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Thinking Outside the Box With Books

Yesterday we revealed the featured speakers at the Texas Book Festival's annual glitzed-out literary gala. Today we've got the dirt on a new TBF event this year called Lit Crawl. Dress code = less fancy pants, more beer goggles. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Thu. Aug. 4, 2011, Kimberley Jones

A Starry Lineup at Texas Book Festival's Literary Gala

The Texas Book Festival's First Edition Literary Gala is its traditional Friday night of glitz to kickstart the annual two-day fest. (Its fundraising efforts also support the free festival.) This year, TBF has lined up bold-faced names like Molly Shannon, Susan Orlean, Jim Lehrer, and Jon Scieszka to get the party started. Read More | Comment »

1:45PM Wed. Aug. 3, 2011, Kimberley Jones

Borders Is Dead, Long Live Borders Employees

It’s official: Borders is as good as pulped. Read More | 1 Comment »

11:50AM Sun. Jul. 24, 2011, Matthew Patin

Winning the Future, Part One

Thanks to some talented young writers and inspired local musicians, this Friday Austin gets a chance to enjoy its own twist on the song-poem genre. Read More | Comment »

4:58PM Wed. May. 11, 2011, Cindy Widner

From the Dept. of Deeply Heartwarming Stuff

Dean Young has a new heart. The renowned poet and popular teacher in the University of Texas' Michener Center for Writers underwent a heart transplant Thursday night, April 14, at Seton Medical Center. Read More | Comment »

7:14PM Fri. Apr. 15, 2011, Amy Smith

WLT Turns 30, Throws a Party

When I turned 30, I drank too much and worked my angst out on a piñata. I suspect the Writers' League of Texas will handle its own passage into a third decade with significant more decorum and/or grace. Read More | Comment »

4:11PM Fri. Apr. 15, 2011, Kimberley Jones

Austin! International! Poetry! Festival!

Dozens and dozens if not hundreds of poets flocking to this river city from all over the world this weekend, to partake of and offer verse liberated or otherwise. And why here in particular? Our Litera listings man about town, Ric Williams, finds out in this interview with AIPF director Ashley F. Kim:

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4:48PM Wed. Apr. 6, 2011, Wayne Alan Brenner

Leffingwell Announces Book Club Picks

Military wives and Vietnam vets steer the Mayor's Book Club's dual selections. Read More | Comment »

12:09PM Fri. Feb. 11, 2011, Kimberley Jones

WLT 2010 Book Awards

The Writers' League of Texas celebrates its 2010 awards with a shindig next week at BookPeople. Read More | Comment »

5:57PM Mon. Jan. 10, 2011, Kimberley Jones

BookPeople Celebrates 40 Years

And they're celebrating it right now. Read More | Comment »

11:36AM Thu. Nov. 11, 2010, Kimberley Jones

Happy NaNoWriMo!

Yup, writing a novel is hard. But what if you had a community of thousands egging you on? Read More | Comment »

7:15PM Sun. Oct. 31, 2010, Kimberley Jones

Not All of Me Will Die:
Remembering Joe Watson

Sometimes I find myself missing my old hometown even though I still live here. Read More | 1 Comment »

12:03PM Sat. Oct. 23, 2010, Sidney Brammer

Games People: Play

Like a grown-up version of the old Choose Your Own Adventure series, Marc Majcher's 24 pieces of sharp narrative lead you through role-playing situations that range from the quotidian and contentious - "Three Old Men" - to the goofily fantastic - "The Sign of the Great Old Elder God from Beyond" – to the universally poignant - "The Leaves Will Bury." Read More | 1 Comment »

4:16PM Wed. Sep. 22, 2010, Wayne Alan Brenner

Victore, Victorious!

The man turned George Bush’s face into a pirate flag and created a condom ad with copulating rabbits. Designed to grab eyeballs and braincells, these are the sort of gambits (for clients like Moët & Chandon, The New York Times, and MTV) that have won James Victore the acclaim of the international design crowd and everyone tired of the same-old same-old. Read More | Comment »

12:29PM Tue. Sep. 21, 2010, Wayne Alan Brenner

TBF Announces Schedule,
'Chron' Announces Media Onslaught

With just one month to go until the Texas Book Festival, it's time to hit the books. Read More | Comment »

7:30AM Thu. Sep. 16, 2010, Kimberley Jones

Fantods Gonna Howl: Consider the Archive!

It's a staged reading of work by David Foster Wallace! Selections from Infinite Jest are part of the lineup. And The Broom of the System. And a letter from DFW to Don DeLillo. And a bit of A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. And, as a closer, the Kenyon commencement speech. Read More | Comment »

2:19PM Tue. Sep. 14, 2010, Wayne Alan Brenner

UT Professor Emeritus William H. Goetzmann Dies

Pulitzer Prize winner and longtime University of Texas professor William H. Goetzmann passed away yesterday. He was 79. Read More | Comment »

2:17PM Wed. Sep. 8, 2010, Kimberley Jones

In & Out

The Dallas Morning News broke the news last week that Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham (The Hours), a big draw for fans of literary fiction, has dropped out of the fest. Read More | Comment »

3:23PM Tue. Sep. 7, 2010, Kimberley Jones

O. Henry Museum to Host Writing Workshop

You know the whole “if these walls could talk” thing? Well, listen up, son, ‘cause these walls probably know a thing or two about twist endings. Read More | Comment »

4:09PM Thu. Sep. 2, 2010, Kimberley Jones

Follow That Fiction

Many a writer will swear by the effectiveness of a nice glass of vino in loosing the creative juices, which makes House Wine the perfect venue for American Short Fiction's upcoming craft talk. Read More | Comment »

11:44AM Wed. Aug. 4, 2010, Kimberley Jones

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