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Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s
Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe's superb history Satanic Panic revives the Eighties in all its fearful hysteria Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe's superb history revives the Eighties in all its fearful hysteria
Arts Story  March 10, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Saadia Faruqi at BookPeople
Houston author and interfaith activist shares her stories
DAILY Arts  February 12, 2016, by Jessi Cape
"...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..."

From the Archive: The Charlie Kaufman Canon
As Anomalisa opens in Austin, we revisit interviews and reviews
DAILY Screens  January 15, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...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...."

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2015
Paradise Sky and The Best I Recall head a list of stellar Lone Star books
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Joe O'Connell
"...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..."

Confrontational Cinema
Companion doc to The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence revisits Indonesian atrocities
Screens Story  August 13, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Absolutely not. There has never been a nonfiction film made where survivors confront perpetrators while the perpetrators hold a monopoly on power, because it's too dangerous."..."

BOOKS by Kevin McNamee-Tweed
In this collection of faux book jackets, you can totally judge books by their covers
Arts Review  August 13, 2015, by Seth Orion Schwaiger
"...Readers will enjoy such works as Violet Blonde ("Kicked out of art school, frightened of Suburbia, seduced by filth and angst ... a strong female protagonist conquers her mild and mainstream demons to become super fucking edgy and very urban ...") and, from the nonfiction section, It's Only Your Fault: How to Self Help Yourself ("What to say when you look in the mirror..."

Unpacking Serial
Co-creator / reporter Sarah Koenig on how the groundbreaking podcast came to be
Arts Story  July 30, 2015, by Rosalind Faires
"...Like novels? I wanted to create that experience for other people, where you feel like you're entering a world for a long time and you can kind of get lost in there. The difference was, you know, it was nonfiction..."

Texas Book Festival: First Authors
Margaret Atwood leads the list of 20 authors for the 20th fest
DAILY Arts  July 17, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Brands will be talking about his latest biography, Reagan: The Life. San Antonio literary treasure Sandra Cisneros has a new collection of autobiographical and nonfiction pieces, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life..."

On Display
Arts Story  February 12, 2015, by Andy Campbell
"...I get paid to help low-income people build assets around Oregon, write film reviews, and edit other people's writing. I also write creative nonfiction and am completing a memoir; I stitch and crochet ambitious textile projects, and watch a lot of film...."

An Actress Plays Herself in the Role of a Lifetime
AFS Doc Nights: Actress
Screens Story  February 5, 2015, by Anne S. Lewis
"...There's a lot of contradiction in there, of course, but to me this kind of mixing of the hyper-expressive and the observational lets us get at some other kinds of truths. Also, I think many questions people have when they sit down and watch a nonfiction film – Why are they allowing such intimacy? Who is exploiting whom? How is the director manipulating the scenes? – these are often hidden in documentaries and we just happen to be reveling in them, turning the contradictions and all the thorny questions into part of the story (without me explicitly onscreen)...."

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose
This nonfiction account of a teen's encounters with sex, drugs, and jail is one long, raw primal scream
Arts Review  December 31, 2014, by Tim Stegall
"...In 1971, a striking work of purported nonfiction was published, Go Ask Alice. Credited to "Anonymous," it was a first-person account of a teenage girl's introduction to LSD, leading to more drugs and an afterschool special-style descent into addiction and degradation..."

Exceeding Themselves
Lawrence Wright's Thirteen Days in September tells how Carter, Sadat, and Begin made an impossible peace
Arts Story  October 23, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Austin Chronicle: We're used to seeing nonfiction books adapted into dramatic form, but it isn't often that we see a drama turned into a book. Did starting with a play inform the tenor of the book at all? Did this book feel any different than any of your other books?..."

The Zone of Interest
Martin Amis revisits the Holocaust in this new novel, which is eloquent and yet lacks depth
Arts Story  October 23, 2014, by Amy Kamp
"...No one can accuse Martin Amis of lacking ambition. Since the publication of his first novel, The Rachel Papers, in 1973, he's written 13 more novels, as well as several works of nonfiction..."

Lit-urday: The Fever
Megan Abbott novel outfits high schoolers in a fetching shade of noir
DAILY Books  July 5, 2014, by Amy Kamp
"...She’s obviously deeply fascinated by noir - not only were her first four novels throwbacks to its midcentury, L.A. heyday, she also wrote a nonfiction analysis of the genre, 2002’s The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir..."

'Mean Girls': 10 Years On and Still Going Strong
That's so fetch
DAILY Screens  April 30, 2014, by Neha Aziz
"...At 13, I wasn’t naïve enough to believe high school would be similar to a comedy penned by Tina Fey – even if she did base her script on Rosalind Wiseman’s nonfiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes – but I was still terrified by the prospect of starting somewhere new, where people are awful to you because they could be...."

