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"...In the bowels of the Capitol Building, in front of a warm and fairly grey-haired audience, moderator and Austin-based true crime writer Suzy Spencer inquired about what led Weinman to write her latest nonfiction book. Weinman described a precocious youth – reading her parents’ baseball encyclopedia for fun presaged her interest in archival research – and being drawn to stories of accidents and death early on..."
"...There are plenty of villains here, but on the good-guy side, Lutes doesn’t give us any superheroes or miracle workers, just ordinary people trying to figure out how to survive as their world catches fire. Berlin, a beautiful, heart-breaking book, will set you back $49.95 list price, but I wouldn’t trade it for a dozen books – fiction or nonfiction – from the current best-sellers list...."
"...In a witty, well-researched collection of essays, the multidisciplinary creator delves into heartache, philosophy, and science from an artistic perspective. She fell for creative nonfiction, which she calls "beautiful bar stories," during college..."
"...Next year, Zauner will undertake a follow-up to sci-fi-inspired sophomore album Soft Sounds From Another Planet, and work on a food memoir that builds on her New Yorker piece. Having detailed grief in 2016 debut Psychopomp, she hopes recent forays into nonfiction can free up space for fresh musical motifs...."
"...Public Library fire in The Library Book) and Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas (here with his memoir Dear America; Notes of an Undocumented Citizen). Ben Fountain, familiar to many as a novelist from the National Book Critics’ Circle Award winner Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, will have his reporter's hat on for his new nonfiction book Beautiful Country Burn Again, a look back at the incendiary 2016..."
"...Wim Wenders, the German filmmaker who has created an extensive body of work in both narrative and nonfiction modes, here answers the Vatican’s call to helm a documentary about its newest sovereign: Pope Francis. Rather than taking a straight biographical approach, the film’s dominant motif is that of the pope speaking directly to the camera about his ideas and concerns..."
"...5) OK, this is maybe cheating a little bit … but, after the weekend’s over and it’s Monday and, yeah, what a let-down that can be? You can still feed your head beyond the datebound grid dictated by the working world and its *fnord* normal consciousness, and go to hear what author Tao Lin has to say about his new book Trip – a nonfiction tome that goes deep into the potent possibilities and personal goodnesses of LSD and all like that. Note: He’ll be at BookPeople on Monday night..."
"...Austin's calendar is loaded with niche festivals, whether focusing on a genre or gathering together films from a particular area of the world. But up to now, there has not been a singular home for nonfiction storytelling..."
"...Besides finding a large plot of land in a heavily populated city, hunting for the perfect drive-in location is no simple task. Frank said his former career as a nonfiction author came in handy when it was time to hunt down a new location for Starlite..."
"...A Heavy Dose of Reality The Trump era has brought "alternative facts" and "fake news" into our national lexicon, meaning there's no better time to relearn the truth about our country's history and media system. A few classic nonfiction books work as progressive bibles..."
"...Nonfiction has just as much to tempt you. Veteran journalist Dan Rather will be on hand to speak to patriotism in his book, What Unites Us..."
"...Although former Austinite and globe-trotting author Stephanie Elizondo Griest has won both the prestigious Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Gold Prize and the equally laudatory Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, her nonfiction reportage from Beijing to Mexico and almost everywhere in between reads like the thoroughly winning blog posts of a particularly wise and idealistic young journalist with a mission. That's meant as a compliment, of course..."
"...Start lining up now for Coates' keynote address. As a national correspondent for The Atlantic, as well as the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction winner for his book Between the World and Me, and writer of Marvel's Black Panther comic, he has become a powerful voice in America's swirling debate about race and power..."
"...Supreme Court's March ruling in Moore v. Texas, which vacated the CCA's death sentence of Moore on the grounds of "intellectual disabilities." (The CCA had previously ruled that Moore's mental state did not rise to the level of concern cited by guidelines written in 1992 and adopted by the state's highest criminal court in 2004, which were based, in part, on the character of Lennie from John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, as opposed to, say, a work of nonfiction, like a science journal.)..."
"...Ngugi is a video producer for NaturallyCurly.com, a website and online store celebrating natural hair and all the curls. She also co-produces, with her friend Doyin Oyeniyi, a nonfiction web series titled Austin While Black..."
"...Lacking any true inspirational dimension, the film’s depiction of Fawcett’s lifelong search for proof of an ancient lost civilization hidden in the uncharted jungles of Bolivia seldom rises to anything above a historical footnote here. Based on white-hot New Yorker journalist David Grann’s 2009 bestselling nonfiction book, this endeavor also comes nowhere close to the crazy glint in the eye of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald in Werner Herzog’s feverish Fitzcarraldo, an unquestionably more compelling portrait of an obsessed Westerner seduced and abandoned by Amazonia’s mysteries..."
