Nov 4–5 is the Texas Book Festival in Austin
If reading is your thing, then be sure to attend the 2017 Texas Book Festival, which occurs Saturday-Sunday, November 4–5 just west of the Capitol Building in downtown Austin. Admission to this event is free — although there is a fee to attend the star-studded First Edition Literary Gala on Friday, November 3 at the Four Seasons.
Some of the authors and their books that I am most excited about at this year’s event include Luvvie Ajayi (“I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual”), Jay Asher (“Thirteen Reasons Why”), Gretchen Carlson (“Be Fierce”), Matthew Dowd (“A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve”), Jennifer Egan (“Manhattan Beach: A Novel”), Nelson George (“To Funk and Die in LA”), Tom Hanks (“Uncommon Type: Some Stories”), Walter Isaacson (“Leonardo da Vinci”), Min Jin Lee (“Pachinko”), Attica Locke (“Bluebird, Bluebird”), Dan Rather (“What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism”), and Doree Shafrir (“Startup: A Novel”). The full list of participating authors for the two-day event is posted here and visit this page to find the hour-by-hour schedule.
Authors are also a big part of SXSW in Austin. Book Readings already confirmed for next March are listed on the SXSW schedule page. Moreover, we are incredibly excited that Ta-Nehisi Coates (author of “Between the World and Me” and “We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy”) will serve as one of the keynotes at the 2018 event.
Other events for the week of October 30:
October 30: Austin Crypto Investment Meet Up
October 30: User Experience Design Info Session
October 31: Capital Factory Accelerator Info Session
November 1: Introduction to User Experience Design
November 1: AUSOME — Austin Online Marketing for Entrepreneurs
November 1: Intro to HOFT Institute Game Dev Program
November 2: Texas Conference for Women
November 2: Founders Live Austin
November 2: Talk Data to Me
November 2: TEDMED Hive Watch Party
November 2: Dell Medical School’s Vision for Transforming Healthcare
November 2: Quantified Self Meet Up
November 2: Laravel Austin Meet Up
November 3–5: ATX Political Hackathon
November 3–5: 3 Day Startup on Water
More upcoming events:
November 6–10: Austin Design Week
November 6–10: MediaTech Week 2017
November 7: Election Day
November 7: Entrepreneur’s Hour at Bank SNB
November 7: Austin Forum: Putting Our Creative Class to Work
November 8: Tech Town Hall with Council Member Ellen Troxclair
November 8: After Hours With the Austin Business Journal
November 8–9: Developer Week Austin
November 9–10: Energy Disruption Conference
November 10: FAVE Awards
November 10: SXSW Accelerator Entry Deadline
November 10: SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Entry Deadline
November 14: Venture Forth Pitch Night
November 14: Face-2-Face with Sara Brand
November 15: Women In Tech Dinner
November 15: Tech Town Hall with Council Member Greg Casar
November 16: Innotech Austin
November 17–19: Wizard World Comic Con Austin
December 5: Legislative Wrap-Up with Sen Kirk Watson
December 8: SXSW Gaming Awards Entry Deadline
February 26–28: Social Media Week Austin
March 9–18: SXSW 2018
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Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.
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