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Five Graphic Gift Books For Your Creative Favorites
Screens are the default by now, of course. Which makes books more of a special thing, just on the surface.

10:00AM Tue. Dec. 15, 2020, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2020: Isabel Wilkerson on Caste
In 2010, just before that year’s Texas Book Festival and a panel on her book, The Warmth of Other Suns, author Isabel Wilkerson told the Chronicle’s Wells Dunbar that she preferred the term “caste” in describing U.S. social structures, rather than “racism.”

9:00AM Tue. Nov. 17, 2020, Michael King Read More | Comment »

The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem
Jonathan Lethem has created in The Arrest an allegorical tale full of isolation and rejuvenation fitting for 2020. It's a year that most of us, whether by choice or not, have begun to tell new stories that just might invert the status quo.

11:18AM Thu. Nov. 12, 2020, Evan Rodriguez Read More | Comment »

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
“The thing I will never forget is that people were watching us do all of this,” recalls the narrator of Yaa Gyasi’s second novel. “We were three Black people in distress. Nothing to see.”

12:40PM Wed. Nov. 11, 2020, Barbara Purcell Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2020: Meet the Whiting Award Winners in Poetry
Moderator Safiya Sinclair opened Saturday evening’s discussion with a James Baldwin quote – “Artists are here to disturb the peace” – followed by a Baldwin-esque question: What is the role of the poet in this political moment? The panel, which was made up of three Whiting Award recipients, each offered their take.

4:10PM Tue. Nov. 10, 2020, Barbara Purcell Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2020: Mychal Denzel Smith and Isaac J. Bailey in Conversation
On a balmy November afternoon, I and hundreds of others opened our laptops or turned on our tablets or phones to attend the first day of adult programming for the 2020 Texas Book Festival. I didn’t have to walk further than my desk, pay for parking, or fight crowds to hear from this year's guest authors. And the authors didn't have to come to Austin either.

2:30PM Tue. Nov. 10, 2020, Evan Rodriguez Read More | Comment »

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Texas Book Festival 2020: Mychal Denzel Smith
Mychal Denzel Smith almost didn’t write Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream, his insightful and sobering examination of the American myths we all perform and participate in, and the necessity of losing our old stories. The reason was, he admits, a level of cowardice on his part in the early months of President Trump’s tenure.

3:30PM Wed. Nov. 4, 2020, Evan Rodriguez Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2020: Mychal Denzel Smith
 
Alright, Alright, Alright: Dazed and Confused in Print
"I still have PTSD from making that movie." So sayeth Richard Linklater about Dazed and Confused, and he gets to relive that trauma with an upcoming book and special virtual signing event, hosted by Austin Film Society.

11:05AM Fri. Oct. 23, 2020, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Jan Reid: A Remembrance
Jan Reid, author of The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, the Ann Richards bio Let the People In, several other books, and scores of magazine articles, died on Saturday, Sept. 19. His writing was widely admired, and he was a friend to many other writers. One was Chronicle contributor Jesse Sublett, who offers this remembrance of Reid.

11:30AM Tue. Sep. 22, 2020, Jesse Sublett Read More | Comment »

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