Austin Events for the Literati – November

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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. 


Author of Crazy Rich Asians

The Long Center – Dell Hall

Saturday, November 17, 2018 8pm

Tickets range from $19 – $59. Purchase here!


Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

By Penfold Theater Co.

Ground Floor Theatre, shows through November 10th

Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe is a unique and wildly theatrical musical play combining haunting music, poetic storytelling, and stunning stagecraft to tell the fascinating and moving life story of iconic American writer Edgar Allan Poe.



By Something for Nothing Theater Company

Shows through November 10th, 8pm at Ramsey Park

Something for Nothing Theater Company (S4N) is committed to producing accessible, family-friendly Shakespeare in Austin’s Ramsey Park. We operate on a shoestring budget, bringing our plays to life through dynamic staging, original music, and Shakespeare’s wonderful language. Performances are discovered through the creative act of play, with a heavy emphasis on collaboration and improvisation.

Something for Nothing Theater is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance, a non-profit arts service organization. To learn more about the Austin Creative Alliance, visit:


Shakespeare in the Dark: Macbeth

By The Filigree Theatre

The Driskell Hotel

Sunday, November 4th @ 2pm and 8pm

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Shakespeare in the Dark: Macbeth is an immersive horror, live theatre experience performed entirely in pitch blackness. The removal of visual overstimulation leads to a state of sensory deprivation, leading audience members to appreciate why Shakespeare is still performed 400 years after his death: it’s all about the language.

In addition, theatre performed fully in darkness is theatre that is inherently accessible to audience members who are blind or visually impaired, a demographic often denied full and equal access to theatre.

Ticket $15-$20. Purchase here!


Bloomsbury Publishing: A Literary Vision with Founder Nigel Newton

Harry Ransom Center

Thursday, November 15, 4:30pm. Free!

Learn how one of the world’s leading independent publishing companies brought the works of Michael Ondaatje, J.K. Rowling, Khaled Hosseini, Margaret Atwood, and other major authors to a global audience. San Francisco-born Bloomsbury Founder and Chief Executive Nigel Newton will speak about highlights in the company’s 32-year history, including making 800,000 pages of the documents of Winston Churchill available to students and researchers online.

Check out the Facebook Event for more details!

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

The Blanton Museum of Art

Exhibit open through January 2019

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design showcases the work of over 120 artists and designers and illustrates how African design accompanies and fuels economic, social, and political change in the continent. Through sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics, and more, the exhibition presents Africa as a hub of experimentation that generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance.

This exhibition will be on view in our Butler Gallery, located on the ground floor of the museum.



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

The Grinch (2018) – Alamo Drafthouse, various times and locations. Shown in both 2D and 3D.

This new Grinch film, based on the beloved Dr. Suess story, comes from the studio behind Despicable Me, and features Benedict Cumberbatch as The Grinch!

Check out the family movie parties for The Grinch on Nov 10th and 11th!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Alamo Drafthouse, various times and locations.

It’s that time of year again! Dive back into the Harry Potter universe with the Fantastic Beasts series. Young Dumbledore played by Jude Law!

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, November 11th @ 6pm.

George Lazenby’s only appearance in the Ian Fleming James Bond series. One show only!


One Page Salon (due to Election Day, falls in the 1st Wednesday)

Wednesday, November 7th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Story Department by Austin Bat Cave

Tuesday, November 13th – 8pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)

Theme: This Land is Your Land

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday)

Wednesday, November 14th – 8pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Follow @nerniteaustin on Twitter for updates!

Astronomy on Tap (Every third Tuesday)

Tuesday, November 20th – 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,  November 28th – 9pm @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (FREE)

Testify ATX (every last Thursday) 

Thursday, November 29th – 7:30 – 9pm @ The Spiderhouse Ballroom ($5 cash, $6 CC at door)

This month’s theme – Potluck

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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