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<i>Me & Mr. Cigar</i>
Me & Mr. Cigar
Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes debuts a deeply weird and wonderful young adult novel.

Alyssa Quiles, Music, Feb. 20, 2020

<i>The Teacher</i> by Michal Ben-Naftali
The Teacher
This prize-winning novel's tale of a student piecing together the hidden life of her teacher, a Holocaust survivor who killed herself, is haunting

Jay Trachtenberg, Arts, Feb. 13, 2020

Revenge of the She-Punks
Revenge of the She-Punks

Rachel Rascoe, Music, Dec. 5, 2019

The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock & Roll
The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock & Roll

Tim Stegall, Music, Dec. 5, 2019

The Messenger: The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard
The Messenger: The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard

Doug Freeman, Music, Dec. 5, 2019

Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges
Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

Jay Trachtenberg, Music, Dec. 5, 2019

Life Is a Butt Dial: Tales From a Life Among the Tragically Hip
Life Is a Butt Dial: Tales From a Life Among the Tragically Hip

Doug Freeman, Music, Dec. 5, 2019

New Janis Joplin Biography Favors Love Over Sensationalism
New Janis Joplin Biography Favors Love Over Sensationalism
Author Holly George-Warren shows the love in Janis: Her Life and Music

Tim Stegall, Arts, Oct. 24, 2019

The Highs and Lows of Houston Life in <i>Lot: Stories</i>
The Highs and Lows of Houston Life in Lot: Stories
Bryan Washington depicts residents with warmth and discernment as they live, fight, work, and love in a city that can be both a home and a challenge

Rosalind Faires, Arts, Oct. 24, 2019

<i>The Dutch House</i> by Ann Patchett
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
In her eighth novel, Ann Patchett shows that what makes a family cannot be measured by the grandness of a house

Yvette Benavides, Arts, Oct. 3, 2019

<i>The Secrets We Kept</i> by Lara Prescott
The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
Who runs the world? Secretaries, spies, and survivors in Lara Prescott's debut novel

Rosalind Faires, Arts, Sept. 12, 2019

Texas Platters
Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan
A Texas Flood of new interviews paint an intimate portrait of late Austin guitar god

Doug Freeman, Music, Sept. 5, 2019

<i>Cold Storage</i>
Cold Storage
David Koepp's new thriller involves zombies, but its unexpected take, rooted in scientific realism, will make you rethink how the genre works

Reid Jowers, Arts, Aug. 29, 2019

<i>The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited!</i>
The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited!
The McElroys' hit RPG podcast-turned-comic earns its exclamation mark

Rosalind Faires, Arts, Aug. 8, 2019

<i>Houston Noir</i> Anthology Explores H-Town Badness
Houston Noir Anthology Explores H-Town Badness
H-Town badness gets the Akashic rundown in a criminally good anthology

Wayne Alan Brenner, Arts, July 18, 2019

<i>The Bird Boys</i> Brings Crime to 1970s Beaumont
The Bird Boys Brings Crime to 1970s Beaumont
Lisa Sandlin's characters try to solve the mysteries of themselves

Robert Faires, Arts, July 18, 2019

<i>Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee</i> by Casey Cep
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
Casey Cep solves the mystery of the true crime book that Harper Lee never wrote

Rosalind Faires, Arts, July 18, 2019

<i>A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary</i> by Terry Shames
A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary by Terry Shames
Police chief Samuel Craddock searches for a missing friend while on a visit to Jarrett Creek, Texas

Robert Faires, Arts, July 18, 2019

Road Tripping With a Serial Killer in <i>Paper Ghosts</i>
Road Tripping With a Serial Killer in Paper Ghosts
As well as being a riveting psychological thriller, this tale of a road trip across Texas with a serial killer shows the state in an intimate light

Elizabeth Cobbe, Arts, July 18, 2019

<i>An Accidental Cuban</i>
An Accidental Cuban
Joan Moran's up-to-the-minute page-turner exposes the dark and gritty side of Cuba with schemes full of treachery, double-dealing, and murder

Jay Trachtenberg, Arts, July 11, 2019

<i>Ghost Wall</i>
Ghost Wall
Sarah Moss' remarkable novella shows how one man's fascination with Iron Age Britain can manifest in the present in a terrifying way

Elizabeth Cobbe, Arts, May 23, 2019

<i>Outside Looking In</i> by T.C. Boyle
Outside Looking In by T.C. Boyle
With this novel about Timothy Leary and LSD in the early Sixties, T.C. Boyle has written a mighty book – and a gift

David Gaines, Arts, April 11, 2019

<i>Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing</i> by Robert A. Caro
Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing by Robert A. Caro
The author of The Path to Power shares the methods and motivations he employs while producing his award-winning biographies

Roberto Ontiveros, Arts, April 4, 2019

<i>Shooting Lessons</i> by Lenny Kleinfeld
Shooting Lessons by Lenny Kleinfeld
Kleinfeld's newest Chicago-based crime thriller takes the safety off

Wayne Alan Brenner, Arts, April 4, 2019

What If the Marx Brothers Got Around to Making That Movie With Salvador Dalí?
What If the Marx Brothers Got Around to Making That Movie With Salvador Dalí?
Josh Frank brings the legendary unproduced movie to printed life

Wayne Alan Brenner, Screens, March 21, 2019

What If <i>The Texas Chain Saw Massacre</i> Was Really About the Horrors of Modern American Society?
What If The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Was Really About the Horrors of Modern American Society?
Putting the Austin-made seminal slasher back into context

Marc Savlov, Screens, March 21, 2019

What If Mickey Mouse Had a Life Outside the Movies?
What If Mickey Mouse Had a Life Outside the Movies?
Why we’re drawn to illustrated icons

Richard Whittaker, Screens, March 21, 2019

<i>Bowlaway</i> by Elizabeth McCracken
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken
Bowling is something sacred in Elizabeth McCracken’s multigenerational novel

Rosalind Faires, Arts, Jan. 31, 2019

<i>Last Woman Standing</i> by Amy Gentry
Last Woman Standing by Amy Gentry
Amy Gentry’s Austin-set second novel is an electric revenge thriller

Rosalind Faires, Arts, Jan. 17, 2019

You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
My Years With Townes Van Zandt
Twenty years with Townes Van Zandt riding shotgun

Doug Freeman, Music, Dec. 20, 2018

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