Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar


WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

Writing Deep, Writing True: A Day of Writing & Meditation with Dr. Saundra Goldman, Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Jennifer Chenoweth: Creating a Dialog of Form by Saundra Goldman.

  • Preregistration for this event is now closed. Please note: There will be no walk-up registrations for this workshop.

Literary PR Boot Camp: How to Create an Effective DIY Campaign on a Budgetwith Jennifer Hill Robenalt, Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

How a Great Novel Works with Amanda Eyre Ward, Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

He Said, She Said: The Art of Dialogue in Fiction with Sara Kocek, Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 1 to 4 pm.

Third Thursday – “Blast Off: The Book Launch and Beyond!”

Thursday, November 15, 7 PM @ BookPeople. Our illustrious panelists are Bethany Hegedus, Cory Putnam Oakes, Greg Leitich Smith, and Meghan Goel. Visit our website for more information. This event is free and open to the public.


Want to know how you can help the victims of Hurricane Sandy? Kid-Lit Cares is an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort for Sandy. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.

To learn more about the auction, visit the Kid-Lit Cares website.


Puerto Rican Folklore Dance Events

“Contribution of Puerto Rican Women to the Garment Industry Labor Movement”

Sponsored by La Pena through a grant from Humanity Texas, Dr. Maynard’s research presents a powerful tribute to Puerto Rican women who contributed to efforts to improve working conditions for New York City garment industry workers in the first half of the 20th century. The importance of building community and preserving cultural heritage rings through. Free and open to the public, informal talks on this research will be presented:

Saturday, November 10 & 17, 10am at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin, TX 78702

Sunday, November 18, 2pm at La Pena, 227 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701 –Immediately before PRDance’s Fan Fest Performance!

Dr. Maynard is a recognized expert resource on the mainland US for Puerto Rico’s cultural history and traditions. An original story based on this research was donated to the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center for Community Theatre. A listing of educational talks is available on her website.

PRFDance at Fan Fest 2012 – Formula-1 Celebration – Nov 18, 3-4pm

The City of Austin has invited PRFDance to perform for FanFest, the massive festival celebrating the 2012 Formula-1 US Grand Prix, on Nov. 18th, 2012. Our city is expecting 300,000 visitors, many from around the world!

Our multi-generational performance will share some numbers from our upcoming December Musical — Mami Boricua — to help make it an experience they never forget! Arrive early with your banderas, T shirts, caps and show our Boricua pride! Let us show the city of Austin and the world that we are indeed here!!

Stage Location: City of Austin’s Arts Create Stage on Congress between 2nd & 3rd. See you there!


Barnes & Noble Arboretum Events

Saturday, November 10, 2:00PM — Join poet Barbara Youngblood-Carr and graphic designer Stephen B. Estes as they sign their two collaborations ‘PoetryPics: On the Nature of Things — Moments of Life Captured in Timeless Poetry and Photographs: Volume 1 and 2.’ Moments of Life Captured in Timeless Poetry and Photographs : “Photographs provide us with a sense of place that opens windows into our memories with loving views and insight of the importance in nature that abounds all around us everywhere. Our special PoetryPics© replenish our sense of the forgotten beauty in simple things. Poetry makes us pull our thoughts and memories from within, relive yesterdays and dream about tomorrows yet to come.”

Storyteller, singer, songwriter, and author, W.C. Jameson, will be at the Barnes & Noble Arboretum store on Saturday, 11/17, at 2:00pm.

W.C. will be reading from his new book Butch Cassidy: Beyond the Grave, which explores the myths and mythology of Cassidy’s life. This book is exceptionally well researched and explores not only Cassidy’s life in the United States, but his time in Bolivia–exploring the controversial question about whether or not Butch survived the shoot-out made infamous by Robert Redford and Paul Newman. W.C. is also available for interview.


ART on 5th Event

Plates & Palettes Party: Art, Food, & Drink! Thursday, Nov. 15th: 8pm-Midnight.

ART on 5th is excited to welcome Formula 1 race fans to Austin, and we are rolling out the red carpet Texas style, all for a good cause! We will be exhibiting incredible works from Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Georgia O’Keeffe, all available for purchase. The Best of Texas Showcase will feature Paul Stankiewicz, Jenny Meyer, Cynthia Chartier, Cindi Wright, and more. Food compliments of the best restaurants in Austin, including El Naranjo, Buenos Aires Cafe, Quality Seafoods, Tarka, and more! Drinks courtesy of Bone Spirits, Bending Branch Winery, Pedernales Cellars, and more.

Tickets are $50 per person and all ticket proceeds will benefit Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.


Austin Public Library Event

Join us for an evening of conversation with J.A. Jance, author of over 40 novels, many of which were on the New York Times Best Seller list, on Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m. at the Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd. Her newest book is Judgment Call, a twisted mystery set in the beauty and isolation of the Arizona desert. A book signing will be held at the conclusion of the discussion. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-7500 or visit the library website.

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Jance was born in South Dakota and brought up in Brisbee, Arizona. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona. Before becoming an author, she worked as a school librarian on a Native American reservation, as a teacher, and selling insurance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.


Austin Poetry Society Event

November 17, Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. APS meets at Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 South 5th at West Mary, for a Thanksgiving Open Microphone. Bring your poems to read, especially poems about the Thanksgiving holiday or just poems of gratitude. Poets who placed in the Poetry Society of Texas contests (announced November 10th), should give thanks for their awards by reading them for us. If you want a head start, write a new poem with the first line, “Today we need a poem about…” Turn in entries for our General and Humorous Verse contests; awards announced in the December meeting. Only members can enter the contests: no fee is required. All our meetings are free and open to the public.


