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Cinematexas 2002
Cinematexas is a series of screenings, performances, and events at various venues around town beginning Tuesday (9/17) and continuing through Sunday (9/22). Showcases include presentations (some in competition and some...
Film Review  October 18, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Showcases include presentations (some in competition and some not) of student film work, international shorts, jury screenings, and retrospective screenings. Other highlights include a program of short silent films selected by Terrence Malick, an in-person presentation of nonfiction films by Werner Herzog, and a showcase of films by Cuban director Santiago Alvarez..."

Armchair Adventures
"Good adventure books do the same thing as a good adventure," Chronicle writer Dan Oko writes in this roundup of recently published adventure books.
Books Story  September 22, 2000, by Dan Oko
"...They get your adrenaline up, remind you of your place in the universe, and help you to appreciate a little more the comforts of home. Depending on the type of adventure and the story's outcome, some examples of this primarily nonfiction genre -- like travel writing, its close cousin -- can also inspire readers to take a trip, or at least a risk, in order to rediscover some of the wonderment of the natural world..."

Two for the Road
Larry McMurtry's New Books Continue His Journey
Books Story  August 4, 2000, by Mark Busby
"...Even his epic Lonesome Dove with its apparently purposeful goal of getting the cattle up the trail to Montana splinters into the varied reasons all the individual drovers are headed north. So it is not unusual to find that McMurtry's latest nonfiction effort, with the straightforward title Roads, takes the journey as its subject...."

For the Time Being
Books Review  April 7, 2000, by Tim Walker
"...To unfold her ideas, Dillard juxtaposes passages (sometimes just brief quotations) on birth defects, clouds, the life of Hasid genius the Baal Shem Tov, her own travels abroad, and the career of Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin. If it sounds more diffuse than most literary nonfiction, it is..."

Peter Matthiessen
Books Story  November 5, 1999, by Bruce McCandless
"...A co-founder of The Paris Review in 1951, he has since then explored the roughest country on five continents, worked as a commercial fisherman and charter boat captain, and won a purse-net full of literary prizes for his novels, short stories, and essays. Known primarily for his intelligent nonfiction chronicling the increasing fragility of the natural world and the plights of indigenous peoples (The Snow Leopard, winner of a 1979 National Book Award; In the Spirit of Crazy Horse; The Tree Where Man Was Born), Matthiessen has also produced several uncommonly evocative novels -- including the first and second installments of the Watson saga, Killing Mister Watson and Lost Man's River, published in 1990 and 1997, respectively...."

Books Column  September 17, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...During Banned Books Week, you'll be able to find a list of banned books at many bookstores. But there's a new list in some stores, the Book Sense 76 list, "a monthly selection of 76 new and backlist titles recommended by independents to showcase a diverse selection of quality fiction, nonfiction, and children's titles," according to Bookselling This Week, a publication of the American Booksellers Association..."

The News From Here
Screens Story  February 11, 1999, by Anne S. Lewis
"...There's a difference. In a conventional nonfiction film the narrator tells the viewer how to interpret what's happening on screen..."

Making Lists
Books Story  December 31, 1998, by Dick Holland
"...A.C. Greene's A Personal Country is a fine book about West Texas, and Greene is on firmer ground in 50+ when he discusses nonfiction..."

Violet Crown Finalists
Books Story  August 21, 1998
"...This week, the Austin Writers' League announced finalists for the 1998 Violet Crown Awards, an annual contest recognizing the best works published by Austin Writers' League members. Entrants submitted works published between August 1, 1997 and June 30, 1998 in one of three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and literary fiction: poetry or essay..."

Violet Crown Awards
Books Column  May 29, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...It's time to submit entries to the eighth annual Austin Writers' League and Barnes & Noble's Violet Crown Awards with the June 30 deadline a month away. Three $1,000 awards will be given in the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, and literary fiction (aka poetry and essays, but not limited to those forms, which is a slight change from previous years; it's meant to distinguish commercial fiction from not-so-commercial fiction..."

Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End
One imagines that even in the direst moments of his slow death from AIDS, the resolutely good-humored writer Paul Monette savored the irony of reviews pegging him as a “late...
Film Review  April 24, 1998, by Russell Smith
"...AIDS not only forced Monette to deal with his sexuality but filled him with an obsessive urge to divine some kind of meaning from the enveloping horror and chaos around him. As one subject says, in times of sadness and loss, artists like Monette do us the invaluable service of turning raw sorrow into eloquent, healing “lamentation.” In a way, this film works like a nonfiction version of Norman René's Longtime Companion (1990), another movie that manages the trick of universalizing the responses of gay men to tragedy in their midst while at the same time unleashing a defiant manifesto of queer identity that straights are compelled to take or leave on its own terms: Tender suburban domesticity and hard-muscled boys on the side; apron strings and cock rings..."

Local Writers Now Victims
Books Column  April 24, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...McFarland, which in an entirely unexpected twist of events led him to write two short three-act plays. Johnson, whose most recent book is Dead Already: A California Gothic, has both a nonfiction and fiction contract with HarperCollins, the nonfiction to be a collection of his travel writing and the fiction three novellas; having the two contracts at once is like a "toss-up or a race or something." Novelist and Chronicle contributor Jesse Sublett calls Denis Johnson a "twisted trickster of a writer" who is "trippy but not flaky." Only Connecting..."

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
To say that Errol Morris is the most original talent working in the field of documentary filmmaking today is merely one inadequate means of describing the brilliance of his new...
Film Review  November 14, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...To say that Errol Morris is the most original talent working in the field of documentary filmmaking today is merely one inadequate means of describing the brilliance of his new feature film Fast, Cheap & Out of Control. For Morris is not so much a documentarian as an essayist, one who employs the methodology of outwardly-focused nonfiction filmmaking to make extremely personal objects of self-expression..."

Books Column  November 22, 1996
"...* TUE, NOV 26: Words in Progress (WIP) is back! The place for Austin writers, both known and undiscovered, to read their works in progress is now Book People on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. This week, Jan Grape (mystery), Brad Buchholz (nonfiction book), and more, 7-9pm on the third floor..."

Books Column  November 1, 1996
"...An open mike follows... The Austin Writers' League hosts a nonfiction writing conference through Sunday, Nov..."

In League With the Best
Books Story  August 23, 1996
"...Henry reference to Austin as "the City of the Violet Crown" -- to honor three outstanding published books written by league members. Three $1,000 prizes will be awarded in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and literary (poetry, essays, short stories)..."

Books Column  August 23, 1996
"...* ONGOING: The Austin Writers' League (AWL) is accepting entries for the Sixth annual Violet Crown Book Awards to honor three outstanding published books written by league members. Three $1,000 prizes will be awarded in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and literary (poetry, essays, short stories)..."

Post Scripts
Books Column  August 16, 1996
"...* ONGOING: The Austin Writers' League (AWL) is accepting entries for the Sixth annual Violet Crown Book Awards to honor three outstanding published books written by league members. Three $1,000 prizes will be awarded in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and literary (poetry, essays, short stories)..."

Steve Davis’ Top 10 Films of 2018
Screens Story  December 27, 2018, by Steve Davis
"...Documentary wow! From Three Identical Strangers to Minding the Gap to RBG to Free Solo to Won't You Be My Neighbor? A banner year for nonfiction filmmakers. Acting Kudos (Male)..."

Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair 2018
Humanities Texas has the one-stop shop for all the lit lovers on your gift list with 26 authors on hand to sign your purchases
Arts Story  December 6, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Not only will it have for sale a range of terrific fiction and nonfiction books for readers of all ages, but it'll also have the authors on hand to sign them for you – more than two dozen Lone Star literary lights shinier than Rudolph's nose. On, Sarah Bird! On, Lawrence Wright! On, H..."

Texas Book Festival 2018: The Real Story of Lolita
Sarah Weinman on the true crime story behind Nabokov’s novel
DAILY Arts  October 28, 2018, by Rosalind Faires
"...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..."

Review: Berlin
At last complete, Jason Lutes' graphic novel is a masterpiece
DAILY Arts  October 26, 2018, by Jesse Sublett
"...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...."

Music on the Page at the Texas Book Festival
Music books strut their feminism, hip-hop, and emo
Music Story  October 25, 2018, by Rachel Rascoe
"...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..."

