under the covers

Why Only Art (and Maybe Love) Will Ever Save You

Save you from what, precisely, is where your mileage may vary. Read More | Comment »

Graphic Novels 2:25PM Wed. Dec. 10, Wayne Alan Brenner

The Archive of the Patriarch

In one fell swoop, the Harry Ransom Center has given a major boost to its holdings by Latin American authors, Nobel laureates, and the most influential literary figures of the 20th century. The UT-Austin humanities research library and museum has managed all that by acquiring just one archive, that of Gabriel García Márquez. Read More | Comment »

News/Print 12:30PM Tue. Nov. 25, Robert Faires

Lit-urday: Inherent Vice

It's been a long week, and now you deserve to have one day when you can curl up with a good book – let's call it Lit-urday. Maybe you're in the mood for a flashback – to the sunny days when acid wasn't just something you encountered in chem class – but also soaked in the sort of SoCal noir that made Chandler a household name. And literary, too. Have we got a book for you. Read More | Comment »

Fiction 10:10AM Sat. Nov. 22, Wayne Alan Brenner

#ACreads December Pick: Ethan Frome

It’s not just youth that’s wasted on the young. It’s Edith Wharton, too. Read More | Comment »

Fiction 11:48AM Thu. Nov. 20, Kimberley Jones

Stephen King Revival

You’ve got one opportunity only, because there are some 449 others getting Revival signed too, which happens in just under 90 minutes on the third floor of BookPeople. Most have something prepared – a short, fast burst, or a single point (hopefully) of intersect. Others just nod and smile, and utter nothing at all. What would you say to Stephen King? Read More | Comment »

Readings 11:47AM Mon. Nov. 17, Raoul Hernandez

#ACreads: Last Chance to Vote

So far, the books discussed at the Austin Chronicle Book Club's online chats have been chosen by the paper's writers and staff. But for the next get-together on Dec. 8, you get to choose. For three weeks, we've been taking nominations, and before we close the book on them, so to speak, we're making one last call for your suggestions. Read More | Comment »

News/Print 10:35AM Tue. Nov. 11, Robert Faires

The Wrenchies Draws a Mad, Mad World

Alice doesn’t live here anymore. It’s a rabbit hole tunnel that plunges Sherwood and Orson into an alternate, dystopian world chock full of evil shadows, magic spheres, and kid gangs, but it’s the dose of existentialism in a dense and infinitely-layered plot that propels. Read More | Comment »

Graphic Novels 1:30PM Mon. Nov. 10, Jessi Cape

Help Corey Mitchell’s Family

As the family and friends of local author and Housecore Horror Film Festival co-founder Corey Mitchell gather today to mourn his loss, an online fundraising campaign has been launched to help his wife Audra and their two daughters, Emma and Sabrina. Read More | Comment »

Local Literati 4:00PM Tue. Nov. 4, Richard Whittaker

Lit-urday: Children's Edition

It's been a long week, and now you deserve to have one day when you can curl up with a good book – let's call it Lit-urday. Perhaps this is the day you curl up with a good book and that special little person in your life. Read More | Comment »

Fiction 10:00AM Sat. Nov. 1, Jessi Cape

Remembering Corey Mitchell

Your first instinct is that it’s some mistake, maybe a really misguided Internet prank. You’d just talked to him the night before – texted that morning. It can’t be true. Read More | Comment »

Local Literati 3:33PM Fri. Oct. 31, Richard Whittaker

RIP Corey Mitchell

Reports began to arrive early this afternoon that Corey Mitchell, the true-crime author and Housecore Horror Film Festival co-founder, had suffered a heart attack this morning outside Emo’s and subsequently died mere hours after the second annual event had concluded. Read More | Comment »

Local Literati 8:10PM Mon. Oct. 27, Marc Savlov

Texas Book Festival: Kids' Corner

The Texas Book Festival knows that you're never too young to cultivate an interest in books. That's why a significant amount of time and space is devoted to books for children, with guest authors not only talking about their books but actually reading them to their young fans. Here are just a few of the kiddie-lit offerings featured at this year's festival. Read More | Comment »

Fiction 2:25PM Fri. Oct. 24, Jessi Cape

Texas Book Festival: 'Station Eleven'

The end of the world is big business – on film, on TV, and in publishing. That explains this year's Texas Book Festival session on "Aftermath and Armageddon." It features two authors whose books in that vein have received some very serious attention this year: Edan Lepucki and Emily St. John Mandel. Read More | Comment »

Fiction 12:30PM Fri. Oct. 24, Kimberley Jones

Texas Book Festival: A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

Eimear McBride's debut novel has won so many awards – Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the Goldsmiths Prize – and received so much praise in the press that you'd hardly imagine the book was turned down by scores of publishers over nine years. Read More | Comment »

Fiction 11:45AM Fri. Oct. 24, Danielle White

Texas Book Festival: Fresh Cookbooks

The cooking tent at this weekend's Texas Book Festival is offering up one of the most enticing menus in recent years. The bill of fare includes appearances by a nationally known author, an international culinary star, and several homegrown Texas food experts. Read More | Comment »

Nonfiction 10:30AM Fri. Oct. 24, Virginia B. Wood and Mick Vann

Texas Book Festival: Monsterator Keith Graves

Monstrous! The Chronicle’s cover story on Keith Graves now tolls 13 summers past. When author and subject met last month for the first time since then, the latter confirmed his 4-year-old twins of the piece are now sizing up colleges. “Both draw well,” he says. His Texas Book Festival entry Saturday, The Monsterator, goes one step beyond. Read More | Comment »

Readings 12:20PM Thu. Oct. 23, Raoul Hernandez

Everybody Has a Secret Life in the Movies

This is a post about something that's part of this weekend's many-splendored Texas Book Festival. Read More | Comment »

Fiction 9:45AM Thu. Oct. 23, Wayne Alan Brenner

The Art of Gothic Brings Darkness in Full Slick Color

Bela Lugosi's dead, of course, but we can imagine that man's Dracula nodding with satisfaction at the ever-shifting shadowstains with which his dark majesty has marked the surface of modern culture. Read More | Comment »

Nonfiction 10:00AM Fri. Oct. 17, Wayne Alan Brenner

In Real Life: Cory Doctorow

Award-winning author, cyber-activist, and Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow is coming to the Texas Teen Book Festival at St. Edward’s University this Saturday. Read More | Comment »

Graphic Novels 3:00PM Wed. Oct. 15, Wayne Alan Brenner

In Real Life: Jen Wang

Consider this a parallax view of sorts? Read More | Comment »

Graphic Novels 2:59PM Wed. Oct. 15, Wayne Alan Brenner

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