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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 »

Primed for Some Literary Vibranium?
This being the Year of Black Panther hasn't escaped the notice of Austin’s African American Book Festival. With the slogan "Literary Vibranium," the 12th edition on June 23 features local comics scribe Evan Narcisse (Rise of the Black Panther) and Paul Coates, father to Black Panther writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.

4:00PM Fri. Jun. 22, 2018, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Mohsin Hamid Speaks to Mayor's Book Club
It was as if a rectangle door of Exit West had opened into the Austin Central Library and migrants through time had poured into its Special Event Center for a transient moment en route to their next destination. So it felt on Wed., April 11, when Mohsin Hamid, author of the much-praised novel, arrived as a guest of the Mayor's Book Club.

4:30PM Mon. Apr. 16, 2018, Sumaiya Malik Read More | Comment »

The Reader's Field Guide to Michael Noll
The night of Michael Noll’s BookPeople reading, the seating ran out quickly. Then the standing room ran out. Soon, people were all the way into the children’s section. Finally, all of Noll’s books ran out. It was a madness worthy of an established literary icon — which seems to be Noll’s future. For now, he’s the new author with the entire city behind him.

11:30AM Wed. Apr. 4, 2018, Katarina Brown Read More | Comment »

Five Pet Cats in Modern Fiction
Yes, it's a listicle – a listicle of books! Because, after you finish consuming this post and all the rest of the content we’ve provided for the Chronicle’s Pet Issue, the first thing you’ll want to do is grab a thick chunk of dead-tree media and keep on reading, right?

2:00PM Thu. Feb. 15, 2018, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Protest at Francisco Cantú Reading
The Line Becomes a River has been out only a week, but Francisco Cantú's book has already enraged immigration activists who say Cantú “exploits others’ stories of pain” and “profit[s] from families he’d helped rip apart” as a Border Patrol agent. They intend to shut him up. And shut up was just what Cantú did at his BookPeople event Monday.

2:25PM Wed. Feb. 14, 2018, Brandyce Ingram Read More | Comment »

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Five Recent Graphic Novels to End This Crazy Year Right
Sure, go ahead, binge it up with your Netflix and your Hulu and so on. We’ll do that, too, every now and then. But we’ll also be enriching our life-of-the-mind with excellent graphic novels that – chacun à son goût – have nothing to do with costumed heroes and their cosmic shenanigans …

10:00AM Thu. Dec. 14, 2017, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Kickstartering that Lovise and Shealy
Yeah, we told you about what Leah Lovise and Vanessa Shealy have been working their creative asses off on for a while now: a kid-friendly series of comics about a young lunar citizen who's resisting the treachery fomented by the cretin currently in charge of Earth's natural satellite.

1:00PM Tue. Dec. 5, 2017, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Review: Spinning
Here’s a coming-of-age story that’s not made exclusively of words nor exclusively of images, but of those two things in masterful combination. A graphic novel, yes. It’s called Spinning.

11:50AM Fri. Nov. 3, 2017, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

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