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

For the latest atCentral events, check out our events page.

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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:

Authors & Books 

Hanif Abdurraqib, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes on a Tribe Called Quest
Mona Awad, Rouge
Sarah Bird, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen; Last Dance on the Starlight Pier
Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Legacy
Edward Carey, Little
Brian Catling, The Cloven
Dan Chaon, Sleepwalk
James Comey, Central Park West: A Crime Novel
Jack E. Davis, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,
Geoff Dyer, The Last Days of Roger Federer
Ben Fountain, Beautiful Country Burn Again
Vivien Goldman, Revenge of the She-Punks
Brendan Graeves, Truckload of Art: The Life & Art of Terry Allen
Andrew Sean Greer, Less
Stephen Harrigan, Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas
Terrance Hayes, Watch Your Language: Visual and Literary Reflections on a Century of American Poetry
Ty Hunter, Makeover from Within
Jason June, Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball
Andrey Kurkov, Diary of an Invasion
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
ZZ Packer and Danez Smith, The 1619 Project
Christopher Paolini, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm
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
Roger Reeves, Dark Days: Fugitive Essays
Mary Beth Rogers, Hope and Hard Truth: A Life in Texas Politics
Steven Salvatore, No Perfect Places
Lynne Twist, Living a Committed Life
Lawrence Wright, Mr. Texas

Foodies & Chefs

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


Ex Libris
The Secret Life of Lance Letscher
Marshawn Lynch: A History


Bill Callahan
Tameca Jones
Michael Fracasso


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