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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 »

Springsteen Is Born to Sign in Austin
Bruce Springsteen has extended his current tour and just announced a stop in Austin Thu., Dec. 1. By the way, that's a book tour, not a music tour – the Boss is pushing his new memoir, Born to Run – but look at it this way: You won't hear him play at this BookPeople event, but you'll get closer to him than you would at a concert.

10:30AM Tue. Nov. 22, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2016: The Full List
Readers and fans of the literary, you might want to grab a napkin before feasting on the newly announced list of authors for the 2016 Texas Book Festival. With 280 authors on board – among them Don DeLillo, Thomas Dolby, Emma Cline, Jane Alexander, and Nick Offerman – you're sure to start salivating.

7:45PM Thu. Sep. 15, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Mayor's Book Club Befriends Lincoln
In what may well be called a politic choice for the Mayor's Book Club, Hizzoner Steve Adler has made the annual tradition's 15th selection a tome about the 16th president – or rather, the ambitious young attorney who eventually became the 16th president: A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan.

3:20PM Mon. May 2, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

A Whole Lotta Lit to Hit
Ghost stories in the State Cemetery. Nerd Jeopardy. Crimes Against Humanity with books. Writers trying to identify their own words – and failing. Writers confessing their worst failures. Writers facing off in a Literary Death Match. Cocktails and coloring books. When one night goes this far off the rails, it must be the return of Lit Crawl Austin.

4:00PM Wed. Oct. 14, 2015, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

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Texas Book Festival 2015: The Mighty 300
What event could bring together Gary Hart and John Sununu, Jonathan Lethem and Lemony Snicket, Taye Diggs and Leonard Pitts, Robert Christgau and Jessica Hopper? The Texas Book Festival, natch. And for its 20th edition, the annual lit extravaganza has booked a record 300 authors.

3:50PM Fri. Sep. 4, 2015, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

The Remains of the Papers
The Harry Ransom Center's already substantial holdings of British authors just took another leap forward with the acquisition of the archive of Booker Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro.

10:40AM Tue. Aug. 25, 2015, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Texas Teen Book Festival: The 2015 Lineup
She can tell you how to get to Sesame Street. And she can tell you a lot more about her life pre-PBS when she headlines the 2015 Texas Teen Book Festival. Sonia Manzano, who had generations of the show's fans sighing when she announced that she'd be leaving the role of Maria, will be the keynote speaker for the Sept. 26 event.

10:00AM Mon. Aug. 17, 2015, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

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