Party Hats On: O. Henry Turns 150
Here’s the lineup for Saturday’s O. Henry Birthday Crawl
By Kimberley Jones, 1:50PM, Mon. Sep. 10, 2012
Was Austin’s O. Henry the Original Slacker? That’s the case being made in a new exhibit at the O. Henry Museum, which will celebrate the 150th birthday of the legendary short story writer, that titan of twist endings, this Saturday, Sept. 15.
11am: The Capitol Visitors Center (112 E. 11th St.) kicks the day off with a dramatic reading of the story “Bexar Script No. 2692: Murder at the Land Office.” The Center occupies the very same building as the title’s General Land Office, where O. Henry once worked as a draftsman. (Encore presentation at noon.) Also of interest: “Pin the mustache on O. Henry.”
2pm: The O. Henry Museum (409 E. Fifth St.) unveils its new exhibit, “O. Henry: Original Slacker,” and hosts a mass reading of the short story “Buried Treasure,” featuring, fittingly, some of the contemporary writers who’ve put Austin on the literary map: Sarah Bird, Laura Furman, Stephen Harrigan, and Turk Pipkin
2:45pm: Also at the O. Henry Museum, the New Hill City Quartet will be “reinterpreting the parlor songs played by O. Henry’s band while in Austin in the 1880s and 90s.” (O. Henry was in a band???) Following that, you can take a looksie at the U.S. Postal Service’s new stamp honoring the Big O.
All events are free and open to the public. More info can be found here at the Austin Public Library website.
Can’t wait till Saturday to get your O. Henry on? The O. Henry Museum is holding a first day-of-sales stamp dedication ceremony tomorrow (9/11) from noon-3pm, where early-bird stamps will be available for purchase. The Friends of the Museums group will also sell special $2 First Day of Sale covers for stamp collectors with a special cancellation postmark.