Come As You Are Writing Series / Workshop 1: Writing Your Truth, Finding Your Community

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30pm
Carver Branch Library Meeting Room

Writing about yourself might seem easy; who knows your story better than you, right? But finding the best way to express your identity, experiences, and emotions can be difficult and daunting. This workshop aims to help demystify writing about the self. To do so, we first explore the basic elements of personal narrative by looking at a variety of examples that use form and medium differently to tell the authors' stories. You will then be encouraged to explore your own experiences and identity to craft the start of your personal narrative, leaving you ready to embark on your memoir or with the seed for a community building storytelling project. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Mac Irvine, this workshops is free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Please register via Eventbrite as space is limited.

Badgerdog Workshop Series: Crafting Characters for Fiction & Nonfiction

Thursday, September 19, 7:00pm
Windsor Park Branch Library Meeting Room

In this six-week workshop series, 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 studying the different ways classic and contemporary authors have developed characters, we will hone methods for creating our own, and see how character details stack to form a narrative. You'll leave the workshop with a cast of characters rich enough to fill future novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Ellie Paolini, this workshops is free and open to adults, age 18 and up.Please register via Eventbrite as space is limited.

Banned Books Bash

Wednesday, September 25, 7:00pm
Spider House Ballroom

Join us for a slightly raucous variety show celebrating the right to read whatever we please! In conjunction with the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, and presented with PEN America, the Banned Books Bash is a fun, nerdy reminder that books need champions, and libraries feed democracy. At this year's celebration, enjoy a fun variety show hosted by Evan Narcisse (culture critic and writer for Marvel's Black Panther series). Guests include Dr. Jennifer Wilks with an homage to Toni Morrison and Michael Conrad on the Comics Code and teen delinquency. Plus Drag Queen Storytime with Ms. Anne Thrope, a toast to Molly Ivins, banned songs by Ukeladies and the Tramps, poems by Typewriter Rodeo, trivia, and more! Tickets on sale now!

Badgerdog Young Authors Reading

Saturday, October 5, 1:00pm
Central Library Special Events Center

Our Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Campers officially become published authors with the launch of our 2019 anthologies Rise and Emerge! Hosted by Van, the Austin Public Library puppet, the Young Authors Reading features selected campers sharing their work on stage, plus performances by School of Rock, and a variety of creative writing crafts and activities! Campers will collect their anthologies, sign autographs, and we'll have additional copies for sale!

Come As You Are Writing Series / Workshop 2: Letting It Out

Wednesday, October 16, 6:30pm
Carver Branch Library Meeting Room

Often, the largest challenge we face as writers is getting started. We know the cliches: the dreaded blank page, waiting for inspiration to strike, writer’s block, and drifting away from our word processor to browse the Internet “for a minute.” Using writing activities inspired by improvisation and stream of consciousness, we’ll let our words loose and allow raw ideas to flourish. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Marissa Macy, this workshops is free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Please register via Eventbrite as space is limited.

APL After Dark: Spooky Scary

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 7:00-9:00pm
Austin Central Library

Join us in celebrating the mystical, the esoteric, the unusual & the spooky at our next APL After Dark, a quarterly, themed, adults-only evening in the Austin Central Library! Explore Mysterious Planchette's antique collection of ouija boards and seance tools, and meet the man behind the collection. Learn about the art and mystery of Tarot with Typewriter Tarot, and about paranormal investigation and local hauntings with folks from The Night Owl Podcast, Austin's best podcast on true tales of the paranormal. You can even chat with ufologists UFO Jane and Robert Powell! Sport your spooky (or hilarious) Halloween costume. Purchase tickets here!

Stories Gala & Storytime Bash

Friday, November 8
Central Library

Join us for our annual gala featuring stories that illuminate the importance and impact of the Austin Public Library. This year's Stories Gala features award-winning and best-selling author Susan Orlean, whose latest work, The Library Book, is this year's selection for Mayor's Book Club. Enjoy cocktails in the art gallery, dinner and program in the special events center, and desserts, drinks, and dancing in the rooftop lounge and garden. Learn more.

Mayor's Book Club

Saturday, November 9
Central Library

The Mayor’s Book Club is an annual citywide reading campaign that provides a community experience through reading and discussion of shared books. We hope all of Austin will join us in reading this year's selection: The Library Book by Susan Orlean. Join us on November 9th at the Central Library, when Susan Orlean will discuss The Library Book with Texas Literary Hall of Fame honoree (and library hologram) Sarah Bird. Free tickets available starting October 1. Learn more.

atCentral: Big, Wonderful Thing

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00pm
Central Library Special Events Center

Stephen Harrigan's latest work, Big Wonderful Thing, is an ambitious history of the entire state of Texas — the story of struggle and triumph in a land of extremes, a story of drought and flood, invasion and war, boom and bust, and the myriad peoples who, over centuries of conflict, gave rise to a place that helped shape the identity of the nation and the destiny of the world. Harrigan will read from and discuss Big Wonderful Thing with author and Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Schwartz. Free tickets available starting October 9.