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

WINTER / SPRING 2018

 

 

Brian Mealer  |  The Kings of Big Spring
Wednesday, February 7, 7:00pm

Author Bryan Mealer will read from his just published The Kings of Big Spring, which follows his family legacy back through four generations of Texas trying to survive and thrive despite tremendous odds.  Mealer's reading will be followed by an audience Q&A, book sales, and signing.  Mealer's previous books include Muck City:Wining and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (co-written with William Kamkwamba) and All Things Must Fight to Live.

Jack E. Davis  |  The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea
Thursday, May 24, 7:00pm
Jack E. Davis, professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, will read from and discuss The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, with local writer Juli Berwald (author of Spineless).  The Gulf presents an all-encompassing narrative of the Gulf of Mexico - from the sportfish that brought early tourism to the Gulf shores, to Hollywood's flirtation with the first offshore oil wells - as it inspired and empowered, sometimes to its own detriment, the diverse groups of growing a nation.

 

 

Bill Callahan
Thursday, February 8, 7:30pm

Bill Callahan, who originally recorded and performed under the name Smog, is one of Austin's most accomplished and distinctive singer-songwriters.  Callahan's deadpan delivery, dark irony, and laconic wit belies an emotional complexity and lyrical depth that has earned him widespread critical acclaim.  Pitchfork has called Callahan "one of this era's best singer-songwriters," and praised his 2013 release Dream River as "quietly devastating".

Michael Fracasso
Monday March 12, 7:00pm
One of Austin's most notable singer-songwriters, Michael Fracasso not only has a distinctive tenor and writes compelling songs, but he is also the author of some tantalizing Italian dishes that are included in his cookbook, Artist in the Kitchen: A Brief Autobiography in Food.  Fracasso has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Japan.  In this appearance, he combines the two things he does best - perform songs and create in the kitchen.

 

 

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, A film by Frederick Wiseman
Sunday, February 18, 2:00pm
In Ex Libris, Frederick Wiseman's 42nd film, the legendary filmmaker takes his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world's greatest institutions of learning - The New York Public Library. The film reveals a venerable place of welcome, cultural exchange, and intellectual creativity.  The New York Times writes, "In Ex Libris, democracy is alive and in the hands of a forceful advocate and brilliant filmmaker ...One of the greatest movies of Mr. Wiseman's extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling."

 

 

Michael Fracasso
Monday, March 12, 7:00pm

One of Austin's most notable singer-songwriters, Michael Fracasso not only has a distinctive tenor and writes compelling songs, but he is also the author of the tantalizing italian dishes included in his cookbook, Artist in the Kitchen: A Brief Autobiography in Food.  Fracasso has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Japan.  In this appearance, he combines the two things he does best - perform songs and create in the kitchen.

National Pi(e) Day
Wednesday, March 14
It's the one day of the year when the date matches everyone's favorite mathematical constant: ∏, the ratio describing the relationship between a circle's radius and circumference. This special, infinite figure is also called Pi, just like our favorite desert! Join us for an event celebrating 3.14, the baked treat that can't exist without it, and a few things in between. Pi enthusiasts and pie lovers welcome!

Alon Shaya  |  Shaya
Monday May 14, 7:00pm
Two-time James Beard award-winning chef Alon Shaya, whose celebrated New Orleans restaurants (Domenica, Pizza Domenica, and Shaya) have been hailed as the country's best and most innovative, will share stories of his culinary heritage and demonstrate recipes from his new cookbook and memoir Shaya.

 

 

The Jemima Code Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks
Opening Thursday, June 7

The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks is an exhibit base on the eponymous book by the James Beard award-winning author Toni Tipton-Martin, which explores the culinary treasures African American cooks have left behind in the cookbooks they created.  Tipton-Martin collected nearly 300 rare black cookbooks dating back to 1827, each one revealing proficincies that talented cooks recorded in their own words.

Program Sponsors

Grant and Margot Thomas

Joyce L. and Stephen Hunt

Bipin and Rita Avashia