Frank Erwin Center
"...When Amanda Eyre Ward got the call informing her that she'd placed third in the 1999 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest, her co-worker at a Downtown tech company called for congratulations on Amanda's big publishing win in the Pennysaver. Her story reading at Borders was drowned out by the cafe's cappuccino machine, but it was still the best day of her life..."
"...When novelist Amanda Eyre Ward was in high school, she woke from a boozy night of New Year's Eve partying in Manhattan to discover that a gruesome double homicide had occurred in the suburbs where she lived. It was a new year, and this was the new normal, with the seeming-safeness of her childhood home shattered forever..."
"...In Amanda Eyre Ward's novel The Nearness of You, Dr. Suzette Kendall is a dedicated career woman, a renowned heart surgeon whose wobbly genetics and personal history solidified an agreement with her husband Hyland to remain childless..."
"...We're not reviewing Amanda Eyre Ward's debut novel, Sleep Toward Heaven (MacAdam/Cage, $24), and we're not interviewing her as an author, either, because she has contributed to The Austin Chronicle for more than three years. I am a friend of Amanda's, as is my predecessor, Clay Smith, and Screens editor Kimberley Jones, and because I would have a rough time running a negative review of her book should a critic submit it (and wouldn't write one myself), a positive review would be almost automatic, which would be a negative..."
"...It might take a sec to wrap your brain around the concept behind the regular series Five Things: We're gonna take a cue from the title and call it a multimedia thingy involving awesomely talented Austin folk, but cohost Stacy Muszynski's description of a "literati/musical/performative event" is a lot more elegant. The theme of this month's event is Photographs. Five authors – Amanda Eyre Ward, Jennifer Pashley, Aly Tadros, Perry Tyson Midkiff II (who, fyi, won second place in our last Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest for his terrific story "May the Passenger Pigeon Sing Thee to Thy Rest"), and Sigers Steele – will tell stories based on the photographs of five photographers – Mary Sledd, Suzi Q, Sarah Gonzalez, David Jewell, and David Hill – followed by music from the likes of Jamie Panzer, Legs Against Arms, and Zapata Sparrow..."
"...In its annual effort to get Austinites on the same page, the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation announced today its 2012 Mayor’s Book Club pick, Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones...."
"...Love Stories In This Townby Amanda Eyre Ward Ballantine Books, 224 pp., $14..."
"...Dutton Sharon L. Dutton was sown in upstate New York, where she attended several schools of hard knocks, earning a street degree from Howard University..."
"...Nadine leaned forward. "How did you reconnect?"..."
"...Ward Wows Warners Dept.: Who says writing for The Austin Chronicle doesn't pay off big time? Certainly not Chron scribe and author Amanda Eyre Ward, whose debut novel Sleep Toward Heaven has been optioned by Sandra Bullock's Fortis Films at Warner Bros. mere weeks after its March publication by San Francisco's MacAdam/Cage..."
"...The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward Penguin Random House, 288 pp., $25 (paperback available Sept. 1, $15)..."
"...More practically, though, it's also an opportunity for writers to get their work published for a readership of 250,000 while getting paid for it. This year, 400 people gave it a shot, and 10 stories survived three discrete reads two by trusted volunteers and one by me to land in the laps of our final judges: Coleman Hutchison, Jill Meyers, Amanda Eyre Ward, and Abe Louise Young..."
"...Ten emerged. Those 10 were delivered to four local judges – Christine Granados (making an hourlong drive just for us), Alex Smith, Amanda Eyre Ward, and my Chronicle predecessor, former Editor Shawn Badgley, who, after years of keeping mostly mum as contest runner, finally got to open his mouth and cast a vote..."
"...Of course, Austin will be well represented: local fave Owen Egerton has a new novel, Hollow, as does Amanda Eyre Ward, with The Nearness of You; thrillmeister Jeffrey Abbott has tackled a new kind of suspense novel in Blame; Sherry Thomas has followed her acclaimed female Sherlock Holmes novel A Study in Scarlet Women with Conspiracy in Belgravia; Robert Jackson Bennett concludes his Divine City trilogy with City of Miracles; graphic novelist Tillie Walden has a new memoir, Spinning; sci-fi writer Nicky Drayden is riding the wave of praise for her novel The Prey of Gods; acclaimed screenwriter C. Robert Cargill has a new novel, Sea of Rust, that's being described as a kind of robot Western; and award-winning newscaster Olga Campos Benz breaks into the fiction game with the novel It's News to Me...."
"...Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward (Random House, July 26): In her latest novel (following her 2009 collection Love Stories in This Town), Ward explores the aftershocks of a brutal murder and the sometimes suspect quality of the memories we hold fast to. BookPeople hosts the launch party July 29...."
"... We've known Austin novelist Amanda Eyre Ward casually for some years now, and we've always thought she was a pretty classy dame, so it makes sense she'd pair a reading of her latest book, Forgive Me (now in paperback), with wine and cheese. Ward will read at Grape Vine Market (7938 Great Northern Blvd.) on March 11 in a one-off night of Libations & Literature (see www.grapevinemarket.com for more)..."
"...8 and 9, jamming the halls of the state Capitol and its environs (including the book fair and reading tents), as well as the Paramount Theatre. Li'l worm nibbles: Chronicle contributor and new mother Amanda Eyre Ward confirmed that Sandra Bullock's production company, Fortis Films, has optioned her riveting debut novel, Sleep Toward Heaven (and that Bullock has expressed personal interest in the role of Fanny), while powerhouse HarperCollins, which originally passed on the manuscript (leaving it instead to upstart San Francisco publisher MacAdam/Cage) has purchased the paperback rights..."
"...Raul Garza won first place in the 22nd Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest with his story "In the Room." He wrote the plays Fantasmaville, which won the National Latino Playwriting Award; Confessions of a Mexpatriate; and "MyHEB," a Best of the Fest selection in the FronteraFest Short Fringe. He is also co-founder and creative director of TKO Advertising...."
"...L. Shapley Bassen is fiction editor for PrickoftheSpindle.com and a finalist for the 2011 Flannery O'Connor Award..."
"...Amanda Eyre Ward's novel of the migrant journey, The Same Sky (Ballantine), is the most important book to come out of Austin this year. Debra Monroe's blue-collar-to-academia memoir My Unsentimental Education (University of Georgia Press) is as well-written as it is wise..."