Some live, some die, and some age gracefully. Here's the latest from the Austin publishing scene.
• Austin-based publisher Slough Press is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 3, 7-9pm at Brave New Books (1904-B Guadalupe). Slough was founded by Austin Book Awards winner Chuck Taylor in 1973, but Chris Carmona is leading it into a new age; learn more at www.sloughpressbooks.com. Music, food, and beer await you at the event.
• The Houston Chronicle reports that this is the last operating week for Domy Books in Houston. The Austin location closed some six months ago, only to be replaced by Farewell Books, but the Houston store will become an event and arts space called the Brandon. The store's last day is July 14, and everything is on clearance until then, so if you make it down, it'll be worth it for one last hurrah.
• July marks the inaugural issue of Birth.Movies.Death, the collaborative monthly magazine from the Alamo Drafthouse and Badass Digest. Each issue "is designed to deepen the movie-going experience with smart, funny articles that explore the films being shown at the Alamo Drafthouse": The first issue, titled "Beasts vs. Bots," celebrates the Kaiju history behind Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, in theatres Friday.
• Amazon today announced that it's launching a new imprint: Jet City Comics will focus on (naturally) comics and graphic novels, including works from George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and Neal Stephenson (Cryptonomicon). Look for new content – both standalone and serial – starting today on Kindle and at comics retailers.