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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BookSpring’s Read-A-Thon encourages community service and sharing the joy of book ownership with children in our community. During the two week event, students and book lovers read and collect donations based on the number of minutes they read. The donations buy books and support BookSpring’s childhood literacy programs in the Greater Austin area.
Students register to participate with their school or as an individual if their school is not participating. Once registered, and with help from parents, students solicit pledges from friends and family in support of their reading. Students log the amount of time and the number of pages read during the Read-A-Thon.
At the end of the Read-A-Thon, students collect donations and turn in their pledge envelopes to their teachers. The results are tallied and awards are announced. Incentives are awarded to students, classrooms, and schools based on the level of funds raised. Schools and students compete for top fundraising and reading medals. At each school, three medals are awarded: Most Minutes Read, Most Pages Read, and Most Funds Raised. There is also a prize for the top fundraising classroom at each school. In addition, a prize is awarded to the top overall Read-A-Thon fundraising student and a trophy is awarded to the top overall Read-A-Thon fundraising school.
For more detailed information on HOW TO REGISTER, click here.
How do we make readers feel? How do our favorite writers write compelling and complicated scenes driven by subtext and emotional wants? How do we craft emotion without losing sight of our novel’s narrative through-line? What skills can we add to our writer toolboxes so we can build authentic emotions on the page?
Join our Novel Workshop: Crafting Compelling Emotion in Fiction with esteemed author Melanie Crowder to dive deep into the emotional lives of our characters.
About this ONLINE course:
We’ve all heard the adage: show, don’t tell. But how, exactly, do we do this when it comes to emotion? In this Six-Week Workshop, designed for intermediate to published writers, we’ll examine several methods for conveying emotion. From dialogue and sentence structure to metaphor and objective correlative, attendees will leave with a host of tools to make their writing resonate with emotion.
Who Should Take This course:
- Intermediate writers to published authors of all novel genres.
- Writers looking to take their writing to the next level.
- Writers who want to analyze the inner workings of scenes.
- Writers looking to sharpen their character development skills.
- Writers looking for peer and published author/facilitator feedback.
Full Dates for this 6 week class are Tuesday evenings: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 *if needing to be absent for a date in the series, ask your instructor to record the class.
This Six-Week ONLINE Novel Workshop is offered through The Writing Barn’s online Zoom programming and will offer students a chance to share their work with other writers from all over the country, building a diversity of perspective as well as a community of hard-working, serious artists. Instructions for online learning with The Writing Barn are located here.
Melanie Crowder is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including the young adult novels Audacity and An Uninterrupted View of the Sky as well as the middle grade novels Three Pennies, A Nearer Moon and Parched. The author lives with her family on Colorado’s Front Range, where she has worked as an educator for more than a decade.
Melanie’s books have been awarded the Jefferson Cup, the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award, the SCBWI Crystal Kite, and the Bulletin Blue Ribbon; they have been recognized as a National Jewish Book Awards Finalist, Colorado Book Awards Finalist, Junior Library Guild selection, YALSA Top Ten Books For Young Adults, ILA Notable Book for a Global Society, Parents’ Choice Silver Medal, BookBrowse Editor’s Choice, BookPage Top Pick, and The Washington Post Best Children’s Books for April. Her work has been listed as Best Books of the Year by Bank Street College, Kirkus Reviews, The Amelia Bloomer List, New York Public Library, Tablet Magazine, A Mighty Girl, and The Children’s Book Review. She is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.
Gather new ideas and energy at our Write NOW! session at the Writing Barn on Tuesday, January 23, 7:30-9:00PM. Super-charge your work in progress, gather new ideas, and reconnect with your writer-self.
In 90 inspired minutes, you’ll tap into your creativity with writing exercises led by Writing Barn Staff. The Barn will provide FREE wine for a relaxed, happy hour feel, as well as coffee, tea, and light snacks. You bring paper and pen, or laptop, and a willingness to write. Don’t wait. Write NOW!
Who should attend?
- Writers and storytellers of all stripes looking for a change of scenery and a creativity boost.
- Writers who are trying to get back to the page.
- Folks looking to meet fellow writers in the Austin community.
Limited to 20 writers on a first-come, first-serve basis!
An Evening With Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard
Jan 24, 2018
Wednesday, Jan. 24
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Friends members are invited to join us for an evening with former White House Social Secretaries Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard as they discuss their joint book, Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life (to be released on Jan. 9, 2018). The conversation will be moderated by Ambassador Capricia Marshall, the former Chief of Protocol of the United States under President Barack Obama (2009-2013) and previously the White House Social Secretary for President Bill Clinton (1997-2001).
About the book
Former White House social secretaries Lea Berman, who worked for George and Laura Bush, and Jeremy Bernard, who worked for Michelle and Barack Obama, have written an entertaining and uniquely practical guide to personal and professional success. Their daily experiences at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue taught them valuable lessons about how to work productively with people from different walks of life and points of view.
