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Unfinished Business
The 23rd annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest
Arts Story  February 26, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...RAUL GARZA won first place in the 22nd annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest with his story "In the Room." He has also authored the plays Confessions of a Mexpatriate; "MyHEB," a Best of the Fest selection in the 2015 FronteraFest Short Fringe; and Fantasmaville, which won the National Latino Playwriting Award. He is also co-founder and creative director of TKO Advertising...."

Texas Book Festival
First look at the TBF lineup
Books Story  September 9, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Austinite Lawrence Wright knows a thing or two about the Middle East – okay, more than a thing or two; he's a leading authority on al Qaeda. Wright and fellow Austinite Stephen Harrigan (Remember Ben Clayton) are this year's recipients of the Texas Writers Award..."

Meat and Greet
Texas Book Festival and 'Texas Monthly' to pair writers with barbecue
Books Story  March 18, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...The list includes such locals as prolific historian H.W. Brands, whose newest tome is The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield: A Tragedy of the Gilded Age; Amanda Eyre Ward, author of the forthcoming Close Your Eyes; and seasoned funny lady Sarah Bird (The Gap Year), as well as out-of-towners with Texas ties, including The New Yorker's national treasure Calvin Trillin, whose latest, Trillin on Texas, was published by the University of Texas Press earlier this month...."

Texas Book Festival Announces Lineup
Heavy-hitter attendees include Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Jonathan Lethem
Books Story  September 11, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...3, one couldn't help but notice how many big, boldfaced names are among this year's attendees: Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jonathan Lethem, Antonya Nelson, Richard Russo, and Colson Whitehead, to name a half-dozen. Oh, hell, here's a half-dozen more: Amanda Eyre Ward, Robert Olen Butler, David Wroblewski, Jeannette Walls, Jim Crace, and Elizabeth Berg..."

Atonement, Etc. -- Top 10-plus, Special 2002 bonus edition
Books for which we confess our true feelings, reconsider our disdain, or finally find room: top 10-plus, 2002 edition …
Books Story  January 3, 2003
"...Amanda Eyre Ward The Flathead Indian Reservation has stayed with me since reading Debra Magpie Earling's Perma Red (BlueHen). The smell of spearmint and anise..."

The Ninth Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest
Features Story  September 29, 2000, by Clay Smith
"...She was a reporter for Variety in New York City before moving to Texas, where now she is an adjunct professor in the Humanities Department at St. Edward's University..."

Full Hearts Can't Lose
The 21st annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest
Books Story  February 8, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of a collection of short stories, Love Stories in This Town, and four novels, most recently Close Your Eyes, which was named one of Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2012 and Elle magazine's Book of the Year in 2012. Amanda's work has been optioned for film and television and published in 15 countries. Her first published story was "Miss Montana's Wedding Day," which won third prize in the 1999 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest...."

Uncorking Creativity
Amanda Eyre Ward doesn't think you should beat yourself up too much
DAILY Books  November 27, 2012, by Amanda Eyre Ward
"...Andy looked me square in the eye and said, "Amanda, the whole writing life is hard. It's hard to be alone all day typing, it's hard to sell a book, it's hard to promote a book, readers might not love you, you might not win awards, etcetera. This is your life. At least you can be proud of yourself."..."

Printed Matters
Books Column  August 16, 2002, by Shawn Badgley
"...And another thing: Just as Neal Pollack is arriving and moving into his new place, fellow talented young author Alexander Parsons is leaving Austin -- where he has lived for about two years -- to teach the talented and young at the University of New Hampshire-Durham, a day trip away from Vermont's Bennington College, where former Archer City resident Mark Jude Poirier will be teaching. Parsons, whose PEN West Award finalist Leaving Disneyland (St..."

The Reader's Field Guide to Michael Noll
The Austin writer behind The Writer's Field Guide
DAILY Arts  April 4, 2018, by Katarina Brown
"...In fact, when discussing his new book, The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction, Noll phrases it best himself: “This book wouldn’t exist without Austin.” Published in late February by local press A Strange Object, the book has already received glowing praise from such local literary celebrities as Owen Egerton and Amanda Eyre Ward. [image-2-right]..."

