Austin Events for the Literati – September

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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.

Lone Star Zine Fest

Sunday, September 1st, 2019 2-8pm


Lone Star Zine Fest is a FREE, fun, and engaging event open to the general public and appropriate for all ages. At the heart of the event is an exhibition featuring 32 Central Texas zine creators, collectives, distributors, retailers, libraries, and small presses sharing their amazing work and showcasing the diversity of expression made possible by independent- and self-publishing.

More than 20 zine creators will be selling their work at tables scattered throughout six different local establishments – King Bee Lounge, Full Circle Bar, Sans Bar, Dozen Street, Northern-Southern gallery, and Leona Gallery – all near the intersection of 12th & Chicon in central East Austin. Check out the gorgeous map Christopher Specht made to help you navigate the Fest!


The New Writers Project

UT Creative Writing MFA Graduating Students Reading

Malvern Books, September 5th, 7pm – 8pm


A reading from final year students in The Michener Center for Writers and the New Writers Project M.F.A. programs in creative writing at UT Austin. Readers include Shaina Frazier, Loan Tran, Darby Jardeleza, Max Seifert, Desiree Evans, and others TBA.


Cowboys in Space and Fantastic Worlds

A Journey Through the History of Westerns in Science Fiction.

The Bullock Museum

Through December 1st, 2019


Spanning over 150 years of Western and Science Fiction history, this Bullock Museum original exhibition features over 100 artifacts including toys, rare comics, pulp magazines, novels, original art, and props from movie and television. Highlighting famous and infamous characters popular with visitors of all ages, the exhibition sheds light on the influence of frontier history and Westerns in Science Fiction.

The Bullock Museum exhibits are open Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission includes access to all special exhibitions and re-entry throughout the day. Your museum admission purchase supports the Bullock Museum’s exhibitions and educational programming.


Modernist Networks

The Annette Campbell-White Collection

The Harry Ransom Center

Through January 5th, 2020


A rare opportunity to see letters, books, and manuscripts by Modernist writers such as T. S. Eliot, Stéphane Mallarmé, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Joseph Conrad, and others from the private collection of Annette Campbell-White, a pioneering venture capitalist and rare book collector.

Free Admission.


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

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) The month of September, various times and Alamo Drafthouse locations.

A sharp and heartfelt look at her incredible life, RAISE HELL features interviews with Molly’s admirers, both public and personal. Rachel Maddow and Dan Rather show up to sing her praises, set alongside archival footage of her doing what she does best – speaking for herself.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019) The month of September, various times and Alamo Drafthouse locations.

Legendary director Richard Linklater’s inspiring new comedy (based on the runaway bestseller by Maria Semple) takes us on an epic journey to both the outskirts of the world and the emotional heart of motherhood.

The Green Mile (1999) September 1st 4pm @ The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline.

It Chapter Two (2019) Adult Cereal Party. September 10th, 6:30pm at The Alamo Drafthouse Mueller location, and September 11th, 6:30pm at The Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location.

The Ultimate Willy Wonka Party, Live Q&A w/ Mikee TV and Veruca Salt. Thursday, September 26th, 6:30pm @ The Alamo Drafthouse Village location.


One Page Salon (every 1st Tuesday)

Tuesday, September 3rd – 7:30pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Queer Film Theory 101 (every 1st Wednesday)

Wednesday, September 4th – 8pm @ Barrel o’ Fun, Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

Theme: Gay Best Friends!

Story Department by Austin Bat Cave

Tuesday, September 10th – 8pm @ Home Slice Pizza (FREE)

Theme: Resist

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday)

Wednesday, September 11th – 8pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Follow @nerniteaustin on Twitter for updates!

Astronomy on Tap (Every third Tuesday)

Tuesday, September 17th – 7:00pm @ The North Door (FREE)

Follow @AoTATX on Twitter to view archives and events from other AoT events around the world!

Testify ATX (every last Thursday) 

Thursday, September 26th – 7:30pm @ The Spiderhouse Ballroom

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

Theme: The Same Coin

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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