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. Get your free tickets! For front-row seating and priority in the author signing line, become a member of The Library Foundation.

Austin Public Library Then & Now

Thursday, December 5 | 6:30pm
John H. Faulk Library (800 Guadalupe St.)

We close out this year's Mayor's Book Club highlighting stories that defined the evolution of the Austin Public Library System. Hear a brief presentation on APL's history from Austin History Center Director Mike Miller. Hear fun stories from APL librarians about the way things used to be. We'll also provide an update on Austin Public Library and Library Foundation accomplishments in 2019 and plans and initiatives for 2020. Plus drinks and refreshments! Free tickets now available.