Get to Know Zadie Smith
Acclaimed author stopped in Austin last night
DAILY Books  March 28, 2014, by Rod Machen
"...At only 38 years old, Zadie Smith has much more writing in her, and whether it's short stories, novels or nonfiction, she’s sure to keep challenging her audience. It’s not in her to do otherwise...."

SXSW: Do It Like a Local
Flow Nonfiction & the Chronicle offer some pro tips for out-of-towners
DAILY SXSW  February 26, 2014
"...The creative team behind Austin-based documentary agency Flow Nonfiction (MSNBC/Wounded Warrior Project) and Austin Chronicle managing editor Kim Jones chat about how to get the most out of South by Southwest. Click through for the scoop...."

Three Cheers for Reading
Our favorite books of 2013
Books Story  January 3, 2014, by Kimberley Jones, Wayne Alan Brenner, Jay Trachtenberg and Monica Riese
"...On the nonfiction side, Kansas City Light­ning (Harper) by Stanley Crouch, the first of two volumes, is a brilliant tour de force chronicling the early life and career of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker. Crouch's colorful embrace of African-American culture in general and jazz history specifically is as breathtaking and frenetic as a Parker solo..."

Get Booked
Big names and newcomers delight in this collection of recent releases
Arts Story  December 20, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...This hefty new collection pays tribute to "the most" of Ephron, reprinting in full Heartburn, her 1983 roman à clef about the bust-up of her marriage to Washington political reporter Carl Bernstein, as well as her Oscar-nominated screenplay for When Harry Met Sally and the script for two-act play Lucky Guy, Ephron's final work. Her nonfiction fills out the rest of the book, with dispatches from her days as a reporter, foodie reveries, memoir writing, meditations on feminism, and profiles of famous women (her pungent portrait of Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown belongs on the syllabus for every college magazine writing course)..."

T.R. Fehrenbach Dead at 88
Historian celebrated for 'Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans'
DAILY Books  December 2, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...Fehrenbach was best known for his 1968 doorstopper, Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans, still widely taught. He boasted a stint heading the Texas Historical Commission and more than a dozen and half published nonfiction books on topics as diverse as the Korean War and the history of the Comanche people; he was also one of the Express-News’ senior-most columnists..."

Randi Zuckerberg's 'Dot Complicated' World
Former Facebook marketing director visits the Texas Conference for Women
Screens Story  November 22, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...These "dot complications" inspired her two new books. The nonfiction, Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives, seeks (along with its related Web community) to fill a perceived gap for "all of us who are way more tech-savvy than we give ourselves credit for, and [who] are just trying to navigate our lives, our children, our work, dating – all of these crazy things that have changed in wired world." Of her new children's book, starring little girl Dot, Zuckerberg said, "it's just a reminder for children and adults that there is a beautiful world when you look up from your device."..."

Music of the Mind: Joe Pug
Local transplant trades the hammer for the pen
DAILY Music  November 19, 2013, by William Harries Graham
"...He settled on the Eastside and frequents the Long Branch for a nightcap. Pug tours most of the year, but on off days you’ll find a book in his hands, “nonfiction mostly.” Catch him at the Parish this Saturday, Nov..."

Texas Book Festival 2013
Oct. 28, 2013. 36 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  October 29, 2013
"...For Binelli, his nonfiction book – which takes its title "from the song by the great Detroit poet Ted Nugent" – was about countering the "superficial portraits" that existed in reportage from the area that painted the city as "the metaphor for everything that had gone wrong" in the national economy. "It's a very strange and darkly funny place," he said..."

Person of Interest
Meg Wolitzer's latest book tracks six characters through three decades of friendship
Books Story  October 25, 2013, by Amy Gentry
"..."Fiction contains as much truth as nonfiction. You're learning how people live," says novelist Meg Wolitzer..."

Blood Brothers
Bringing James Welch's novel of Native life, 'Winter in the Blood,' to the screen
Screens Story  October 25, 2013, by Paul Stekler
"...Welch followed his debut novel with a string of gems, including Fools Crow, The Death of Jim Loney, a book of poems called Riding the Earthboy 40, and the nonfiction Killing Custer, which I helped him to write. Even after his many book awards, a decade after his death, Welch's work is relatively unknown outside of Native and Western circles..."

