Upcoming literary events in Austin.

On Friday, April 7, the Austin History Center Association will hold its spring lecture, "Double Takes: Austin Evolving -- A Lecture and Gallery Talk." The lecture complements the ongoing exhibit at the Austin History Center, "Double Takes: Austin Evolving -- A Rephotographing Survey of Austin." The exhibit features historical images of Austin juxtaposed against contemporary images rephotographed from the same location by photographer Eric Beggs. Roy Flukinger, curator at the University of Texas Humanities Research Center, will give the gallery talk, which will be preceded by a catered reception at 6:30pm, during which guests will have an opportunity to view the exhibit. (Flukinger's presentation will begin at 7pm.) A dessert reception at 8pm follows the gallery talk. Reservations to the event are available by calling 499-7383 or via e-mail at (Include names and number in your party.) For more information about the event, visit the History Center's Web site at ... SWT professor Tim O'Brien's final lecture of the year takes place on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30pm in the Alkek Library Teaching Theater at SWT. O'Brien will speak about "The Craft of Fiction." Then, on Thursday, April 6, at 4pm in Flowers Hall, room 376, SWT grads Scott Blackwood, Mary Powell, and Ray Robertson, will talk about the process of publishing a first novel. Chronicle reviewer Blackwood's story collection, In the Shadow of the House, is forthcoming from SMU Press; Powell's novel Auslander, set in Central Texas, is just out from TCU Press; and Robertson's second novel, Heroes, is new from Simon & Pierre in his native home, Canada. At 7pm that evening in Flowers Hall room 341, O'Brien will join the three authors for a reading... The First Tuesday Freelancers Group will meet on Tuesday, April 4, from 11:30am-1pm at the Yarborough "North Loop" Library (2200 Hancock). Diana Borden, an attorney with Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, will discuss copyright and ownership of freelance work. For more information, or if you'd like to attend, contact Emily Sopensky at On Saturday, April 1, Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve and University of Texas Press are combining forces to present an Authors' Day, with 12 authors speaking about topics as various as current conservation issues in Texas, Texans and food, and the wild orchids of Texas. Wyman Meinzer (Great Texas Sky), James Steely (Parks for Texas), and Joanne Smith (Texans and Food) are some of the authors who will attend. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is located at 805 N. Capital of Texas Highway; admission is $2 adults, $1 children. Call 327-7622 for more information... Former Austinite Karen E. Lillis will be coming through town on her United States of Amnesia Tour. She will be reading excerpts from her new novel, i, scorpion: foul belly-crawler of the desert, at Gaby & Mo's on Sunday, April 2, at noon... UT's Department of English hosts poet Talvikki Ansel on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30pm in the fourth floor auditorium of the HRC on the UT campus (21st & Guadalupe). Ansel won the 1997 Yale Younger Poets Award for My Shining Archipelago... Congress Avenue Booksellers hosts their last big bash before they close for good with Statesman humor columnist John Kelso signing his new book, Texas Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff on Wednesday, April 5, from 11:30am-1pm. All items at Congress Avenue are currently 40% off, and beginning Monday, April 3, all items will be 50% off.

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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


Tim O' Brien, Scott Blackwood, Austin History Center

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