The only thing I enjoy more than a spectacular read is the opportunity to share and discuss it with others. This explains why I belong to three bookclubs, interview every author I can, and frequent literary events around town.
If you’re like me and enjoy connecting with others around reading and writing, consider attending one of the events listed below. We’ve included it all–author signings, literary festivals, storytimes, book clubs and even galas benefitting bookish nonprofits. Most of the literary events in the calendar are free and open to the public. A few, such as limited enrollment writing courses, require registration or payment in advance. They each present a unique opportunity to make friends, share your love of literature, learn something new and hone your craft.
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Join us for Storytime as we read Rulers of the Playground by Joseph Kuefler. Coloring activities to follow.
Join us every fourth Wednesday of each month for a night of playing Magic: The Gathering! The Gathering will begin at 7pm in the BN Café. Bring your cards and your friends; we hope to see you there.
Join us May 24th at The Writing Barn from 7:30 PM-9:00 PM for another great Words and Wine Wednesday, featuring author and illustrator Misha Maynerick Blaise.
Typically the last Wednesday of each month, we open the Barn doors for everyone in the local literary community to venture out to our neck of the woods and join us in honoring a featured author. Over wine and cheese, have an opportunity to meet like-minded literary folk and listen to a compelling author Q&A and/or reading. Authors’ books will be available to purchase through indie bookstore BookPeople.
This May’s Words and Wine Event featuresMisha Maynerick Blaise, winner of the Austin SCBWI 2015 Art Portfolio Contest. Her work has been featured in The New York Times Style Magazine, Nordstrom, CB2, Buzzfeed, PopSugar, Origin Magazine, and Austin Woman Magazine, to name a few. Her new book This Phenomenal Life tells the story of the wondrous ways that humans are always completely at one with our surrounding world. Whimsically hip illustrations elucidate wild science-based facts. Powerful evidence of our interconnection with nature combined with beautiful artwork inspires the reader to look at the world in a whole new way.
Misha has written on the diversity gap in children’s publishing, and in her project“Worldly Belongings”, she interviewed students from the U.S. and Oman and asked them to share one material possession and explain why it was special. “My hope,” says Misha, “was to find the common humanity and points of connection between students, and to challenge the American vilification of people from Muslim-majority countries.”
Praise for This Phenomenal Life
“I have a new favorite book in the universe and it’s called This Phenomenal Life. It explodes with the wonders of creation and the beauty of being alive.” –Rainn Wilson, actor, author
“This book lies in the ever-disappearing intersection between beauty and truth. Every single person I know would love it to pieces.” –Ella Frances Sanders, author of the New York Times bestseller Lost in Translation
“In these exuberant, surprising, joyous, gorgeous pages, artist and writer Misha Maynerick Blaise celebrates THIS PHENOMENAL LIFE with facts that will amaze and artwork that will delight. What a great way to reawaken our connections with the universe!” –Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of the Octopus, finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction
Misha Maynerick Blaise is a Croatian American, born in Canada, and raised in the Colorado Rockies. She and her husband are the co-owners of a green building company, and co-creators of two sons. They now call Austin, Texas home.
Misha has always harbored a deep appreciation for the wonders of the universe, and is curious about the ways seemingly disparate elements interconnect. She believes that art can open doors of creativity and freedom in a world that can sometimes seem oppressively limited.
After completing a degree in Middle Eastern studies and working for years as a youth worker in Chicago, Misha started to carve her path as an artist. After a lot of rejection and a lot of hustle, she found her visual voice and has been able to collaborate with many outstanding brands.
Misha likes night swimming, music, researching stuff, and discussing life’s big questions over a strong cup of Persian tea. She is a member of the Baha’i Faith and also serves as the website designer of the Austin branch of the NAACP.
In this 3 hour class, students will learn how to print a digital image using an inkjet printer, and then transfer the image to watercolor paper using an alcohol-based gel medium (purell hand sanitizer). The class will explore what types of images work with this process, which is very similar to a polaroid transfer.
Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Thursday, May 25
Max. no of students: 8
Instructor: Anthony Maddaloni
Cost: $45 tuition + $10 materials fee
Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.
Anthony Maddaloni teaches Black-and-White Darkroom courses through the Informal Classes program at the University of Texas in Austin. He received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in 1996. He was a staff photographer for both the Texas Senate and House of Representatives during various sessions from 2001-2006. He was also a staff photographer at UT’s Harry Ransom Center from 2006-2010. His work is in private collections and he has had showing of his photographs in and around Austin since 2001. His photographs have been published in The New York Times as well as the Austin American statesmen and Shots Magazine. Both a teacher and a working photographer, he teaches workshops in alternative process, portfolio building, and black and white darkroom private lessons.
Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew “how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil,” Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones.
We typically meet the 4th Thursday of the month. Join us!
Get your cones ready for another round of Malvern Books’ FREE reading series, I SCREAM SOCIAL, hosted by Malvern’s own Annar Veröld and Schandra Madha and featuring young women writers from the Austin community. May’s readers are Molly Schulman and Lara Prescott.
And did we mention the free cool confections from Amy’s Ice Cream & Sweet Ritual?
~7pm – Ice cream & Open Mic. Bring old stuff, new stuff, silly stuff, whatever stuff. Just read stuff to us.
~The featured reading begins after the open mic and will be followed by even more ice cream.
Can’t make it this time around? No worries. I Scream Social is every month ’til the end of time.
$49 members (sign in for member pricing)
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Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, May 25. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate – $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers – as long as seats are available. Thank you!
Location Note: This class is held in Moody Hall, Room 204. This is a different building from past years’ classes at St. Edward’s University. You can find a campus map here.
Though we may want to avoid conflict in real life, it absolutely must be in our fiction. This class will explore two different ways of approaching conflict. Inner conflict, as Faulkner said, is about the human heart in conflict with itself. External conflict, on the other hand, requires that we, in the words of Kurt Vonnegut, be sadistic with our characters so we can see what they’re made of –which hints at the numerous unpleasant situations we can put a character through. The goal is to keep the reader turning pages and developing what the story is all about.
In this class, students will identify and discuss different kinds of conflict (conflict with loved ones, enemies, society, nature, technology, and the supernatural) and how to use them in novels and stories.
About the instructor:
Brian Yansky is the author of five published YA novels and over a dozen short stories for adults. His last three novels were published by Candlewick Press (Utopia, Iowa, 2015; Homicidal Aliens and Other Disappointments, 2013; Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences, 2010.) His stories have been published in Literal Latte, The Crescent Review and other literary magazines. He teaches writing at Austin Community College.
Join us as we read a brand-new story from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team James and Kimberly Dean where Pete the Cat is learning a new dance — the Cool Cat Boogie! Activities to follow.
Join us in celebrating the launch of Jessica Reisman’s new novel, Substrate Phantoms.
Substrate Phantoms presents immemorial human acts in variations as strange as any 21st-century reader could imagine, but always in contexts emotionally resonant. I think it an out-and-out breakthrough, with mystical and sociological roots trailing back to Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End and Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. Indeed, true aficionados of humane hard SF will applaud Ms. Reisman for bequeathing them this beautiful tale of a heretofore uncreated tomorrow. —Michael Bishop, author of A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire
Jessica Reisman’s stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, among them the World Fantasy Award-nominated Cross Plains Universe. Her story “Threads” won the South East Science Fiction Achievement award. Her far future science fiction adventure SUBSTRATE PHANTOMS, from Resurrection House Books, is out in May 2017 and her story “Bourbon, Sugar, Grace” will appear on Tor.com in June 2017.