Austin readings, releases, and more


The Texas Book Festival may be the cornerstone event of the Austin literary scene, but it's hardly the last gig in town. Check out these headlines, fresh from the shelves.

• There's a new book on shelves today that's a collaboration between Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams. But S. is not a conventional book: "Tucked among the pages, readers will find handwritten letters and notes, a college newspaper clipping, a purple mimeographed telegram, photocopied book pages, postcards, an old photograph, a map scrawled on a coffee shop napkin, and even a throwback decoder ring," Logan Hill explained in The New York Times. We haven't gotten to see a copy just yet, but we're impossibly excited to get our hands on one and start digging.

• The 30th annual Austin Jewish Book Fair kicked off this past weekend with an event presented in partnership with the Texas Book Festival: a conversation with Highs in the Low Fifties author (and Chronicle alumna) Marion Winik. Over the course of the next month, the Jewish Community Center will host an additional half-dozen events, including such authors as David Ebenbach, Daniel Bergner, and Dara Horn. Visit the JCC website for complete event details.

• In less than two weeks, Texas-born poet Joshua Edwards begins his 700-mile trek – by foot – from Galveston Island to Galveston Street in Marfa, where he and his wife plan to build a house. He's wrapping up a book and a photography project along the way, and he'll stop at Malvern Books (613 W. 29th) on Friday, Nov. 22, for a reading. Follow his journey at

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