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Texas Book Festival 2017: Tom Hanks
in Conversation With Lawrence Wright
So the adorable Tom Hanks has a thing for typewriters. He loves to talk about them, write about them, collect them, compare them, and act out typing on them. He even loves to for-real type on them.

9:00AM Mon. Nov. 6, 2017, Elizabeth Banicki Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2017:
Flights of Fantasy
It’s old news by now: The days of the fantasy genre existing solely as a bunch of Tolkien knockoffs is over. The sword-and-sorcery novel that dominated much of 20th century fantasy still holds its place in the genre, but it’s now joined by many other kinds of magical stories – as evidenced by the range of sci-fi/fantasy panels at the Texas Book Festival.

5:45PM Sun. Nov. 5, 2017, Elizabeth Cobbe Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2017: Sisters First:
A Celebration of Sisterhood
On a muggy Saturday morning in the Capitol's ornate House Chamber, Laura Bush sat poised in a fat leather armchair. Her hair was perfect (as always), and the heavy strand of pearls around her neck matched the buttons of her pink cashmere sweater. “It’s Mom’s birthday!” Jenna Bush Hager elated from the podium near her sister Barbara.

4:45PM Sun. Nov. 5, 2017, Elizabeth Banicki Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2017: After the Uprising: The Shi'a Sunni Divide
My fascination with the Middle East had drawn me to The New Sectarianism, the book in which Geneive Abdo covers in spectacular depth the reality and modern-day impacts of the ancient religious rift between the Shi’a and Sunni sects of Islam.

2:15PM Sun. Nov. 5, 2017, Elizabeth Banicki Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2017:
Writers and Their Dogs
Everyone loves to gush about their pets, but writers may do so with a particular descriptive and storytelling panache. The panel “Writers and Their Dogs: There Will Be Pictures” put this to a test, staging just such a conversation before an audience. True to the titular promise, there were pictures.

1:30PM Sun. Nov. 5, 2017, Melany Jean Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2017: Soonish:
A Funny Future of Technology
It’s not every day that you get to talk about killer robots at church. Saturday, though, was that day at the Texas Book Festival.

12:30PM Sun. Nov. 5, 2017, David McWilliams Read More | Comment »

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Review: Spinning
Here’s a coming-of-age story that’s not made exclusively of words nor exclusively of images, but of those two things in masterful combination. A graphic novel, yes. It’s called Spinning.

11:50AM Fri. Nov. 3, 2017, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2017: Samantha Irby
The title of Samantha Irby’s latest essay collection might be We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, but that doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen for us Austinites. At this year’s Texas Book Festival, the hilarious and unapologetically candid writer will offer die-hard fans and new readers the chance to hear her discuss her raunchy tales IRL.

10:00AM Fri. Nov. 3, 2017, Beth Sullivan Read More | Comment »

Five Arty Things to Do: Nov. 3-5
It’s our “Best of Austin” issue this week, hell yes – but you know the goodness just keeps on keeping on in this bustling metrop of ours, is relentless to the point of oh-shit-how-do-I-choose?, is enough to make a citizen look below for a quintet of suggestions re: the more culturally vibrant parts of the weekend immediately ahead …

2:50PM Thu. Nov. 2, 2017, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

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