Local Literary Events!

BookPeople Speakers and Events!

posted Aug 19, 2016, 7:51 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 6:18 AM ]

One of our local independent bookstores, BookPeople, has a wide range of outstanding Young Adult author events, readings, and speakers. Most of these events are FREE to the public, but a few require a book purchase or ticket to attend. Check out http://www.bookpeople.com/event for more information and the full calendar!

Young Adult Events Scheduled for September and October:
  • Sunday, September 10th at 3:00pm -- Cory Putman Oaks, WITCHTOWN 
  • Sunday, September 17th at 2:00pm -- Jessica Lee Anderson, UNCERTAIN SUMMER and Madeline Smoot, THE MONSTERS HIDING IN YOUR CLOSET
  • Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30pm -- Mike Lupica, LONE STARS
  • Wednesday, October 4th at 6:00pm -- Katherine Applegate, WISHTREE
  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7TH -- TEXAS TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL! (All day at St. Edward's University)
  • Sunday, October 8th at 2:00pm -- Tara Dairman, THE GREAT HIBERNATION & Jeannie Mobley, BOBBY LEE CLAIRMONT AND THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT & Christina Soontornvat, IN A DARK LAND
BookPeople is located at 603 N. Lamar Blvd (next door to REI, and across the street from Whole Foods).

2017 Texas Book Festival!

posted Oct 25, 2013, 9:24 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 6:20 AM ]

What:  Texas Book Festival
*Free and open to the public!
When:  November 4-5, 2016
You can view the specific schedule online, but the festival generally runs all day long. By going online you can narrow down your interests and create a schedule that's unique to what YOU want to see! Many of these events are specifically focused on teen and young adult readers.
Where:  State Capital Building, Austin TX
(S. Congress & 12th Street)
The Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination.

The Texas Book Festival was established in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of literacy. Mrs. Bush created a task force to plan the book festival to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading and serve to benefit the state's public libraries. The first Festival took place at the Capitol in November 1996; the Festival has quickly evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country, annually hosting over 200 Texas and nationally known authors. More than 40,000 visitors participate annually in a weekend of author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, and musical entertainment at the State Capitol in Austin.


posted Sep 18, 2013, 8:15 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 6:24 AM ]

A celebration of authors and books for and about teenagers!


When:  Saturday, October 7th


Where:  St. Edward's University 

(3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin TX)

Website:  http://texasteenbookfestival.org/


Why You Should Go:

  • It's FREE and open to the public!
  • The festival will feature lots of fantastic authors coming from all over the country (and the world), all dedicated to writing for and about teens!
  • You can come and go as you please. 
  • You can buy books and have them signed by the authors.
  • It's right here in Austin. (Aren't we lucky?!)
  • The St. Edward's setting is beautiful!


posted May 8, 2013, 1:00 PM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Sep 16, 2015, 10:50 AM ]


posted Sep 10, 2012, 8:12 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Sep 16, 2015, 10:50 AM ]

Austin Teen Book Festival!

posted Sep 10, 2012, 8:12 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Sep 10, 2012, 9:28 AM ]

What:  Austin Teen Book Festival
*Free and open to the public!
Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Where:  The Palmer Events Center
(900 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704)
Details & Background Information:
ATBF is a festival connecting teens with authors of books for teens. It's totally free, and it's totally awesome!
Come to the Palmer Events Center for FREE fun! ATBF is an amazing opportunity to meet your favorite authors, buy some books, and get them signed!
No need to register, just show up! Everyone is welcome! Students do not need to be accompanied by an adult.
A few of the 2012 Authors:  Neal Shusterman, Libba Bray, Allie Condie, and many more!

Firsthand History Reception

posted May 16, 2012, 7:43 AM by Colleen Kepner

Kealing Magnet 7th graders are invited to attend a reception for the Firsthand History project and website.  Parents and interviewees are also invited to join us to celebrate this innovative collaboration!
*Refreshments will be served!
Where:  Kealing Library
When:  Thursday, May 17th, 6:30-8:00pm

Lyrical Interpretation!

posted May 10, 2012, 9:52 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated May 15, 2012, 5:42 AM ]

What:  Full Service concert and Q&A
When:  Tuesday, May 22nd
Time:  3:00-5:00pm
Where:  Kealing Middle School Theater
 -- $5 --
Every person / student in attendance will get a free, custom-made kazoo to play with the band.
Parents welcome!
This event concludes our "lyrical interpretation" unit in the 6th Grade Magnet English classes.  Ms. Conrad's 7th Graders are also invited to attend.  Come celebrate with us and enjoy the show!
For more information on the unit, the band, and the music, check out the parent letter and permission/order form under "6th Grade Class Documents, 6th Six Weeks" and/or "7th Grade Class Documents, 6th Six Weeks" and visit www.fullservicemusic.com

"We've Got a Job" book release

posted Mar 2, 2012, 9:06 AM by Colleen Kepner   [ updated Mar 2, 2012, 9:15 AM ]

What:  We've Got a Job:  The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson - book release
When:  Sunday, March 4th, 3:00-4:00pm
Where:  The Carver Museum, Austin
Why:  WHY NOT?!  This book is especially relevant for Kealing students, as our 7th graders are currently studying the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. and issues of social justice.  Check it out!

Dr. Walter Meyer, Author

posted Feb 7, 2012, 7:42 AM by Colleen Kepner

What:  Dr. Walter Meyer, Author & Artist
*Of particular interest to Kealing 6th graders and students who loved The Book Thief by Markus Zusak!
  • Books: 
    • Tomorrow Will be Better:  Surviving Nazi Germany
    • Tomorrow Unfolds
    • Holocaust Conspiracy
  • Background:  As a 14-year-old German, Dr. Walter Meyer was required to join the Hitler Youth (HJ).  He rebelled and quit, forming a group dedicated to indermining the Hitler Youth.  He was caught and jailed, and following many escape attempts Walter was sent to a concentration camp.  After two years in the camp, he made a daring escape, and eventually stowed away on a ship to South America, where he worked as a gaucho, lived in the Amazon jungle, and coached the Peruvian Olympic Swim Team (among many other amazing things).  Walter later worked as an interpreter for Lyndon Johnson and taught at UT Austin.  He is an artist and a writer.
Where:  The Westbank (Westlake Library)
When:  Wednesday, February 8th, 7:00pm

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