Austin Events for the Literati – June

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Each month I’ll be investigating events around town that might pique the interest of the book nerds, the literature obsessed, and those who enjoy stimulating entertainment and/or socializing. Not surprisingly, Austin has a number of things going on every month the BookPeople community would enjoy. 

Missionary Position: Pleasure Journeys for the Intrepid Lady Explorer Season 3: Riding your Bicycle to Freedom and Other Lofty Apogee

June 2nd – 18th Thursday-Sunday @ 8pm

Salvage Vanguard Theater

This comedic romp through the late Victorian era, hosted by Amelia Weatherbeaten and Eleanor Dangerbottom, is brought to you by Glass Half Full Theater.

missionary positionThere is no need to have seen the previous two installations of this show, as they each stand on their own. In Season 3, the hostesses introduce the Ladies Society of Ladies to the bi-cycle, and what the proper etiquette is for “riding astride”. Among their special guests is Amelia Bloomer, a famous suffragette and the first woman to own, operate and edit a news vehicle for women (also the woman whom bloomers were named after, due to her advocacy of the idea that women should be able to wear trousers), Annie Kopchovsky, the first woman to bicycle around the world, and Charlotte Smith, a famous women’s rights activist who launched a crusade against women riding bicycles.

Missionary Position Season 2 was nominated by the Austin Critics Table for Best Production of a Comedy and for Acting in a Leading Role (Caroline Reck). Reck, who is the writer/director of Missionary Position and plays Amelia Weatherbeaten in the show, has been the recipient of both the B. Iden Payne and Austin Critic’s Table awards for Outstanding Script, Direction and Puppetry. Her co-star, Cami Alys, has toured internationally with the show, The Intergalactic Nemesis.

Missionary Position: Pleasure Journeys for the Intrepid Lady Explorer from Glass Half Full Theatre on Vimeo.

This is a comedy series for adults. Mature kids and teens welcome at the discretion of their adults. Sexy stuff is mostly innuendo. Language is PG. There will be gender-bending.

Tickets are sliding scale and start at $15. Sunday 5pm shows are “pay what you can”!

See The Austin Chronicle’s review of Season 2!

 Xu Bing: Book From The Sky

Opens June 19th

The Blanton Museum of Art


The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin presents Xu Bing: Book from the Sky, a monumental installation by celebrated Chinese artist Xu Bing. Regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century Chinese art, Book from the Sky ushered in the avant-garde movement in post-Mao era China.

The installation will transform 1,500 square feet of the museum’s galleries into an immersive temple-like space filled with printed text. Displayed in the form of books, hanging scrolls, and wall panels, the enveloping words invite reading and appear to promise meaning, yet these texts cannot be read—not even by Xu himself—as they are composed of some 4,000 pseudo-Chinese characters invented by the artist.

At its core, Book from the Sky is a contradiction—its text cannot be read, rendering the book meaningless. Such absurdity invites reflection. Book from the Sky has been interpreted by some as a reaction to the propaganda of Xu’s youth in Maoist China, where language was manipulated and abused by those in power. More broadly, it may offer insights into Chinese identity, which has long been defined by the culture’s sacred books, from Confucius’s Analects to Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book. Yet Book from the Sky is relevant far beyond its Chinese context. In its first full-scale installation in Texas, Xu Bing’s subversion of language calls into examination our faith in the written word and the authority of a book. By disengaging meaningful content from the written form, the artist exposes inherent ways in which language can be both vulnerable and culpable.

The Blanton Museum is located at 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. – (the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Congress Avenue). Visit the Blanton website for information about parking, hours & admission.

2016 African American Book Fest

Saturday,  June 25th 9am-4pm

Carver Museum and Library


Austin’s African American Book Festival will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this month! The African American Book Festival promotes literature by and about African Americans, and this year will be focusing on how powerful young adult literature can be in the lives of young people.This year’s keynote speaker is Sharon G. Flake, a nationally recognized young-adult author who wrote the award winning YA novel, The Skin I’m In.

The festival includes a writer’s workshop, author showcases and signings, and literary & community discussions.

The Carver Museum & Library is located in East Austin at 1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp!

Various Alamo Drafthouse Locations – All month

Alamo Kids Camp is a great way for families to watch movies together all summer.  Tickets range from $1-$3 and the titles are great for all ages.


June screenings include The Iron Giant, Curious George, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  (as well as a few non-literary adaptation movies like A League of Their Own and Clash of the Titans).


One Page Salon (every 1st Tuesday)– Tuesday, June 7th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday) – Wednesday, June 8th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Austin Bat Cave’s Story Department (every 2nd Tuesday) – Tuesday, June 14th – 8:00pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)

Astronomy on Tap (every 3rd Thursday) – Thursday, June 16th – 7pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Testify (every fourth Thursday) – Thursday, June 23rd – 7:30pm @ The Spider House Ballroom ($5)

Austin Events for the Literati is researched, curated, and written by bookseller Sarah Holdgrafer. It’s purpose is to make it easier to discover events that would interest people in the literary scene, or just people that read the BookPeople blog, here in ATX. It is by no means comprehensive!

So, if you are hosting, or just know about, a literary themed event here in Austin in the upcoming months, email sarah.h (at) bookpeople dot com and let her know about it (hopefully with at least a few weeks advance warning)! The Austin Events for the Literati blog post goes up by the 1st of every month.

NOTE: These events are not produced by or affiliated with BookPeople. We just think they are great, that you’ll like them too, and hope to see you there! For official BookPeople events, please see the BookPeople Events Calendar!

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