The Texas Book Festival has released an in-progess list of attending authors for the 2005 gathering benefitting Texas libraries, Oct. 28-30, at the Capitol and its environs. Among them are Salman Rushdie, whose new novel, Shalimar the Clown, will be released in September; Alicia Erian (Towelhead), Noah Feldman (Divided by God: America's Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It), Myla Goldberg (Wickett's Remedy), Peter Guralnick (Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke), Jim Magnuson (The Hounds of Winter), Mayra Montero (Captain of the Sleepers), Alexander Parsons (In the Shadows of the Sun), the translator Liliana Valenzuela, and Paul Woodruf (First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea). For more information, see www.texasbookfestival.org.
Bill Hicks: Agent of Evolution, billed as "The Definitive Biography by His Lifelong Friend," has been published by Harper Collins in the UK. We know it's excellent, because we have a copy, and occasional Chronicle contributor Michael Bertin co-authored it with Hicks attaché Kevin Booth. "There's no timetable for a U.S. release," Bertin said before heading to London. "So, I don't know if and when anything happens here." We'll keep you posted, and, in the meantime, you can purchase the book at www.amazon.co.uk.
Go to the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown on Thursday, June 23, 7pm, for a screening of Jaws. Presented by BookPeople, the event will include an appearance by Dean Sluyter, whose Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment Lessons From the Movies unlocks the spiritual power of such films as Casablanca, The Graduate, and, yes, this little shark tale... On Tuesday, June 28, 5:30pm, the Austin Public Library's Cepeda branch will host a benefit at Nuevo Leon restaurant (1501 E. Sixth) for its Music Garden, "intended to recognize the contribution of East Austin musicians and to raise awareness about this important aspect of the city's musicalÊhistory." The Roots of the Live Music Capital will feature former big-band leaders Ruben and Ernest Perez... But before those two events is the Forbidden Fruit-sponsored Love With Our Mouth: An Evening of Oral Pleasures with Steve Almond (Candyfreak, The Evil B.B. Chow, and My Life in Heavy Metal) at BookPeople on Saturday, June 18, 7pm. Attendance will surely be reciprocated in some capacity, I imagine.
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