A Journey Through Hell
Óscar Martínez talks about riding the rails through Mexico to America
Arts Story  October 11, 2013, by Amanda Eyre Ward
"...With his stunning new book, The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail (Verso, 224 pp., $26.95), journalist Óscar Martínez shines a klieg light into the darkest corners of this well-worn path. As Francisco Goldman says in his introduction to the book, a compilation of Martínez's stories for the online newspaper ElFaro.net, "It reads like a series of pilgrims' tales about a journey through hell." (Goldman also notes, "The Beast is, along with Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers, the most impressive nonfiction book I've read in years.")..."

Texas Book Festival Announces Full Lineup
From R.L. Stine to Reza Aslan, 225-plus converge on the Capitol
DAILY Books  September 10, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Courtney Sullivan, The Engagements Manil Suri, The City of Devi: A Novel Chris L. Terry, Zero Fade Jean-Christophe Valtat, Luminous Chaos: A Novel (The Mysteries of New Venice) Claire Vaye Watkins, Battleborn Shawn Vestal, Godforsaken Idaho Daniel Wallace, The Kings and Queens of Roam: A Novel Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins Teddy Wayne, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine George Wier, Long Fall From Heaven Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings Mario Alberto Zambrano, Lotería Tom Zigal, Many Rivers to Cross Mary Kay Zuravleff, Man Alive! Nonfiction..."

Cloudy With a Chance of Winik
Marion Winik navigates the single life in 'Highs in the Low Fifties'
Arts Story  June 21, 2013, by Monica Riese


Fitzgeralds Everywhere
Four new books riding the Gatsby wave
DAILY Books  June 12, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...The lesser known story of F. Scott Fitzgerald's affair with British journalist Sheilah Graham is told by Graham herself in this nonfiction memoir, resurrected from the dust of 1966 by the Neversink Library..."

Who Dares Try to Out-Author the Authors, Onstage and Off the Cuff?
Institution Theater improvisers wreak creativity on published works
DAILY Books  June 11, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Young adult novel with fairy folk? Yes. Nonfiction book about sex and personal memoir about discovery? Yes..."

View From the 'Front Line'
HBO doc celebrates Tim Hetherington's life
DAILY Screens  April 18, 2013, by Aleksander Chan
"...This documentary comes at an interesting flashpoint in nonfiction television, particularly at prestige cabler HBO. Two weeks ago, it debuted its new magazine show, VICE, as part of a partnership with the eponymous alternative news publisher..."

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced
Adam Johnson's 'The Orphan Master's Son' wins fiction award
DAILY Books  April 15, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...General Nonfiction: Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King (Harper)..."

Civics 101
News Column  April 12, 2013
"...READING, WRITING, AND REVOLUTION Eric Imhof, former managing editor of Baltimore's Indypendent Reader, leads a nonfiction writing workshop with a focus on the political. 9am..."

'High Noon' Hits Just as Hard After Dark
UT's RTF Community Screenings leads off with iconic Western
DAILY Screens  February 21, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...Future Thursdays promise film archivist Caroline Frick holding forth on Bogart-and-Bacall keeper The Big Sleep; Glenn Frankel presenting The Searchers, the subject of his much-praised new nonfiction book; and Richard Lewis hosting 1990's A Shock to the System – he'll discuss the midlife crisis as represented in that film and others, like American Beauty and Thelma and Louise...."

Framing the Guilty?
Houston police thought they had their man – so the evidence was no problem
News Story  November 2, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"..."That converted me from a skeptical juror to The Skeptical Juror," he says. Allen has written four books, each a blend of nonfiction and fiction, and posts regularly to his website, www.skepticaljuror.com..."

AFF2012: ‘See the Dirt’
Locals produce prize-winning short doc about a vintage vacuum fan
DAILY Screens  October 24, 2012, by Leah Churner
"...Audience reaction at the Hideout on Tuesday was an indicator of the directors’ command of the short-form narrative nonfiction craft. A woman behind me spent about two-thirds of the film making loud, disapproving noises like Dana Carvey’s Church Lady..."

Candidate Sack
Friday Night Lights' Peter Berg bites back at Romney campaign
DAILY Screens  October 12, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...But Berg saw a major disconnect between FNL values and the ones of the Romney campaign, and said so in a letter addressed to Romney today and reprinted exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter. (Interestingly, earlier this week, Buzz Bissinger, the author of the nonfiction book the television series [and Berg's 2004 film adaptation] were based on, endorsed Romney.)..."

Texas Book Festival Lineup Revealed
Attendees include Junot Díaz, Cheryl Strayed, and... Tony Danza?
DAILY Books  September 12, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Texas Book Festival announced its 2012 slate today, featuring big hitters in fiction (Junot Díaz, Justin Cronin) and nonfiction (Robert Caro, Douglas Brinkley, Cheryl Strayed, Naomi Wolf), plus pop culture personalities branching out (Jewel, Tony Danza)...."

