Austin Events for the Literati – October

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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. 

October is my favorite month, and it’s not just the weather…

It’s Texas Book Fest month, and you know what that means…

Tx Bookfest Lit Crawl!

Saturday, October 27th

Schedule TBD


The 9th annual Lit Crawl Austin is a project of the Texas Book Festival and Litquake Foundation, and it’s happening at the end of this month. It’s a pub crawl on Austin’s East Side that includes games, trivia, music, performances, and all manner of storytelling. Past Lit Crawls have included the legendary Literary Death Match (my fave), graveyard storytelling, and Lit Crawl Against Humanity games. I can’t wait to see what’s on the schedule for 2018!

Interested in getting involved for 2018? Sign up to volunteer.

Follow @LitCrawlATX on Twitter for the latest!

Speaking of the Texas Book Festival…

Texas Book Festival

October 27-28

State Capitol Building Grounds

This year, like all years, boasts an incredible lineup of authors!

Check out this year’s schedule for details!

The Texas Book Festival is FREE and open to the public. One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized adult and children’s authors, 100+ exhibitors, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers!




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

The House With a Clock in Its Walls – Alamo Drafthouse various times and locations

IT (2017) – Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline. Sunday, October 28th @ 7pm.


One Page Salon (every 1st Tuesday)

Tuesday, October 2nd – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Story Department by Austin Bat Cave

no show in October

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday)

Wednesday, October 10th – 8pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Follow @nerniteaustin on Twitter for updates!

Astronomy on Tap (Every third Tuesday)

Tuesday, October 16th – 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,  October 31st – 9pm @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (FREE)

Testify ATX (every last Thursday) 

Thursday, October 25th – 7:30 – 9pm @ The Spiderhouse Ballroom ($5 cash, $6 CC at door)

This month’s theme – Demons: True tales, truly Possessed

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.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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