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February 2018

at Central: Film Screening

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library A look within the walls of the New York Public Library Documentary by Frederick Wiseman

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March 2018

at Central: Music & Food with Michael Fracasso

March 12 @ 7:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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FREE

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.

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April 2018

Mayor’s Book Club

April 11 @ 7:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

Author Event featuring Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West

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May 2018

Austin Book Awards

May 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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$75

Join us for a lively evening as we honor, celebrate, and support the Austin literary community. Enjoy an awards ceremony honoring local authors while mingling and matching wits with our visiting New Fiction Confab writers. Proceeds from the event provide free writing workshops at Austin Public Library and youth scholarships for our Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp. The Austin Book Awards is an expansion of our previous fundraiser and awards dinner, Illumine. 2018 Honorees: Elizabeth Crook (fiction), Varian Johnson (young adult…

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New Fiction Confab

May 5 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Various
FREE

We are thrilled to welcome several of the most notable fiction authors to publish new work in 2017 and 2018 to the Austin Public Library for day of readings, conversations, panel discussions, and craft talks: Ramona Ausubel, Owen Egerton, Rebecca Kauffman, Jardine Libaire, Thomas Pierce, Natalia Sylvester, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. In addition to author events, The New Fiction Confab showcases local publishers and literary organizations shaping Austin’s dynamic community of readers and writers. Discover their…

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at Central: A Culinary Journey with Chef Alon Shaya

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Two-time James Beard award-winning chef Alon Shaya, will visit Austin to share stories of culinary heritage and demonstrate recipes from his new cookbook and memoir SHAYA. He will also take questions from the audience and autograph books. Copies of SHAYA will be available for sale thanks to BookPeople. ABOUT THE CHEF: Alon Shaya's celebrated New Orleans restaurants have been hailed as the country's most innovative and best by Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, GQ, and Esquire. He opened Domenica,…

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at Central: The Photography of Garry Winogrand

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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FREE

Garry Winogrand was one of the most important photographers of the 1960’s and 1970’s, along with Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander. Winogrand was also one of the world’s foremost street photographers, whose images capture a bygone era: the New York of Mad Men and the early years of the Women’s Movement, the birth of American suburbs, and the glamour and alienation of Hollywood. His “snapshot aesthetic,” once derided by critics, is now the universal language of contemporary image making. Join…

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at Central: Our Native Sea with Jack E. Davis & Juli Berwald

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Pulitzer prize winner Jack E. Davis, professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, will discuss his second book THE GULF: THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN SEA with Juli Berwald, author of SPINELESS (all about jellyfish). Davis will read from THE GULF and talk with Berwald about the history of that giant body of water we share with Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida; climate and cultural changes connected to the Gulf of Mexico; and our relationship to the waters…

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June 2018

Dia de los Niños

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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FREE

Join us to celebrate Día de los Niños, a nationally recognized initiative emphasizing the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. Children's programming and activities at Austin's Central Library from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Free parking available at One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704. SCHEDULE SPECIAL EVENTS CENTER (1st Floor) 10:00am to 2:00pm    Children's Resource Fair 10:00am to 2:00pm    Children's Activities & Game Tables 10:15am to 12:00pm  Planetarium Shows DEMONSTRATION AREA (1st Floor) 10:15am Discussion: Dr. Myra Peña-Delgado, Consejos…

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September 2018

atCentral: Bethany McLean & Saudi America

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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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.

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