The Blanton Museum of Art
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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."..."
"...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..."
"...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]..."
"...Austin author Amanda Eyre Ward (The Nearness of You) (l) moderates the session with Jeffrey Eugenides and Claire Messud...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...Improvised Play Festival April 9-11, Hideout Theatre, 617 Congresswww.improvisedplayfestival.com 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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...• 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..."
"...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...."