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Lit-urday: 'Some Dead Genius'

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 feel like getting out of town, feel like dropping in on the Windy City, where there's no shortage of rough-and-tumble cops, corpses, and corruption in the art scene. Wait a minute, the art scene? Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Sat. Jul. 12, Wayne Alan Brenner

July Is Crime Month: Raymond Chandler’s 'The Long Goodbye'

Sometime during the Seventies, a decade that took me from 5 to 15, a neighbor who spent a significant portion of his career in Naval intelligence hunting our native Bay Area’s Zodiac because his employers feared the killer’s ciphers made him one of theirs, gave me a worn paperback of Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye. My mind still reels. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Fri. Jul. 11, Raoul Hernandez

Lit-urday: The Fever

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 you could use something to quicken your pulse with a long walk down a shadowy hallway. Megan Abbott has such a hallway – in a high school, of all places – in a dense suspenser part Crucible, part Play It As It Lays. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Sat. Jul. 5, Amy Kamp

Lit-urday: Quantum Ops and Sentient Ink

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 better about your week is a gloomy futurescape in which citizens are stalked by shadow people and quantum butchers. Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Sat. Jun. 28, Wayne Alan Brenner

Lit-urday: Romance and Cigarettes

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. How about some Caribbean intrigue and a few literary affairs? Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Sat. Jun. 14, Jessi Cape

Lit-urday: 'The Vacationers'

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. So is Emma Straub's new novel of snobs on holiday the one to pull off the shelf? Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Sat. Jun. 7, Amy Kamp

Book Review: 'The Last Kind Words Saloon'

Native Texan Larry McMurtry, author of more than 50 books, has a reputation as tall as the Wild West’s tales. His latest, The Last Kind Words Saloon, takes a different approach. It’s pared down, with succinct prose, and bare-bones depictions of historical heroes who may not deserve to rest on such booze-laden laurels. Read More | Comment »

3:30PM Thu. May. 22, Jessi Cape

Reading to Celebrate All Year

This last day of February marks the conclusion of Black History Month, but hopefully the celebration of some of our country’s best writers will continue throughout the year. Read More | Comment »

3:42PM Fri. Feb. 28, Jessi Cape

Local Author Tim O'Brien Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

The Austin Chronicle caught up recently with Tim O’Brien, an Austin-based author perhaps best known for The Things They Carried, a 1990 collection of fictional stories inspired by his experiences in Vietnam War in 1969-70. Read More | Comment »

9:30AM Thu. Nov. 14, 2013, R.U. Steinberg and Paul Steinberg

Tiny Stories, Big Heart

I won't lie to you: You could read the entirety of HitRECord's Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 3 in less than 10 minutes, standing in the aisle of your favorite bookstore. But I won't lead you astray here either: You shouldn't do that. Read More | Comment »

12:13PM Tue. Nov. 5, 2013, Monica Riese

'Night Film' Will Haunt You in the Best Way Possible

If spiders and mayonnaise aren’t enough to strike fear in your heart this Halloween, pick up a copy of Marisha Pessl’s new interactive thriller novel, Night Film. But before downloading its accompanying app and diving in, save a few palate-cleansing cat pics to peep before bed. You’ll need them. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Wed. Oct. 23, 2013, Ashley Moreno

Dave Eggers' New Novel Sharks Its Way Into Your Social Brain

Let me tell you just five things here – like this is a sort of steroidal listicle, a wordier version of something peeled from the mediascape that Dave Eggers conjures so well in his fierce cautionary tale The Circle, OK? Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Mon. Oct. 14, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

The Universal High School Experience

Sarah Dessen hated high school. So how did she become a bestselling author of young adult novels? With typical Southern modesty spiced with just the faintest whiff of irony, she admits, “All people thought was any good were my stories about the prom.” Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Thu. Sep. 26, 2013, Amy Gentry

Giada De Laurentiis Visits BookPeople Tonight

In addition to achieving international success as a Food Network star and bestselling cookbook author, Emmy-winning chef Giada De Laurentiis is the Italian-American mother of a young child and new children's book author. Read More | Comment »

3:40PM Wed. Sep. 11, 2013, Jessi Cape

Texas Book Festival Announces Full Lineup

Texas Book Festival authors, friends, and coordinators gathered at The Contemporary Austin tonight to share some exciting news. Read More | Comment »

8:24PM Tue. Sep. 10, 2013, Monica Riese

The Last Policeman: Countdown City

Ben H. Winters, you're killing me. Read More | Comment »

11:11AM Wed. Aug. 7, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

The Night Gwen Stacy Died

By the Flames of the Faltine!
What the everlovin' non-canon hell is this? Read More | Comment »

10:45AM Wed. Aug. 7, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Who Killed John F. Kennedy?

Who masterminded that heinous, nation-wracking deed? Read More | Comment »

11:15AM Mon. Jul. 29, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Shelved Not by Color, but by the Character of Their Content

When author and director C. Mikki set out to write her first novel, she says, “I had the same thought most new writers have: You write it, and it will come." Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Wed. Jul. 24, 2013, Amy Gentry

The Food Issue:
Book Yourself Some Eats

Serving suggestion: Chew on these five brief snacks, as compiled by our bibliophilic Brenner from books that aren't mostly about culinary matters, then order the complete meals of food-for-thought from your favorite booksellersRead More | Comment »

12:30PM Mon. Jun. 10, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

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