Austin Events for the Literati – November

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For the last several years I’ve been researching events around town that might pique the interest of my fellow book nerds and posting them on this recurring monthly blog.

This will be my final Austin Events for the Literati post.

It’s been great learning about the Austin literary scene, attending events, going on lit crawls, and sharing it all with the BookPeople community. My hope is that a few people found a fun event, discovered a new scene, or made a new friend because of something I posted here. Keep supporting each other, y’all!

Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders

The Blanton Museum of Art

Through January 12th, 2020

MS H.8, Fol. 191 verso, St. Martha taming the tarasque. St. Martha preaching (margin), and initial O, “Hours of Henry VIII”MS H.8, "Hours of Henry VIII,” book of hours, France, Tours, ca. 1500

From griffins and giants to demons and dragons, monsters have enthralled people throughout time. In medieval art and literature, these fanciful creatures give form to fears, curiosities, and fantasies of the unfamiliar and the unknown. Medieval Monsters, organized by the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, will present a lively array of monsters that appear in more than fifty illuminated manuscripts from the European Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Each of the three sections of the exhibition—Terrors, Aliens, and Wonders—will explore the ways monsters functioned as the embodiment of power, the representation of marginalized groups in society, or the inspiration of awe.

The Blanton Museum is free to all visitors on Thursdays. Tickets to visit other days can be purchased on the Blanton admissions page.


Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writer Series

Ada Limón

St. Edwards University, Carter Auditorium

Thursday, November 7 @ 6:00 pm


Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and was named one of the top 5 poetry books of the year by the Washington Post. Her fourth book Bright Dead Things was named a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the online and summer programs for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.


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.


ACC Drama Presents:

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Austin Playhouse

November 7th  -10th


This new version of Shakespeare’s beloved tale – directed by Katie Van Winkle for ACC Drama, is set in a Neo-Elizabethan dystopia and weaves together “an exploration of shame and honor with enchanting screwball comedy.”

The Austin Playhouse is located at the ACC Highland campus, 6001 Airport.

Tickets: $8, purchase here


Austin Shakespeare Presents:

As You Like It

The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Rollins Theater, November 22 – December 8


Austin Shakespeare brings one of Shakespeare’s most romantic of comedies with music from some of Austin’s talented songwriters in As You Like It, performed by professional Austin actors. Join us for this comic mingling of love stories featuring “Rosalind,” disguised as a boy, teaching “Orlando,” how to win her!


Austin Shakespeare presents professional theatre of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today.

Tickets start at $18


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

V for Vendetta (2005) – November 5th, 7pm @ Alamo Ritz

In Brunch We Trust: Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) – November 10th, 12:45pm @ Alamo Ritz

Afternoon Tea: Interview With The Vampire (1994)November 16th, 4pm @ Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline. November 17th, 6:20pm @ Alamo Slaughter Lane

Sunday Sings: My Fair Lady (1964) – November 24th, 3pm @ Alamo Mueller


One Page Salon (every 1st Tuesday)

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

Queer Film Theory 101 (every 1st Wednesday)

Wednesday, November 6th – 8pm @ Barrel o’ Fun, Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

Theme: Chosen Family

Story Department by Austin Bat Cave

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

Theme: Cold Turkey

Nerd Nite (every 2nd Wednesday)

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

Follow @nerniteaustin on Twitter for updates!

Astronomy on Tap (Every third Tuesday)

Tuesday, September 18th – 7:00pm @ The North Door (FREE)

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

Testify ATX (last Friday) 

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

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

Theme: Potluck

Follow @TestifyATX on Twitter for performer spotlights and updates!

Austin Events for the Literati was researched, curated, and written by former BookPeople bookseller Sarah Holdgrafer, in hopes of making it easier to discover Austin events that would interest people in the literary scene or people that read the BookPeople blog.

November 2019 is her final post of this series. She hopes it has helped even a few people find events and connect with people they might not have otherwise. Thanks so much for reading and supporting your local literary community!

NOTE: These events were not produced by or affiliated with BookPeople.

For official BookPeople events, please see the BookPeople Events Calendar!

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