ACL Fest Interview: Japanese Breakfast
Shoegaze-infused indie rockers find inspiration in food and memory
Music Story  October 4, 2018, by Rachel Rascoe
"...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...."

Five Recommended Arts Events In Austin This Weekend
Oh, the places you’ll go! The people you’ll see!
DAILY Arts  May 11, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Blue Starlite Shines on Mueller Again
After four-month hiatus, urban drive-in finds a new old home
DAILY Screens  March 5, 2018, by Tinu Thomas
"...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..."

The Chronicle’s 2017 Holiday Political Survival Guide
Borscht in a Bag, a male chastity belt, and more gifts to get you through the rut
News Story  December 7, 2017, by the News Staff
"...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..."

Ta-Nehisi Coates for SXSW 2018
Plus Teen Vogue, The Daily Show, and Charlie Rose
DAILY SXSW  August 30, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Death Watch: Steven Long Spared Execution
SCOTUS’ ruling in Bobby James Moore case spares inmate’s life, for now
News Story  August 24, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...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.)..."

Evelyn Ngugi Makes the Internet a Better Place
A beacon of light on the dark side of the web
Screens Story  June 15, 2017, by Jessi Cape
"...Ngugi is a video producer for, 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..."

The Son Rises With Philipp Meyer
Austin author on adapting his award-winning novel for AMC
Screens Story  April 6, 2017, by Joe O'Connell
"..."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..."

Austin Filmmaker Shelby Hadden on Her Film “Tightly Wound”
Catharsis through animation
Screens Story  March 23, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...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..."

SXSW Film Review: The Work
Sensitive look at the prison system is a reminder of common humanity
DAILY SXSW  March 16, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...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..."

SXSW Film Review: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Biographical doc tamely depicts a vigorous life
DAILY SXSW  March 13, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...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...."

SXSW Film Review: Walk With Me
Mindfulness guru takes center stage in profound nonfiction weeper
DAILY SXSW  March 13, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...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...."

In Memoriam: Gary Cartwright
Time to "Turn Out the Lights" for the Texas Mad Dog writer
DAILY Arts  March 2, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Eye Wide Open on Lance Letscher
With two major solo shows and a new documentary about him, the Austin collage artist readies to be seen in a new way
Arts Story  March 2, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...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..."

Austinites Win Big at Sundance
Filmmakers Macon Blair and Ramona Diaz score prizes at festival
DAILY Screens  January 30, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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...."

The Regional Office Is Under Attack!
This adventure tale pulls elements from many corners of pop culture, but Manuel Gonzales’ writing chops make it wholly his own
Arts Review  December 22, 2016, by Adrienne Martini
"...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..."

Did Shearwater Cut the Best Protest Album of 2016?
Jonathan Meiburg calls out new America's scary monsters
Music Story  December 8, 2016, by Abby Johnston
"...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..."

SOS Q&A: Courtney Barnett
“Courtney Drops Details About Her Next Album!”
DAILY Music  November 3, 2016, by Libby Webster
"...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]..."

Austin Film Festival Review: Shorts Program 10 – Everything’s Shorter in Texas
Series highlights strong range of local filmmakers
DAILY Screens  October 16, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...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...."

Texas Book Festival 2016: The Full List
TBF hosts Don DeLillo, Thomas Dolby, Emma Cline, 277 more
DAILY Arts  September 15, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Author Ed Ward Revisits Rock’s First Guitar Hero, Michael Bloomfield
“When you heard Mike Bloomfield play, you got the sense this was the real shit."
Music Story  September 15, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"..."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."..."

For Whom the Bells Toll
Lege enacts campus carry on the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower shooting
News Story  August 4, 2016, by Annamarya Scaccia
"..."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...."

Lit-urday: Supremacist
Super-fan David Shapiro visits every Supreme store in the world
DAILY Arts  July 2, 2016, by Mary Cantrell
"...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..."

Bedside Manner: Sharing Shelf Space
My parents' Kindle library and me
DAILY Arts  June 22, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...(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..."

Books on Film
Driven by street photography and war journalism
Screens Story  June 16, 2016
"...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..."

Mixed Metaphors
These craft cocktails are for the books
Food Story  June 16, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"..."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..."

Cult of Personality
Filmmaker Will Allen jumps back into his Holy Hell
Screens Story  May 26, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...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..."

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