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

FALL 2018



Sarah Bird | Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen
Saturday, September 8, 7:00pm
Special Events Center (1st Floor)

Author and Texas Literary Hall of Fame inductee Sarah Bird launches her 10th novel, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, a tribute to Cathy Williams, the only woman to serve with the fabled Buffalo Soldiers. Presented in partnership with BookPeople.

Bethany MacLean | Saudi America
Thursday, September 20, 7:00pm
Demo Area (2nd Floor)

Bestselling author Bethany MacLean discusses her latest work, Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World, with reporter Alex Hannaford, who writes for The Texas Observer, The Guardian, GQ, and others. Presented in partnership with BookPeople.

Ben Fountain | Beautiful Country Burn Again
Wednesday, October 3, 7:00pm
Special Events Center (1st Floor)

The author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk launches his first work of nonfiction, Beautiful Country Burn Again, which recounts the surreal politics of the 2016 presidential campaign and describes what Fountain calls “the third American existential crisis.” Moderated by ABC News Correspondent Matthew Dowd.

Liane Moriarty | Nine Perfect Strangers
Wednesday, November 14 | 7:00pm

Special Events Center (1st Floor)

Liane Moriarty, author of the #1 New York Times Best-Seller Big Little Lies, discusses her new novel Nine Perfect Strangers, which follows nine strangers whose lives become entangled and transformed over ten days at a health resort. Presented in partnership with BookPeople.



Edward Carey | The Extraordinary Illustrated Fiction of Edward Carey
Tuesday, October 23, 7:00pm
 | Art Gallery (2nd Floor)

Author/illustrator Edward Carey (The Iremonger Trilogy) discusses his new novel, Little, a chronicle of the orphan and servant who became the wax artist Madame Tussaud. Coinciding with an art exhibit featuring illustrations from the novel and Carey's other works. Presented in partnership with Texas Book Festival.



Kate McDermott | Home Cooking
Monday, October 29, 7:00pm

Demo Area (1st Floor)

Kate McDermott—founder of Art of the Pie, cookbook author, and James Beard Award nominee—discusses her love of pie, the art of baking, and her new cookbook Home Cooking. McDermott will also share samples from her kitchen. Presented in partnership with BookPeople.



Thursday, November 29, 7:00pm
Special Events Center

Alternative-R&B singer Mélat released her sixth studio album Move Me II: The Present earlier this year to rave reviews. Born and raised in the Austin area, Mélat inherited a transcontinental worldview from her parents, who emigrated from Ethiopia in the 1980s. Mélat will perform a free show for audiences in the library.



August 2: Alexandra Bracken & The Darkest Legacy 
July 18: Brian Catling & The Cloven
June 13:
2018 Fiction Pulitzer Prize Winner Andrew Sean Greer & Less
May 24: 2018
Nonfiction Pulitzer Prize Winner Jack E. Davis & The Gulf
May 16:
The Photography of Gary Winogrand
May 14:
A Culinary Journey with Chef Alon Shaya 
March 14:
Pi Day
March 12:
Music & Cuisine with Michael Fracasso
February 18:
 Film Screening: Ex Libris
February 8: Bill Callahan LIVE Onstage
February 7: Bryan Mealer & The Kings of Big Spring
January 4: Film Screening: The Secret Life of Lance Letscher

Program Sponsors

Grant and Margot Thomas

Joyce L. and Stephen Hunt

Bipin and Rita Avashia