"..."When people like me see a natural area they basically see a massive green landscape. Any pre-industrial person saw a collection of hundreds of identifiable plants and animals." He read more than 350 books of nonfiction and conducted myriad interviews as research for the novel..."
"...After years of suffering from chronic pelvic pain, Austinite Shelby Hadden – then working toward her MFA in film and media production at UT – decided to write an essay about her condition for a Feminism in Creative Nonfiction class. She was received with surprisingly intense, engaged energy: "That was the first time I had ever told anyone but the closest people around me..."
"...McLeary, Aldous, and Foote use this to set the stage for an utterly riveting psychotherapy royale. What earns this emotional hurricane of nonfiction its acclaim is an impeccable fusion of dramatic timing, visual tension, and sociopolitical relevancy..."
"...There is nothing visually notable or narratively inspired in The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, but those who see the nonfiction feature in theatres are unlikely to notice this, as this love letter to the American author is pre-sold to Maupin’s international fan base...."
"...Appropriately, a smattering of Hahn’s intimate journals from the mid-Sixties are read through voiceover by Benedict Cumberbatch. And while the British actor may seem like an odd choice to narrate a nonfiction film about East Asian spiritual practices, his stentorian dulcets actually help to hypnotize, as they did when Cumberbatch voiced Smaug in the Hobbit films...."
"...Other professional honors include the Texas Institute of Letters' Stanley Walker Award for Journalism and the Carr P. Collins Award for nonfiction, the 1989 Press Club of Dallas Katie Award for Best Magazine News Story, the 2005 Headliner Club of Austin award for best magazine story, and a Dobie-Paisano fellowship...."
"...Letscher, who has seen the finished movie, admires its craft and considers the filmmakers' portrayal of his life to be an honor. Asked if he'd ever expected to be the star of a nonfiction feature, he says with a laugh, "It is a really dissociative experience – not to the point of psychosis or anything, but it feels very strongly like this is happening to somebody else." Although he "would like for Sandra's film to be successful," widespread approval "is not really part of my agenda..."
"...Ramona Diaz's nonfiction film Motherland documents “the planet's busiest maternity hospital … located in one of its poorest and most populous countries: the Philippines. There, poor women face devastating consequences as their country struggles with reproductive health policy and the politics of conservative Catholic ideologies.” Her previous films include Imelda and Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey...."
"...Karl Jacoby's The Strange Career of William Ellis (Norton) changed the way I think about race and was my top nonfiction read. Jacoby researched a flashy entrepreneur who dreamed of bringing freed U.S..."
"...As in his collection The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, Gonzales' writing chops keep this from becoming merely a pastiche of pop-culture references. He fluidly shifts among two viewpoint characters, a series of "nonfiction" scholarly treatises about the Regional Office itself, and a second-person chapter that proves that every rule about never, ever writing in the second person has an exception..."
"...Shearwater's vessel has plenty of other interests of his own to keep him busy. When reached by telephone the day after Thanksgiving, he was at a nonfiction writer's retreat in upstate New York, where he took a break from touring to work on his upcoming book about the caracara, a South and Central American bird of prey (revisit "The Empire That Dreams of Us," Feb..."
"...AC: Since your writing and lyrics are so clever and integral to your music, have you ever tried writing nonfiction essays or fiction or anything?CB: Kind of. I’ve never shown it to anyone [laughs]..."
"...Comprised of both fiction and nonfiction shorts that occupied all manner of generic and thematic spaces, from family tragedy to black-and-white biography to absurdist horror/comedy, this Texas shorts showcase was impressively but bewilderingly too diverse to earn any one final judgement on its quality...."
"...Based on a nonfiction book by Deborah Lipstadt (here played with tight-lipped outrage by a well-cast Weisz), Denial recounts the famous court case in which the writer and Holocaust historian was sued for libel by one David Irving (Spall), a British far right-leaning “historian” and Holocaust denier. Because the libel suit was filed in England, the burden of proof falls to the accused (i.e., the flabbergasted Lipstadt) and not to the prosecution, as it would in the United States...."
"...Nonfiction? Check. Austin's favorite New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright (The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State) will be back; plus, there's Texas true-crime specialist Skip Hollandsworth (The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer); presidential biographer H.W..."
"..."Toby got ahold of me and wanted to do the Bloomfield book as an e-book," grouses Ward. "I thought that was a pretty dumb idea, because as far as nonfiction is concerned, e-books don't sell."..."
"..."I can't quarrel with the fact that the civilian fire played a role. But it's such an anomaly," said Monte Akers, co-author of Tower Sniper: The Terror of America's First Active Shooter on Campus, a historical nonfiction book on the shooting released last week...."
