Book news, signings, and author appearances this week.
Novelist, autobiographer, and screenwriter Don J. Snyder will read at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center on both Monday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30pm, followed by a booksigning and reception. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, and is the writer of three books of fiction and two nonfiction works, Of Time and Memory: A Mother's Story and The Cliffwalk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and a Life Found, both of which are being made into movies. Synder is also the writer of several screenplays and is currently completing a book and screenplay set in Northern Ireland. On Friday, Oct. 27, he'll join fiction writers and SWT faculty Debra Monroe and Tom Grimes in an open forum Q&A about the writing of fiction and memoir at the KAP Literary Center at 2pm. All KAP events are open to the public. Call 512/268-6637 or see www.English.swt.edu/kap/contactpage5.html for directions. Parking for the KAP house is available at the Kyle Elementary School and the library, located two short blocks from the house... 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 www.jfaustin.org. Call the JCAA box office at 735-8044 (open Monday-Thursday, noon-5:30pm) for ticket information. All events take place at the Dell Jewish Community Campus (7300 Hart Lane)... Alice Walker will be at BookPeople on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7pm, with her new book, The Way Forward Is With a Broken Heart... Book lovers may want to register to attend the HRC's Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium 2000: The Infinite Library: Old Worlds and New: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections in the 21st Century, which takes place November 3-4 in the Leeds Gallery on the fourth floor of the Flawn Academic Center. The symposium, a biennial event, honors Cowles and her brief but legendary tenure at Flair magazine. Up for discussion this year is the state of the library in the 21st century, but authors Diane Johnson (Le Mariage, Le Divorce), James Salter, and playwright Arnold Wesker will be in attendance as well. For registration information, call 471-8944 or access www.flair2000.hrc.utexas. edu... Prolific Austin author Angela Shelf Medearis and her husband Michael Medearis will be signing their new books Daisy and the Doll and Seven Spools of Thread at Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley (5601 Brodie Lane) on Saturday, Oct. 21, from noon-2pm... Authors Kay Davis (Shattered Illusions), Peggy J. Herring (Calm Before the Storm), and Frankie L. Jones (Captive Heart) will be at Book Woman on Friday, Oct. 21, to read from and sign their new books and to celebrate the birth of a new women's press, Bella Books.