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Donny Cates Is No 'Buzzkill'

Superman is powered by sunlight. Wolverine has his mutant genes. For Ruben, the hero of Buzzkill, by Austin-based comic writer Donny Cates and Toadies drummer Mark "Rez" Reznicek, his superpowers are activated when he gets really, really drunk. Read More | Comment »

2:29PM Wed. Sep. 18, 2013, Richard Whittaker

LoneStarCon 3: Countdown Commencing

On Thursday, the World Science Fiction Convention, which is hosted by a different city each year, returns to Texas for only the third time in 71 years and the first time in 16. The five-day bash in San Antonio is being covered extensively by the Chronicle in print and online. But before we blast off for the future, how about going forward into the past? Read More | Comment »

6:00PM Wed. Aug. 28, 2013, Robert Faires

Austin Kleon Keynoting SXSWi 2014

South by Southwest announced today that Austin-based "writer who draws" Austin Kleon would deliver the opening keynote at next year's Interactive Conference. Read More | Comment »

2:19PM Mon. Aug. 26, 2013, Monica Riese

Just Talkin' 'Bout Tacos

The launch party for the new cookbook Austin Breakfast Tacos by Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, held at Tamale House East Saturday, was a colossal success. Read More | Comment »

10:08AM Sun. Jul. 21, 2013, Kate Thornberry


So it's San Diego Comic-Con and no, we're not bitter at all that, yet again, we're missing the biggest mediagasm on the planet. But we just thought we should send a quick shout out to the local comic creators, movie makers and all-round instigators of nerd love currently crammed in the San Diego Convention Center. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Thu. Jul. 18, 2013, Richard Whittaker

Blind Your Kids With Library Science

Local authorApril Chloe Terrazas got in touch late last week to tell us about a cool way to get local kiddos to learn more about science both at home and in schools. Read More | Comment »

9:39AM Mon. Jun. 24, 2013, Monica Riese

Who Dares Try to Out-Author the Authors, Onstage and Off the Cuff?

What would that terrific novel be like after the first chapter if the author hadn't gone any farther with it? Read More | Comment »

12:30PM Tue. Jun. 11, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Texas Writer Takes Home Two Lammys

Congratulations to Benjamin Alire Sáenz, who just won the Lambda Literary Award for gay general fiction for his novel Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club (Cinco Puntos). Read More | Comment »

12:30PM Tue. Jun. 4, 2013, Monica Riese

There's Gonna Be an Octopus Alone in Austin on Saturday

Author and illustrator Divya Srinivasan, let's put a fine point on it. Read More | Comment »

10:20AM Wed. May. 22, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Nothing's Obscure: Five Local Art Treasures You May Have Overlooked

Some of these things are current and fleeting. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Thu. May. 9, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Texas Is 'Big, Hot, Cheap and Right'

"One of the fundamental truths about Texas is that, although the state is genuinely sui generis, and self-consciously different from the other states, it is, in many ways, the most American of all." – Erica Grieder, Big, Hot, Cheap and Right Read More | Comment »

1:45PM Wed. May. 1, 2013, Monica Riese

An Evening of Poetry

Surely you've realized by now that we're celebrating National Poetry Month, yes? Read More | Comment »

12:40PM Thu. Apr. 25, 2013, Monica Riese

Oh! O. Henry Haikus

Get a good whiff of
Air that/Ain't been/Breathed/Before
at tonight's party. Read More | Comment »

3:03PM Wed. Apr. 24, 2013, Monica Riese

Ben Fountain's Coming to San Marcos

Texas State University announced this afternoon that author Ben Fountain would join the English Department faculty from 2014 to 2016 as the University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing. Read More | Comment »

4:49PM Mon. Apr. 22, 2013

The Texas Spring Book Festival Blooms This Weekend

A good book blooms not unlike our state's wildflowers. Read More | Comment »

4:06PM Fri. Apr. 19, 2013, Monica Riese

Registration O-pun for O. Henry Pun-Off

Confession: I sat working on this post for longer than I'd care to admit. It's a lot of pressure writing about puns, after all! But here's the best I can do from my little cubicle (you might call it a writer's block). Read More | Comment »

12:17PM Tue. Apr. 16, 2013, Monica Riese

Hairy Plotter and the Beer of the Apocalypse

Local writer dude's been hella busy, yeah. Read More | Comment »

1:51PM Thu. Apr. 11, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

BookPeople Hosts Stephen Harrigan

"I have the provincial Texan's deep-seated suspicion of serious culture. … I'm afraid of being taken in, of giving my heart to something that might turn out to be phony, so I tend to hold back, fierce in my ignorance." – Stephen Harrigan's "The Anger of Achilles" Read More | Comment »

12:51PM Wed. Apr. 10, 2013, Monica Riese

Changing of the Guard at the Ransom Center

After a quarter of a century at the helm of the Harry Ransom Center, Thomas F. Staley is stepping down on Aug. 31, 2013. Today, the University of Texas announced that his replacement would be Stephen Enniss, head librarian of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Read More | Comment »

3:33PM Mon. Apr. 8, 2013, Monica Riese

What the Hell is a Raw Paw and Why Does It Have a Labyrinth?

"Raw Paw is an Austin-based publisher, record label, and creative platform providing paper trails for at-risk artists." Read More | Comment »

3:35PM Wed. Apr. 3, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

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