More Chicken Soup

Hanoch McCarty will be at Borders on Thursday, May 8, at 7pm to promote the fourth volume of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, this one appropriately titled A Fourth Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 More Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit. McCarty helped compile the volume. The book has a local connection -- Shari Smith, an Austinite who works at the American Cancer Society, wrote one of the stories in the book.

Tax Protest Author

Austin businessman Tom L. Johnson, in response to a 23% increase in his property taxes in 1995, wrote Fighting Back! A Practical Guide to Reducing Your Property Taxes. He will be at Bookstop Central Park on Saturday, May 10, 2-3pm to speak on his book and protesting property taxes. Next week, he will appear at Book People on Friday, May 16 at 7pm.

Irish Eyes of Texas

San Marcos resident Roger Boylan will see the publication of his Killoyle, An Irish Farce on Thursday, May 15 from Dalkey Archive Press. Killoyle is a comic novel set in a fictitious Irish town of the same name, and was no doubt created from Boylan's experiences as a student in both Ireland and Scotland. Boylan will hit Borders on May 18, 3-5pm, Book People on May 24, 2-4pm, and Barnes & Noble on May 31, 2-4pm to promote the novel. Boylan works in an editorial capacity at Holt, Rinehart and Winston in Austin and his wife is a history professor at Southwest Texas State University.

Byrd Reading

Austin's Sigman Byrd, winner of a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize nominee, will read poetry from his collection The World Is Still With Us at Book People on May 13 at 7pm.

Pells Booksigning

University of Texas history professor Richard Pells will be at Book People on Thursday, May 22, 7-9pm, to sign copies of and deliver a lecture on his new book, Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II. Pells' book has already been described by Publishers Weekly as "A sweeping, eye-opening study.... Pells has produced a major piece of cultural criticism that recasts the debate over the globalization of American culture."

Deadlines, Deadlines...

Don't forget: Entries in The Austin Chronicle's Sixth Annual Short Story Contest are due on Friday, May 9 (as in, right now). The contest is open to previously unpublished stories. For more info, see the ad on page 31, or if you're reading this on the World Wide Web, go to /shortstory/

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The last time we heard about Karla Faye Tucker, she was being executed; now, almost four years later, there's a new novel about her. Or about someone very like her. And Beverly Lowry's classic Crossed Over, a memoir about getting to know Karla Faye Tucker, gets a reissue.

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