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"A Celebration of Writing, and Reading"
In advance of the 25th anniversary of the Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest, I went digging through the back issues to see what was published for its debut. In the March 27, 1992 issue, there it was: the winning stories, the list of judges, and, best of all, the contest's origin story spun by Chronicle Editor Louis Black.

5:00PM Wed. Jun. 14, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2017: The First Dozen
On Monday, the Texas Book Festival announced the first dozen authors for the 2017 edition, taking place Nov. 4 and 5, and the 22nd year of this Lone Star celebration of the written word promises a wealth of talent for fans of the novel, lit for kids and young adults, and cookbooks.

12:50PM Wed. Jun. 7, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Day Trips & Beyond: Of Texas Rivers & Texas Art
The human race has a tenuous relationship with water at best. We love it, we hate it; there’s too much, or there’s not enough. It says something of the arrogance of humans that we have such arguments at all.

2:18PM Wed. Apr. 26, Gerald E. McLeod Read More | Comment »

In Memoriam: Gary Cartwright
Texas has lost a Mad Dog. Gary Cartwright, Texas Monthly stalwart, author of the true-crime classic Blood Will Tell, sportswriter extraordinaire, inveterate prankster, and all-around helluva writer, died Wed., Feb. 22, after complications from a fall in his home. He was 82.

3:45PM Thu. Mar. 2, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Hanging Out With the Dream King
“Here’s how the project works,” says Mathias SvaIina, a man who recently bicycled from Marfa to Austin. “I take about 40-50 subscribers per month and write dreams for them every day of that month. Then I’ll bike around before dawn and deliver them by hand, usually leaving them on front doors. For subscribers out of town, I mail the dreams every day.”

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

Review: Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall
Who is Helen Hadley Hall and how does she attract and retain love slaves, one wonders upon eyeing the book cover, Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall? The promise of the carnal “how-to” in the title of James Magruder’s novel is betrayed and replaced by a wickedly funny and achingly insightful novel in its stead.

2:16PM Fri. Jan. 6, Barbara Chisholm Read More | Comment »

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Hey, Grownups! More Graphic Novels!
Looking for a gift for some comics-loving friend this holiday season, citizen? Or want to get yourself a little something decent in the way of sequential art in a good-looking package? Because you deserve it, really, just for having survived almost another whole year on this planet without resorting to homicide or suicide or some other sad 'cide?

4:00PM Tue. Dec. 13, 2016, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Hey, Grownups! Graphic Novels!
Looking for a gift for some comics-loving friend this holiday season, citizen? Or want to get yourself a little something decent in the way of sequential art in a beautifully designed package? Because you deserve it, really, just for having survived almost another whole year on this planet without resorting to homicide or suicide or some other sad 'cide?

4:30PM Tue. Dec. 6, 2016, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

My Father’s House: A Moment With Bruce Springsteen
Winding from the entrance around the back of the building and down Sixth Street, the line at BookPeople on Thursday bustled with hundreds of people waiting to get a picture taken with Bruce Springsteen. The event, supporting his memoir Born to Run, allegedly sold out 1,200 tickets in one minute. I’m somewhere in the middle of the queue, trying not to throw up.

11:10AM Fri. Dec. 2, 2016, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

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