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Bill Cotter's Parallel Apartments Are Full of Freaks Like You and Me
And the author presents a wine-fueled glimpse at BookPeople tomorrow.
DAILY Books  February 24, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Bill Cotter's new novel, The Parallel Apartments, should come with one of those Government Warning Labels...."

Bedside Manner: Come Back, Cotter
Temperature's rising, we fall to reading in the conditioned air.
DAILY Books  July 9, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...You see the book that's on top, mostly: Fever Chart by Bill Cotter. You see that one book on top, like you'd see the disposable diaper hastily wrapped around a wounded & profusely bleeding hand because, ah, because there was a profusely bleeding hand – and a disposable diaper happened to be the nearest & most sensible solution under the circumstances. We all tend to use whatever's nearest and passably sensible, regardless of the situation; and if, sometimes, the solution is as absurd as a diaper wrapped around a bleeding hand, well, there it is: Life, in all its fucked splendor. The fucked splendor depicted in Cotter's Fever Chart concerns the romantic and violence-fraught misadventures of a mentally unstable schlub named Jerome who works his way through heartbreak and hardship within the bon-temps-rouler culturescape of New Orleans with such warped and self-sabotaging determination, described with such insight and precision, you might be like, "Uh, John Kennedy who?" I judged the book by its cover first, had meant to get a copy years ago because of the Ron Regé Jr. illustration and because it's published by McSweeney's..."

Letters Like You've Never Seen Before
Northern-Southern Gallery goes graphically abecedarian
DAILY Arts  June 26, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...My friend Bill Cotter, the author of the terrific novels Fever Chart and The Parallel Apartments, is also a dealer in rare books: An essay he wrote about that occupation was recently awarded a Pushcart prize. The man's professional bibliomongering is why, when I was scoping out the works on display at Northern-Southern Gallery's current "Letters" exhibition, I thought of him..."

We Remember What the Dormouse Said
Ten authors cut you a little slice of their own personal Wonderlands
DAILY Arts  March 31, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner

Absolutely Confabulous
Austin Public Library's New Fiction Confab focuses on buzz over brawn
Arts Story  April 18, 2014, by Amy Gentry
"...Anthony Marra's extraordinary debut novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena attracted massive attention last year for its ambitious and prescient portrayal of characters in war-torn Chechnya. Local authors Bill Cotter, whose The Parallel Apartments is an ode to Austin, and Elizabeth McCracken, who has a new collection of quirky stories out this year, will be presenting as well, alongside Mary Miller, a recent Michener Center for Writers graduate making her debut with a roadtrip novel titled The Last Days of California...."

Mad Men
The 22nd annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest
Books Story  February 28, 2014, by Monica Riese
"...But ultimately, the judges settled on Raul Garza's "In the Room" to take top honors – a scene from an ad agency that includes a conniving boss, some sea-worthy banter, and one very dissatisfying whiskey. It's a narrative folks in many industries will relate to, noted Lauren Modery at our judges' dinner, but with a touch of humor – "and humor isn't easy to write." The strong dialogue kept Bill Cotter interested, and last year's winner Benjamin Reed said he held this story as the standard to which the other nine had to compete...."

Sci-fi, slam, and sainted stoners: what's happening in books this week
Books Column  August 14, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...1, San Antonio's Wings Press will publish Dave Oliphant's memoir, Harbingers of Books to Come: A Texan's Literary Life, in which the 70-year-old poet-publisher-historian-(deep breath)-translator-educator explores his life through his books (25 and counting). And Austin couple Bill Cotter and Annie La Ganga will celebrate the upcoming releases of his and her books – his: novel Fever Chart (McSweeney's); hers: the "prose poem memoir" Stoners and Self-Appointed Saints (Red Hen Press) – with a joint book release party this Tuesday, Aug..."

