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WLT Presents One Page Salon & BookWoman Fundraiser LIVE WEBINAR

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5/2/2020 From 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

At this time, online registration for this event has closed. If you'd like to receive a link to join us for the show, please send an email to and we'll do our best to add you.

One of Austin's most beloved reading series - One Page Salon - is going virtual and teaming up with the Writers' League of Texas for a special evening of quick readings, feel good fundraising, and lots of literary shenanigans.

One Page Salon (called "the best literary evening in town" by the Austin American-Statesman) is the brainchild of novelist, screenwriter, and comedian Owen Egerton. For this special virtual event, five 
outstanding authors will read one page from a work in progress - which means the audience will be among the first to hear origina new material from these talented writers. The brilliant and funny (and brilliantly funny) Owen Egerton will emcee with special guest Amy Gentry. 

PLUS: The One Page Salon Lottery goes virtual! For the newly launched virtual One Page Salon, we'll be continuing the tradition of having one audience member read one page from a work in progress.If you'd like to enter the lottery for a chance to be our May OPS Lottery Reader, fill out this form and join us at the event on May 2nd. The lottery winner will be picked during the program and will be our second to last reader of the night.

This event is the first in a new series of virtual One Page Salon readings - all of them raising money for a Texas organization of entity that could really use our collective support right now.

All proceeds from this May 2nd event will go to Austin's gem of a feminist bookstore, BookWoman. IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION, simply select the "Suggested Donation" option. If you'd like to donate more than $10 (thank you for considering it!) increase the number from 1 to whatever.

Of course, we also know that many in our community are experiencing lost wages and work right now and we don't want this event to be cost prohibitive. If you can't make a donation this time around, simply select RSVP and you'll be added to the registration list at no charge, no problem!

If you have a memory or some kind words you'd like to share about BookWoman - that we can read aloud at the event - please fill this form out and submit by Friday, May 1, 12pm noon.

From author Amy Gentry:

"Bookwoman has been an intersectional safe space for exploration, support, knowledge, and discussion in Austin since 1975. That's almost 50 years of unwavering commitment to women, LGTBQ, and marginalized communities. Bookwoman doesn't just keep Austin weird; she keeps it safe.

In the mid-'90s, when I first visited Bookwoman, there were an estimated 120 feminist bookstores in the U.S. and Canada. By 2019, 13 remained--and of those, about half did not operate out of storefronts. Today, Bookwoman is one of the only remaining self-described feminist bookstores with a storefront in the United States. Not just an important piece of Austin's cultural history, it's also a living, breathing space that serves marginalized communities in Central Texas. Bookwoman exists to serve precisely those communities that are disproportionately affected by this pandemic: women and children, trans communities, victims of domestic and sexual violence, LGBTQ teens, and more. Please join us in lifting up this precious place, and ensuring its doors will stay open for years to come."


Featured Readers

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Mary Pauline Lowry is the author of the comedic novel The Roxy Letters. She has an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Texas and an MFA in Creative Writing from Boise State University. She’s also the author of the novel Wildfire and is a regular contributor to O Magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Millions, and other publications.






Lisa Olstein is the author of Pain Studies (Bellevue Literary Press, 2020)—a book-length lyric essay exploring the intersection of pain, perception, language, and gender—and four poetry collections published by Copper Canyon Press, most recently, Late Empire. A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, she is a member of the poetry faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches in the New Writers Project and Michener Center for Writers MFA programs. Her honors include a Hayden Carruth Award, Pushcart Prize, Lannan Writing Residency, Essay Press Chapbook Prize, and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Centrum.





 Richard Z. Santos is the author of the novel Trust Me. He has an MFA from Texas State University. His fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in multiple publications including The Morning News, The Texas Observer, The San Antonio Express News, The Rumpus, and many more. He is a regular reviewer and features writer for Kirkus Reviews. Authors he has interviewed include David Mitchell, Sandra Cisneros, James McBride, Daniel Alarcon, Kevin Powers, and others. He moderates panels for the Writer’s League and the Texas Book Festival. He has judged a category, or two, for the WLT Manuscript Contest multiple times. In a previous career, Richard worked for some of the nation's top political consulting firms, national campaigns, and labor unions.






Deb Olin Unferth is the author of six books, including the novel Barn 8. She has received a Guggenheim fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at the University of Texas in Austin.




Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of Sleep Toward Heaven, How to Be Lost, Love Stories in This Town, Forgive Me, Close Your Eyes, The Same Sky, The Nearness of You, and The Jetsetters. Her bestselling novels have been featured in People Magazine, The New York Times, and more. Amanda's work has been optioned for film and television and translated into fifteen languages. She lives in Austin, TX and Ouray, CO. Amanda currently writes every morning and spends afternoons with her children.