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Review: Lake Success
Gary Shteyngart has left for the lake. Well, not the novelist – known for his bestseller Super Sad True Love Story – but his new book's lead, a hedge-fund manager running away from his life. In advance of Shteyngart's appearance at BookPeople on Fri., Sept. 14, the Chronicle offers this appraisal of Lake Success.

11:40AM Thu. Sep. 13, 2018, Jay Trachtenberg Read More | Comment »

Looking For a Writing Class, Austinite?
Of course you know that this is one hell of a writerly town. It’s the urban hub that a fellow no less celebrated than O. Henry called the City of the Violet Crown – although he may have meant it rather snidely in his short story, “Tictocq: The Great French Detective, In Austin.”

12:34PM Sun. Sep. 9, 2018, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Ngozi Ukazu Hip-Checks This Year’s Staple! Expo
Okay, I’m kind of working the sports allusions up there, yeah – but it’s not to be helped, citizen.

1:00PM Wed. Sep. 5, 2018, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2018: The Full List
Fall just got a little closer, readers, not in a meteorological sense but a literary one. The Texas Book Festival has released the full list of authors for its 2018 event, and you can look forward to more than 280 great guests to attend, among them Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, Susan Orlean, and Dessa.

8:00PM Wed. Aug. 29, 2018, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Review: The Annotated Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler, born in Chicago in 1888, raised mostly in London, fought in the trenches in World War I, dogged by failure, identity crisis, and alcoholism. Flopped as a poet and journalist. Fired from a high-paying job as an oil executive. Focus came in 1932 when he retyped a Dashiell Hammett story and studied every line, word, and nuance.

2:11PM Fri. Jul. 27, 2018, Jesse Sublett Read More | Comment »

Review: The Big Book of the Continental Op
In the late 1930s, when the fangs of fascism were getting ready to gobble up Europe, America saw its destiny to be the tough guy on the international beat, and a handful of smart left-wingers created one of the most enduring literary protagonists of modern times: the hard-boiled detective.

10:37AM Fri. Jul. 27, 2018, Jesse Sublett Read More | Comment »

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Crime Month: Appreciating Mary Higgins Clark
Suspense as a genre is supposed to make you anxious, not balance you out. But these are weird times. That’s why, when the world feels like nothing but a string of Russian indictments, presidential gaffes, and natural disasters, it’s comforting to bury myself in the mysteries of Mary Higgins Clark, whose books helped introduce me to the genre as a kid.

10:30AM Mon. Jul. 23, 2018, Nina Hernandez Read More | Comment »

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
Well, bleak me the fuck out.

 And then do it again, please, Nick Drnaso. Because even the tastiest vinegar, when a person’s finally done sipping at it, makes the next bite of plain bread – the very stuff of life, right? – makes that bread taste so goddam sweet.

7:58AM Tue. Jul. 10, 2018, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

The Winner by Karl Stevens
On the afternoon of the last day I saw Karl Stevens alive, I used a large rock to bash out the rear valence window on the driver’s side of my Toyota Echo.

8:00AM Mon. Jul. 9, 2018, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

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