What's happening in Austin's literary life for the upcoming week


East Texas author Joe Lansdale, fresh from his success with The Bottoms, which won the Edgar for best novel and became a New York Times notable book of the year, brings back Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, the miscreants from Rumble Tumble, Bad Chili, and Mucho Mojo, in Captains Outrageous. Lansdale will be at BookPeople tonight, Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7pm.

Also tonight are the Violet Crown Awards at Barnes & Noble Westlake at 7pm.

UT's Center for Asian American Studies is hosting a reading and screening of poetry, fiction, and film by Asian American grad students from the Michener Center and the RTF Department tonight, from 7-9pm at the Flawn Academic Center. Call 232-6427 for more info.

Red Salmon Arts presents "Redefining Fronteras: Chicana Poetry & Performance" featuring Los Angeles writer Olga Angelina Garcia, a self-professed "battered bilingual" writer who code-switches, disrespects the English language, and uses poetry to portray a politicized border identity. San Antonio writer and performance artist Vicki Grise will be presenting "Rasgos Asiaticos," a "multimedia recovery project" about the Chinese presence in Mexico. On Friday, Sept. 21, at 7pm at the Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts, 600 River. For more info. call 416-8885. $5 suggested donation.

Deepak Chopra wasn't able to make it to BookPeople last week because, like everyone else, he found it rather difficult to get around the country in a plane. But he's rescheduled for this Saturday, from 1-3:30pm. He has a new book, Grow Older, Live Longer: Ten Steps to Reverse Aging, but he'll be conducting a group meditation concerning the terrorist attacks. Call 472-5050 for more info.

The Friends of the Austin Public Library are throwing a Monster Book Sale from 9am-6pm on Saturday, Sept. 22, and from 10am-6pm on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Crockett Center (6301 Hwy. 290 E.). More than 60,000 books, magazines, videos, CDs, LPs, and computer software for readers of all ages will be available. Past sales have raised as much as $65,000 for equipment and special programs at the Austin Public Library. Call 499-7443 for more info. September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, which means that existing library users can return overdue items without incurring late fees if they apply for the new Library Star Card (unless your late fees are so egregious you've been turned over to the city's legal department for collections, in which case you probably don't have any plans to show up at the library anyway).

On Saturday, Sept. 22, Writing on the Air, a production of the Writers' League of Texas Radio Collective, features Jacques Barzun, author of From Dawn to Decadence, at 4pm on KOOP 91.7FM.

Performance artist and sex industry worker Annie Sprinkle will be at BookPeople on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7pm. You have to be 18 or older to attend this book reading (the first time that caveat has ever appeared in this column!).

The Michener Center is bringing Ben Marcus, an assistant professor of creative writing at Columbia, and the author of The Age of Wire and String and the novel Notable American Women, which will be published as an original paperback by Vintage in March, to Austin on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30pm in the Calhoun building on the UT campus, room 100. Call 471-1601 for more info.

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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


Joe Lansdale, Captains Outrageous, Center for Asian American Studies a the University of Texas at Austin, Olga Angelina Garcia, Vicki Grise, Deepak Chopra, Jacques Barzun, Annie Sprinkle, Ben Marcus

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