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Lit-urday: Second Life

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 the thing to make you feel less dead tired is a crime thriller about people who are dead dead and a living hero who has to recover one – her bestie's body, actually – after it's vanished. Read More | Comment »

Fiction 11:00AM Sat. Feb. 7, Wayne Alan Brenner

Of Course You Know 101 Ways to Use a Unicorn, Right?

Here’s a book that’s a lot funnier and lovelier than you might suspect it would be. Read More | Comment »

Graphic Novels 1:45PM Thu. Feb. 5, Wayne Alan Brenner

Monkeywrench Books: Back in Business

Attention all bookworms and anarchists: Monkeywrench Books celebrates their soft reopening with a potluck, and you're invited. Read More | Comment »

News/Print 12:50PM Thu. Feb. 5, Blake McCoy

Scott McCloud in Austin with The Sculptor this Weekend

Scott McCloud of Understanding Comics fame has a new book out from First Second this week – and he'll be presenting it in Austin on Sunday. Read More | Comment »

Graphic Novels 11:00AM Wed. Feb. 4, Wayne Alan Brenner

Lit-urday: Civil Rights Are Always Timely

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 the release of Selma and recent celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday have you hungering to know more about the civil rights movement. Read More | Comment »

Graphic Novels 11:00AM Sat. Jan. 31, Jessi Cape

From Westeros to College Station

Say you're Texas A&M and you want to commemorate the five millionth volume acquired by your library, who would you get to make that gift and what would the book be? Rick Perry and Fed Up!? Robert Earl Keen and Cormac McCarthy's The Road? How about Game of Thrones' George R. R. Martin and The Hobbit? Read More | Comment »

News/Print 4:00PM Thu. Jan. 29, Robert Faires

They've Gone and Monofonus'd the ATX Again!

We'd never suggest that everything that's issued by big corporate publishers is crap. Read More | Comment »

Local Literati 1:00PM Mon. Jan. 19, Wayne Alan Brenner

Thinking About Sharing the Black Emerald with Your Friends?

There's genre fiction and then there's genre fiction. Read More | Comment »

News/Print 1:00PM Fri. Jan. 16, Wayne Alan Brenner

Specht Speaks!

This week sees the release of Migratory Animals, the debut novel of local author Mary Helen Specht in which a scientist doing research in Nigeria is called home to Austin to help her sister cope with a medical crisis. In conjunction with her Jan. 20 appearance at BookPeople, the Chronicle talked to Specht about her writing process. Read More | Comment »

Local Literati 10:00AM Thu. Jan. 15, Jessi Cape

Cortex and 'Spark'

In a dark future that may be too close for comfort, John Twelve Hawks exposes the seven most effective habits of killers who are dead. Read More | Comment »

Fiction 1:05PM Wed. Jan. 7, Wayne Alan Brenner

Winter Break Reading

The presents are opened, the bellies are overstuffed, and we've exhausted all avenues of chit chat with great uncle Mort. Time to lose ourselves in a book. Read More | Comment »

Fiction 9:00AM Fri. Dec. 26, 2014, Chronicle staff

StoryCorps Returning to Austin

The little Airstream trailer with the recording studio inside is on its way back to the Bullock Texas State History Museum, where it'll be parked for a month to collect more personal tales of Central Texans of all stripes. Yes, the StoryCorps MobileBooth returns to Austin Jan. 5, and you can reserve a spot to record your story starting today. Read More | Comment »

News/Print 4:03PM Mon. Dec. 22, 2014, Robert Faires

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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, Richard Whittaker

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