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Local Experts: Austin, Sarah Beckman

By Local Expert Sarah Beckham

Things for Book Lovers to Do in Austin

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BookPeople

BookPeople

Founded in 1970, this is one of the nation's leading independent bookstores.  It's a popular stop for touring authors, from Stephen King to Garrison Keillor. Other events, such as book clubs and kids' story times, round out the calendar. Or you could just spend hours blissfully browsing the two floors of books, magazines, cards and gifts.

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Texas Book Festival

Texas Book Festival

Setting (in and around the Texas Capitol), timing (autumn with its mild weather) and characters (big-name authors, plus thousands of book lovers) all come together to make the free Texas Book Festival one of the best times to be in Austin. Former U.S. and Texas first lady Laura Bush is the founder.

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Texas Teen Book Festival

Texas Teen Book Festival

This free event celebrating young adult literature has grown fast since its start in 2009.  Authors such as James Dashner (the "Maze Runner" series) and Gayle Forman ("If I Stay") speak and sign books for YA fans of all ages. I'm a social media volunteer, so I'll see you there! 

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Harry Ransom Center

Harry Ransom Center

At the University of Texas' Ransom Center, you can view a Gutenberg Bible and enjoy literary events such as lectures and Poetry on the Plaza. The vast holdings include papers from authors including Walt Whitman, Jack Kerouac and David Foster Wallace. Holdings are featured in rotating exhibits, or curators can help you with access.

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Dragon's Lair Comics and Fantasy

Dragon's Lair Comics and Fantasy

Besides an extensive selection of comic books and graphic novels, Dragon's Lair offers board and card games, as well as game guides. It's also a community hub for gamers, with leagues for games including Warhammer and Dungeons & Dragons and plenty of space to play. Staff members are knowledgeable and helpful — including the store cats.


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Dragon's Lair Comics and Fantasy
2438 W Anderson Ln Ste B1 (Burnet Rd), Austin, TX 78757, United States
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Harry Ransom Center
University of Texas at Austin (300 West 21st Street), Austin, TX 78705, United States
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Texas Teen Book Festival
3001 S Congress Ave (Woodward St.), Austin, TX 78704, United States
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Texas Book Festival
112 E 11th St (at Congress Ave), Austin, TX 78701, United States
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BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd (at 6th St.), Austin, TX 78703, United States
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