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Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer hosting surprise Austin Central Library event

Megan Menchaca
mmenchaca@statesman.com
Hundreds of people get a first look at the Central Library during its grand opening in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. The new library boasts twice the space as the old Faulk Central Library, and other features such as a cooking demonstration space, a technology ?petting zoo? where people can play with new devices, solar panels, rainwater collection, an event center and a restaurant. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer will be making a surprise appearance at the Austin Central Library.

The pair, who have been married since 2011, will be hosting a flash “read-in” and book drive at 5:30 p.m on Wednesday. Attendees are encouraged to bring a book to read and to donate, but books will also be available at the library.

HEY AUSTIN, TEXAS!!! reading is the new throwing a TV out the window!@neilhimself and i are going to do a flash “read-in” and book drive at the@AustinPublicLib today at 5:30pm! spread the word, bring a book to read, bring a book to donate!!:https://t.co/YBOGTdQgzbpic.twitter.com/0Sybe0cwTA

— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer)March 13, 2019

According to Palmer’s patreon, the event will feature 30 minutes of silent reading before the pair play music and read poems. The event will not feature book or album signings due to time constraints.

“Reading books is the new throwing a television out of a window,” Palmer said on the Patreon page. “Reading books is the new screaming at the sky. Reading books will save us all. Let's read.”

Gaiman, an award-winning author, and Palmer, a singer-songwriter, both had official SXSW events earlier in the festival. Palmer will have two more performances during SXSW.