"...Shapiro’s use of the intimate language of texting and seamless inclusion of social media make the book appealing to a younger audience that thirsts for easy-to-read, relatable contemporary novels. Shapiro’s second creative nonfiction novel is much more biting and visceral than its predecessor..."
"...(She’s a retired schoolteacher. Old habits die hard.) This is the first book I’ve read by Larson, a narrative nonfiction wiz who wrote the bestselling The Devil in the White City, about a hotelier/serial killer who used the 1893 World’s Fair to lure in guests who never checked out..."
"...Filmmaking book: Observational Cinema by Anna Grimshaw and Amanda Ravetz is a detailed account of the filmmaking movement and the theories and practices behind the great known and unknown artists, academics, and scientists that developed the practice. I am a big believer that this practice is one answer to reality TV garbage and talking-head sleepers that permeate the nonfiction media landscape..."
"..."I just read [it] again recently. It's a nonfiction book that takes place during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and juxtaposes that against the story of H.H..."
"...It also attracted the eye of Jared Leto, who signed on as executive producer, along with the ambitious independent film distributors, which will release the film in Austin. Perhaps most gratifying, though, is the film's tempered, mature optimism – it is neither cloying nor dour, the two most common tonalities in contemporary nonfiction film..."
"...Over the past 15 years, the University of Texas has devoted an entire course in the Radio-Television-Film department to chronicling the evolution of East Austin. The student filmmakers pitch their stories to classmates, and group up to turn them into creative nonfiction cinema that screens at the end of each semester...."
"...If Del Fiol focuses too heavily on Abramović – cutting through mystical ceremonies to watch her expound on garlic – he’s hardly blameworthy. The artist’s presence is a gift, and nonfiction aficionados will be as pleased as her fans with the chance to witness it...."
"...As chronicled in Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe's superb nonfiction examination Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s, the turbulence and outrages of the preceding two decades, in conjunction with the advent of Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America" and an overzealous media desperate for bleeding leads, resurrected the country's on-off puritanical streak and aimed it directly at what would these days be thought of as proto-geek culture: MTV, Dungeons & Dragons, horror movies, heavy metal, punk rock. It got worse, though, with the story of the McMartin Preschool arrests in 1983...."
"...But fiction was never a career option for me, not when I was growing up in Pakistan or after my move to the U.S. I've mostly written nonfiction for the last decade..."
"...Luckily, the filmmakers successfully avoid the simplistic "talking head" schtick that usually mars nonfiction thanks to expert work by Bernstein's longtime editor, Nevie Owens, and cinematographer David Layton. Layton's photography demonstrates a strong affinity for the medium close-up, easily bringing out the most commanding angles from Hollywood stars, local friends, and family members..."
"...Struggling with how to adapt Susan Orlean’s nonfiction book about the hunt for the elusive ghost orchid, Kaufman wrote himself into the story – twice, in fact, with twin frères, cheerful Donald and existentially glum Charlie, both played by Nicolas Cage – and invented a most exquisite deux ex machina in the shape of a ravenous gator. Nothing in Robert McKee’s rulebook could prepare viewers for the delicious mayhem of Adaptation., which earned Kaufman his second Oscar nomination...."
"...Adapted from Mitchell Zuckoff’s nonfiction book, 13 Hours is less about the catastrophic events of American foreign and military policy than it is about the brothers in arms – ex-military hired contractors … mercenaries really – who did their best to save U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens when Libyan militants overran the American diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012..."
"...Gary Cartwright's memoir The Best I Recall (UT Press) was my favorite nonfiction work of 2015. It follows Cartwright's career from Sixties Dallas/Ft..."
"...For starters, if you’re going to take a deep dive into the credit fiasco, it’s a wise choice indeed to cast movie stars like Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt, who ably harness their considerable charisma to explain collateralized debt obligation to the popcorn-munching masses. (A host of less famous but top-notch character actors deepen the bench.) Adapting with Charles Randolph the nonfiction bestseller by Michael Lewis, McKay is all sleight of hand, using a zippy pace and regular punchlines to make more palatable the befuddling specifics of the banking crisis..."
"...The real-life fate of Essex, her captain, and crew partly inspired Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick; or, the Whale in 1851. Howard, working with screenwriter Charles Leavitt, has adapted author Nathaniel Philbrick’s nonfiction account of the ship’s travails into a gale-force mini-epic of man vs..."
"...But he doesn’t have a lot to do at first. The boon of that is that the generously scoped script (by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the nonfiction book by Boston Globe journalists Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill) gives a lot of face time to the supporting cast..."
"...National Public Radio is loaning out two of its news program hosts to talk about their new nonfiction books: Weekend Edition Saturday's Scott Simon, who's penned the memoir Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime; and Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, who's traveled down the history road to explore Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab...."