BookPeople began in 1970 in the student slum district at the edge of the University of Texas, Austin as Grok Books. An outpost for the literate in what was then a rural reading wasteland, Grok flourished, expanding over time into BookPeople. In the contemporary wasteland of two-centimeter culture and chained commerce, BookPeople remains a refuge for the contemplative, a place where it’s still possible to find a good book and someone irreverent with whom to discuss it. Eschewing elitism,
Austin Creative Alliance is funded in part by grants from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes that a great nation deserves great art. We are also grateful for the ongoing support and participation of our members and patrons.