Humanities Institute

Writing Austin's Lives: a community portrait

In the spring of 2003, the Humanities Institute put out the call for Austin residents to share their stories about life in Central Texas. Out of the over 800 short personal narratives submitted in English and Spanish, 127 were selected for publication in the award-winning anthology Writing Austin's Lives: a community portrait.

More information about the "Writing Austin's Lives" project behind the book as well as excerpts and a history are available in the programs section.

Where to Purchase

Writing Austin's Lives is available in softcover ($17.95) and hardcover ($26.95) editions (prices do not include tax or shipping).

There are now three ways to buy a copy of Writing Austin's Lives:

  • Order online through the Austin History Center.
  • Order through the mail by sending a check or money order to:

    Writing Austin's Lives Book Orders
    Waterloo Press/AHCA
    PO Box 2287
    Austin, TX 78768

    For a softcover book, send a check or money order for $22.28 ($17.95 purchase price + $1.52 tax + $2.81 shipping and postage); for a hardcover book, send a check or money order for $32.02 ($26.95 purchase price + $2.26 tax + $2.81 shipping and postage). Call (512) 974-7499 (AHCA) with questions about mail-in book orders.

  • Buy it in person—from any of the many local retailers now selling Writing Austin's Lives, including the Austin History Center (810 Guadalupe Street), Bookpeople (6th and Lamar), Bookwoman, Barnes and Noble, and Borders Books and Music. Writing Austin's Lives can also be found in every branch of the Austin Public Library.

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  • Humanities Institute

    University of Texas at Austin
    HRC 3.360
    Mailcode F1900
    Austin, Texas 78712