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January 2019

atCentral: Mirror Mirrored Curator Talk

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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The Austin Public Library and The Library Foundation present a new art exhibit in the Central Library's Art Gallery. MIRROR MIRRORED is a collection of works by contemporary artists, both local and national, inspired by fairy tales. Learn more about the questions driving this exhibit, how it came together, and hear how several artists positioned their work in relation to the popular narratives many of us know from childhood. Corwin Levi, who envisioned and executed this collaboration (along with a…

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APL After Dark: Slumber Party

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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$7

Escape into a totally awesome slumber-party time-warp on the 6th floor of the Austin Central Library! APL After Dark is an adults-only, themed Friday night where you get to party in your favorite library after closing time. ... This time, we're celebrating the slumber parties of childhood with retro board games, classic Nintendo, cootie catchers, MASH, adult beverages, snacks, and BYOVinyl. You'll also hear a short slumber-party comedy set by local comic Amber Bixby starting at 7:45pm, followed by two local…

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Badgerdog Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Narrating Lived Experience

January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster Drive
Austin, TX 78723 United States
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Free

How do you write compellingly about the real world? In this workshop, we will explore the modes and techniques of creative nonfiction, including memoir, portrait, and feature writing. From old classics to recent pieces, we will read examples of the genre and discuss what makes them vivid and intriguing. In our writing exercises, we will experiment with applying the devices of fiction to nonfiction prose, with the goal of helping you cultivate your voice as a storyteller. You'll leave the…

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February 2019

atCentral: Joe Nick Patoski & Austin to ATX

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

Austin-based writer and Texas historian Joe Nick Patoski launches his latest, a modern history of the “City of the Violet Crown" through the real-life characters who've helped shape the Austin we know today. 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.

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Badgerdog Youth Writing Workshop: Superheroes, Comics, + SuperYou

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

From books like Smile to classic superhero tales, graphic novels let creators use both images and words for a unique and effective style of storytelling. Learn how traditional writing techniques can be used in new ways as you begin to make your own comic book or graphic novel. All drawing skill levels welcome. Led by local comic creators Bryan and Selah Douglas. Free and open to youth in 5th-8th grade. Space is limited, please RSVP via EventBrite to secure a spot.

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atCentral: Christopher Paolini & The Fork, the Witch & the Worm

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

Author Christopher Paolini launches his latest book, THE FORK, THE WITCH & THE WORM (already #1 on the New York Times bestseller list!). Paolini will read from and discuss the book, take questions from the audience, and autograph books. Presented in partnership with BookPeople, which will have books available for purchase at the event. ABOUT THE FORK, THE WITCH & THE WORM: Welcome back to the world of Alagaësia. It’s been a year since Eragon departed Alagaësia in search of…

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March 2019

Badgerdog Workshop Series: Crafting Characters for Fiction + Nonfiction

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - April 10 @ 8:00 pm
Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster Drive
Austin, TX 78723 United States
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Free

According to Ernest Hemingway, writers should not make characters, they should make real people. In this workshop, we will explore the different techniques for developing "real people," with close attention paid to how character-writing shapes stories and essays. We will examine short fiction, short narrative essays, and experimental prose. By examining the different ways classic and contemporary authors have developed characters, we will hone methods for creating our own, and examine how character details stack to form a narrative. You'll…

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Badgerdog Workshop for Adults: Writing with Words and the Body

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina Street
Austin, 78702 United States
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Free

In this workshop we will explore the relationship between our physicals and cerebral selves. We will incorporate simple movement techniques to give us to new information and inspiration to write from. No movement experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Elizabeth Doss, this event is free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Please RSVP as space is limited.

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APL After Dark: Cutefest

March 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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$7

We're celebrating all things CUTE at our next APL After Dark, the adults-only, mostly wholesome Friday night party at your favorite library after closing time! This time, you can snuggle adorable animals thanks to Tiny Tails to You! We'll dance to K-Pop, play the cutest board games, set you up with super-cute DIY craft projects, and bring you storytellers Meghan Ross and Nick Almeida Miller, plus comedian Yola Lu, who will share their cutest memories. We'll also have light bites and…

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April 2019

atCentral: Christina Lane & Dinner Just for Two

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

Cookbook author and blogger Christina Lane launches a new book, Dinner Just for Two, which helps everyday cooks adapt big recipes, stock a proper pantry, minimize shopping, and build leftovers into meal-planning. Christina will speak with food writer Adam Boles and offer tips for helping you up your culinary game!

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