• Harry Ransom Center aquires Julia Alvarez's archive

    The Harry Ransom Center has acquired novelist, essayist and poet Julia Alvarez’s archive.

    Alvarez and her family fled the Dominican Republic in 1960 after it was discovered that her father was involved in a plan to overthrow the dictator.

    Her works highlight her bicultural upbringing and draw from her experiences as an immigrant.

    Alvarez’s archive includes manuscripts, journals and correspondences with fellow writers. She sent many drafts to friends and colleagues, several of whom left notes to Alvarez in the margins.

    The archive will be available for viewing once it is processed and cataloged.

    “It’s heartening to know that I have found a home in readers’ imaginations, and now very literally, at the Harry Ransom Center,” Alvarez said to the Ransom Center. 

  • Austin events for Aug. 28

    It is the first day of school. That means you really need something fun to look forward to tonight. We've compiled a short list of things to keep you busy and away from your homework!

    1. Sound & Cinema at the Long Center

    Local band Hello Wheels plays hits from the 1950s and 1980s before a screening of "Back to the Future." Snack on treats from Frank, Blue Ox BBQ and Whole Foods while you're at it. More info.

    2. Rob Sheffield at BookPeople

    If you haven't stopped by Austin's favorite local bookstore yet, now is the perfect time. Sheffield is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of best selling novels like "Love is a Mixtape." He'll talk with Joe Gross from the Austin American-Statesman about his new book at 7 p.m. More info.

    3. Movie night at Alamo Drafthouse The Ritz

    For a low-key night see one of the movies showing at the Alamo Drafthouse The Ritz. It's located on Sixth Street and is easily accessible by bus. Buy tickets here.