Calling All Bookworms: The Big Texas Read is Coming

Read works by authors throughout the state at this virtual book club, then visit online storefronts in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio for more tomes.

The days of social distancing have meant that bookstores have had to cancel in-person events such as author appearances and book clubs. Writing Workshops Dallas and Gemini Ink have something to say about that. They're taking to Zoom in a big way for The Big Texas Read, a virtual book club that meets April 29, May 13, May 27 and June 10 at 7 pm CST to discuss works of prose and poetry from Texas authors.

Participation in the meet-ups is free, and you can order the books you need from partner bookstores to have them delivered right to your front stoop. And, you don't even have to get out of your jammies to join in! RSVP here.

Partner bookstores include Dallas' Interabang Books and San Antonio's The Twig Book Shop. For additional independent favorites that are open for online ordering in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, refer to our list below.

And to keep up on all literary events through Texas, consult Lone Star Literary Life.

Dallas-Fort Worth Bookstores

Commonplace Books

This carefully curated boutique prides itself for having something for all ages and interests. Check out its brown bag specials for a personalized box of books.

Deep Vellum Books

Deep Vellum Books honors the history of its neighborhood in its selection of titles, and also features independent publishers and writers of color. It also does special orders.

Deep Vellum Books Dallas Texas

The Dock Bookshop

One of the largest independent, African-American owned bookstores in Texas and the Southwest, The Dock Bookshop aims to inspire, inform and entertain through its selections, while also doing good in the community.

Lucky Dog Books

A small local chain, Lucky Dog Books sells used books and movies. It's been part of the community since the mid-'70s.

Houston Bookstores

Blue Willow Bookshop

Also open since the mid-'70s, family-owned Blue Willow Bookshop is known for its friendly service. Its staff is always happy to listen to your preferences and make recommendations. 

Brazos Bookstore

Brazos Bookstore opened in the mid-'70s as well. It opened to encourage and support emerging Houston authors; today, many still frequent the store.

Kaboom Books

Discover a new story in line with your favorites or something from a different genre—Kaboom Books has you covered with more than 100,000 books that range from popular favorites to out-of-print titles.

Murder By the Book

Mystery, crime and fantasy lovers adore this shop, one of the nation's oldest and largest mystery specialty bookstores. Choose from new and used paperbacks and hardcovers, first editions, collectibles and mystery magazines.

Murder by the Book Houston Texas

San Antonio Bookstores

Cheever Books

This go-to spot in San Antonio is known for its eclectic selection of used and rare books, including first editions and out of print titles. Visit its Facebook page for recommended goodies.

Dead Tree Bookstore

Dead Tree Bookstore loves to share its passion for the written word, at affordable prices. See what it's got in stock in its Amazon store.