Author Colm Toibin
1. Members of the Modern Language Assocation plan a protest march downtown around 1:45 p.m. Friday, starting at the JW Marriott, going up Congress Avenue and ending at the steps of the Capitol. They’ll be protesting Texas legislation that will allow guns on university campuses.
2. About 7,500 people will be attend events at the Austin Convention Center and the Marriott through Sunday.
3. Several events are open to the public, and $10 day passes will allow you to meet the exhibitors, which include university presses and representatives of study-abroad programs.
4. Friday’s big event that’s open to the public will be Colm Tóibín, author of "Nora Webster" and On Elizabeth Bishop," in an interview with Stephen Burt of Harvard University. 1:45 p.m., Room 16A, Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
5. Details about the convention and updates can be found online at http://www.mla.org/Convention and at austin360.com.