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By Monica Riese, October 22, 2013, 9:00am, Under the Covers

With the Texas Book Festival right around the corner, we're already swimming in literary news. But don't miss these other headlines from around the written world.

• TBF author Jennifer duBois (Cartwheel) was honored last night with one of 10 $50,000 Whiting Writers' Awards to support her work on a third novel. duBois teaches at Texas State University; she joins Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, Amanda Coplin, Virginia Grise, Ishion Hutchinson, Morgan Meis, C.E. Morgan, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Clifford Thompson, and Stephanie Powell Watts as the 2013 Whiting class.

Joe R. Lansdale – who will be at TBF this weekend with his latest novel, The Thicket – is on Kickstarter. Dark Regions Press is just shy of halfway to its $25,000 goal to produce Black Labyrinth Book II with illustrations by surrealist artist Santiago Caruso. It's the second of 10 horror novellas in the series, and campaign backers have the chance to get their hands on a copy a full month before the rest of the world sees it.

• If you're jonesing for more books after the TBF, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian will be speaking at the University of Texas on Wednesday, Oct. 30. His book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed came out at the beginning of this month. You'll find complete event details here.

• The Inside Book Project, which sends books to inmates in Texas prisons, is celebrating its 15th anniversary at the TBF. Find their booth at the exhibitors' tent, or head over to their HQ at 3121 E. 12th for an open house Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10am to 10pm.

• Speaking of notable anniversaries, Austin-based Kirkus Reviews turned 80 last month. Happy birthday to Kirkus, and may you enjoy another 80!

• The Faulk Central Library (800 Guadalupe) will be closed every weekend from Nov. 9 through Dec. 1 for construction on the furnaces and chimney. Monday-Friday hours remain the same.

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