I'm Totally Inviting You Into My House This Weekend
No, for real. Hey, c'mon, wipe your goddam feet
DAILY Chronolog  May 3, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Yes, this is another one of those seemingly innumerable Fusebox events. This one's the brainchild of Elizabeth Doss and Annie La Ganga, who figured people would enjoy seeing the inner sanctums (more technically: sancta) where various professional scribes ply their writerly trade here in the ATX. I, your humble reporter Brenner, am among those writers – as is my fellow Chronicle toiler, Robert "Arts Editor" Faires. Also part of this The Writer's Room: A Home Studio Tour event are the aforementioned La Ganga (along with her boyfriend, the writer Bill Cotter); popular blogmistress and marryin' minister Spike Gillespie; the playwright Amparo Garcia-Crow; author of the upcoming & highly enchanting Summer and Bird, Katherine Catmull; and that amazing wordsmith with the fists of a tiny killer,Ms..."

Texas Book Festival 2014: The Full Party List
Among the 275 authors: Oates, Ellroy, Mosley, Lear, Dean
DAILY Books  September 11, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...And the fiction list is a veritable who's who of the local literary scene: Sarah Bird (Above the East China Sea), Elizabeth Crook (Monday, Monday), Rolando Hinojosa (The Valley), James Magnuson (Famous Writers I Have Known), Philipp Meyer (The Son), Elizabeth McCracken (Thunderstruck and Other Stories), Meg Gardiner (Phantom Instinct), Jeff Abbott (Inside Man), Bill Cotter (The Parallel Apartments), Dean Young (Fall Higher), and Carrie Fountain (Instant Winner) … to name a few...."

Lit-urday: 'Some Dead Genius'
Lenny Kleinfeld paints a vivid portrait of murder in Chi-town
DAILY Books  July 12, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...You see? Lenny Kleinfeld? The former Chicago playwright and journo who for three decades has made a living writing screenplays that get optioned but never developed out there in Hollywood? You'd think it was Bill Cotter writing under a pseudonym...."

The Judges
Books Story  February 28, 2014
"...Bill Cotter was born in Dallas in 1964. His fiction and essays have appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly, The Paris Review, the 2014 Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere..."

Not Quite the Usual Holiday Gift Ideas
Something a little different for your loved ones this year
DAILY Arts  December 12, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Fever Chart This McSweeney's hardcover by Austin author Bill Cotter is the precise book for anyone who loved A Confederacy of Dunces, but especially for anyone who was a bit disappointed, after all the hype, by A Confederacy of Dunces. Fever Chart is a hilarious and achingly human picaresque set mostly in those parts of New Orleans that the city's chamber of commerce would prefer to forget..."

Beam Me Up, Literati
Monofonus Press' Teleportal Readings 3 teams up with McSweeney's
DAILY Books  March 29, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...This month's Teleportal Reading links arms with McSweeney's to present live readings from Ausitn's Bill Cotter (Fever Chart) and Annie La Ganga (Stoners and Self-Appointed Saints), teleportal readings by James Hannaham (God Says No) and poet Dean Young, video from Wholphin, and a surprise musical guest. It all goes down tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 30), 8pm, at the Hotel San Jose (1316 S..."

Rebel Yell, Rebel Write Fiction
Free reading / music show Whiskey Rebellion
DAILY Books  March 17, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...6:00 Music by Southpaw Jones 6:30 Reading by Amelia Gray 6:45 Reading by Bill Cotter 7:00 Music by Jennifer Ellen Cook 7:45 Reading by P. Tyson Midkiff 8:00 Music by Alina Simone 8:45 Reading by Stephen Elliott 9:00 Music by The Shake 9:45 Reading by James Hannaham..."

SXSW 09 Film Lineup Announced
What's all the ruckus? Why, it's the SXSW Film lineup!
DAILY Screens  February 1, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Bomber Director/Writer: Paul Cotter A bittersweet comedy about love, family and dropping bombs on Germany. Cast: Shane Taylor, Benjamin Whitrow, Eileen Nicholas (World Premiere)..."

Texas Book Festival 2018: The Full List
Lineup includes Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, + 280 more
DAILY Arts  August 29, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Middle Grade Literature Crystal Allen – The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Mya in the Middle Julissa Arce – Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream John August – Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire Ryan Calejo – Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows Pablo Cartaya – Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish [image-12-left] Allie Condie and Brendan Reichs – The Darkdeep W. Stone Cotter – St..."

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