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February 2018

Two Guys on Your Head

February 1 @ 6:00 pm
Perry Castaneda Library
Free

The University of Texas Libraries partners with The Library Foundation to bring you it's Spring Signature Event featuring KUT's Two Guys on Your Head in a discussion about acting on creative impulses. Austin Public Library Director Roosevelt Weeks and University of Texas Libraries Vice Provost and Director Lorraine J. Haricombe join Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke from Two Guys on Your Head in a discussion about what keeps people from following through on ideas and the role modern…

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at Central: Author Event with Brian Mealer and the Kings of Big Spring

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Author Bryan Mealer's latest, The Kings of Big Spring, follows his family legacy back through four generations of Texans trying to survive and thrive despite tremendous odds. To coincide with the book's release, the author will read from this family memoir, discuss his writing and research process, answer audience questions, and sign copies of the new release, which will be available for purchase thanks to BookPeople. ABOUT THE KINGS OF BIG SPRING: Five years ago, writer Bryan Mealer set out…

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at Central – Musical Performance by Bill Callahan

February 8 @ 7:30 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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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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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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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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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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