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It's May; it's Texas Writers Month. This year, that means many, many events -- more than in any previous Texas Writers Month -- will be taking place. In fact, the list below is only the first half of the month's events. We'll print the rest of Austin's Texas Writers Month events in mid-May. Events are subject to change; phone numbers are included to verify events. -- C.S.

Saturday, May 12pm ¡Tex! on Tour panel discussion with authors Rolando Hinojosa-Smith,Judith Kroll, Marion Winik, and Belen Fernandez at Barnes & Noble Arboretum. 418-8985.

Saturday, May 1 3pm UT professor Helena Woodard discusses her new book African-British Writings in the Eighteenth Century: The Politics of Race and Reason at Borders. 795-9553.

Sunday, May 24:30pm Salon reading featuring actress Fran Dorn at the home of Liz Carpenter. $25; 454-TIXS.

Sunday, May 2Noon-6pm 22nd Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships at the O. Henry Museum, 409 E. Fifth. 472-1903.

Tuesday, May 47-10pm Meet Texas writers at the Official Texas Writers Month Statewide Kick-Off at GSD&M, 828 West Sixth. Free to the public (and free parking on-site). 328-3155.

Tuesday, May 41-4pm O. Henry Tour About Town -- a tour of historic sites that O. Henry frequented and which became the settings for his short stories. 472-1903.

Wednesday, May 57pm Abilene author Cole Thompson signs Chocolate Lizards at Barnes & Noble Arboretum. 418-8985.

Thursday, May 66pm "Comic Books: Creating the New Millennium" Q&A and art exhibit -- Comic artists and writers featuring Marvel Comics writer Joseph Harris, moderator Rick Klaw, as well as Sam Hurt, Jack Jackson, John Lucas, Martin Thomas, and Neal Barrett Jr. at GSD&M, 828 W. Sixth. 472-5050.

Thursday, May 67pm Writers at the Met: 10 writers will read and talk about their work at the Metropolitan Club, Sixth & Congress. Free to the public. 499-8914.

Thursday, May 67pm Open Forum in recognition of Cinco de Mayo with Jose Limon, David Montejano, Neil Foley, and Teresa Palomo Acosta at Barnes & Noble Guadalupe. 457-0581.

Thursday, May 67pm Booksigning with Joseph Skibell, author of A Blessing on the Moon, at Book People. 472-5050.

Friday-Saturday, May 7-810am Annual UT Press Book Sale on UT Press grounds, I-35 & Manor Road. 471-4032.

Friday, May 77pm Booksigning with Chuck Meyer, author of Twelve Smooth Stones at Book People. 472-5050.

Friday, May 75:30pm Reception for Young Texas Writers & Teddy Children's Book Awards at Holt, Rhinehart & Winston, 1120 S. Capital of Texas Hwy. 499-8914.

Saturday, May 81pm Austin Writers Day at Toad Hall Children's Bookstore with Keith Graves, Jane Bauld, Trevor Romain, Dale Bulla, Ruth Pennebaker, and Dona Schenker. 323-2665.

Saturday, May 82pm O. Henry Writing Clubs Celebration: Local writers read poems and short stories of 10 fifth-grade participants at Barnes & Noble Westlake. 328-3155.

Saturday, May 8 2pm James Magnuson, Christopher Reich, and Austin Bay kick off Texas Mystery Week and discuss their recent writings at Borders. 795-9553.

Saturday, May 87pm Performance poets Marie Fleischman and Nancy Keeling at BookWoman. 472-2785.

Monday, May 107-9pm Playwrights Roundtable at the State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave. 472-5143.

Monday, May 10 7pm "When the Blood Is Real" with authors Suzy Spencer, Monte Akers, Irene Pence, and Patricia Springer with Mary Willis Walker moderating at Book People. 472-5050.

Tuesday, May 11 7pm Sisters in Crime sponsors a panel discussion, Strong Women Sleuths, with Susan Wade, Evelyn Palfrey, L.C. Hayden, and Susan Wittig Albert at BookWoman. 472-2785.

Wednesday, May 12 11:30am-1pm "Thrills, Chills, and Blood Spills" with Suzy Spencer, Austin Bay, Barbara Burnett Smith, and L.C. Hayden at Congress Avenue Booksellers. 478-1157.

Wednesday, May 126pm Steven Saylor signs Rubicon: A Novel of Ancient Rome, at Adventures in Crime and Space. 473-2665.

Wednesday, May 127pm A Writer's Life: From Concept to Paycheck with David Lindsey, Robert Draper, Barbara Burnett Smith, and Susan Wade at Barnes & Noble Westlake. 328-3155.

Wednesday, May 12 7:30pm Panel discussion of the research required to write a mystery novel with Susan Wittig Albert, Robin Paige, Jan Grape, and Kathleen Kaska at Borders. 795-9553.

Thursday, May 13 6:30pm Sisters in Crime sponsors a panel discussion, "Cozy Writers," with authors Susan Rogers Cooper, Nancy Bell, Sharon Kahn, and Jan Maxwell at Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley. 892-3493.

Thursday, May 13 7pm Gonzo Writers Neil Barrett Jr., William Browning Spencer, and Brad Denton at Book People. 472-5050.

Thursday, May 13 7pm Diana Barnet discusses What You Need to Know About Hospitals at BookWoman. 472-2785.

Friday, May 14 6pm "Bonita vs. Blackburn" with Bradley Denton and Margaret Moseley at Adventures in Crime and Space. 473-2665.

Friday, May 14 7pm Sisters in Crime sponsors a panel discussion with authors Steven Saylor, Christopher Reich, Charles Meyer, and Monte Akers at Barnes & Noble Arboretum. 418-8985.

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