Austin Events for the Literati-September

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Each month I’ll be investigating events around town that might pique the interest of book nerds, the literature obsessed, and those who enjoy stimulating entertainment and socializing.

Not surprisingly, Austin has a number of things going on every month the BookPeople community would enjoy. 


Mexican American Cultural Center

September 1st, 11am – 7pm

Free and open to the public! This convention features up-and-coming Mexican American and Latino comic book artists and creators showcasing their work, as well as Latino ‘zine artists, filmmakers, and cosplay enthusiasts.

There will be workshops, guest speakers, and panel discussions, as well as Latino-themed superhero movie screenings all day.  There will be culturally-relevant nerd music on hand as well as raspas and other great food.

Lone Star Zine Fest

The North Door

September 2nd


Lone Star Zine Fest is a FREE, fun, and engaging event open to the general public and appropriate for all ages.

At the heart of the event is an exhibition with over three dozen tables featuring Central Texas zine creators, collectives, distributors, retailers, libraries, and small presses sharing their amazing work in one big room and showcasing the diversity of expression made possible by independent- and self-publishing.

To find out more, visit (where you can RSVP for the Fest), follow on Instagram, or search for #LSZineFest.

Sh!t-faced Shakespeare

Select Fridays & Saturdays @ The North Door and The Spiderhouse Ballroom


Shit-faced Shakespeare® is the deeply highbrow fusion of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely shit-faced cast. Outrageously raucous and completely unpredictable, the show has been running since 2010 and has already entertained over 200,000 eager theatre goers across the UK, US, and Australia. Having successfully completed multiple sell-out runs of the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, the Magnificent Bastards made their way stateside in 2015 to Boston and have been enjoying smashingly successful runs on both sides of the pond since.

Framing Eugène Atget: Photography and Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris

The Blanton Museum

Opens September 8th

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Eugène Atget trained his lens on the city and people of Paris for nearly four decades. The resulting photographic archive presents an enigmatic portrait of an evolving metropolis at the dawn of the twentieth century. This exhibition pairs over thirty photographs, printed from Atget’s glass plate negatives, with etchings, engravings, and lithographs by other artists to highlight photography’s role as a new medium of illustration in popular print media, architectural documentation, and the reproduction of artworks.

Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports

LBJ Presidential Library

Now through January

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Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports examines the intersection of social justice and sports in the United States. The exhibition celebrates athletes who have broken barriers and spoken out for equality, both on and off the playing field. Beginning in the late 19th century and continuing through current day, Get in the Game encourages visitors to think about sports as part of an ongoing national conversation and as a vehicle for social change.

Lane Rockford Orsak Reading Event


Sunday, September 16, 4pm


A book signing and fundraising event for Samaritan Center with author Lane Rockford Orsak. Dylan’s Divide is his 6th novel and is the story of an Afghanistan war veteran’s homecoming.

Live music by Rey Arteaga, and a performance from the book by actor Judd Farris.

Manuel’s restaurant is located at 10201 Jollyville Rd.


The Whitliff Collections, Alkek Library Texas State University

Sunday, September 23rd



Join us for a public conversation with three acclaimed Texas authors discussing historical inspiration and the art of writing fiction: Elizabeth Crook, Stephen Harrigan, and  Ann Weisgarber.
Moderated by Steve Davis, Curator, Southwestern Writers Collections at The Wittliff.

An Evening with Neil Patrick Harris

The Long Center

September 26th @ 7pm


An evening of conversation with Neil Patrick Harris. We’ll discuss his lifelong love of magic, his career as an accomplished actor, producer, director, host, and, of course, author.

  • Each ticket for this event comes with a copy of The Second Story.
  • This event is happening outside—feel free to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to share. Please no outside food or beverages.
  • Seating for this event is general admission.
  • For this event, children ages 2 and under get in free with a ticketed adult.
  • In the event of rain, the event will be relocated to an inside location.

Tickets are general admission: $34.95.


A listing of upcoming screenings of book-to-film adaptations.

Blood Fest (Dir. Owen Egerton)—Saturday, September 1st 9:30pm and Sunday, September 2nd 10:30pm @ Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

To Kill a Mockingbird—Sunday, September 2nd @ Alamo Drafthouse 6pm. Free for Victory members.

Fight Club (1999)—Monday, September 3rd @ Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline 7pm and Slaughter Lane 7:15pm

Jane Eyre, Afternoon Tea screening—Saturday, September 15th @ Alamo Lakeline 4pm and Sunday, September 16th @ Slaughter Lane 4pm


One Page Salon (every 1st Tuesday)

Tuesday, September 4th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Story Department by Austin Bat Cave

Tuesday, September 11th – 8pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)

Theme: Get Out

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday)

Wednesday, September 12th – 8pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Follow @nerniteaustin on Twitter for updates!

Word Wednesday (Every third Wednesday)

Wednesday, September 19th – 7pm @ Wake the Dead Coffeehouse (FREE)

Astronomy on Tap (Every third Tuesday)

Tuesday, September 18th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Follow @AoTATX on Twitter to view archives and events from other AoT events around the world!

Greetings From Queer Mountain (every last Wednesday)

Wednesday,  September 26th – 9pm @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (FREE)

Testify ATX (every last Thursday) 

Thursday, September 27th – 7:30 – 9pm @ The Spiderhouse Ballroom ($5 cash, $6 CC at door)

Follow @TestifyATX on Twitter for performer spotlights and updates!

Austin Events for the Literati is researched, curated, and written by former BookPeople bookseller Sarah Holdgrafer. Its purpose is to make it easier to discover events that would interest people in the literary scene or people that read the BookPeople blog, here in ATX. It is by no means comprehensive!

So, if you are hosting or know about a literary-themed event here in Austin in the upcoming months, email sarah dot 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 around 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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