"...The Writers' League of Texas announced today the shortlist nominees for its annual Violet Crown Book Awards – and not the Violent Crown, as I keep repeatedly typing. (Apparently somebody's feeling lightly murderous today.) The Violet Crown celebrates the best in adult fiction and nonfiction, while the Teddy Awards honor children's literature..."
"...What do James Michener, a Bosnian refugee, Texas First Lady Laura Bush, a Parisian screenwriter, and a Mexico City study group have in common? They all belong to the Austin Writers' League, the local literary guild that's come a long way from its inception in 1981. The League's current membership -- 1,600 strong, with writers ranging in age from six to 105 -- boasts representation worldwide...."
"...After all, way back in 1838, soon after a rude colony called Waterloo rose up from the banks of the rascally Colorado, then-Vice President of Texas Mirabeau Lamar, who was also a poet, came here on a buffalo hunt, killed one, and, gazing down from the heights of one of the lush, rolling hills in what is now downtown, declared that this should be the future seat of empire, and the capital of Texas...."
"...Just a few days left to take advantage of early registration prices for the Writers' League of Texas annual Agents and Editors Conference...."
"...He wasn’t necessarily the best candidate, but he wanted it the most. A month or so ago I spoke about my new novel, Evacuation Plan, to the Writers League of Texas..."
"...– the long and short of him, so to speak. Tonight's Writers League of Texas benefit, An Evening with Roy Blount Jr., on the St..."
"...Where: North side of Texas State Capitol (indoors and outdoors)..."
"..."I'm not sure that Texas Monthly is all that interesting a story," says Paul Burka, senior executive editor and lead political reporter for the magazine. "But Evan Smith, though ....."
"...Webb, a historian, wrote the epic tale of the Great Plains. Dobie, a prolific folklorist and professional iconoclast, charmed and cussed and typed his way to the center of Texas popular writing -- such as it was at the time..."
"...To top things off, what was supposed to be a little old indie from Texas somehow managed to nail casting coup after coup, as half-brothers David Carradine (Kung Fu, Death Race 2000) and Michael Bowen (Magnolia, Jackie Brown) sign on within weeks of each other, adding to a host of recognizable character actors -- NewsRadio's Stephen Root, Northern Exposure's Darren Burrows, Waiting for Guffman's Bob Balaban -- who eagerly jump on board the production as though it were P.T. Anderson's newest (it's not)..."
"...Fundraiser for Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, May 16, 7pm B&N Westlake..."
"...A paperback release of Rueful Death is planned for July but the sixth book in the Bayles series, Love Lies Bleeding, will be released in November. Love Lies Bleeding, takes a different turn, with bad herbs (aka heroin and cocaine), the Texas Rangers, cops gone wrong, and China's love life...."
"...The Texas Writers Month Kick-Off Gala, sponsored by Barnes & Noble and GSD&M, held last Tuesday, May 4 at GSD&M, was touted as a way for local readers to meet local, and state, writers. It didn't seem as if those readers attended the event; Robert Earl Keen, who was slated to perform, wasn't there; and the cleaning crew started making their rounds far before the crowd dwindled...."
"...For three of the past four years, Texas Writers Month organizers have orchestrated one large gathering of Texas authors at places like Scholz Garten and Central Market, with the public invited. This year, organizers preferred to "spread the wealth" of author events by planning the most diverse and extensive lineup of authors reading, discussing, and signing that has ever been held during Texas Writers Month..."
"...It's the more advanced of the two writing groups I'm in. The other group is the science-fiction, fantasy, and horror study group of the Texas Writers' League..."
"...“Now, I try to take my kids to as many games as I can, in San Francisco, and in Texas.”..."
"...In addition to the Violet Crown, stories from Sandlin's two collections, The Famous Thing About Death and Message to the Nurse of Dreams, have won several prestigious awards, such as the Crazyhorse Award, the Pushcart Prize, the McGinniss Award, and the Dobie Paisano Fellowship. In November, Message was singled out for praise by The New York Times - an achievement, considering that Sandlin is a Texan author who publishes out of Texas, with El Paso's Cinco Puntos press...."
"...Sheff's vocals are tough. "Nine years down in Texas/With sluts of both sexes/Liars, lumps, and drug addicts, and drunks/I love my friends," he sings, breaking from New Hampshire 1986...."
"...Texas chili fans often give their creations names such as "Inferno" and "Red Death." And for all of the posturing about their chili of doom, in Chile Death, Austin author Susan Wittig Albert's seventh book in the China Bayles series, no one is more surprised than the cooks when one of the judges at the annual Cedar Choppers Chili Cookoff dies in harness...."