The Austin Chronicle


November 29, 1996, Books

by Lee Nichols & Margaret Moser

* SAT, NOV 30: Science fiction author and former Austin Chronicle contributor Mark Leon will read from and sign copies of his latest work, Unified Fields, at 2pm at Book People. Unified Fields is the third in his series, which includes Mindsurfer and The Gaia War... Barnes & Noble Westlake will host A Taste of Texas: Two Austin Legends, combining a booksigning by Eddie Wilson for Threadgill's: The Cookbook and a performance by Jimmie Dale Gilmore, the former host of Threadgill's "Sittin' & Singin' & Supper" sessions, 2:30-5pm.

* MON, DEC 2: Presentations made in the "Feminist Family Values Forum," held in Austin last May and featuring Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, María Jiménez, and Mililani Trask, are now available in a book published by Plain View Press. Book People will sponsor a reception with readings from the book at 7pm.

* TUE, DEC 3: Presented by one of the participants in Austin's nationally ranked Slam Team, Genevieve's Poetry Slam resumes at the Electric Lounge at 8:30pm. The winner gets $50 and the audience enjoys the sadistic pleasure of playing critic. Call Genevieve Van Cleve, 708-0659, if ya think yer up for it.

* FRI, DEC 6: Writer James Crumley will sign copies of Bordersnakes: A Novel at Bookstop Central Park, 7-9pm.

* SAT, DEC 7: Bookstop Central Park will have Kathleen Kaska signing copies of What's Your Agatha Christie I.Q.?: 1,001 Puzzling Questions About the World's Most Beloved Mystery Writer, 2-4pm... Borders and the Austin Writers' League (AWL) will host a Writers Rave at 7:30pm. Published AWL members, including mystery writer Jeff Abbott, author of Distant Blood, will participate in a special block signing. The "rave" is in conjunction with AWL Benefit Day, wherein a portions of Borders' sales for the day go to the League. Call 499-8914.

* BLURBS: Austinite Janet Martin is the second place winner in the third quarter of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future. Martin, a UT graduate, recieved a cash award of $750, and her winning submission will be published in the L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future anthology from Bridge Publications.

* 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...

Shouting in the Evening: British Theater, 1956-96, is a major exhibition exploring the creative impulses and performances that shaped the last 40 years of British theater, looking at the works of Samuel Beckett, Caryl Churchill, David Hare, Joe Orton, John Osborne, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Timberlake Wertenbaker and others. In the Leeds Gallery on the fourth floor of the Flawn Academic Center, through January 31...

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 include "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. Also, Half Price's "Just Read" program has been expanded to include the "Just Draw" program, wherein every time a child draws a book character on a Half Price bookmark, Half Price will donate a book to a national literacy project and the bookmark will be displayed in Half Price stores through March 1. Say Goodnight retails at Half Price locations for $2.98...

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