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Texas Book Festival 2019:
On the Topic of Mothers
Moderator Jill Meyers barely had to say a word to get this panel of writers going. They were, after all, all there to discuss their mothers.

9:30AM Mon. Oct. 28, 2019, Barbara Purcell Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2019:
Modern Royalty in Romance
You could never accuse royal fans of being hothouse flowers. They scrounge behind-the-scenes details from all corners of the internet, build overnight encampments to catch a glimpse of a wedding, and defend their favorites, online and in person, with a rare ferocity.

9:07AM Mon. Oct. 28, 2019, Rosalind Faires Read More | Comment »

Attica Locke on Solving Crime on Highway 59
"Darren had never seen anything like it. Cypress trees, their trunks skirted like shy dancers at a church social, leaving enough space for God between them, … so many trees shooting up to a sky that was darkening after all, … That or the canopy of Spanish moss hanging from the trees had steepled the forest, had put a roof over this holy sanctuary on water."

6:09PM Fri. Oct. 25, 2019, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2019: Who Belongs?
When glancing over the list of this year’s Texas Book Festival authors, a jarring and piercingly relevant theme stands out: what it means to live in the melting pot of American culture as a minority. What is it to be accepted and embraced in American society, and how influential is the fear that accompanies the search for that feeling of belonging?

9:00AM Fri. Oct. 25, 2019, Saskia Henn Read More | Comment »

Book Review: The River at Night
Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher born in 544 BCE said, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” Glenn Ganges, the river-named protagonist of many of Kevin Huizenga’s graphic novels steps again and again into the river of time and sleeps (or tries in vain to sleep) through the river of dreams.

1:30PM Thu. Oct. 24, 2019, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Book Review: The Hard Tomorrow
It would be nice, wouldn’t it, to grow up in something other than a wantonly industrialized nation that’s rapidly becoming a police state? It’d be a fine, true, life-enriching thing, and it’s easier to imagine it now because we’re still nearer to the beginning of the militarizing process than are the people in Eleanor DavisThe Hard Tomorrow.

1:05PM Thu. Oct. 24, 2019, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

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Chris Ware and Seth at the Texas Book Festival
If you’re at all into comics – at least, comics that depict other than the antics of Spandex-clad superbeings slugging the shit out of each other in the name of justice or whatever – then just the headline above will have you twitching with anticipatory glee.

8:30AM Thu. Oct. 24, 2019 Read More | Comment »

Book Review: Mostly Dead Things
In any other climate, it might feel too late in the year to immerse yourself in Mostly Dead Things. So much of the texture of Kristen Arnett’s debut novel has to do with the singular pleasures and discomforts of sweltering summer living: battling mosquitoes, picking at the label on a clammy beer bottle, feeling your shorts ride high in the humidity.

1:30PM Wed. Oct. 23, 2019, Rosalind Faires Read More | Comment »

Why Sarah Elaine Smith Writes the Way She Does
For her debut novel Marilou Is Everywhere, Sarah Elaine Smith has crafted a compelling missing girl mystery and delicately nudged it to the corner of the frame to focus instead on a girl left behind, a girl who will eventually disappear from her own life.

11:30AM Wed. Oct. 23, 2019, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

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