CMAASBARNES Statesman staffer, columnist Michael Barnes, May 2012. Mug, Sig photo. aasstaffmug

What was life in Austin like before it became a city that 2 million people would want to live in? Austin American-Statesman columnist Michael Barnes can tell you with his new book “Indelible Austin,” a compilation of his historical columns for the paper.

The book features several dozen of them that have been published over the years, preserving many stories that were almost lost with time.

Join him at BookPeople to hear him share his work.

Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050,