8th Annual New Fiction Confab
& Austin Lit Fair
John Henry Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Each year, the New Fiction Confab invites a handful of America's most
prominent early- and mid-career authors to Austin to spend a day leading
writing workshops, reading their work, and engaging in conversations
that offer the community an opportunity to explore and discuss
contemporary fiction with the authors shaping America’s literary
We are thrilled to welcome several of the most notable
authors to publish new work in 2016 and 2017: Dan Chaon, Patty Yumi
Cottrell, Alexandra Kleeman, John Pipkin, Deb Olin Unferth, and Yoojin
For more information, including workshop/discussion times and author biographies, click here.
Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camps
summer, Badgerdog hosts writing camps for rising 3rd- through
12th-graders that allow students to work closely with professional
writers as they explore the arts of poetry, fiction,nonfiction, and
playwriting. All campers experience the joy of performing and
publishing their original work. For camp listings and registration, click here.
Badgerdog's Summer Book Crush
Led by a professional writer, young readers explore a well-crafted
novel, take it apart, play around in its pages, and develop creative
work in response to the novel. This program is designed to foster close
reading skills, critical thinking, and creativity in a fun
environment. For Book Crush listings and registration, click here.
March by John Lewis
Book Discussions / Gallery Tour / Author Event
spring, The Library Foundation sponsored book discussion groups at
three different branch libraries in conjunction with the publication of
the third volume of Congressman John Lewis’ three-volume graphic memoir,
March, which chronicles his leadership role in the Civil Rights
Movement. Book discussion participants were invited to attend a
curator-led tour of March On!, an exhibition featuring original artwork
from the memoir and historical documents of the Civil Rights Movement at
the Warfield Center’s Christian-Green Gallery on the UT campus.
Participants were also eligible for tickets to attend the John Lewis
author event at UT.
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Austin's New Central Library: Community Spaces
In addition to providing the entire community with access to boundless
knowledge through cutting-edge technology and extensive print and
digital collections, Austin’s new central library, scheduled to open
later this year, will feature unique and distinctive gathering spaces
for the community to learn, read, create, explore, and even cook! These
spaces include a special events center, reading porches, meeting rooms,
a cooking demonstration area, a rooftop butterfly garden, and an art
gallery. For more information about the new central library please visit www.austinlibrary.org.
Austin Public Library librarians tour the reading porches at the new central library.
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