Austin Events for the Literati – August

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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 Dionysium Summer Show


Wednesday, Aug 7th 7pm

The Alamo Drafthouse Village Location

Tickets $12.

The Dionysium offers a unique, innovative program of debate, lecture, declamation, theatrical presentation and music in a salon-like atmosphere. Audiences enjoy offerings not to be found elsewhere in Austin, including the recitation of famous speeches, participatory discussion in a formal, moderated context, and the opportunity to participate in the recreation of ancient rituals.


The Mueller Report: Live Reading

The North Door

Sunday, Aug 4th and 11th

Doors @ 5pm, reading from 5:30pm – 9pm

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Indivisible Austin has been hosting a series of live readings of The Mueller Report at The North Door! We know almost nobody wants to read a 448-page report written by a bunch of lawyers?

Actually, it’s super interesting, also maddening and really important!

Why not have it read to you by talented and interesting people while also enjoying a cocktail?

They wrapped up Vol I on July 14th and start Vol II on July 28th. The reading continues on Sundays through August 11th with notable readers like A. Whitney Brown, Lauren Hough, Susan “George” Shorn, Chad Nichols, and U.S. Congressional candidate, Julie Oliver.

Also, the event is free! Join us and get inspired to help save democracy!


The Austin Forum on Technology & Society

Technology, Space & Humanity

Austin Central Library

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 @ 6:15 PM


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.’

Doors open at 5:45pm. The presentation begins at 6:15pm, followed immediately by Q&A. The networking reception begins at 7:30pm.


The Austin Chronicle’s Summer of Pride Party

The Blanton Museum of Art

August 7th, 6pm

Join Qmmunity for The Austin Chronicle’s Summer of Pride Party, presented in partnership with Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Austin Pride, and The Blanton Museum of Art!

Enjoy bites from El Alma Cafe, music by GirlFriend ATX, treats from Lick Honest Ice Creams, drinks, prizes, and a special chance to explore the new exhibition “Jeffery Gibson: This Is the Day.”

In This Is the Day, Gibson draws on his queer identity and Cherokee and Choctaw heritage to make exuberant works that celebrate and explore identity. Weaving together references to drag and ball culture, high fashion, Native American forms, and pop culture, Gibson creates powerful assertions of inclusivity.

Free Admission with RSVP, must be 21 and up to enter.
RSVP and details at


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

Master Pancake Presents: The Martian (2015)

Based on the Andrew Weir novel.

Event at the Austin Central Library on Thursday, August 22nd @ 7:30pm.

RSVP starting August 1st on the Eventbrite event page!

Kids Camp: The Neverending Story (1984)

Based on the fantasy novel by German writer Michael Ende.

Plays at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline and Slaughter Lane locations on August 1st @ 10am and 10:45am, respectively.

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Based on Fannie Flagg’s novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Presented by aGLIFF.

Wednesday, Aug 14th @ 7:30pm at The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Based on L. Frank Baum’s novel.

Sunday, Aug 11th at The Alamo Drafthouse Mueller @ Noon and Slaughter Lane at 12:30pm.

Saturday, Aug 17th at The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline @ 4pm.

Remains of the Day (1993)

Based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel.

Saturday, Aug 17th at The Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane @ 4:15pm

Sunday, Aug 18th at The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline @ 4pm

3D Dredd (2012)

Based on the character Judge Dredd from the British comic book series.

Monday, Aug 19th at The Alamo Drafthouse Mueller @ 7pm

Monday, Aug 26th at The Alamo Drafhouse Lakeline @ 7pm

It (2017)

Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name.

Monday, Aug 5th at The Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane @ 7:15pm

Monday, Aug 12th at The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline @ 7pm

Thursday, Aug 15th at The Alamo Drafthouse Mueller @ 7pm

Stand By Me (1986)

Based on Stephen King’s novella, The Body.

Saturday, Aug 24th at The Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane @ 3:30pm

Sunday, Aug 25th at The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline @ 4pm

The Dead Zone (1983)

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.

Sunday, Aug 25th at The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz @ 9:30pm

Thursday, Aug 29th at The Alamo Drafthouse Mueller @7pm



One Page Salon (every 1st Tuesday)

Tuesday, Aug 6th – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Queer Film Theory 101 (every 1st Wednesday)

Wednesday, Aug 7th – 8pm @ Barrel o’ Fun, Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

Story Department by Austin Bat Cave

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

Theme: Watch the Queen Conquer

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday)

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

Follow @nerniteaustin on Twitter for updates!

Astronomy on Tap (Every third Tuesday)

Tuesday, Aug 20th – 7:00pm @ 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, Aug 28th – 9pm @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (FREE)

Testify ATX (every last Thursday) 

Thursday, Aug 29th – 7:30pm @ The Spiderhouse Ballroom

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

August Theme: Classified

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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