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See Casey Gerald Oct 11 at BookPeople

The Forrest Four-Cast: October 8, 2018

Growing up gay in South Oak Cliff, Texas, in a deeply religious evangelical Christian community with parents who battled drugs and mental health issues and were pretty much gone by the time he was 12, Gerald somehow manage to harness his ambition, smarts and athletic skill to earn a scholarship to Yale. There, he captained the football team and went on to Lehman Brothers and Harvard Business School, founded a non-profit aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs and toyed with running for Congress. But, as the title of his new memoir says, “There Will Be No Miracles Here.”

He book explores what he calls the cracks in his life that led to him stepping away from the spotlight to write this book, and the cracks fracturing the nation that prevent so many from finding a good life. His autobiography doesn’t offer straightforward guidelines for change, rather he hopes it suggests ways people can address spiritual and psychological healing and demonstrates how the written word can power meaningful and lasting personal transformation.

At SXSW 2016, Gerald spoke before President Obama and talked about what happens when doubt comes into your life. His book extends this discussion, asking what might happen when we question our preconceived notions of accomplishment and more.

He’ll be reading from his intensely honest memoir at 7:00 pm Thursday, October 11, at BookPeople in Austin (603 North Lamar). His compelling lifestory is reason enough to attend this special event. But, if you need another reason to stop by, know that audience members will have the opportunity to win a free badge to SXSW 2019.

More Austin events for the week of October 8
October 8: Hacking Hangout
October 8: Co-Founders Wanted Austin Meet Up
October 8: Austin Deep Learning Meet Up
October 8: Erin Gibson Book Reading
October 9: Texas Voter Registration Deadline
October 9: How the Asset-Intensive Industry is Driven
October 9: Data Science Immersive Info Session
October 9: Web Development Immersive Info Session
October 9: User Experience Design Immersive Info Session
October 9: Capital Factory Accelerator Info Session
October 9: Intro to Fundraising in Austin for Women in Tech
October 9: The Lead Developer Meet Up
October 9: EFF-Austin Meet Up
October 9: EmacsATX Meet Up
October 9: IoT Deep Dive Meet Up
October 9–11: Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit
October 10: TechTalk with Hugh Forrest: SXSW 2019 Programming
October 10: CI/CD Pipeline Options When Azure is Your Datacenter
October 10: Heather Brunner of WPEngine at Startup Grind
October 10: Rockin’ ReactJS @Bloomfire
October 10: Javascript Development Remote (Online) Info Session
October 10: Female Founders Meet Up
October 10: Oracle Cloud Coach Office Hours Launch
October 10: Austin Python Meet Up
October 11: Casey Gerald Book Reading
October 11: Epic Office Hours at Capital Factory
October 11: (Ab)using Process Control for Powerful CLI Applications
October 11: Austin Marketo User Group Meet Up
October 11: Austin PHP Monthly Meet Up
October 11: Austin Inno’s 50 on Fire
October 11: IBM Watson Cognitive Tech Meet Up
October 11: Austin Design Sprint Meet Up
October 11: PechaKucha Night Austin #32
October 12–14: ACL Fest, Weekend #2

More Upcoming Austin Events
Oct 17: Using AI to Increase Profitability in Your Business
Oct 19: Rave Runner VR Rave-Off!
Oct 19–21: Formula 1 Pirelli United States Grand Prix
Oct 19–21: National Health Equity Hackathon
Oct 23: Girlstart Game Changers Luncheon with Emily Chang
Oct 25-Nov 1: Austin Film Festival
Oct 26: Lanham Napier: Great Businesses Are Built, Not Bought
Oct 26: Get Smart with Women Communicators of Austin
Oct 26: Leadership Teams for Business Success
Oct 27–28: 2018 Texas Book Festival
Nov 1–3: Designing an Ethics Center for UT Austin
Nov 6: 2018 Midterm Elections
Nov 6–7: Time Machine 2018
Nov 15: SXSW Pitch Entry Deadline
Nov 15: SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Late Entry Deadline
Nov 27–28: Solar Business Festival
Jan 26: Smart City Saturday Teen-Only Hackathon

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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