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January 2017 Third Thursday

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

1/19/2017 From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM



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Thursday, January 18, 2017, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

**On the Second Floor



Writing and reading may be solitary acts, but their survival depends upon a thriving, supportive literary community. Now more than ever, we need vibrant conversations about great, challenging books and stories. This panel will discuss the importance of reading groups, book reviews, journals, and literary events and share practical ways to support them.


Join the Writers’ League of Texas on BookPeople's third floor to explore how everyone can join and participate in the literary community, with four panelists:


Joe Brundidge is an author, host, and public speaker living in Austin, Texas. He has hosted a number of open mics for almost 20 years to include his own show, “Spoken&Heard" at Kick Butt Coffee. He also served as the Director of the Austin International Poetry Festival for three years, from 2012-2015. He currently Co-host of KOOP 91.7fm’s “Writing On The Air”.


Rebecca Markovits was born in Austin and grew up in Texas, London, and Berlin. She has been the co-editor of the literary magazine American Short Fiction since 2012. Before joining ASF, Markovits was the executive editor and co-author of The Fearless Critic: A Guide to Austin’s Restaurants (Workman). She has been a regular book reviewer for the Austin-American Statesman, and her essays and reviews have appeared, among other places, in the Texas Observer and Texas Monthly. She has also taught writing and literature to college students. Her book about public spaces in the American city, tentatively titled American Urban, is forthcoming from George F. Thompson Publishing. She lives in Austin with her husband and their dog.


Richard Santos teaches English at Cedars International Academy in Austin and writes book reviews for Kirkus Reviews. His work has been published at The San Antonio Express News, The Huffington Post, The Texas Observer, Kirkus Magazine, and The Rumpus. He's a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN America. In a previous career, Richard worked for some of the nation's top political consulting firms, national campaigns, and labor unions.









This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


WLT would like to thank BookPeople for helping to make the Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent bookstores and local businesses.