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2006: Year of the Bird; plus, the Dobie Paisano deadline is upon you, and a big month at Barnes & Noble Arboretum


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The Writers’ League of Texas has announced that novelist Sarah Bird will receive the organization’s second annual Award of Literary Merit, following Ann Patchett. 2006 is shaping up to be a good year for the beautiful and talented Bird, whose sixth “real” novel (she has also made a name for herself in the romance and mystery genres, not to mention screenwriting and journalism), The Flamenco Academy, will be released by Knopf in June. She’ll be honored by the WLT on September 15 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. “It’s a giant thrill,” she says, “but I’m worried, because Ann Patchett was such a phenomenal speaker that I’m scared they’re gonna expect to be dazzled again. Dream effin’ on.” For more information, see www.writersleague.org and www.randomhouse.com/knopf/authors/bird/index.html.

The postmark application deadline for the 2006-07 Dobie Paisano Fellowships is Friday, Jan. 27. Applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements: be a native Texan, have lived in Texas for at least two years, or have published writing that has a Texas subject. Visit www.utexas.edu/ogs/Paisano/info.html or e-mail Dr. Audrey N. Slate, director, at aslate@mail.utexas.edu to find out more.


Notable Upcoming Events of Interest ...

February is a big month at Barnes & Noble Arboretum: Austin’s Elizabeth Crook is the store’s featured author, and she’ll do a reading and signing there on Feb. 7 at 7pm. Look for the Chronicle’s review of Crook’s The Night Journal in the coming weeks. Look for Lily Tomlin – yeah, Lily Tomlin – at the store on Feb. 11, 7:30pm, signing copies of the DVD The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. And look for Bill Simmons signing his Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN’s Sports Guy Found Salvation, With a Little Help From Nomar, Pedro, Shawshank, and the 2004 Red Sox on Feb. 15 at 7:30pm.

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