre Stone Soup Workshop, 3PM,
*Austin, Book Woman, author Mehnaaz Momen (LISTENING TO LAREDO), 4PM,
*Georgetown, Lark & Owl Booksellers, Workshop Series: Writer's Studio, 4PM,
*San Antonio, The Mouth Dakota Project, Thank You, Xicanext - Poetry & Spoken Word event, 5PM,
*Euless, Euless Library Foundation, Murder at the Book Joint - Annual Meeting and Fundraiser Mystery Dinner, 6PM,




MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Amarillo, Burrowing Owl, author Barbara Jenkins (SO LONG AS IT'S WILD), 11:30AM,

*San Marcos, Therese Kayser Lindsey Literary Endowment, author John Heimbuch, 5PM,

*Lubbock, Godeke Branch Library, Upcycled Books: Fall Sunflower wall hanging, 5:30PM,

*San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Parman Cafe: Write Now, Parman!, 6PM,

*Fort Worth, Southwest Regional Library, Write on, write on, write on!, 6:30PM,

*Austin, Austin Public Library, author Alicia Roth Weigel with Jonathan Van Ness, 7PM,

*Fort Worth, Texas Master Naturalists, author Amy Martin reading & signing, 7PM,

*Irving, Valley Ranch Library, Mindful Mondays: Adult Coloring & Journaling, 7PM,

*Richardson, Writers Guild of Texas, Monthly Meeting, 7PM,

*Houston, Inprint, Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Author Lauren Groff (THE VASTER WILDS), 7:30PM,




TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 (*Denotes In-person Events)

KSTX 89.1 FM, The Source, author E.R. Bills in conversation with host David Martin Davies (TELL-TALE TEXAS), 12PM,

*Kerrville, Texas A&M University Press, discussion & signing with authors W. Rufus Stephens and Jan Wrede, 1PM,

*Abilene, Texas Star Trading Company, book signing with author Allie Davis, 3PM,

*San Antonio, The Witte Museum, Al Rendón: meet the artist & book signing, 4PM,

Brazos Bookstore, author Thushanthi Ponweera (I AM KAVI), 5PM, ONLINE,

*Austin, Hampton Branch Library, Writing Workshop with Spike Gillespie, 5:30PM,

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author E.R. Bills signing TELL-TALE TEXAS: INVESTIGATION IN INFAMOUS HISTORY, 5:30PM,

*Hurst, Hurst Public Library, Trinity Arts Writers Workshop, 6PM,

Book Launch for author Michael Scott Clifton's new release (PRINGLE PRAWN), including other authors, 6PM, ONLINE,

*Austin, Central Library, Write Club, 6:30PM,

*Benbrook, Benbrook Public Library, Writing Critique, 6:30PM,

*Fort Worth, Northside Branch Library, Mexican Amate Inspired Paper Art, 6:30PM,

*Fort Worth, Southwest Regional Library, Poetry Jam, 6:30PM,

*Lubbock, Lubbock Write Right Critique Group, Weekly Meeting, 6:30PM, HYBRID,

*Dallas, Mike Guinn Entertainment, Ervay Nights: An Upscale Performance Arts Showcase Featuring Actress/Entertainer/Poet Ms.Lucretia Johnson, and Poets Blu Libra and Becks Belief, 7:30PM,

*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, Bars Fest: Poetry Meets Versus, 7:30PM,

*El Paso, Barbed Wire Open Mic series, Music and Poetry Open Mic at RoseWood Bar, 9PM,




WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Dallas, Central Library, Workshop Wednesdays with the Dallas Poet Laureate, 11AM,
Harris County Public Libraries, Live Virtual Author Talk with Adam Alter (ANATOMY OF A BREAKTHROUGH) "How to Get Unstuck When It Matters Most," 1PM, ONLINE,
Granbury Writers' Bloc, Read & Critique, 2PM, ONLINE,
*Houston, Smith Neighborhood Library, Write On! Family Poetry Night, 4:30PM,
*Humble, Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library, Word Crafters, 5PM,
*Austin, Central Library, Zine Night, 5:30PM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Gabriel T. Saxton-Ruiz, Ph.D. signing, 5:30PM,
*Longview, Books & Barrels, Poetry Night, 6PM,
Torch Literary Arts, Workshop: Building Your Platform as a Writer with KB Brookins, 6PM, ONLINE,
*Austin, LBJ Presidential Library, Evening with Jake Tapper (ALL THE DEMONS ARE HERE), 6:30PM,
*El Paso, El Paso Matters Book Club & Literarity Book Shop, author Tim Z. Hernandez (ALL THEY WILL CALL YOU) discussion, 6:30PM,
*Fort Worth, Lincoln Library, Mexican Amate Inspired Paper Art, 6:30PM,
Gemini Ink, Veteran’s Writing Collective with Sarah Colby, 6:30PM, ONLINE,
*Austin, BookWoman, In-person Poetry Reading with Sam Slupski + Q&A with Bri Jenkins, 7PM,
*Dallas, The Writer's Garret, Poetry Peer Critique Workshop, 7PM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books Flagship, talk and book signing with ACS president and former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (THE CONSTITUTION IS IN JEOPARDY), 7PM,
Gemini Ink, The Big Texas Author Talk with Thomas H. McNeely (PICTURES OF THE SHARK), 7PM, ONLINE,
*Austin, Austin Poetry Slam, Austin Poetry Open Mic Night Under the Stars Hosted by Akeem Olaj, 7:30PM,
*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, Poetry Open Mic Night ft. Miracle The Poet, 7:30PM,




THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Arlington, Friends of the Arlington Public Library, Fall Book Sale 2023 (DAY ONE), 1PM,

*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, Stephen King Birthday Celebration, 5PM,

*Houston, Central Library, Write On!, 5PM,

*Richmond, Story Spinners Writing Club, 5:30PM,

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Melissa Broughton reading & signing COWBOY DAD: LOVE, ALCOHOLISM, A ND A DYING WAY OF LIFE, 5:30PM,

*Austin, Thursday Night Write-In, Thursday Night Write-In, 6PM,

*San Antonio, Nowhere Bookshop, Alicia Roth Weigel in conversation with Deanne Cueller, 6PM,

*Fort Worth, Summerglen Branch Library, Mexican Amate Inspired Paper Art, 6:30PM,

*Houston, Murder By The Book, author Alex Grecian signing, 6:30PM,

*Austin, Alienated Majesty Books, book launch and party celebrating Lisa Olstein’s newest collection of poetry, DREAM APARTMENT, 6:30PM,

*San Antonio, Gemini Ink, Luminescence and Grit: An Evening with Gemini Ink Teaching Artists, followed by a Community Open Mic, 6:30PM,

Blue Willow Bookshop, virtual author visits with Anderson Cooper & Katherine Howe (ASTOR: THE RISE AND FALL OF AN AMERICAN FORTUNE), 7PM, ONLINE,

BookPeople, Writers' League of Texas Third Thursday: On the Craft of Writing: Genre-Bending Fiction, 7PM, ONLINE,

*Lubbock, Texas Tech Creative Writing Reading Series, poet Tim Z. Hernandez reading, 7PM,

*San Marcos, The Wittliff Collections, Life, Death, and Writing on the Edge: A Conversation at the Wittliff with Celeste Bedford Walker, 7PM,

*Allen, Allen Public Library, author Dr. Robert Saldana (TEJANO EXPERIENCE), 7:30PM, HYBRID,

*El Paso, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, Poetry Night at Capri, 8PM,




FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, local authors Sheila Black, Cary Clack, Lorenzo Gomez III, and Kirsten Thompson will be reading from among the 40 stories featured in WORTH REPEATING: SAN ANTONIO STORIES, 5:30PM,
*Dallas, Oak Lawn Branch Library, meet author Chasten Buttigieg (I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU: A MEMOIR), 6PM,
*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, Short Story Readings, 6PM,
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, author Russ Feingold (THE CONSTITUTION IS IN JEOPARDY), 6PM,
*San Antonio, Nowhere Bookshop, author Hilary Leichter in conversation with artist Joey Fauerso, 6PM,
*Georgetown, Lark & Owl Booksellers, September Open Mic Night, 6:30PM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books - Flagship, author John Scalzi (STARTER VILLAIN) book signing, 7PM,
*Dallas, The Wild Detectives, Book Party for FLY: THE BIG BOOK OF BASKETBALL FASHION with author Mitchell S. Jackson, 7PM,
*Houston, Basket Books & Art, Poetry reading celebrating Texas Institute of Letters award winners and finalists: J. Estanislao Lopez, Ayokunle Falomo, and Laura Villareal, 7PM,
*The Colony, Dallas Poetry Slam, Floetic Experience Poetry Night ft. C.R.U.S.H., 8PM,
*Duncanville, Mike Guinn Entertainment, Open Mic Night with co-host Queeny Fillmore, 8PM,




SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Gilmer, Holidays on the Farm Craft Market, Author Dana Wayne signing, 9AM,
*Cypress, Northwest Branch Library, Book Sale, 10AM,
The Writer's Garret, Prose & Poetry Stone Soup Workshop, 10AM, ONLINE,
*Grapevine, Talking Animals Books, book release & storytime with author Susan Layne 10:30AM,
*Kerrville, Writers' League of Texas, Readers, Writers and Books will feature authors in the Hill Country, 10:30AM,
*Dallas, Fretz Park Branch Library, Adult Bookish Fair, 11AM,
*Canyon, Burrowing Owl Bookstore, Authors Andrew J. Brandt (PICTURE UNAVAILABLE) & Russell Camp (THE ANGEL OF THUNDER ROCK) discussion & book signing, 11AM,
*Fort Worth, Monkey & Dog Books, author Jennifer Bristol reading & signing, 11AM,
*Fort Worth, Mike Guinn Entertainment, Books, Burgers & More Spokenword Showcase, 11AM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Mehnaaz Momen signing LISTENING TO LAREDO: A BORDER CITY IN A GLOBALIZED AGE, 11AM,
*Dallas, Half Price Books - Flagship, special storytime with author Shondra Quarles (FATI'S GARDEN), 11:30AM,
*Denton, Patchouli Joe's Books, Indie Author Book Fair with authors Robin Hollo, Brian Dinuzzo, Tricia Sanders, 12PM,
*Austin, Southeast Branch Library, Dove Springs Oral History Workshop, 12:30PM,
*Boerne, The Boerne Bookshop, author Jocelyn Mitchell signing, 1PM,
*Denton, Denton County Office of History & Culture, Texas Talks: Amy J. Schultz - "Mumentous", 1PM,
*Houston, Central Library, author Dr. Louis Markos speaking, "J.R.R. Tolkien: Classical and Theological Virtues in Middle Earth," 1PM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, author Hilary Leichter signing, 1:30PM,
*Austin, Howson Branch Library, Writing Workshop, 2PM,
*Fort Worth, Diamond Hill/Jarvis Branch Library, Mexican Amate Inspired Paper Art, 2PM,
*Grapevine, Talking Animals Books, signing with author Licia Chenoweth, 2PM,
*Greenville, W. Walworth Harrison Public Library, author Parris Afton Bonds and publisher Diane Windsor discussing publishing topics, 2PM,
*Fort Worth, Diamond Hill/Jarvis Branch Library, Mexican Amate Inspired Paper Art, 2PM,
Tumblewords Project, Robin Scofield: The Desert Music, 2PM, ONLINE
*Houston, Murder By The Book, author Taylor Moore signing, 3PM,
*Dallas, Interabang Books, author Jennifer L. Bristol (CEMETERY BIRDING) book signing, 4PM,
*El Paso, Sergio Troncoso Library, El Paso Eastside Poetry, 4PM,
*Taylor, Libros Bookshop, Fall Card Class, 5:30PM,
*Archer City, University of Texas Press, Pastures of the Empty Page at the Royal Theater, 6PM,
*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, authors Boyd & Beth Morrison (THE LAST TRUE TEMPLAR), 6:30PM,




SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (*Denotes In-person Events)

*Austin, East Austin Writing Project, Poetry Club, 11AM,
*San Antonio, The Twig Book Shop, Erika Ferrari Lopez signing, 11AM,
*Dallas, Half Price Flagship, authors Shawn Warner (LEIGH HOWARD AND THE GHOST OF SIMMON'S PIERCE MANOR) & Lizette Warner (POWER, POISE, & PRESENCE) book signings, 1PM,
*Houston, Write About Now Poetry, WAN Academy: Home as Space and Place w/ Alex Tha Great, 1PM,
*Austin, Spicewood Springs Branch Library, Open Mic, 1:30PM,
*Fort Worth, East Regional Library, FW Writes: Writers' Workshop, 1:30PM,
*Fort Worth, Leaves Book and Tea Shop, Afternoon with Authors, 2PM,
*Frisco, Frisco Public Library, Sisters in Crime North Dallas, 2:30PM,
Granbury Writers' Bloc, Read & Critique, 4PM, ONLINE,
*McAllen, McAllen Public Library, ASL Poetry Slam, 5PM,
Texas Poetry Assignment, TPA Contributor Reading, 7PM, ONLINE,




RECURRING STORY TIMES (*Denotes In-person Events) 

*Taylor, Libros Bookmobile, Family Storytime at The Loose Screw, M, 12:30PM

*Grapevine, Talking Animals, Sat., 10:30AM

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 

*Bryan, Whimsy & Wild Emporium, children's story time, T & Th, 10:30AM

*CenterThe Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library, Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5), W, 10:30 a.m.

*Colleyville, Colleyville Public Library, StoryWalk, Month of May 2023

Dallas Public Library, children’s story time, T & Th, 10:30AM ZOOM

*Houston, Holocaust Museum, Storytime at the Boniuk Library, Th, 4pm-5pm

*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

*Laredo, Laredo Public Library, Toddler Story Time, 10AM & 11AM

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

*Bridgeport, Bridgeport Public Library, story time, T, 4:30PM; W, 11AM

*Pflugerville, Pflugerville Library, baby time, W, 9AM; story time, W, 10AM

*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

*Laredo, Laredo Public Library, story time, TH, 11AM

The Twig Book Shop, Miss Anastasia online story time, F, 10:30AM INSTAGRAM LIVE

*Sachse, Sachse Public Library, Baby Bounce Story Time, F, 10:30AM

Boerne Radio, Early Bird story time, Sat., 7:45AM

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time, Sat., 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

*Laredo, Laredo Public Library, story time, Sat. 10:30AM & 4PM

*San Angelo, Old Time Books, Children's Story Time on the Patio, Sat., 11AM

*Longview, Books & Barrels, Children's Story Time, 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sat., 10:30AM

*The Woodlands, Buy the Book, 1st and 3rd Sat., 10:30am

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.




Want your event included? Email with your complete info two weeks in advance of the issue in which your event is scheduled, and we'll include it.