Keep Austin Weird You Will


One of our favorite authors, Tom Angleberger, is coming to BookPeople on Wednesday, August 24 at 7pm, to speak about and sign his new book, Darth Paper Strikes Back, and we want to give him a real Austin welcome. And who better to do that than Origami Yoda?  There are so many fans of Tom’s first book, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, around here that we’re betting that tiny Jedi has been almost everywhere in town.

So to introduce Tom to Austin–and to let him know what his paper pal has been up to down here–we’re cataloging photographic evidence of Origami Yoda’s Austin adventures by running a contest to see who can get the best picture of our elusive origami friend around town.

There are three ways you can create an Origami Yoda to photograph for the contest: 

  1. Make your own – you can fold your own Origami Yoda (Tom shows you how here), draw a picture of him, or create some other artistic representation of Origami Yoda (did we hear piñata?)
  2. Print out a copy of our very own Keep Austin Weird Origami Yoda – Click on the link to bring up the image, then just hit the printer icon on your browser, or hit Ctrl+P.
  3. Hold up a copy of the book The Strange Case of Origami Yoda –  (Origami Yoda is on it.)

Once you have your Origami Yoda, take him to interesting spots around town and take a picture of him there.  Perhaps Origami Yoda needs to visit the capital?  Maybe an origami version of him should sit on the finger of one of the thinker statues in front of Barton Springs? Or where do you think he should go?

We, of course, took him to the largest independent book store in Texas:

Yoda @ BookPeople

Once you have your photographic evidence, send your photo to  Be sure to include your name, age, and Origami Yoda location.  We’ll upload it to our Flickr stream where you’ll be able to view all of our Origami Yodas hereAll entries must be recieved by Wednesday, August 10 by 11:59 PM CST.  That next week we will have voting both online and in the store to decide the winner.

Finally, the Origami Yoda that wins will receive the very first spot in the signing line at Tom Angleberger’s event on August 24, where he’ll sign the winning Yoda, \a coupon for a free pizza from Austin’s Pizza, and perhaps other wonders.

So, get those entries in.  We know Origami Yoda has been cool places around town.  Now you just need to prove it.

To read the complete rules, please click here.

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