Daily Books: Fiction
Drink to Me Only With Thine Lies
You want to go to a place where everybody knows your name? That’s your house, right? Where you live? Dollars to donuts, citizen: Everybody in your house – unless you’re being, what, burgled? – everybody there goddamn well knows your name.

8:00AM Thu. Jul. 20, 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 »

The Mystery: What’s on Kleinfeld’s List?
Kleinfeld? That’s Lenny Kleinfeld, of course: The man who left Chicago for a business trip to L.A. and, more than 30 years later, still hasn’t returned. The man who introduced the world to the stalwart detectives Bergman and Dunegan and all the homicide-riddled shit they have to deal with in that Windy City of theirs.

4:00PM Wed. Nov. 30, 2016, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

These New Crime Thrillers Make Killer Presents
You’ve got time to read, they’ve got time to bleed.

10:00AM Wed. Nov. 30, 2016, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Looking From the Outside
With Selim Özdogan
A prolific and cross-cultural Turkish-German author, Selim Özdogan recently made the temporary move to America, working in residence at the University of Michigan. While in the U.S., he made time this past week to fly to Austin to speak about his new novel, in which a Turkish-German teenager journeys to Istanbul to understand his roots.

2:30PM Tue. Nov. 15, 2016, Katarina Brown Read More | Comment »

Lit-urday: Margarito and the Snowman by REYoung
The last time REYoung had a book published – Unbabbling, his first – it was reviewed in the pages of The Austin Chronicle by Harvey Pekar.

10:00AM Sat. Oct. 1, 2016, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

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Lit-urday: Supremacist
Before reading Supremacist, I was a mere bystander of the Supreme phenomenon. My knowledge was limited to the fact that it is a skate brand, which oozes ultra-exclusivity and sophistication. But David Shapiro's novel sent me to all corners of the Internet, researching articles, abandoned blogs, and Twitter accounts about the cult clothing line.

3:17PM Sat. Jul. 2, 2016, Mary Cantrell Read More | Comment »

Saadia Faruqi at BookPeople
Growing up in Pakistan and immigrating to the United States gave Houston writer and interfaith activist Saadia Faruqi a unique opportunity: Use fiction as a conduit for cultural awareness. Or at least, tell some good stories and narrow the perspective gap.

11:10AM Fri. Feb. 12, 2016, Jessi Cape Read More | Comment »

Neil Gaiman on James Thurber's The 13 Clocks
Because it's not enough that we asked the man about his own work during this interview we just published. No, we had to be like, "So, uh, Neil – is there some book that's a longtime favorite of yours but that doesn't have the wider readership you think it deserves?"

10:30AM Fri. Nov. 13, 2015, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

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