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Texas Book Festival 2018: Real Romance: Alyssa Cole and Jasmine Guillory
There was an air of conspiratorial camaraderie from the moment moderator Patricia Hayes and authors Alyssa Cole and Jasmine Guillory entered the room. Maybe it was predestined.

1:15PM Mon. Oct. 29, 2018, Rosalind Faires Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2018: War Reporting: The Fighters on the Ground
Hours after news broke of yet another horrific mass shooting in America, this time at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, a vaguely troubled C.J. Chivers sat forward in his chair. With his shoulders tense up around his ears, the author of The Fighters looked out over the small audience and said, “Violence is failure."

12:45PM Mon. Oct. 29, 2018, Elizabeth Banicki Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2018: Alternate Realities: Sci-Fi in 2018
The panel “Alternate Realities: Sci-Fi in 2018” revolved around one amusing but disturbing question: Why bother? Specifically, why do we need sci-fi or fantasy or any kind of fiction in a world that serves up absurd and horrific headlines? (An example of the former was the 8-year-old Swedish girl named Saga who pulled an ancient Viking sword from a lake.)

12:30PM Mon. Oct. 29, 2018, Elizabeth Cobbe Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2018: Cecile Richards
Calling it a rally would be a step too far, but it was clear that the Texas Book Festival crowd this year wanted to talk politics. Fortunately, as the opener to the weekend’s events, Cecile Richards was ready to deliver.

12:15PM Mon. Oct. 29, 2018, Katarina Brown Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2018: The Real Story of Lolita
For being about a forgotten moment in the past, Sarah Weinman’s The Real Lolita feels positively prescient. If My Favorite Murder and its ilk have put us in a true crime renaissance and #MeToo has us grappling with our culture's cycles of abuse and predation, there seems no better time to remember kidnap victim Sally Horner.

6:00PM Sun. Oct. 28, 2018, Rosalind Faires Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2018: Meet the Indie Next Authors
Who among us hasn’t wanted to sit at the cool kids' table? Moderator and bookseller from Jersey City’s WORD Bookstore, Hannah Oliver Depp, acknowledged right off the bat that her seat next to novelists R.O. Kwon and Tommy Orange and memoirist Nicole Chung was a prime one: “Everyone I know is jealous of me right now.”

5:30PM Sun. Oct. 28, 2018, Rosalind Faires Read More | Comment »

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Conspirare Sings at Matthew Shepard Interment
Conspirare has garnered many honors through the years, but the one it received this week may be the greatest of all: singing at the service for Matthew Shepard as his ashes were interred at Washington National Catherdral. And the Austin choral ensemble responded by giving one of its most moving performances ever.

5:02PM Fri. Oct. 26, 2018, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

A Drinker's Guide to Literary Austin
This Saturday, October 27 is the annual Lit Crawl Austin, a literary pub crawl co-hosted by Texas Book Festival and the Litquake Foundation, which features some of the country’s best writers on stage at various East Cesar Chavez and Eastside venues.

3:26PM Fri. Oct. 26, 2018, Emily Beyda Read More | Comment »

Review: Berlin
With his long-running comics series Berlin recently collected in hardcover, Jason Lutes is now able to talk about the 18-year history of creating this masterwork. And the Texas Book Festival has wisely invited Lutes to do just that at the 2018 fest (details below). Our interview with Lutes can be found here. Now, here's a review of his novel.

10:00AM Fri. Oct. 26, 2018, Jesse Sublett Read More | Comment »

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