MEDIA: This time, civilized behavior prevailed. Like a veteran teacher faced with a rowdy class, Texas Book Festival chairman Marc Winkelman tried to keep the guests at the First Edition Literary Gala chattering at a very low hum. These are writers. And readers. And thereby talkers when assembled. Despite the sprightly speakers at this magnificent gala, some continued to rumble at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday. They hushed when James McBride ("The Good Lord Bird") and a small band played stripped down gospel. They were polite to Ken Jennings — author, Jeopardy contestant and "human equivalent of Google" — when he joked: "What’s the difference between an English major and a pizza? A pizza can feed a family of four." Also when he recalled myths repeated to kids collected in his book "Because I Said So." McBride read from his latest, daring novel and declared: "Libraries are our last line of defense." Meg Wolitzer told amusing anecdotes about an artsy summer camp and Jeff Lindsay said he got the idea for the "Dexter" serial-murder series by watching Florida businessmen at a Kiwanis Club. (And yes, fest pioneers Mary Margaret Farabee, Laura Bush and Jan Hughes were saluted, the late, dear Farabee with a touching video.)

MUSIC: Everybody’s got their Austin band. Mine is Alpha Rev. For years, they have filled my heart and soul with soaring tunes. Front man Casey McPherson just radiates good will, seasoned by time, wisdom and loss. Friday night after the informal Texas Book Festival after-party at Brazos Hall, I caught Alpha Rev again at the Belmont. They sounded more expansive this time, even without the help of strings, mostly on songs written since 2010. Entirely apt Quiet Company preceeded them. I ran into several nodes of people I know — or they know me — including Zane Wilemon of CTC International, an ordained minister who does efficient and effective charity work in Kenya in concert with Whole Foods, and his gorgeous actress-wife Natalie Wilemon, whose IMBD filmography grows by leaps and bounds. (We promised to arrange a long-hoped-for dinner with Steven Tomlinson, Eugene Sepulveda and others who share their interests and achievements.)

HISTORY: A remnant of Round Rock past endangered. The Marquardts are the best sort of unpaid historians and preservationists. They learned how to document and save historic buildings back in Enid, Okla. Now they are shining a light on a neglected part of Round Rock known as Old Town. Not to be confused with the crisp grid of streets of post-railroad New Town east of Interstate 35, this is a dozen or so building along Brushy Creek near the original "round rock." Their main target is the old stagecoach inn, now the French Quarter cafe, set on a ledge above Chisholm Trail Road. The city has suggested demolishing it to make way for a bridge. The Marquardts protest. (It’s complicated. We’ll report in the coming weeks.)

SPORTS: F1 traffic plan changing in race’s second year. Reported by Ben Wear in Saturday’s Statesman: "Fears that last year’s Formula One debut would produce widespread traffic paralysis in Austin proved to be unfounded, in no small part because of an expansive — and expensive — transportation plan put together and paid for by both race organizers and local government. With about 500 buses shuttling tens of thousands of fans from a stop near downtown and from the Travis County Exposition Center northeast of Austin, roads near Circuit of the Americas were blissfully free of traffic through most of the three days of racing. Only on that Sunday, after the culminating Grand Prix race finished, was there much of a jam and even that wasn’t that bad for an event that drew more than 100,000 customers on that day." http://shar.es/IgP9h(Last year was great. The changes seem reasonable.)

STYLE: House on AIA tour nods to past, present and future. Reported by Nicole Villalpando in Saturday’s Statesman: "Richard and Kelly Weiss have built their lives around envisioning homes for other people. Richard Weiss is the principal architect for Weiss Architecture, a 10-year-old Austin firm. Kelly Weiss is the CEO of Austin Habitat for Humanity, which will help 30 families build their homes this year. Next weekend, their own home off Walsh Tarlton Lane will be part of the American Institute of Architects Austin Homes Tour. The home, which was finished in April 2012, is a mix of Richard Weiss’ contemporary style with retro cool elements, similar to the work Weiss has done for Alamo Drafthouse locations and Kerbey Lane Cafes." http://shar.es/IgPC5(Delighted for the Weisses.)