Austin Events for the Literati – October

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. 

Yes, I know. This was supposed to be up by the end of September. But better late that never!


The Wittliff Collection

Texas State University San Marcos – Alkek Library, 7th Floor

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First up, in honor of Bill Wittliff’s new book, The Devil’s Sinkhole (follow up to 2014’s The Devil’s Backbone), I want to bring everyone’s attention to The Wittliff Collection at the TSU San Marcos Alkek Library. I was kinda/sorta aware of this collection as an undergrad student at TSU, but after working at Book People, and re-entering academic life as a graduate student at my alma mater recently, I have a renewed, and somewhat keen, interest in what this collection holds.

The permanent collection holds the archive of the Lonesome Dove television show (the show was written by Wittliff, based off the epic Larry McMurtry novel). This collection includes props, costumes, sketches, set photos, and much more.

In addition to this permanent collection are exhibits of the works of photographers Ansel Adams and Rocky Schenck. Schenck lives in Austin and recently published a book of photos through UT Press called The Recurring Dream. The photography exhibits will be up until December 4th.

Visit the Wittliff Collection page on the TSU website to find out about visiting and parking!

Follow A film by Owen Egerton

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Tuesday, Oct 11th and 12th – Final post-Fantastic Fest Screenings

mv5bndk3ndu0mjktzjq3yi00zmnmltkynjktnzvjyte5zgi1mmjmxkeyxkfqcgdeqxvynjmxndqxnzy-_v1_uy1200_cr10906301200_al_Any long time reader of this blog should be aware of Mr. Owen Egerton by now. He’s a man that needs no introduction in this town anymore, because he has pretty much just taken it over. Taken it over with his words and semi-magical charisma, that is (One Page Salon and Master Pancake are just the tip of the iceburg, y’all). I read his writing tips at least once a month so I can get that magic flowing through me. But did you know he wrote and directed a movie? It looks freaking crazy (and from everything I’ve heard, it’s great – which is not surprising). The final screenings on the big screen (for now, anyway) are Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11th and 12th (various times). Get tickets here!

Warhol by the Book

The Blanton Museum of Art

October 16th – January 29th


“The Blanton presents Warhol By the Book, the first museum exhibition in the United States to examine Andy Warhol’s career-long work in books – an overlooked and important aspect of the artist’s life and career. The exhibition presents nearly all of Warhol’s book projects from his early days as a student in Pittsburgh and commercial illustrator in New York to his years as a Pop art pioneer and superstar celebrity. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, Warhol By the Book at the Blanton will include more than 250 objects that span five decades, including original artist books, book jacket covers and ephemera, illustrations, screen prints, paintings, photographs, films, and several books authored and owned by Warhol.”

And, on Friday, October 28, the Blanton will be hosting The Inevitable Warhol Happening from 6 pm- 10 p.m.

Andy Warhol said, “One’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party.”

Join us as we attempt to recreate the iconic Andy Warhol “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” events of late 1960s. Local psychedelic band Christian Bland and the Revelators is bound to blow your mind, especially when combined with the vintage lighting experience specially designed by The Mustachio Light Show. 

Free for Blanton Museum members, $12 for the general public. Buy tickets here!

Typewriter Rodeo

Congress Street Fair

Friday, October 21st from 11:30am – 2pm

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These wonderful weirdos of words create custom poems by request, on the spot, using only their wits and vintage type writers. They are The Typewriter Rodeo, and you may have just read about them in the Austin Chronicle. If not, do so now please! It’s like literary improv, if you can imagine such a thing. But why imagine, when you can go and see them in person, and get your very own custom poem on a topic of your choosing. They’ll be at the Congress Street Fair on South Congress between 8th and 10th street, Saturday, October 21st.


Austin Bat Cave’s Story Department (every 2nd Tuesday) – Tuesday, October 11th – 8:00pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday) – Wednesday, October 12th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

TL;DR (every 3rd Tuesday) – Tuesday, October 18th – 7pm @ The Whip In (FREE)

Astronomy on Tap (every 3rd Thursday) – Thursday, October 20th – 7pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Greetings From Queer Mountain (every last Wednesday) – Wednesday, October 26th – 9pm @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (FREE)

Testify (every fourth Thursday) – Thursday, October 27th– 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.holdgrafer (at) gmail 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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