Austin Events for the Literati – February (and some January)

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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.

Zine Meet @ The Dougherty Arts Center

Wednesday, January 16th

7pm – 9pm


“Calling all Zine makers, buyers, collectors and connoisseurs! Mix and mingle with fellow like-minded folk, create new works and indulge in all things independent press worthy. This casual, inclusive event is open to all levels of zine fanatics. Whether you are so new to the concept you pronounce it incorrectly, or you are a 30 year veteran of the genre, all are welcome. Attendees will have the chance contribute artwork or written work to a community collaborated zine, as well as create their own mini masterpiece. Local authors and archivists from Zine organizations will be onsite as well to showcase and swap their work and knowledge.”

Details available on the Facebook Page!


Mirror Mirrored: Contemporary Art and Fairy Tales

Austin Central Library

January 18th – February 24, 2019


“Corwin Levi’s book Mirror Mirrored provides the framework for his mixed-media exhibit featuring local, national and international artists reimagining Grimms’ Fairy Tales.”

Opening reception Friday, January 18th @ 7pm

Curator talk Thursday, January 24th @ 7pm


Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers

Austin Central Library

January 7 – February 4, 2019


“A solo-exhibition featuring Katy Horan‘s illustrations from her book, Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers, created in collaboration with Poet Taisia Kitaiskaia. Located in the Living Room Gallery on the Central Library 6th Floor.”


Ideas in Sensuous Form: The International Symbolist Movement

The Blanton Museum of Art

Through March 10th


“The Symbolist movement spanned European nations and creative genres in the final decades of the nineteenth century. First writers, then visual artists, sought to “clothe the idea in sensuous form,” as Jean Moréas wrote in his 1886 Symbolist manifesto. More a sensibility than a single artistic style, Symbolism evoked feeling, meaning, and intangible qualities rather than describing the visible world. Drawn from the Blanton’s collection of works on paper, this exhibition examines Symbolism’s development and its conceptual and aesthetic innovations, which would have a lasting impact on twentieth-century art.”

The exhibition includes a free gallery talk on January 24th at 12:30pm, along with a number of public tours through the end of February.


Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language

The Blanton Museum

Opens February 17th

img-blanton-fernando-maza-untitled-1968“Words/Matter explores key moments in the artistic fascination with the written word, ranging from Xul Solar and Joaquín Torres-García’s creation of alphabets and metaphysical signs, to the visual experiments of Brazilian concrete poets in the 1960s, and the political codification of language by conceptualists since the 1970s. By both using words as if they were images and presenting images as written signs, contemporary artists have found key tools for communicating messages of a personal, poetic, or political nature.”


Literature Live! Presents: Tiger Woman

Austin Central Library

Friday, February 15th @ 10:30am


“From the book by Laurence Yep comes a Bunraku-style puppet show based on a traditional Chinese story. This is the tale of a greedy old woman who will not share her food with a beggar. When the old man turns out to be a wizard, he teaches her a lesson in generosity. Literature Live! is proud to present Tiger Woman at a library branch near you.”


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

Alamo Drafthouse January Book to Screen series:

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) – Tuesday, January 15th @ 7pm Alamo Ritz

Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) – Saturday, January 19th @ 1pm Alamo Mueller. Adapted from Walter Mosley’s 1990 novel of the same name.

Pride & Prejudice (2005) – Tuesday, January 29th @ 7pm Alamo Ritz and Lakeline locations.

Goodfellas (1990) – Tuesday, January 22nd @ 7pm Alamo Village, Wednesday, January 23rd @ 6:25 Alamo Lakeline, Sunday, January 27th @ 6:30pm and Wednesday, January 30th @ 10pm Alamo Ritz.

Like Water for Chocolate (1992) – Wednesday, January 23rd @ 6:45pm Alamo Mueller,

The Maltese Falcon (1941) – Sunday, January 20th @ 1pm Alamo Lakeline, Saturday, January 26th @ 1pm Alamo Village.


The Princess Bride Movie Party

Saturday, February 2nd: 1:30pm @ Mueller, 4pm @ Ritz, Lakeline, and Village

Sunday, February 3rd: 3:30pm @ Village, 4pm @ Lakeline, 4:30pm @ Mueller, 7pm @ Ritz


One Page Salon (every 1st Tuesday)

Tuesday, February 5th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Story Department by Austin Bat Cave

Tuesday, February 12th – 8pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)

Theme: No me queda más

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday)

Wednesday, February 13th – 8pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Follow @nerniteaustin on Twitter for updates!

Astronomy on Tap (Every third Tuesday)

Tuesday, January 15 & February 19th – 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, January 30th & February 27th – 9pm @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (FREE)

Testify ATX (every last Thursday) 

Thursday, January 31st and February 28th – 7:30pm @ The Spiderhouse Ballroom

$5 cash cover ($6 if paying with a card)

January Theme: Faith

February Theme: Matched

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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