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Romancing the Holmes
Local author Sherry Thomas had genre-hopped before, having built a following with a blend of YA fantasy (the Elementals trilogy), Victorian romance (the Fitzhugh series), and homages to the Chinese martial art adventure genre wuxia (The Heart of Blade duology). But taking on a cultural icon as revered as Sherlock Holmes?

9:15AM Tue. Oct. 2, Rosalind Faires Read More | Comment »

Review: The Hollow of Fear
The paragon of Victorian womanhood may have been demure and delicate, but there are no shrinking violets in the third novel of Sherry Thomas’ Lady Sherlock series. The Hollow of Fear’s charm and tension come from Thomas’ dexterous use of a classic trope: A good guy is being framed, and our heroine’s racing the clock to find the real killer.

9:00AM Tue. Oct. 2, Rosalind Faires Read More | Comment »

Tillie Walden Returns Home With an Important Message
For cartoonist and illustrator Tillie Walden, science fiction had long been infertile creative fodder: a genre rife with sterile graphics, dull storylines, and cishet bros. So what’s a queer gal to do when she wants a quality LGBTQ-centric narrative and beautifully drawn illustrations?

1:30PM Mon. Oct. 1, Beth Sullivan Read More | Comment »

Review: Lake Success
Gary Shteyngart has left for the lake. Well, not the novelist – known for his bestseller Super Sad True Love Story – but his new book's lead, a hedge-fund manager running away from his life. In advance of Shteyngart's appearance at BookPeople on Fri., Sept. 14, the Chronicle offers this appraisal of Lake Success.

11:40AM Thu. Sep. 13, Jay Trachtenberg Read More | Comment »

Looking For a Writing Class, Austinite?
Of course you know that this is one hell of a writerly town. It’s the urban hub that a fellow no less celebrated than O. Henry called the City of the Violet Crown – although he may have meant it rather snidely in his short story, “Tictocq: The Great French Detective, In Austin.”

12:34PM Sun. Sep. 9, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Ngozi Ukazu Hip-Checks This Year’s Staple! Expo
Okay, I’m kind of working the sports allusions up there, yeah – but it’s not to be helped, citizen.

1:00PM Wed. Sep. 5, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

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Texas Book Festival 2018: The Full List
Fall just got a little closer, readers, not in a meteorological sense but a literary one. The Texas Book Festival has released the full list of authors for its 2018 event, and you can look forward to more than 280 great guests to attend, among them Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, Susan Orlean, and Dessa.

8:00PM Wed. Aug. 29, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Review: The Annotated Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler, born in Chicago in 1888, raised mostly in London, fought in the trenches in World War I, dogged by failure, identity crisis, and alcoholism. Flopped as a poet and journalist. Fired from a high-paying job as an oil executive. Focus came in 1932 when he retyped a Dashiell Hammett story and studied every line, word, and nuance.

2:11PM Fri. Jul. 27, Jesse Sublett Read More | Comment »

Review: The Big Book of the Continental Op
In the late 1930s, when the fangs of fascism were getting ready to gobble up Europe, America saw its destiny to be the tough guy on the international beat, and a handful of smart left-wingers created one of the most enduring literary protagonists of modern times: the hard-boiled detective.

10:37AM Fri. Jul. 27, Jesse Sublett Read More | Comment »

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