Since in Central Texas the climate is obviously no indication that fall is on its way, there fortunately are other indicators, like the fall rush of literary fiction hitting the shelves and the increasing presence of authors making appearances at local bookstores. First, though, one local bookstore has recently moved: Asylum Books, which sells used and rare books, has moved from 2906 San Gabriel into a space that is three times as large at 1122-B South Lamar, in the Lamar Plaza Shopping Center. The new location has a capacity for 30,000 books "but we're not in a rush to fill it up," says Bob Wolfkill, Asylum Books' owner. "We're maintaining our commitment to offer high-quality, interesting, and hard-to-find titles, many of which you'd be unlikely to find elsewhere in town, and that takes patience."...

The Jerry Strickland Library has now opened at the Cornerstone Gay and Lesbian Community Center (1117 Red River). It houses over 2,500 volumes and was the vision of Jerry Strickland Jr., a volunteer at Out Youth who died in 1994 but collected many of the works and resources available at the library. Call 708-1234 for more information...

Borders hosts San Antonio mystery writer Rick Riordan as the guest leader of the Mystery Lovers Discussion Group, Wednesday, September 9, 7:30pm. Riordan's latest, The Widower's Two-Step, was reviewed this summer by The New York Times, whose Marilyn Stasio says that The Widower's Two-Step has "terrific Texas color." Riordan and his wife recently moved back to San Antonio from San Francisco. Writing in this month's Austin Writer, the Austin Writers' League's monthly newsletter, Riordan ponders why it took him 20 years to heed that perrenial advice to "write about what you know." He provides an addendum to that dictum: "You have to write about what you know from an arm's length. The subject matter has to be both completely familiar and completely fresh. That's a hard balance to strike." Austin Writer columnist Lana Castle, who as the Style Meister fields all kinds of proofreading and stylistic calls with utmost competence and panache, will be discussing her book Style Meister: The Quick-Reference Custom Style Guide, at Book People, Tuesday, September 8, 7pm. Look for folk singer Judy Collins to read from her new book (and perhaps break into song, according to her publicist) at Book People, Monday, September 14, 7pm. Her new book, Singing Lessons: A Memoir of Love, Loss, Hope and Healing, is about her son Clark's suicide...

See page 70, our newly redesigned Calendar page, for the news on an event with about 20 Texas authors revealing cooking secrets at Barnes & Noble Westlake, Sunday, September 6, 3pm. The book is Stirring Prose, by San Antonio pathologist and freelance writer Deborah Douglas, who has assembled recipes from 39 Texas authors. The book is from A&M Press...

Back to Borders: On Thursday, September 10, 7:30pm, Borders hosts a romance writers panel titled "Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women." The panelists, all of them local authors, include Jean Brashear (The Bodyguard's Bride), Pamela Ingrahm (The Texas Ranger and the Tempting Twin), Peggy Moreland (The Rancher's Spittin Image, The Restless Virgin), and Patricia Wynn (A Pair of Rogues)...

Owl Books has just published Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day, by Joan Bolker, Ed.D. (paper, $15.95). One telling line: "Back in chapter 5 I warned you to keep a sustainable pace."...

Something funny: September is "Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month."

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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.

Clay Smith, Jan. 18, 2002

Not one day back from vacation and the growing list of noble souls who need to be congratulated is making Books Editor Clay Smith uneasy.

Clay Smith, Jan. 11, 2002


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