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 Book People community would enjoy. 

Astronomy on Tap – Special Edition

Monday, June 5th @ The North Door

Doors @ 6pm, Show @ 7:30pm


For this special edition of AoT, AoTATX will offer three exciting talks on a range of exciting topics presented by astronomers from around the country visiting Austin for the American Astronomical Society’s 230th meeting. The awesome speakers we have confirmed include Dr. Jackie Faherty, an expert in the field of brown dwarfs and exoplanet atmospheres, Prof. Konstantin Batygin who is the originator of the search for Planet 9, and Dr. Bonnie Meinke, a planetary scientists and outreach astronomer for the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes.
#AoTATX32 will be hosted by our Host Binary Stars, A$AP Rocky Planet (Raquel Martinez) and AstroBoz (Dr. Brandon Bozek)! In addition, #AoTATX32 will feature Astronomy in the News, trivia, and some brand new giveaways. Finally, we will have telescopes on hand to look for exciting objects in the night sky (weather permitting)! Join us for a night full of astronomy fun over pints of beer!

Visit the AoTATX Facebook page to keep up to date with all of their upcoming events!

High Noon Talk: Surf Texas in Austin

Wednesday, June 7th @ 12pm

Bullock Texas State History Museum


Photographer Kenny Braun’s Surf Texas reveals the unexpected beauty of the Texas coast. Join Braun for a talk on this extended photo essay and his insider’s depiction of the surf culture of Texas, one of the top six surfing states in America.

Support for the Bullock Museum’s exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

High Noon Talk is a free monthly series (1st Wednesday of the month) at the Bullock Museum.

The Blanton Museum

June 2017 Exhibitions

Contemporary Project: Susan Philipsz (through July 9th)

The Contemporary Project is a gallery on the museum’s 2nd floor devoted to recently-made art. Installations will rotate throughout the year.

Inaugurating the Blanton’s Contemporary Project gallery is Turner Prize-winning artist Susan Philipsz’s Part File Score.  First exhibited at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin in 2014, the work is an immersive experience of sound and image. Large prints feature redacted FBI files kept on Austrian composer Hanns Eisler during the McCarthy era, while isolated violin notes from his early Hollywood film scores spill from twelve speakers. The result is a haunting landscape that captures the tragic biography of a composer whose life and art were repeatedly under siege.

Public tours at the Blanton in June:

Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

Public Tour: Women in Art

Public Tour: Symbol and Allegory: The Hidden Language of Art

Public Tour: Persuasion: Messages & Meaning in Art

Public Tour: The Changing American Landscape

Visit the Blanton Calendar of events for a full listing.

Achievements in Black Austin Book Unveiling

Sunday, June 18th @ 6pm

Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex


Achievements in Black Austin is a celebration of African American accomplishments. It presents a historical collection of positive images and inspiring stories of more than 200 visionaries, business and community influencers throughout Central Texas’s history.

The Inaugural edition of Achievements in Black Austin will be unveiled Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex. Community leaders, civil rights trailblazers, business owners, thought leaders and more will be among those attending both the networking reception (6PM) and official unveiling program (7:30PM).

Tickets available through Eventbrite: $50-$85

11th Annual African American Book Festival
June 22 – 24th

Carver Museum and Library


Since 2007, the Austin African American Book Festival has worked to promote empowerment through literature. We are a community event that brings readers and writers together and produces and facilitates collaboration, dialogue, creativity and activism.

This year’s festival features: 

YA Author Angie Thomas

UT Professor and author Peniel Joseph

Novelist April Sinclair

And Salon Magazine editor D. Watkins

This event is free and open to the public. Visit the AABF website for more details!

ATX Book Arts Workshops

I only just stumbled upon this amazing organization, committed to preserving the art of the book:


The mission of Austin Book Arts Center is to engage people of all ages in creative, interpretive, and educational experiences related to the arts of the book.

ABAC regularly offers workshops in letterpress printing, bookbinding, papermaking, typography, book history and design, and various arts of the book. In addition, ABAC will provide access to equipment for qualified users during regularly scheduled Open Studio time

 Upcoming workshops include the Classic Hardcover (book binding) and Making Book Cloth! Space is limited and spots fill fast (but they do happen every month!).


In Cold Blood – Monday, June 19th @ 6:45pm – Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

Afternoon Tea Series: The English Patient – Sat/Sun June 17th/18th @4pm – Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

June Kid’s Camp: Matilda – Various days/times throughout June – Multiple Alamo Drafthouse Locations


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

Story Department by Austin Bat Cave – Tuesday, June 13th – 8pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday) – Wednesday, June 14th – 8pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Word Wednesdays (every 3rd Wednesday) – Wednesday, June 21st – 7pm @ Wake the Dead Coffeehouse, San Marcos (FREE)

Astronomy on Tap (usually every 3rd Thursday, but this month on 1st Monday!) – Monday, June 5th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

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

Testify ATX (every last Thursday) Thursday, June 29th – 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!

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