Austin Events for the Literati – December

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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 Book People community would enjoy. 

Paramount Theater Presents: Science Summit  

w/ Dr. Brian Greene, Dr. Michio Kaku, and Dr. S. James Gates Jr.

The Paramount Theater – Thursday, December 1st @ 8pm

VIP Ticket includes a prime seat for the show and exclusive access to the pre-show reception with complimentary drinks and a meet & greet and photos with featured speakers. Tickets start at $40! Limited quantity available and will be seated on first come, first served basis.


Brian Greene is a string theorist and author of The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and a brilliant, entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts.

Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today. Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author and popularizer of science. As the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), he continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory that will summarize all the physical laws of the universe.

Sylvester James Gates Jr. is a physicist and physics professor. His thesis, “Symmetry Principles in Selected Problems of Field Theory,” was the first at MIT to deal with supersymmetry.

Naked Girls Reading: Heroes and Villains 

Austin Books and Comics

Saturday, December 3rd from  7:30pm-9:30pm

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Naked Girls Reading is partnering with Austin Books and Comics to present Heroes and Villains, an exploration of what makes the good guys so good and the bad guys so delightfully bad.

Come to Austin Books and Comics (5002 N. Lamar Blvd.) Saturday, December 3 at 7:00pm. The show starts at 7:30pm.
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

The Naked Girls Reading cast and crew will be dressed…or undressed…as their favorite hero or villain. Join in the fun by coming in costume as well. We may have a little surprise for our favorite audience costume.

See the event and like them on Facebook! 

The Dionysium Autumn Show: The Arts

Alamo Drafthouse Village

Wednesday, December 7th @ 7pm   


The Dionysium is part literary salon, part variety show, part debate series that happens quarterly at The Alamo Drafthouse Village location (on Anderson Lane). The series has been going steadily for 10+ years and attracts all manner of individual, though their most uniting characteristics seems to be passion for free discourse and a love of craft beer.

Hosted by local raconteur, L.B. Deyo, who will also be performing at December’s One Page Salon on Tuesday, December 6th. A chance for a double-dose of L.B. does not come along frequently! The show is FREE, and don’t forget to tip your server!

Like their Facebook page to keep up to date with all of their shows!

The Paramount Theater Presents


Friday, December 16th @ 8pm

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A surefire sellout every year, The Moth returns in 2016 with an all-new batch of stories and storytellers. Hailed as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by The Wall Street Journal, The Moth has presented thousands of stories by people from all walks of life to standing room only crowds worldwide.

Check out The Moth podcast and stories online. Purchase tickets for the Paramount event before they sell out! Tickets range from $40-$50.


Children of Men @ Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Tuesday, December 6th @ 7pm

Possibly the greatest science fiction film of ALL TIME. Seriously… read some bookseller thoughts here!

Little Women @ Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Saturday, December 10th @ 3:30pm

A little something to get you ready for the holidays!


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

Nerd Nite (USUALLY every 2nd Wednesday, but not this time) – Monday, December 5th – 8pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Story Department by Austin Bat Cave – Tuesday, December 6th – 8pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)

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

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

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

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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