The Library Foundation's cultural series featuring author events, musical performances, film screenings, cooking demos, and art exhibitions at the Austin Central Library


 

Reckonnoiter | A Roving Art & Performance Exploration
Saturday, January 12, 2:00pm
Demo Area (1st Floor)

Experience an artistic journey inside the Austin Central Library. This collaboration with paper chairs will feature music, dance, visual art, and storytelling to illuminate the depth and dimensions of the local arts community inside one of Austin’s most vibrant public spaces. Performance artists include Annie Laganga, Diana Lynn Small, Megan Tabaque, Liz Cass, Kelsey Oliver, and Natalie Teodori.


Mirror, Mirrored | A Contemporary Art Exhibition Inspired by Fairy Tales
Curator Talk on Thursday, January 24, 7:00pm
Art Gallery (2nd Floor)

Hear from the creator of a new exhibit at the Austin Central Library. Mirror Mirrored is a collection of contemporary artwork exploring the tradition of fairy tales. Creator Corwin Levi will offer insight into the process of bringing the exhibit to life. He'll talk with participating artist Katy Horan, as well as Austin Symphony's Susan Miville, moderated by local artist Yuliya Lanina. The exhibition is on display January 18 through February 24. This program also includes story times, symphony performances, and satellite exhibits. Learn more here.


Joe Nick Patoski | Austin to ATX
Wednesday, February 13, 7:00pm
Special Events Center (1st Floor)

Austin-based writer and Texas historian Joe Nick Patoski launches his latest, a gonzo history of the “City of the Violet Crown." 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.


Christopher Paolini | The Fork, the Witch & the Worm
Thursday, February 28, 7:00pm
Special Events Center (1st Floor)

Author Christopher Paolini launches his latest book in the Inheritance Cycle, The Fork, the Witch & the Worm, which jumped quickly to the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Paolini will read from and discuss the book, followed by a book signing. Presented in partnership with BookPeople. Learn more about book sales and the signing line.


Robert Caro | Working
Sunday, April 14, 1:00pm
Special Events Center (1st Floor)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Caro (and author of the epic biographic series of Lyndon Baines Johnson) joins Lawrence Wright (The Looming Tower and Going Clear) to discuss Caro's accomplished career, his relationship to writing and reporting, and the unforgettable stories he covered during his decades as a journalist. Presented in partnership with BookPeople.


Tameca Jones | Live Performance
Wednesday, April 24, 7:00pm
Special Events Center (1st Floor)

Austin native and heart-stopping soul singer Tameca Jones will perform her favorite songs in one of her favorite spots in Austin—the Central Library. Tameca will also talk about her music, career, and creative process.

 


Vivien Goldman | Revenge of the She-Punks
Thursday, April 29, 7:00pm
Special Events Center (1st Floor)

As an industry insider and pioneering post-punk musician, Vivien Goldman's perspective on music journalism is unusually well-rounded. In Revenge of the She-Punks, Goldman probes four themes—identity, money, love, and protest—to explore what makes punk such a liberating art form for women. Presented in partnership with UT Press.


Rachel Kushner | The Mars Room
Thursday, May 9, 7:00pm
Special Events Center (1st Floor)

Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and a New York Times bestselling novel, The Mars Room explores life inside a women's correctional facility, and the forces working against women in the criminal justice system. Author Rachel Kushner will discuss the novel with author Deb Olin Unferth (Wait Till You See Me Dance). Presented in partnership with BookPeople.


Hanif Abdurraqib | Go Ahead in the Rain
Wednesday, May 22, 7:00pm
Special Events Center

Poet, essayist, and culture-critic Hanif Abdurraqib (They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us) digs into the history of A Tribe Called Quest, and draws from his own experience to explore the group's distinct sound and pervasive influence. This love letter / memoir is as artful and genre-bending as the rap group itself. Hanif will speak with Evan Narcisse, writer for Marvel Comic's Black Panther series). Presented in partnership with UT Press and BookPeople.


 

Previous atCentral Events

Launched with the Central Library's opening on October 28, 2017, atCentral has featured an accomplished assortment of authors, musicians, artist, filmmakers, and foodies. Previous programs have featured:

Books & Authors

Sarah Bird (Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen)
Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Legacy)
Edward Carey (Little)
Brian Catling (The Cloven)
Jack E. Davis (The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea)
Ben Fountain (Beautiful Country Burn Again)
Andrew Sean Greer (Less)
Bethany McLean (Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking & How It's Changing the World)
Bryan Mealer (The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil & One Family's Search for the American Dream)
Liane Moriarty (Nine Perfect Strangers)

Foodies & Chefs

Kate McDermott (Home Cooking)
Alon Shaya (Shaya)

Films 

Ex Libris
The Secret Life of Lance Letscher

Music

Bill Callahan
Mélat
Michael Fracasso

Artists

Edward Carey
Lance Letscher

Program Sponsors

Grant and Margot Thomas

Joyce L. and Stephen Hunt

Bipin and Rita Avashia