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.
April is National Poetry Month (but you probably already knew that)! There are a number of poetry related events happening around town ranging from the small and intimate (see Typewriter Rodeo) to the large, multi-day Austin International Poetry Festival! Here is a sample, but you can check out the Austin Chronicle Litera listings for more!
Tuesday, April 4th @ 7pm – Poet Matthew Zapruder will read selections of his poetry from his forthcoming book, Why Poetry: An incisive argument for poetry’s accessibility to all readers. Author of four poetry collections, Zapruder is also the poetry editor for the New York Times Magazine and editor-at-large for Wave Books. A reception and book signing will follow.
Wednesday, April 12th @ Noon – Poetry on the Plaza – Enjoy readings from narrative poems in the Center’s collections, inspired by the exhibition Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center.
Wednesday, April 5th @ 7pm – FREE EVENT!
David Fruchter and Sean Petrie will write full-length poems on-the-spot, on vintage typewriters, based on whatever prompts the audience provides.
April 6th – 9th – Various Venues
The 25th annual AIPF is here and registration is open!
The Austin International Poetry Festival includes unique Austin venues, diverse themed poetry readings, open mics, workshops, music & poetry, anthology reading, dusk to dawn, and poetry symposium. AIPF has hosted poets from over 45 countries across the globe.
Paramount Theatre Discovery Series presents
Love That Dog
Sunday, April 9th @ 3pm
Get your children to love poetry early! Best for 2nd grade and up!
“With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, Love That Dog by Dutch Theatre company Theatergroep Kwatta, shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog.”
Tickets are $16.
April 12th – 16th
While the Fusebox Festival isn’t specifically literary, it does include a great deal of performances that tell stories (though, this could be argued for almost any performance, could it not?). Check the Fusebox About page for more information on their history and vision!
“Fusebox brings artists and audiences together to explore vital issues, ideas and new possibilities. Our ongoing investigation positions the arts at the center of local, national, and global conversations about contemporary life and culture.”
All Fusebox performances are FREE, but do require an RSVP. Check the Fusebox Tickets page for information about the RSVP process. And check their Calendar for their extensive event schedule!
Wednesday, April 19th @ The North Door
Lounge opens at 6:30pm! Come socialize before the show!
North Door opens the doors at 7:15pm and the show starts at 8pm!
BedPost Confessions started in ATX in 2010, and has become a hugely popular storytelling event spanning many cities across the country. The event features spoken word performances from a variety of individuals talking about sex and sexuality with sincerity, vulnerability, and, frequently, humor.
But the most popular part of the show tends to be the confessions (hence the name) – anonymous stories submitted by the audience read by the producers. It rarely gets more real than this, y’all. Come on out!
April 19th – 22nd
The Paramount Theater
Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho, Chris Hardwick, Puddles Pity Party, and many, MANY, more! Again, not a literary event, per se, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t make sure my literary minded compatriots missed out on the opportunity to see some smart comedy. Life is hard, we all need to laugh more.
Monday, May 1st @ 8pm
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
While not technically in April, since the event is May 1st I wanted to make sure everyone had plenty of advanced notice, especially since this events blog might not appear for May events in time, and solid chance this event sells out!
RECURRING MONTHLY EVENTS:
One Page Salon (every 1st Tuesday) – Tuesday, April 4th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)
Story Department by Austin Bat Cave – Tuesday, April 11th – 8pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)
Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday) – Wednesday, April 12th – 8pm @ The North Door (FREE)
Astronomy on Tap (every 3rd Thursday) – Thursday, April 20th – 7pm @ The North Door (FREE)
Greetings From Queer Mountain (every last Wednesday) – Wednesday, April 26th – 9pm @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (FREE)
Testify ATX (every fourth Thursday) – Thursday, April 27th – 7pm @ The Spiderhouse Ballroom ($5 cash, $6 CC at door)
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!