Twig Book Shop Events

Diane Gonzales Bertrand signs her newest children’s picture book, Sofia and the Purple Dress November 10, 10 AM.

Sofia and the Purple Dress/Sofia y el vestido morado (Piñata Books, 2012) describes the story of a little girl who is thrilled with both an invitation to her cousin’s quinceañera and a lovely purple dress to wear. However, the dress is too tight, and Sofía, her mother and her little sister decide to work together in finding a healthy way to lose weight over the next three months. Through battles against temptation, exercising in hot or rainy weather, and discovering a way to enjoy a birthday without excess, Sofía not only reaches her goal but realizes a life with exercise and healthy foods provides many fun results! Click here for more information.

 John Kerr, Fell the Angels: The Case of the Priory Murder – Monday, Nov. 12, 5:00-7:00PM.

A novel based on a true unsolved murder by poisoning in Victorian-era London. Charles Cranbrook collapses and dies a horrific death at the Priory, the neogothic house bought with his wealthy wife Cecilia’s money. Was he murdered, or did he take his own life? In the course of the inquest, it emerges that beautiful Cecilia had been involved in a scandalous affair that is the talk of London. Based on the notorious Victorian murder involving Charles and Florence Bravo and Dr. James Gully, proponent of the “water cure,” this story reaches beneath the veneer of Victorian respectability and twists the ingredients of enormous fortune, sexual adventure, domestic abuse, avarice, and jealousy into a satisfying whole. Expertly researched by the author, it offers an intriguing solution to the case. Click here for more information on the event!


Johnson City Library Event

Holiday Crafts at the Library! November 12, 3:45 PM.

Mark your calendar and plan to get creative in this festive, one hour pre-holiday workshop designed for both adults and children. Adults will create a “Crystal Wreath” with a snow-and-ice look, perfect for outdoor decorating

Special holiday craft activities are planned for all ages of children. Please bring recycled materials for decorating including buttons, and even plastic Easter eggs. Other materials will be provided. For more information on this events and other upcoming Johnson City Library events, click here.


Sisters in Crime – Mental Illness and the Law

For our November 11 program, Dr. Denae Rickenbacker will provide fundamental background on diagnostic and clinical features of certain mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder, traumatic brain injuries, substance abuse, amnestic disorders and seizures. Focus will include historical understanding and treatment of patients with these conditions by society, such as in sanitariums, “shock therapy” and “modern medications,” as well treatment of these patients in the legal systems throughout history following completion of a crime. Topics will also include modern-day assessments of patients with mental illness such as competency to stand trial and insanity defense, and the role of the forensic psychiatrist.

Dr. Denae Rickenbacker is board certified in psychiatry with a specialization in forensic psychiatry. Forensic psychiatry is a field at the interface between mental illness and the law, and work can involve caring for patients sent by the courts to jail or to state hospitals, evaluation of people for competency to stand trial or for insanity defense, or assessment of dangerousness. Dr. Rickenbacker completed a BS from Texas Tech in Cell and Molecular Biology then went to medical school in San Antonio at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. She completed residency through a program that worked jointly at the University Hospital, Lackland Air Force Base, and the Veteran’s Hospital, and served her final year as Chief Resident of her program. In 2006-2007 Dr. Rickenbacker completed an additional year of training in forensic psychiatry, with emphasis at Kerrville State Hospital, Bexas County Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers, and County Clinic Jail Diversion Programs. She has worked in Cedar Park since 2008 in her adult outpatient clinic, and has special interest in crisis management, substance abuse/dependency, and women’s health issues.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Westlake Barnes & Noble bookstore, located at the southeast corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road, in The Village at Westlake shopping center.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose purpose is to promote mysteries written by women, and combat discrimination against women mystery authors. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at www.hotxsinc.org.


The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Red Salmon Arts present:

Saturday, November 17

“Bills Bliss” led by Celeste Mendoza, 1-3 p.m.

“Poetry as Pilgrimage” led by John Fry, 3 – 5 p.m.

For more information, call 512-974-3772, or visit their website.


Curators’ Tour of I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America Tour at the Harry Ransom Center

Cathy Henderson, Associate Director for Exhibitions, and Helen Baer, Associate Curator of Performing Arts, lead a tour of the exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America on Thursday, November 15, at 7 PM at the Harry Ransom Center.

Norman Bel Geddes (1893–1958) was an innovative stage and industrial designer, futurist, and urban planner who, more than any designer of his era, created and promoted a dynamic vision of the future—streamlined, technocratic, and optimistic. Bel Geddes popularized this vision through drawings, models, and photographs of spectacular vehicles, buildings, and products featured in his books Horizons and Magic Motorways. His most notable effort was his Futurama display for the General Motors “Highways and Horizons” exhibit at the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair, which adopted the motto “I Have Seen the Future.” Futurama’s giant model of a 1960 future American city gave Depression-era Americans genuine hope for a better future within their lifetimes.

The exhibition explores the career of this complex and influential man through more than 60 projects from the Ransom Center’s Norman Bel Geddes collection. The exhibition brings together never-before-exhibited drawings, models, photographs, and films.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Attendees at the event may enter to win a Bel Geddes-inspired package.


That’s this week’s Friday Filler for your enjoyment! We hope all of you going on Saundra Goldman’s mini-retreat at the Writers’ Barn have a great time. Have a great weekend and let us know how these events go on our facebook.


Do you know of an event worth sharing to your fellow members? Anything fun and unique going on that we missed? Are you a member with an event coming up? Feel free to email hannah@writersleague.org with upcoming events around Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston.

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