For lovers of White House history, this is a treasure of never-before-published anecdotes from the authors and their fellow former social secretaries as they describe pearl-clutching moments with presidents and first ladies dating back to the Johnson administration.
About the Authors
Lea Berman served as White House Social Secretary from 2004–2007, was Chief of Staff to Second Lady Lynne Cheney from 2002–2003 and, previously, Social Secretary to the Vice President. She is the creator of the blog America’s Table and lives in Washington, DC.
Jeremy Bernard served as White House Social Secretary and Special Assistant to the President from 2011–2015. Previously, he was Senior Advisor to the United States Ambassador in France. Prior to that, he was the White House Liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Jeremy is the Founder and President of JMB Global, LTD, a strategic consulting company, and lives in Los Angeles.
Book Signing and Reception
Prior to the event, The Store at LBJ will host Berman and Bernard for a book signing of Treating People Well. Book sales and signing will be held in the upper auditorium lobby from 5-5:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit the LBJ Presidential Library.
Following the program, Friends are invited to a reception in the Great Hall.
How to Attend
Friends members at the Individual and above level may make reservations. Seating is limited, and reservations are required and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Friends members may bring a guest for a fee of $20 per person. Please account for your guest when you RSVP. You may email your RSVP to email@example.com.
Location and Parking
The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River St. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Free parking will be available in the library visitor lot (#38), and lots #37 and #39 after 5 p.m. Overflow parking will be in Manor Garage on a self-pay, space-available basis.
The Evening With speaker series is generously sponsored by the Moody Foundation and St. David’s HealthCare.
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Not a member of the Friends of the LBJ Library? Learn more and join today.
Author Event featuring Osama Alomar, The Teeth of the Comb, and Wendy Pearlman, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled.
Join us for an evening with poets Jenny Johnson, Shangyang Fang, and Travis Tate.
Jenny Johnson is the author of In Full Velvet, published by Sarabande Books in 2017. Her honors include a 2015 Whiting Award and a 2016-17 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. She has also received awards and scholarships from the Blue Mountain Center, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. Her poems have appeared in the New York Times, New England Review, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere. After earning a BA/MT in English Education from the University of Virginia, she taught public school for several years in San Francisco, and she spent ten summers on the staff of the UVA Young Writer’s Workshop. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. She is a Contributing Editor at Waxwing Literary Journal. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program.
Shangyang Fang grew up in Chengdu, China. He majored in Civil Engineering as an undergrad. After knowing there is a higher employment rate in the field of poetry, he decided to pursue an MFA. He writes both in English and Chinese. Sometimes he writes poems first in Chinese to structure their skeletons, then translate them into English to add flesh and blood. He is now a poetry fellow at the Michener Center for Writers.
travis tate is a queer black playwright, poet and performer from Austin, Texas. Their poetry has appeared in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Underblong and Mr. Ma’am, among other publications. Their one-person drag show, It’s a Travesty! One Night with Jazzie Mercado!, was presented at the 2017 Cohen New Work Festival and at Salvage Vanguard’s Three Headed Fest in November 2017. Their play MotherWitch will be presented in the University of Texas New Theatre presentation in April 2018.
On a quiet summer morning, seventeen-year-old American exchange student Quinn Perkins stumbles out of the woods near the small French town of St. Roch. Barefoot, bloodied, and unable to say what has happened to her, Quinn’s appearance creates quite a stir, especially since the Blavettes—the French family with whom she’s been staying—have mysteriously disappeared. Now the media, and everyone in the idyllic village, are wondering if the American girl had anything to do with her host family’s disappearance.
Though she is cynical about the media circus that suddenly forms around the girl, Boston journalist Molly Swift cannot deny she is also drawn to the mystery and travels to St. Roch. She is prepared to do anything to learn the truth, including lying so she can get close to Quinn. But when a shocking discovery turns the town against Quinn and she is arrested for the murders of the Blavette family, she finds an unlikely ally in Molly.
As a trial by media ensues, Molly must unravel the disturbing secrets of the town’s past in an effort to clear Quinn’s name, but even she is forced to admit that the American girl makes a very compelling murder suspect. Is Quinn truly innocent and as much a victim as the Blavettes—or is she a cunning, diabolical killer intent on getting away with murder…?
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Get your cones ready for another round of Malvern Books’ FREE reading series, I SCREAM SOCIAL, hosted by Malvern’s own Annar Veröld & Schandra Madha and featuring women-identified writers from the Austin community (and beyond). Our January I Screamers are Charlotte Gullick, Aimée Mackovic, and Vivé Griffith.
And did we mention the free locally crafted ice cream???
~7pm – Ice cream & Open Mic for women-identified and non-binary writers. We want a chance to hear everyone’s wonderful work, so please try to keep readings under 3 minutes.
~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.