Austin Events for the Literati – December

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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. 

The Austin Forum on Technology & Society

Tuesday, December 4th @ 6:15pm

Austin Central Library, Special Event Center

The Austin Forum explores the impact of technology on society and stimulates discussions, collaborations, and partnerships on new technology opportunities. Each month, our guest speakers address cutting edge technology topics in health & medicine, business & industry, science & research, education, government, entertainment, and ‘social good.’ 


The Dionysium Autumn Show: History

Wednesday, December 5th 7pm

Alamo Drafthouse Village


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A typical Dionysium show will feature a lecture, a declamation, a drinking song, a film or live musical performance, an appeal to Dionysus, a fiction-writing contest, and plenty of strong drink. But the heart of every Dionysium is the debate.

The Dionysium debate pits two experts against each other in toe-to-toe parliamentary combat. Dionysium debate resolutions have covered everything from Social Security reform to the future threat of genocidal robots. An audience interrogatory segment allows guests to personally challenge our debaters, and every resolution is adopted, or defeated, by an audience vote.

Purchase tickets on the Alamo Drafthouse website.


Literary Frontiers: Historical Fiction & the Creative Imagination

The Wittliff Collections

The Alkek Library TSU San Marcos

Through December 14th


Literary Frontiers presents hand-written manuscripts, vintage maps, rare photographs, and artifacts that highlight authors’ sources of inspiration and track the creative process. The exhibition also includes artwork such as the original oil painting used as the cover art for the first edition of Lonesome Dove.


Extraordinary Illustrated Fiction of Edward Carey

Austin Central Library Gallery

Through January 6th

Edward Carey is a writer and visual artist, born in England, now teaching creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin. Carey has worked as a playwright, and his visual art has been exhibited in solo shows in London, Kilkenny, Florence, Milan, and most recently, at the Parco di Pinocchio in Italy. He is the author of seven works of fiction. For each book, he creates works of art that help him craft his stories but also become integral to the finished novels. This exhibition, for the first time, brings together Carey’s work on all seven of his books.



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

Misery Tuesday, December 11th, 9:30pm @ The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

It’s a Wonderful Life Dec. 15, 16, 24 @ The Alamo Drafthouse various locations and times.

Batman Returns (1992) Sunday, December 16th, 11:30am @ The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

The Long Kiss Goodnight Monday, December 17th, 6:45pm @ The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. AGFA 35mm screening.

Afternoon Tea presents Little Women (1994) Saturday, December 15th, 4pm @ The Alamo Drafthous Lakeline and Sunday, December 16th, 4:15pm @ The Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane.

Kids Camp presents The Peanuts Movie (2015) Dec. 24th – Jan 3rd @ The Alamo Drafthouse various locations and times.


One Page Salon (every 1st Tuesday)

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

Story Department by Austin Bat Cave

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

Theme: Stranger Things

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday)

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

Follow @nerniteaustin on Twitter for updates!

Astronomy on Tap (Every third Tuesday)

Tuesday, December 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, December 26th – 9pm @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (FREE)

Testify ATX (every last Thursday) 

No December Show. 

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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