The Library Foundation's new cultural series featuring author events, musical performances, film screenings, cooking demonstrations, and gallery exhibitions at the Austin Central Library.




Joe Nick Patoski | Austin to ATX
Wednesday, February 13, 7:00pm
Special Events Center (1st Floor)

Austin-based writer and Texas historian Joe Nick Patoski launches his latest, a gonzo history of the “City of the Violet Crown." Patoski will read from and discuss the book with Austin American-Statesman writer Michael Barnes, followed by a book signing. Jon Dee Graham will perform a short set of Austin songs. Books will be available at the event through BookPeople.

Christopher Paolini | The Fork, the Witch & the Worm
Thursday, February 28, 7:00pm
Special Events Center (1st Floor)

Author Christopher Paolini launches his latest book in the Inheritance Cycle, The Fork, the Witch & the Worm, which jumped quickly to the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Paolini will read from and discuss the book, followed by a book signing. Presented with BookPeople. Learn more about book sales and the signing line.



Reckonnoiter | A Roving Art & Performance Exploration
Saturday, January 12, 2:00pm
 | Demo Area (1st Floor)

Experience an artistic journey inside the Austin Central Library. This collaboration with paper chairs will feature music, dance, visual art, and storytelling to illuminate the depth and dimensions of the local arts community inside one of Austin’s most vibrant public spaces. Performance artists include Annie Laganga, Diana Lynn Small, Megan Tabaque, Liz Cass, Kelsey Oliver, and Natalie Teodori.

Mirror, Mirrored | A Contemporary Art Exhibition Inspired by Fairy Tales
Curator Talk on Thursday, January 24, 7:00pm | Art Gallery (2nd Floor)

Hear from the creator of a new exhibit at the Austin Central Library. Mirror Mirrored is a collection of contemporary artwork exploring the tradition of fairy tales. Creator Corwin Levi will offer insight into the process of bringing the exhibit to life. He'll talk with participating artist Katy Horan, as well as Austin Symphony's Susan Miville, moderated by local artist Yuliya Lanina. The exhibition is on display January 18 through February 24. This program also includes story times, symphony performances, and satellite exhibits. Learn more here.


Previous atCentral Events

Launched with the Central Library's opening on October 28, 2017, atCentral has featured an accomplished assortment of authors, musicians, artist, filmmakers, and foodies. Previous programs have featured:

Books & Authors

Sarah Bird (Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen)
Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Legacy)
Edward Carey (Little)
Brian Catling (The Cloven)
Jack E. Davis (The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea)
Ben Fountain (Beautiful Country Burn Again)
Andrew Sean Greer (Less)
Bethany McLean (Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking & How It's Changing the World)
Bryan Mealer (The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil & One Family's Search for the American Dream)
Liane Moriarty (Nine Perfect Strangers)

Foodies & Chefs

Kate McDermott (Home Cooking)
Alon Shaya (Shaya)


Ex Libris
The Secret Life of Lance Letscher


Bill Callahan
Michael Fracasso


Edward Carey
Lance Letscher

Program Sponsors

Grant and Margot Thomas

Joyce L. and Stephen Hunt

Bipin and Rita Avashia