Texas Writers Month is here and that means … lots and lots of Texas writers speaking at a multitude of events.

May is Texas Writers Month. In Austin that means you'll find many writers taking the seasonal cue that spring provides by emerging from their dusty lairs and talking all over town about their craft and reading from their books. It's noteworthy just how many events are taking place this month, but first, the other, immediate news: You can stop wringing your hands if you heard the rumor that Toad Hall is closing, because it's not closing, just moving. Owner Barbara Thomas reports that she hopes to have the store moved to 4520 Burnet Road by May 15... The University Co-op announced the Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for the year's best faculty writing at UT on Sunday, April 29. Winners include A.P. Martinich for Hobbes: A Biography, David Buss for Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind, Nell Dale for C++ Plus Data Structures; Veit Erlmann for Music, Modernity and the Global Imagination, and Wm. Roger Louis for co-editing The Oxford History of the British Empire, The Twentieth Century... On to Texas Writers Month. Here's the bare-bones info on upcoming TWM events that are free and open to the public: Tonight, May 4, from 7-10pm, is the kickoff party for Texas Writers Month at the Hirschfeld-Moore House (814 Lavaca). Free food, free beer, the Floyd Domino Duo, and lots of writers... UT Press' annual warehouse sale, May 5 from 10am-6pm and May 6 from 9am-2pm. I-35 and Manor Road. Discounts up to 90%... Murder Texas Style: Brains & Bluff, a panel discussion, at Adventures in Crime and Space on May 6 from 1-2:30pm with Patsy Ward Burk and Chris Rogers. Later, Men Strike Back-style, is Murder Texas Style: Brains & Brawn with Jesse Sublett, Neal Barrett Jr., and Rick Riordan, also at Adventures from 3-4:30pm... Other Times, Other Places, with mystery writers who set their works in ancient Egypt and Rome, at Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley at 2pm. Steven Saylor, Lynda S. Robinson, and Carol Thurston are the panelists... The release party for Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review is on May 6 at Gallery Lombardi (910 W. Third) at 7pm... On the Trail of a Killer, a panel discussion with Susan Wade, Mary Willis Walker, Darryl Wimberley, and Tom Zigal, at B&N Guadalupe on May 7 from 2-4pm... Authors Susan Rogers Cooper, Jan Grape, Christopher Reich, and Rick Riordan have each written one part of a short mystery story in which Chronicle editor Louis Black is murdered. They'll read it at BookPeople on May 8 at 7pm... Reality as Fiction, a panel discussion, at B&N Arboretum on May 9 at 7:30pm with Steven Saylor, Barbara Burnett Smith, and Jesse Sublett... Texas Inspiration, a panel discussion, with Robert Draper, Jan Reid, Mary Powell, Debra Monroe, and Dick Holland moderating, at B&N Arboretum on May 10 at 7:30pm... Facts & Fiction, a panel discussion, takes place at Yarborough Library (2200 Hancock Drive), with Monte Akers, Lynette Baughman, and Gary M. Lavergne at 7pm on May 10... Local Color, Real and Imagined, with Jeff Abbott, Nancy Bell, Jan Grape, Don Webb, and Sharon Kahn at Borders North, 7:30pm on May 10... Historian and artist Jack Jackson will be at B&N Guadalupe on May 10 at 7pm... Strong Women in Mysteries, with Carolyn Banks, Nancy Bell, Susan Rogers Cooper, and Kaye Davis, at Book Woman, at 7pm on May 11... The Austin Writers' League's annual Writers at the Met event takes place on May 11 from 7-9pm at the Metropolitan Club, 13th floor, One American Center. Eight authors, including John Kelso and Karen Stolz, are scheduled to give readings.

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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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