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

Library Foundation members receive priority seating for atCentral events, as well as priority in author signing lines. To become a Library Foundation member, click here.


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

Hanif Abdurraqib (Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes on a Tribe Called Quest)
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)
Vivien Goldman (Revenge of the She-Punks)
Andrew Sean Greer (Less)
Stephen Harrigan (Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas)
Rachel Kushner (The Mars Room)
Carmen Maria Machado (In the Dream House)
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)
Christopher Paolini (The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm)
Asher Price (Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact)
Ann Patchett (The Dutch House)
Joe Nick Patoski (
Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers, and Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas)
Asher Price (Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact)
Stephen Harrigan (Big, Wonderful Thing)

Foodies & Chefs

Christina Lane (Dinner Just for Two)
Kate McDermott (Home Cooking)
Alon Shaya (Shaya)

Films 

Ex Libris
The Secret Life of Lance Letscher

Music

Bill Callahan
Tameca Jones
Mélat
Michael Fracasso

Artists

Edward Carey
Lance Letscher
Reckonnoiter (roving performances by paper chairs)
Mirror, Mirrored (contemporary collection inspired by fairy tales)


atCentral is made possible by the generous support of ...

To become a supporter or sponsor of atCentral, contact Tim Staley at tstaley@austinlibrary.org.