Upcoming literary events in Austin.



Author David Bradley (The Chaneysville Incident) is teaching at the Michener Center this fall; he'll give a reading on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30pm, in the fourth floor auditorium of the HRC (21st & Guadalupe) on the UT campus... The Jewish Community Association of Austin's Book Fair will be taking place from Nov. 5-19; authors scheduled to attend include Myla Goldberg (The Bee Season), Rich Cohen (The Avengers: A Jewish War Story), Samuel Freedman (Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry), Nomi Eve (The Family Orchard), Mimi Sheraton (The Bialy Eaters), and Ted Koppel (Off Camera: Private Thoughts Made Public), among others. To see the entire roster of authors coming to town, see Call the JCAA box office at 735-8044 (open Mon-Thu, noon-5:30pm) for ticket information. All events take place at the Dell Jewish Community Campus (7300 Hart Lane)... In the middle of all that comes the Texas Book Festival, Nov. 10-12, at the Texas Capitol. T.C. Boyle, Barry Lopez, Liz Smith, Stanley Crouch, Rick Bass, Leslie Marmon Silko, Edward Hirsch, Mary Karr, Antonya Nelson, and Ha Jin will be there, among many others. See for a full list... Evelyn Palfrey will be at Mitchie's Fine Black Art & Gift Gallery (5706 Manor Road) on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 3pm, signing her romance novel The Price of Passion. She'll be at Borders South (4477 S. Lamar) that same day at 7pm... Alice Walker will be at BookPeople on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7pm, with her new book, The Way Forward Is With a Broken Heart... Michael Chabon (Wonder Boys) will also be at BookPeople on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7pm, to read from his new novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay... Neal Pollack, the preeminent man of American letters, will be at the store on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7pm, to present The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature: The Collected Writings of Neal Pollack.

Dobie Paisano Fellowship

Applications for the 2001-2002 Dobie-Paisano Writing Fellowships are being accepted until January 26. The fellowship offers creative writers the opportunity to live and work at Paisano, J. Frank Dobie's 254-acre ranch 14 miles west of Austin. Applicants should either be a native of Texas, have lived in Texas at some time for at least two years, or have published writing that has a Texas subject. Criteria include quality of work, character of the proposed project, and suitability of the applicant for life at Paisano. The first fellowship begins September 1, 2001 and the second March 1, 2002. Each provides a living allowance of $2,000 monthly during residence. For more information, write: Dobie-Paisano Project, J. Frank Dobie House, 702 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705; call 471-8542; or e-mail To download an application, see

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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

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Clay Smith, Jan. 11, 2002


Ha Jin, Barry Lopez, Samuel Freedman, T.C. Boyle, Stanley Crouch, Rick Bass

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