Bill Bryson at The Long Center

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Best-selling author Bill Bryson is one of the world’s most beloved and prolific commentators, finding delight in the minutiae of travel and the subtleties of culture. “Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud,” says the Chicago Sun-Times. Bill Bryson will regale the audience with his quirky observations, eye-opening tales and self-effacing humor through reading and sharing stories.

Attendees can expect stories and anecdotes from his books, which include The Lost Continent, A Walk in the Woods and Notes from a Small Island, which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain. His acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Royal Society’s Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize, the European Union’s highest literary award. He has written about language, Shakespeare and, in the hilarious memoir The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, his own childhood. His books also include the best-seller At Home: a Short History of Private Life and the critically acclaimed One Summer: America 1927, a chronicle of the season when America came of age and changed the world for ever.

The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center is Austin’s Creative Home, built by the community, for the community.

Our mission is the commitment to provide performing artists and organizations in the Greater Austin region with facilities and services that foster excellence, encourage originality and promote collaboration. To broaden the appreciation and enhance enjoyment of the cultural arts, we connect diverse audiences to significant local, regional, national and international artists and performances in a world-class venue.

The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center is Austin’s only live entertainment venue to embrace and emphasize local talent and art, with over 80% of performances coming from local artists. We inspire creativity and collaboration, and even our grounds are open to social and community groups and events like boot camps, flash mobs, weddings, meetings and races.

Visitors enjoy unprecedented views of the Austin skyline and Lady Bird Lake from the Long Center. Beneath the iconic “Terrace Ring,” the Long Center City Terrace invites the community to experience unmatched views during intermission, or while attending outdoor concerts or free community events like Bubblepalooza and Trailer Food Tuesday.

Our eclectic programming appeals to all ages and interests. From ballet, symphony and opera to Shakespeare, tap dance, children’s theatre, musical theatre, comedy and outdoor concerts, we have something for everyone. Performers include both touring acts and local homegrown shows. Harry Connick, Jr., Leonard Cohen, Blue Man Group and Grupo Fantasma are just a few of the favorite performers who have come through the Long Center.

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