Austin Events For The Literati – September

Literati Events BannerEach 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 Book People community would enjoy. 

Breach Press Launch Party

grayDUCK Gallery  – 2213 E. Cesar Chavez 

September 1st, 7:00pm

breachpress-logo20with20text20smallerDedicated to translation work, Breach Press publishes bilingual editions of stories, plays, poetry and other short form writing in letterpressed and handbound books and broadsides. For each publication, our editors work with the translator to develop a new visual format in conversation with the original text. 

Our first book, The Poet and the Prostitute, features a 17th century story from Bengal about a poet who finds Krishna through the teachings of a prostitute. It’s an adventurous, surreal tale, and one of the rare instances in the Bengali tradition in which women appear as teachers of men. The text was translated by literary scholar Ishan Chakrabarti and includes illustrations by Natalie Bradford. Bound horizontally, the format of the book references traditional Bengali manuscripts, handwritten on long palm leaves. 

At 7:30pm Ishan Chakrabarti will perform selections from the original Bangla text, traditionally sung out loud. 

Celebrate this new small press at grayDUCK Gallery  on Sept. 1st @ 7pm!


Gone with the Wind – Paramount Summer Film Series Closing Night Party

The Paramount Theater 

Sunday, September 4th Film Fan Party at 5pm, Screening at 6pm

gone-with-the-windAt 5pm, Film Fan Members will be treated to a Closing Night Party with free beer/wine/popcorn and free admission to the movie! Become a Film Fan to receive discounted admission/FLIX-TIX, free popcorn & reserved seating for this show. Join today!

Tickets at $12 for non-members, and $7 for Film Fans. Purchase tickets HERE!

The Making of Gone With The Wind is currently on our shelves, as are multiple editions of the paperback novel the film was based on, by Margaret Mitchell.

Fantastic Planet

Monday & Tuesday,  September 6th & 7th 

The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz – 320  E. 6th St.

Rene Laloux’s cut-out stop-motion animation is a surreal epic of unmatched artistic beauty which won the 1973 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, and is not to be missed on the big screen. Check out my previous post about this incredible film, and Douglas Brode’s inclusion of it on his 100 Best Sci-Fi Films list! La Planete Sauvage is based on a French sci-fi novel, Oms en série (Oms Linked Together).


Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas Alaskan Beer Dinner

Tuesday, September 13th at 7:15pm

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane


The Alamo Drafthouse has teamed up with Alaskan Brewing Co. to bring a truly unique film and culinary experience. Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a landmark film based on a legendary piece of counter culture literature! And the Alamo culinary team has come up with a fittingly legendary menu:

Welcome Beer: Alaskan White Ale 

Shrimp Cocktail Vodka Shooter
Alaskan Kicker IPA

House-Cured Salmon and Grapefruit Salad, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Fennel Pollen
Alaskan Amber

Samoan Style Pork Meatballs with Creamy Coconut Sauce on “Drunken Noodles”
Alaskan Icy Bay IPA

Molten Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Ganache, Citrus
Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale

Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus, creators of Fables, Speaking and Signing

Wednesday, September 7th from 4pm-7pm

Austin Books and Comics

14053769_10154556063550039_218040937316443122_oMatthew Sturges and Dave Justus debut of their new Fables series, EVERAFTER, a new chapter of the FABLES legacy! In a post-Fables world where magic abounds, it can be wielded for the greater good or used to plant the seeds of anarchy and terrorism.

Check out the EVENT PAGE for more details!

O. Henry ‘s 154th Birthday Party

Tuesday, September 13th at 7pm

The O. Henry Museum – 409 E. 5th St


The tradition continues on Tuesday, September 13th, from 7 to 9 pm when Austin’s literary community gathers to celebrate the 154th birthday of former Austin resident and prolific short story writer William Sydney Porter (a.k.a. “O. Henry”) AND applaud every Central Texas writer who published a new book in 2015-2016.

$25 ticket includes drinks, appetizers, and birthday cake. Specialty cocktails by Tipsy Texan. Free parking voucher at the 5th Street/Red River Parking Garage for the first 25 ticket purchasers who request one. Rain or shine, this is going to be epic!

Mike Daisy  “The Story of the Gun”

Wednesday, September 14th at 8pm

Texas Performing Arts Center – McCullough Theater

mike-daisey-by-stan-barouh2Award-winning storyteller-monologist Mike Daisey returns to the McCullough stage with his most provocative subject yet: America’s relationship with guns. Throwing easy answers and partisan bickering out the window, he delves into the history of the gun and its place in our culture, cutting through the political static with hilarious comedy, brilliant observation, and pitch-perfect timing.

Mike Daisey has been called “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by The New York Timesfor his groundbreaking monologues which weave together autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance to tell hilarious and heartbreaking stories that cut to the bone, exposing secret histories and unexpected connections.


One Page Salon (every 1st Tuesday)– Tuesday, September 6th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Austin Bat Cave’s Story Department (every 2nd Tuesday) – Tuesday, September 13th – 8:00pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday) – Wednesday, September 14th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Astronomy on Tap (every 3rd Thursday) – Thursday, September 15th – 7pm @ The North Door (FREE)

TL;DR (every 3rd Tuesday) – Tuesday, September 20th – 7pm @ The Whip In (FREE)

Testify (every fourth Thursday) – Thursday, September 22nd – 7:30pm @ The Spider House Ballroom ($5)

Greetings From Queer Mountain (every last Wednesday) – Wednesday, September 28th – 9pm @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (FREE)

Austin Events for the Literati is researched, curated, and written by bookseller Sarah Holdgrafer. Its 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 or related 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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