Texas Book Festival 2017
PHOTO GALLERY  November 8, 2017
"...Austin author Amanda Eyre Ward (The Nearness of You) (l) moderates the session with Jeffrey Eugenides and Claire Messud...."

Texas Book Festival 2017:
Jeffrey Eugenides and Claire Messud

For both award-winning authors, adolescence was important
DAILY Arts  November 6, 2017, by Melany Jean
"...The pews of Central Presbyterian Church filled early and completely for a conversation between lauded authors Jeffrey Eugenides and Claire Messud. Austin author Amanda Eyre Ward moderated this conversation on the process of crafting remarkable fiction...."

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
Arts Story  November 3, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...Towles unfurls his narrative in 32 years of stops-and-starts – lavishing attention on certain defining days, then skimming past whole years and announcing devastating fates in mere asides. This long game demands a close reading that is rewarded in the plot's nesting-egg pleasures – the aha! moments when a bit player resurfaces to take center stage..."

Today Will Be Different
by Maria Semple
Arts Story  November 3, 2016, by Adrienne Martini
"...Maria Semple will speak about Today Will Be Different in the session “The Tight Quarters of Time and Space,” with Amor Towles (A Gentleman in Moscow) and moderator Amanda Eyre Ward, on Sun., Nov. 6, 3:30pm, in the Omni Ballroom...."

Texas Book Festival 2015: The Mighty 300
Authors for Fest 20 include Lethem, Lemony, Pitts, Diggs, Hart
DAILY Arts  September 4, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...29. Also on the kid lit front, award-winning actor Taye Diggs and illustrator Shane Evans will open up about Mixed Me!, the new follow-up to their 2011 hit Chocolate Me! And Austin's own Newberry Award winner, Louis Sachar (Holes), has a new book, Fuzzy Mud, to talk about...."

Festival Flood
A brief guide to the 13 – count 'em, 13 – arts fests coming your way in April and May
Arts Story  April 2, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Improvised Play Festival April 9-11, Hideout Theatre, 617 Three nights of improv with a bent toward literary and dramatic material. In addition to some of the city's finest teams – Confidence Men, Parallelogramophonograph, Hurly Burly, Austin Secrets, Danger! Warning! Improv! – this fest's fifth round hosts improvisers from London, Montreal, Minneapolis, and Seattle...."

Specht Speaks!
More Q&A with Migratory Animals author Mary Helen Specht
DAILY Arts  January 15, 2015, by Jessi Cape
"...A lot of my writer friends have looked at different drafts and helped me with their strengths. One of my friends is Amanda Eyre Ward, whose book The Same Sky is about to come out as well - it’s great - is kind of wonderful at balancing characters and atmospherics that I really like when I'm working on plot and narrative movement..."

Add Another Trio to the aGLIFF Tease
Austin's LGBTQ film fest announces more films
DAILY Qmmunity  July 2, 2014, by Sarah Mortimer and Carmen Rising
"...Polari/aGLIFF will also host a fundraiser on July 18 hosted by Frank Genco, Clay Smith, and Amanda Eyre Ward. There will be booze, noshes, and proceeds will go to Austin's beloved annual LGBTQ film event..."

Texas Book Festival Panel Picks
Can't-miss events at this weekend's festival
DAILY Books  October 23, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...• Behind Closed Doors: Fictional Family Secrets "A.M. Homes and Bronwen Hruska talk about family ties forged by more than love." Chronicle favorite (and onetime Short Story Contest judge) Amanda Eyre Ward moderates. Lone Star Tent, 2:30-3:15pm..."

Short Story Contest Update
Of the 410 total entries, we're down to 10
DAILY Books  January 21, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...A panel of judges from Austin's local lit world – Owen Egerton, Amanda Eyre Ward, Bob Byington, Katherine Catmull, and Jeanne Thornton – are currently poring over those final 10 stories, and will narrow it down to first, second, and third place, plus two honorable mentions. Congratulations to all the finalists! And if you didn't make it this year, thanks for your hard work, and we look forward to reading your new pieces next year...."

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