Why is William Gibson at BookPeople Tonight?
Because you should definitely distrust that particular flavor
DAILY Chronolog  September 6, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Brenner: You write in the introduction that it's taken you a while to get comfortable, or better than uncomfortable, with writing nonfiction. But now that you've reached the point of being okay with it, do you find yourself having to choose between using new discoveries in fiction or in essays?..."

Bedside Manner
Rules to read by
DAILY Books  August 20, 2012, by Josh Kupecki
"...Sometimes integrity was maintained, and other times I caved in to my petulant desires (sorry, Wilkie, you lost that battle). Lately, though, I’ve been toggling between two or three books at once, usually a nonfiction book and one or two novels..."

Illumine Honorees Announced
Douglas Brinkley, Sarah Bird, Joe Ely to be awarded
DAILY Books  August 19, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...This year four writers and one library advocate will be celebrated for their unique contributions to the world of letters: Douglas Brinkley, nonfiction (his biography of Walter Cronkite came out this May); Sarah Bird, fiction; Joe Ely, songwriting; Liz Garton Scanlon, children’s lit; and Darryl Tocker, who’ll receive the Luminary Award for literary patron (Tocker is the Executive Director of the Tocker Foundation, which provides support for libraries in rural Texas communities)...."

Leonard Pitts Jr. at BookPeople Tonight
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer reads from 'Freeman'
DAILY Books  June 26, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Pitts will read from Freeman tonight at 7pm at BookPeople. The Chronicle spoke with Pitts in 2010 about his nonfiction writing; you check that out here...."

Bedside Manner: Evening Escape
Anne Harris thumbs through current bedtime reading
DAILY Books  June 25, 2012, by Anne Harris
"...Tonight's stack is pretty typical for hot weather; nothing here requires running on too many electron paths at once. This kind of reading is a light bedtime refreshment; mainly fiction from friends, or nonfiction that been laying around on another stack..."

Alif the Unseen
Maps to the Middle East: 'Alif the Unseen'
Books Story  June 15, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Willow Wilson. As her previous (nonfiction) book The Butterfly Mosque relates, the author left her all-American, Denver-based upbringing to study the Middle East at Boston University, then converted to Islam, and moved to Cairo..."

What We Talk About When We Talk About Debt
Jennifer Baichwal adapts to screen Margaret Atwood's ideas about indebtedness
Screens Story  June 8, 2012, by Anne S. Lewis
"...Her last film, 2006's Manufactured Landscapes, followed the photographer Edward Burtynsky and his stunning pictures of the detritus of China's industrial and technological revolutions. But Baichwal had never adapted a book into a documentary until she was approached by the Canadian National Film Board to direct an adaptation of novelist Margaret Atwood's Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, a 2008 nonfiction book that originated as a lecture series delivered by the author in Toronto...."

Saramago, In Print and On Film
'José e Pilar' screens tonight, as a new collection debuts
DAILY Books  April 25, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Saramago had a hugely prolific career – his dozens of publications included novels such as Blindness (which was adapted into a 2008 film starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo), poetry, plays, short stories, and nonfiction work. Miguel Gonçalves Mendes' 2010 film José e Pilar documented Saramago's leukemia-stricken end days as he labored on his last novel, The Elephant's Journey..."

So Fab
New Fiction Confab snags Ben Marcus, Heidi Julavits, and more
DAILY Books  March 28, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Walter Kirn is well-known for comic novels such as Thumbsucker and Up in the Air; he’ll also be the guest at an upcoming Page 2 Screen event sponsored by the Austin Bat Cave (you can found out about ticket info here). And Peter Orner, author of both fiction and nonfiction books, most recently published Love and Shame and Love, which Daniel Handler called “…epic like Gilgamesh, epic like a guitar solo.”..."

Bedside Manner: Into the Unknown (With a Slight Detour to New York)
What we're reading these days
DAILY Books  February 6, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...I also enjoy reading nonfiction accounts of the deaths of others as much as anyone (which is everyone), but the enigma of the Erebus and Terror is apparently so tantalizing that it has also spawned a number of fictional narrative accountings of the mystery. The best of these is aptly titled The Terror, by jack-of-all-genres Dan Simmons..."

Q&A With Janet Pierson
SXSW Film Producer breaks down the lineup for us
DAILY Screens  February 1, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...For several reasons. You've heard me say a million times, we took a chance with her on Creative Nonfiction [which screened at SXSW in 2009 in the Emerging Visions section]..."

What To Do After SXSW
David Foster Wallace. HRC Symposium. What else do you need to know?
DAILY Books  January 12, 2012, by Cindy Widner


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