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


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

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Bookish goings-on in Texas

compiled exclusively by Lone Star Literary Life

FOR THE WEEK OF 12.12.2021


Please scroll down for story times


SPECIAL EVENTS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Border Book Bash, December 19th, 9:30AM


EXHIBITIONS (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Abilene, National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, GOLDEN LEGACY: 80 YEARS OF ORIGINAL ART FROM GOLDEN BOOKS, through December 24

*Fort Worth, Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition, Fort Worth Public Library – Central, through January 31, 2022


SUNDAY, December 12 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, F. Howard Billings, When Gods War (Roman Candle), 12PM

The Writing Barn, Writing Neurodivergent Characters with Sensitivity (ONLINE), 2PM

Malvern Books, Texas Poetry Calendar Reading, 3PM

*Lubbock, Atomic Lounge & Pizza Kitchen, Christmas Q&A and Book Signing: Katharine Hayhoe, SAVING US, 5PM


MONDAY, December 13 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Bookwoman, Getting To Know The Goddess: "Goddess Remembered" / Guadalupe Evening, 7PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Thea Sutton - Virtual Event, 7PM

Murder By The Book, MTM Presents Gabriel Valjan - Virtual Event, 7PM

Write About Now, The Virtual Slam - Head2Head, 8PM


TUESDAY, December 14 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Vernon, Carnegie City - County Library, Book Signing with Dianne Smithwick-Braden, 11AM

Murder By The Book, Stephen Spotswood in conversation with Alan Bradley - Virtual Event, 1PM

*Weslaco, Frontera Audubon, Debra Atlas Book Signing, 5:30PM

Harris County Public Library, HCPL Writes: Discussion Group (New Series), 6PM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV, 7PM

*Austin, Native Hostel, Austin Poetry Slam is OPEN SLAM with Akeem Oaji, 8PM

*San Antonio, Bentley’s Bar, PuroSlam ft. DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM


WEDNESDAY, December 15 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Victoria, Texian Books, Memoirs of a Law Dog Book Launch with author Elliott H. Costas, 5PM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Kathleen Trenchard, Book signing/demonstration, 5PM

*Houston, Brazos Bookstore, Mitch Albom - THE STRANGER IN THE LIFEBOAT – Book Signing & Reading, 6:30PM

Gemini Ink, Veteran’s Writing Collective with Sarah Colby, 6:30PM

Writers’ League of Texas, “On the Writer’s Journey: Shaping Your Story with the Hero’s Journey” with Greg Garrett, 6:30PM

Murder By The Book, Matt Coyle and Maegan Beaumont in Conversation - Virtual Event, 7PM

Murder By The Book, Colleen Hoover in conversation with Tarryn Fisher - Ticketed Event, 7PM

*Houston, AvantGarden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic ft. Joshua Nguyen hosted by Outspoken Bean, 7:30PM

*San Antonio, Jandro’s, Write Art Out Inc. The BLAH BLAH BLAH Poetry Spot, 8PM


THURSDAY, December 16 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill, Ph.D., FRSA, Horizons of Joy: Poetic Thresholds for Winter, 5PM

Murder By The Book & Crime Writers of Color, Presents A Look Back at 2021with Hosts Kellye Garrett and Alex Segura will chat with Sujata Massey, Mia P. Manansala, Robert Justice, K.D. Richards, Paige Sleuth, and Cate Holahan - Virtual Event, 7PM

*Austin, C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, Janna Garza "Looks Familiar" Austin Book Release Party, 7PM


FRIDAY, December 17 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*Decatur, Two Eighty Seven at The Majestic, Unique Vision Book Launch Reception, 6PM

*Dallas, The Wild Detectives, Presents: P.O.P Kulture (Poetry on the Patio), 7PM


SATURDAY, December 18 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

Border Book Bash, 9:30AM

*Prosper, Kroger, Book Signing with Author Marc Liebman, 9:30AM

*Robstown, Keach Family Library Branch of the Nueces County Public Library, Writers’ League of Texas Rubén Degollado presenting “Mining Memory to Write YA” and Charlotte Gullick presenting “The Essential Role of Pacing”, 10AM

*Dallas, The Fashion Den Dallas, Meet Author Keya S. McClain & Book Signing, 11:30AM

*Dallas, Deep Vellum, Dallas Youth Poets hosts an open mic, 1PM

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Joshua Nguyen, Come Clean, 11AM


SUNDAY, December 19 (*Denotes In-person Events.)

*San Antonio, The Twig Bookshop, Jessica Thompson, A Caterer's Guide to Holidays and Homicide, 12PM

*New Braunfels, The Book Haus, Christmas Book Fair, 12PM

*Austin, University of North Texas Press, Kathy Valentine "All I Ever Wanted" Book Signing at B&N Sunset Valley, 1PM

The Writer’s Garret, Stone Soup Prose, 2PM

Tumblewords Project, Donna Snyder: Writing for the Dark Time, 2PM

*San Antonio, JCC, JCC Author Speaker Series: An Evening with Linda Kaufman, author of Mishugas: Musings on Things Jewish, 6PM


STORY TIMES (*Denotes In-person Events.)

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

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

*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

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

*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

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

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time, Sat, 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.

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.