Upcoming events in Austin's literary scene
Michael Cunningham to Give Reading Tonight
Michael Cunningham will give a reading tonight, Thursday, January 31, at 7:30pm in the Avaya Auditorium, A.C.E.S. Bldg., room 2.302 at the southeast corner of Speedway & 24th on the UT campus. Parking is available in UT parking garage No.1 at 24th & San Jacinto, about two blocks east of the auditorium. Call 471-1601 for more info... Adventures in Crime & Space hosts thriller writer Thomas Perry (Pursuit), also tonight at 6pm... Dina Temple-Raston will talk about her first book, A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder, and a Small Town's Struggle for Redemption, at BookPeople on Friday, February 1, at 7pm (see review, page 30)... Jan Grape will read from her new detective novel Austin City Blue, and Linda Bingham will read from her latest, What the Librarian Heard, at the Barnes & Noble in Round Rock (near the intersection of I-35 & 1325) on Saturday, February 2, at 2pm... Continuing the 18-year tradition of Red Salmon Arts events like the Eastside/Southside Poetic Action and the Canto Libre series, RSA presents Cafe Libro, an ongoing open-mike series featuring short-story writer and poet Cecilia Cortez and emerging and established writers every first and third Friday of the month. Friday, February 1, at 7pm at Resistencia Bookstore (1801-A S. First). Call 416-8885 for more info... BookPeople is hosting a party on Sunday, February 3, from 6-8pm, in honor of the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, a two-day ride from Austin to the LBJ Ranch and back that takes place in April. Anyone who's wondering whether they can stomach the 125-mile ride (it's easier than it sounds) or would like to sign up should attend... Novelist Manil Suri will be at BookPeople on Friday, February 8, at 7pm. "Though his novel, The Death of Vishnu, is simple enough in its premise -- telling the melodramatic stories of apartment tenants in one building in Mumbai -- Suri clearly intends for the characters and their bickering lives to be representative of religious and social issues of present-day India," we wrote when the novel came out in hardback last year... Calling all liars: Get ready for Barnes & Noble Westlake's Second Annual Liar's Contest on Saturday, February 9, at 2pm. You'll have 10 minutes to lie about any subject you please. Jim Gramon (Famous Texas Folklorists) will be the emcee, and John Kelso, Austin attorney Chip Summerville, Father Jordan Brown of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration, and Linda Bingham will judge. Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place liars. Call 328-3155 for more info.