APL After Dark: Time Warp

Friday, January 24 | 7:30-10:00pm
Austin Central Library
Tickets $7 | Adults 21+

Join us for a fun, educational, time-bending evening inside the Central Library after closing time! This edition of APL After Dark celebrates eras of the past and future as we head into the new decade of 2020. Learn about genealogy research, celebrate your favorite historical figures, enjoy crafts from different time periods, experience history-themed virtual reality, and more! More info and tickets available here!

atCentral: Carmen Maria Machado & In the Dream House

Tuesday, January 28 | 7:00-9:00pm
Austin Central Library | Special Events Center

Carmen Maria Machado’s new memoir, In the Dream House, is an engrossing, haunting account of a toxic relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the cultural representations of psychological abuse in both queer and heteronormative books and film. Machado will read from and discuss the book with author Deb Olin Unferth. Presented in partnership with BookPeople and the Austin Public Library. RSVP to reserve your spot here. Purchase a copy of In the Dream House here.

atCentral: The Silence of Marshawn Lynch

Thursday, January 30 | 7:00-9:00pm
Austin Central Library | Special Events Center

The 2019 documentary film Marshawn Lynch: A History explores the silence of a nonconformist NFL star as a means of resistance to racial oppression within the media-sports complex. After a screening of the film, writer / director / producer David Shields will talk with Daron Roberts, former NFL coach and founder of UT’s Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation. RSVP to reserve your spot here. View the film trailer.


atCentral: The Unbearable Joy of Tacos

Wednesday, April 29 | 7:00-9:00pm
Austin Central Library | Special Events Center

American Tacos: A History and Guide is the new book by Texas Monthly taco editor José Ralat, who will talk with Austin American-Statesman food writer Addie Broyles about the essence of tacos, their evolution in the U.S., and their rise to prominence in American cuisine. Guests will enjoy free taco samples from some of Austin’s finest taco purveyors. Presented with University of Texas Press. Free tickets available starting March 16.



atCentral: Natalia Sylvester and RUNNING

Saturday, May 9 | 1:00-3:00pm
Austin Central Library | Special Events Center

Austin author Natalia Sylvester launches Running, her first work of YA fiction, starring the Cuban-American teenage daughter of a politician. When Mari’s father decides to run for president, Mari must confront issues of privacy, advocacy, and her own sense of justice. Sylvester will talk with book enthusiast and writer Maya Payne Smart. Presented in partnership with Austin Public Library. Free tickets available beginning March 27.



atCentral: H.W. Brands and HAIKU HISTORY

Monday, May 11 | 7:00-9:00pm
Austin Central Library | Special Events Center

H.W. Brands has authored more than a dozen comprehensive American histories detailing figures from Ronald Reagan to Aaron Burr to the rise of early corporate America. His latest book, Haiku History: The American Saga Three Lines at a Time, offers poetic glimpses into the nation’s story, from its birth to the modern moment. Presented in partnership with University of Texas Press. Free tickets available beginning March 30.