* THU, NOV 7: As part of the 13th Annual Jewish Book Fair, Dr. Meron Benvenisti, author of City of Stone: The Hidden History of Jerusalem, will speak about the deep religious feelings that that city evokes in Jews, Christians, and Muslims at 7:30pm at the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation. Admission is $5... Paulette Jiles will autograph copies of North Spirits: Sojourns Among the Cree and Ojibway at Book People at 7pm... T.A. Barron will autograph the children's book Lost Years of Merlin at Toad Hall, 4-6pm.
* FRI, NOV 8: UT professors Harriet D. Romo and Toni Falbo will discuss their
recent book, Latino High School Graduation: Defying the Odds, at the Texas
Union Chicano Culture Room (Room 4.206) on the UT campus at noon... Ann Thomas
signs copies of The Women We Become: Myths, Stories, and Fairy Tales About the
Meaning of Growing Older at Book People at 2pm... Again at Book People, at 7pm,
Doug Swanson signs copies of his new "Jack Flippo" mystery, 96 Tears. The novel
is set in Dallas... Janice T. Connell discusses her book Meeting With Mary:
Visions of the Blessed Mother at Borders at 7:30pm... The Flair Symposium, part
of the ongoing Shouting in the Evening: British Theater 1956-1996 program
sponsored by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, will bring together
major playwrights, performers, scholars, critics, and other influential figures
of contemporary British theater for two days of interviews, panel discussins,
and special events, through Sat., Nov 9. Featured participants include
playwrights Tom Stoppard and David Hare, actress Janet Suzman, director Frith
Banbury, and critic Mel Gussow. Registration fee is $20 for students, $60 for
others; to register, call
471-8944. The event will be held in the Leeds Gallery on the fourth floor of the Flawn Academic Center of the UT campus.
* SAT, NOV 9: As part of the 13th Annual Jewish Book Fair, Robert Cohen will discuss his comic novel, The Here and Now, at the Scarborough Building, 522 N. Congress, Suite 310, at 8pm. Admission is $5... Book People will host three events: Austin Chronicle columnist Michael Ventura ("Letters at 3AM") will be there at 2pm (well what time did you think they would have it?) to sign copies of his new novel, The Death of Frank Sinatra, a story of the Mob, an ex-showgirl, and a murder; David Sadker will discuss his research work, Failing at Fairness: How Schools Cheat Girls at 5pm; and at 7pm, local author and translator Liliana Valenzuela will read from her translation of Sandra Cisneros' short story collection Woman Hollering Creek/El arroyo de la Llorona... Spoken word artist Glosso Babel performs in Borders' cafe at 8pm... Norman Hackerman and Kenneth Ashworth will sign copies of Conversations on the Uses of Science and Technology at Bookstop Central Park, 2-4pm.
* SUN, NOV 10: As part of the 13th Annual Jewish Book Fair, children's author Patricia Polacco will preside over a Kid's Day at Congregation Agudas Achim, 9-11am. Polacco is the author of The Trees of the Dancing Goats... Book People will host the Austin Free Poetry Festival all day; see sidebar on this page.... Borders' Anniversary Celebration will feature Patricia Polacco signing her latest children's book, The Tree of Dancing Goats, at 1:30pm.
* MON, NOV 11: As part of the 13th Annual Jewish Book Fair, Ellen Jaffe McClain, author of Embracing the Stranger, will discuss intermarriage from first-hand experience at Congregation Beth Israel at 7:30pm. Admission is $5... Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan will discuss his new book, Hope Is Not a Method: What Business Leaders Can Learn From America's Army, at Book People at 7pm.
* TUE, NOV 12: Children's rights
activist/attorney/mystery author Andrew Vachss will read from and sign copies of his novel, False Allegations, at Book People at 7pm... Linda Seger will sign copies of When Women Call the Shots: The Developing Power and Influence of Women In Television and Film, at Bookstop Central Park,
* WED, NOV 13: James Earl Hardy will read from and sign copies of his second novel, The 2nd Time Around, at Book People at 7pm.
* THU, NOV 14: As part of the 13th Annual Jewish Book Fair, Melissa Faye Green will discuss her book, The Temple Bombing, at 7:30pm at Congregation Beth Israel. Admission is $5... James Earl Hardy will read from and sign copies of his second novel, 2nd Time Around, at Folktales at 5:30pm... O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran will sign copies of his book, Journey to Justice, at Book People at noon... At 7pm, again at Book People, Lewis Gould, Shelley Sallee, and John Leffler will discuss and take questions on America's First Ladies, their study on the wives of U.S. presidents... Borders will sponsor an online event with Rick Smolan, author of 24 Hours in Cyberspace, at 7:30pm... Opening ceremonies for the Shelby Hearon: Now and Another Time exhibit will be held at 7pm in the fourth-floor auditorium of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, featuring honoree Shelby Hearon. A reception will follow... John Erickson, author of the Hank the Cowdog children's series, will give a concert at Toad Hall at 6pm, which will accompany an awards ceremony and autographing for the winners of the Austin American-Statesman Scholar and Scribe Page and Toad Hall/Hank the Cowdog Writing Contest in the front courtyard of Toad Hall... The second reading in the five-part Copyright Texas series at the Central Library in San Antonio (600 Soledad St.) will begin at 6:30pm with readings from novelist/playwright Larry L. King, poet Paulette Jiles, novelist William Haupman, novelist Dagoberto Gilb, and novelist/National Public Radio commentator/Austin Chronicle writer Marion Winik.
* ONGOING: The Austin Writers' League (AWL) will be awarding more than $50,000 in literature grants in 1997. Two types of grants are available: project grants up to $2,500 and operating grants up to $5,000. Individuals and organizations, including college programs outside the regular academic program, may apply. After reading the guidelines, applicants should submit a brief letter of intent to the AWL by Dec. 1, 1996. Call 499-8914... Shelby Hearon: Now and Another Time is an exhibition celebrating the literary career of the novelist and UT alumna from her first novel to the 1996 publication of her 15th. Showing through January 31 in the Wrenn Room on the seventh floor of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center... Half Price Books has produced a children's short story collection titled Say Goodnight to Illiteracy, the proceeds of which, as you might have guessed, will benefit literacy programs. The 22 stories, selected from over 1,000 entries in a "Bedtime Story Contest," includes "The Boy Who Couldn't Go to Sleep" by Austinite Lloyd Mardis. Entries for the 1997 volume will be accepted this fall, due by December 31 of this year. Say Goodnight retails at Half Price locations for $2.98...
"Post Scripts" is for author appearances and booksignings; the deadline is two weeks before the issue date. Mail to The Austin Chronicle, PO Box 49066, Austin, TX 78765; fax 458-6910.