In Memoriam

Américo Paredes died Wednesday, May 5 at the age of 83. A remembrance of the founder of UT's Center for Mexican American Studies appears in this week's Chronicle in "TV Eye" by Belinda Acosta. See page 57. Memorial contributions can be made to: Mexican American Studies Scholarship Fund, West Mall Bldg. 5.102, UT Austin, Austin, TX 78712.

Short Story Contest

Send your short story of 2,500 words or less to us by June 7 to be considered for our Eighth Annual Short Story Contest. The story should be previously unpublished, typewritten, and accompanied by a separate cover letter that has your name, address, and phone number, so in other words don't put that information anywhere on the story itself. And only send us one story! Send to: Short Story Contest, PO Box 49066, Austin, TX 78765.

Po Man's Child

Amidst the riches of Texas writers' events we're experiencing this month, other authors from farther reaches still make their way to town. Marci Blackman will be reading from her new novel Po Man's Child (Manic D Press, $12.95 paper) at BookWoman Tuesday, May 18 at 7pm. Blackman has been touted as "her generation's link between the ... fiction of Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison."


Kudos to Chronicle reviewer Stuart Wade for getting his hilarious "one-act play" No Comment: The Play into this month's Harper's without even trying. It's about a press conference in which the spokesperson goes to great lengths to say absolutely nothing...

A late congratulations to the four individuals who made the 1999 Austin Poetry Slam Team: Phil West, Vicky Charleston, Ernie Cline, and Karyna McGlynn. You can catch them Tuesdays at Red-Eyed Fly. Sign-up starts at 8pm, slam at 9pm...

Bobby and Lee Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso have won the American Book Awards' Editor/Publisher Award. The Before Columbus Foundation, which distributes the American Book Awards, strives to recognize literary excellence of a "panoramic perspective." "A narrow view strictly to the mainstream ignores all the tributaries that feed it. American literature is not one tradition but all traditions," the Foundation asserts...

PEN (Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) Center USA West in Los Angeles has announced that Lake Jackson author Ron Rozelle's memoir Into That Good Night (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, $22 hard) is one of five finalists for their creative nonfiction award...

And congratulations are in order for local poet and playwright Sharon Bridgforth, whose the bull-jean stories (RedBone Press, $12 paper) has won a Lambda Literary Award for Best Small Press Book...

Winners from the 22nd Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships include a Waco native, Jim Hahn, for the Punniest of Show category and Alex Ramirez in the High-Lies & Low-Puns category. Judges included Jimmy "The Neck" Maas of KLBJ-AM, comedians Amos Ewing and Jana Williams, and Shannon Sedwick of Esther's Follies...

Kimberly Willis Holt received the fourth annual Teddy Award from the Austin Writers' League for Best Children's Book for My Louisiana Sky, a coming-of-age story about a young girl's struggle to accept her mentally disable parents in 1950's Louisiana.

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More Postscripts
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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