Texas Writers Month Events

Texas writers

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The Texas Writers Month Kick-Off Gala, sponsored by Barnes & Noble and GSD&M, held last Tuesday, May 4 at GSD&M, was touted as a way for local readers to meet local, and state, writers. It didn't seem as if those readers attended the event; Robert Earl Keen, who was slated to perform, wasn't there; and the cleaning crew started making their rounds far before the crowd dwindled.

But the event was a success as far as writers are concerned, since so many of them showed up and seemed to enjoy the event. That may be because writers sit alone all day and write and this annual event affords them the rare opportunity to get together in a setting that is far removed from a writing desk, a panel discussion, or a reading. And judging from the bountiful plethora of local events scheduled in conjunction with Texas Writers Month, that may be a welcome relief. --C.S.

Saturday, May 15 Noon-3pm
Cheryl Hazeltine and Barry Lovelace sign The New Central Texas Gardener at the LBJ Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue. 292-4627.

Saturday, May 15 2pm
"Murder Is My Business" with Jay Brandon, Rick Riordan, Chris Rogers, and Linda Bingham at Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley. 892-3493.

Saturday, May 15 3-5pm
"Caught Dead in Paradise: Writing Mystery in Austin, L.A., and Aspen" with Jesse Sublett, Mary Willis Walker, and Tom Zigal at Adventures in Crime and Space. 473-2665.

Sunday, May 16 Noon
Scott Zesch reads from and signs Alamo Heights at Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley. 892-3493.

Sunday, May 16 7-9pm
"Huff! An Evening of Poetry with Albert Huffstickler and Friends" at Asylum Books, 1122-B S. Lamar. 441-9445.

Monday, May 17 7pm
Book launch party for Robert Draper's novel Hadrian's Walls at Book People. 472-5050.

Tuesday, May 18 7pm
Borderlands Texas Poetry Review: a host of poets at Barnes & Noble Guadalupe. 457-0581.

Tuesday, May 18 7:30pm
Stephen Harrigan, author of Water and Light: A Diver's Journey to a Coral Reef, and Casey Kittrell, co-editor of Down Time: Great Writers on Diving at Barnes & Noble Westlake. 328-3155.

Wednesday, May 19 11:30am-1pm
A lunch and booksigning at Congress Avenue Booksellers with Chuck Meyer, author of Twelve Smooth Stones. 478-1157.

Wednesday, May 19 7:30pm
Brad Denton joins the Contemporary Fiction Book Group at Barnes & Noble Westlake to discuss his book Lunatics. 328-3155.

Thursday, May 20 7pm
Michael Moorcock at Book People. 472-5050.

Thursday, May 20 7pm
Marion Winik speaks at the regular monthly meeting of the Austin Writers' League at First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover Ave. Free to the public. 499-8914.

Thursday, May 20 8pm
Local translators Leslie Wilson, Marian Schwartz, and Liliana Vanenzuela read from recent translations at Borders. 795-9553.

Friday, May 21 7pm
Cam Rossie and Hilary Hylton present The Insiders' Guide to Austin at Book People. 472-5050.

Saturday, May 22 1-5pm
Austin's All-Star Screenwriters: "Adaptation and Research," with Richard Linklater, Jesse Sublett, Sarah Powers, Tasca Shadix, and Jennifer HIll, 1-2:30pm; and "Everything You Need to Know About Screenwriting" with Cary Roberts, Tim McCanlies, Lawrence Wright, and Stephen Harrigan, 3-4:30pm; both panels at the Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th. $25; call 499-8914.

Saturday, May 22 11am
Barbara Allen presents Remember the Taste of Austin with six participating local restaurants at Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley. 892-3493.

Tuesday, May 25 7pm
"Mystery Tonight!" Mary Willis Walker, Chuck Meyer, Jim Magnuson, and Jeff Abbott read a sequential mystery at Barnes & Noble Westlake. 328-3155.

Wednesday, May 26 7pm
Elmer Kelton at Book People. 472-5050.

Thursday, May 27 7pm
Robbie Davis Floyd signs and reads Cyborg Babies at Book People. 472-5050.

Friday, May 28 7pm
Marion Winik's Goodbye Bash with Robert Draper, Jim Shahin, Carol Dawson, Sarah Bird, and Crispin Sartwell at Book People. 472-5050.

Friday, May 28 Noon
Presentation of 1999 Grants and Fellowships in Literature at AWL Resource Center, 499-8914.

Saturday, May 29 2pm
Glen Alyn reads and signs Huckleberry Minh at Barnes & Noble Arboretum. 418-8985.

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